Archive for June, 2011

HUMIDITY LEVELS INCREASE ON MONDAY AFTER A VERY NICE WEEKEND… RAIN CHANCES INCREASE SOMEWHAT ON MONDAY… A COLD FRONT MAY BRING HAMPTON ROADS SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN ON TUESDAY

As I stated in Saturday’s post, this is a great weekend for doing just about anything outdoors. Clouds from a complex of rain and storms passing by to our southwest may bring some cloudiness to our skies later on Sunday. As the flow becomes more southerly, humidity will be on the increase on Monday. This may result in an isolated shower/storm or two during the afternoon on Monday. Forecasters are saying that there is a better chance of rain on Tuesday as a cold front approaches the area. It’s not an especially strong cold front but it could be the trigger to bring some rainfall for parts of the area. I’m hopeful that we see some significant rainfall, which is desperately needed. It’s very difficult from 48 hours out for forecasters to predict exactly who will see the storms on Tuesday. There are numerous variables that come into play that have to be considered. After the passage of the cold front, a drier air mass will move in which should maintain low rain chances through Friday. Regarding the ongoing drought, in May, only 0.90 inches of rain fell in my backyard. June is running below normal for most of Hampton Roads with around two inches falling so far this month in my backyard. July is normally our wettest month of the year and we’ll see if this July lives up to that potential. That’s it for now. Have a great day and thanks for reading.

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THE WEEKEND LOOKS PERFECT FOR MOST OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES… RAIN CHANCES REMAIN LOW THROUGH THE WEEKEND BUT WILL INCREASE BY TUESDAY AS HUMIDITY LEVELS RISE AND A FRONTAL SYSTEM APPROACHES

This will be a great weekend for folks going to the beach, sightseeing, or even doing yard work. It will be a bit on the warm side, but humidity levels will drop somewhat making it a little more comfortable. Sunshine should be abundant throughout the weekend. Humidity levels begin to rise on Monday and as a result, there may be a shower/storm in the afternoon. On Tuesday, we may see a better chance of a shower/storm as a weak frontal system approaches the area. Speaking of storms, there was thunder and lightning last night in my neighborhood but I didn’t get any rain. It seemed fairly close, too. On Thursday, the area most impacted by the drought in Eastern N.C. received significant rain. Rain also fell where the wildfire is burning in Dare County. It wasn’t enough to fully douse the fire or end the drought but at least some rain fell in this very parched area. It will take a lot of rainfall to catch up and there really isn’t anything significant in sight at this time. We need a widespread soaking rain, not these isolated hit or miss storms that we’ve been seeing. As we head through the summer, the pattern is expected to change somewhat bringing some much needed moisture to the Southern Mid-Atlantic States. Let’s hope that this happens. I’ll have an update on Sunday.

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AFTER A BRIEF BREAK IN THE INTENSE HEAT, WE SHOULD SEE A RETURN TO VERY WARM CONDITIONS BY MID-WEEK… SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE ON SUNDAY BUT WE SHOULD SEE PLENTY OF SUNSHINE… A SHOWER OR STORM IS POSSIBLE ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY BUT THEY SHOULD BE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN

Saturday was a very uncomfortable day across Hampton Roads. The combination of high temperatures in the mid-nineties, moderate to high humidity, and light winds made it feel very hot and steamy Saturday afternoon. There were a few isolated showers and thunderstorms during the evening hours but most areas missed out. I just received a very brief downpour Saturday evening that only brought a trace of rainfall to my neighborhood. What about our ongoing drought? Well, last weekend about an inch of rainfall fell in my backyard which was needed desperately. This past Friday (June 17th), I picked up about a quarter of an inch of rain from storms that moved through early in the morning. So, although we are still way below normal, at least we did receive some much needed moisture. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms today (Sunday) as disturbances move across the Mid-Atlantic States and temperatures should peak out a little cooler than Saturday’s numbers. A weak front is expected to move through switching our winds to a more onshore direction and then it will stall just south of the region. The break in the intense heat won’t last, however. High temperatures should be back in the 90’s as we head towards the middle of the week. Although the chance of rain will be lower Monday and Tuesday, there is still a chance of a shower/storm each day. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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FINALLY, THE RAIN HAS COME TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD… THE HEAT RETURNS LATER IN THE WEEK

As I am writing this, I hear the pitter-patter of rain on my skylight and what a sweet sound that is.  It’s been a long time since my neighborhood has had significant rain. A weak low pressure system moving through the Mid-Atlantic States is bringing the wet weather to much of the Hampton Roads area. The rain should move away later this morning and we should see a break in the action this afternoon. However, later today, there may be an isolated shower/storm this afternoon and evening as a cold front moves through but forecasters don’t expect the activity this afternoon to be as widespread as it is this morning. High pressure builds in on Monday and we may see an isolated shower or storm in spots but I doubt there will be much activity. As it appears now, most of this upcoming week will be dry with slowly increasing temperatures. The next chance of rain will probably on Friday or Saturday…. This rain will not end the drought and I’m not sure if the areas that need the rain the most (Southern VA Beach and points south into NC) will receive that much rainfall today. The precipitation deficit at Norfolk Int’l Airport is almost seven (7) inches for the year. In areas of VA Beach (including my neighborhood) and parts of northeastern N.C., the deficit is significantly higher.  Farmers are suffering and some of their crops are in jeopardy. I just checked my rain gauge and as of 8:15 AM, I picked up about a third of an inch. That’s all for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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THE DROUGHT WORSENS ACROSS PARTS OF EASTERN VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA… WE’RE ENJOYING A NICE BREAK FROM THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY

A cool and dry air mass moved into the Mid-Atlantic States on Friday bringing spectacular conditions to Hampton Roads. I hope that you were able to turn off your air conditioner and open up some windows. We’ll enjoy another day (Saturday) of low humidity and pleasant temperatures. Meanwhile, a weak low pressure system and a cold front will be approaching from the north and west which will impact our weather on Sunday. This system may bring some areas a shower or two on Sunday, but rain chances are very uncertain at this time. With the drought worsening across parts of Eastern Virginia and North Carolina, I am hoping that we see some rain but I’m not that optimistic based on what I’ve read on the Internet. Right now, the NWS gives us a 40% chance of rain in Sunday. I saw a report on the news about how some farmers in Virginia Beach are suffering due to the drought. As I’ve said repeatedly before, my neighborhood has been missed by nearly all of the thunderstorms that impacted Hampton Roads over the past several weeks. Looking ahead, we dry out on Monday and we should stay mainly dry through Thursday. Temperatures slowly inch upwards as we head through the week so enjoy this comfortable weather while it lasts. Have a great day and thank you for reading.

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