StormTrack 12 Planning Forecast
After a dreary start with lots of clouds and fog, Tuesday has turned out to be a pretty nice weather day here in the east. By lunchtime most of us were seeing lots of sunshine in the bright blue sky with puffy fair-weather strato-cumulus clouds drifting across from time to time. Temperatures have made it to or close to 80 over most areas with the exception being the areas along and north of US264 (Raleigh to Wilson to Greenville to Washington) where most were in the middle 70s. I hope you had a chance to get outside and enjoy some of the sunshine for this last day of September!
The sun sets this evening at 6:54pm and the 39% full waxing (growing) crescent moon will already be up there to brighten the evening sky until it sets at 11:31pm later tonight. The patchy clouds that are up there this afternoon should dissipate with the setting sun leaving us under a clear sky. The normal low temperature this time of year is right around 60 and I am expecting 58-62 tonight over the mainland, 62-66 on the inner banks rivers and sounds and 66-70 at the beach. After midnight, low stratus clouds and areas of ground fog will develop and will be around for the overnight and Wednesday morning commute.
Low clouds and fog should burn off by 9:30 to 10:00am on Wednesday morning. Some patches of the fog will be quite dense so don’t forget to drive with your low beam headlights on and allow extra space between you and other vehicles. Once the low clouds and fog burn off, we should be mostly sunny for the mid-morning through the mid-afternoon and then transition to a mix of sun and clouds (just like we saw on Tuesday). High temperatures will be in the middle 70s at the beach and around 80 on the mainland. Wednesday should be another beautiful day for almost any sort of outdoor activity and will be a great way to start off the month of October.
Wednesday night should be mostly clear, with the bright moon and stars above us for the evening and then more low clouds and fog developing after midnight. Low temperatures will be around 60.
Don’t expect much of a change for Thursday as the morning clouds and fog burn off to a mostly sunny midday and a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon. Thursday’s high temperature will again be right around 80 but a little cooler along the beaches.
Friday starts off nice, but as the afternoon progresses clouds will begin to roll in and a fairly strong weather system will push into and across our area Friday night and Saturday morning. Right now it looks like there is a narrow strip of instability that will pass over us with this system so we will likely see rain and thunderstorms develop Friday evening and move from west to east over the area during the overnight. The storms should be gone but clouds and some rain showers will probably linger through at least mid-morning Saturday but then we should very rapidly clear out and become mostly sunny by lunchtime on Saturday.
- Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
- Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 81.
- Friday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
- Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
- Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
- Sunday Sunny, with a high near 73.
- Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 50.
- Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
- Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.
- Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
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