THE WEEKEND WILL BE DRY AND THERE WILL BE A SLOW WARMING TREND THAT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY… A COLD FRONT APPROACHES ON TUESDAY

The large storm system that brought rain to the region earlier this week is now slowly weakening near Nova Scotia and will slowly move away. A blocking pattern over the North Atlantic is causing weather systems to move very slowly. Our weekend should be dry with high temperatures in the lower 50’s. Note that the average high temperature for this time of year is 53 degrees… That intense low pressure system that brought flooding, heavy snow to the higher elevations, high winds, landslides and even a rare tornado to the West Coast of the U.S. has weakened and moved inland. The tornado occurred near Los Angeles, which is quite incredible. It wasn’t a very strong tornado, but it did do some damage. The rainfall over the past few weeks has put a huge dent in the long term drought in California, but they are not out of the woods just yet. We’ll see how much more precipitation they get this season. Keep in mind that California sees most of their precipitation during the late fall through early spring… Now, back to our weather here in Hampton Roads… We didn’t see that much rainfall from the system that developed off the East Coast earlier this week. I only picked up about two tenths of an inch on Tuesday. That storm brought heavy snow, high winds, and tidal flooding to parts of the Northeastern States. For the next few days, we should see a very slow warming trend until a cold front moves through most likely on Tuesday. At this time, forecasters are not expecting that much rain with that frontal passage. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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RAIN CHANCES INCREASE TODAY AS A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM AND ITS ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT APPROACH THE AREA… SUNDAY WILL BE MUCH COOLER WITH WINDY CONDITIONS… ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM MAY IMPACT THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA LATER MONDAY

We’ll see quite a few changes in the weather over the next several days. After a rather non-eventful week, the weather pattern has become active again. Today (Saturday), we’ll see mostly cloudy conditions with rain chances increasing by this afternoon. A low pressure system and its associated cold front will bring a good chance of rainfall to the Hampton Roads area later today and tonight. Winds should be on the light side today but winds will be on the increase tonight and tomorrow as the pressure gradient between a very strong high pressure system to our north and low pressure to our east tomorrow increases. Winds could gust to 40 MPH tomorrow, especially near the coast. Forecasters are expecting between a half inch and a an inch of rain. Temperatures will be on the mild side today but Sunday temperatures probably won’t get out of the 40′s (or possibly the low fifties) in most areas. It is not certain how much sunshine we will see on Sunday. As it looks now, areas in our southeastern zones will see more clouds. Then, on Monday, our attention will turn to another low pressure system that is expected to move up the coast. This next storm could bring some tidal flooding issues so stay tuned. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OFFICIALLY ENDS… SUNDAY WILL BE A VERY NICE DAY AND MONDAY MAY BE EVEN WARMER… A COLD FRONT BRINGS COOLER WEATHER ON TUESDAY

November 30th marks the official end of hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin. There were 8 named tropical cyclones, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. Only one storm affected the Hampton Roads region. That was Arthur on July 4th…. The weather this upcoming week will feature a warm start but a cold front will drop temperatures back below normal on Tuesday. Some rain is possible, but at this time, weather forecasters are predicting that areas well to our northwest will see the most rain from this system. In other words, for the state of Virginia, rain chances will be lower the farther southeast you are. We should return to more seasonal temperatures later in the week. At the time of this writing, no major storms are expected this week…. The good news is that the folks returning home today (Sunday) after the holiday weekend shouldn’t have any weather related problems here in the Eastern part of the nation. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! ALTHOUGH THE WEATHER WILL BE UNSETTLED WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AROUND, IT WON’T BE AS NASTY AS WEDNESDAY WAS… FRIDAY WILL BE DRIER BUT IT WILL BE ON THE CHILLY SIDE… MILDER WEATHER ARRIVES LATER IN THE WEEKEND

The low pressure system that brought heavy rain and strong winds to Hampton Roads on Wednesday is long gone, but another low pressure system will impact our weather this Thanksgiving Day. Two inches of rain fell from this system in my neighborhood, which was actually much needed rainfall. As I stated in my previous post, we really have not received much rain the past several weeks. Unfortunately, the storm hampered many travelers yesterday, one of the busiest travel days of the year. Not only was there heavy rain but there was also snow well to our north and west. The low pressure affecting us today isn’t especially strong, but it should produce some scattered showers at times. We should dry out on Friday, but temperatures will be much below normal. The weekend actually looks good with moderating temperatures and some sunshine. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and be safe!

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A LARGE DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BRING US A SUNNY SATURDAY… ON SUNDAY, A WARM FRONT WILL BRING INCREASING CLOUDS AND MOST LIKELY SOME RAIN BY LATER IN THE DAY… MONDAY SHOULD BE AN UNSEASONABLY WARM DAY BUT WE WILL COOL DOWN BY MID-WEEK

An expansive high pressure area will guarantee a very nice Saturday albeit a bit on the chilly side. As the high moves off of the East Coast, the clockwise flow around it will produce a more southerly wind. Temperatures on Sunday morning should be warmer than they were this morning. It was 25 degrees at my house. Meanwhile, a major storm system will be organizing over the Southern Plains States. A warm front associated with this low pressure system will be approaching our area on Sunday. This will bring us more clouds and eventually a fairly good chance of rain/showers later Sunday and Sunday night. Rainfall has been below normal the past several weeks, so some wet weather is really needed. If we don’t receive significant rainfall soon, we may be placed in a drought status. The rain should move out early Monday morning and we should see a surge in temperatures into the 70′s! After that, a cooling trend will set in and some very chilly weather may be in store for the Thanksgiving Weekend. A storm system may bring us more rainfall on Wednesday, but there is a lot of uncertainty with that system… I wanted to comment on the incredible lake effect snowfall that impacted Western New York state. Although several complex factors go into creating a spectacular snowfall event that occurred on the lee shores of the Great Lakes, the bottom line is that whenever unseasonably cold air moves over the still relatively warm lakes at this time of year, the recipe is set for heavy lake effect snow. You’ve probably seen the incredible video and pictures from the impacted areas. It’s a localized event so you can have several feet of snow in one area and just a few miles away, there may be only flurries! Roofs have collapsed due to the heavy snow and their problems may worsen as rain is expected along with warmer temperatures. Flooding may be a big issue for them, depending on how much rain falls…. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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