Archive for March 4, 2012

SUNDAY STARTS OUT WET FOR HAMPTON ROADS AS A COLD FRONT STALLS OFFSHORE… TEMPERATURES REMAIN CHILLY THROUGH TUESDAY

The cold front that brought heavy rain early Saturday has stalled off the coast and a weak low pressure wave has formed along the front off the North Carolina Coast. This is causing rain Sunday morning in Southeast Virginia and Eastern North Carolina. Yesterday, about 1.50 inches of rain fell in my backyard. So far today, about an inch of rain has fallen and there is still more to come before the system moves offshore later today. An Alberta Clipper like system will be approaching on Monday bringing another chance of precipitation. For Hampton Roads, this should be mostly a rain event with maybe a flake or two mixed in. However, for points north and west, a period of snow is possible. Also, precipitation totals should be light with this system. The timing of this system (coming during the daylight hours) should limit accumulations of snow as the early March sun is quite strong. A warming trend will set in on Wednesday…. Many folks are asking whether the early season tornado outbreak that occurred late last week means a brutal tornado season this year. A similar question was asked abouth this year’s winter season when it got off to an early start on Halloween. And we all know that there practically wasn’t even a real winter in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states when it comes to snowstorms. So, although we could be in for a very long severe weather season, just because we had this horrible early start to the severe weather season, it may not mean that it will be that bad… at least we can hope it won’t be.  Only time will tell. I’m a little worried since the jet stream during most of the winter season stayed to the north that it will now start to come south just as spring begins making for more volitile storm situations over the next several weeks.   That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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