Archive for August 9, 2009

THE HEAT IS ON… WILL WE BREAK A RECORD?… TEMPERATURES SHOULD START TRENDING DOWNWARD ON WEDNESDAY ALONG WITH AN INCREASING CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS

Late yesterday, I was watching the cloud development while playing minature golf with my son. I was thinking that although rain was not really in the forecast for Saturday evening, the towering cumulonimbus clouds indicated otherwise. Sure enough, showers and storms started popping to our northwest, one of which became tornadic prompting a warning on the penninsula. A waterspout was photographed which looked quite impressive as the storm moved into the Chesapeake Bay. As the cluster of storms moved into Va. Beach, they weakend so while dumping nearly an inch of rain initially over the penninsula, lesser amounts fell further south and east on the Southside. Only a quarter of an inch fell in my backyard. But, the way I look at it, that is “bonus” rainfall since it was not predicted. What caused the rain? The combination of the warmer, more humid air moving in and a disturbance moving through the area. Now, what about the anticipated heat wave. Well, temperatures are expected to┬áreach the mid-90’s on Sunday, the upper-90’s on Monday (with 100 possible in some spots). Tuesday will still be hot but models are now speeding up the next cold front that will put an end to the heat. The record for Monday at ORF is 99 so it is possible to tie or even break. We may get into a wetter pattern later in the week, but that is not certain at this time. The tropical Atlantic remains quiet for now.

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