What a wet few days we have had. Looking at CoCoRaHS, rainfall totals for most of the Boone area are in the 4-7″ range for the past 3 days. Those are some fairly impressive numbers and pretty much in line with what was expected. We’ll have one more day of cloudy skies and showers before we see a transition to some rather pleasant conditions for the weekend.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee continue to affect our weather. The low currently sits just to our north, where it will remain for the next few days. Cloud cover and scattered showers will persist today, with temperatures remaining seasonably cool. Tomorrow will be very similar to today, with the only difference being that we will see increased intervals of sunshine by the afternoon hours.
Friday through Sunday look to be rather nice. Temperatures will be around normal for this time of year and we will see a good bit of sunshine as well. The chance of a scattered afternoon shower or two does exist, but not enough to warrant cancelling any outdoor activities.
Seeing as it is nearing peak hurricane season, I just thought I would mention what’s going on in the tropics right now. There are three main areas of interest currently. First, Katia continues to weaken as she moves into colder waters. The storm is now a Category 1 hurricane and is no threat to the U.S. as it will move off to the north in between the Outer Banks and the Bahamas. Recently formed Tropical Depression 14 remains well off in the Atlantic. It is currently forecasted to make it’s way into the Caribbean by the end of the weekend as a Category 1 hurricane. This is something we will have to keep our eye on for next week. Finally, we have Invest Area 96 in the Gulf of Mexico. The models are in disagreement right now on the track and intensity, but with very warm waters in the Gulf, it could pose a significant threat to the US at some point.