Archive for June, 2014

HEAT AND HUMIDITY RETURN TO HAMPTON ROADS… LOW PRESSURE OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST MAY IMPACT OUR WEATHER LATER IN THE WEEK

I was up in NJ and PA the past few days and the weather was absolutely perfect this past weekend. There was plenty of sunshine and the humidity levels were tolerable. Due to the onshore flow, the temperatures here were very pleasant. This was all the result of a high pressure area that is now slowly moving eastward off the coast. As it does so,  a south to southwest flow will transport heat and humidity back northward into the Mid-Atlantic States. There may be a shower or thunderstorm in spots today through Wednesday but coverage is expected to be minimal. However, with any storm, heavy rain and frequent lightning will be the main issues. Inland locations should have the highest chance of seeing a storm but they can occur anywhere. As we go towards the end of the week, a cold front should be approaching. This will increase the chance of storms. In addition, a low pressure system that may be tropical or sub-tropical in nature, may impact the region just in time for the 4th of July holiday. There is a lot of uncertainty with the development and track of this system, so stay tuned. The combination of this system and the stalling frontal system may bring heavy rainfall to the region. You should monitor the local media and NWS updates. Since this low pressure system may be tropical or sub-tropical in nature, the National Hurricane Center will be providing updates on their site.

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A TYPICAL SUMMERTIME WEATHER PATTERN WILL BRING WARM AND HUMID CONDITIONS WITH SEVERAL CHANCES OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS

After a very pleasant period of weather when onshore winds brought below normal temperatures, we are now transitioning back to a summer-like weather pattern. Temperatures and humidity levels will be higher as our winds switch around to a more southerly direction. Over the next several days we should see several chances for showers and thunderstorms as upper-level impulses move through the region. In addition, there will be a cold front approaching the area later in the week, which should raise rain chances. As I stated in my previous post, predicting the intensity, location, coverage, and timing of the rainfall is impossible in a pattern like this. It appears that the highest chances of heavier rain will be in the inland counties, but heavy showers or storms can develop anywhere, even in our coastal regions… Rip currents have been an issue along the oceanfront the past few days. Please be careful if you are going in the water. That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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AFTER A DAMP START THIS SUNDAY MORNING, CONDITIONS SHOULD SLOWLY IMPROVE AS HIGH PRESSURE SLIDES BY TO OUR NORTH… WARMER TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED BY THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS

The system that brought the unsettled weather on Saturday is slow to move away this Sunday morning. An area of showers is approaching from the west and should move through Hampton Roads this morning. Improving conditions are expected later today, but clouds will be slow to clear out. The combination of clouds and the onshore flow will keep us on the cool side today. It looks like we will see more sunshine on Monday and temperatures are expected to peak out in the low 80’s. The high pressure area that is now to our north will move offshore by the middle of the week and the return flow will bring back warmer conditions. Humidity levels are expected to be on the high side again by Wednesday. A frontal system is expected to trigger showers and thunderstorms, but it’s a little too early to get into any details regarding timing, intensity, and coverage… The tropical Atlantic is currently quiet. That’s it for now. Have a great day!

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TWO INCHES OF RAIN FALL OVERNIGHT IN PARTS OF VIRGINIA BEACH… OUR STRING OF NEARLY PERFECT WEEKENDS ENDS… SUMMER HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED

A stationary front to our south combined with low pressure developing and disturbances in the upper-atmosphere brought very heavy rainfall to my Virginia Beach neighborhood overnight. My rain gauge recorded exactly two inches of rain. Thursday’s violent thunderstorm dumped over an inch of rain in my neighborhood. We may see additional rainfall today (Saturday) but according to the NWS, areas to our south will see the best chance of thunderstorms and severe weather. This brings to an end the extraordinary string of nearly perfect weekends. Meteorologists are forecasting better weather on Sunday with pleasant temperatures. Then, it looks like we slowly heat up again next week. Rain chances are expected to increase later next week… Summer arrived this morning, which means that the sun’s direct rays are the farthest north reaching the Tropic of Cancer. Soon, the days will be getting shorter again but it starts slowly at first and then accelerates as we move through the summer. That’s it for now. Have a great day!

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS BLAST THROUGH PARTS OF HAMPTON ROADS ON THURSDAY… OUR STRING OF PERFECT WEEKENDS ENDS AS RAIN IS EXPECTED ON SATURDAY

As predicted, thunderstorms developed to our northwest Thursday afternoon, some of which became severe as they moved through Hampton Roads. There were reports of power outages, tree damage, and even some minor structural damage, especially in Southside Hampton Roads. My Bradford Pear tree basically split in half from the strong winds. The branches landed on my car in the driveway, but luckily there was no major damage to my vehicle. These trees historically don’t do well in strong winds and I definitely should have removed the tree a while ago. There was some hail reported with these storms. Some folks are still without power at the time of this writing.  The cold front that helped to trigger these storms is now south of us and is stalling out. Today (Friday) we will see cooler temperatures with northeast winds developing later on. Although a shower is possible in spots, rain chances will be low today. A low pressure system is expected to develop to our northwest and move southeastward towards our area on Saturday. This should bring some showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Our long string of nearly perfect weekends will most likely come to an end. Weather forecasters are predicting drier weather on Sunday. A warming trend is expected early next week. That’s it for now. Have a great day!

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