Archive for June 27, 2015

A LOW PRESSURE AREA MOVING TO OUR NORTH AND WEST WILL BRING UNSETTLED WEATHER TO HAMPTON ROADS ON SATURDAY… WE SHOULD SEE IMPROVING WEATHER ON SUNDAY… MONDAY AND TUESDAY LOOK GREAT

It’s been a very wet week for most of us here in Hampton Roads. In my backyard, nearly three inches of rain have fallen since last Sunday (June 21st). 1.50 inches fell Thursday night alone. We may pick up additional rainfall today and tonight as a low pressure system passes by to our north and west. First the warm front associated with the low will move through to be followed by the cold front later on tonight. The more widespread rainfall has passed by to our north and west. However, we are going to be in the warm sector of the storm system, which basically means that conditions may be right for thunderstorm development later on today. Some of those storms could reach severe levels so please monitor local media and the National Weather Service for updates. Current indications are that the chances of severe weather are higher to our north and west, where the best upper-level support will be. There’s an “Enhanced Risk” of severe weather out to our west according to the Storm Prediction Center. Once the cold front moves through later tonight, things should settle down. On Sunday, we should see improving conditions. Temperatures over the next few days should be rather seasonal for the most part or a little above seasonal levels early next week. The next chance of showers or storms appears to be on Wednesday or Thursday, but that could change… The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now… I wanted to comment on the Summer Solstice, which occurred last Sunday (June 21st). That marked the beginning of the astronomical summer season. The direct sun rays hitting Earth reached their northernmost point on that day. That point is the Tropic of Cancer. It was our longest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere. Although the days begin to grow shorter with each passing day, the difference in the length of daylight each day is very slight in the early part of the summer. Once we get into later July and August, the process begins to accelerate, and we will be losing an increasing amount of daylight each day. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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