ROANOKE, Va. – I posted a poll to my Facebook page Tuesday to see who felt the need for rain. Roughly 75% of people who responded said ‘Yes,' as of 3 a.m. Wednesday. While we’re still way ahead on rain totals for the year, we’ve fallen behind for the month of July.
We only expect spotty storms the next few afternoons, as we track an area of low pressure in the Carolinas. Had this system been farther west, we’d see a lot more moisture coming in. However, the fact that it’s farther east doesn’t bode well for any soaking rain.
By Thursday, this storm will be near Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Its position gives us the chance for spotty storms mainly east of the Blue Ridge Parkway later in the day. That’s about it.
So, yes. It’s probably a good idea to water the garden or put the sprinkler out in the lawn these next few days. We aren’t guaranteed to see storms. There’s just the chance of some spotty stuff materializing.
We’ll turn hotter Thursday and Friday, as our coastal system slowly drifts toward New England. Expect highs around 85-90° Thursday and a few degrees higher by Friday.
A second system from the west may be enough to produce some evening storms Friday. However, the better chance for scattered storms appears to be Saturday.
We’ll turn drier Sunday, as that second system slows down to our east. We’ll keep it pretty hot this weekend, with highs each day around 86-92°.