Archive for June, 2012

ENJOY THE COOL WEATHER WHILE IT LASTS… THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL BE BUILDING LATER THIS WEEK

The cool weather this weekend is great for sightseers or doing any type of work outdoors, but the folks who wanted to go in a pool, or to the beach, etc. are probably very disappointed. In my opinion, it is not warm enough to enjoy going in the water. And, with the rip current risk at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach very high, going in the ocean is not recommended on Sunday. The cause of this cool and breezy weather is a high pressure system up to our north combined with an offshore low pressure system. This has created a northeasterly flow which has been very persistent the past few days. It’s all about to change. By Monday, our winds will veer to a more southerly or southeasterly component. The high pressure system will gradually shift offshore and the clockwise wind around it will bring in warmer air along with an increase in humidity. By mid-week, many of us who have turned our air conditioners off will have put them back on. Then, the heat is expected to build even more as we head into Thursday and Friday. Along with the increase in heat and humidity will be an increased chance of a shower or thunderstorm. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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NORTHEASTERLY WINDS CONTINUE TO BRING COOL AND PLEASANT CONDITIONS TO HAMPTON ROADS… HOW LONG WILL THIS GREAT WEATHER LAST?

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the middle of June and a cool breeze is blowing through my open windows, the skies are a deep blue with white puffy clouds moving by every once in a while. Normally, at this time of year, it’s warm and humid and my windows aren’t open as I usually have my air conditioner on. High pressure to our north combined with low pressure well out to sea are creating the northeast breeze that will eventually become easterly as we go through the weekend. The only problem this weekend relating to the weather will be for beachgoers and boaters in the bays and the ocean. The persistent onshore flow is creating rip currents and very choppy seas. Caution is advised for anyone going into the water this weekend.  The high pressure system will gradually shift offshore, but until it does, the pleasant weather will continue. Next week, we will see warmer temperatures and slowly increasing humidity. What about rain chances? Based on what I’m seeing, precipitation chances should remain on the low side most of this week. Once the humidity starts to increase, you cannot rule out a shower or thunderstorm in some localized areas. This is going to probably be the longest stretch of rain free weather that we have seen in quite a while. I’ll have an update Sunday morning. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

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THE STRETCH OF GREAT WEATHER IS ABOUT TO COME TO AN END… BUT SUNDAY WILL BE ANOTHER SUNNY AND WARM DAY… A PERIOD OF UNSETTLED WEATHER BEGINS ON TUESDAY WITH THE POTENTIAL OF HEAVY RAINFALL IN SOME AREAS

It appears that our stretch of fantastic weather is about to come to an end. High pressure which has been in control for several days will be moving offshore while a wet weather system slowly advances to the northeast from the Gulf Coast states. In addition, a slow moving cold front will be approaching from the west later in the week. It all will combine to create a period of unsettled weather here in Hampton Roads. It’s too soon to determine what areas will receive the heaviest rainfall, but the trend in the models seems to indicate that some parts of Virginia and North Carolina may receive some substantial rainfall during the mid-week period. This is the same system that brought record breaking rainfall to portions of the Gulf Coast States over the weekend. Monday is expected to be dry for the most part but the chances of rain will begin to increase Monday night. Stay tuned to the local media for updates on any potential flooding threats that may develop. In the extended forecast, the models differ as to how quickly the wet weather system moves away. Note that this system is expected to help alleviate the ongoing drought in Georgia. So, enjoy the nice weather while it lasts. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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THE WEEKEND WEATHER WILL BE FANTASTIC IN HAMPTON ROADS AS WARMER AIR MOVES INTO THE REGION… RAIN CHANCES INCREASE BY MID-WEEK AS A SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT APPROACHES

Temperatures will be warmer this weekend as a west to southwest wind brings in warmer air to the region. Humidity levels shouldn’t be too high, however. That will probably change as we head towards mid-week. Sea breezes may develop cooling the coastal areas a bit during the afternoons. High pressure will be slowly moving off the coast through early next week. A cold front is expected to approach the region by mid-week which will bring an increase in shower/thunderstorm activity. It’s a little too early to get specific as far as coverage and intensity of the potential rainfall next week. Enjoy the weekend. I’ll have an update on Sunday.

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SPRING OF 2012 IS THE WARMEST EVER IN NORFOLK’S RECORDED HISTORY… SUNDAY’S WEATHER SHOULD BE IDEAL FOR STORM DAMAGE CLEANUP IN HAMPTON… TEMPERATURES SHOULD BE VERY PLEASANT MOST OF THIS WEEK

As the headline states, spring of 2012 is the warmest in recorded history here in Hampton Roads. I realize that spring is not quite over yet, but the NWS is referring to Meteorological Spring which ended May 31st. It began March 1st. A very warm March contributed to the record breaking spring. Speaking of temperatures, I don’t think they will be an issue this week as there is no real heat in the forecast this week. For many of us, we could probably turn off our air conditioners and leave them off all week. Some of you probably have already turned off your air conditioners as the heat and humidity of last week got swept out to sea with the cold front that caused the severe weather and heavy rainfall in spots. There were a few showers in some areas late on Saturday caused by the instability of a very cold upper atmosphere. Forecasters don’t expect much precipitation through Monday but with this type of weather pattern, a light shower/sprinkle cannot be ruled out. Low pressure off the Maine coast will be moving away but short waves are expected to be moving southeastward through the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states causing an occasional shower threat this week. High temperatures beginning Tuesday will mostly be in the 70’s. Monday will probably be the warmest day of the week. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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