In Brief Weather

Shorts and a t-shirt

I went out today in shorts and a t-shirt. It’s hard to imagine that Wednesday may be the coldest day of the season. Highs struggling to get into the 40s? Wind chills near zero? Ick. I suppose we deserve our share of winter, though…


Mother Nature’s Indecision

When reading the below Special Weather Statement, keep in mind that it reached 75° downtown on Wednesday.

…Wintry precipitation possible late Friday night across portions of
southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia…

A low pressure system is expected to move through South Carolina
Friday afternoon and Friday night. This will bring a chance of
rain to much of the area beginning Friday afternoon. However…a
colder airmass will move in Friday night from the north…possibly
allowing inland sections of southeast South Carolina to drop to
near freezing. Far inland portions of southeast Georgia…mainly
Screven and Jenkins counties…could drop into the lower to middle
30s late Friday night.

At this time…model guidance suggests the rain could mix with or
change over to snow and sleet across inland South Carolina and
Georgia after midnight Friday night. The best chance for wintry
precipitation will be north of a line from near Jamestown to
Summerville…Walterboro…Yemassee and Sylvania. Precipitation
is expected to end from west to east fairly quickly Saturday
morning. It does not appear that much snow or sleet
accumulation…if any…will occur with this system. There is…
however…considerable uncertainty regarding the amount of cold
air that will move in Friday night…and this will largely impact
eventual precipitation types and amounts.

What a wacky winter it’s been…


Deploying the thermals…

I’ll let the Weather STAR 4000 Emulator tell the story on tomorrow’s weather in the Southeast.

Deep Freez(e)

Needless to say, the thermals are coming out tomorrow for my early-morning walk to campus. I may even modify my route so I don’t get blasted by the wind tunnel courtesy of Rutledge Tower. I would really love to grab a handheld anemometer and measure the wind in various locations around Charleston. (I would also like to get a handheld altimeter so when my friends ask me where I am, I could tell them a location as well as my altitude, but I digress.) Tomorrow will be the trifecta of rain, cold, and high wind — in other words, the weather I oh-so detest. Le sigh.

I hope everyone’s safe tomorrow driving, especially inland. Looks like this icing has a potential to be a real problem. We shall see.

As Per Whatever

A late night in the office…

Well, it’s a late night in the office tonight. This evening marks the first time CofC has offered classroom support past 5:30 that included an actual direct phone call. Soooo, I get to be part of one giant experiment. Apparently it’ll be quiet on these nights, but you never really know when it comes to technological emergencies. I’ve gotta say, it’s a little weird being the only one in the office. Haha. All the lights are out except in the shop, which pretty much signifies that “I’m the man now, dog.” Thus, Extreme is playing at a low volume (so I can listen out for the phone ring).

I just hope the rain and the markedly colder weather hold off until after, say, 10:15PM or so, when I get to check out. The hour-by-hour breakdown on suggests it’ll be 52 downtown with cloudy conditions when I leave here. Let’s hope they’re on with that one. I don’t want to get caught in frigid, wet weather with only a sweater-shirt and khakis. My cold tolerance is admittedly faint below about 50 degrees or so, and when rain’s mixed in…look out. Very low on the Valuemeter. I really, really hope the icing scenario doesn’t play out. That stuff just isn’t fun at all. I’ll never forget driving to Greenwood from Charleston that March night in 2003, after getting back from San Diego for my grandmother’s memorial — by the time I arrived, my car was covered in ice and it took quite a bit of force to get out. That was nuts, especially for someone not versed in winter weather at all. Of course, the next month up there, we had tornado warnings on what seemed like a daily basis.

Last night was productive. I popped into the new Tanger Outlet in North Charleston, armed with a gift card that I received for Christmas. I left with four pairs of pants and four shirts (including the sweater-shirt I’m currently wearing) from the Gap for a shade under $130, most of which was absorbed by the gift card. Clearances really are a beautiful thing. It’s also nice to finally have some recent new clothing, to boot.

Everyone was extra nice to me at work today after the Chargers’ loss. I wonder why. :P

Hope you all have an enjoyable evening — catch you on the flip side of the front!