Good Sunday. We are still under severe to extreme drought conditions, with our rainfall in Chattanooga closing in on 11" below average for the year. So far, we have had to settle for sporadic, pop up thunderstorms to provide hit and miss relief from the drought. I think we may see that change late next week. Until then, however, it is still all about the heat and humidity.
Today we hit 96 for the high with the heat index topping out at 101. We will again see pop up storms during the afternoon and evening hours as a result of the thick gulf moisture combining with the above average temperatures.
We will see much the same through Wednesday. Highs will be in the mid 90s, the heat index will be near 100, and each afternoon will sport hit and miss showers and storms.
Thursday through next weekend marks a shift. A front will drift over the Tennessee Valley and stall. This will bring cloudy skies with more widespread showers and storms. This could take a significant bite out of our rain deficit and provide some relief from our drought conditions. The clouds and rain will also keep us a few degrees cooler with highs late next week and next weekend drifting back into the low 90s.
For the interactive radar, click on www.wrcbtv.com/weather. David Karnes
8am... Partly Cloudy, 75
Noon... Partly Cloudy, 90
5pm... Scattered Storms, 96