All Eyes On Irma…


  • Unseasonably cool weather continues
  • All eyes on Irma
  • Impacts TBD, locally

Unseasonably Cool; Irma Dominates Headlines…Upper level energy did, indeed, spark a couple of showers (even some small hail was reported in stronger showers) Wednesday evening.  Here at HQ, we picked up a quick half inch of much needed rainfall!  While a couple of showers are possible once again this afternoon, these will be primarily confined to northern portions of the state.  Otherwise, the balance of the upcoming forecast period is easy through the weekend: dry with reinforcing cool air arriving over the weekend.

Hurricane Irma will continue to dominate the headlines and will require our focus, locally, for potential impacts early next week.  While we’ve built rain into our forecast Tuesday into Wednesday, it’s crucial to note this is an incredibly tough forecast and will require a great deal of fine tuning as we move forward.  With that said, a blend of latest data and upper air analysis does suggest portions of the region (particularly eastern areas of the state) do stand a chance to get in on the action of Irma’s remnants Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.  Otherwise, breezy easterly winds are expected for the entire region beginning Monday evening.  Stay tuned as we continue to analyze things.  Thoughts and prayers are certainly with residents and family along the Southeast coast from southern FL to the Carolinas, including the southern Appalachian region.  Speaking of, it should be noted Irma’s impacts will stretch well inland.  Irma is forecast to remain a major hurricane wherever she comes ashore (window of opportunity for landfall up from the southern tip of FL all the way up to the Carolina coastline) and her forward speed into the southern Appalachians will combine with the rugged terrain and high elevations to create significant problems inland given the most up-to-date forecast track.

Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

  • Snowfall: 0.00″
  • Rainfall:  0.50″ – 1.00″ (highly dependent on where Irma’s remnants track)