Archive for January 2, 2010

A LARGE STORM SYSTEM OFF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST WILL BRING STRONG WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES TO HAMPTON ROADS

A low pressure system still intensifying off the New England coast will cause strong NW winds along with very cold temperatures.  The low may actually retrograde westward over the next couple of days as a strong high builds down from the north to the east of this system. Parts of Northern New England and Southeastern Canada are experiencing a major snowstorm. This low pressure system will affect us for a good part of the week causing very little day to day changes in the weather. The big issue for us here in Hampton Roads will be the winds as they will be quite gusty this weekend… There is an excellent article in the Virginian Pilot today (Saturday) on the very wet 2009, which turned out to be the 4th wettest in Norfolk’s recorded history. 2009 did come very close to being the 3rd wettest year. The total rainfall for 2009 was 64.66 inches which is nearly 20 inches above normal. Will 2010 be another above normal year for Hampton Roads? It’s hard to say, but the continued El Nino in the Pacific Ocean may help to keep us in a stormy pattern over the next month or so. Only time will tell. I’ll have an update on Sunday.

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