Local Forecast: We're in the last few weeks of summer, and at least for now, Mother Nature wants to keep us feeling that way. Highs today reaching the 90° mark Upstate, with low to mid 80s in the mountains. Most should stay dry with partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies, but an isolated thunderstorm is possible this afternoon. The pattern of heat, humidity, and isolated storms continues through Wednesday and Thursday. Late Thursday though, a cold front will push through, bringing more widespread showers and storms. This will help to clear us out going to the weekend. Friday we're looking at partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-80s, but over the weekend mostly sunny skies return, and temperatures drop down to 80° for the Upstate high, with middle 70s in the mountains.
Tropics: We've got our 8th named storm of Hurricane Season 2013, as Tropical Storm Humberto formed this morning off the coast of Africa. Conditions in that part of the Atlantic are conducive to strengthening, so this is the first storm predicted to make it to hurricane status. The good news for us is that this storm poses no threat to US land. It will continue to travel westward into the central Atlantic, and then is expected to make a sharp curve northward, staying out over open water as it begins to weaken.