Archive for February, 2011

THE WARM AND DRY WEATHER CONTINUES… TEMPERATURES SHOULD RETURN TO NORMAL NEXT WEEK

The warm weather pattern continues today (Friday) and we should stay dry for the most part through the weekend. Temperatures should soar well into the 70’s. A cold front will move through on Saturday bringing windy conditions to Hampton Roads. Due to the low relative humidity levels, there will be an increased fire danger on Saturday. No significant precipitation is expected with this front. A low pressure system moving by to our north will produce a rather steep pressure gradient here which will result in windy conditions on Saturday. Temperatures will be cooler on Sunday but on Monday (President’s Day), we may see another brief warm-up. There may be some showers late Monday and/or Tuesday. I’ll have more details on that system in my Saturday morning post. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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WINTER TAKES A BREAK BUT HOW LONG WILL THE MILD WEATHER LAST?… NO MAJOR STORMS ARE ANTICIPATED THIS WEEK FOR HAMPTON ROADS

After a very long period of cold and storminess, Old Man Winter is finally taking a break. Temperatures will be mild this week with just one day of cooler and seasonable weather on Tuesday. No significant precipitation is expected this week. As low pressure systems swing by to our north, winds will increase at times, but nothing extreme is expected in the near term. Meteorologists can kick back and enjoy the relative tranquility for while. It’s a well-deserved break for them as they have been nearly continually challenged over the past couple of months. The big question for meteorologists is when will the pattern go back to a more winter-like pattern and to what degree? There’s plenty of winter left but with each passing day, the sun gets a little stronger and the days get a little longer. We all know how volatile late February and March can be so don’t put away your winter gear just yet.  I would simply enjoy the mild weather while you can. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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FINALLY, THERE ARE NO MAJOR STORMS IN THE FORECAST… TEMPERATURES WILL BE TRENDING UPWARDS AND THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION EXPECTED THIS WEEK

It’s been quite a while since I could say that there are no storms threatening Hampton Roads during the upcoming week. In addition, temperatures will be warmer this week for the most part with maybe one or two cooler days. The snow that fell on Thursday should be gone by Monday as temperatures this weekend will top out in the 50’s and there should be plenty of sunshine. The brutally cold and stormy pattern that has dominated this winter looks like it has finally broken. A low pressure system passing well north of us early next week will pull down some cooler air on Tuesday but a warm up seems likely right after that. Temperatures might even go into the 60’s late in the week. The days are getting longer and the sun is getting stronger so it won’t be long before the grass starts turning green again. Due to the cold temperatures this winter, the grass has gone dormant in most lawns that I’ve seen.  It will be nice to see green lawns again.  Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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FORECASTERS FACE A CHALLENGING WEEK AS A RATHER POTENT SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BRING SNOW TO SOME PARTS OF THE EAST COAST BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT OR THURSDAY… THIS STORM WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A GOOD SHOT OF COLD AIR

I said it before and I’ll say it again… Another week and yes, another potential for a big storm… Forecasters will once again have their hands full this week as there is yet again the potential for a major winter event for some areas of the eastern part of the nation. The same all too familiar questions have to be answered… What will be the exact track of the low pressure center? Will cold air be in place at the onset of the precipitation? How much cold air will rush in behind the storm system? How much moisture will get entrained into the storm? And there are plenty of other questions that will have to be answered that deal with more complex meteorological issues about this system. It is too early to speculate on this system so you will have to monitor your local forecast as we get closer. I just want to add that there is a sort of glitch with some of the computer models that for whatever reason, lose the system when it is 4 or 5 days out. The models did that with the big post Christmas blizzard and they are doing it again with this storm. Once the system reappears on the forecast weather maps, forecasters will have a much better idea of what will happen. Let’s back up to today (Sunday). We’ll have a sunny and seasonable day with temperatures peaking in the mid to upper 40’s. Some clouds roll in on Monday as a complex weak frontal system approaches the Mid-Atlantic States. As it looks now, Hampton Roads will be caught in between the more significant areas of precipitation so forecasters aren’t expecting a lot of rain here locally Monday night. Then, the focus will turn to the potential system that should begin to impact us either Wednesday night or early Thursday. Stay tuned on this one. No matter how this storm evolves, colder weather seems quite likely for Friday and Saturday with some moderation as we go into next week. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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SATURDAY WILL BE A WET DAY WITH RAIN AT TIMES… SUNDAY SHOULD BE DRY AND SEASONAL… THE ACTIVE PATTERN CONTINUES NEXT WEEK WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ANOTHER STORM FOLLOWED BY A VERY CHILLY AIR MASS

A weak low pressure system off the N.C. coast will slowly strengthen during the day Saturday bringing a good chance of rain here in Hampton Roads. Temperatures won’t be too chilly due to winds slowly veering around to the south and southwest. The low pulls away on Sunday which will result in a fairly nice day for early February. Temperatures will be seasonal which means that high temperatures will be in the mid to upper forties. Another system is expected to cause some unsettled weather later Monday and Tuesday but right now, it’s not expected to be a significant event. From what I’ve read, models can’t even agree whether we will see any precipitation from this system. Of more concern is a storm system that may impact our region on Thursday. This system could pack a punch so forecasters will be closely monitoring the development of this potential system. Very chilly air is expected to follow that system on Friday. I’ll have more on the potential late week system in my Sunday morning post. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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