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Phillips Gap , NC
ASU Dark Sky Observatory, 1 mi E of Blue Ridge Pkwy

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:19PM

Cue PM Convection

This week has typical August weather. Coverage of afternoon and evening showers and storms gradually ramps up this week. Today and Tuesday have "widely scattered" coverage increasing to "scattered" beginning Wednesday. High temperatures are slightly warmer than average to begin the week. Humidity increases by midweek.

Western NC felt a M5.1 earthquake Sunday at 8:07 AM. The center of the event was almost 2 miles SE of Sparta NC. Here's the USGS live report about the event. This earthquake was preceded by eight smaller quakes beginning Saturday morning. It was the second strongest earthquake ever recorded in NC; only a 1916 event in Buncombe County was stronger (M5.2). Many buildings and a few roads in Alleghany County were damaged and minor damage has been reported in the 50 mile radius of the quake. The quake was felt from New England to Mississippi.

 
Monday

Hi: 82 Lo: 66

Lots of sunshine; Widely-separated afternoon showers or thundershowers; Light, variable wind
Tuesday

Hi: 81 Lo: 66

Partly cloudy; Widely scattered PM showers & t-showers; Light wind
Wednesday

Hi: 81 Lo: 67

Partly to mostly cloudy; Scattered PM showers & t-storms; Light wind becoming South 5-10 mph
Thursday

Hi: 80 Lo: 67

Partly sunny; Scattered to numerous afternoon to early evening showers & t-storms
Friday

Hi: 79 Lo: 66

Partly to mostly cloudy; Scattered PM showers & thunderstorms

Further Out

Saturday - Partly to mostly cloudy; Widespread, mostly PM showers & thunderstorms; High in the upper 70s; Low in the mid 60s
Sunday - Partly sunny; Widely scattered mostly PM showers and t-showers; High in the lower 80s; Low in the upper 60s

Forecast Discussion

A front just to our south and east has faded off the map allowing a more humid flow from the Gulf into the Southern Appalachians. The next front from the northwest gets no closer than Northern Virginia and Kentucky later this week.

We are locked into warm, muggy weather with gradually increasing coverage of afternoon/evening showers and storms--"widely scattered" today and Tuesday, "scattered" beginning Wednesday. Afternoon temperatures and humidity are typical of mid-August

By Sunday, the Ohio Valley front retreats toward the northeast. Maybe coverage of afternoon convection will be slightly reduced as a result.

We are getting a break from Atlantic tropical activity in the U. S.; however, a restart is being signaled in the Eastern Atlantic as a tropical wave off the African Coast probably becomes "Josephine" in the next couple days.

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