Ah Hickory, one of the finest towns named after wood out there.
At 353PM, ET, Hickory was reporting a temperature of 87 degrees with clear skies and a climbing dew point in the low 60s. A jet ridge was arcing through the east, with plenty of hot, humid air building underneath it. At the surface, the jet arc is representative of a warm and cold front, with the cold front parked just west of the Appalachians, with severe thunderstorms firing through much of central Tennessee, thanks to the sharp contrast in airmasses, but with little vorticity, meaning a low threat for tornadoes.
The jet is rather longwaved, and there is almost nothing behind it. Rather than sweep through the Carolinas, the system is expected simply to get shredded and disappear in terms of a surface based system. Expect hot weather to continue, though low level eddies will generate a few afternoon thunderstorms for most of the American Southeast, including Hickory and western North Carolina.
Tomorrow – Isolated afternoon thunderstorms, otherwise hot and humid, High 84, Low 66
Sunday – Isolated afternoon thunder, a degree or two cooler, High 81, Low 62
TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. high 84, Low 64
Sunday – A few thunderstorms possible. High 81, Low 63
AW: Tomorrow – Sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm around, mainly later; very warm High 86, Low 64
Sunday – Times of clouds and sun with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm High 83, Low 60
NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly cloudy High 86, Low 64
Sunday – A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy High 80, Low 63
WB: Tomorrow – Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny in the morning… Then partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 87, Low 67
Sunday – Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 81, Low 61
Accuweather’s sounds less like a forecast than a recipe. Couple of showers and a thunderstorm. Here is the infrared satellite, colorized for your amusement. The higher tops, which mean thunderstorms, are the more expressively colored, such as those over Tennessee.