Update on the Storm Potential for this EveningFebruary 24th, 2012 at 3:25 pm by Jeff Edmondson WAVY under Weather
The severe weather chance is still looking good across Hampton Roads. The atmosphere remains unstable in our area with many indices at a good level. The Shear which is looking at the wind here at the ground level and also in the mid levels of the atmosphere remain around 60kts where 30kt is good for severe weather. The Lifted Index is still a bit low where numbers are close to -1. Areas in North Carolina have numbers as low as -7. Usually the lower the number the better (ex -7 is better for storms than -2) Right now, we still have decent levels of humidity outside, but nothing all too impressive. This storm system is looking to move in early evening.
Storms should be firing just ahead of the cold front as temperatures sit in the 70s to low 80s. The biggest threat tonight will be for damaging wind gusts, but there is still a possibility for an isolated tornado.
Notice how most of the storms are ahead of the cold front? Now behind it there may be a light showers that will taper off tonight.
This event is not expected to bring a lot of rain to our area, but with the storms we will have times of heavy downpours.
Tomorrow will still be windy with gusts to near 30mph in the morning, but things should begin to calm down in the afternoon. Our weekend should have plenty of sunshine but colder temperatures with highs near 53 degrees on Saturday and 49 on Sunday.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson