Big John WEATHER Summary & Discussion
(Issued 4:00 pm Thursday May 23rd, 2013)
Last chance of late-day storms.
Of course, you know that the hot-and-muggies will be back soon enough. And that Canadian high pressure becomes a "rare" visitor as we get into the summer months. Fronts just don't make it this far south.
But we get a "big break" this time. Enjoy the lower humidities, cooler temperatures and glorious holiday weekend weather coming up!
First, that "last chance" of storms. Actual cold front is clearing the Ohio Valley as of this writing. There's an upper-level shortwave clearly visible in the water vapor imagery crossing the Lowcountry. And from the wave, there's a pre-frontal trough triggering some showers.
The greatest of risk of showers and storms will be north of us. Inland areas are starting to feel the downslope of drier air so less chance over those counties. Coastal Georgia will be our target with the sea breeze front becoming active during the afternoon.
Bottom line: don't worry about anything severe with this "last chance". And everything's done again by sunset. Actual cold front will cross the coastline after midnight tonight with little fanfare.
Friday will be sunny and windy, strong northwest winds. Coastal waters will be "challenging" with gusty winds early in the holiday weekend. Beaches will be delightful and hopefully packed, low risk of rip currents, UV Index will be very high.
And next rain chance may develop from the Gulf late Tuesday next week. Enjoy a happy and safe holiday weekend!
Meteorologist John Wetherbee, CBM
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