Archive for August 15, 2009

FLOODING PLAGUES PARTS OF HAMPTON ROADS THIS PAST WEEK… WHEN WILL THE WET WEATHER END?… TROPICAL STORM ANA DEVELOPS BUT ANOTHER CYCLONE MAY FORM RIGHT BEHIND ANA

It has been a very wet week for some localities in Hampton Roads. Wednesday was an especially wet day. Parts of Norfolk received close to 7 inches of rain! This caused flooding problems and also closed the Downtown Tunnel for several hours. I drove home in that storm and it was quite a commute. Lightning crashing all around me, rain falling so hard that my windshield wipers could barely keep up, and huge puddles on the road. Of course, my commute was nothing compared to those affected by the tunnel closure or the more severe flooding. The reason for all the wet weather is a stalled frontal boundary that is slowly moving off the coast and also dissipating. However, some computer models develop a low pressure near the coast later today, which could enhance the rain for some areas, especially over the Coastal Carolinas. Either way, forecasters expect improving conditions on Sunday and Monday. Approximately 1.50 inches fell in my backyard this past week, most of which fell on Friday. The tropics are becoming active as we have our first tropical storm of the season. Check the TPC site for the lastest forecast track for Ana. A larger system behind Ana may be a much more important storm but we’ll have to see how things play out. The current forecast track of Ana does take it towards the U.S., but it is way too early to tell. In most cases, forecast models are not dependable more than 5 days out.  I’ll have an update on Sunday.

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