Nice Weekend For Fall Colors

October 24th, 2014 at 8:27 am by under Weather

We have some really nice weather on the way for the region.  The area of low pressure is long-gone.  High pressure is trying to build in from the west.



Normally when high pressure works into the region, then you clear out the clouds and get sunshine.  However, there’s a little bit of thin moisture working in with it.  So expect some high/thin cirrus clouds today.  Highs will be in the upper 60s to low 70s.  The breeze will be out of the northwest at about 10-15mph with a few higher gusts near the shore.  At least it won’t be as windy as the last couple of days.  High pressure will park itself here over the weekend.  So great weather will ensue.  Highs will be in the low 70s.  Lows will be in the 50s.

With the cool temperatures lately, the leaves are starting to change color in the region, but they are not at full peak.  Here was one photo from meteorologist Jeff Edmondson.  He took it while he was in Chesapeake:

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

If you want to catch some areas that are nearing their peak, then you have to head north or west.  Here is the map with the latest colors:

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

The Appalachians are at peak right now.  So head on out to Roanoke, Washington D.C. or Asheville, NC. We’ll go to our peak over the next couple of weeks. It is past peak in West Virginia.

Have a great weekend!

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


The Eye Of Odile In Cabo

October 23rd, 2014 at 11:03 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather

Short video:


October 23rd, 2014 at 10:41 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather

The moon passed in front of the sun today creating a partial solar eclipse. It wasn’t a particularly spectacular eclipse with only 8.7% of the sun obscured by the moon.

In fact, the eclipse is a little hard to see on this picture. Look for the semicircular indentation on the right side of the sun.
On August 21st, 2017, we’ll likely see a more spectacular eclipse (if it isn’t cloudy). A TOTAL eclipse is predicted that day for most of North America.

Bye Bye Low & Partial Solar Eclipse

October 23rd, 2014 at 8:32 am by under Weather

The area of low pressure that formed over us yesterday has pushed off to the northeast since last night.



It was rainy, windy, and chilly yesterday.  Highs were only in the 50s.  Winds gusted to over 25mph near the shore.  We didn’t have much rain in most cities.  Most weather watchers only had a couple tens of an inch.  However, there were a couple of places that had more.  For instance my weather watcher Doris on the Eastern Shore had a little over an inch.  There was a small but heavy shower that sat over that area yesterday morning.

Today the low will keep pushing northeast, and the rain will move along with it.  While we will be dry, we are still holding on to the clouds this morning.  The clouds will gradually decrease through the day.  If we get the clearing as expected, then high temps will get into the mid 60s.  Winds will be northwest at 10-20mph with gusts up to 25mph.  Especially near the shore.

From tonight into the next few days we’ll have some nice weather .  High pressure will build into the region, and will stay planted through the weekend.  High temps will mostly be in the low 70s.

Tropical Depression number 9 never made it to tropical storm status.  In fact it has pretty much fallen apart.

Tropical Satellite/Radar

Tropical Satellite/Radar

The post-tropical depression is moving east across the Yucatan Peninsula.  It’s still possible that it may reform on the other side of the landmass, but that doesn’t look as likely as it did yesterday.

Finally, there will be a partial solar eclipse this afternoon/evening.  It starts at 3:38pm.  It will be visible here on the east coast, but it won’t be as impressive as it will be on the west coast.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse

Remember!  Don’t look directly at the sun.  The intensity of the UV rays can burn your retinas.  So you can either use protective goggles like welder’s goggles, or you can use a camera.  You may be able to use your cell phone as it doesn’t project the intensity, but it does show the light.  You may also be able to project the light with a telescope, but be careful not to look through the lens. Also be careful not to focus the beam too intensely.  It could start a fire.  I’m optimistic that we’ll clear out by then.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

October 22nd, 2014 at 10:56 pm by under Weather

Scientists have uncovered a cache of satellite images of Earth from the 1960s that had been forgotten in storage for nearly 50 years and that push back the first satellite images of our planet a full 17 years. The trove includes the first publicly available satellite photos of Europe, the earliest aerial views of Antarctica’s ice, and a record of Central Asia’s Aral Sea before it dried up. There’s also a rare photo of the most powerful storm to hit North America in modern times.


October 22nd, 2014 at 10:50 pm by under Weather

Here’s a quick story from NBC on the recent discovery that the Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s may have been the worst North American drought…ever.


Here’s a more detailed report on the findings from NASA’s web site.

October 22nd, 2014 at 10:40 pm by under Weather

I’d never even heard of this before today. Evidently, this is a big thing in the field of “Atmospheric Optics”. It’s the first-ever picture of a “5th order rainbow”.


October 22nd, 2014 at 10:23 pm by under Weather

The definition of “nuisance tide” is anything hitting 4 feet. We’ll come pretty close to that on Thursday morning. I don’t anticipate any big problems from tides, though.

This has been a coastal storm and as such, we’re usually concerned about tidal flooding. However with this storm, winds have been strong out of the north-northwest. That wind direction can push just a little tidal flooding into mainly south side Hampton Roads areas.

Rain has nearly ended across the region, but winds continue…and will likely continue into Thursday, too.


How To Safely Enjoy The Solar Eclipse

October 22nd, 2014 at 5:53 pm by under News, Weather

A partial solar eclipse happens tomorrow (Thursday). Remember, a solar eclipse is when the moon is between the sun and the earth. The moon then casts a shadow on Earth. Since it will be a partial, we will not be in total darkness.



Now, how do you watch a solar eclipse? Well first of all, DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN!

  • Pinhole Projection:
    • Make a three-millimeter wide pinhole into a square piece of cardboard or card stock paper. The, with the sun at your back, project the image of the sun onto a piece of white paper. Remember never to look through the pinhole directly at the sun.

  • Use Approved Eclipse Lenses/Filters

  • These lenses have a optical density 5 or greater and are “CE” certified. (You can find these online, or possibly at a nearby science store)

  • Welder’s Glasses work as long as the lens is #14.

    Eclipse Glasses

    Eclipse Glasses


  • Sunglasses are not a safe way to view a solar eclipse.
  • Watch the Eclipse Live Here

    More on the eclipse from NASA:

    We should see partly cloudy skies tomorrow afternoon which should give us a chance to see it. Remember, the next solar eclipse doesn’t happen until 2017. Happy Viewing!

    Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


    Hampton Roads Low

    October 22nd, 2014 at 8:49 am by under Weather

    As I typed yesterday’s blog the models had already started to transform.  Yesterday morning it looked like the area of low pressure was going to pass just north of us, but instead it decided to form right over our region.  Luckily it isn’t a strong low. It is fairly broad.  But it did create a few thunderstorms last night.  In fact there was one report of some small hail in Poquoson early this morning.



    It was actually cool this morning.  So for that to happen there must have been a much colder airmass aloft to create that instability.  The low is steadily moving east.  It will slowly push offshore through the early afternoon.  The scattered rain showers will continue on the backside of the low.

    Today's Forecast

    Today’s Forecast

    The winds, however, haven’t been too bad so far.  They are forecast to increase out of the northwest at 10-20mph with gusts up to 30mph.  Especially near the shore.
    Temperatures will be held down to the low 60s today due to the clouds, wind, and rain.  So be prepared for a chilly/windy day.  Scattered showers will continue into the evening.  The low will push farther northeast.  The wind will stay up, but the rain will taper off overnight.  Tomorrow the low will become a nor’easter-type storm for New York state up to Maine.

    Tomorrow's Forecast

    Tomorrow’s Forecast

    Clouds will hang around for a while in Hampton Roads.  Then we’ll clear out later in the day.  The wind will be north-northwest at 10-20mph with gusts up to 25mph.  So high temperatures will still be in the low/mid 60s.  Since the wind will be out of the northwest I am not expecting tidal flooding.  We aren’t looking at a lot of train either.  I forecast a quarter inch up to an inch.  Most should see the lesser amounts.

    By Friday we’ll be forgetting this nasty weather as high pressure builds into the region.  We’ll have fair skies and highs in the upper 60s.  Maybe a few 70s by Sunday.

    Meanwhile tropical depression number 9 has formed in the Bay of Campeche.  It is likely to become tropical storm Hanna by later this morning or by the afternoon.  It is forecast to move over the Yucatan Peninsula mainly as a depression, but not initially.

    Tropical Depression 9

    Tropical Depression 9

    The depression is not only forecast to survive its land-crossing.  It is also forecast to drift east as a depression for a couple of days.  It may interact with a cold front to the north, but if it stays south enough of the front, then it could gain strength again.  The long-term GFS model had it going into the Gulf of Mexico in a few days. Stay tuned to see what this thing is going to do.

    Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler