Not a bad start to a Monday morning! Mix of sun & clouds, with a rain-free commute!
Dense fog has been the story for our southern and eastern counties but as I eye our fog tracker, I see improving conditions. Still fair to mention our Dense Fog Advisory in effect for Franklin, Lincoln and Moore counties until 9:00 am. This is where visibility may drop down to a quarter of a mile or less at times.
Temperatures have been a wide variation! Upper 50s along the Cumberland Plateau, lot to upper 60s for most and a few outliers in the lower 70s towards the west.
Highs will run about 7 degrees ABOVE average, in the upper 80s but being so humid, it will feel more like the lower 90s. High humidity will also spark isolated storms this afternoon.
Not much change this week! Highlights: hot, soupy with afternoon spotty storms. Friday is our first official day of fall but it sure won’t feel like it!
Turning our attention to a devastating situation in the tropics. Hurricane Maria has just been upgraded to a category 2 hurricane already impacting areas that were hit hard by Irma. Warm waters continue to fuel Maria enough to potentially strengthen to a major category 4 hurricane before making landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday overnight into Thursday. Maria will continue riding up the coast of the Dominican Republic and impacting southern Cuba by late this week.
Hurricane #1 is a bit closer to home but the projected path is not nearly as significant. Jose is now a category 1 hurricane moving north at 9 mph with max sustained winds of 85 mph.
The latest forecast path of Jose does not anticipate further strengthening beyond a category 1. Just off the coast of the Carolina’s, Jose will continue tracking north riding along the Atlantic coast bringing potentially 12 foot high waves to coastal communities. A slight deviation towards the west will increase the magnitude of effect.
Stay tuned for updates! I’ll keep you posted…
-Meteorologist Daphne DeLoren