Archive for June 23, 2012

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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