Spring storms create a foggy morning

From the Institute for Climate Education at A-B Tech
Spring brings the return of afternoon thunderstorms, but the impact of the rain can last long after the storms move on.

Tuesday’s thunderstorms left the mountains moist as the sun set, producing the blue ridges that this part of the world is so famous for.

However, the wet ground set us up for some thick fog Wednesday morning as the moisture condensed into fog across the French Broad River Valley.
With clear skies overhead, it didn’t take long for the sun to heat the air enough to burn off the fog. You can see the process in the short animated clip of this morning’s visible satellite images below.

Satellite Images: NASA MSFC Earth Science Office GOES-E CONUS Visible Satellite Data

As you watch the clip, pay attention to the motion of the clouds near the North Carolina and Tennessee state line, north and west of Asheville.  These developing cumulus clouds are the first indication of the thunderstorms that are beginning to develop again this afternoon.

While we’re talking about thunderstorms, here’s your warning. The storm system that produced the severe thunderstorms in Dallas and Northeast Texas yesterday will be moving into the Southeast U.S. by Thursday. This will increase the risk of severe weather over the Carolinas. So, please stay weather alert.

Are you interested in learning more about severe weather? The Institute is hosting a free severe weather workshop at A-B Tech’s Asheville campus on Saturday, June 2, with the National Weather Service office in Greenville/Spartanburg.  Mark your calendars!! More details to come.


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