Archive for July, 2012

THE INTENSE HEAT IS GONE FOR NOW AS THE PATTERN BECOMES TYPICAL FOR LATE JULY… THERE MAY BE AN INCREASED CHANCE OF STORMS BY MID-WEEK

The weather pattern will not feature temperature extremes over the next few days here in the Mid-Atlantic States. The intense heat is over for now but it won’t be cool either. Temperatures will be closer to normal. There will also be a chance of a shower or thunderstorm each day. This chance may go up as we head towards mid-week. An upper-level trough will be the primary cause of any wet weather that we may see this week. In case you are wondering about the tropics, things remain quiet. With August around the corner, it is expected that things will start to ramp up, but right now, there are no signs of any tropical cyclone development in the Atlantic Basin over the next few days. That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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FOR THE SECOND FRIDAY IN A ROW, THUNDERSTORMS BLAST THROUGH PARTS OF HAMPTON ROADS… THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS WILL BE TYPICAL MID-SUMMER DAYS… WARM, HUMID, AND A CHANCE OF SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS EACH DAY

A weak frontal boundary caused showers and thunderstorms to erupt on Friday after a very hot day here in Hampton Roads. I picked up about 1.25 inches of rainfall in my backyard. Lightning caused a structure fire in Virginia Beach Friday evening. There will be a chance of storms today but weather forecasters are saying that most of the more intense activity will be to our north. We could still see a strong thunderstorm as humidity levels will be high and temperatures should peak out in the lower 90’s. Sunday should be just a little cooler with still a slight chance of a thunderstorm. For next week, it looks like we will see typical summer-like weather with temperatures around normal and a chance of a thunderstorm each day. A frontal boundary is expected to stall out nearby maintaining that chance of a storm. That’s it for now. I will have an update Sunday morning.

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HEAVY RAIN SOAKS PARTS OF THE AREA… A STALLED FRONTAL BOUNDARY IS EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE AND A RETURN TO WARMER TEMPERATURES IS LIKELY ON MONDAY

The stationary frontal boundary that has been the cause of heavy showers and thunderstorms here in Hampton Roads is expected to dissipate and soon will no longer be a factor in our weather. High pressure is expected to build in causing our temperatures to be higher as most of us return to work on Monday. On Sunday, there will still be a chance of some showers/storms but weather forecasters don’t think Sunday will be as stormy as Friday and Saturday were. I was out of town on Saturday and when I came home, there was another 2.80 inches of rainfall in my rain gauge. On Friday afternoon, we picked up over 3 inches of rain and I was driving in that! Not fun.  So far this month, about 14 inches of rain have fallen in my neighborhood! One of my Weather Facts on this website explains how the month of July averages the wettest month of the year. I doubt we will have a wetter month this year but you never know. So, the bottom line is that rain chances will lessen over the next few days but there could be a shower or storm in spots as the atmosphere remains very moist. As I state repeatedly, it doesn’t take much of a trigger to produce a storm when you have high humidity levels.

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WE SHOULD GET A BREAK IN THE INTENSE HEAT THIS WEEKEND BUT THERE WILL BE A CHANCE OF HEAVY RAINFALL IN SOME AREAS

For those of you who are tired of the heat, a welcome break is on the way. It won’t come without a price, however. Rain chances will be going up beginning this afternoon (Friday) and will last throughout the weekend. A frontal boundary which is now to our north will be slowly sinking southward bringing with it a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms may be severe so be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions. Areas north of the front have gotten relief from the heat and weather forecasters expect the front to be south of our area this weekend before it dissipates. We should see high temperatures in the 80’s instead of the 90’s over the weekend. Some areas may receive heavy rain with localized flooding possible. Temperatures are expected to heat back up next week.

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VERY WARM AND HUMID CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL AND RELIEF WILL NOT COME UNTIL LATER THIS WEEK

The weather over the next few days will be basically the same with subtle day to day changes; warm and humid with just a chance of a shower or thunderstorm in spots, mostly during the afternoon and evening. However, in a pattern like this, any rain that falls can be quite heavy with dew points in the low to mid seventies. On Saturday, as the warm and humid air mass moved into the region, showers and storms developed and in my Virginia Beach neighborhood, nearly an inch of rain fell. Temperatures this upcoming week probably won’t break any records, but it will be quite warm each afternoon through mid-week. On Thursday, a cold front is expected to bring some relief dropping high temperatures to the 80’s. The cold front should trigger some shower and thunderstorm activity… I just wanted to mention that the drought across the nation has been increasing in areal coverage. No relief is in site which is bad news for the farmers in the Mid-West and other areas affected by the dry conditions. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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