Archive for July 2, 2011

THE WEATHER THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND WILL BE TYPICAL FOR JULY IN HAMPTON ROADS… HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL INCREASE ALONG WITH A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY

I want to start off my post with an update on the ongoing drought. Earlier this week, my neighborhood picked up around 0.70 inches of rain. The deficit for the year at Norfolk International Airport is approaching 6 inches. Rain chances on Saturday will be very low but on Sunday, they will increase to around 30% as a weak front approaches the Mid-Atlantic States. After a nearly perfect day on Saturday with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures, a south-southwesterly wind ahead of the front on Sunday will transport more humid air into the region. This combined with increasing instability should spark off a shower or thunderstorm in spots on Sunday afternoon. As usual with situations like these, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact areas that will receive the storms and the exact timing. The timing becomes more critical on Monday with the various Independence Day festivities that are planned including fireworks displays during the evening. The front will be stalling somewhere nearby. Exactly where it stalls will dictate our weather on Monday. The front should slowly wash out by later Tuesday or Wednesday. High pressure will re-build across the region later next week bringing less of a chance of thunderstorms. I will have an update on Sunday and hopefully, forecasters will have a better idea of when the storms will be most likely to occur. This week, the first Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone developed and moved into Mexico. Arlene was its name and it did not impact the U.S. with anything more than some¬†showers/thunderstorms in extreme southern Texas. Although the folks in Texas don’t want to see a damaging storm, Texas was hoping for some drought relief further north from this tropical storm but it tracked too far south to bring any significant rain to areas further north and east. The drought in parts of¬†Texas is classified as exceptional and has been going on for quite a while. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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