I never wish away rain, but I make an exception every year when the Memorial Golf Tournament comes to town. It is always a neat time of the year when we get a chance to show off the beauty of Central Ohio.
Well all eyes this weekend are on what is going on about 1500 miles to the south of us. Currently Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto is moving off shore of Mexico, and will begin the trip to the northern Gulf coast by the start of next week.
Right now Subtropical Storm Alberto is still a broad low far away
The current path is drifting to the east at 2 miles per hour. But the wind shear encountering this storm will become a lot lighter over the next few days allowing this storm to get organized.
It will also be steered to the north over the weekend as well through the next 3-5 days, with a bit of a northwest turn closer to US landfall.
The official path from the National Hurricane Center has this storm making landfall as a strong tropcial storm by Memorial Day Monday with winds about 10mph below hurricane threshold. Then the strorm will start to turn more north.
Notice as we head day 5, this remnant tropical low will be somewhere in western Tennessee. As we know from living in Ohio, remnant tropical systems can be rain makers for us, and this storm has that potential as well.
In fact, it does appear based on different model data that we will see at least part of this system next week.
Also, we will be watching a cold front from the north moving in later next week. On a plus note, this should clear us out for next weekend (the first weekend of June). But it will not be here earlier enough to wipe out chances for rain.
The above Pinpoint Forecast is for Wednesday late, and we will deal with these showers moving into our area.
Thursday will not be a washout, but it does appear we will have scattered storms on Thursday, which for golf is not ideal at all.
We will see rain showers exiting our area late on Friday as this system pulls east of our area, and the front pushes south.
Bottom line… different year, same story, prepare for on/off storms early.
Remember, Alberto is still 1500 miles away, speed, intensity, and about a million other small factors could impact the final position. We will continue to monitor this system through the weekend and into next week.
We have done this dance many years before for the Memorial, so we all know the moves. Since they are allowing phones at the Memorial this year, it would be a great time to download our free Storm Team 4 Weather app. Click here for how to download weather app , or search ‘nbc4 wx’ in your app store.
The app will alert you when lightning is within 15 miles of your current location, and you can see Live Vipir Radar from the course.
Finally, it does appear that cold front should dry us out for the weekend portion of the tournament as well.
We will monitor this part of the forecast closely for next week.