Archive for May 26, 2012

THE SECOND PRE-SEASON TROPICAL STORM FORMS IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN… THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND STARTS OUT WITH FANTASTIC SUMMER-LIKE CONDITIONS… WILL THAT HOLD THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEKEND?

Sub-tropical Storm Beryl has formed off the Carolina Coast and is now moving W-SW. Maximum sustained winds are around 45 MPH at the time of this writing. This storm is not expected to directly affect the Hampton Roads weather this holiday weekend. However, rip currents will be an issue. Hurricane season begins this coming Friday and we’re already on the “B” storm. Does this mean that the season will be very busy? Nobody knows for sure. Beryl will continue to head away from us as it heads southwestward along the Southeast Coast. This might actually be good news for areas of Georgia, South Carolina, and Northern Florida if they do get rainfall from this system. The drought in this part of the country is classified as exceptional in some areas. Will we here in Hampton Roads eventually be affected by Beryl? It’s hard to say. Later next week, a cold front may pick up whatever is left of the storm and bring it northeast towards our part of the country. It’s too early to tell whether we will see any rain from Beryl but we probably will receive rainfall from the cold front on Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Memorial Day weekend should be nice here in Hampton Roads with plenty of sunshine and light winds. Temperatures will be slowly warming each day. There may be a shower/thunderstorm in some spots on Sunday and Monday as sea-breezes along the coast interact with the prevailing winds. Forecasters say that the coverage of the showers shouldn’t be too extensive if it occurs at all. I’ll have an update on Sunday. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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