Archive for February, 2012

A STRONG COLD FRONT CAUSES THUNDER-SNOW IN PARTS OF THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA… AFTER A VERY COLD AND BLUSTERY SUNDAY, TEMPERATURES RETURN TO MORE SEASONAL LEVELS ON MONDAY

It was a wild late afternoon and evening on Saturday as a strong cold front caused heavy snow showers as it moved through our region. Thunder and lightning were reported in some areas. A lightning strike reportedly hit sailors at Naval Station Norfolk. I don’t ever recall hearing about a lightning strike causing injury or damage during the winter season here in Hampton Roads. I was driving during the snow squall in Virginia Beach and I did not see any lightning. The snowflakes were large and quickly accumulated on vehicles, grassy surfaces, roofs, etc. We only received a coating but due to the drop in temperatures, snow did manage to cover some secondary roads. I expect the sun to melt the snow later this morning as temperatures rise above freezing. Winds were very strong as we are in between a strong high pressure system over the center of the nation and low pressure well offshore. Winds will slowly subside as the high pressure area moves closer to the Mid-Atlantic States. Temperatures will moderate on Monday and will be slightly above normal as we head towards mid-week. A weak frontal system may bring us some showers on Tuesday. That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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GET READY FOR A HUGE DROP IN TEMPERATURES, HIGH WINDS, AND MAYBE EVEN A LITTLE SNOW IN SOME AREAS… TEMPERATURES MODERATE QUICKLY EARLY NEXT WEEK

A strong cold front is going to move through Hampton Roads bringing cold and blustery weather on Sunday. Temperatures probably won’t make it out of the 30’s and the winds are going to make it feel much colder. There may even be a little snow as the front moves through late Saturday night or early Sunday. At this time, it doesn’t look like we will see much snow in Hampton Roads. Initially, any snow that falls will melt but on the grassy surfaces, vehicles, roofs, etc, some minor accumulation is possible. Winds are going to be quite strong on Sunday as low pressure intensifies well off the east coast… Note that the rain that was predicted for our region last night did not materialize here in Virginia Beach. It appears that most of the significant rain passed by to our south and east. We were supposed to get around a half inch of rain.  Had that southern stream system phased with the system that is going to move through tonight, some areas of the East would be dealing with a major snowstorm. But, that did not happen which is just a continuation of this very uneventful winter season. You wonder whether things will change bringing more snow and cold to the eastern states. There is still no real sign of that happening. Meanwhile, parts of Eastern Europe and Russia are experiencing a nasty winter with snow falling in places that normally don’t get a lot of snow and it has been brutally cold at times. Time will be running out on winter as the amount of sunshine is increasing both in intensity and duration every day. However, we all know that late February and early March can still bring some severe winter weather. It will be interesting to see if the weather pattern will change in time before spring arrives. That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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A SYSTEM WILL BRING RAIN TO THE REGION SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING… TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS

It appears that Hampton Roads is in for a good soaking rain Saturday night and early Sunday morning as a low pressure system moves just south of our region. Rainfall amounts will be lighter to our north. The system should be out of here later on Sunday so conditions should slowly improve. For the first time in quite a while I don’t see any major warm-ups on the way during the forecast period. Temperatures should average around normal or just a little above normal over the next few days. There is still no sign of any real frigid air moving into our neck of the woods any time soon. Will we ever see an extended period of below normal temperatures this winter? If it doesn’t happen soon, time is going to be running out. The coldest time of year on average has already passed which means that the average temperatures have now begun to slowly climb… If you are wondering whether any area in the northern hemisphere is experiencing real winter weather, parts of Russia and Europe are in the grips of some very frigid and snowy weather. Alaska has also had its share of some very cold weather this winter season. So, while we have been enjoying a mild winter, it has not been mild everywhere.

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