Archive for June 15, 2013

SATURDAY WILL BE A PLEASANT DAY WITH LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR… SOUTHWEST WINDS ON SUNDAY WILL BRING A RETURN TO WARM CONDITIONS WITH SLOWLY INCREASING HUMIDITY

The frontal system that blasted through the Mid-Atlantic States on Thursday brought very strong winds to the area. This resulted in extensive tree damage which caused power outages to many areas. There was some structural damage caused by trees or tree branches falling on homes and various buildings. Some folks are still without power as of this writing. In Hampton Roads, the peninsula was hit harder than the South-side. Winds gusted to hurricane force in some areas. The change in air masses was quite remarkable. Thursday was brutally hot and humid and Friday was cool, breezy, and much less humid. Strong winds aloft and the difference in the air masses were big factors in making this frontal system very potent. Rainfall varied across the area. My neighborhood didn’t pick up that much rainfall… less than a quarter inch.  This weekend will be very pleasant as high pressure builds into the region. The high will move offshore and the clockwise flow will result in a southwest wind on Sunday. A southwest wind at this time of year normally brings us warmer air temperatures and increasing humidity. No widespread showers or storms are expected this weekend but as I stated in previous posts, whenever you have very warm and humid conditions, it doesn’t take much to trigger a storm. So, don’t be surprised if there is a very isolated thunderstorm on Sunday but odds are, your area will not see any rain. Rain chances increase on Monday as a frontal system approaches. However, there is some uncertainty as to the chances of rain on Monday and Tuesday. I will have an update on Sunday on that. The tropical Atlantic is quiet for the most part right now.

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