A wetter weather pattern developing

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The dry and hot weather we've had since the start of the weekend will be replaced by a much wetter weather pattern in the days ahead.


Expect a more humid day along with a mix of sun and clouds. Afternoon temperatures should again be above average for mid May with upper 80s. Scattered pop up showers and storms are possible in the heating of the day from the afternoon and evening hours. The risk of widespread severe weather is low, but as always, a few isolated storms could be strong with damaging wind gusts. Most storms that do develop should primarily produce brief heavy downpours and frequent lightning. This is just the start of a wetter pattern evolving across the Southeast and Tennessee Valley.


A low pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico should slowly move north toward the central Gulf Coast through Thursday. This should help pump ample moisture farther inland across the Southeast US and Tennessee Valley. This developing wet weather pattern means that locally we can expect a better coverage of showers and storms for mid/late week and through the start of the weekend. These intermittent periods of showers and storms should make it tough for outdoor plans. The better coverage of showers each day during the afternoon and evening hours. However, better off and on chances Thursday and Friday. By the weekend, the chance for showers and storms should return to the afternoon and evening variety.

As a result of more clouds and showers, high temperatures will come down a bit with mid/upper 80s Tuesday, then lower 80s for late week and the start of the weekend. While "lower", the temperatures are no necessarily "cooler" as it will be quite humid during this time.

Rainfall amounts due bear watching as the days go by. Rainfall amounts could average in the 2"-3" range. But, there could be some areas locally that exceed those totals. This means that if you live in a typical flood prone area, that you will need to be mindful of this rainy pattern, especially late week as the coverage increases.

As always, you can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!

David Glenn

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