Archive for November, 2012

A COLD AIR MASS MOVES IN FOR THE WEEKEND… TEMPERATURES MODERATE EARLY NEXT WEEK… ANOTHER COLD AIR MASS IS ON THE WAY FOR LATER IN THE WEEK

A cold front moved through the Mid-Atlantic States Friday night and in the wake of this front, the air is much colder. High temperatures on Saturday probably won’t get out of the 40’s despite bright sunshine. Breezy conditions will make it feel even colder. Sunday morning will probably be the coldest morning so far this season in many areas. Sunday will be another chilly day with a bit less of a breeze. Temperatures moderate early next week and there may be some rain or showers on Tuesday. Models differ on how much rain we will receive but it doesn’t look like a very potent system. Then, another cold air mass arrives by mid-week… I was reading in today’s newspaper that the Mid-West drought has resulted in very low river flow levels for the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. There really isn’t any relief in sight. Of course, a snowy winter in the Mid-West would help the situation in the long term.

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THE COOL NORTHEASTERLY FLOW HAS ENDED… AFTER A BALMY FRIDAY, COLDER WEATHER IS ON THE WAY FOR THE WEEKEND… NO RAIN IS EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND BUT WE MIGHT HAVE SOME WET WEATHER ON TUESDAY

This will be the first day in quite a while when we won’t have a cool northeasterly flow. Actually, today (Friday) will be a very nice day with temperatures going up into the 60’s. It was quite foggy here this morning in my Virginia Beach neighborhood but the fog is expected to burn off later this morning. A cold front will move through tonight and temperatures on Saturday won’t get out of the 40’s. Winds will pick up also to make it feel even colder. So, enjoy the warm weather today. No rain is expected until Tuesday at the earliest. I’ll have an update on Sunday on what to expect next week.

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THANKSGIVING DAY WILL BE NICE BUT A LITTLE BREEZY… WE WARM UP BRIEFLY ON FRIDAY AND THEN TEMPERATURES DROP OVER THE WEEKEND

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! For the past several days, we’ve had a continuous north and northeast wind keeping us on the cool side of normal. Offshore low pressure combined with a high to our north caused this wind and it continues today, Thanksgiving Day. However, changes are on the way as Friday should be a milder day with temperatures expected to get into the 60’s. A cold front will move through Friday night and behind that front, temperatures will be much colder. The forecast high temperature for Saturday is 48 degrees! No significant rain is expected with this frontal passage. As a matter of fact, I don’t think we will see any significant rain throughout the entire weekend. The real good news is that the weather should not be an issue for travelers and shoppers through the holiday weekend here in the Mid Atlantic States.

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A STRONG HIGH PRESSURE TO THE NORTH AND LOW PRESSURE OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST ARE CAUSING A NORTHEAST WIND THAT WILL PERSIST FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS

As the headline states, the rather strong high pressure system to our north combined with low pressure off the Southeast coast are causing the breezy to sometimes windy conditions here across Hampton Roads. The persistent onshore flow is causing minor tidal flooding and rough seas. The winds should relax somewhat as we get to the mid-week period. Then, conditions should be quite nice during most of the Thanksgiving weekend. We may finally see temperatures rise to the 60’s by then. What about rain chances? Well, that’s the difficult part of the forecast. While the Outer Banks has a relatively good chance of seeing some rain from the system off the coast, it’s hard to say whether any rainfall will occur here in Hampton Roads. The forecast right now has 40% chance of rain for Sunday night and Monday. The highest chances will be the further south and east you are.

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A NORTHEAST WIND KEEPS US ON THE COOL SIDE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS… CLOUDS SHOULD INCREASE AS LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPS OFF THE CAROLINA COAST… COASTAL FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE IN SOME AREAS

High pressure to our north will maintain a northeast wind flow for the next few days. Low pressure is expected to develop off the Carolina coast on Sunday which may bring a little moisture into the region, especially Sunday night. At this time, not much rain is expected. The highest chances of rain will be in the southeast portion of the region. This morning, there is a clear blue sky, but cloudiness is expected to move in either later today or tonight. Due to the persistent onshore flow, tides will be a little above normal which is expected to result in some coastal flooding in some flood prone areas. High pressure is expected to build in later in the week bringing back more sunshine. Temperatures aren’t expected to change that much over the next several days.

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