AFTER A CLOUDY START, THE WEEKEND SHOULD TURN OUT TO BE A NICE ONE WITH PLEASANT TEMPERATURES… RAIN CHANCES GO UP AGAIN MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY

The cold front that brought just a few very isolated showers and storms on Friday is now moving south and east of the region. On Thursday, early morning showers brought approximately a quarter of an inch of rain to my Virginia Beach neighborhood.

Behind this front, a northeasterly wind will bring us cooler temperatures and tolerable humidity levels this weekend. High pressure to our north will slowly move off the east coast over the next few days. All in all, it should be a very pleasant weekend after the cloudy start. Forecasters had called for showers and thunderstorms yesterday (Friday), but they did not materialize for the most part. Only some isolated locations saw any rain.

Rain was a big problem for parts of West Virginia as over 10 inches of rain caused record flooding. As of the last report, 23 people died in this flooding and there was some very severe damage to many structures.

In parts of California, strong and very dry winds are causing ideal conditions for wild fires, which have already caused damage and fatalities. Unfortunately, California has now entered their dry season, which will last through the early autumn.

Back to our weather, a cold front should bring us showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday, but the timing is a bit uncertain at this time.

The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

 

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ANOTHER HOT AND HUMID DAY IS ON TAP FOR SUNDAY, BUT A COLD FRONT WILL BRING MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE CONDITIONS ON MONDAY… WE MAY GET INTO AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN BY THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK

Last Tuesday, the remnants of Tropical Storm Colin brought about 0.70 inches of rain to my neighborhood. Then, we had a period of pleasant weather after that. We saw a major change in the weather pattern here in Hampton Roads on Saturday. A west to southwesterly breeze combined with abundant sunshine to boost temperatures into the low to mid 90’s. Dew point temperatures in the upper 60’s made it feel uncomfortable for most of us. Sunday will be a another hot and humid day, but there is a chance of a shower/thunderstorm as a cold front approaches from the north. Many of us probably will not see any rain today (Sunday), but some areas may experience a brief, but possibly strong thunderstorm. Strong winds will be the primary threat in any storm today. Keep in mind that lightning is always a threat in a thunderstorm, so if you hear thunder, try to get to a safe place. Behind the front, a northerly breeze will bring in cooler, less humid conditions which will make Monday feel much more comfortable. Tuesday should be another nice day but it will be a little warmer. Then, a frontal system will most likely start a period of unsettled weather conditions, which may last until the end of the week. The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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SEVERE STORMS ARE POSSIBLE ON SUNDAY… FINALLY, WE SHOULD SEE DRY WEATHER NEXT WEEK FOR SEVERAL DAYS IN A ROW!

The remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie were very slow to move away this past week. We saw fog in the mornings and lots of clouds most of each day. Earlier in the week, rain bands from Bonnie brought some rain to Hampton Roads. Parts of the Outer Banks received heavy rain over the past few days from Bonnie as she moved slowly away. Bonnie has strengthened again to tropical storm status and it is moving eastward out to sea. Now, meteorologist’s attention turns to a severe weather threat for Sunday in the Mid-Atlantic States. The Storms Prediction Center (SPC) has Hampton Roads included in an “Enhanced Risk” of severe storms Sunday afternoon as a cold front approaches the region. The primary threats will be strong winds and hail. Tornadoes are a possibility, especially if the warm front is slow to move north of the region. Please monitor the local media for updates on Sunday and keep your eye to the sky. There will be several factors coming together on Sunday making severe weather a real possibility. Once we get to Monday, conditions will dry out and we should see an extended stretch of sunny and rain-free weather. At least that’s the way it looks now… I also wanted to mention that Richmond, VA had the wettest May on record. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION NUMBER TWO FORMS OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST… MOISTURE FROM THIS SYSTEM MAY IMPACT THE HAMPTON ROADS REGION FROM SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY AS THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE VERY SLOWLY

There will be no problems with the weather today (Saturday). It will be a beautiful day as high pressure holds on for one more day. Temperatures should peak out in the low 80’s. A tropical depression has developed off the Southeast Coast and it is moving northwestward towards the South Carolina coast. It is possible that it may strengthen into a tropical storm. If it does, it would be named Bonnie. (We had our first named storm, Alex, in January). The anticipated impacts here in Hampton Roads are expected to be an increase in moisture on Sunday from the south, which may bring some showers and thunderstorms. Winds are not expected to be an issue at this time from this tropical system. However, any thunderstorm can have strong winds associated with it. It is possible that there may be some areas that see heavy rain and localized flooding, but widespread problems are not expected at this time. The system is forecast to continue moving to the northwest towards the South Carolina coast and then it is expected to slow down in forward motion. It is then expected to turn to the northeast. With the interaction with land later in the weekend, further strengthening is not likely. Due to the slow movement of the system, we’ll have a chance of showers through Memorial Day and possibly into Tuesday. There may be another chance of showers/storms later in the week from a system approaching from the west…. The Atlantic Hurricane season begins on Wednesday, June 1st. The forecast from the National Hurricane Season is that it will be a near normal season. Although seasonal forecasts aren’t always accurate, you should not focus on the number of storms expected. All it takes is one major storm to hit the area. Hurricane Andrew devastated parts of South Florida in 1992 and that was a below normal season overall. That’s it for now. Enjoy your holiday weekend, but keep in mind that this holiday is all about the servicemen and women who gave their lives for this great country of ours.

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UNSETTLED WEATHER RETURNS TO HAMPTON ROADS… RAIN CHANCES SLOWLY DECREASE THROUGH THE WEEKEND AS AN UPPER-LEVEL LOW IS SLOW TO MOVE AWAY… WARMER WEATHER IS ON THE WAY FOR NEXT WEEK!

A surface low pressure system developing over Eastern N.C. is bringing us rain this morning. An upper-level low pressure system to our west will keep things unsettled this weekend, but the coverage and intensity of the rain should diminish later today (Saturday). It’s been quite a wet spring thus far but it appears that the pattern is finally going to change to a more typical pattern for late May. However, we’re going to have to wait until the middle of next week for the nicer weather. The chance of showers should persist through Monday but rainfall amounts should not be significant once we get past today. Winds today will slowly turn northerly. With the clouds around and a northerly breeze, temperatures will remain below normal through Monday. Then, we should start seeing warmer temperatures as the pattern begins to change to a more spring-like one. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and enjoy the weekend!

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