Archive for October, 2010

COOLER WEATHER IS ON THE WAY… IT MAY GET STORMY LATER IN THE WEEK… HURRICANE TOMAS STRENGTHENS IN THE CARIBBEAN

Halloween will be perfect with high temperatures near 70. A dry cold front will be approaching Sunday night which will switch our winds to a more northerly direction. This will set the stage for a cool beginning to our work week. Temperatures may not make it out of the 50’s on Monday in some areas. Sunshine should be abundant, however. Meanwhile a large trough of low pressure is expected to develop near the East Coast by mid-week as a high pressure area moves off the New England Coast. Low pressure is expected to develop to our south and west spreading rain into the Mid-Atlantic States by Thursday as it looks now. Could this system pull in the moisture and/or energy from Hurricane Tomas? Phasing of the two systems could occur but that is not in the forecast right now. Either way, we may have a windy and rainy end to the work week. The island of Hispaniola and some of the surrounding islands should pay close attention to the future track of this hurricane. The country of Haiti is still recovering from the earthquake earlier this year and the disease outbreaks that have plagued this area. They definitely don’t need a major hurricane to hit them so soon after such a devastating year. So, stay tuned to your local media this week as things could get interesting later in the week. Have a great day and don’t eat too much candy!

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AFTER A VERY WARM AND HUMID WEEK, COLDER WEATHER HAS SETTLED INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES… THE TROPICAL ATLANTIC CONTINUES TO REMAIN ACTIVE

This past week felt more like early September than late October. Temperatures were well above normal soaring into the 80’s. Humidity levels were very high considering the time of year. We had two rounds of heavy rainfall. Over two inches fell in my backyard! One reason for the very warm weather this past week was that exceptional storm that slammed the Northern Plains states and the Great Lakes region. You’ve probably already heard about how low the barometric pressure was with that system. It had a lower pressure than the infamous storm that sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald in the 1970’s. Winds gusted to hurricane force in that region. The counter-clockwise flow around that storm brought up the warm air as well as the moisture from the south. The storm also dragged a cold front through our region which has dropped temperatures back to seasonal levels. The weather this weekend will be fantastic and the trick-or-treaters shouldn’t have a problem Sunday evening. The week ahead looks like it will start out nice but unsettled weather is possible by mid to late week. I’ll have more on that in my Sunday morning post. The tropical Atlantic has two storms now. Shary became a hurricane and will be moving out into the open Atlantic. Tomas is the storm to watch as it is expected to become a major hurricane which may threaten the Caribbean Islands. Check back in on Sunday for an update.

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THE LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER WILL BE A WARM ONE FOR THE MOST PART… SOME SHOWERS SEEM LIKELY MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY… COOLER WEATHER IS POSSIBLE LATE IN THE WEEK

High pressure is moving off the Carolina Coast and as it does, a southwesterly flow will bring in milder air into Hampton Roads. Some clouds will appear from time to time on Sunday but overall, it looks like a very nice late October day. With a trough to our west and a high pressure area (or a ridge) off the Southeast Coast early this week, our weather should be warmer than normal and moisture levels will be increasing, especially by Monday evening. Our rain chances go up somewhat late on Monday. Forecasters (and the computer models) aren’t predicting a lot of rainfall this upcoming week here in Hampton Roads. At least that is how it looks right now. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Richard is moving westward and will make lanfall in Central America. It’s remnants may emerge in the Gulf of Mexico in a few days.  That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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IT’S ANOTHER GREAT WEEKEND FOR HAMPTON ROADS… A WARMING TREND IS ON THE WAY… A PERIOD OF UNSETTLED WEATHER IS POSSIBLE BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK

It’s another great fall weekend here in Hampton Roads. After a frosty morning in some parts of Eastern Virginia, temperatures will rebound nicely today reaching highs near the 70 degree mark. As a high pressure system moves off of the NC Coast on Sunday, our winds will swing around to the SW or S bringing up warmer air. No rain is likely until mid-week, when we might see a period of unsettled weather. Right now, forecasters aren’t sure how much rain we will see. I’ll have more on that in my Sunday morning post. This past week’s weather was fairly quiet and we didn’t pick up much rainfall from that weak system that passed through the Mid-Atlantic States. I had litterally nothing in my neighborhood except for a few sprinkles. Tropical Storm Richard is trying to get his act together in the Western Caribbean as it slowly moves west. Enjoy your Saturday and check back in on Sunday.

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THE PLEASANT WEATHER CONTINUES THROUGH TUESDAY… AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN MAY BRING SOME RAIN BY MID-WEEK

One of the most striking things about today’s weather map is the lack of precipitation nationwide. This tends to happen more in the month of October than any other month of the year. Temperatures here locally are just about perfect and we will actually be a few degrees warmer today (Sunday) than we were on Saturday. The reason for the warm-up is that the winds will be backing to more of a southwesterly direction, which will bring in the warmer air. Yesterday, we were still under the influence of the huge low pressure system that brought a nor’easter (and snow) to New England. Our nice weather should continue through Tuesday. A front will slowly be moving southeastward and will stall somewhere close by. Waves of low pressure are expected to develop along the front but there is quite a bit of uncertainty with how our weather is going to evolve during the mid to late week period. Will we see just a little rain or will this be a significant rain event for Hampton Roads? Right now, forecasters here locally don’t think that this system will amount to much. High pressure is expected to build back in for next weekend. The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now. Have a great day!

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