Comfort Level Going Up: After a cold start this morning as temperatures dipped into the 20s for most towns around here, conditions will be improving quickly. Around lunch, temperatures will be in the upper 40s to low 50s for Upstate & NE Georgia towns. By the afternoon, highs will range from around 57° to 59° in Upstate towns with Western NC towns ranging from the upper 40s to low 50s and even some middle 50s possible south and east of Asheville and Hendersonville.
Weekend Even Better: Even though we'll feel some cool mornings early Friday & Saturday, the sunshine and a switch to a southwest wind will translate into warmer weather for us. Highs by the afternoon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will approach 60° and even go past 60° in many Upstate & NE Georgia areas. Western NC highs will be warm as well. Highs will climb into the 50s and approach 60° by Sunday in the mountains.
Severe Weather Awareness/Preparedness Week - This Morning's Topic is Flooding:
In South Carolina, several variations of flood hazards occur due to the different effects of severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, seasonal rains and other weather-related conditions. The State's low-lying topography, combined with its humid subtropical climate, makes it highly vulnerable to inland or river flooding. River flooding occurs when the flow of rainwater runoff is greater than the carrying capacities of the natural drainage systems. The largest river flood in South Carolina, based on the area affected, was the 1903 flood. Relentless rains associated with warm moist air and a low-pressure system caused this flood. The textile communities of Clifton and Pacolet were hardest hit. The Pacolet River rose as much as 40 feet in an hour, resulting in the deaths of sixty-five people.
In comparison to river flooding, coastal flooding is usually the result of a severe weather system such as a tropical storm or hurricane, which contains an element of high winds. The damaging effects of coastal floods are caused by a combination of storm surge, wind, rain, erosion and battering by debris. In 1999, three tropical systems resulted in over 24 inches of rain in Horry County (near & around Myrtle Beach). The Waccamaw River and tributaries caused significant flooding throughout northeastern South Carolina.