Archive for March, 2017

THE ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN CONTINUES AS WE’LL SEE A CHANCE OF SHOWERS ON SATURDAY AND VERY WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ON SUNDAY AS LOW PRESSURE INTENSIFIES OFF THE COAST… THINGS SETTLE DOWN A BIT ON MONDAY WITH SEASONAL TEMPERATURES

It’s been quite a week for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern States. While we experienced a very unseasonably cold week, parts of the interior Northeast saw a major snowstorm. Many areas of Eastern PA, Northwestern N.J.  and Southern N.Y. State had  more than two feet of snow! Temperatures in the 20’s jeopardized crops and flowering fruit trees in some areas of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern States. Due to an unseasonably warm February, many plants and trees started blooming early making them vulnerable to the harsh late season cold spell.

The weather pattern remains active as a warm front moves through the region today. As low pressure slides by to our north along with a cold front moving through, showers will be possible today and tonight. The low pressure system is expected to intensify off the coast on Sunday, which will increase the pressure gradient across the region. This will result in windy conditions on Sunday and there might even be a snow flurry or two across some areas. Temperatures will be well below normal on Sunday. On Monday, as the low moves away, winds will subside slowly and we expect seasonal temperatures. Tuesday should be a warmer day with some sunshine. As we head towards mid-week, we may see some wet weather again.

Spring arrives 6:29 AM EDT on Monday, March 20th.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

 

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AFTER THE SECOND WARMEST FEBRUARY IN RECORDED HISTORY IN HAMPTON ROADS, WINTER WEATHER RETURNS… THE NORTHEASTERN STATES MAY HAVE THE WORST SNOWSTORM OF THE ENTIRE SEASON EARLY NEXT WEEK

There were days in February when I had my windows open with a warm breeze blowing through the house. Well, the weather pattern has changed now in such a way that the polar and arctic air masses that have been locked up in Northern Canada are finally able to slip southward. Temperatures this weekend are running around ten degrees below normal for this time of year. The average high temperature is 56 at Norfolk International Airport.

The low pressure system that was originally supposed to bring us some accumulating snow on Sunday is now forecasted to pass too far to our south to produce any accumulating snowfall here in Hampton Roads. Parts of North Carolina may see some light snow accumulation. Then, the focus will turn to a much more significant system that is going to intensify rapidly producing high winds and heavy precipitation for much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states. There will be one low pressure area moving through the Mid-West that will be weakening and another low pressure area developing along the Southeastern coastline. This low will become the primary storm as it rapidly intensifies off the coast. Rain will overspread the area Monday night and it might be heavy at times. Further north and west, snow will be the issue and there may be lots of it in parts of the Northeast and New England states. Winds will also be an issue especially along the coastal areas further north. Power outages are possible in some areas of the Northeast and New England. Here in Hampton Roads, frozen precipitation is not expected to be an issue. However, winds will be gusty at times Monday night and Tuesday and as I stated earlier, rain might be heavy at times. Conditions gradually improve on Tuesday as the low pressure system moves away to the northeast. Temperatures for the remainder of the week are expected to be below normal for the most part.

It’s interesting to note that ocean water temperatures off our coast are approximately 5 degrees above normal. This will ultimately impact where the rain/snow line will set up further north.

On a positive note, we could use the rain as it has been quite dry lately. February was a very dry month here in Hampton Roads.

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

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