Good Monday. Our rainfall for the year is officially more than 11.5" below average at the reporting station in Chattanooga, but folks in north Georgia are living a different reality after getting 2"-3" of rain yesterday. The problem is most of these hotspots of heavy rain are isolated so it is always feast of famine. Later this week I think we will turn a corner which will allow for all of us to get some widespread, drought-busting rain that may put a hitch in your weekend plans, but will go a long way in irrigating the Tennessee Valley.
Today, I think we will see some scattered storms developing mainly along a line over the Cumberland Plateau, then they will drift westward away from the area. A few isolated storms could pop up anywhere, however. Clouds will keep us at about 90 degrees today. I expect .5"-1" of rain on the Plateau, and .25"-.5" in the TN Valley. Heading east into the Blue Ridge I expect less than .25" of rain to fall.
Tuesday and Wednesday will sport highs near 90 and rain chances ranging from 30% to 50%. Thursday into the weekend we will start to see a train of tropical moisture bringing fairly steady rain to the area morning, noon, and night. During the weekend we could get an additional 2"-4" of rain.
Right now it looks like that rainy pattern may continue into next Monday as well.
For the interactive radar, download the WRCB weather app. David Karnes