The weather seesaw returns


From the Institute for Climate Education at A-B Tech:
Many of us woke up Thursday morning to widespread fog across the French Broad River Valley, thanks to last night’s rain that caused the layer of air at ground-level to become saturated — producing a cloud on the ground — or fog. Looks like we may see similar conditions on Friday morning because we may see some more storms again tonight that may lead to some fog early tomorrow morning — especially in protected valleys.

Enjoying the great, mild weather on this Thursday? I encourage you to do so because winter will make itself known again on Friday as a strong cold front will likely produce strong, gusty winds during the day as it brings some much colder air into Western North Carolina. The National Weather Service has already issued a Wind Advisory for our region starting at 9 a.m. Friday as a heads-up for the possibility of downed trees and difficulty in driving large vehicles. Keep in mind that fires can easily get out of hand in high winds, too. So, no burning on Friday.

Typical of the systems that we’ve seen this winter, we’ll probably see some short-lived rain and maybe a few snow flurries with the cold front, all helping to keep the western part of the state in much better shape than central and eastern sections who continue to see below average rainfall.

Interested in seeing how we’re faring compared to the rest of the state? The State Climate Office of NC has just released its annual climate summary containing an overview of the extreme weather observed across North Carolina in 2011, including information on the April 16th tornado outbreak, the summer heat and drought, and Hurricane Irene’s landfall in late August. All this and more is online here.

Have a great weekend!

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