Quiet Weather…For Now!

December 18th, 2014 at 8:05 am by under Weather

We are in store for a stretch of cooler/quiet weather for the next few days.  Yesterday’s 50s and 60s will be replaced by highs in the 40s starting today.  High pressure is in the region.  So that’s where our quiet weather will come from.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

We’ll stay quiet for the next couple of days.  There will still be a system on Saturday that could bring a few showers, but the models have backed off the rain for the weekend a bit.  So (for now) it looks like just a few scattered showers Saturday afternoon/evening.  Then no rain on Sunday. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few sprinkles to sneak back into the forecast for Sunday, but we’ll see.  Then on Monday we’ll have a higher chance for rain as a weak coastal low moves from south to north.  Early next week a large area of low pressure will form over the Midwest.  This is going to be an unusually large/strong area of low pressure.  It could bring a real mess to the Great Lakes and Midwest Tuesday into Wednesday.  Now it will stay to our north, but it will have a wide influence.  It will throw lots of windy/cold conditions our way.  There will also be a large upper level low sitting over us for a couple of days.  So by Christmas Eve it will be possible to see a few flurries.  It’s still very early to call something like that, but I’m sure some folks will be glued to the forecast until then.

Speaking of cold…There is a recent article out about how the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet.  This article from NPR news cites NOAA’s new research.  Here is the article: Rapid Arctic Warming

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Nice Today, Then Cooling. Tide & Wind Energy!

December 17th, 2014 at 8:04 am by under Weather

Last night we did have some thunderstorms along with the rain showers.  While they weren’t widespread, there were some impacts in the region including a plane struck by lightning.  Meteorologist Tiffany Savona did a nice blog with more info on yesterday’s storms/rain.  Here it is: Tiffany’s weather blog.

Today we started with some areas of fog.  As we go through the day we’ll see lots of nice weather.  Despite a cold front moving through yesterday, we’ll still be fairly mild today.  High pressure is building in from the southwest. So we’ll have lots of sunshine.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

The winds will be out of the west at 5-10mph.  We were in the 60s yesterday, and it felt great.  Today we’ll top off in the mid-upper 50s.  So it’s only a slight cool down compared to yesterday.  However, colder air in the Ohio River Valley will continue to pour into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.  This will continue for a few days.  So we’ll see highs in the mid-upper 40s from Thursday through Sunday in Hampton Roads.  Also, over the weekend a weak area of low pressure is still forecast to move through the region and deliver some scattered showers.  The best chance for rain will be late Saturday into Saturday night.  Then a few scattered showers will linger into Sunday.  The European model actually keeps a decent amount of rain around on Sunday, but the GFS does not.  So we’ll see.  This will be tough for shoppers, but shouldn’t impact travel too badly.

In global news.  There’s been a decent about of talk recently about offshore wind farms as a possible source for energy.  This would be a good source of energy, but there are some that do not want it for various reasons including aesthetics. Here’s an article from Dominion about a current project: Offshore Wind Farm  There is also a new article out that talks about another form of renewable energy (Tides).  This was thought to be a winning form of renewable energy.  However, some upstart companies are not doing well, and the future of this form of energy may be in question. Here’s a great article on that subject from Businessweek. Hope Dims For Tide Energy.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Rain Moving Out, Now A Gradual Cool Down

December 16th, 2014 at 8:20 pm by under Weather

The rain moved in this afternoon and arrived right on schedule. The rain was most widespread around 3 PM.

Satellite/Radar at 3 PM

Satellite/Radar at 3 PM

There were even a few storms to our south that held together and moved into northeastern North Carolina and the Southside between 4-5 PM. A Delta airplane got hit by lightning when traveling from Atlanta to Newport News this afternoon. Here is the story. The lightning also damaged a tree in Chesapeake.  Kasey Skidmore posted this picture of a tree in the Greenbrier area of Chesapeake on Facebook.

Tree Hit By Lightning

Tree Hit By Lightning

Most of the rain has pushed offshore, although we could still see a few lingering showers before midnight because the cold front is still to our west. Most rain totals were around 0.25″ as expected and we need the rain! We have only seen a little over 0.5″ for the month of December, which is about an inch below average.

Rain Totals

Rain Totals

Once the cold front moves through tonight, the clouds will clear out and winds will turn more westerly. We are not going to cool down much tomorrow with a westerly wind in place. A westerly wind is more of a warming wind for us in Hampton Roads. High temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 50s on Wednesday with lots of sunshine.

Wednesday Temperature Forecast

Wednesday Temperature Forecast

That is a little bit cooler than the 60s we saw today, but still mild for this time of year. Average high temperature this time of year is 52°. So enjoy tomorrow because it gets colder Thursday and Friday. Highs will be in the mid to upper 40s Thursday and Friday. More rain is possible Saturday afternoon into Sunday.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 


Warm But Wet Weather

December 16th, 2014 at 8:04 am by under Weather

Yesterday wasn’t too bad for temperatures.  We managed to make it into the mid-upper 50s in the region, and there was a lot of sunshine to boot.  Today we’ll see even warmer temperatures, but we’ll also see a chance for rain.  A warm front is on the way from the west/southwest with a cold front right behind it.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

So we’ll warm up briefly today as the warm front lifts through. Scattered showers will move in towards the afternoon.  Some may even arrive inland by the midday hours, but the bulk of the rain will come during the afternoon to the early evening.  Here is what Future Trak shows at 3pm:

Future Trak (3pm Today)

Future Trak (3pm Today)

Temperatures will rise to near 60 degrees and some cities will see the low 60s depending on the cloud cover.  Winds will be southwesterly at 5-15mph.  The rain will already push out by 9pm.  So this is a short-lived and light rain event.  We are only expecting 0.1 – 0.2″ of rain.  The cold front will move through tonight.  Then we’ll see clearing skies behind it.  Tomorrow we’ll see lots of sunshine as high pressure builds back in.

Tomorrow's Forecast

Tomorrow’s Forecast

It will cool down tomorrow, but the colder air will still lie to our north.  So highs will be in the mid 50s tomorrow. It will actually be pretty nice outside.  Winds will be out of the west at 5-10mph.  The cold air will settle south after that.  So we’ll be in the upper 40s Thursday and Friday.   Skies will be partly cloudy.  Over the weekend a weak system will move through the area, but it will linger for a while.  At this time the models are showing a chance for rain showers for both days.  It looks like the best chance for rain will be late Saturday, but some scattered showers will linger on Sunday as the system meanders off the coast.  Meanders…That’s kind of an odd word.  Here is a little about its definition and origin: (Meanders).  Latin/Greek.  Who knew?

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Exodus: Gods and Kings a bold attempt by Ridley Scott

December 15th, 2014 at 12:18 pm by under THRS Movie Reviews

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings

Director Ridley Scott is back with the story of Moses in a sweeping epic of a movie.  Exodus: Gods and Kings begins post basket-in-the-Nile with Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton) as grown men treated nearly as brothers by the Pharoah Seti (John Turturro).

Seti clearly recognizes that Moses is a better person, family member, and leader than even his own actual son could be.  We see him long to leave their kingdom to Moses, but blood lines won’t allow it, since he isn’t actually his son — even though he was raised as such… The story, of course, is that Moses was the son of a general left to be raised by him.

After Seti dies and Ramses gains power — using it for greed and nothing more, Moses learns the truth about his liniage from Nun (Ben Kingsly) a Hebrew slave.  He doesn’t believe it, and so he hides from what he has learned — that the person he knew as Miriam (Tara Fitzgerald) — a servant — is actually his sister who brought him to Seti as a babe.

Meanwhile Ramses gets wind of this wild tale — and endeavors to get to the truth about the man who had saved his life and won his father’s trust more than he ever could have.   The result is Moses being exiled and nearly killed before finding his way, talking with God (Malak – a vision appearing as a child to Moses), and learning his path.  The film follows Moses to his end days, including the amazing re-imagined scene of the parting of waters at the Red Sea and the show down among once-brothers on it’s barren sea floor.

Christian Bale as Moses is sometimes captivating and some times mysterious.  He falters with accents here and there but maintains the spirit, wonder and conflict of Moses throughout the film.  The quiet scenes with his wife (also named Miriam played by Indira Varma) are touching and tender and — played so well by Bale — really allow us to see into Moses.

Joel Edgerton as Ramses is effective in scenes with Bale but again, the accents are distracting.  There are so many accents coming in and out – even within the characters themselves.

Exodus: Gods and Kings recalls Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning Gladiator but fails to live up to it’s build and finish.  The screen play is wobbly and the film has fits and starts.  But the grandeur of some of the scenes and Bale’s portrayal of the conflict of Moses makes it worth seeing for me.

THREE OUT OF FIVE COOKIES
Rated PG-13 for violence including battle sequences and intense images. 

Did you see the movie? What did you think? What movie should I review next week?
Tweet me @HRShowEPSteph and let’s talk movies!

 


Your Weekday Forecast

December 15th, 2014 at 8:34 am by under Weather

After years of doing this blog and coming up with fancy titles…I’ll admit.  Today I came up blank.  Hey…it happens.  Anyway, it was a nice weekend, but a little cool at times. Highs were in the 40s and 50s with sunshine.  Today some of our inland locations will get a chance to warm up, but we won’t see the wide/dramatic warming for the area until tomorrow.  Here’s the setup.  We have a large area of high pressure in the region.  This is going to give us our sunshine, but it will also give us a north-northeast wind at about 5-10mph.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

We’ll see highs close to 50 along the shore with mid-upper 50s in our inland locations.  Tomorrow the high will shift east allowing for southerly winds to develop.  Highs will rise to the upper 50s to near 60 in the region.  So we’ll warm things up, but we’ll also see some rain move in.  Scattered showers are expected for Tuesday afternoon.  It shouldn’t be too much rain.  We’ll see about a quarter of an inch or so.  The highest chance for rain will be from the mid afternoon through the early evening.

Future Trak (3pm Tue)

Future Trak (3pm Tue)

A cold front will move in later tomorrow, but we won’t cool down right away.  Highs will be in the mid 50s on Wednesday with partly cloudy skies.  Then high temps will return to the upper 40s Thursday into Friday.  A bigger area of rain looks to move in again on Saturday.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Finally A Pattern Change!

December 14th, 2014 at 9:46 pm by under Weather

That stubborn upper low over New England has FINALLY moved out to sea! That means we are looking at a pattern change this week. More on that in a minute.

Some folks have been asking if you can still see the Geminid Meteor Shower tonight. The short answer is Yes! The shower peaked last night, but meteors will still be visible until Wednesday. The sky is clear over Hampton Roads tonight. More clouds will move in starting tomorrow, so tonight will probably be the last night to watch the show in Hampton Roads. Here are some tips.

Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing Tips

Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing Tips

Now more on the pattern change ahead.

Building Ridge Over East Coast

Building Ridge Over East Coast

High pressure will build into the region tonight allowing winds to drop to 5 mph or less. With a clear sky, temperatures will drop into the lower 30s by Monday morning. Areas that get below freezing could see areas of patchy frost overnight. That area of high pressure will be overhead tomorrow, so we will stay dry. We should see a few more clouds with highs in the lower 50s, which is around the average high of 52° this time of year.

The storm system that is moving across the Southern Plains tonight spawned a tornado in Oklahoma and one in Kansas earlier this evening. There were lots of hail reports as well. This storm system will move east, but it will weaken a bit before it makes it to Virginia and North Carolina on Tuesday.

Tuesday will be warmer as that cold front moves closer to Hampton Roads. Highs on Tuesday will reach the mid to upper 50s. Showers should develop out ahead of a cold front Tuesday afternoon after 12 PM.

Future Trak at 3 PM Tuesday

Future Trak at 3 PM Tuesday

Rain will be light and won’t amount to much. Rain totals should be less than a quarter of an inch. Rain will come to an end once the cold front moves through Tuesday night. We are not going to see a big cool down as soon as the front moves through the region. Winds will turn more westerly and usher in drier air on Wednesday. Highs will be in the mid 50s Wednesday afternoon. The cooler air will move in by Thursday and Friday as highs drop into the mid to upper 40s. A much stronger storm system will impact Hampton Roads this weekend. Stay tuned!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!

December 13th, 2014 at 8:35 pm by under Weather

The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks tonight and is expected to be one of the best meteor showers of the year!

Meteor Shower

Meteor Shower Facts

This meteor shower could potentially produce 100-120 meteors per hour. Keep in mind that the moonlight will prevent you from seeing all of the meteors and you may not see many meteors at all if you live in a city. The best time to go outside will be after midnight tonight and before dawn Sunday morning. The meteor shower is expected to really get going around 2 AM. Get away from city lights and allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. The more time you spend outside, the better your chances are that you will spot a meteor. Luckily for us in Hampton Roads, the weather will cooperate. There may be a few high thin clouds tonight, but the sky will still be mostly clear. It will also be COLD with temperatures hovering in the 30s. At least the winds will be light. So bundle up if you plan on watching the show outside!

If you don’t want to wait outside in the cold, you can check out this link, which is a live stream of a telescope set up at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Good luck! Happy Viewing!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


Another Sunny Day

December 13th, 2014 at 8:55 am by under Weather

The weather today and tomorrow will be a repeat from what we have already seen in the last few days. High temperatures will likely stay in the 50s with mostly sunny skies. This afternoon a few extra clouds could develop o our north and drift overhead. The reason why we are unable to get any warmer is from the snow pack to our north. That snow acts like a cooler, keeping the air above it cold. Since we have winds out of the north, we are tapping into that cold air.

Cold To Our North

Cold To Our North

Our weather will stay the same this weekend. People out in California are beginning to dry out today. One neighborhood near Los Angeles, CA is cleaning up from a rare tornado yesterday.

Tornado Report

Tornado Report

The tornado was rated EF-0 by the National Weather Service.

Credit: NBC Los Angeles

Credit: NBC Los Angeles

 


Seasonably Cool Again Today

December 13th, 2014 at 8:54 am by under Weather

The weather today and tomorrow will be a repeat from what we have already seen in the last few days. High temperatures will likely stay in the 50s with mostly sunny skies. This afternoon a few extra clouds could develop o our north and drift overhead. The reason why we are unable to get any warmer is from the snow pack to our north. That snow acts like a cooler, keeping the air above it cold. Since we have winds out of the north, we are tapping into that cold air.

Cold To Our North

Cold To Our North

Our weather will stay the same this weekend. People out in California are beginning to dry out today. One neighborhood near Los Angeles, CA is cleaning up from a rare tornado yesterday.

Tornado Report

Tornado Report

The tornado was rated EF-0 by the National Weather Service.

Credit: NBC Los Angeles

Credit: NBC Los Angeles