TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO FORMS OFF THE S.C. COASTLINE… A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OFFSHORE AND AN APPROACHING UPPER-LEVEL DISTURBANCE KEEPS OUR WEATHER UNSETTLED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS

It’s not even hurricane season yet, but we have our first tropical cyclone of the season. A small circulation has developed off the coast of S.C. and is now moving west-southwest. (The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st). At the time of this writing, sustained winds are 50 MPH. The forecast track has it making a u-turn and basically heading northeast paralleling the Carolina coast and then heading out to sea. Our weather here in Hampton Roads is now under the influence of an offshore low pressure system. It’s not an especially strong system. The onshore flow around this system is bringing in low clouds and some occasional drizzle. Some light showers are possible later on. As a trough approaches from the west, there will be a chance of showers/thunderstorms over the next few days. It’s really a difficult forecast with lots of uncertainty as to timing and amount of precipitation that willoccur. With all the moisture around, clouds will dominate the skies over the next few days, but some breaks of sun are possible. Temperatures will trend upwards as we head towards mid-week as our winds swing around to a more southerly direction. Impacts from the tropical storm are expected to be minimal to none as what’s left of the storm passes to our east. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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