OUR RAINFALL DEFICIT GROWS… AFTER A VERY PLEASANT WEEK OF WEATHER, AN OFFSHORE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IMPACTS OUR WEEKEND WEATHER

The weather here in Hampton Roads has been absolutely perfect! Temperatures this past week have been very pleasant, there’s been plenty of sunshine, the humidity has been in the comfortable range, etc. etc. At this time of year, if we’re not affected by tropical systems, it can be quite nice for long periods. The only problem is the lack of rainfall. Rainfall totals this month are way below normal, and some parts of the area are drier than others. A low pressure system getting organized well offshore may bring a few sprinkles, showers, or even a period of very light rain this weekend, but weather forecasters are uncertain as to how much rain, if any, will fall. Coastal areas will see the best chance of rain, but even there, chances of significant rainfall aren’t that high with the low so far offshore. Can the forecast change? Well, these offshore systems can be tricky. Sometimes, the models underestimate how far they will retrograde towards the west. And predicting the exactly location of the areas of showers and light rain on the western side of these systems is very difficult. The breeze from the northeast will be persistent throughout the weekend making the seas quite choppy. There will be a lot of cloudiness but the sun will be out from time to time.  If we don’t get rain this weekend, odds are that we won’t see much rain throughout the next 5 to 7 days. The tropical Atlantic is quiet but there is an area of concern in the Central North Atlantic.

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