Archive for December, 2012

THE UNSETTLED WEATHER CONTINUES THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…. THE MILD WEATHER CONTINUES THROUGH THURSDAY… TEMPERATURES DROP ON FRIDAY

The current satellite view shows a very long stream of moisture stretching from the Western Gulf of Mexico northeastward into the Mid-Atlantic States. We’ve had periods of rain since Sunday morning but temperatures have been quite mild for the middle of December. Fog has also been an issue in some parts of the area.  An area of rain will be moving offshore this morning and we should have a temporary break in the wet weather during the late morning and mid-day period. However, another round of rain is on the way later this afternoon and tonight. Then, we should clear out Tuesday morning. Temperatures should stay above normal through Thursday. A cold front will move through most likely Thursday night and it will be much colder on Friday. Some showers will probably accompany that front… We needed the rain as it has been quite dry since early November. Some parts of Virginia have been experiencing the first stages of a drought. We’ll see if this will be the beginning of a pattern change that will bring more precipitation to the area.

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THE WEEKEND SHOULD START OUT NICE WITH SEASONAL TEMPERATURES… ON SUNDAY, MILDER AIR MOVES IN BUT SO DO THE CLOUDS AND POSSIBLY SOME LIGHT RAIN OR SHOWERS… THE UNSETTLED WEATHER SHOULD CONTINUE ON MONDAY WITH MILD TEMPERATURES

Weather systems that have brought rainfall to Hampton Roads over the past several weeks have been relatively weak only bringing light amounts of rainfall to SE VA. This weekend we will see another system bring just a little light rain or showers to parts of the region. Another slightly stronger system may affect us on Monday. High pressure should remain in control on Saturday bringing plenty of sunshine, but clouds will be on the way. The low pressure area will pass well to our northwest on Monday so due to the counter-clockwise flow , south to southwesterly winds will bring warmer air along with a chance of showers. High pressure will build back in by mid-week bringing drier and cooler conditions.

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A FRONTAL BOUNDARY KEEPS THE WEATHER A BIT UNSETTLED ON SUNDAY… WARMER AIR MOVES INTO THE REGION ON MONDAY… A COLD FRONT SHOULD BRING SOME RAIN LATE MONDAY INTO TUESDAY FOLLOWED BY COOLER WEATHER

As I type this post, an area of rain is moving across Hampton Roads. There is a very slow moving frontal boundary just to our north and this front is expected to begin moving northward as a warm front later today. Overall Sunday should turn out okay after a rather damp start to the day. After a potentially foggy start in some locations Monday morning, the beginning of the work week is expected to start out on the warm side for this time of year. However, a cold front will be approaching the region and this will raise rain chances as we head into Monday night. The chance of rain will linger into Tuesday and temperatures will be falling behind the front. High pressure is expected to build in on Wednesday with drier weather expected. Although there is a possibility of a low pressure area sliding south of the region later in the week, dry weather is expected by weather forecasters.

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WE’LL HAVE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES THROUGH MONDAY… RAIN CHANCES REMAIN LOW THROUGH MONDAY BUT CLOUDS WILL BE AROUND… A COLD FRONT SHOULD BRING SOME RAIN MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY

It’s a very mild morning for December 8th here in Hampton Roads. A weak trough moving along the coast brought some light showers overnight and after a foggy start in some places, Saturday should be a decent day with mild temperatures. The above normal temperatures will be around through Monday. Clouds will be around this weekend but there should be some sunshine as well. A cold front will be approaching on Monday raising the chance of rain Monday night and the rain should last into Tuesday morning. I’ll have an update Sunday morning to discuss the weather for the upcoming week.

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THE MILD WEATHER PATTERN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MID-WEEK… TEMPERATURES DROP LATER IN THE WEEK… THE COLD FRONT MAY BRING SOME SHOWERS ON WEDNESDAY BUT MOST OF THE WEEK IS EXPECTED TO BE DRY

If you haven’t decorated your home for the holidays or if you have raking to do (as I do today), Sunday’s weather will be nearly perfect for these outdoor activities. The mild weather will continue into Wednesday, but a cold front should be approaching by then. This frontal passage will bring us back to reality on Thursday with much cooler temperatures expected. At this point in time, the front doesn’t look like a big weather maker so only a chance of a few showers is currently what is being predicted for Wednesday… Meanwhile, parts of the West Coast are getting slammed by yet another round of heavy rain (and snow in the higher elevations) along with strong winds. Flooding is a big problem in some areas. A persistent upper-level low pressure system and a rather long stream of moisture from the North Pacific Ocean are the causes of the repeated blasts of storminess along the West Coast… That’s it for now. Enjoy the mild weather while it lasts.

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