Archive for February 20, 2011

TEMPERATURES WILL BE ON A ROLLER COASTER RIDE THE NEXT FEW DAYS… DESPITE LIGHTER WIND SPEEDS ON SUNDAY, THE FIRE DANGER CONTINUES DUE TO LOW DEW POINTS AND BREEZY CONDITIONS

Saturday was a busy day for many firefighters in Virginia due to brush/forest fires breaking out across the region. Strong winds combined with very low humidity levels/dew points caused ideal conditions for fires to spread quickly. And of course there is plenty of fuel in the form of dried vegetation. With the strong low pressure area moving slowly away to our northeast and high pressure building into the region, winds will slacken off today (Sunday), but the breeze will still be strong enough this morning┬áto maintain another increased fire danger day here in Eastern VA. Temperatures will be much cooler than they were Saturday. But the cool weather won’t last very long. Warm air will be spreading back into our region ahead of another frontal system on Monday. Winds will be gusty again on Monday, but with temperatures near 70, you probably won’t mind that much. A cold front may bring a shower here on Tuesday morning, but forecasters are not predicting much rainfall from this system. We will cool back down towards mid-week and then another frontal system will be approaching later in the week hopefully bringing a better chance of rain.

Winter weather is making its return to the northern states as a snowstorm will be barrelling from the Mid-West into the Northeast. Meanwhile, the high pressure ridge in the Southeast will keep the South mild and dry.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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