Latest updated blog – Dry Friday ahead of us – Nick

Hot start to the weekend before rain chances return

Good Thursday evening, everyone. What was once Hurricane Laura has weakened to a Tropical Storm today as it continues its journey across the state of Arkansas. While we didn’t get the brunt of Laura, we did see some moisture result in cloud cover today and some scattered t-storms across parts of the area. It would have been nice to have the rain be more widespread across the area. Areas that did see rain today saw rain amounts vary from a tenth of an inch to almost 1.5″ from radar estimates down below.


While not everyone saw the rainfall from the outer bands and moisture from Laura, we had quite a bit of cloud cover help keep us out of the 90s for today. After we started in the upper 60s, highs today were a bit cooler compared to yesterday. Instead of the upper 80s to near 90 like we saw yesterday, the mostly cloudy skies kept most of us in the lower 80s for highs on this Thursday.


While we were under the influence of Laura over the past few days, we’ll see our skies start to brighten up as the weekend begins. However, we’ll be back in the late August heat after we start mild in the morning.


The surface setup below continues to show the two main systems we continue to watch as we head into the weekend. Laura is continuing to spin across central and northeastern Arkansas as it keeps the bulk of the rain to our southeast and any potential for tornadoes across parts of Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi. After we see Laura push to our east as the weekend gets going, we’ll turn our attention to the front that’s been parked to the north for the whole week so far.


Heading through the overnight and into Friday morning, we’ll start with partly cloudy skies across a good portion of the area as Laura pushes off to the northeast. Any areas that saw rain today will have a chance to see some fog overnight and for the morning drive. Otherwise, we’ll start mild with lows dropping into the upper 60s.


As Laura departs and works into the Ohio River Valley for the rest of the day, we’ll see returning sunshine eager to heat us up once again. However, the humidity will stick with us through the day. After our mild start, we’ll have temperatures quickly push into the upper 80s by lunchtime and highs pushing back into the middle 90s for the afternoon.


While the weekend starts off on a quiet note, the front to our north will start to work in for our Saturday. After we spend Friday night on a quiet note, there’s the chance for scattered t-storms with the approaching front to start our Saturday morning out. Other than the returning rain chances trying to sneak in early, we’ll start mild again in the morning with lows in the lower to middle 70s.


The front will continue to sit across the region as we work through our Saturday. While we’ll have some dry time, we’ll continue to keep scattered t-storm chances in the forecast through the day. Any dry time that we get under partly sunny skies will still send us back near 90 degrees for afternoon highs.


The front will push to the south of the immediate area for Sunday, but it’ll stick close by to keep partly sunny skies and scattered t-storms in the forecast to wrap up the final weekend of August. Fortunately, we’ll end the weekend on a warm note with highs only climbing up into the middle 80s.


Even though the front is south of the area for Sunday, it will come back for Monday and Tuesday as another upper level wave comes through the region. Both will keep rain chances in the forecast for both days before we get a chance to dry out on Wednesday. With this front providing the better chances for widespread scattered rain, it’s possible for the area to see rain amounts vary between 1 and 3 inches by next Wednesday.


Given that much of the area is in a drought to moderate drought, we’ll take the rain chances that’ll come our way. For a look at the rest of the month and much of September, Doug has you covered with his long-range forecast down below.

Have a good night and a great Friday!


Long range forecast into September:

Next Friday-Saturday:  Staying warm as we head to the weekend with slight t-storm chances sticking around.

September 6th-12th:  Mainly a warm week with two cold fronts rolling through during the week.  This will keep thunderstorm chances around most of the week.

September 13th-19th:  A warm start but most of the week will be mild.  Thunderstorm chances the first half of the week.  Then mild and nice the rest of the week.