If you read my blog post from yesterday, I mentioned that the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had placed parts of central North Carolina under a "slight risk" for severe weather for Friday. This morning, the SPC dropped that slight risk for our state and pushed it a little to the north into parts of Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic states on Friday. That's where dynamics in the atmosphere may be a little more favorable for stronger storms. As of Friday morning, they placed coastal North Carolina under a slight risk for severe storms Saturday. You can find these forecasts including any updates by clicking the following link --
With that said, we are still looking for showers and thunderstorms late Friday. Even though the slight risk was dropped, we still may have one or two strong storms. A cold front will be moving through the state bringing that increased chance for showers and storms. The latest weather data coming in today suggests the front may be a little slower to move through than first thought. If that is the case, our best chance for rain will come late Friday afternoon, evening and Friday night. We may see some rain showers linger Saturday morning especially for locations east of I-95. If you are headed to the beach this weekend, the front is now expected to hang out along the coast Saturday afternoon keeping showers and storms in the forecast for coastal areas.
In other news, can you believe that it's already June? That, of course, means the start of hurricane season for the Atlantic basin. The tropics are fairly quiet on this first day of the 2006 season, which is not too surprising. The season typically starts with very little action. If we were to see any tropical development in June, it normally would come from the Gulf of Mexico. that changes later in the season. We have a while to go as hurricane season does not end until November 30. The season usually peaks in September.
Speaking of hurricane season, mark your calendar for Saturday, June 17. News 14 Carolina along with the American Red Cross will host a hurricane preparedness fair at Triangle Town Center in Raleigh. We'll have more on the event as we get closer to the date. You can also read more by clicking this link --
Before the Storms: 2006