On and off rain into the weekend

/ April 5, 2019 at 7:59 AM

A period of unsettled weather begins today and will last through the weekend. No washouts in store, but be ready for scattered showers and even some thunderstorms. With a lot going on outside this weekend, you’ll want to stay weather-aware.

Drought watch

Much of the Lowcountry remains in moderate drought, though substantial rain on Tuesday — the airport recorded over an inch for the first time this year! — helped put a bit of a dent in the deficit. We continue to generally run around 6.3-6.6″ behind where we should be at this time of year. More beneficial rainfall is falling today, and some areas should pick up another inch of rain before the middle of next week. Whether this is enough to bust our drought is yet unclear.

Bridge Run morning: Mild, cloudy, foggy

The Bridge Run looks pretty good, if not a bit cloudy with a chance of some patchy fog. Temperatures will generally be in the low 60s to start the race, rising into the 70s by noon. A backdoor front will have moved south of the area overnight, keeping the best chances for rain to our south through early afternoon — pretty much exactly what we would want for the race. Good luck to everyone participating — I will be firmly entrenched in bed.

Weekend outlook: Scattered showers and storms, but no washout

Overall, we’ll be watching for afternoon shower and thunderstorm chances each day into early next week as a front meanders nearby through Sunday evening. Temperatures will be warming above normal; we should touch 80 by Sunday. Don’t be shocked if there is a stronger storm or two Sunday afternoon given decent instability — it’s becoming that time of year, after all. Definitely don’t cancel plans, but have a solid indoor backup plan in case thunderstorms threaten. Remember, if you see lightning or hear thunder, you’re in range to be struck and should get into substantial shelter until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.

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