Archive for July, 2009

THE WEATHER THIS WEEK SHOULD BE QUITE NICE WITH NO MAJOR HEAT WAVES… RAIN CHANCES REMAIN LOW THROUGH SATURDAY

The weather system that moved through our area late Sunday (7/5) was a huge disappointment for the areas of Hampton Roads that have not seen much rain the past few weeks. I only picked up about a quarter of an inch while areas just to the south picked up several inches of rain. NE NC received the lion’s share of the rainfall. It appears that the remainder of this week will be rainfree for most of us, but there is a slight chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm on Thursday.  Also, no major heat is expected through Saturday. The humidity early on won’t be that bad considering the time of year. That may change by the time we get to the weekend.  The tropics are quiet for now so I guess this is a time that weather forecasters can relax.

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SUNDAY LOOKS TO BE A CLOUDY AND COOLER DAY WITH SHOWERS POSSIBLE… IMPROVING WEATHER SEEMS LIKELY FOR MONDAY

The weathermap is quite unusual for early July and because of that, the exact forecast is a challenging one for forecasters. A frontal system will be moving into the Mid-Atlantic States on Sunday which will cause cloudy conditions with cooler temperatures. A low pressure area will track along the front and this should produce some showers across most of the region through Sunday night. The challenging part of the forecast is who receives the most rain and what will the temperatures be. Some areas may see some heavy amounts of rain but that all depends on the exact location of the front. Some areas (including my neighborhood) could use a good soaking so I’m hoping we pick up some good rainfall today. One thing is certain. This will not be a beach day. The system moves offshore on Monday but there could be a lingering shower in the AM. I’ll have an update Monday morning which will include a discussion of the upcoming week’s weather forecast.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY LOOKS GREAT FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES… WET WEATHER WILL BE APPROACHING MAKING FOR A CLOUDY AND SHOWERY SUNDAY

I’m back from vacation and one of the first things I did when I arrived home was to check my rain gauge. There was only a trace which means that my VA Beach neighborhood didn’t receive significant rainfall since I left on June 24th. Note that it rained every single day while I was in Florida and the Bahamas. Your July 4th celebration activities should not be hampered by the weather as high pressure and dry air keeps most of us rainfree. However, wet weather will be knocking on our door Saturday night as a frontal system and a low pressure system approach the Hampton Roads area from the west and northwest. On Sunday, we could see showers at any time and some of the rain could be heavy. By the end of the day, the rain chances will shift from NW to SE. On Monday, we should see improving conditions. This summer has been unusually cool and wet across the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and the Northeast. Meanwhile, the southern plains has been experiencing an incredible dry spell. I saw a report that some trees are dying from the drought in the Houston, TX metro area. The persistent ridge has been causing this stretch of dry and very hot weather in that region. I’ll have an update on Sunday morning. Enjoy your holiday and please be safe.

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