Archive for April 29, 2014

A LARGE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WELL TO OUR WEST IS WREAKING HAVOC IN MANY STATES… UNSETTLED WEATHER WILL CONTINUE HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS THROUGH THURSDAY AS THE LOW MOVES VERY SLOWLY EASTWARD

Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms have caused major damage in several areas of the Southern Plains States since Sunday. Several people have lost their lives. The combination of several factors including a strong jet stream, disturbances in the upper-level flow, deep moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and a frontal system have been causing the severe weather. Here in Hampton Roads, we haven’t seen any severe weather from this system but forecasters are concerned that things could change later today and especially tomorrow (Wednesday) as the deeper moisture, increasing shear/helicity, and warmer temperatures arrive. A little over an inch of rain fell in my neighborhood on Monday. It won’t rain all the time but there should be a few periods of rain (some of it heavy) through Thursday. The heaviest rain totals should occur west of Hampton Roads, but pockets of heavy rain can occur just about anywhere in Virginia and North Carolina. It is also possible that the sun may make an appearance but that should be shortlived. We should dry out by the weekend as the system slowly moves offshore. That’s it for now. Have a great day!

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