Archive for October 24, 2015

IT’S BEEN THREE WEEKS SINCE MEASURABLE RAIN HAS FALLEN IN VIRGINIA BEACH…. HURRICANE PATRICIA, THE STRONGEST HURRICANE IN RECORDED HISTORY, WEAKENS AS IT MOVES OVER THE RUGGED TERRAIN OF MEXICO… MORE FLOODING IS EXPECTED IN TEXAS AND SOME SURROUNDING AREAS

Saturday, October 3rd, was the last time my neighborhood has seen measurable rainfall. As it looks right now, aside from a possibility of a light shower or sprinkle on Sunday, we most likely will not see any significant rainfall until Wednesday. This weekend will be pleasant for the most part with near seasonal temperatures. A cold front will be approaching later on Sunday and this may bring a shower to some spots. However, forecasters don’t think Hampton Roads will see much, if any, rainfall. The further north you are, the better the rain chances, but even up north, there probably will not be much rain. Our winds will swing around to the north and northeast on Monday behind the cold front. As moisture arrives from low pressure to the southwest, clouds are expected to increase as we go through mid-week. Rain is a possibility on Wednesday, but there is some uncertainty as to the timing, areal coverage, and the amount of rain that is expected. Moisture from Hurricane Patricia may also reach this part of the country… As the headline states, Hurricane Patricia reached an intensity yesterday that made it the strongest hurricane in recorded history in both the Eastern Pacific and Atlantic Basins. At one point, maximum sustained winds reached 200 MPH!!! The barometric pressure fell to 880 millibars, which is also a record. The cyclone is now moving through central Mexico, and is weakening rapidly due to the rugged terrain and being away from it’s moisture source. However, some forecasters believe that the cyclone’s structure may survive and make a brief comeback once it reaches the Western Gulf of Mexico. The official forecast states that it will become (or combine with) a non-tropical low pressure area near the Texas coast.  Either way, it will add moisture and energy to the wet weather system now over Texas over the next few days. That’s it for now. Enjoy the great fall weather this weekend. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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