The pressure gradient that made it awfully windy yesterday is forecast to back off a little, but not by much: we’re still looking at a rather breezy day with 20-25 MPH winds near the coast and gusts to near 40 MPH in the morning (wind advisory has been extended through noon), though I don’t expect a repeat of the 60+ MPH gusts measured on the Ravenel yesterday!
The other story is the chill in the air. NWS is expecting temperatures only in the upper 60s; this is 10+ degrees below normal for April 22.
We should get some sun in by afternoon but partly cloudy skies will remain the rule under the influence of a an unseasonably strong high pressure wedge (a phenomenon with high pressure that sets up to the northeast of the area; it “wedges” between the Atlantic waters and the Appalachian Mountains, helping keep cooler Atlantic air trapped near the surface). No rain is expected aside from an outside shot at a shower near the coast (though those chances will taper off by afternoon as well).
We’ll get a little warmer on Tuesday and near normal on Wednesday. Hang in there!
Updated at 8:35 AM 4/22/2013 for the extension of the wind advisory.