A SHIFT IN THE WEATHER PATTERN WILL BRING COOLER AND LESS HUMID WEATHER TO THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES… AS TROPICAL STORM FIONA STRUGGLES WITH WIND SHEAR AND MID-LEVEL DRY AIR… ANOTHER TROPICAL DISTURBANCE MAY BECOME A SYSTEM TO WATCH LATER IN THE WEEK

First of all, I have to mention the fact that my Virginia Beach neighborhood did not receive significant rainfall yesterday (8/19), while many locations in Hampton Roads received copious amounts of rain. Parts of Virginia Beach picked up over 5 inches of rain according to reports I saw on the local news! This is not the first time this summer that my area got missed by storms. While some parts of Hampton Roads are having a well above normal summer in terms of precipitation, that’s not the case in my neighborhood. What made it even more frustrating was how close the rain came yesterday. Lightning and thunder was very close by and I know that heavy rain fell just up the road. It’s amazing that as grass in my area gets brown and crunchy, others may not be able to mow their lawns due to standing water.

Now for the future weather, a much anticipated cold front will be crossing the Hampton Roads region Sunday night, and this will usher in a cooler and less humid air mass that will feel wonderful after this long spell of hot and humid weather that we’ve endured. Next week should be absolutely gorgeous with temperatures in the low to mid 80’s and very comfortable humidity levels. The cold front may bring a shower/storm to our region Sunday evening, but most of the activity should occur further north. Of course, since it’s been so dry here in my neighborhood, I’m hoping that we will see a heavy shower on Sunday, but right now, that is not very likely. Of course, any storm can bring gusty winds, flooding rainfall, and dangerous lightning, so keep your eye to the sky and watch the local radar on Sunday afternoon and evening.

The tropical Atlantic has become a bit more active with Tropical Storm Fiona forming this past week. This storm has encountered wind shear and dry air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere, which has kept it very weak. Forecasters don’t expect it to amount to much with such a hostile environment. However, there is another disturbed area southeast of Fiona that bears watching. Forecast computer models are predicting this system to develop and possibly intensify into a hurricane down the road. It would be Tropical Storm Gaston. It’s way too soon to predict what land areas, if any, that could be impacted by this potential storm. However, this is one to watch given the time of year and the computer forecast guidance. So, stay tuned!

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

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