Are you tired of the rain? I know I am. As a meteorologist, I feel like we have been talking about rain and storms almost everyday for the past 2-3 weeks. We had a very wet June and we don’t need anymore rain right now. Most fireworks celebrations went on as scheduled last night, but some were cancelled or postponed due to the storms that moved across the region. Showers and storms developed south of the cold front today, mainly across the Southside and North Carolina. These storms sent out outflow boundaries, which allowed for additional storms to develop and some of them to merge. When that happens, you can get very slow moving storms. Plus we have a lot of moisture in place, so any storm will be an effective rain producer. When you have a slow moving storm that is producing very heavy rain, you can get localized flooding rather quickly. Most of the heavy rain has fallen across our western zones as I’m writing this…Sussex County, Southampton County, Gates County, NC, Franklin and Suffolk tonight. Now the storms are starting to move northeast, so I think the rest of the Southside and the Peninsula will get hit with some very heavy rain and lightning before midnight. Make sure you roll up your car windows and bring in anything you don’t want to get wet.
After midnight, the heaviest rain will be impacting the Eastern Shore and computer models indicate that another round of heavy rain could move into our western zones again from the southwest. That front will go stationary tonight, so we could wake up to a few morning showers tomorrow. A warm front will move northward across Virginia tomorrow and winds will shift out of the southwest. That is why it will be hotter with highs in the upper 80s to around 90°. We will have better chances for scattered showers and storms tomorrow afternoon as an upper level disturbance moves across the region.
Rain will be hit or miss again tomorrow, so it’s not worth cancelling any of your outdoor plans. Just pay attention to the sky and download the WAVY Weather app, so you can track the rain on Super Doppler 10 radar. A stray shower/storm will be possible on Tuesday, but I think most areas will stay dry. High pressure will try and build in by the middle to end of the week, so I think overall, this week will be drier. It will also definitely be HOTTER with highs in the 90s almost everyday this week.
I will have a full update on the storms coming up on WAVY News 10 at 10 on FOX43.
12:00 AM Update:
Computer models are hinting that another round of heavy rain and storms could move in between now and 4 AM. I think there will still be some rain in North Carolina at this point.
But I don’t think these storms will be as loud or as strong as before. I just want to thank everyone who shared their storm pictures with us. Here is a great lightning shot captured by Dan in Deep Creek.
Unfortunately, lightning struck a house near Smithfield and started a fire earlier this evening. Here is the story from wavy.com. Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler will have a full update on WAVY News 10 Today starting at 4:30 AM.
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona