Archive for September, 2013

WARM AND HUMID CONDITIONS CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY… A COLD FRONT SHOULD BRING AN INCREASED CHANCE OF SHOWERS/STORMS ON TUESDAY FOLLOWED BY COOLER AND LESS HUMID CONDITIONS

Summer presents major challenges to meteorologists as they try to predict the coverage and intesnsity of showers and storms, especially during holiday weekends. They know that people have made outdoor plans and the weather can make or break any planned outdoor event, whether it’s just going to the beach or a family cookout.  Initially, it looked like Labor day would be the wettest day of the 3 day weekend as a cold front well to our west was supposed to be close enough to trigger showers and thunderstorms. Well, rain chances dropped somewhat for today (Labor Day) as the front has slowed its approach to the area. However, there is still a chance of shower/storm, especially with the high humidity and very warm temperatures. It seems now that the best chance of rain with the cold front should come on Tuesday. Areas to our west and north did have some scattered showers and thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday. The UVA home opener college football game in Charlottesville had a very long rain delay on Saturday, primarily due to lightning. On Sunday, I drove through some showers as we headed through the peninsula. My Virginia Beach neighborhood didn’t get that much rain yesterday. So, the bottom line is that this Labor Day weekend wasn’t that bad after all. The weather was perfect for the beach. Meteorological Summer has ended as the warmest 3 months of the year are behind us. Just think about this. The average high temperature for September 30th is only in the mid 70s here in Hampton Roads…. The tropical Atlantic is still relatively quiet, which is quite remarkable for this time of year. The big question now is whether the season will ever become active? With all the predictions of an above normal season made last spring and early summer, it really makes you wonder how reliable the long range hurricane forecasts are.  If it is going to be an above normal season, it has to get going very soon. September 10th is the peak of hurricane season and that is only a little over a week away!

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