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.
Following last night’s storms, we’re starting off in the muggy 70s this morning under mostly cloudy skies. Those clouds and more thunderstorms will likely keep a lid on our temperatures today, topping out in the mid to upper 80s, which again, is right on target for this time of the year.
High temperatures will range from the upper 80s to lower 90s right through the upcoming weekend. The average high temperature for this time of the year is 87°, so those forecast values aren’t far from where we should be.
As per WBTV News coverage Monday evening, Duke Energy contends lake levels were lowered throughout the Catawba River chain starting a week prior to the event, based on the forecast of tropically-induced heavy rain that was expected to unfold over several days near the headwaters of the basin.
Today will be day six of our current early-season heat wave and it looks to be the hottest day so far, as I’m forecasting an afternoon high of 96° for Charlotte, just shy of the record of 98° set back in 1941.
Today will be day five of our current early-season heat wave and it looks to be the hottest day so far, as I’m forecasting an afternoon high of 96° for Charlotte, just shy of the record of 97° set back in 1941.