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How do you not hit 80 in a heat wave in the south?

We have been talking about the heat gripping the country, dangerously so, for a few days now. You would think that places in the south would be at least in the 90s. Sure, there was some convection and the humidity may cap temperatures in the upper 80s. Well, in the Piedmont of Upstate South Carolina, the convection led to an overcast that allowed no radiative heating on Saturday, and temperatures only hit 78 in Spartanburg. Sure, it’s usually cooler in that part of the world than areas surrounding, but come on! This obviously threw off forecasts, but Weatherbug ended up with the top forecast, 6 degrees off on the forecast high on Saturday.
Actuals: Saturday – .01 inches of rain, High 78, Low 64
Sunday – High 86, Low 69

Grade: C

Columbia, Missouri to Spartanburg, South Carolina

Isn’t there a closer Columbia for Spartanburg residents to welcome guests from? Neither city is on a major interstate, and the trip will take a day and a half and cover 784 miles. Our pace will be about 62.1mph, which is rather slow, but not egregiously so. We will cover 496.9 miles on the first day in the car, which will leave us just a few hours to Spartanburg on Sunday.


The heat is building into the center of the country, and this will be especially true in Missouri and Illinois. The Gulf will pump moisture north that will begin to rise convectively almost as soon as the system arrives on shore. Some of those storms will make it’s way as far north as Tennessee. The threat for storms will come as we arrive in about Clarksville, Tennessee and stay with us for the rest of our drive. We will make it to Boma, Tennessee. There will be a chance, as I said, for wet weather, but truth be told, the heaviest weather will be south of our route.

The drive will be OK to begin, since the thunderstorms activity will taper off over night, but the Smokeys that we have to pass through will be a good instigator for a few more thunderstorms Sunday. Don’t be surprised if we see some wet weather between Knoxville and Asheville, North Carolina. The wet weather will not follow us, however, from Asheville to Spartanburg, and we should expect some nice, hot weather in Spartanburg for our arrival.

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Spartanburg, which I imagine to be rather austere and without lavish amenities or luxury.

At 1115, Spartanburg was reporting temperature of 68 degrees with cloudy skies. Just down the road in Greenville, light rain was being reported, and radar detected similarly light showers ranging from Hickory, North Carolina all the way to Greenville. Temperatures were cooler in the Piedmont, north of a boundary associated largely with the Gulf of Mexico’s moist flow, though clouds and showers no doubt had something to do with the the seasonably pleasant weather.
The upper level jet is helping create a very strong ridge over the eastern 2/3 of the country, which means there will be no strong systems moving in there area. Instead, summer time convection will be in full force, particularly to the south of Spartanburg. Temperatures across the center of the country will be very hot, which can only aid in the on shore flow, meaning thunderstorms are a near certainty in the afternoons over the weekend.
Tomorrow- Warm and steamy, with afternoon showers and storms, High 85, Low 66
Sunday – Thunderstorms in the afternoon, otherwise steamy, High 91, Low 65

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly to mostly cloudy. High 84, Low 66
Sunday – Partly cloudy High 87, Low 66

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and less humid High 86, Low 68
Sunday – Partly sunny with low humidity High 89, Low 67

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Mostly cloudy High 84, Low 66
Sunday – Partly sunny, High 89, Low 67

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the afternoon. High 84, Low 66
Sunday – Partly sunny. High 88, Low 68

Not as bad as it would be off to the west, but still very summery. Radar shows just a few showers around.