Archive for August 2, 2009

THUNDERSTORMS ARE A POSSIBILITY ON SUNDAY AS ANOTHER WEAK COLD FRONT APPROACHES… MONDAY LOOKS LESS STORMY ALTHOUGH AN ISOLATED STORM IS POSSIBLE

An approaching weak cold front may bring some rather nasty storms to SE VA this afternoon (Sunday). Very humid conditions will result in some areas receiving very heavy rainfall rates. I’m hoping that my neighborhood gets significant rain as we’ve been missed repeatedly by the storms that blew through Hampton Roads over the past week or so. The afternoon and evening are prime time for the storms to occur. Please be alert for rapidly changing conditions. Things should quiet down later tonight and Monday should not be that bad, although an isolated storm is possible. At this time of year, cold fronts usually have trouble moving through our part of the world and many times they stall and dissipate over our region or just south and east of here over the coastal Carolinas. This is due to several factors including the positioning of the jet stream and the strength of the Bermuda High. Also, the cool/dry air masses and their associated high pressure areas are not that forceful at this time of year. What about the tropics? Things remain quiet as conditions are just too hostile to support development. That could change over the next couple of weeks. We’ll see. So the bottom line is that Sunday will be very humid with an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms. I’ll have an update on Monday morning.

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