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We are currently focused on weather and climate of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and the East Coast, as well as other significant national and global weather events that occur. The intent of this site is not to be just another weather website with five day forecasts featuring happy suns and sad clouds It is to provide various interesting and personalized features, which provide the visitor with a view of the weather from a different perspective.
Currently we have:
Dave's Weather Discussion Page, providing an insight to the local weather conditions and patterns, and the reasons behind the weather.
Tropical Weather, A collection of tropical storm and hurricane resources.
Recent Weather, Weather conditions for the past 10 days for the mid-Atlantic area.
Weather Glossary, Providing weather definitions from A to Z.
Links to Weather Sites, providing a growing collection of links to weather sites.
Weather Facts, A collection of interesting weather facts.
We will be adding more features on a regular basis. Feel free to look around, and let us know what you think. Check back often for new content...
THIS WEEKEND WILL FEATURE NEAR SEASONAL TEMPERATURES AND AN INCREASING CHANCE OF SHOWERS... NEXT WEEK LOOKS NICE WITH A SLOW WARMING TREND
What is an Alberta Clipper?
What is an Alberta Clipper? It is a low pressure area that develops usually in the Alberta Province of Canada and it moves rapidly southeastward towards the east coast. The fast movement gives it the name ìclipperî. These storms usually bring snow to the northeastern states, but many times moisture is limited with these systems as they donít have time to tap the Gulf of Mexico for its rich supply of moisture. (The low pressure areas are usually too far to the north) However, every once in a while, these storms intensify rapidly along the east coast and drop heavy amounts of snow in the northeastern states. That is when the weather pattern enables the storms to tap Atlantic moisture. Sometimes, a secondary low pressure area develops off the coast and enhances the precipitation. They usually donít bring significant snow to the Hampton Roads area. However, every once in a while, the Alberta Clippers take a track far enough south dropping some snow in our inland areas. They usually develop when the weather pattern is on the cold side east of the Rocky Mountains and the upper-level winds are blowing out of the northwest.