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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: 2008-06-21 07:08:42

A VERY DIFFICULT FORECAST FOR HAMPTON ROADSÖ FORECASTERS ARE PREDICTING THAT WE WILL SEE AN INCREASING CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH THE WEEKEND

There are no major frontal systems or pressure systems moving through the Mid-Atlantic states. However, several weak systems will be moving though and with plenty of humidity around, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms which will increase through early Sunday. The first weak system will be a short wave that will slowly move across the southern parts of our area. Then a weak cold front will approach on Sunday and Monday bringing another chance of showers and thunderstorms. Even in the extended outlook for next week, forecasters arenít sure exactly how everything will play out as another front may get hung up across the region.

I donít know if any forecaster predicted the storms on Thursday night, but nevertheless, a severe thunderstorm moved through Norfolk and VA Beach producing nickel size hail. Cold upper atmospheric temperatures combined with a disturbance and a lee side trough were enough to produce this wild weather. It proves that you donít need daytime heating to produce a severe thunderstorm with hail. I picked up about a half inch of rain.

Friday was the first day of summer so it was the longest day of the year. This is called the summer solstice. A couple of weeks from now, the days will begin to get shorter and will continue to get shorter until we reach the winter solstice. Iíll have another update on Sunday.


** 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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