Archive for October, 2012

AFTER A CHILLY START, TEMPERATURES SUNDAY AFTERNOON SHOULD RISE INTO THE 70’S… SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO BRING WARM AIR ON MONDAY ALONG WITH INCREASING MOISTURE OUT AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT… SHOWERS AND STORMS ARE POSSIBLE LATE MONDAY INTO MONDAY NIGHT

The weather map this Sunday morning shows a high pressure area offshore of the East Coast. The clockwise flow around this high will cause a southerly flow to develop here today, which will bring up milder air. If you haven’t turned on your home heating unit yet, try to get through the morning and by this afternoon, you should be able to open your windows allowing the warmer air into your home or apartment. Today’s weather map also features a cold front slicing through the center of the nation and a low pressure system that will eventually move into the Great Lakes region. This front is expected to move through our part of the country Monday night. Monday will be a warm day for this time of year out ahead of the front and it may end on the stormy side. Showers and storms should move offshore Tuesday morning. Tuesday and Wednesday look dry for the most part with cooler temperatures. Tropical Storm Rafael is expected to move very close to Bermuda as it tracks northward and then northeastward. It may also strengthen into a hurricane.

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A WARMING TREND IS ON THE WAY… THE WEEKEND WEATHER SHOULD BE PLEASANT… A COLD FRONT MAY BRING WET WEATHER LATE ON MONDAY

The weather map this Saturday morning shows a rather strong high pressure area over Eastern Pennsylvania. Temperatures over the Northeast are very chilly this morning.  The clockwise flow around the high will create an easterly wind here in Hampton Roads. The high should maintain control over our weather throughout the weekend, even as it slides offshore on Sunday. Winds will swing around to a more southerly direction on Sunday bringing up milder air. Overall the weekend weather looks great with no real issues…. I wanted to comment on the weather earlier this week. Nearly four (4) inches of rainfall fell last Sunday and Monday(Oct 7 -8). That was welcomed rainfall since we have been running a rainfall deficit for the year… A cold front will be marching across the center of the nation today and then into the Eastern states on Monday. Severe weather is possible with this system in some areas. This front will bring us a rather decent chance of showers and even thunderstorms late on Monday with cooler weather to follow behind the front… Tropical Storm Rafael has formed in the Eastern Caribbean and Patty has weakened to a depression. Rafael may head towards Bermuda. I will have an update on the tropics and our exented forecast on Sunday.

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MONDAY WILL BE ANOTHER CLOUDY AND COOL DAY… RAIN CHANCES RAMP UP MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR HAMPTON ROADS… BY MID-WEEK, SUNSHINE SHOULD RETURN ALONG WITH WARMER TEMPERATURES AS HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES

The weather map this Monday morning shows a stationary front off the Carolina coast. A disturbance is tracking eastward across VA and NC which will increase the chance of rain as it approaches the area this afternoon. Coastal areas may even see a heavier period of rain, but overall rainfall shouldn’t be too excessive with this system. Winds will mostly be out of the northeast off the water. Yesterday (Sunday), about a quarter of an inch of rain fell in my Virginia Beach backyard. We could see similar amounts today and possible more in some spots. As it looks now, we should see more sunshine by Wednesday as high pressure builds into the Mid-Atlantic States. Temperatures should be warmer, possibly reaching the lower 70’s.  It should stay dry into next weekend.

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CLOUDS AND COOLER TEMPERATURES MAKE SUNDAY FEEL LIKE FALL… WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE RIDING ALONG A STALLED FRONT TO OUR SOUTH MAY BRING SOME WET WEATHER ON SUNDAY AND AGAIN ON MONDAY

Saturday’s high temperature was 84 degrees in Norfolk. Temperatures will be twenty degrees cooler on Sunday. The much advertised cold front that moved through our region overnight is expected to stall to our south. Meanwhile, waves of low pressure are expected to move eastward along the front. The first wave is expected to bring us a period of light rain today. An area of rain moved to our north earlier this morning but missed the South-side Hampton Roads for the most part. We have another chance of rain on Monday but I think there is a lot of uncertainty as to the timing of these periods of rain over the next two days. Even the amount of rain that is expected to fall is not certain at this time. I heard one forecast of around a half inch of rain but on the NWS site, the amount predicted is much less than that today. Either way, clouds will dominate our skies and it will be much cooler than it’s been. I’m hoping that we get some rain as we are running a rainfall deficit for the year now.  By Wednesday, high temperatures are expected to back in the 70’s. .. The tropical Atlantic is quiet and forecasters do not expect any tropical cyclones to develop that would impact the United States over the next few days.

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BIG CHANGES ARE ON THE WAY AS TEMPERATURES TAKE A PLUNGE… AFTER A WARM AND SUNNY SATURDAY, SUNDAY WILL BE COOL AND DAMP

A cold front will be moving through Hampton Roads Saturday night. The air behind this front is much cooler. Believe me, you will notice the change when you go outside on Sunday. Weather forecasters do not think that there will be any thunderstorms preceding the front. Most of the wet weather should occur behind the front on Sunday. It probably won’t rain a lot but there could be a little light rain or showers anytime on Sunday. A wave of low pressure is expected to develop along the front which is expected to stall south of the region. With the cloud cover and cool air behind the front, temperatures probably won’t rise much above the low 60’s on Sunday. This will be a huge change from Saturday’s highs which are expected to be in the low 80’s. Monday (Columbus Day) will be another cool day and there will still be chance of a shower or a little light rain but forecasters think that there will be less of a chance of rain. On Tuesday, we should be dry. The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now as hurricane season slowly winds down. I will have an update on Sunday.

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