Al started his forecasting career in radio at Accu-Weather in Pennsylvania and remained there for four years as a broadcast meteorologist. He began his television career at Wilmington, NC's WECT in 1989, as a Meteorologist/Environmental Reporter. After a two year stint at WINK-TV in Fort Myers, FL and a year a WTVJ in Miami, Fl, Al returned to the Carolinas and WBTV in April of 1993. Al holds the AMS TV Seal of Approval and received an Emmy for Best Weathercast in 1997.
A First Alert has been declared for this morning, and you’ll want to use caution, as streets are wet. Rain this morning will gradually come to an end during the midday hours and a dry, gusty breeze will kick in for the afternoon as the sun returns.
This morning brought the coolest weather in four months with lows in the 40s for most WBTV-area neighborhoods. Looking ahead, even with more clouds in today’s forecast, we’ll still enjoy afternoon readings in the mid-upper 70s.
Following Sunday’s welcome rain, weak high pressure is now building into the WBTV area. Once we burn off the low clouds and fog from overnight, we’ll enjoy plenty of sunshine today with warm afternoon high temperatures close to 80°.
With highs pressure off the coast and a frontal back to our west, today will bring the warmest weather of the week with afternoon readings in the low to middle 80s, well above average for this time of the year.
What you see is what you get. Extensive cloud cover will dominate the WBTV viewing area today, as cool NE breezes blow and temperatures hold in the 60s – below average for early October – all day long!
I’m forecasting a return to record-breaking heat in the upper 90s this afternoon before we back off just a tad on to the middle 90s on Friday. The record for today is 91°, set in 1986 and that will be eclipsed by lunchtime.
Following another scorcher Monday, when Charlotte reached a record-tying 91°, we should fall just shy of 90° today. Clouds this morning will gradually break up and mix out with more sunshine for the afternoon hours.
Following another scorcher Sunday, when Charlotte reached a record-breaking 96°, we’ll back off to the upper 80s today. And with a front in the area, there’s a 30% chance for more widely separated thunderstorms late today.
Following Thursday's record-shattering high temperature of 95°, a weak frontal system moving into the WBTV viewing area today should through a few more clouds our way, perhaps preventing up from getting much hotter than 92°.
After reaching 94° - yet again – in Charlotte Tuesday, we’ll settle back into the upper 70s today under mostly sunny skies. The humidity level will sink today as well and that will be a theme right through the upcoming weekend.
Charlotte has reached 95° every day thus far this week and I see absolutely no reason we won’t be at least that hot again today! In fact, I subtle signals in the atmospheric profile are suggesting we may actually be a degree or two hotter today!