Archive for November, 2011

SUNDAY WILL BE ANOTHER GREAT DAY AS HIGH PRESSURE OFF THE COAST SLOWLY LOSES ITS GRIP ON HAMPTON ROADS… MEANWHILE AN APPROACHING FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL AFFECT THE REGION MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY BRINGING A CHANCE OF RAIN/SHOWERS… A COOL DOWN WILL FOLLOW THE FRONTAL PASSAGE

We’ll have another great day on Sunday to do things like put up holiday lights, do some shopping, or even rake leaves. A southerly flow around a  high pressure area off the East Coast will bring mild air into the region. A rather moist frontal system slowly moving eastward will impact our weather but not until Monday night and Tuesday. After another mild day on Monday, rain chances will go up on Tuesday. A cut-off low is expected to develop which will bring a good chance of rain to Hampton Roads. Right now, forecasters aren’t expecting a widespread severe weather outbreak but since this system will be quite potent and the trough is expected to be negatively tilted, I don’t think that a severe thunderstorm or tornado can be ruled out. The unsettled weather should move off the coast on Wednesday and forecasters expect temperatures to return to more seasonal levels. So, enjoy the nice weather while it lasts and have a great day.

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HIGH PRESSURE IS IN CONTROL AND TEMPERATURES WILL BE ABOVE NORMAL FOR A FEW DAYS… A FRONTAL SYSTEM APPROACHES ON SUNDAY AND WE SHOULD SEE A PERIOD OF UNSETTLED WEATHER EARLY NEXT WEEK ALONG WITH COOLER TEMPERATURES

As the headline states, high pressure is in control on Friday but it will slowly move off the coast on Saturday and Sunday. As the high moves off the coast,  it will make way for a frontal system that will most likely bring us a period of unsettled weather early next week.  At this time, the best chance of rain seems to be later Sunday into Monday, but stay tuned, that could change as the front may slow down a bit. Backing up to today, I don’t see any weather related problems for holiday shoppers. Saturday will be another very nice day for late November. Is there any sign of unseasonably cold air on the horizon? I don’t see it as of yet. But, soon it will be December, so it’s just a matter of time. That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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IMPROVING WEATHER CONDITIONS COME JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING DAY… AFTER A BRIEF COOL DOWN, WARMER WEATHER IS ON ITS WAY AGAIN

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! After a very windy night, winds will ease up today, which combined with abundant sunshine, will make for a very nice Thanksgiving Day. I don’t see any weather related problems for travelers in the Mid-Atlantic States. That wasn’t the case on Wednesday, especially early in the day when heavy rain showers moved through Hampton Roads. A cold front moved through producing another round of showers later on Wednesday, but these were more isolated in nature. Then, the winds began to pick up out of the north. The winds coming right down the Chesapeake Bay caused some minor tidal flooding in some coastal areas. This was also due to the high astronomical tides caused by the new moon. About a third of an inch of rain fell in my backyard Tuesday and Wednesday. Much more rain fell further to our north and west. The last several rain events have had similar rainfall distribution producing more rainfall to our west and north… As high pressure builds in, we’ll have a very nice period of weather with a slow warming trend. Holiday shoppers on Friday should have no problems due to the weather. The nice weather should hold through Sunday. A frontal system may bring unsettled weather early next week. I’ll have an update on that in my Friday morning post.

Enjoy your holiday and be safe!

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WARMER WEATHER RETURNS TO HAMPTON ROADS… A PERIOD OF UNSETTLED WEATHER BEGINS ON MONDAY, BUT THE HIGHEST RAIN CHANCES WILL BE NORTH OF OUR REGION… A COLD FRONT SHOULD BRING A BETTER CHANCE OF SHOWERS ON WEDNESDAY AND WE SHOULD CLEAR OUT JUST IN TIME FOR TURKEY DAY

I don’t think you will find anything to complain about regarding the weather today (Sunday). There’ll be plenty of sunshine, light winds, and temperatures peaking out around 70. Not bad for November 20th. The high pressure area that initially brought some very chilly air Friday and early Saturday is slipping further off the East Coast. The southerly flow around the high is bringing in the warmer air. A cold front will slowly drop south and east from the northwest on Monday but it appears that the highest rain chances will remain north of Hampton Roads. We might see some shower activity but the way it looks right now, we probably won’t see too much rain until we get towards the middle of the week. By then, another cold front will be approaching from the west. This will be associated with a low pressure system that will move into the Northeast. Following that frontal passage, Thanksgiving Day looks dry and mostly sunny. That is assuming that weather systems move along as currently expected. Temperatures will be lower on Thanksgiving, but nothing too extreme is expected… Even though the Atlantic Hurricane Season is about to end on November 30th, there is an area of concern in the Central North Atlantic. Any tropical (or sub-tropical) cyclone that might develop will most likely not affect the weather along the East Coast. That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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AFTER A VERY CHILLY AND FROSTY SATURDAY MORNING… THE WEEKEND LOOKS GREAT WITH A WARMING TREND SETTING IN… UNSETTLED WEATHER MOVES IN ON TUESDAY BUT THANKSGIVING DAY LOOKS NICE

With high pressure nearby causing the winds to be very light and mostly clear skies, the Hampton Roads area experienced the coldest readings so far this autumn on Saturday morning. The high will move further offshore producing a southerly flow that will help to boost our temperatures over the next few days. The southerly flow will bring in more moisture and cloudiness which will tend to prevent temperatures from dropping too far Sunday morning. A frontal system will be approaching on Tuesday and Wednesday and this will increase our chances of showers. At this time, the highest rain chances seem to be on Wednesday. Areas to our north and west will probably see the most rain from this system. This past week, a frontal system produced significant rainfall to most of Virginia but here in Hampton Roads we only picked up around a quarter of an inch for the most part. Areas to our south in Northeastern NC received even less rainfall. However, Cape Hatteras had thunderstorms that gave them higher totals. The way it looks now, Thanksgiving should be sunny with seasonal (or slightly below seasonal) temperatures…. You may have heard meteorologists use the term “zonal flow”, which is expected to be the case for the next few days. What does that mean? It means that the wind flow in the upper atmosphere will be predominately from west to east with no real dips in the jet stream. This usually means that there will be not be any real intense low pressure systems and temperatures will not be too extreme for the most part in our area. Depending on the time of year, it can mean that we will see rapid day to day changes in the weather conditions as weather systems move faster west to east during these periods… I’ll have an update on Sunday. Have a great day.

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