The Tornado And Other Damage From Thursday

July 25th, 2014 at 8:56 am by under Weather

It’s sad when you hear about a person that died from the weather.  Especially when you are covering it.  You try and keep people as safe as you can, but meteorologists can only do so much.  Yesterday, there was a confirmed tornado on the Eastern Shore.  It was rated an EF-1 tornado with estimated winds between 80 and 100mph.

Tornado/Wind Info

Tornado/Wind Info

The tornado moved through Cherrystone.  It especially hit hard a large campground there.  There were 2 deaths as a tree fell on a tent.  It was a family and the child is in the hospital  A very sad story.

There was a 150 yard wide path of damage.  It lasted for 8 miles.  One viewer sent in this photo of their camper which had been overturned.

Damage In Cherrystone

Damage In Cherrystone

This person said that her child had been hit in the head by a branch.  They are all ok according the the email, but there were numerous injuries at the park.  There was also some straight-lined wind damage from the storm that stretched down to Cape Charles.  Large hail also fell in the region.  It made it up to about golf-ball sized.

Looking back at what happened, this was an almost worst case scenario. (a stronger tornado in the middle of the night would be THE worst case).  For example, while there was some broad rotation in the storm, but  it didn’t tighten up until about 2 miles from the shore.  It then dropped a waterspout that moved onto land and became a tornado.  With the storm moving east at 25mph, that doesn’t leave much time to warn.  There was a lead time between the warning and the actual tornado.  I’ve heard different numbers, but 8 minutes is the most common. Also, this happened early in the morning. This is typically our most stable time of day.  In a previous blog I mentioned that the instability was actually growing at this time.  Also at that time of day most folks are just waking up when they are on vacation.  It was very warm and humid out.  The deep humidity led to lower clouds than usual.  With the localized spin this helped lead to a tornado.  Finally, the area hit was one of the largest campgrounds in the region.  Campers and trailers are highly susceptible to damage during severe winds, and it’s even worse during a tornado.  So say a prayer for the folks that are over on the Eastern Shore today.

Aside from that we also had strong storms yesterday morning and evening in some other Virginia cities.  Here are the 24 hour severe weather reports:

Storm Reports

Storm Reports

We also had numerous reports sent into the station.  Here was one photo of a huge tree down in Hunterdale, VA.

Tree Down In Hunterdale, VA

Tree Down In Hunterdale, VA

It had to be a strong wind to be able to do that as the tree looked pretty thick.  Also, I had one viewer send me a report on facebook.  This is of a silo in Sedley, VA which took some major damage.

Silo Down In Sedley

Silo Down In Sedley

There were also many reports of street flooding, lightning, and hail.  The one bright spot out of all of this is that one large area got rain that needed it.

24 Hour Rain Totals

24 Hour Rain Totals

From the Peninsula northward there was over an inch of rain.  About 1-2 inches in some cases.  This region had missed out on a lot of the recent rain.  So I am happy for them.  Jan in Reedville had been hoping for rain for weeks.  She got over an inch.

Today the cold front has settled to our south.

Satellite/Radar/Fronts

Satellite/Radar/Fronts

We had a cooler morning with lows in the 60s and 70s.  There were a few sprinkles early, but then they moved south.  High pressure will build in through the day and we’ll gradually dry things out.  We’ll see highs in the low/mid 80s.  Winds will be out of the north at 10mph. Tonight will be mostly clear with lows in the upper 60s to near 70.  Tomorrow looks good.  Skies will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 80s.  Heat will build in again by Sunday. Highs will be in the low/mid 90s.  We’ll see some late day showers and storms.  Storms will fire up again on Monday out ahead of another cold front.  Since we’ve had this crazy pattern, I would expect more strong-severe storms.  So stay tuned to the weather.  There will be another batch of much cooler air over the Midwest.  Behind the front, some of that will move into our region by the middle of next week.

I miss the old days of partly cloudy with a few pop up showers and storms each day during the Summer.  I’m not a fan of this crazy pattern.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


EF1 Tornado Confirmed On The Eastern Shore

July 24th, 2014 at 6:05 pm by under Weather

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for all of the yellow counties and cities until 11pm.

Severe TStorm Watch Until 11pm

Severe TStorm Watch Until 11pm

The storms may contain damaging wind gusts in excess of 60mph and also quarter sized hail. Keep your television set tuned to WAVY TV for more information.

Tornado Recap:

The strong storm that moved across the Chesapeake Bay was able to create a tornado and straight-line wind damage.

Super Doppler 10 Radar

Super Doppler 10 Radar

Severe Storm On Radar

Severe Storm On Radar

Tornado Path

Tornado Path

Here are the details:

  • EF1 Tornado with winds up to 100mph
  • 150 yards wide
  • 8 mile path length (Some was over water)
  • 2 Fatalities
  • 36 Injuries

There was also reports of baseball sized hail near the Cherrystone Campground and 75mph straight line wind damage.


Severe Weather From Today

July 24th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by under Weather

I won’t lie…This morning was rough.  Storms fired up early and produced severe weather across the region.  A cold front entered the region and kicked off numerous downpours.  There was a very humid airmass out ahead of the boundary.  Temperatures were already very warm in the upper 70s to near 80.  There was some instability, but it wasn’t off the charts.  In fact…there was no smoking gun for this morning.  Through the early morning hours there was no slight risk for severe weather from the Storm Prediction Center.  It was upgraded by mid morning, but that was about the time of the damage on the Eastern Shore.  The computer models did not pick up on the earliness of the storms.  I will say that there were a couple things that favored strong storms.  There was some upper level wind support.  It was decent for this time of year.  Plus, the instability was growing despite the early time of day.  The cold front provided a focus for storms, and the cloud decks were very low due to the deep humidity.  As a few of the storms started they produced heavy rain to our west, but there were no warnings initially.

Satellite/Radar (7:30am)

Satellite/Radar (7:30am)

By about 8:30 am one of the storms moved from the Middle Peninsula across the Chesapeake Bay.  As it did so, it gained a lot of strength.  Before it reached the Eastern Shore there was a severe thunderstorm warning for one of the inland storms.  So we started to focus on that.  The radar had already showed an area of strong reflectivity over the Bay storm.  This was a sign of heavy rain and hail.  However, there wasn’t much rotation as it was over the Bay.  About 1-2 miles offshore it did pick up the rotation, and it did likely form a waterspout.  At it moved over land it likely became a tornado.  The National Weather Service is working to confirm this as I type.

Super Doppler 10 Radar

Super Doppler 10 Radar

The rotation moved right over Cherrystone and Cheriton, VA.  There was a brief spinup, and then the rotation dissipated shortly after those towns.  There was a lot of damage to a camp ground in Cherrystone.  There was also some large hail reported.  Again, there wasn’t a lot of time to warn folks as the storm really took shape just offshore.  There was a marine warning for over the Bay for mariners.  Unfortunately, there were some deaths.  Here’s the story so far: Eastern Shore.

Storms continued a while longer.  The front slowly slipped southward, and temperatures dropped.

Satellite, Radar, & Fronts

Satellite, Radar, & Fronts

We’ll still see scattered showers and storms this afternoon into the evening. A few storms will be strong over northeast North Carolina, but the storms shouldn’t be too bad for the rest of the region.  Heavy rain will still be possible.  The models do show that.  There’s a lot of storm reports coming in, but I haven’t see many photos of the actual tornado.  I have seen one possible photo, but no others.  We’re trying to confirm.  We’ll have more updates this evening.  We will see a nice day tomorrow.  I think we all need it at this point.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Cold Front And Severe Weather

July 24th, 2014 at 10:26 am by under Weather

We are in the middle of coverage, but I wanted to just do a quick mention.  We’ve had strong storms in the region this morning along a cold front.  The system is moving east/southeast.  We have had reports of a tornado that touched down near the Cherrystone area of the Eastern Shore.  Here was the radar just shortly after that time:

Severe Storm On Radar

Severe Storm On Radar

We also had reports of large hail in that zone.  Storms continue this morning as the front slowly pushes east.  Heavy rain and strong gusty winds will be possible through noon.  There will be another round of rain later today.  The atmosphere has been worked over pretty good.  So the severe threat should diminish.  However, storms will likely fire up over northeast North Carolina this afternoon where storms have been sparse so far.  We’ll have a bigger update either later this morning or around the midday.  Be safe out there.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Depression 2 Has Weakened. A Cold Front. And Social Weather.

July 23rd, 2014 at 9:06 am by under Weather

*Update on Tropical Depression 2…see bold text below.

Ok, we’ve got a few topics in the cards today.  Let’s talk about the tropics first.  Tropical Depression 2 is having trouble hanging on.  By the time you read this, the system may be dead.  It was looking very ragged on the satellite by 8 am.

T.D. 2 On Satellite

T.D. 2 On Satellite

Officially, the system had winds of 35mph, and it was moving WNW at 20mph.  That’s a pretty fast mover for a tropical system, and it will probably act to weaken it further. So we are about ready to write off ole’ T.D. 2.

*11 AM Update: Tropical Depression 2 has weakened to a tropical wave. This weak area of low pressure will still bring some gusty winds and rain to the Lesser Antilles tonight.

Locally there will be some changes taking place across the region.  Today we started off with patchy fog in the region.  Otherwise it was a quiet morning.  We’ll go to partly cloudy skies today with some isolated showers and storms in the area.  High pressure is in control, so the chance for rain is fairly low.

Today's Weather Map

Today’s Weather Map

Winds will be southwest at 8-12mph.  High temperatures will be in the low/mid 90s with a few 80s near the shore.  So it will be hotter and very humid today.  Tomorrow, however, a large cold front will move through the region.  This will bring us a pretty decent chance for rain to the region.  I put the chance at 60%, but stay tuned.

Tomorrow's Forecast

Tomorrow’s Forecast

The front will come through sometime between the mid morning and the early afternoon.  We could see some heavy rain and gusty winds along the front.  I would say that a half inch to an inch is possible, but higher amounts may form in a few of the storms.  We’ll still manage to get into the upper 80s, but I’ve backed off the 90s as the front looks to move through a little quicker.  We will start to dry out late Thursday night.  A stray shower could linger over North Carolina Friday morning. Otherwise, we’ll see some nice weather on Friday. Highs will be in the mid 80s.  We’ll see another nice day on Saturday with highs in the low/mid 80s and dry.  However, it will warm up again on Sunday. Highs will be in the low 90s again, and we’ll also see a few late day showers and storms.  Another mega cool-down is headed for the Midwest early next week (I’ll never call it the “Polar Vortex”.  Some of that cooler weather will move into our region by mid week.  Stay tuned for updates.

Finally, we’ve talked about the benefits and challenges of doing weather on social media.  The challenges have been more prevalent and increasing over the past couple of years.  Our region is not alone though.  There have been problems around the entire country.  Here is a new article from tvnewscheck.com.  Facebook No Friend To Weathercasters.  I have worked across town from both meteorologists Brad Travis and Dan Satterfield.  They really know their stuff.  So this article was especially enlightening to me.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


High Humidity And Tropical Depression 2

July 22nd, 2014 at 8:13 am by under Weather

I’ll start off talking about the tropics since that is the hotter topic right now.  I say that, but keep in mind that we are only talking about a tropical depression.  Yesterday was interesting.  I’m not criticizing, but…yesterday morning the National Hurricane Center had the area as a 10% chance for development.  By the mid morning it was a 50% chance.  Then by the midday it was 70%.  Finally, the area was classified as a depression during the afternoon.  That’s a big jump in a short period of time.  In their defense the system did organize during that time.  So today tropical depression number 2 is breezing westward over the central Atlantic Ocean.

T.D. 2 On Satellite

T.D. 2 On Satellite

T.D. 2 is moving west at 16mph.  It had sustained winds of 35mph.  The system is hitting some pretty dry air, and it is moving at a decent speed.  So the latest forecast keeps the system weak through Thursday.  Then the system is forecast to die out or become a remnant low near the Lesser Antilles.

Tropical Tracker

Tropical Tracker

It’s possible that it could die out sooner, but it does have a few strong thunderstorms near the center this morning. So we’ll see.  There is a pretty high confidence in the forecast as the models are in good agreement over the strength and path.

Locally, we have some pretty quiet weather.  We have had some scattered showers since last night.  As they moved up from the south, a lot of them fell apart.  This as they encountered an area of high pressure that sits to our north.

Clouds, Rain, & Surface Features

Clouds, Rain, & Surface Features

Despite a small difference between temperatures on each side of the front, the humidity is thick both north and south of it. The exception is the Eastern Shore.

Dew Points

Dew Points

We’ll see some scattered showers over North Carolina today with isolated showers over Virginia.  Highs will be in the mid 80s.  Winds are from the east at 5-10mph.  Tomorrow the winds will be out of the south.  So high temps will rise to near 90.  We’ll have some scattered showers and storms in the afternoon, but not a high chance for rain.  A cold front will move in from the Midwest late Thursday into early Friday.  So a line of showers and storms is expected then.  We’ll cool down from 93 on Thursday to 85 for a high on Friday.  We’ll dry out by Friday afternoon, and we’ll stay dry through Saturday.  A few showers will try to return on Sunday with some heat returning as well.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Another Incredible Week on The Hampton Roads Show!

July 21st, 2014 at 10:38 pm by under Interns

Wow! It is so hard to believe that I am on the home stretch of this internship! I have been having so much fun getting to know everyone at WAVY and working on The Hampton Roads Show. I have a little more than three weeks left and cannot wait to see how they go!

This past week was an absolute blast! On Monday’s show, Ms. Deidre Hall from the NBC soap Days of Our Lives, talked about her new book and her show.

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She was gracious with the audience, guests, and the crew and gave us all the opportunity to take a picture with her. On Tuesday’s show, I got to meet local author Joy Hook and let me tell you, she is one of the nicest guests we have had on the show so far. She came to the show to promote her new children’s’ book, “Erin’s Magic Tree (Circus) Adventure”. Her interview with The Hampton Roads Show was her first on any televised program, so she was quite nervous.  She was also very polite and gracious with everyone, even when I kept having trouble with her mic. I would keep an eye out for her because she is going to do great things in the future. As always, we had amazing chefs who cooked us great meals and a wonderful dog for Thursday’s Pet Pal!

During last Thursday’s show, the show aired the second edition of our Historic Homes series that Elise McGlothian, Megan Vazquez, and I have been working on. This edition focused on the Herbert House in Hampton, the oldest house on the Virginia Peninsula. Putting together the package took a lot of hard work and effort from all of the interns. We had to go to the house to shoot the footage and spent several days editing the package. Needless to say, it was all time consuming and tedious. However, by the end of the process, we were satisfied with our finished product. Unfortunately, the package was preempted by breaking news so many of our viewers missed the package. However, you can still check out the package on http://wavy.com/category/hr-show/. Special shout out to photographer Pat Dowd who worked tirelessly with us and was patient with all of our questions!

We at WAVY have also been busy working with the Top 5 for the Face of Fox competition. Now you may wonder what the interns would have to do with such a project. Well, we have to help discern which clips from the Face of Fox promotional events go into the final Face of Fox package. We also helped take inventory of the Face of Fox set that will be used during the Face of Fox reveal on Tuesday August 5th!

Last week was such an incredible week and I was so excited to be back on the Hampton Roads Show after working a week with news! As for now, I am heading on vacation to Michigan for a week to visit family. I will be back at WAVY next week to finish my internship with The Hampton Roads Show!


Tropical Depression TWO Has Formed

July 21st, 2014 at 2:47 pm by under Weather

There was a big afternoon update sent out by National Hurricane Center. We are watching an area of showers and thunderstorms located across the Central Atlantic.

Tropical Satellite

Tropical Satellite

There was only a 10% chance of development last night, so that is why I didn’t talk about it. Now…since the disturbance has become more organized, the National Hurricane Center is giving it a 70% chance of developing into a tropical system over the next 48 hours. Satellite data has shown that the circulation has become more defined and the National Hurricane Center is saying that there is a small area of winds up to tropical storm force. We could see a depression or tropical storm develop at any time if the winds increase or if the storm becomes more organized. The next name on the list is Bertha. This disturbance is currently moving WNW at 15-20mph, heading for the Lesser Antilles. Environmental conditions are favorable for development now, since the wind shear is low. But as this disturbance moves westward, it should encounter more wind shear, which would help to weaken the system.

Here are some computer model runs showing a preliminary track of this disturbance. Keep in mind that these track forecasts are extremely preliminary because this system hasn’t formed yet. I’m showing you this graphic to show the general westward movement of the system. Whether this develops into a tropical system or not, folks across the Lesser Antilles need to monitor this disturbance over the next few days.

Model Tracks

Model Tracks

I will have a full update coming up on WAVY News 10 at 4 PM and Chief Meteorologist Don Slater will have more information on WAVY News 10 at 5 PM, 5:30 PM, 6 PM and 11 PM. Stay tuned!

NEW UPDATE: Tropical Depression TWO has formed in the Central Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 35mph. The latest track from the National Hurricane Center has the depression moving westward toward the Lesser Antilles by the end of the week. The depression will be moving into an unfavorable environment (increasing wind shear), not conducive for strengthening over the next few days. There is a chance that Tropical Depression TWO could weaken to an area of low pressure by the end of the week across the Atlantic. Stay tuned for updates!

Tropical Depression TWO

Tropical Depression TWO

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


Checking Things Off!

July 20th, 2014 at 9:56 pm by under Interns

Less than a month until my internship is over! At the start of my internship, my supervisor Stephanie Cooke gave us an internship checklist. I’m proud that most items are checked off. However, I still have a few things to learn until the list is complete. The following are things I hope to do before my last day:

In the Hampton Roads Show Department:

  1. Copy writing

Sales Department:

  1. Cold Calling
  2. Research
  3. Market Analysis
  4. Advertising Proposals

Production Department:

  1. Shadow camera operator
  2. Shadow Director

There are still a few things on my own personal checklist I hope to accomplish.

  1. Work during the evening/night shift
  2. Practice shooting (with a camera)
  3. Practice writing news stories

I’ll admit I’m being ignorant of the limitations of my internship, but it never hurts to ask if I can do more. After all, the first piece of advice I received when I started my internship was:  “Be a sponge – soak up all the knowledge you can!”

Overheard at WAVY – “She deserves the hammer”


Warming Back Up This Week

July 20th, 2014 at 8:53 pm by under Weather

It has been unseasonably cool for summer standards in Hampton Roads over the past 5 days. High temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s since last Wednesday. Average high this time of year is 88°. The clouds and a persistent northeasterly breeze held temperatures down this weekend.

Past 5 Days

High Temperatures Over The Past 5 Days

It was not the sunniest of weekends, but not the rainiest of weekends either. We did see a few light showers here and there both yesterday and today, but most of us just saw a lot of clouds. Get ready for a gradual warm-up over the next few days. Highs will return to the 90s by the middle of the week. The weather pattern is going to remain unsettled this week. The jet stream will stay well to the north of us through the middle of the week. An upper level ridge will strengthen out west resulting in highs in the 90s and triple digits across the Southern Plains and the Desert Southwest.

Weather Pattern Monday-Wednesday

Weather Pattern Monday-Wednesday

Our next storm system won’t arrive until the end of the week. Until then, we will have slight chances for rain in the forecast almost every day. Several weak upper level disturbances will move across Virginia and North Carolina Monday through Wednesday. These pieces of energy will bring in some colder air aloft, which promotes rising air. Rising air creates showers and storms. So we will see the typical summertime pop-up showers and storms over the next few days. Don’t expect to see rain everyday because the rain that develops will be hit or miss. The best chance for widespread rain arrives late Thursday into Friday when a cold front slides through Hampton Roads.

Weather Pattern Thursday - Friday

Weather Pattern Thursday – Friday

There is a chance the cold front could stall out across the region next Saturday and Sunday. Cold fronts typically stall out across Hampton Roads during the summer months due to the weak steering winds aloft. If this happens, then we will see rain continue into next Saturday and Sunday. For more on the short term forecast, here is what you can expect for tonight and tomorrow. We will continue to see more clouds overnight and some patchy fog may develop by Monday morning. Some of the clouds will break up by tomorrow afternoon as highs rise into the mid 80s. Future Trak has a few showers and storms developing by 3 PM as an upper level disturbance moves across Virginia and North Carolina.

Future Trak at 3 PM Monday

Future Trak at 3 PM Monday

Notice that the best chance for rain will be across inland areas. Any rain that develops should fizzle out by sunset.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Don’t forget to tune into WAVY News 10 at 11 for your latest forecast.

 

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona