Archive for March, 2012

SATURDAY WILL BE UNSETTLED AS A COLD FRONT APPROACHES THE REGION… SUNDAY LOOKS TO BE DRIER AND SHOULD BE A NICE SPRING DAY

The radar this Saturday morning shows scattered showers in the area as a cold front and a disorganized low pressure system move through the Mid-Atlantic States. Right now, forecasters aren’t predicting any severe weather for Hampton Roads as this system is relatively weak. Saturday won’t be a washout but a shower could occur at any time. The front moves offshore by Sunday morning paving the way for a nice day as it looks right now. Temperatures should top out in the 60’s on Sunday. I’ll have a more detailed forecast for the week ahead in my Sunday morning post.

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A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL KEEP THINGS UNSETTLED ON SUNDAY, BUT IT WON’T BE A WASHOUT… DRIER AND COOLER WEATHER MOVES IN FOR MONDAY AND TUESDAY

Just a quick update on the current conditions… A cool northerly flow has stabilized the atmosphere so that severe weather is highly unlikely this afternoon and evening (Sunday). Current radar indicates that most of the convection is well south of Hampton Roads. No significant rainfall has occurred and it has just been overcast most of the afternoon. Below is the remainder of this morning’s post that is still relevant… Another three quarters of an inch of rain fell in my neighborhood yesterday bringing the total to 1.50 inches since Friday. The system will move offshore Monday morning and a brief cooling trend will set in along with drier conditions. According to forecasters, the dry weather should last the rest of the week. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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DESPITE A SUNNY START TO THIS WEEKEND, UNSETTLED WEATHER IS MOVING IN AS A COMPLEX AND RATHER DISORGANIZED LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM APPROACHES HAMPTON ROADS

As I write this post, the sun is shining and it looks like a beautiful spring day lies ahead. However, looks can be deceiving. As the headline states, a complex and rather disorganized low pressure system is approaching the Mid-Atlantic States and as a result, rain/showers will overspread the region today. There may even be some isolated severe weather as a cold front approaches later in the afternoon and evening… Yesterday (Friday) an isolated thunderstorm dumped three quarters of an inch of rain on my neighborhood. We’re going to add to that rainfall total today and tomorrow as the low pressure system moves through. The thinking now is that there will be increased rain chances today with the surface low and cold front. Then, on Sunday, when an upper-level low pressure system slides across the region, there should be another round of showers/storms. The chance of rain will slowly diminish Sunday night and Monday should be nicer with a cooling trend that will continue through Tuesday. I’ll post an update on Sunday morning.

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A BACK DOOR COLD FRONT BROUGHT COOLER AIR TO HAMPTON ROADS ON SATURDAY… THE ONSHORE FLOW BROUGHT LOW CLOUDS AND EVEN FOG IN FROM THE OCEAN… ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES SHOULD RESUME THIS WEEK

Saturday started out very nice here in Virginia Beach, but a cool onshore flow brought low clouds in from the ocean. Fog also moved in right along the coast. Temperatures dropped Saturday afternoon and it really felt quite raw during the evening. The low clouds are expected to dissipate Sunday and temperatures will again be cooler near the water. Monday should be a nice day. There may be a shower or two on Tuesday but nothing significant is expected. The next chance of rain probably won’t be until next weekend. No major cold air masses are expected this week as the jet stream stays well north of the region… Although most of the eastern part of the nation had a very mild winter, parts of Alaska had an exceptionally snowy and cold winter. Nobody knows for sure what lies ahead in the long term, but you wonder if we will have to pay for this mild winter. Only time will tell. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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SPRING SEEMS TO HAVE COME EARLY WITH RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES AND THUNDERSTORMS IN SOME AREAS

This past week, Hampton Roads had record breaking warmth as the temperature hit 87 degrees on Thursday. On Friday, thunderstorms broke out as a back door cold front moved into the region. Almost an inch of rain fell in my backyard Friday evening. The weekend should be decent and a little cooler, but clouds are expected to be around due to the lingering boundary to our south. A light onshore flow will prevail which should make it cooler near the water during the afternoons. We’re at that time of year when we see many days when temperatures are cooler near the water due to the fact that it takes a while for the ocean and bay to warm up. On Sunday, I’ll take a look at next week’s forecast. Have a great day and Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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