Archive for July, 2010

THIS WEEK’S WEATHER WILL BE TYPICAL FOR HAMPTON ROADS… HEAT, HUMIDITY, AND ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ON SOME DAYS

A weak cold front that moved through Hampton Roads on Saturday sparked some scattered showers and thunderstorms which were the hit and miss variety. In my Virginia Beach neighborhood, there was a five minute downpour that only amounted to a tenth of an inch of rainfall. It was very disappointing. However, some areas picked up over an inch of rainfall. Extreme southern Virginia Beach picked up over an inch and a half of rainfall! Many areas did not receive much at all according to doppler radar estimates. So, what about the chance of rain this upcoming week? Well, according to what I’ve read on the internet and seen from the local meteorologists, we do have a chance of showers/thunderstorms beginning on Tuesday, which should last for much of the week. There probably won’t be widespread activity, just that isolated to scattered activity so common around here during July. Pinpointing the areas that will receive the most rain is impossible. The reason will be that the humidity will be returning on Monday and with the high pressure area moving offshore, a weakness in the atmosphere should allow for the pop up variety of showers/storms to develop on some of the days from Tuesday through Saturday… mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. At least that is the way it looks now (Sunday morning). The areas that got missed by the rain yesterday are really hurting for moisture. Don’t you wish that Mother Nature distributed rainfall evenly throughout the region? I really get frustrated when areas that already received rain get hit repeatedly and the areas that did not receive any rain from the last event get missed time and time again. The tropical Atlantic remains quiet and as of this writing, there are no areas of concern to speak about. That’s it for now.

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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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THE HEAT RETURNS ON MONDAY AND CONTINUES FOR MUCH OF THE WEEK… RAIN CHANCES REMAIN LOW THROUGH FRIDAY… COULD SOMETHING BE BREWING IN THE TROPICS?

It doesn’t get better than this! The weather will be perfect for all outdoor festivities on this 4th of July. Humidity levels are still quite low compared to what they could be at this time of year. Sunday will be the last comfortable day for quite a while as the heat builds back in on Monday.  Afternoon temperatures will most likely break the 90 degree mark starting Monday. The heat will continue through most of this upcoming week. Precipitation chances remain very low through Friday. This is not good news for parts of our region where it has not rained in many days. Farmers in some parts of Virginia are becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of rainfall. As I said in my Saturday post, my neighborhood did receive rain this past Tuesday (June 29th), so my grass is still green for now. But, many missed out on that rain. The large and rather strong high pressure system will slowly move off the coast. This will set up a southwesterly flow. There might be another named storm this week in the tropics so stay tuned. The area of concern is not far from where the first storm developed. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend and stay safe!

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A STRONG AND RATHER LARGE HIGH PRESSURE AREA SLOWLY MOVES OFF THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST… THIS RESULTS IN A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR HAMPTON ROADS… THE HEAT RETURNS TO CLOSE OUT THE WEEKEND

You really can’t ask for better weather this holiday weekend here in Hampton Roads. A sprawling high pressure system over our region will only slowly move off the coast. Saturday will be a sunny day with comfortable temperatures and humidity levels. As the high moves offshore, the resulting southerly flow will bring back the heat and humidity. By Monday, afternoon temperatures should be back in the 90’s. So, enjoy the relatively low humidity levels while they last. Rain chances this weekend will be virtually non-existent for much, if not all, of the area. That is bad news for the areas that didn’t see any rainfall this past week. My neighborhood got “lucky” on Tuesday when thunderstorms dumped about three quarters of an inch of rain. Many areas did not see much that day and are now bone dry. The next chance of any showers/thunderstorms probably won’t be until Friday at the earliest. Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

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