HURRICANE BILL PASSES US BY THIS WEEKEND… LARGE SWELLS ATTRACT SURFERS UP AND DOWN THE COAST… SLOWLY MOVING COLD FRONT MAY BRING HEAVY RAIN TO SOME AREAS

Hurricane Bill, a category 2 storm as of early Saturday morning,  is behaving as he was supposed to. Forecast models early this week had Bill moving well off our coast passing very close to Bermuda. The tiny island was basically brushed by the storm overnight. No significant damage was expected there. The large swells that Bill has created started building along our beaches on Friday and will increase today (Saturday). Surfers are loving that! Other than that, Bill will really have no effect on us here in Hampton Roads. What will affect us is a very slow moving cold front, which could bring some heavy showers and thunderstorms today and tonight. Earlier in the week, forecasters thought that subsidence which occurs around hurricanes would suppress our rain chances with this front, but they haven’t said that today. So, it was the trough moving eastward that steered Bill off the coast. Will there be another threat from the tropics this season? Hard to tell. The peak of hurricane season is September 10th, so we have plenty of time left for development. Everyone should have their hurricane supplies and plans in order. Getting back to our weather… Today will be very humid with showers and storms developing later on. Be careful if you get caught in one as flooding is possible. Severe storms are a possibility also. The heavy rain threat continues tonight. On Sunday, the slow moving front will still be close enough to bring us a shower, especially in the morning. We dry out and cool off a bit on Monday. I’ll have an update on Sunday.

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