Archive for June 2, 2012

SEVERE WEATHER STRIKES PARTS OF HAMPTON ROADS FRIDAY EVENING… THE WEEKEND WILL BE FANTASTIC WITH LOWER HUMIDITY LEVELS AND PLEASANT TEMPERATURES

A rather strong cold front that moved through the Eastern states Friday was preceded by severe weather from North Carolina up into Pennsylvania. A tornado/water spout struck the city of Hampton, Va Friday evening causing damage and power outages. Luckily, no major injuries or fatalities were reported. Flooding rains were the issue further north in the DC area and I even saw a report of people being rescued in a flash flood. When I left work Friday afternoon, I knew that the situation could be quite volitile as the winds at the surface were basically out of the south and the winds aloft were out of the southwest. This change in wind direction with height coupled with the instability caused by the approaching frontal system were the ingredients that could produce a tornado. The high levels of humidity made the air more bouyant which added to the severe weather threat. Also, this added to the flooding threat in areas that received the storms, especially to our north around DC. A little less than an inch of rain fell in my backyard, but most of that rain fell this morning from a separate line of storms that developed right ahead of the cold front. Virginia Beach was spared the severe weather for the most part. Behind the cold front, our winds will be out of the northwest and this will usher in cooler weather with less humidity. It will feel quite nice out compared to the way it’s been the past few days. The weekend should be dry. The trough will slowly lift out of the Eastern states as we go into next week. In my Sunday morning post, I will have the forecast for the upcoming week. That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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