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Current Conditions

  • 72°
  • Clear
  • Wind: SSW 14 mph
  • Humidity: 53%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 54°
  • Pressure: 29.75 in. -

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5 Day Forecast

  • Thursday
  • Overcast
  • High: 74 °
  • Low: 47 °
  • Overcast
  • Friday
  • Rain
  • High: 57 °
  • Low: 32 °
  • Rain
  • Saturday
  • Clear
  • High: 49 °
  • Low: 27 °
  • Clear
  • Sunday
  • Clear
  • High: 57 °
  • Low: 38 °
  • Clear
  • Monday
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • High: 67 °
  • Low: 41 °
  • Chance of T-Storms

Forecast for Hickory, North Carolina

Updated: 11:15 AM EDT on January 26, 2015

  • Thursday

    Cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 74F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Cloudy skies with periods of rain late. Thunder possible. Low 47F. SW winds shifting to NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

  • Friday

    Cloudy with rain ending in the afternoon. High 57F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

  • Friday Night

    Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later at night. Low 32F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Saturday

    Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 49F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    A mostly clear sky. Low 27F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Sunday

    Mainly sunny. High 57F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    A mostly clear sky. Low 38F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Monday

    Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High 67F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Monday Night

    A mostly clear sky. Low 41F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Sunny. High 72F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    A few clouds from time to time. Low 47F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Wednesday

    A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 72F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    A mostly clear sky. Low 54F. Winds light and variable.

  • Thursday

    A mix of clouds and sun in the morning will give way to cloudy skies and light rain during the afternoon. High near 75F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

  • Thursday Night

    Steady light rain in the evening. Showers continuing late. Low 54F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

  • Friday

    Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 73F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

  • Friday Night

    Cloudy with showers. Low 49F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.

  • Saturday

    Abundant sunshine. High 62F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Mostly clear skies. Low 44F. Winds light and variable.

  • Sunday

    Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High around 65F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Partly cloudy skies. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.

Personal Weather Stations

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Location: 15th Street South East, Hickory, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 73.7 °F Dew Point: 58 °F Humidity: 59% Wind: WSW at 5.0 mph Pressure: 29.76 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: 16th Street Northeast, Hickory, NC

Updated: 3:05 PM EDT

Temperature: 72.7 °F Dew Point: 61 °F Humidity: 67% Wind: North at - Pressure: 29.91 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 75 °F Graphs

Location: St. Stephens Park, Hickory, NC

Updated: 3:05 PM EDT

Temperature: 74.8 °F Dew Point: 58 °F Humidity: 56% Wind: SE at 6.3 mph Pressure: 29.64 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: Mountain View Heliport, Hickory, NC

Updated: 2:56 PM EDT

Temperature: 76.8 °F Dew Point: 58 °F Humidity: 52% Wind: SSW at 3.7 mph Pressure: 29.58 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 79 °F Graphs

Location: Hildebran's Weather Station, Hildebran, NC

Updated: 2:54 PM EDT

Temperature: 71.9 °F Dew Point: 56 °F Humidity: 57% Wind: SSW at 17.0 mph Pressure: 29.86 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 76 °F Graphs

Location: Cambridge Place Townhomes-Thornburg Drive, Conover, Conover, NC

Updated: 2:54 PM EDT

Temperature: 75.2 °F Dew Point: 59 °F Humidity: 58% Wind: SSE at 2.2 mph Pressure: 29.62 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: River Run Circle, Hickory, NC

Updated: 3:04 PM EDT

Temperature: 76.5 °F Dew Point: 59 °F Humidity: 55% Wind: West at 5.8 mph Pressure: 29.66 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: WR4AY, Connellys Springs, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 74.3 °F Dew Point: 61 °F Humidity: 63% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.70 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: Riverbend Park, Riverbend Park, Conover, NC

Updated: 3:01 PM EDT

Temperature: 71.9 °F Dew Point: 57 °F Humidity: 59% Wind: SW at 2.0 mph Pressure: 29.77 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 76 °F Graphs

Location: Barrett Mt, Taylorsville, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 71.4 °F Dew Point: 58 °F Humidity: 62% Wind: West at 4.0 mph Pressure: 29.64 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 76 °F Graphs

Location: Cedar Valley Rd, Hudson, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 75.4 °F Dew Point: 46 °F Humidity: 35% Wind: WSW at 5.4 mph Pressure: 29.79 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: Deer Creek, Hudson, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 74.3 °F Dew Point: 57 °F Humidity: 55% Wind: SSE at 7.0 mph Pressure: 29.80 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: Granite Falls, NC

Updated: 5:05 PM GST

Temperature: 72.6 °F Dew Point: 61 °F Humidity: 66% Wind: South at 7.0 mph Pressure: 32.22 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 76 °F Graphs

Location: Blue Ridge Foothills - N1PD, Newton, NC

Updated: 3:07 PM EDT

Temperature: 73.1 °F Dew Point: 61 °F Humidity: 65% Wind: SW at 5.0 mph Pressure: 29.78 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 76 °F Graphs

Location: Balls Creek-Ramsey, Claremont, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 72.4 °F Dew Point: 59 °F Humidity: 62% Wind: SSE at 8.0 mph Pressure: 29.77 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 76 °F Graphs

Location: Maiden, Maiden, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 75.0 °F Dew Point: 57 °F Humidity: 53% Wind: SW at 11.2 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: Murrays Mill Road, Catawba, NC

Updated: 3:07 PM EDT

Temperature: 75.6 °F Dew Point: 62 °F Humidity: 62% Wind: SSW at 1.0 mph Pressure: 29.88 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: Catawba, NC, Catawba, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 75.0 °F Dew Point: 61 °F Humidity: 62% Wind: WNW at 5.8 mph Pressure: 29.73 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: BurkeWeather.com, Valdese, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 76.6 °F Dew Point: 58 °F Humidity: 53% Wind: South at 6.9 mph Pressure: 29.77 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: STM-Whitnel, Lenoir, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 75.7 °F Dew Point: 56 °F Humidity: 50% Wind: SE at 8.9 mph Pressure: 29.66 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: Highland Ave, Lenoir, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 79.3 °F Dew Point: 56 °F Humidity: 45% Wind: Calm Pressure: 28.55 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 80 °F Graphs

Location: Charlesmont, Lenoir, NC

Updated: 2:59 PM EDT

Temperature: 76.8 °F Dew Point: 58 °F Humidity: 52% Wind: West at 2.2 mph Pressure: 29.52 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 79 °F Graphs

Location: Blue Creek Rd, Lenoir, NC

Updated: 2:57 PM EDT

Temperature: 76.5 °F Dew Point: 57 °F Humidity: 51% Wind: SE at 7.3 mph Pressure: 29.63 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: Petche Gap, Morganton, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 75.7 °F Dew Point: 15 °F Humidity: 10% Wind: NE at 6.2 mph Pressure: 29.83 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 75 °F Graphs

Location: Lincolnton, Lincolnton, NC

Updated: 3:01 PM EDT

Temperature: 76.8 °F Dew Point: 57 °F Humidity: 50% Wind: SSW at 4.7 mph Pressure: 29.62 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: Salem Community, Morganton, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 74.5 °F Dew Point: 57 °F Humidity: 55% Wind: SSW at 5.0 mph Pressure: 29.76 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: Marydel, Maiden, NC

Updated: 3:07 PM EDT

Temperature: 73.9 °F Dew Point: 56 °F Humidity: 54% Wind: SSW at 3.4 mph Pressure: 29.79 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: Howard's Creek-Shoal Rd, Lincolnton, NC

Updated: 3:00 PM EDT

Temperature: 73.4 °F Dew Point: 61 °F Humidity: 65% Wind: SW at 16.1 mph Pressure: 29.70 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 76 °F Graphs

Location: Sherrills Ford, NC, Sherrills Ford, NC

Updated: 3:02 PM EDT

Temperature: 76.1 °F Dew Point: 58 °F Humidity: 53% Wind: SSE at 5.8 mph Pressure: 29.53 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: Patterson, Lenoir, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 74.3 °F Dew Point: 57 °F Humidity: 55% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.45 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: Sherwood Shores, Sherrills Ford, NC

Updated: 3:08 PM EDT

Temperature: 73.8 °F Dew Point: 55 °F Humidity: 52% Wind: SE at 2.7 mph Pressure: 29.52 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: Western Wilkes County, Moravian Falls, NC

Updated: 2:54 PM EDT

Temperature: 66.2 °F Dew Point: 58 °F Humidity: 74% Wind: ESE at 8.0 mph Pressure: 29.78 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC 
247 PM EDT Thursday Mar 26 2015 


Synopsis... 
a cold front will cross the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia 
tonight. A trailing upper level disturbance will then cross the area 
Friday through Friday night. Dry and cool high pressure will settle 
in over the weekend. A low pressure clipper system and associated 
cold front will pass over the region on Monday. 


&& 


Near term /through Friday/... 
as of 225 PM...clouds have thinned and broken up around the area 
which should allow temperatures to rise into the 70s across much of the 
Piedmont and upper 60s in mountain valleys. Held onto a low pop through 
early evening...with latest soundings having a small amount of 
instability across the Piedmont...albeit capped off in the midlevels. 
The chance of thunder in these areas looks near zero through the rest 
of the daytime hours. 


Looking upstream...deep trough continues to dig into the middle 
Mississippi Valley...preceded by a fairly potent cold front and an 
wave of low pressure over the central Appalachians. A band of 
convective precipitation and embedded thunderstorms is seen over WV and eastern 
Kentucky...just ahead of the surface front. Latest hrrr and 4km Storm Prediction Center WRF take 
this feature northeastward...while more activity develops along the front 
over the tenn valley. The front is expected to slowly move across the 
mountains overnight as the trough digs and the surface wave moves to the middle 
Atlantic coast. Both the convection allowing models as well as the 
GFS/NAM show quantitative precipitation forecast in our County warning forecast area in vicinity of the front...though this appears 
due to redevelopment rather than advection of the current activity. 
Indeed most guidance shows modest instability of up to a few hundred 
j/kg...mainly elevated in nature...present in the County warning forecast area prior to the 
front. Thunder chances are mainly confined to the mountains and areas 
south of I-85. Though 0-3km shear would suggest some organization or 
damaging wind threat with thunderstorms and rain...the effective shear is small and severe weather 
is not anticipated. Storm Prediction Center does not have the County warning forecast area in any probabilistic 
threat areas through 12z. Despite the front arriving late...mins will 
be a couple categories above climatology. 


Cold air begins to sweep in behind the front...and northwesterly winds will 
still have some moisture to work with. Small chances of northwest flow snow 
are included near daybreak...though in reality if the cold air 
arrives early enough a mix of ptypes could occur as it cuts 
underneath the very warm midlevel air still present...creating a 
warm nose. Precipitation chances will generally trend downward in the wake 
of the front as the day progresses...but some degree of upper 
dynamic forcing will be present with the trough still just to our 
west. Midlevel lapse rates improve sufficiently to allow slight surface 
based instability by afternoon. These ingredients could produce some 
spotty showers...with temperatures again becoming supportive of snow or a 
rain/snow mix in the high elevations by sunset. Early afternoon maximum temperatures 
will mainly be in the 50s in the Piedmont and mountain valleys...with 
upper 30s and lower 40s in the high elevations. 


&& 


Short term /Friday night through Sunday/... 
as of 145 PM Thursday..a deep upper trough centered west of the area 
Friday evening is forecast to swing through the area by early 
Saturday and move into the Atlantic early Sunday. In the wake of the 
trough...weak ridging will occur across the southeast states on Sunday. 


On Friday night...there may be some lingering showers across the 
Piedmont along the axis of a departing vorticity maximum...so have maintained 
a mention of chance probability of precipitation there before midnight. Also...some northwest flow 
snow will likely be on going as another vorticity maximum crosses the 
mountains ahead of the approaching base of the upper trough. 
Meanwhile...850 mb temperatures will fall to the -8c to -12c range by 12z 
Saturday. Hence...a period of decent northwest flow snow should occur 
Friday night. In regard to snow accums...the latest model consensus 
of quantitative precipitation forecast has ticked upward somewhat so that advisory type snowfall may 
occur in the smokies. Snow accumulations will be on the order of 2-3 
inches in smokies with generally 1-2 inches elsewhere in the Tennessee 
border counties. 


In addition...it is looking like the mountains will experience an 
advective freeze Friday night...with low temperatures in the 20s. The 
Piedmont will see temperatures in the 30s...with isolated freezing temperatures and 
possibly some patchy frost where winds can decouple in sheltered 
areas. 


Northwest flow and cold air advention will continue on Saturday as the cp 
high remains west of the area. However...enough dry air arrives to 
cut off the snow shower activity in the mountains early Sat. Highs 
Saturday will remain chilly with highs 15-20 degrees below climatology. 


The cp high will settle over the area Friday night producing ideal 
radiative cooling conditions. A hard freeze is expected across all 
of the mountains...with freezing temperatures also expected outside the 
mountains. Min temperatures Sunday morning look to be in the teens to middle 
20s in the mountains and middle 20s to lower 30s across the Piedmont. These min 
temperatures will approach record lows across the Piedmont (see climate 
section below). 


Even with plenty of sunshine and weak warm advection returing on 
Sunday...maximum temperatures are still expected to be a couple categories 
below climatology. 


&& 


Long term /Sunday night through Thursday/... 
as of 140 PM Thursday...the medium range begins with a progressive 
trough and attendant frontal boundary moving across the eastern 
states in the Sunday night/Monday time frame. This will support 
chance probability of precipitation across the mountains by 12z Monday. Upper forcing is expected 
to pass north of the region...as frontal zone begins to slow down 
across the southern Appalachians. The result in veering low level 
flow in the vicinity of the front...with resultant weakly 
convergent/downslope flow limiting the precipitation potential outside the 
mountains...and probability of precipitation will generally be maintained in the slight chance 
range there. 


For the remainder of the period...western height falls and eastern 
rises in the wake of the departing trough will result in 
establishment of fast/quasi-zonal flow across much of the Continental U.S. 
Through the middle part of next week. Meanwhile...the aforementioned 
baroclinic zone will become quasi-stationary within this flow 
pattern. It is therefore not surprising that global model details 
diverge during this time frame...as they struggle to resolve weak 
short waves rippling through this low amplitude pattern. The GFS 
offers the wetter solution...with at least a couple of weak waves 
spreading light precipitation into the region prior to the arrival of 
another frontal system late in the week. The European model (ecmwf) is quite a bit 
drier. Considering the pattern...it probably behooves US to maintain 
at least a slight chance pop during most periods of the medium 
range...with the highest probability of precipitation reserved for day 7 for the potential 
approach of the next frontal system. 


&& 


Aviation /19z Thursday through Tuesday/... 
at kclt...a small chance of precipitation exists this afternoon...though too 
small to mention. Any precipitation would be convective in nature but 
latest NAM/rap soundings are capped in the midlevels...so 
particularly deep convection or thunder not expected. Southwesterly winds 
will occasionally gust to near 20 knots. Cold front will approach from 
the northwest tonight...with wind shift to northwest likely 08-09z. Low level forcing in the 
presence of abundant moisture is likely to bring probability of precipitation after midnight 
if not sooner. Some elevated instability will still be 
present...hence prob30 thunderstorms and rain. IFR cannot be ruled out if a thunderstorms and rain does 
pass over the field. Ceilings are expected to bottom out at low MVFR 
in vicinity of the front...with probability of precipitation diminishing and ceilings gradually lifting 
after daybreak. 


Elsewhere...mainly VFR level clouds will be seen this afternoon with 
spotty cumulus at MVFR levels...though ceilings should remain VFR. Small probability of precipitation 
will continue through the afternoon though too low to mention. In general 
trends overnight with the frontal passage will be similar to kclt...though the 
northwesterly shift will occur as early as 02-03z at kavl and occurring at 
all sites before dawn. Thunder chances ahead of the front exist 
mainly at the upstate SC sites. Guidance split on flight category 
overnight but MVFR seems most likely given relatively light precipitation 
and winds keeping the bdy layer mixed. Kand is an exception where 
the signal is stronger for IFR. Thunderstorms and rain might produce brief IFR 
wherever they occur. Improving conditions into midday Friday with 
continued northwesterly winds and occasional low end gusts. 


Outlook...scattered showers may produce some restrictions Friday afternoon. 
High pressure will build over the region beginning Friday night 
producing VFR conditions. A weak front passing through Sunday night may 
produce a few restrictions but VFR should return in its wake. 


Confidence table... 


18-24z 00-06z 06-12z 12-18z 
kclt high 88% high 100% high 82% high 91% 
kgsp high 86% high 100% high 85% medium 62% 
kavl high 98% high 86% high 83% high 88% 
khky high 90% high 94% medium 64% high 90% 
kgmu high 89% high 100% medium 76% medium 62% 
kand high 86% high 91% low 58% medium 68% 


The percentage reflects the number of guidance members agreeing 
with the scheduled taf issuance flight rule category. Complete hourly 
experimental aviation forecast consistency tables and ensemble forecasts 
are available at the following link: (must be lower case) 


Www.Weather.Gov/gsp/aviation_tables 


&& 


Climate... 
record minimum temperatures for March 28th... 


Gsp 26 1982 
clt 25 1982 
avl 11 1887 


Record minimum temperatures for March 29th... 


Gsp 26 1899 
clt 26 2013 
avl 19 1982 


&& 


Gsp watches/warnings/advisories... 
Georgia...none. 
NC...none. 
SC...none. 


&& 


$$ 
Synopsis...rwh 
near term...Wimberley 
short term...lg 
long term...jdl 
aviation...Wimberley 
climate...lg 






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