Archive for February 21, 2009

SATURDAY LOOKS SUNNY BUT A BIT ON THE COOL SIDE… SUNDAY LOOKS CLOUDIER, WITH A SHOWER POSSIBLE… OUR PRECIPITATION DEFICIT GROWS

After a chilly start Saturday morning with temperatures in the 20’s, we should warm up to near 50 degrees. Winds will eventually become southerly Saturday afternoon as a high pressure moves offshore. A clipper-like system will be approaching from the west on Sunday which will bring more clouds and the possibility of some light precipitation. Forecasters don’t believe that we will see much QPF which is quite unfortunate considering how dry it has been over the last several weeks. We are now over 4 inches below normal for the year! Does this mean that we are heading for another drought? It’s too early to know, but if the pattern does not change soon, we could be facing a drought here in SE VA. The precipitation on Sunday should be in the liquid form with just a slight chance of a mix of snow and rain at the onset and the end of the precipitation event. Forecasters don’t anticipate any frozen precipitaion problems from this system. The low pressure itself will intensify rapidly as it moves offshore on Sunday night. This will kick up the winds significantly as the pressure gradient increases. As far as the exended forecast is concerned, we should stay on the chilly side through mid-week, but a warm up seems likely later in the week along with a chance of showers again.

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