Archive for July 23, 2010

THE HEAT WAVE CONTINUES THROUGH THE WEEKEND… SOME RELIEF IS EXPECTED NEXT WEEK… THE 2ND TROPICAL CYCLONE DEVELOPS BUT FORECASTERS DON’T BELIEVE IT WILL BE A BIG DEAL

The heat has been unrelenting and we still have this weekend to make it through. The good news is that forecasters believe that we should see some relief (albeit slight) next week. The temperature hit 100 degrees today (Friday) at ORF. Similar temperatures are expected over the weekend. Rain chances remain low although with all this heat and humidity around, an isolated shower or storm can not be ruled out… especially during the afternoon and early evening. We saw that today over parts of SE VA and NE NC. Speaking of rain, my neighborhood finally saw significant and meaningful rainfall. About three inches of rain fell during the mid-week period. Two and half inches of much needed rain fell on Tuesday. This was the first significant rainfall in three weeks! My grass has come back to life. Some areas of SE VA have not received much rainfall over the past several weeks. This has caused issues for farmers in these areas. The high pressure ridge off the SE Coast is expected to remain in place over the next few days. A cold front may bring us some showers and thunderstorms early next week. Tropical Storm Bonnie developed near the Bahamas and it quickly moved across the Florida peninsula. This system is moving so quickly around an upper level low to its southwest that the storm is having trouble getting its act together. This should prevent major intensification as it heads across the Gulf of Mexico towards LA. That is why forecasters are not that concerned about this system at this point. Let’s hope that holds true. Of course, it may affect the situation involving the oil spill but it could have been much, much worse. I hope that they have everything done before we enter the peak of hurricane season.  I’ll try to have an update on Sunday.

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