Archive for May 29, 2010

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SHOULD BE DECENT OVERALL AND TEMPERATURES WILL BE ON THE RISE… PRECIPITATION CHANCES SHOULD DECREASE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND

The start of the unofficial summer season is upon us and this past week, forecasters have been trying to nail down the all important holiday weekend forecast. A backdoor cold front moved down from the northeast on Thursday sweeping away the warm air that moved in for a brief stay that day. Cool NE winds made Friday a rather nice day after some rain in the morning in some spots. Speaking of rain, inland areas have been receiving occassional showers periodically over the past week, but coastal areas of SE VA (i.e. VA Beach) have missed out on the heavier rainfall for the most part. That is a typical scenario when the winds blow from the water, especially during the spring when the water is still relatively cool. The cool, marine air is stable until it moves inland where it destablizes due to the heating of the land and also from surface friction and lift due to the higher elevation. The weather on Saturday shouldn’t be too bad but there will be a chance of a shower or thunderstorm at anytime this afternoon and evening. I don’t think the coverage will be that extensive, so I would not cancel your outdoor plans. On Sunday, temperatures should be higher in the afternoon and precipitation chances will be lower than they were on Saturday. On Monday, temperatures may be even warmer as high pressure builds in. By mid-week, we may see a shower or storm as a frontal system approaches. I’ll have an update on Sunday morning.

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