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Flash Flood Watch Issued for Lowcountry Wednesday

By Jeff Huffman

0f9eeb22-6ebd-4e95-ab35-0c585b3a3c6bFlash flooding is possible in the South Carolina Lowcountry Tuesday night and Wednesday, thanks to multiple rounds of showers and t-storms likely to hit the same areas over a short amount of time. The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a Flash Flood Watch Tuesday afternoon for the counties of Hampton, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston, Beaufort, and Jasper. The watch is in effect until 6 pm Wednesday. The heaviest rainfall accumulation is expected in coastal areas from Charleston and Hilton Head, where 4 to 6 inches is possible. Residents from North Charleston to Myrtle...

Flash Flood Watch Issued for the Upstate through Sunday

By Jeff Huffman

d851811a-8bcf-4247-abce-a738fb0fb511The risk of repeating rounds of heavy rain has forecasters in the South Carolina Upstate concerned about flash flooding. The National Weather Service offices in Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg have issued a Flash Flood Watch for areas along the I-85 corridor, extending south to Greenwood and east to Cheraw. The communities of Anderson and Chesterfield are also included in the Flash Flood Watch. According to a blend of radar data and rain gauge observations, anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain has fallen over the past two days in many areas. The heaviest rain has occurred along and north...

Hurricane Season Begins with No South Carolina Threat

By Jeff Huffman

3500f7f7-9200-4f29-928c-9930f4528944Saturday marks the official start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and the second named storm of the year could already be developing. However, it poses no current threat to the United States. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are watching a disturbance moving into the southern Bay of Campeche, labeling it as having a “medium chance” of developing into a tropical depression or storm by Monday. The system referred to by meteorologists as Invest 91, is expected to move to the west and bring heavy rain to portions of northeast Mexico over the weekend and into early next week. If...

Historic Heat Expected Over the Holiday Weekend

By Jeff Huffman

429929af-7873-482c-93b9-38db903b8990The Palmetto State will be sizzling this Memorial Day Weekend, and the heat could be historic. Record highs dating back to the 1950's and 60's are in jeopardy of being broken or tied in several cities by Monday. Triple-digit temperatures are forecast across the Midlands starting Saturday, with a high up to 101° possible in Columbia by Memorial Day. Even temperatures across the Upstate are expected to shatter records. Forecast highs in Spartanburg are 3 to 5 degrees above the daily records Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. These numbers are 10 to 15 degrees above average for this time of year. High...

NHC: Low Chance of Tropical Development in Atlantic This Weekend

By Jeff Huffman

4bebc855-a59a-4d5d-a004-c0b30d589493Hurricane season is still a month away, but we're already watching a disturbance in the Atlantic. In a special preseason tropical weather outlook from the National Hurricane Center issued Wednesday, forecasters said a cluster of thunderstorms near The Bahamas had a “low chance” of developing into a tropical depression or storm this weekend. The system is likely to stay offshore of the Mid-Atlantic coast, but the nearby tropical moisture could enhance the rainfall already in the forecast from an approaching front. Showers and thunderstorms are likely to become more numerous across South...

The Hurricane Forecast Meteorologists Don't Want You to See

By Jeff Huffman

0d0927e2-da2e-4e1f-8833-eea847bb7de5Fewer hurricanes are expected this year than the last two seasons, according to renowned researcher Dr. Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University. However, both of those seasons far outperformed expectations. Even Phil doesn't have much confidence in his forecast this time of year. “So our skill in April is modest, and that's because the hurricane season doesn't start until June and then doesn't ramp up until August. So obviously there's a lot that could change in the atmosphere and ocean,” he says. Emergency managers and insurance agents usually scoff at the preseason prognostications,...

Rain Chances Return Next Four Days

By Jeff Huffman

e4c8fe50-746c-4b91-a4f5-63e84c960a44The sun was in rare form Monday across South Carolina. It was out the entire day! Much of the state has experienced a prolong period of gloomy skies since the middle of the month. Columbia, for example, hadn't had a day with more than 50 percent sunshine since February 14th. The pattern finally broke Monday, as high pressure nosed in from the Ohio Valley and allowed drier, cooler air to spill in from the north. The brighter skies won't last long. Upper-level winds out of the west are still quite strong, and this will keep weather systems marching across the nation about every other day for at...

El Niño is Here and it's Already Affecting South Carolina

By Jeff Huffman

d26b0ede-54ca-4004-8b13-d3325da16f20Scientists at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center have officially declared an El Niño. It is a natural warming over the water in the eastern and/or Central Pacific Ocean that occurs every 2 to 7 years. The El Niño is expected to be weak and forecasters at the government agency say there's only slightly greater than an even bet that it will even last through the spring. El Niño can create alterations in the higher-altitude winds that drive seasonal weather patterns. We've already seen evidence of this in South Carolina this winter, where El Niño often produces wetter than average conditions...

Flash Flood and Severe Weather Risk in Eastern South Carolina Friday

By Jeff Huffman

ddb80f85-5cdd-46a8-a543-00c718391394Yet another strong storm system is approaching the Palmetto State. On a weekend, of course. But this one will bring all rain. And a lot of it. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Pee Dee region of South Carolina through Saturday afternoon, where two to four inches of rain is expected in this region. While that isn't a large or record-setting amount of rain, it will fall on already saturated soil. And since the rain will be heavy at times, it could produce flash flooding, especially in poor drainage areas near creeks, streams and ditches. In addition to the heavy rain, a few strong...

Season's First Winter Storm Arrives Sunday

By Jeff Huffman

65f422cd-67fa-407b-845e-9745e64c54f7The season's first winter storm is poised to move into portions of upstate South Carolina Sunday, where several inches of snow and sleet are expected. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through midday Monday for areas along and west of the I-85 corridor from Anderson to Spartanburg. The warning extends east to include Laurens, Union, Chester, York and Lancaster counties of north-central South Carolina. A Winter Weather Advisory is also in effect for Abbeville, Greenwood, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw and Chesterfield counties through Monday evening. Rain began overspreading much of the state...

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