Archive for December, 2014

THE FRONTAL SYSTEM THAT CAUSED THE GLOOMY AND DAMP CONDITIONS ON MONDAY WILL ONLY SLOWLY MOVE AWAY… WEDNESDAY, NEW YEAR’S EVE, SHOULD BE MUCH BETTER BUT IT WILL REMAIN ON THE CHILLY SIDE… RAIN CHANCES RETURN THIS COMING WEEKEND ALONG WITH WARMER TEMPERATURES

I was up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey during Christmas and the weather up there was absolutely beautiful for this time of year. Even when we were in the Wilkes-Barre, PA area which is in the mountains, the weather was quite mild. There was no snow on the ground and basically the weather caused no issues during our trip. For the most part, I didn’t even need a winter coat! A frontal system that caused our wet weather of late will slowly move further offshore during the day today (Tuesday). However, clouds should dominate the skies along with some light rain or drizzle at times. Weather forecasters don’t expect as much rain today as we saw yesterday. I picked up just under a half inch of rain on Monday. Wednesday, New Year’s Eve, should be drier with some sunshine as high pressure slowly builds into our region. Temperatures will be on the chilly side. Then, as we head into the weekend, a frontal system is expected to bring us increased rain chances. Since the low pressure system is expected to pass west of our region, we will remain on the warm side of the system. That means that we will receive rain, and not snow this weekend… Now that the winter solstice has passed, the days have actually started getting longer. It’s a very slow process at first during the early winter season, but it accelerates as we head into February and March, when the length of daylight increases by over 3 minutes a day! Calendar year 2014 will go down as a slightly wetter year than normal. We should end up with just over 50 inches of rain for the year, which is a few inches above normal. Well, that’s about it for now. Thank you for reading. Have a safe and Happy New Year!

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THREE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS WILL IMPACT HAMPTON ROADS PRIOR TO CHRISTMAS DAY… A GRADUAL WARMING TREND WILL SET IN EARLY IN THE WEEK WHICH WILL ENSURE THAT THE PRECIPITATION WILL BE IN THE LIQUID FORM

As the headline states, three low pressure systems will impact the Hampton Roads region before Christmas day. The impact from the first storm system should be minor, with just some cloudiness and maybe a light shower or a sprinkle in spots today (Saturday). The first system is a weak low pressure system moving generally eastward through the Gulf States. A zonal flow aloft is not allowing the storm to turn up the coast and bring a more significant rain event. The term zonal flow means that the upper-level winds are blowing generally from west to east. Sunday should be a decent day with near seasonal temperatures. Winds should be generally on the light side this weekend. Then, another system will approach the region on Monday bringing with it a chance of some rain. That storm moves away on Tuesday but another more potent system is forecasted to bring us a significant rain event on Wednesday. Since that storm is expected to move west of here, we’ll be on the warm side of the low pressure system. There may even be thunder and lightning with that system on Wednesday and possibly very strong winds. Christmas Day is expected to be cooler and windy. That’s it for now. Please have a safe and joyous holiday!

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THE WEEKEND WILL BE DRY AND THERE WILL BE A SLOW WARMING TREND THAT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY… A COLD FRONT APPROACHES ON TUESDAY

The large storm system that brought rain to the region earlier this week is now slowly weakening near Nova Scotia and will slowly move away. A blocking pattern over the North Atlantic is causing weather systems to move very slowly. Our weekend should be dry with high temperatures in the lower 50’s. Note that the average high temperature for this time of year is 53 degrees… That intense low pressure system that brought flooding, heavy snow to the higher elevations, high winds, landslides and even a rare tornado to the West Coast of the U.S. has weakened and moved inland. The tornado occurred near Los Angeles, which is quite incredible. It wasn’t a very strong tornado, but it did do some damage. The rainfall over the past few weeks has put a huge dent in the long term drought in California, but they are not out of the woods just yet. We’ll see how much more precipitation they get this season. Keep in mind that California sees most of their precipitation during the late fall through early spring… Now, back to our weather here in Hampton Roads… We didn’t see that much rainfall from the system that developed off the East Coast earlier this week. I only picked up about two tenths of an inch on Tuesday. That storm brought heavy snow, high winds, and tidal flooding to parts of the Northeastern States. For the next few days, we should see a very slow warming trend until a cold front moves through most likely on Tuesday. At this time, forecasters are not expecting that much rain with that frontal passage. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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RAIN CHANCES INCREASE TODAY AS A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM AND ITS ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT APPROACH THE AREA… SUNDAY WILL BE MUCH COOLER WITH WINDY CONDITIONS… ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM MAY IMPACT THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA LATER MONDAY

We’ll see quite a few changes in the weather over the next several days. After a rather non-eventful week, the weather pattern has become active again. Today (Saturday), we’ll see mostly cloudy conditions with rain chances increasing by this afternoon. A low pressure system and its associated cold front will bring a good chance of rainfall to the Hampton Roads area later today and tonight. Winds should be on the light side today but winds will be on the increase tonight and tomorrow as the pressure gradient between a very strong high pressure system to our north and low pressure to our east tomorrow increases. Winds could gust to 40 MPH tomorrow, especially near the coast. Forecasters are expecting between a half inch and a an inch of rain. Temperatures will be on the mild side today but Sunday temperatures probably won’t get out of the 40’s (or possibly the low fifties) in most areas. It is not certain how much sunshine we will see on Sunday. As it looks now, areas in our southeastern zones will see more clouds. Then, on Monday, our attention will turn to another low pressure system that is expected to move up the coast. This next storm could bring some tidal flooding issues so stay tuned. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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