Spring rainfall stats and a look ahead to the weekend
Drought conditions continue locally, but Spring 2017 so far has been a little wetter than Spring 2016.
(IMAGE GALLERY ABOVE: #1: APRIL & SPRING RAINFALL STATS.......#2. WARM AFTERNOONS CONTINUE......#3. SOME POP UP AFTERNOON SHOWERS FRIDAY)
A dry start to the year, but Spring so far has been gradually reversing that trend. Rainfall for April through the 12 is 0.67" above average. But, if we look at the Spring rainfall stats since March 1st from year to year, you can see quite a difference. From March 1 to April 12, 2017 there has been 6.47" of rain at Lovell Field. Through the same time period in 2016, only 4.54" had fallen. And, it was Spring 2016 when the drought began locally. So, the wetter pace so far is nice to see. And, with the possibility of El Nino conditions returning, it is possible that are rainfall chances could be better this Summer compared to last Summer. Hopefully that will be the case and we will continue to keep you updated on the weather pattern the next few weeks and months.
After the Dogwood Winter conditions last week, it is nice to see a consistent temperature pattern for a change. Temperatures should remain a bit above average for mid April through the holiday weekend. Daily highs should average around 80 Thursday through Sunday. Morning lows mostly in the 50s.
"POP UP" SHOWERS POSSIBLE
Better chances for widespread showers could return for next week. Until then, the rain chance is mainly in the "pop up" category Thursday and Friday. Partly sunny skies overall, but some afternoon showers/t-showers could develop over the Blue Ridge Mtn part of our viewing area Thursday. For Friday, that same area east has the best chance. But, we are including a slight chance for some pop up t-showers over the entire viewing area Friday Afternoon.
Partly sunny for most areas Saturday with little in the way of any shower activity. By Easter Sunday, there remains the chance for a few scattered mainly afternoon and evening t-showers, but otherwise a mix of sun and clouds. I should note that it looks dry and mild for sunrise Easter Sunday with temperatures in the upper 50s at 7:08amET.
As mentioned above, a more widespread chance for showers and storms could occur during the first half of next week.
As always, you can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!