Archive for April 11, 2015

THE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND WILL BE PLEASANT WITH NEAR SEASONAL TEMPERATURES… RAIN CHANCES GO UP ON TUESDAY BUT IT APPEARS THAT THE LATE WEEK PERIOD MAY BE RATHER WET

For the most part, Hampton Roads was missed by the severe weather that moved through parts of the Mid-Atlantic States on Friday. It’s very difficult for meteorologists to accurately predict what areas will see severe weather on days like yesterday. Sometimes, it’s just hit or miss but many times, a line of thunderstorms will develop affecting most regions. Most of the ingredients were in place throughout the region for severe weather but if one element is missing in a certain area, severe weather will not happen. Occasionally, the atmosphere is capped meaning that warmer air exists at high levels which limits instability and lift in one particular area. Sometimes, the upper-level energy passes to our north. Anyway, just a little over a tenth of an inch of rain fell in my backyard last night as a shower moved through. I picked up similar amounts of rain both Wednesday and Thursday. The cold front that was responsible for the wet weather yesterday has moved offshore, but it is slowing down due to a W-SW flow aloft. That’s causing clouds to linger but they should move out later today. A northerly flow will bring a much cooler day today than what we experienced yesterday. Winds will also be lighter today. Sunday looks like it will be very nice. Monday will be another nice day with slightly warmer temperatures expected. Winds will be swinging around to the south and moisture will be increasing later Monday into Tuesday. We may see a few showers on Tuesday. A more significant rain event is possible later in the week as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico flows into the region… You’ve probably heard about the severe weather in the Mid-West, especially the deadly tornado in Illinois. Tornado season is well underway in the United States and it peaks in May. (Please read my Weather Fact entitled “Why the United States Ranks Number One in Tornado Frequency in the World”). That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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