2:00 a.m. Saturday:
Today's all-time record highs (that I could find, anyway):
Columbia, S.C.: 109 (nyah-nyah, Augusta ... Columbia's hottest ever is now one hotter than yours)
Nashville, Tenn.: 109
Athens, Ga.: 109
Paducah, Ky.: 108 (tie)
Huntsville, Ala.: 106
Chattanooga, Tenn.: 106 (tie)
Columbus, Ga.: 105
Greer, S.C.: 105 (tie)
Raleigh, N.C.: 105 (tie)
Charlotte, N.C.: 104 (tie)
Tri-Cities, Tenn.: 102 (tie)
Crossville, Tenn.: 102
Smyrna, Tenn.: 113 (I've always thought this thermometer runs a bit hot, but if it is accurate, it ties the Tennessee all-time state record high from Perryville on August 9, 1930)
Columbia, S.C. (Owens Field): 110 (short period of record, 1 short of the South Carolina state record high)
Bowling Green, Ky.: 110 (June record high)
Rumor has it that Mount Leconte, Tenn., got to 81 today, the first time they have ever been in the 80s. It will be interesting to see how warm Grandfather Mountain and Mount Mitchell were today. Grandfather Mountain's warmest is 83 and I believe Mount Mitchell's is 82.
Today certainly rivals what I used to consider the hottest day ever in the Southeast, Aug. 21, 1983.
I'm looking forward to pouring over the local cooperative reports to see if any state record highs were tied or broken. I think there's a chance in South Carolina and Tennessee. Someone in Georgia might have gotten close.
Most places in the Southeast will be within a degree or two of what we saw yesterday, some places hotter, others not as hot. So, we'll take a run at some of these figures again Saturday.
Moisture surging north into the cold air in place will cause an icy setup with some snow for some. Once this moisture gets out of the way, the cold will edge farther south, eventually cooling Florida down.
I told y'all the cold will be back and it's on the way. It's some really cold stuff, too. The front leading it in will cause a soaking rain for some as well as snow and ice for others.
Not much has changed since yesterday: look for a warmup followed by a soaking followed by a return to cold later next week and next weekend.
Like I said yesterday, it will warm up but eventually the cold will win again. The challenge is figuring out what the transition will be like and how fast it occurs next week and beyond.
A spell of quieter weather is underway but it will get busy again next week. During this quiet spell it will warm up gradually. That might feed thunderstorms when it gets stormy again.
It's really cold now with some snow on the ground in some areas. It will warm up some but more cold air is lurking.