After a Dreary and Rainy Stretch of Weather Recently...Improving Conditions For Sunday Into The Work-Week...
Good Saturday to you! Unfortunately, we saw another dreary and rainy day on this 3rd day of October. In fact, this was the 5th cloudy and unsettled day in a row...so if you're missing the sunshine, you have reason to! To make things even worse, temperatures only reached the mid 50s today, so the dampness of the air especially felt chilly. The bottomline...it was a good day to stay inside and watch football perhaps :) When will this prolonged stretch of unsettled weather finally end? A warm-up coming soon, too? What's the early call for next weekend? Here is your complete and detailed, seven-day forecast...
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with an isolated shower and/or drizzle around, especially across western counties and also for the eastern mountains. Low: 54.
**The pattern remains unchanged from earlier day, except for a stronger downsloping flow. This means the wind-flow, both near the surface and aloft a few thousand feet, is increasing in speed and coming from the east...and since the higher elevations lie towards our east, this means the air is forced to come DOWN from the higher terrain. Anytime air sinks, it tends to dry out...and that appears to be the case according to the recent radar and satellite imagery, which is showing a 'hole' in activity along the western slopes of the Appalachians. Based on this observation/phenomena...any leftover shower and/or drizzle tonight should mostly occur across the eastern mountains and also areas closer to the Ohio River and west. In those two regions...the drying effect of downsloping tends to be lesser, thus more moisture is available. Around a broad upper-level low in the southeastern United States, models do show a subtle, yet sufficient, ripple of energy aloft rotating in from the southeast late...so this may kick off a few showers across southern counties. For the most part, though, it looks to be a quiet night under partly to mostly cloudy skies...as some mid to high clouds occasionally move up from Virginia and North Carolina. Given an increased wind-flow in the lower atmosphere...any fog should be pretty light, brief and scattered at best across a few valleys. Otherwise, it should turn milder and breezy on the hills tonight...as a strong low-level jet (fast ribbon of winds 3-5 thousand feet off the ground) blows out of the east-southeast. Wouldn't be shocked if some locations see a rise in temperature tonight, especially across the higher spots. Meanwhile...expecting some low-clouds and drizzle to occur across the eastern, mountain slopes, as some moisture gets 'banked-up' there.
SUNDAY: Partly sunny and milder with a slight breeze. A spotty shower and/or a sprinkle possible, especially across the mountain counties. High: 74.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy with areas of fog developing, especially across valley locations. Low: 54.
MONDAY: Partly cloudy, comfortable and dry. High: 74.
TUESDAY: Partly cloudy, mild and dry. High: 75.
WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy, mild and dry. High: 75.
THURSDAY: Partly cloudy, warm, dry and a bit humid. High: 79.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, warm and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially late in the day. High: 78.
SATURDAY: Partly sunny and cooler with a slight breeze. A spotty shower and/or drizzle possible, especially in the mountains. High: 69.
Have a great night and take care!
WCHS Meteorologist, Brandon Stover