Archive for February 21, 2011

MAJOR TEMPERATURE SWINGS AND STRONG WINDS DOMINATE THE WEATHER NEWS HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS

As my headline stated on Sunday, it’s been a roller coaster ride in the temperature department. We were in the 70’s this past Friday. On Sunday we were back in the 40’s and low 50’s. Today (Monday), we may go back into the 70’s and then on Tuesday, we may not make it out of the low 40’s. A backdoor cold front will be moving through tonight dropping temperatures as the winds swing around to the N-NE. Forecasters don’t expect significant precipitation with this front here in Hampton Roads. There may be a shower though in some spots Tuesday morning. Temperature swings like this are fairly typical for this time of year as the clash of the air masses causes large storm systems to develop and move across the nation. From now through early spring, it is typical to see a large difference in temperatures across the nation. The storm track has been to our north so we are basically on the warmer and drier side of these systems. That is partially¬†due to a persistent high pressure ridge over the Southeast. Winds will be a factor for fire fighters today but humidity levels will be a higher¬†than they were on Saturday. so I don’t think conditions will be as bad. (Saturday was a brutal day for fire fighters as there were many brush fires reported). Another system later this week may bring some rain on Friday. We could use the moisture to help alleviate the dry conditions. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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