PERSISTENT NORTHEASTERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL MORE DAYS… RAIN CHANCES GO UP AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK… TIDAL FLOODING CONERNS ALSO RISE… AUTUMN ARRIVES IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

The combination of high pressure to our north and low pressure off the Southeast coast has caused a persistent northeasterly wind that has caused some minor tidal flooding in some flood prone spots here in Hampton Roads. Unfortunately, these winds will continue for the next few days, and it is possible that additional tidal flooding issues may occur as we head towards the weekend. The high pressure area is expected to strengthen a bit and the low pressure area that has been to our south may begin moving northward. Currently, the low pressure area is drifting southwest and as a result, we should see less of a chance of rain showers today (Wednesday) and again on Thursday. Speaking of rain, although we’ve had a decent chance of rain over the past few days, it’s only been small isolated showers, mist, and drizzle drifting inland from the ocean. There really haven’t been any significant amounts here locally. In my backyard, less than 0.20 has fallen so far this week. That may change as we head towards the weekend if the forecast verifies and the low pressure area does make progress northward. We may not see an end to this weather pattern until early next week! Computer models differ on the exact timing, coverage, intensity, and placement of the rainfall later this week. They also differ regarding exactly when this weather pattern will come to an end. When the wind blows off the water and there is a lot of cloud cover, nighttime temperatures do not drop that much. Temperatures have been fairly consistent over the past few days staying in the 70’s for the most part. That’s about where they should be at this time of year…. As I stated in earlier posts, my neighborhood could use the rain, so I am hopeful we get some decent rainfall from this system later this week… In the Tropical Atlantic, Tropical Storm Ida is still out there, but it is weak and only moving very slowly. It poses no threat to any land area right now. That’s if for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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