Archive for May, 2017

AFTER RECORD BREAKING HEAT, A COLD FRONT WILL SLOWLY MOVE THROUGH THE HAMPTON ROADS REGION BRINGING COOLER CONDITIONS THIS WEEKEND… SHOWERS AND STORMS ARE EXPECTED ON MONDAY AS ANOTHER COLD FRONT APPROACHES

The cold front that triggered the showers and storms late on Friday is moving slower than expected and it will not cross the area until later today (Saturday). The front triggered showers and thunderstorms in some parts of SE VA and NE NC. Some of the storms were quite strong and lightning apparently sparked an apartment building fire in the city of Chesapeake, VA. Meteorologists don’t expect severe weather today, but a shower or storm cannot be ruled out, especially in NE NC. The unseasonable warm weather of the past few days is history. Once the cold front moves through, our winds will switch to the northeast off the water and become quite gusty, especially near the coast. Sunday should be a decent day although it is not expected to be that sunny. According to the NWS, the chance of rain on Sunday will be only around 20 percent. Then, the front that will have moved south of us is expected to return as a warm front. Rain chances are expected to ramp up on Monday and depending on the timing of an approaching cold front, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Monday afternoon. We may dry out on Tuesday but the computer models seem to keep us in a rather unsettled weather pattern through Thursday. Although rain chances don’t appear to be that high, it seems that we do have a chance of a shower/storm Wednesday and Thursday. At least that’s the way it looks right now.

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AFTER A PERIOD OF COOL AND WET WEATHER, WARMER AND DRIER CONDITIONS ARE ON THE WAY… IT MAY GET VERY WARM LATER IN THE WEEK!

The last round of wet weather from this pesky frontal system is moving through early this morning (Saturday). Rain will end from southwest to northeast this morning. Then, as the low pressure area moves to the northeast away from the region, our winds will turn northwesterly and conditions will begin to dry out. There won’t be much of a warmup today, but warmer conditions are expected tomorrow (Mother’s Day). Average high temperatures are now in the mid-seventies and we should be very close to that on Sunday, and we may be a little warmer than average. Then, we should be in for a stretch of sunny and rain-free conditions for several days. As a high pressure ridge develops along the East Coast, temperatures may approach the 90 degree mark later in the week. There may be a backdoor cold front moving southward into the Mid-Atlantic states later in the week, but right now, it is not certain whether the front will make it this far south. Our temperatures later in the week will be dependent on whether the front makes it through the region.  So, once we get through this morning’s wet weather, we will have a chance to dry out for a while.

Happy Mother’s day to all you moms out there!

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A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE EASTERN PART OF THE NATION WILL BRING COOLER THAN NORMAL WEATHER TO HAMPTON ROADS ALONG WITH A CHANCE OF A SHOWER THIS WEEKEND

On Friday, May 5th, periods of heavy rain moved through Hampton Roads. My rain gauge indicated that well over 2 inches of rain fell in my neighborhood! Severe weather was reported in parts of the region along with some flooding. Earlier in the week, strong southerly winds brought tidal flooding to the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach, which is highly unusual.

Currently, there is a negatively tilted upper-level trough over the Eastern U.S. This will keep things on the cool side along with breezy conditions at times. As spokes of energy rotate around the trough, there could be a shower in some areas a few times this weekend. However, it not be anything like what we experienced on Friday. The sun will be out at times and it be nice and refreshing with the cool breeze. The cool weather pattern is expected to continue for several days. The trough will slowly lift northeastward next week. We may see another chance of showers later in the week.

With the weather pattern bringing rain every few days, our lawns and gardens really have not needed to be watered for the most part. Let’s see how far into the spring that will last before the first long dry spell.

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