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T-Storms Possible Today, But Gorgeous Tomorrow

Dan Stillman @ 11:50 PM

A weakening Alberto makes its way up the East Coast today, but our best chance of precipitation comes from a different source. While we could see some showers and thunderstorms later today, it'll be a worthwhile price to pay for a gorgeous end to the week. It's a nice-looking weekend, too, though maybe too hot and humid for some.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighTropical Depression Alberto will give us partly to mostly cloudy skies, but most of its precipitation should stay to our south and east, save for a few showers south of town. We do, however, need to keep an eye to the west. That's the direction from which a weak cold front will approach and possibly interact with Alberto to trigger some showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon or evening (40% chance). Temps should rise from the 60s during the morning commute to an afternoon high in the upper 70s. Tonight, any showers or storms should end before midnight, followed by clearing skies. Lows in the low-to-mid 60s in town, upper 50s in the burbs.

Follow Alberto's clouds on visible satellite as the storm moves northeast across the Carolinas today, courtesy NOAA.

Tomorrow and Friday

Forecast Confidence: HighHigh pressure builds in to give us a couple of really nice days. It'll be mostly sunny with fairly low humidity and highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Overnight lows should be in the low 60s in town, mid 50s in the burbs.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighAs high pressure slides off the coast, warmer and more humid air flows in from the south and southwest. Saturday should be warm, with highs in the upper 80s to near 90, but with still somewhat comfortable humidity. Sunday will likely be stickier with high temps possibly reaching the low 90s. As of now, there's no rain in the forecast. Look for overnight lows in the mid 60s to around 70.

Alberto Not All Bad

Alberto remained a tropical storm as of post time, but will likely be downgraded to a tropical depression sometime today as it treks northeast across the Carolinas.

Alberto made landfall as a tropical storm yesterday on Florida's Gulf Coast, about 50 miles southeast of Tallahassee. Despite a lot of rain, wind and minor flooding, the storm had relatively minimal impact considering forecasters initially feared it might strengthen into a hurricane. In fact, the Associated Press reports that there were a couple of benefits to the tropical season's first storm -- it allowed emergency planners to test out disaster plans, and 18 of more than 150 wildfires in the state were extinguished by the heavy rains.

Alberto could spawn some severe storms and even a few tornadoes as it passes through the Carolinas today.

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