Archive for March, 2012

TEMPERATURES WILL BE SPRING-LIKE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS… NO MAJOR STORMS ARE EXPECTED THIS WEEK HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS

It seems that the weather pattern has become less active after a very changeable period over the past few weeks. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be any changes in the day-to-day weather or that there won’t be any chances of rain this week. It just means that the level of activity and the intensity of the systems affecting us should be lower this week than what we’ve seen in recent weeks. High pressure now bringing a beautiful Sunday to Hampton Roads will move offshore.  A southwest wind on Monday will boost temperatures to near 70 degrees making for another nice day. A weak frontal system will approach Monday night and Tuesday bringing with it a chance of showers, but the highest chance will be northwest of Hampton Roads. Rain totals from this system should be on the light side. The rest of the week should be quite spring-like with low chances of significant rain for the most part.

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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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THE ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN CONTINUES WITH A GOOD CHANCE OF SHOWERS ON SATURDAY AND COOLER WEATHER MOVES IN ON SUNDAY

This is just a brief post to update you on the latest weather here in Hampton Roads…. After a cloudy and cool Friday, Saturday is shaping up to be warm at first followed by some wet weather. A strong cold front associated with the strong low pressure system that brought severe weather to numerous areas. Deadly and damaging tornadoes plowed through several states this week bringing an early start to the 2012 tornado season… Rain occurred mostly to our north and west on Friday as a warm front approached the area. On Saturday, a cold front should bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. The rain will end from NW to SE on Saturday and it could be heavy at times.  Cooler weather will follow the frontal passage on Sunday and Monday with a chance of additional rain or showers as the front stalls just to our southeast…. This past winter season (Dec-Feb) has been ranked as the 4th warmest ever here in the Norfolk area. I’ll have a complete update on Sunday.

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