Archive for January, 2012

AFTER A WINDY FRIDAY, IT WILL BE A CHILLY WEEKEND WITH LESS WIND… TEMPERATURES MODERATE BY MID-WEEK

The weather this weekend will be winter-like with temperatures not getting out of the 40’s. This past week, we had about an inch of rain as two weather systems affected the Hampton Roads region. As a cold front approached early Friday, winds gusted to near 50 MPH. Winds will subside and will not be too much of a factor throughout the weekend.  By the middle of next week, we should warm up somewhat and there is a chance of showers. I am hoping to post a more in-depth discussion sometime  over the weekend.

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THE WEATHER PATTERN THIS WEEK WILL BE QUITE ACTIVE WITH TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS AND TWO CHANCES OF RAINFALL

A cold front moved through Hampton Roads overnight and it will stall out to our south. A weak area of low pressure will move along the front producing a period of wet weather on Monday.  With an easterly wind and cloud cover, Monday’s temperatures will probably peak out in the upper 40’s. On Tuesday, we will be in between systems and it should be a nice day with temperatures a little above normal. Then on Wednesday, a more potent system will be approaching which will bring an increasing chance of showers. Temperatures will be mild ahead of this system, so precipitation type will not be an issue. Colder air will close out the week behind this system… Note that there are still no signs of sustained cold and stormy weather here in the Mid-Atlantic states. Will we make it through the entire winter without a long period of cold weather? It’s hard to say at this point. Where is the really cold air? Alaska and Northwestern Canada have been in the grip of a very cold Arctic air mass. So far, upper level winds have not been able to bring this air southward into the lower 48 for a long period of time… That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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SATURDAY WILL BE ANOTHER UNSEASONABLY WARM DAY… A COOLER AIR MASS MOVES INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES ON SUNDAY… RAIN SEEMS LIKELY BY MID-WEEK

Forecasters did say that the recent cold spell this past week would be short lived. And they were right. Temperatures rebounded across much of the United States. High temperature records were set in many locations out west. Some were all time record highs… Our weather here locally will be mild today (Saturday). A cold front will usher in cooler weather for the second half of the weekend, but it won’t be that cold, especially considering that it is January. Rain chances will remain low this weekend but there might be a light shower/sprinkle with the cold frontal passage today. On Monday, we have another slight chance of a shower. However, a much more significant chance of rain will come on Wednesday as a low pressure system moves into the region. I’ll have more on that system in my Sunday morning post. That’s it for now. Have a great day and get out and enjoy the weather.

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THE COLD AIR IS HERE BUT IT WILL ONLY LAST A FEW DAYS… A DRY WEEK IS EXPECTED FOR THE MOST PART

The current surface map shows a large low pressure area over Eastern Canada with high pressure centered over the Western Plains states. The cold front associated with the low is now moving off the East Coast. Today (Monday) will be a much chillier day but the real cold air moves in on Tuesday. Lows Wednesday morning are expected to be around 20 degrees. A low pressure system is expected to develop offshore and it is not expected to bring any significant precipitation. However, a snow flurry cannot be ruled out. The cold air mass will move out into the Atlantic later in the week and we should see temperatures rebound to above normal by the time we get to the weekend. That’s it for now. Have a great day and thanks for reading.

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GET READY FOR A MAJOR CHANGE IN THE WEATHER… THE COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON IS ON ITS WAY… HOWEVER, IT WILL NOT STICK AROUND THAT LONG

Happy New Year! For Norfolk, December was the 8th warmest on record. December of 2010 was the 4th coldest. The warmth of late will soon be memory as a major blast of cold air moves into Hampton Roads. Low temperatures Tuesday night are expected to be near 20 degrees! I would suggest that you take down your Christmas decorations today (Sunday) since it will be the last really warm day for a while. The cold spell will not last that long as the pattern will result in warmer air (perhaps even above normal temperatures) returning to the area by later in the week. The reason is that there is no real blocking downstream. No significant precipitation is expected this week. There may be a storm system developing off the coast as the cold front moves offshore but this is only expected to bring a flurry or two to the coastal areas. The cold front itself is not expected to cause much in the way of shower activity, but there may be a shower or sprinkle in some spots. I’ll have an update on Monday.

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