Archive for September 21, 2013

AFTER A RATHER LONG PERIOD OF DRY WEATHER, RAIN IS EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT… DRY WEATHER SHOULD RESUME LATER SUNDAY THROUGH MUCH OF THE WEEK

September has been a rather dry month for most of SE VA. At Norfolk International Airport, the total rainfall for the month so far is only 0.39 inches. My Virginia Beach neighborhood picked up more rainfall this month (about 2 inches), but it hasn’t rained since September 3rd. A cold front that is now draped from the Eastern Great Lakes down through Louisiana is expected to bring us a good chance of rain tonight. There may even be some rumbles of thunder. Rainfall totals are expected to range between a half inch to about an inch in some spots that receive a heavier downpour. The rain is expected to be over for most of us Sunday morning, but with the cold front still close by, a shower is still possible in some areas, especially over NE NC. Then, the weather pattern is expected to return to the same general pattern that we’ve been seeing of late. That means dry weather should resume but forecasters will be watching a low that is expected to move to our south during the mid-week period. As it looks right now, the low should stay to our south with high pressure keeping the rain away from us. Temperatures should be seasonal for the most part…. Now for the tropical update…. There are no tropical cyclones right now (Saturday)┬áin the Atlantic Basin. There aren’t any areas of significant concern either. We still have over two months to go with the Atlantic hurricane season. However, the Cape Verde season is just about over, so the odds of a long tracked hurricane are getting lower by the day. Keep in mind that Hurricane Sandy hit in late October last year, so we’re not out of the woods yet… The first day of Fall is Sunday. This means that the sun’s direct rays pass south of the Equator into the Southern Hemisphere.

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