Archive for April, 2012

COOLER WEATHER MOVES INTO HAMPTON ROADS… THE DRY WEATHER PATTERN CONTINUES INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK

The weather pattern has been very dry of late with very low relative humidity levels. This combined with windy conditions have caused ideal conditions for wildfires and forest fires to erupt in some parts of Virginia. Brush and forest fires have been a problem for parts of the Northeastern States. Many states in the Eastern part of the country have banned open burning. There really is no relief in sight as the pattern remains dry overall. There might be some sprinkles here and there this afternoon and evening as an upper-level disturbance moves through but significant precipitation is not likely through early next week. Temperatures will be below normal through Thursday and will probably be above normal by the time we get to Sunday as our winds should become more southwesterly. Right now, there is a large high pressure system over Central Canada which is causing a cool north to northwesterly flow across the Mid-Atlantic States.  That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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PLEASANT WEATHER IS EXPECTED FOR EASTER SUNDAY AS A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE BUILDS OVER THE REGION… NO SIGNIFICANT RAIN IS EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS

It always seems that when we start our spring planting of flowers, we stop receiving rainfall in my neighborhood. Earlier in the week, thunderstorms developed to our west but they dropped south of here and missed my neighborhood completely. Skies got dark and you could here the thunder but it did not rain much at all. Then, after that, a system brought rain to areas south of here over North Carolina but the dry air prevented any of that moisture from heading this far north. There is very little hope for significant rainfall over the next several days. There may be a shower on Tuesday but odds are, it won’t amount to much. Relative humidity levels will be quite low through Monday. Temperatures will be seasonal over the next few days and overall, conditions will be very pleasant with warm sunny days and cool clear nights. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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A NORTHWESTERLY FLOW IN THE UPPER-ATMOSPHERE EARLY THIS WEEK WILL BRING SEASONAL TEMPERATURES TO HAMPTON ROADS

The upper-level wind direction and speed have a profound effect on our weather. For example, folks in the Northeast where this past winter was mild are experiencing a raw, chilly spell of weather recently due to a northwesterly flow in the upper-levels of the atmosphere. Our weather here locally will be impacted by this flow early this week, which basically means that there won’t be any drastic warm-ups . As far as precipitation is concerned, a flow of this nature can have different effects. Sometimes, a northwesterly flow can bring cooler than normal dry conditions and sometimes it can bring disturbances through the region that cause showers and thunderstorms on occasion. Of course, it depends on the time of year and the overall weather pattern that is in place…. Our weather on Sunday should improve with sunshine increasing. Temperatures should peak in the low to mid 60’s. A frontal system moving through Sunday night may bring some showers and even a thunderstorm in spots.  On Monday, the system moves away and we should have a nice day overall.  By mid-week, another system may bring another chance of showers/thunderstorms.  There is some uncertainty in the extended forecast so I won’t speculate on the weather later this week. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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