A BACKDOOR COLD FRONT WILL GIVE US A BREAK IN THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY FOR SEVERAL DAYS… SHOWERS AND STORMS ARE POSSIBLE ON WEDNESDAY IN SOME SPOTS… ANOTHER NICE WEEKEND SEEMS LIKELY

It appears that we have one more warm and humid day to contend with today (Wednesday). A backdoor cold front moving slowly southward is expected to move through Hampton Roads tonight turning our winds from the northeast. This will make for a much cooler day on Thursday. High temperatures on Thursday aren’t expected to get much above 70 degrees. Some computer models keep us in the 60’s all day. As the front approaches, it is expected to trigger some showers and thunderstorms. However, the amount of coverage is very uncertain at this time. There is a lot of humidity around ahead of the front, but I don’t think that there will be any significant shortwaves or upper-atmospheric energy to trigger widespread intense storms. My neighborhood hasn’t received that much rainfall of late, so I am hoping for a nice soaking. Behind the cold front, clouds are expected to dominate the sky and there could be additional showers/sprinkles in spots. Areas inland should see the best chance of rain on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Rain chances will decrease so by the weekend, it appears that we will see pleasant weather… I wanted to mention that the Atlantic Hurricane season begins on Sunday, June 1st. Although the forecast from the National Hurricane Center is for a slightly below normal number of storms this season, you have to keep in mind that only one storm can make all the difference. The year 1992 was a below normal season, but tell that to the people in South Florida. That was the year Hurricane Andrew slammed into that region causing massive devastation. And, you have to also keep in mind that these forecasts can be wrong.  In the upcoming weeks, I will have more on hurricanes. Now is the time to ensure that you have stocked up on everything that you would need should a storm threaten our region. Also, you should have a plan in place should you have to evacuate. On average, the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season is September 10th, so typically, June is not very active.  That’s it for now. Have a great day!

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