Though we are talking cool air and tropics...we're not talking about them together. First things first. Right now, we're watching a cold front pass through our area, and once it does so, it's expected to linger around the southeast coast. What this means for us is that as the winds shift with the passing of the cold front, we're going to get a strong filtering of cooler-than-average air from the north and west to "pool" in the Upstate and Western NC, dropping our high temperatures from the 90s a few days ago, to the lower 70s over the weekend. The good news about the frontal passage is that our rain and storm chances stay pretty low today and Thursday, giving everyone a decent chance to get out and enjoy some of the last days before school starts up next week.
Now, the second big piece of the extended forecast is the tropics. An area of low pressure is trying to form between Honduras and the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean, and the National Hurricane Center has upped the chance for Tropical Storm development to 50%. As this system continues to churn and potentially develop, our computer models are showing some strong moisture potentially being sent in our direction. *IF* this system becomes a Tropical Storm, we're not looking to take a direct hit at this time. But, with the amount of rain we've had in the last few 8 weeks, and some potentially heavy, outskirting tropical bands reaching our area, we could have some flood concerns over the weekend. Stay tuned...we'll be keeping a close eye on all of these factors.