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Dave's Weather Discussion is where you will find a regular weather forecast discussion for the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. This discussion explains the weather situation for each day in simple terms so that everyone knows what to expect when they go outdoors. Dave not only lets you know what to expect, but he tries to explain why the weather does what it does. Interesting weather facts are brought up frequently, so that everyone can learn something about the very interesting and complex world of meteorology. The discussion includes any possibilities of severe weather that may exist**, so that everyone is alerted to the potential when it exists. It is a compilation of the National Weather Service forecast ideas as well as the opinions of selected meteorologists. It is summarized so that you can have as much information as possible to help you plan your day around the weather.
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Posted: 2008-06-14 07:29:29

A DENSE SMOKE ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR MOST OF HAMPTON ROADS… A SLOW MOVING AND WEAKENING COLD FRONT MAY BRING SOME AREAS A SHOWER OR THUNDERSTORM SATURDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

Smoke moving northward from the ongoing fires in NE NC will plague the Hampton Roads area on Saturday. Visibilities will be lowered at times, especially in the morning. A slow moving cold front may bring a shower or thunderstorm to parts of the area Saturday night and early Sunday morning, but the current thinking is that the coverage will not be that widespread. That is extremely bad news since most areas of SE VA have not had significant rainfall since May 28th. Not all areas will see rain but if you do, it could be heavy… but just briefly. High pressure off the coast will slowly move away allowing the cold front to reach the east coast early Sunday. There isn’t much of a temperature difference behind the front but humidity levels will lower a bit once the front passes through the area. Monday should be nice but another cold front may bring some showers or thunderstorms on Monday night or Tuesday.

When will this dry weather pattern end? Nobody knows for sure but if it doesn’t end soon, we will quickly return to drought conditions. Rainfall deficits are growing by the day. My thinking is that the only thing that could save us is a tropical system. Nobody wants a hurricane to hit their area, but receiving rain from the remnants of a storm or even getting a weak tropical storm to move up the east coast would be great news for us. Fire fighters in NC would love a nice soaking rain as that is really what is needed to put out those fires. I’ll have an update on Sunday morning.


** In the event of severe weather in you area, please consult the official National Weather Service forecast office for any severe weather watches or warnings in your area at Weather.gov.


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