Archive for July 30, 2011

THE HEAT SUBSIDES A BIT BUT IT WILL STILL BE ON THE WARM SIDE… WE MAY SEE SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ON SUNDAY… A NEW TROPICAL CYCLONE WILL MOST LIKELY DEVELOP OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS

Are you tired of the heat? Well, Mother Nature is going to give us a break in the intense heat for a few days starting on Sunday. However, it will probably still be on the warm side of normal as temperatures should peak out around the 90 degree mark early next week. Before we get to that, we still have another hot one on Saturday but temperatures are expected to peak out a few degrees lower than Friday’s high temperatures. There may be an isolated shower/storm on Saturday but odds are that you will not see one. A weak front will be slowly moving south through the region over the weekend. Energy from the west is forecasted to increase our rain chances on Sunday. At the time of this writing, the rain chances for Sunday are about 40%.

What about the tropics? Well, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Don weaken rapidly as they move westward through southern Texas, an area of disturbed weather is being watched very closely in the Central Atlantic. This will very likely become Tropical Storm Emily over the next few days and it may threaten the Leeward Islands in a few days. It’s way too early to know where this potential storm will eventually go, how strong it will become, and whether it will threaten the United States. We are fast approaching the time of year when hurricane season normally begins to ramp up. Tropical Storm Don’s rainfall dissipated extremely rapidly as it moved through South Texas, and unfortunately, did not provide any real drought relief. I heard one meteorologist say this morning that he has never seen a tropical storm’s remnants disappear as fast as Don’s did. Texas is having what probably is the worst drought in its history.

What about the drought? Although some areas of Hampton Roads did receive significant amounts of rainfall over the past few weeks, some areas have not been so lucky. Norfolk and Northern VA Beach received huge amounts of rain earlier this past week. My VA Beach neighborhood has been missed by the heaviest rain. ORF has received so much rain that they are just short of normal precipitation for the year, and ORF was way below normal just a few short weeks ago.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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