Archive for June, 2012

SEVERE STORMS BLAST THROUGH THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES FRIDAY NIGHT LEAVING MANY WITHOUT POWER… THE INTENSE HEAT CONTINUES WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE STORMS

After a brutally hot Friday, a cluster of storms which tracked all the way from the Midwest, came blasting through the Mid-Atlantic states bringing damaging winds to many localities. It seems that the hardest hit areas were near Washington, DC. I saw a report this morning that up to two million people are without power! That means no air conditioning which is going to be problematic today (Saturday). In my neighborhood, we just had some gusty winds and a few drops of rain around midnight. The storms basically missed my neighborhood. However, other parts of Hampton Roads were not that lucky. There are thousands without power right now in Hampton Roads. Wind gusts in some areas were near 70 MPH which downed many trees. The Peninsula was hit harder than the South-side. Luckily, I haven’t heard any reports of injuries here in Hampton Roads. However, there were two deaths reported in the Northern Mid-Atlantic states due to these intense storms…. The high pressure ridge is still firmly in place so another couple of days of intense heat are likely. There is a chance that thunderstorms may again develop well out to our west or west-northwest and move our way tonight. The SPC has our area included in a “slight risk” zone for severe weather. Again, the biggest threat from these storms will be strong and damaging winds.  Monday is expected to be slightly cooler, but there is no real relief in sight from the above normal temperatures. So, please be careful if working or playing outside. That’s it for now. I will have an update Sunday morning.

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A STRONG COLD FRONT MAY BE PRECEDED BY STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ON MONDAY… TROPICAL STORM DEBBY IS THE 4TH TROPICAL STORM OF THE SEASON WHICH IS THE EARLIEST EVER IN RECORDED HISTORY… HER TRACK AND INTENSITY FORECAST IS VERY UNCERTAIN

Sunday should be a typical summer day here in Hampton Roads with plenty of sunshine, moderate to high humidity levels, and temperatures peaking in the upper 80’s. Thunderstorm chances will be increasing as we head into Monday as a cold front and upper-level trough approach the East Coast. Severe storms are possible so please be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions. The front moves off of the coast Monday night and Tuesday with cooler and drier conditions following the frontal passage. The other big weather story is Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is undergoing some wind shear, which is not allowing the storm to intensify that rapidly. The forecast track is very uncertain at this time. Computer models take it anywhere between Texas and Florida. Heavy rain is already falling along portions of the Gulf Coast. The storm’s intensity forecast is also very uncertain at the present time. If you have plans to head anywhere along the Gulf Coast, you should monitor the latest forecast with the National Hurricane Center. As I stated earlier, this is the earliest 4th storm of the season in the Atlantic Basin since records were kept… Our extended forecast does depend on Debby’s eventual track. The forecast currently calls for a cool down on Tuesday and Wednesday followed by a significant warm-up later in the week. That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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TROPICAL STORM DEBBY FORMS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND IS THE EARLIEST 4TH STORM EVER IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN

This is just a brief post to let you know that Tropical Storm Debby has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. This storm is the 4th storm of the 2012 hurricane season. This is the earliest 4th storm in the Atlantic basin’s recorded history! Debby beat out Dennis in 2005, which was an incredibly active season. The models are having trouble determining which direction Debby will go. Some have it going towards Texas and another model has it going towards Florida. For the next 48 hours, she probably won’t go that far since steering winds are weak. I’ll have more on Debby in my Sunday morning post.

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THUNDERSTORMS ON FRIDAY CAUSED FLOODING IN PARTS OF HAMPTON ROADS… SATURDAY SHOULD BE QUIETER AS THE COLD FRONT STALLS OUT OVER NC… MORE STORMS ARE IN THE FORECAST ON MONDAY

Thunderstorms that developed out ahead of an approaching cold front caused flooding rains across parts of the Hampton Roads area. Over 4 inches of rain fell in parts of Norfolk and Portsmouth. Some roads were flooded which caused huge problems for drivers. About an inch of rain fell in my backyard here in Virginia Beach. The lightning from these storms was especially intense. The National Weather Service accurately predicted the intense lightning potential in their update Friday afternoon. I saw one report of the lightning hitting a house in Chesapeake, Va. Saturday should be a much better day with slightly cooler temperatures and less of a chance of rain. However, with the front so close by, there is still a chance of a shower or storm, especially over NC. Sunday should okay with temperatures reaching the upper 80’s. Again, a shower or storm cannot be ruled out but odds are, you won’t see rain on Sunday. An approaching trough and frontal system will bring an increased chance of showers and storms on Monday. Then, we should cool down by the middle of next week. Forecasters are watching a disturbed area in the Gulf of Mexico. I’ll have more on next week’s forecast and the potential for a new tropical cyclone in my Sunday morning post. Have a great day and thanks for reading.

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THE HEAT CONTINUES BUT THE WEEKEND SHOULD BE A LITTLE COOLER… TROPICAL STORM CHRIS SHOULD WEAKEN OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS… FORECASTERS ARE KEEPING THEIR EYES ON AN AREA OF DISTURBED WEATHER IN THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA AND EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO

Thursday will be another hot day across Hampton Roads as southwesterly winds pump up the heat and humidity. This heat wave will not last that long as a cold front will be moving into the region late Friday and Saturday. The front will slow down when it reaches our area but it should still have enough of a push behind it to lower our temperatures over the weekend. The front should trigger some showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon through Saturday but it is not certain how extensive the coverage and intensity of the precipitation will be. We could use the rain as the last time we had significant rain here in Virginia Beach was on June 1st. Only minor amounts fell on June 4th… Tropical Storm Chris which formed well east of the U.S. is continuing to move east-northeast. It is expected to weaken and meander out in the central North Atlantic. Forecasters are watching an area of disturbed weather in the Western Caribbean Sea and Eastern Gulf of Mexico. This system may bring heavy rainfall to Florida. That’s it for now. Be careful if you are working or exercising outside and make sure you drink plenty of water. I’ll have an update on Saturday.

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