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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 16, 2020


Ridging aloft and a Bermuda High at the surface will support summerlike conditions today and through the weekend. Unsettled and cooler conditions will likely set up early next week as a large upper low settles over the region and lingers through at least midweek.


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General Forecast Through Sunday


Mostly sunny. Highs ranging from the mid-70s to the lower 80s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph.


Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid-50s.


Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 50s.


Showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

Monday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. The chance of precipitation is 60%.


Hazardous weather is not expected today. Monday, however...

A moist cold front will move through the forecast area on Monday and will likely produce scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms. Some of these thunderstorms could become strong to severe and produce heavy downpours, gusty winds, and large hail. In addition, cloud-to-ground lightning will be possible with any thunderstorm.

Tropical Weather
(The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th)


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat May 16 2020

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued to discuss the potential for tropical or subtropical development off the east coast of Florida.

A broad area of low pressure located near the southeast coast of Florida continues to produce disorganized shower activity and gusty winds from portions of southern Florida and the northwestern Bahamas northeastward over the adjacent Atlantic waters. Gradual development is still expected, and the system is likely to become a tropical or subtropical depression or storm later today while it passes the northwestern Bahamas and moves north-northeastward over the Atlantic waters east of Florida. Later in the weekend and early next week, the system is expected to move generally northeastward over the western Atlantic east of the Carolinas.

1. Regardless of development, the disturbance will continue to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds across portions of southeastern Florida and the northwestern Bahamas through today. In addition, hazardous marine conditions will continue off the Florida east coast and in the Bahamas, where Gale Warnings are currently in effect. Dangerous surf conditions and rip currents are also possible along portions of the southeast U.S. coast this weekend and early next week. See products from your local weather office and High Seas Forecasts for more details. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this morning. The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 9 AM EDT Saturday morning, or earlier if needed.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

End Daily Weather Segment

Begin COVID-19 Update

Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 15,816 people in North Carolina are infected, 597 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 17,129 confirmed cases, 492 hospitalized and 641 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 17,277 people infected and 661 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]


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Published at 6:30am on Saturday, May 16, 2020