Archive for August 1, 2010

WE GET A BREAK FROM THE HEAT FOR A FEW DAYS, BUT IT APPEARS THAT THE HEAT WILL BE BACK BY MID-WEEK… A SYSTEM IN THE CENTRAL NORTH ATLANTIC LOOKS LIKE IT HAS A CHANCE TO DEVELOP INTO THE NEXT TROPICAL CYCLONE

We’re getting a well deserved break from the intense heat and humidity but don’t get too used to it. Another round of heat and humidity appears to be on its way. An onshore flow around a high pressure system off the coast will keep us cooler than we’ve been of late. Of course, with the onshore flow comes an increase in humidity since the water temperature is now reaching its annual maximum. An area of rain showers moved across the Mid-Atlantic states overnight and I picked up around a quarter of an inch of rainfall. Cloudiness will be around today (Sunday) but it really shouldn’t be a bad day at all. An isolated shower or two is also possible.  This upcoming week will feature a slow but steady warming trend. By Wednesday, we will probably be back in the heat and humidity. There is an area of disturbed weather in the Central North Atlantic that bears watching as it may become the next tropical cyclone. Wakefield has mentioned in their latest update that July was the 4th hottest ever at the ORF reporting station. Note that Richmond had one of its driest Julys ever. That big storm on Thursday turned what was going to be a dry July total into a normal July total for rainfall at ORF. If you get a chance, you should read the article in Saturday’s Virginian Pilot on the storm’s impact in Hampton Roads on Thursday.  As noted earlier, some areas didn’t get that much rain that day, especially areas west of Hampton Roads. While some areas flooded, such as parts of Northern Virginia Beach and Norfolk, some areas are now experiencing a severe drought!  I’ll have another update on Monday.

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