Archive for March 15, 2009

WHEN WILL THE CHILLY, WET WEATHER PATTERN END?… SPRING BEGINS ON FRIDAY, BUT WILL IT FEEL LIKE SPRING?

This was a great weekend to curl up on the couch with a good book or to rent a movie. As strange as it may sound, I actually cannot wait to get out there and do some yard work. Yes, I am not one to just stay inside. The stalled frontal boundary and its associated waves of low pressure that has been causing all of the wet weather here in Hampton Roads is showing no signs of wanting to leave. Forecasters now think that we may hold onto the rain chances through Monday, although the rain may not be as steady as it has been over the weekend. We’ll see. Anyway, the cool NE flow off the Atlantic Ocean combined with the overcasst skies and occasional rain has kept temperatures in the low forties on Saturday. As of 0930 Sunday morning, I’ve picked up about 1.50 inches of rainfall and believe me, there is more to come before this is over. I know it’s the weekend, but truthfully, we need the rain. We’ve been running a deficit since the beginning of this year. I was looking at the upper level wind projections this upcoming week and it seems that the flow is going to become more of a zonal flow (west to east) so that should mean that this frontal system will finally get pushed out to sea and we should see some warming by mid to late week, although not a heat wave by any means. Anyway, spring begins on Friday so there is hope that very soon the weather will be responding to the increasing daylight both in time and intensity. It won’t be long when I’ll be mowing the lawn and trimming the weeds. I really can’t wait! Will I still feel that way in July when it’s 90 and humid? Probably not, but that’s why I’ll have my son do some mowing… he’ll want to get paid for it though. Until next time, stay safe out there while driving in these wet conditions.

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