Archive for November, 2008

THE WARMTH IS GONE AND SO IS THE RAIN… TEMPERATURES WILL BE ON THE COOL SIDE FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK WITH PRECIPITATION CHANCES REMAINING LOW

After a very wet period for Hampton Roads, we have cooled down dramatically. The frontal system that brought all the wet weather is now offshore. The first in a series of cool air masses has moved in and will be replaced by an even colder air mass on Tuesday. Another front should arrive later in the week. Most of the week should be dry with a mix of sun and clouds. A brief sprinkle or shower cannot be ruled out with the frontal passages and up to our north, a snow flurry is possible. The last few days has been very wet. My backyard picked up 3.75 inches of rain since Thursday. If we can get a few more wet periods like what we saw last week, maybe we can finally erase the deficit for 2008. So, we’re back to typical fall weather here in the Mid-Atlantic region and no really warm weather is in sight.

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WOW, THREE DAYS IN A ROW OF HEAVY RAIN… SATURDAY IS ALMOST SUMMERLIKE… DON’T GET USED TO THE MILD TEMPERATURES AS THE BOTTOM FALLS OUT EARLY NEXT WEEK

As the headline states, it is quite amazing that Hampton Roads has had three days in a row with heavy rain being reported in some parts of the area. I cannot remember the last time this has occurred. In my backyard, I picked up 1.50 inches on Thursday, and 1.75 inches of rain fell Friday and Saturday morning. There was even a tornado watch in effect early Saturday morning for some areas. A deadly tornado hit NC just east of Raleigh displaying how much energy this system has. According to forecasters, it may not be over yet as the cold front is still to our west. Also, dew points are still relatively high especially for this time of year. How much rain falls this afternoon is questionable so it will be interesting if this cold front can muster up enough instability to bring us another round of heavy rain. Once the cold front moves through the area later today or this evening, rain chances will drop significantly. We may not see signicant rainfall for quite a while after this system is off the coast. The big story next week is the drop in temperatures as a cold air mass moves into the Eastern States. A trough will be well established in Eastern North America which will maintain a colder than normal regime. I will have an update on Sunday.

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A WET WEATHER PATTERN GIVES WAY TO CHILLY WEATHER NEXT WEEK

Just a quick post to let you know that we’re going to see more rain today (Friday) and the chance of rain will be with us through Saturday. As a matter of fact the NWS gives us a 100% chance of rain through Saturday. Some of the rain could be heavy. The only good news is that the temperatures will be quite mild. Thunderstorms are a possibility on Saturday. Then, Sunday we dry out. By the middle of next week it will feel downright winter-like with windy conditions and temperatures struggling to get to 50. I’ll post an update on Saturday morning. Please drive carefully!

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TWO SHOTS OF RAIN EXPECTED FOR HAMPTON ROADS… WARM AIR RETURNS TO THE REGION

Just a quick post to update you on what is expected from Thursday through Saturday. A frontal system is expected to bring us rain on Thursday and another frontal system may bring another shot of rain on Saturday. Saturday’s system may be accompanied by thunder and lightning in some spots. There is a potential for significant rain amounts so please watch for ponding of water on the roadways. Temperatures should rise as our winds become more southeasterly and then southerly/southwesterly. In between the two systems, Friday shouldn’t be too bad although a shower cannot be ruled out. It should be quite mild on Friday.

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VETERANS DAY LOOKS SUNNY AND NICE AS HIGH PRESSURE HANGS ON ONE MORE DAY… CLOUDS MOVE IN ON WEDNESDAY AS ONSHORE FLOW BRINGS OCEAN MOISTURE IN… RAIN IS EXPECTED ON THURSDAY

The high pressure area that has brought us cool and sunny weather the last few days will be moving off the east coast. This will allow moisture to begin moving in aloft from the southwest and the easterly flow around the departing high will bring moisture at the surface from the Atlantic Ocean. ¬†Although there remians some uncertainty in our forecast for late in the week, rain seems quite likely on Thursday. A low pressure system over the Southern Plains and its associated trough will be spreading cloudiness our way on Wednesday, but the rain is expected to hold off until Thursday.¬†Warmer air should be moving into the region from the south on Friday making it a warmer day, but with a continued chance of a shower. We might see some sun on Friday, but that is very questionable. A cold front approaches on Saturday bringing a chance of heavier showers and maybe even some thunder. Check my weekend posts for rainfall totals. Will we see significant rainfall amounts like we did last week? I picked up 2.25 inches of rain last week. That’s it for now. On this Veteran’s Day, please remember the brave men and women who have fought for this great country.

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