BERYL WEAKENS OVER LAND BUT IT IS DUMPING A LOT OF RAIN IN AN AREA THAT COULD USE IT… MEMORIAL DAY WILL BE VERY WARM AND HUMID HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS

On Sunday, Tropical Storm Beryl moved westward over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream and it strengthened into a 70 MPH storm. If you saw the spiraling system on radar late Sunday, you could see that the center was quite wide. Since the storm started out as a sub-tropical system, it never was able to obtain the classic eye wall with a small and tight center. Even so, for a May storm, it was quite a formidable system. The storm is slowing down now and will eventually begin heading to the northeast. Before it does, it will have dumped huge amounts of drought-busting rains over Northeastern Florida and Southern Georgia. This area has been in a severe to exceptional drought so Beryl is actually a welcome system for some areas. And, as I said yesterday, too much rain in too short of time can be problematic, but hopefully, it begins moving soon before flooding becomes too much of an issue. The next question is what, if any, impacts will the remnants have here in Hampton Roads? Well, forecasters are saying now that most of the heaviest rainfall will pass just south and east of our region. However, a slight change in that track could bring the heavy rainfall into our region, so stay tuned. Even if the remnants do pass south of us, heavy rain is still possible due to a cold front from the northwest interacting with the tropical moisture in place. The chance of rain increases Tuesday evening into Wednesday. I also wanted to mention that it is possible that the storm regains tropical storm strength when it moves over the ocean. That probably wouldn’t make much of a difference for us but we’ll have to watch this closely for the flooding potential. Backing up to Memorial Day, it wil be a very warm and humid day with just a very slight chance of a shower or storm. The cold front that will be moving through later in the week is expected to stall to our south. We are now in the time of year that cold fronts sometimes have trouble moving south and east.  Well, that’s it for now. Please remember to take a moment to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for this great nation. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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