Wednesday, October 13, 2010

No strong winds, please

A cold front will cross the Carolinas later tonight and early Thursday, and some computer models indicate Friday could be a very breezy day across the region.

We wouldn't want that.

Gusty winds Friday would be a problem for two reasons -- a fire threat across the entire region; and trouble for those planning to drive to the mountains and see the colorful leaves this weekend.

You don't need me to tell you how dry it's been recently. Many of us are praying that the cold frontal passage will trigger enough showers or thunderstorms to moisten the ground -- to either water the grass seed that some of us have planted, or make it wet enough for the lawn-work procrastinators to get their aerating and seeding done.

It's not likely, because there doesn't seem to be much chance of significant rain.

Very dry conditions since mid-August have put us in a position where gusty west or northwest winds could create a big-time wildfire threat. We've been lucky so far, with only a handful of wildfire outbreaks in recent weeks.

For those planning trips to the mountains this weekend, a windy Friday could ruin some of the color show by blowing leaves out of the trees. This figures to be one of the most colorful weekends of autumn 2010 in the North Carolina high country.

We should know more about the wind threat by Thursday morning.

10 comments:

J said...

So after hearing for the past week that we were going to get rain and cooler temps on Thur and Fri, we're not going to get anything but wind? Nice.

Anonymous said...

I do not understand the value of this article. Any frontal activity creates wind. When cold and warm air come together, you get gusty wind.

Anonymous said...

It seems like all weather forecast in Charlotte have little to no value.

Anonymous said...

yeah Steve,

try a new approach....

make the weather as interesting as hmmnn uhh

ohh drats neva' mind.

Anonymous said...

All I know is the weather says 72 degrees and sunny on Saturday. I'm sorry, what are we complaining about again?

bmor449@aol.com said...

Came by here first and it felt like someone spit on me

Anonymous said...

I look forward to the day where I make it through an entire "article" written by Steve Lyttle that is absent of a grammatical error.

Anonymous said...

It's STILL to freakin' hot!!! As of 5:30 a.m. it was already 60 degrees and I'm dyin' over here!!!

Bill said...

I learn so much from this blog! Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

I love this blog, and NO, cold air and warm air meeting does not ALWAYS create gusty wind. SO fo the anonymous individual that left the comment at 3:43, go kick rocks somewhere.