Sunday, February 24, 2008

Presidents Day Storm Review; Calm Start for this Next Week

The National Weather Service in Newport / Morehead City, NC has released its preliminary summary from the President's Day tornado this week.
Pictures above (along with map , courtesy of National Weather Service) depict some of the damage ..for more, please see the NWS site at :
The National Weather service reported that in the early morning hours of February 18th, a mesocyclone tracked NE from near Hookerton in Greene county (Eastern NC) just south of Greenville in Pitt county, across Old Ford, North of Washington in Beaufort county and across eastern Marton county near Jamesville. as it moved NE it spawned 2 tornadoes along its path.
One which moved through Greene county, touching down approximately 1 mile north of Hookerton, it reached an EF2 intensity with winds of 120 mph. It destroyed a 2-story solid built home and ripped the home off of an adjacent mobile home.
For more about this storm, please see the full report at :

This weekend was far quiter...lets go to today's summary and talk about the start of this next work week.
After Saturday's morning fog , storms and clouds, it was wonderful to see the sun pop out (albeit briefly in some areas). It warmed us up nicely into the 60s but the tail end of the weekend is expected to be cooler with the possibility of a few sprinkles or showers thanks to a passing upper level disturbance.

A system developing over the midwest looks to bring another wintry punch by Tuesday to central Iowa and northern Illinois. If you have travel plans north of Virginia for midweek, call ahead as it could be messy!

As we're in exceptional drought throughout a good deal of the state, its good to see the potential for some rain. The same system which will cause that wintry weather for the Midwest and Northeast may bring portions of NC up to three quarters of an inch of rain . As we're still a couple of days from the event, we'll keep checking to see if this model changes its opinion.

The storm continues to make its way toward the Ohio Valley and Northeast US for Tuesday and by mid week is expected to cause some travel problems for travelers north of Harrisburg, PA.

Our showers are expected to arrive in central NC by afternoon Tuesday.

Before the showers though, we have a mild start for the work week! High pressure which had some cooler air for us today will migrate eastward Monday which will steer in some warming southerly winds. highs monday are expected to reach 60 and even climb into the lower to middle 60s for Tuesday.

What a difference a day makes for us. After the rains, an upper level trough swings through which has some colder air in store for us. we'll have a one-two shot of this colder air; first on Wednesday with highs only in the lower 50s, then on Thursday we're fighting to stay in the upper 40s.

However, we're expected to return to more seasonable temperatures by the end of the week. Next weekend looks to be a bit cloudy for saturday, even some showers are possible. Sunday looks to be sunny with highs in the upper 50s.

Have a great week!

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