THE WEATHER THE NEXT FEW DAYS SHOULD BE RATHER PLEASANT WITH NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES, TOLERABLE HUMIDITY LEVELS AND PLENTY OF SUNSHINE… RAIN CHANCES SHOULD REMAIN LOW THROUGH THE WEEKEND

As a weak area of low pressure moves off the NC coastline, our weather will be very pleasant and this should last through the weekend. The low pressure area only brought clouds to the Hampton Roads area on Thursday. Showers and storms occurred in southern NC. Earlier today (Friday), there were a few showers in SE VA and NE NC but they have moved out to sea. There will be a light NE wind today, which will help to keep temperatures at tolerable levels. We’ll continue to get a break from the heat and high humidity through early next week. However, later next week, it looks like the heat and higher humidity levels are likely to return along with a chance of showers/thunderstorms.  The tropical Atlantic remains quiet for now. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY RETURN AS A TYPICAL SUMMERTIME WEATHER PATTERN DEVELOPS… AND, OF COURSE, THAT MEANS AN OCCASIONAL CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS

As the headline states, the heat and humidity are expected to return to SE VA and NE NC as high pressure takes up residence near the Southeastern States and the Gulf of Mexico. A trough of low pressure may bring showers and thunderstorms to the area later today (Saturday) and more likely tonight. Over the next several days we will see a continuation of the heat and humidity and we should see a few chances of showers and thunderstorms, especially on Tuesday when a weakening front is expected to move into the region. Some showers/storms will be diurnally driven with the heating of the day, but with the high humidity levels, a shower/storm cannot be ruled out at any time. A trigger is all you need. One example of that occurred here in Virginia Beach in the pre-dawn hours this past Thursday when a shower moved through my neighborhood dumping nearly a half inch of rain. It was a weak wind shift line that moved through from the north. I was glad that we got the rain since my area has not had the heavy rainfall amounts that have deluged other portions of Hampton Roads over the past couple of weeks… The tropical Atlantic is basically quiet for now… Just a quick comment on last week’s thunderstorms that brought flooding rains and intense cloud to ground lightning. There were three structural fires reported in Hampton Roads from those storms due to lightning. Also, there was a report of a person getting struck by lightning. It’s a reminder that lightning can be a threat even when there are no warnings issued from the National Weather Service. So, with plenty more thunderstorms possible before summer is over, be as safe as possible when a storm is approaching. Get indoors when you hear thunder. That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!

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SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE AREA ON SATURDAY… SOME HEAVY RAIN IS POSSIBLE… WE SHOULD SEE IMPROVING CONDITIONS ON SUNDAY… WE MAY SEE MORE SHOWERS AND STORMS EARLY NEXT WEEK

After a very warm week here in Southeast Virginia, it appears that we will see cooler temperatures this weekend. A low pressure area combined with an upper-level atmospheric disturbance is expected to bring us showers and thunderstorms later on today (Saturday) and tonight. Now, I know that most of you are thinking that we don’t need the rain, but my area of Virginia Beach did not get much rain earlier this week when the showers and storms moved through. So, my neighborhood could use a nice soaking. If everything comes together, we may see severe weather in some areas later on and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Flooding is the more likely threat, however. This morning, an area of rain/showers is passing by to our north so most of us should remain dry through most of this morning. If you need to do yard work today, get it done this morning. The low pressure area will slowly move offshore on Sunday, but there is some uncertainty as to how much clearing we get on Sunday. It is possible that Sunday turns out to be a decent day, but clouds could linger as the low pressure area moves out to sea. One thing is certain… we will not see the blistering heat on Sunday that we experienced earlier this week. So, it doesn’t look like a good beach weekend. Then, as we get into the work week, we may see additional chances of showers and storms as another system moves into the region. The tropical Atlantic remains quiet for now. Please monitor local media and the National Weather Service for updates later today and tonight. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND DUE TO A STATIONARY FRONTAL BOUNDARY

A frontal boundary that has for the most part stalled across the Mid-Atlantic States will maintain a chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the holiday weekend. It is impossible to nail down the timing and placement of the wet weather. Weak areas of low pressure moving eastward along the front coupled with upper-level disturbances will enhance rain chances at times. Although an isolated severe thunderstorm is possible, weather forecasters are saying that the main threat is localized flooding due to heavy rain. Of course, lightning is always a threat in thunderstorms that contain cloud to ground lightning. At the time of this writing, there is no significant rain around the area. However, that is expected to change this afternoon as a disturbance is expected to bring a chance of showers/storms. Many times when we get into a pattern like this, there will be periods when the sun shines and all is well. However, don’t let your guard down as storms can fire up any time, especially when humidity levels are this high. What about the various firework displays scheduled on Saturday? It’s very hard to say whether they will be impacted at this time. If you plan to attend any outdoor event this weekend, please keep an eye to the sky and the radar. The chance of showers/storms may extend well into next week as a trough is expected to remain over the Eastern United States…. The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now. That’s it for now. Enjoy the holiday weekend and please be safe!

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A LOW PRESSURE AREA MOVING TO OUR NORTH AND WEST WILL BRING UNSETTLED WEATHER TO HAMPTON ROADS ON SATURDAY… WE SHOULD SEE IMPROVING WEATHER ON SUNDAY… MONDAY AND TUESDAY LOOK GREAT

It’s been a very wet week for most of us here in Hampton Roads. In my backyard, nearly three inches of rain have fallen since last Sunday (June 21st). 1.50 inches fell Thursday night alone. We may pick up additional rainfall today and tonight as a low pressure system passes by to our north and west. First the warm front associated with the low will move through to be followed by the cold front later on tonight. The more widespread rainfall has passed by to our north and west. However, we are going to be in the warm sector of the storm system, which basically means that conditions may be right for thunderstorm development later on today. Some of those storms could reach severe levels so please monitor local media and the National Weather Service for updates. Current indications are that the chances of severe weather are higher to our north and west, where the best upper-level support will be. There’s an “Enhanced Risk” of severe weather out to our west according to the Storm Prediction Center. Once the cold front moves through later tonight, things should settle down. On Sunday, we should see improving conditions. Temperatures over the next few days should be rather seasonal for the most part or a little above seasonal levels early next week. The next chance of showers or storms appears to be on Wednesday or Thursday, but that could change… The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now… I wanted to comment on the Summer Solstice, which occurred last Sunday (June 21st). That marked the beginning of the astronomical summer season. The direct sun rays hitting Earth reached their northernmost point on that day. That point is the Tropic of Cancer. It was our longest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere. Although the days begin to grow shorter with each passing day, the difference in the length of daylight each day is very slight in the early part of the summer. Once we get into later July and August, the process begins to accelerate, and we will be losing an increasing amount of daylight each day. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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