Winter Has Returned For A Day Plus Storm Recap

April 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am by under Weather

Wow! Feels more like winter outside this morning. It was cold enough for me to need to turn on the heat in my car on my ride into work. Check out the low temperatures across the region this morning. The record low in Norfolk is 33° set back in 1943. We didn’t break the record, but we were close. Wind chill values were in the 20s!

Lows This Morning

Lows This Morning

All of this cold air rushed in behind a powerful cold front that moved through Hampton Roads last night. Once the front moved in, wind speeds picked up and temperatures dropped a good 20-30 degrees in less than an hour. Check out these peak wind gusts recorded last night.

Peak Wind Gusts Overnight

Peak Wind Gusts Overnight

Wind speeds along the Lower Chesapeake Bay ranged from 60-70mph. The strong winds pushed a large ship aground near Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. Read the full story here on wavy.com. Wind damage was also reported in a Virginia Beach neighborhood. A tree fell onto a fence and two cars. Rain totals were also quite impressive. Most locations saw between 1.5-2 inches of rain with some areas seeing more than that. Now we are above average for the month of April and for the year so far.

24-Hour Rain Totals

24-Hour Rain Totals

The wind is going to stay up all day long. Future Trak has our sustained wind speeds ranging from 10-20mph with gusts up to 35mph this afternoon.

Future Trak Wind Speeds

Future Trak Wind Speeds

The pollen count will be on the rise today, thanks to the wind. I have the pollen forecast at a medium level today. Hopefully you enjoyed some allergy relief yesterday. Even though we will see plenty of sunshine this afternoon, highs will only reach the upper 40s. Some 50° readings will be possible for inland locations. We will see a gradual warm-up over the next few days. Highs in the 50s Thursday and Friday with 60s in the forecast this weekend.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 


Midday Update: Severe Weather Threat Going Down

April 15th, 2014 at 1:47 pm by under Weather

The severe weather threat for Hampton Roads has gone down significantly. We saw a lot of rain this morning, which cooled and stabilized the atmosphere. I talked about this being a possibility in my previous blog. Check out the rain totals from this morning.

Rain Totals So Far

Rain Totals So Far

The Storm Prediction Center has taken Virginia and North Carolina out of the slight risk area for severe weather because of the rain we saw earlier. Computer models did not do a very good job on picking up on the heavy rain this morning, therefore they over estimated the amount of instability we would have this afternoon. We still expect a line of showers and storms to develop ahead of the cold front between 4-8 PM.  This is the latest Future Trak computer model at 6 PM, so the evening commute is going to be a messy one.

Future Trak at 5 PM

Future Trak at 6 PM

Once the cold front moves in, temperatures will drop a good 10-15 degrees in one hour. Winds will pick up out of the north at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 40-45mph. Cooler air will rush in, causing temperatures to drop into the low to mid 30s by Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has upgraded the Freeze Watch to a Freeze Warning for our northern and inland areas. This warning now includes the entire Peninsula. If you live in any of these counties, make sure you cover or bring inside any sensitive vegetation. Temperatures are expected to drop to around 32°, if not below freezing, for a few hours early Wednesday morning.

Freeze Warning

Freeze Warning

Keep in mind that wind chills values will likely be in the 20s early Wednesday morning, so make sure you take that winter coat back out of the closet. Chief Meteorologist Don Slater will have a full update coming up on WAVY News 10 at 4, 5 and 6 PM.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


Tuesday’s Severe Weather Threat

April 15th, 2014 at 9:29 am by under Weather

Before, we get to the severe weather threat today, I want to show a picture of the Lunar Eclipse. If you were lucky, like me, there may have been enough breaks in the clouds for you to see the moon.  Stephen Gagnon captured this beautiful picture in Carrollton this morning.

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse Early This Morning

We are tracking a strong cold front that will move through Hampton Roads early this evening. Before the front moves in, a line of showers and storms will develop. Some of these storms could turn strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted our entire area in a slight risk for severe weather this afternoon.

Today's Severe Weather Threat

Today’s Severe Weather Threat

The main severe weather threats will be heavy rain and damaging winds in excess of 60mph. Tornado threat is low, but not zero. If we see an area of low pressure develop along the front, we could see an enhanced tornado threat just south of the low. One computer model has the low developing across NE North Carolina, while another model has the low developing across SE Virginia. A couple other models do not have an area of low pressure developing at all. This is something we will be watching for this afternoon. Keep in mind that if we see more rain this morning, then the severe weather threat will be lower. If we see more sunshine, then the severe weather threat will be going up this afternoon. The window for seeing severe weather will be between 3-9 PM, ahead of the cold front. The line of showers and storms should move through the metro area around 4-7 PM. This means we are looking at a messy evening commute. Any thunderstorm that can develop ahead of the front could be strong to severe. Here is what our Future Trak computer model has at 5 PM.

Future Trak at 5 PM

Future Trak at 5 PM

Once the front clears the area, the severe threat will be gone. But the rain will continue behind the front and the rain could be heavy at times. Here is what our Future Trak model has at 9 PM.

Future Trak at 9 PM

Future Trak at 9 PM

Winds will turn northerly behind the front and increase in speed. Look for sustained wind speeds between 25-35 mph with gusts ranging from 40-45mph overnight. Much colder air will filter in and temperatures will drop into the mid 30s by Wednesday morning. Wind chill values will be in the 20s!!! Welcome back winter! Future Trak Temperatures has lows around 32° for our northern and western counties with mid 30s everywhere else. Record low for Norfolk Airport is 33° set back in 1943, so we will be close.

Wednesday AM Lows

Wednesday AM Lows

The National Weather Service issued a Freeze Watch in effect for all counties highlighted in blue. These areas could see temperatures dip below 32° for a couple of hours overnight.

Freeze Watch

Freeze Watch

If you live in these areas, make sure you bring any potted plants indoors and/or cover any sensitive vegetation.

Good news for all of the allergy sufferers…the pollen forecast is LOW today due to the rain and the wind. The heavy rain should really knock down the pollen count today. I will be tracking the potential for strong to severe storms this afternoon. Stay with wavy.com for the latest.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 

 

 

 


Draft Day scores a field goal

April 14th, 2014 at 2:43 pm by under THRS Movie Reviews

A behind-the-scenes look at one of the NFL’s most important days of the year is the what makes up the new film Draft Day.

Draft Day stars Kevin Costner as Sonny — the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns — the team his recently deceased father coached.  It’s the dawn of Draft Day and a lot on the line in the National Football League.

Sonny is barely holding on with the owner and the head coach of the team as he appears to go rogue on the franchise with trades galore before the team is even on the clock at the draft.  The Coach (relatively new to the Browns after winning a SuperBowl ring with the Dallas Cowboys) is played by Dennis Leary.  He wants the team he wants, but Sonny wants him to coach the team he gives him.

As the clock rapidly approaches the time to make the first pick, the audience gets a taste of the behind-the-scenes maneuvers teams make ahead of the draft.   Once they are finally on the clock and ready to make a pick… the movie finally gets going.

Before this point — it was really bogged down with the story line of the relationship Sonny has been hiding from everyone — one with Ali (Jennifer Garner) –She’s the lawyer in charge of managing the teams salary caps. Apparently trying to prove that Sonny has a heart… the relationship is all fizzle and no fire.  And randomly added in was a new intern — why I don’t know, but he has a lot of lines that help us get nowhere.

The character of Sonny Weaver is in the capable hands of Kevin Costner here, but it’s not empassioned enough for me to really buy in.  Garner, also capable, is not really believeable for me in this role, and when we get the big kiss, I hardly feel the love.

Director Ivan Reitman, delivers a by-the-numbers film that falls short of the likes of Moneyball and Jerry Maguire.   It’s got some solid structure with some twists and turns that keep it interesting, and a touch of heart that makes it satisfying.  But something is missing…
I think Draft Day will score with football fans… but they will have to settle for the field goal, not the touchdown.

TWO OUR OF FIVE COOKIES

Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references.


Noah takes on The Hobbit?

April 14th, 2014 at 2:39 pm by under THRS Movie Reviews

The controversy surrounding the film Noah has been swirling, so let’s start there.  If you haven’t heard — The National Religious Broadcasters requested the film studio Paramount Pictures add a disclaimer to the film: which they did.  This is the disclaimer:
“The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”
I only mention it because the story of Noah in the Old Testament has some missing parts, and the film fills them in.  Some have taken issue with that.

Nevertheless, in this film version of the story, Noah — a descendant of Adam and Eve’s son Seth — hides with his family on the fringe areas of humanity… The human population having turned to total wickedness.

Noah (Russell Crowe) has visions he believes sent by the Creator and determines that a Great Flood is coming to cleanse the earth.  So he gathers the family to tell them what they must do.  Noah’s task is to build an ark to save the innocent — the animals.

With a little help from The Watchers — which seem to come right out of The Hobbit — they build a massive ark, while the characters develop and Noah sees that there is both good and evil in EVERYONE — even his sons, and himself.  This realization creates an amazing conflict in Noah as the flood comes, his faith is tested and his loyalty to the creator and his family are at odds.

Crowe does a good job as Noah — managing to show the conflict within and the challenges he faces.  Jennifer Connolly as Noah’s wife Naameh does the same.  She really shines in one scene faced with the ultimate choice of life and death and the future of their family — it is a scene that is utterly wrenching.  Anthony Hopkins appears as the YODA-esque grandfather Methuselah and is a stand out.

The film itself really plays in the moment more like sci-fi than biblical epic, but I realized later that a lot of things in the Old Testament do seem very sci-fi.  The special effects are at times really cool — and the flood itself is on point.

While Writer/Director Darren Aronofsky (acclaimed for films like The Wrestler and Black Swan among others) does take some license, the essential elements of the story of Noah and the Great Flood are there… betrayal, obedience, faith, redemption.

Controversy aside, a thought-provoking film to say the least.

Disclaimer: Russell Crowe sings.  I have to say that for all the people — like myself — who shutter at the memory of him singing in Les Miserables.

THREE AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE COOKIES

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content.


Check into The Grand Budapest Hotel

April 14th, 2014 at 2:32 pm by under THRS Movie Reviews

The Grand Budapest Hotel features another jam packed cast! There are cameos galore.

It’s the story of the many adventures of Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) — an unforgettable concierge at a luxurious hotel and his best friend — Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), his lobby boy.

In a nutshell, a priceless renaissance painting goes missing and a wealthy countess/family matriarch dies.  The rest of the film has to do with all of that… and just who will get the family fortune.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is hilarity at it’s finest.  Wes Anderson has hit the nail on the head of sophisticated comedy.  From the script to the casting to the directing and cinematography… it’s practically perfect.  Speaking of casting: Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson,  and Jeff Goldblum are among them!

FOUR AND HALF COOKIES!

Rated R for language, some sexual content and violence.


Muppets Most Wanted brings the laughs we want

April 14th, 2014 at 2:21 pm by under THRS Movie Reviews

So this Muppets feature picks up where the last one left off.  Walter has become one of them and they are wrapping a movie!  But now what?  That’s just what they have to figure out.

Enter Dominic BadGUY or BadGEE — it’s french.  He’s played by Ricky Gervais.  Dominic is working with a hardened criminal — the world’s most wanted frog — Constantine, nearly an identical twin to our beloved Kermit — who has been locked up in a gulag in Siberia under the watchful eye of the warden there (Tina Fey).

Dominic and Constantine executed a master plan that breaks him out of the gulag and lands Kermit in the gulag, so that they can carry out their evil plan to steal the crown jewels — and no one is wise to the switch!  Not even Miss Piggy!

As you would expect there are hi-jinx and Muppet shows aplenty… not to mention CAMEO APPEARANCES!  Cameos including Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Christoph Waltz, Selma Hayek, Diddy, Celine Dion, Stanley Tucci, Usher, Zach Galifinakis, Josh Grobin… the list goes on!

I absolutely loved the cast — but especially Modern Family’s Ty Burrell as Jean Pierre Napolean — the Interpol inspector tasked to work with the CIA’s Eagle Muppet on this major case.  He is hilarious!

THREE AND A HALF COOKIES for me… Entertaining as all get out!  Some laugh out loud funnies!

Rated PG for some mild action.


Thunderstorms Are Possible Tomorrow

April 14th, 2014 at 9:54 am by under Weather

Today is looking like a great day, we will see partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s. As the area of low pressure gets closer, our wind speeds will increase. Today we will see winds from the south at 15-20mph. Gusts could reach 30mph today. Tonight, along with the winds, temperatures will stay mild with lows in the 60s. Now, lets talk about the rain chances. We’ll stay dry today, but tonight scattered showers will be possible ahead of the storm system. Tomorrow morning, we will also see a chance for scattered showers. If we can stay cloudy and cool, then our severe weather chances will remain low. If we see sunshine, then the threat will increase.

Future Trak @ 1pm

Future Trak @ 1pm

The storms will stay off to our west around midday tomorrow.

Future Trak @ 6pm

Future Trak @ 6pm

Storm Chances

Storm Chances

Going in to tomorrow evening, the cold front will sweep through the area with temperatures going from the 70s to the 30s by Wednesday morning. This strong cold front may be able to produce strong storms that could create damaging wind gusts and hail.

Behind the line of storms we will be colder with highs in the 50s on Wednesday.

 

Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses Begins Tonight

The first of four lunar eclipses begins tonight, sadly the forecast looks to be cloudy, but it still may be worth a shot to get up and see it:

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

There are three more coming up. The scientists at NASA put together a great video about how rare a tetrad is:

 

-Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

 

 

 


Warm Start To The Week!

April 13th, 2014 at 9:25 pm by under Weather

Wow! What a beautiful weekend! Check out the high temperatures recorded this afternoon. Record high in Norfolk was 88 degrees set back in 1977, so we were only 5 degrees shy of tying the record high today.

Highs This Afternoon

Highs This Afternoon

The warm weather will continue tomorrow. Temperatures will not be quite as high as today because we should see more cloud cover. Highs should reach the mid to upper 70s Monday afternoon.

Monday Forecast Highs

Monday Forecast Highs

We are tracking a strong cold front that will move in on Tuesday. This cold front is the cause of the severe weather in the Central Plains tonight. It is even cold enough for snow on the back side of this system. Temperatures are in the 30s in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Colorado!

Satellite/Radar at 9 PM

Satellite/Radar at 9 PM

We may see a few showers late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, but the bulk of the precipitation won’t move in until late Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening. Future Trak has a line of showers and storms moving through Hampton Roads between 4-9 PM.

Future Trak at 5 PM

Future Trak at 5 PM

Some of these storms could turn strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has already highlighted the Southside and North Carolina in a Slight Risk for severe weather on Tuesday.

Tuesday's Severe Weather Risk

Tuesday’s Severe Weather Risk

This is where the most instability will be Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening. This doesn’t mean we won’t see any thunderstorms develop across the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula or Eastern Shore. The slight risk area just shows where the highest chance for severe weather will be on Tuesday. The main threat with the line of storms will be damaging winds. The tornado threat is low right now, but not out of the question. There will be a lot of wind shear in the atmosphere, so storms will be able to rotate. If an area of low pressure develops along the front, then we could see an enhanced tornado threat just south of the low. Some computer models have an area of low pressure developing across North Carolina Tuesday afternoon, whereas others do not. If we see more rain in the morning, then the severe threat will not be as high in the afternoon. As you can see, there are still a lot of “ifs” out there right now. I just want to let you know that the potential for strong to severe storms exists Tuesday afternoon/evening. Stay tuned for the latest.

Tune into WAVY News 10 at 10 on FOX43 and WAVY News 10 at 11 tonight for an updated forecast. Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson will have another update on WAVY News 10 Today starting at 4:30 AM. Have a good night!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


A Dry & Sunny Weekend Ahead

April 12th, 2014 at 9:18 am by under Weather

While we will see more sunshine again today, a weak cold front has passed through Hampton Roads. This cold front will influence the winds to be out of the easterly direction in to the afternoon. High temperatures should still be above average though:

Cool Breeze Today

Cool Breeze Today, Highs: 66-75 degrees today.

That warm front will move through tomorrow which will bring us back to the upper 70s and 80s for our Sunday. Typically when there is a front in our area we see rainfall, this time we will stay dry with only a few clouds.

Pollen Index for the Weekend

Pollen Index for the Weekend

If you didn’t see Jeremy’s annual pollen blog, you should check that out HERE.

Allergy LogoThe only pollen count in our region is in Richmond, sadly there are no known locations across Tidewater that perform a daily pollen count. The latest count shows that Tree Pollen and Mold Spore are the biggest sources of allergies. Credit: Allergy Partners of Richmond.

 

The next chance for rain is coming up on Tuesday, enjoy your weekend!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson