Archive for February 14, 2009

WEAK SYSTEMS BRING CLOUDS BUT VERY LITTLE PRECIPITATION… TEMPERATURES SHOULD REMAIN AT SEASONAL LEVELS… IT’S BEEN OVER TWO WEEKS SINCE HAMPTON ROADS HAS SEEN PRECIPITATION

A weak low pressure system may bring a light shower or sprinkle to some locations on Saturday, but odds are Hampton Roads remains dry. The main reason that this system is not strengthening is the very deep low pressure that is located in the Canadian Maritimes. That is the same system that brought the tornadoes to OK and the high winds to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States earlier in the week. That system is just suppressing this approaching system. Temperatures will be at seasonal levels (or slightly below)¬†through the weekend. High pressure builds in on Monday and Tuesday bringing a continuation of dry conditions. Speaking of dry conditions, as of today (Saturday), it has been 17 days since Hampton Roads had significant precipitation. Needless to say we are well below normal for 2009. We are approximately running 3 inches below normal already.¬†Is there a change in the pattern expected this upcoming week? I don’t think that forecasters know the answer to that just yet. There will be another frontal system approaching on Wednesday, but a split flow may cause the main energy to pass to our north with the deeper moisture passing to our south. Sound familiar? We saw that plenty of times during our recent drought. I’ll have an update on Sunday.

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