StormTrack 12 Planning Forecast
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny with some high clouds PM. A bit cooler. Highs: 48 to 54 inland, 50 to 54 coastal. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
THURSDAY NIGHT: High cloudiness and cold. Lows: 30 to 34 inland, 36 to 42 coastal. Light wind.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny with high clouds late. Highs: 50 to 54 inland, 48 to 52 coastal. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
DISCUSSION: We are in store for a couple more days of quiet and cool weather before the next storm comes out of the Gulf of Mexico and brings us rain this weekend. This is thanks to a high pressure that will gradually settle in over us from the Ohio Valley. This will keep it seasonably cool the rest of this work week with nothing more than some high clouds from time to time.
But we can already track that weekend storm. It is currently tracking through the Desert Southwest after brining more rain to southern California. It will continue to move east today and by Friday it will really begin to feed off of that high octane Gulf of Mexico moisture and congeal into a low pressure. It will then track northeastward and exit off the Carolina coast by Saturday. Right now the track looks so far south that for us it will be a cold, raw, wet Saturday where we could be lucky to get highs near 50 and I’m thinking more like low 40s in some inland areas with scattered showers most of the afternoon. On Sunday we’ll get a bit of a break before the 2nd piece of the system comes out with another round of scattered showers for early Monday.
The active weather pattern will continue with a bigger and stronger storm coming east right before Christmas. It appears that this storm will cut up west of the mountains. That will put Eastern Carolina on the warm side of the storm. So temperatures will get into the 60s for Tuesday and Wednesday. But with lots of cold air on the back side of the storm as it tracks to the Great Lakes, it could set the stage for severe thunderstorms for us on Wednesday. It does look as if that cold air will rush in for Christmas day. However, as of now it appears it will be too late to catch the moisture.
MARINE: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Seas at 2-3 feet near shore.