THE TROPICAL ATLANTIC IS EXPECTED TO BECOME ACTIVE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS… BERTHA IS EXPECTED TO FORM AND TRACK WESTWARD… LOWER HUMIDITY LEVELS AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE MAKING FOR A VERY PLEASANT MID-WEEK PERIOD

Chances are that Tropical Storm Bertha will form during the next few days in the tropical North Atlantic Ocean. Although it is way too soon to predict whether the potential cyclone would impact the U.S,, this could be one to watch…. Regarding our current local weather, a refreshing air mass has moved into the region bringing relief from the heat and high humidity levels. Enjoy the next couple of days as higher humidity levels will be back by the weekend, along with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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SUNDAY WILL BE WARM AND HUMID WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS, SOME OF WHICH COULD BE SEVERE… A RATHER STRONG COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO PUSH THROUGH THE REGION ON MONDAY… A BREAK IN THE HEAT AND HIGH HUMIDITY SEEMS LIKELY DURING THE MID-WEEK PERIOD

On Saturday, as warm and humid air surged back into the Mid-Atlantic States, showers and thunderstorms developed. Most of the activity was to our north. I was travelling up to Delaware and I drove through several areas of heavy rain. A thunderstorm did move through parts of Hampton Roads late on Saturday. Today (Sunday), we may have a few opportunities to see showers and thunderstorms as disturbances move through in the upper-atmosphere. Severe weather is possible, so please monitor the local media and NWS. The temperature forecast for today is rather difficult as it is highly dependent on cloud cover and precipitation. If the sun comes out for a long period, it will feel very uncomfortable with the humidity levels remaining very high. The potential for thunderstorms will stay with us through the overnight hours. A cold front will be approaching the area on Monday thus making for a continued chance of showers and thunderstorms. Forecasters are expecting cooler and drier air to make it into Hampton Roads on Tuesday making for much more pleasant conditions. The higher humidity levels are expected to return later in the week… The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ON THURSDAY DUE TO AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT… IMPROVING WEATHER SEEMS LIKELY ON FRIDAY

A cold front approaching from the northwest is expected to produce showers and thunderstorms on Thursday. Rainfall is expected to be heavy in some localized areas. Although a severe thunderstorm cannot be totally ruled out, the overall potential for widespread severe weather is on the low side.  Please keep in mind that any thunderstorm can contain dangerous cloud to ground lightning and heavy rainfall, even if the storm is not classified as severe. The front is expected to slow down as it moves through our region. As usual for this time of year, the front is expected to wash out on Friday over the Carolinas. Friday should be a little cooler and less humid, but the higher humidity levels will be back by late in the weekend and early next week. Rain chances are expected to increase somewhat early next week…. As far as the tropics are concerned, a depression did develop in the Central North Atlantic but it since dissipated. In a few weeks, we will be moving into the Cape Verde season, which means that the chances of a long tracked tropical cyclone will increase. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!

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ALTHOUGH IT WON’T BE THE BEST WEEKEND FOR THE BEACH HERE IN VIRGINIA BEACH, I THINK MOST OF US WILL ENJOY THE MILD TEMPERATURES AND MODERATE HUMIDITY LEVELS THIS WEEKEND… SINCE IT IS THE MIDDLE OF JULY, YOU KNOW THAT HEAT AND HUMIDITY CANNOT STAY AWAY TOO LONG

A relatively cool northeasterly wind, a slight chance of showers, and an increased risk of rip currents is going to make for a less than perfect weekend for folks going to the beach today here in Virginia Beach. However, most folks here in Hampton Roads will probably agree that a break in the heat and humidity is a good thing, especially at this time of year. High pressure over New England is producing a light northeasterly wind off the ocean. A frontal boundary to our southeast and a weakening trough to our west will combine to bring a chance of a shower today and possibly tomorrow. Weather forecasters aren’t predicting a prolonged rain event and it doesn’t appear that any of the rainfall will be heavy. Also, the areal coverage should be minimal. However, a shower can occur at any time today. The Outer Banks will see the highest chance of rain today… The weather pattern this coming week is expected to be dominated by a Bermuda High, which means that heat and humidity will be building again along with a chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm, especially in the afternoon and evenings. The tropical Atlantic remains quiet.

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THE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND WILL BE FANTASTIC BUT HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS WILL RETURN EARLY NEXT WEEK… THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY AGAIN ON TUESDAY AS A COLD FRONT APPROACHES THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES

This past week was quite a week in the weather department. We experienced hot and very humid conditions followed by several rounds of severe weather, including a tornado in Virginia Beach and damaging straight-lined winds caused by severe thunderstorms. Large hail was also reported in several areas. I’m not going to go into details regarding the damage that was caused by the severe storms since that was covered by our local media. It’s very rare to have a tornado in Virginia Beach. Luckily, it was a weak tornado and had estimated wind speeds of 75 MPH. It was on the ground for a very short period. Over three inches of rain fell in my neighborhood Wednesday and Thursday… Today (Saturday), we will get a short break from the heat and high humidity. Temperatures will be on the rise again and humidity will be increasing. You may have heard about an unusual cold air mass that will be plunging into the Northern Plains and Mid-West bringing a rare cool spell of weather during the warmest time of year on average. Meteorologists don’t expect the cool air to make it this far south and east. However, the frontal boundary and upper-atmospheric disturbances/energy should be enough to trigger thunderstorms (some of which may be severe) on Tuesday here in Hampton Roads… As far as the tropics are concerned, things are quiet for now in the Atlantic Basin.

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