Archive for September 26, 2015

HAMPTON ROADS DEALS WITH TIDAL FLOODING, ROUGH SURF, BEACH EROSION, AND OCCASIONAL RAIN AS THIS STUBBORN WEATHER PATTERN CONTINUES… THE WINDS SHOULD SLOWLY DIMINISH EARLY NEXT WEEK… ADDITIONAL CHANCES OF RAIN ARE POSSIBLE NEXT WEEK

We’ve been dealing with the persistent northeasterly winds all week, and those winds will continue through this weekend. The pressure gradient between a strong high pressure area over Eastern Canada and a weak low pressure area along the southeast coast is causing the winds to blow from the ocean continuously. This, combined with astronomical influences, is basically piling up the water in our waterways causing the above normal tides. Tidal flooding will be an issue throughout the weekend. Rainfall hasn’t been as heavy as was initially expected here in Hampton Roads as there are no significant forcing mechanisms in place. However, parts of NE NC have received heavy rainfall over the past day or two. In my backyard, about 0.40 has fallen so far which is much needed rain for my neighborhood. That’s the most rain we’ve had since August! How much more rain will we get? Current indications are that areas to our south may get more significant rain. We may get some more rain but it will be intermittent and light for the most part. Some moderate rain is possible at times especially today (Saturday). The computer models differ on when this pattern will finally break down. There is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast for early next week. There may be additional rain chances next week. It’s a shame that this weather pattern occurred for the weekend of the Neptune Festival. However, looking back at this past summer, there were plenty of beautiful weekends (and weekdays as well)  for the tourists to enjoy with no real weather related issues. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, despite the weather!

Comments (1)