Archive for May, 2012

MOTHER’S DAY WILL BE SUNNY AND PLEASANT BUT RAIN SEEMS LIKELY OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS

Sunday (Mother’s Day) will be perfect for most outdoor activities. Temperatures should peak out near 80 in most places and there will be plenty of sunshine. However, a frontal system and a weak area of low pressure to our west will slowly move eastward over the next few days bringing with it an increased chance of rain. There is a possibility that some areas receive a few heavy downpours. Moist southerly winds out ahead of this system will make for higher dew points which combined with upper-level energy may result in the heavy rain potential. Right now, it seems that Monday night and Tuesday will be the wettest period but there are differences in timing with the various computer models. Also, it is not certain how fast we will dry out as the system may be slow to depart causing some showers to possibly linger into mid-week. So, enjoy the weather today and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

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HIGH PRESSURE IS IN CONTROL ON SATURDAY BRINGING PLENTY OF SUNSHINE… A FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL BE APPROACHING SUNDAY AND MONDAY BRINGING WITH IT AN INCREASED CHANCE OF SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS

First, I wanted to begin my post with the total rainfall from the storm system that moved through on Wednesday, May 9th. Well over two inches of rain fell in many areas and my backyard rain gauge had nearly three inches in it when all was said and done. This storm brought a very beneficial rain to most of our region as it was a very widespread system. What also was good about it was that there was no real severe weather associated with it and there wasn’t much thunder and lightning in most areas… Well, there is another potential for a major rainmaker here in Hampton Roads on the way, but we should be okay for this weekend. High pressure will be slowly moving offshore and the timing couldn’t be better for those with outdoor plans this Mother’s Day weekend. Saturday will feature lots of sunshine and pleasant temperatures and humidity levels. Clouds slowly move in on Sunday ahead of the approaching frontal system. There is some model disagreement how this system will evolve but I think we have a fairly good chance of significant rainfall in some areas Monday through Tuesday. The combination of a very moist southerly flow out ahead of the front and the system and the lift associated with the developing low pressure should be enough to bring heavy rainfall to parts of the region. I’ll have more details on this system in my Sunday morning post. Temperatures should be in the upper 70’s to near 80 through the weekend. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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THE WEATHER PATTERN REMAINS ACTIVE THIS WEEK WITH A GOOD CHANCE OF RAIN DURING THE MID-WEEK PERIOD

This week will be quite changeable here in Hampton Roads both in the sky condition and temperature departments. The weather map this Monday morning shows a high pressure system moving off the New England coast. The clockwise wind flow around this high will cause an easterly wind here today keeping temperatures seasonably cool, especially near the coast. The winds will shift to the south which will start bringing in warmer air. A slow moving cold front will be moving eastward as a low pressure system moves into the Great Lakes region. As the cold front and the increasingly moist southerly flow ahead of the front begin to affect our weather, clouds will slowly increase later Tuesday and Tuesday night along with the chance of showers and thunderstorms. Forecasters don’t expect much rain here on Tuesday, but Wednesday is expected to be a different story as the front moves closer to the coast. Everything seems to be coming together to bring us a decent chance of significant rain from later Wednesday into Thursday morning. Things should dry out later Thursday and temperatures will be cooler behind the frontal system… I also wanted to mention that thunderstorms that moved through my neighborhood this past Friday night brought about a half inch of rain. That’s it for now. Have a great day!

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