Archive for July 10, 2010

THE SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC STATES MAY BE HEADING INTO A DROUGHT… AFTER A SATURDAY THAT WILL BE A BIT UNSETTLED, SUNDAY LOOKS DRY

Lack of rainfall over the past few weeks has caused our area to become abnormally dry and a full blown drought might be looming. Most of our region hasn’t received significant rainfall recently and that has taken its toll on the region’s farms. Is there hope in sight for a widespread rain event? Not really. As I write this, there is an area of light rain showers moving through, but it doesn’t look like much rain will fall this morning. The precipitation is being caused by a weak cool front slowly slipping south into our area. Earlier forecasts had called for thunderstorms this afternoon, but it seems that forecasters have backed off. That’s not to say that we won’t see storms this afternoon, but it seems that the chance of rain this afternoon has diminished somewhat. The area of rain this morning seems like it’s weakening as it approaches VA Beach, so I am just going to have to hold out hope for rain this afternoon. The upper-level low that retrograded westward in the Atlantic could not muster up any significant rainfall for most of us here in Hampton Roads. Some areas in VA did receive heavy downpours from the moist flow caused by that system. The Outer Banks had some significant rainfall from a low level circulation that developed on Friday. That system is gone and now it’s just the cool front that we will have to deal with this weekend. That front will slowly move through and then weaken just south of our region. There really isn’t any cool air behind it. The air is only slightly drier behind the front. That air mass will be over us on Sunday, which will make for a dry day. The next chance of rain is on Tuesday. I’ll have more on that in my Sunday morning post.

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