Little Rain, Big Heat.June 19th, 2012 at 8:20 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
This morning we started with some scattered showers. Rain was heavy in a few cities with only an isolated thunderstorm or two. Here was the view from Super Doppler 10 this morning:
Norfolk International is running 0.58 inches below the average rainfall for the month. It is running 1.13 inches below for the year. Elizabeth City is down 2.40 inches for the month, but only down 0.46″ for the year. They had a lot of rain early in the year. Richmond is running over a 5 inch deficit for the year. So the folks inland (even in our area) still need quite a bit of rain.
The timing is working out pretty well as I was just thinking about watering my lawn. Hopefully, we got some good rain at my house. The showers are expected to let up later this morning. Then we may see a few more pop up this afternoon. Overall I’m expecting about a quarter inch of rain with some areas getting up to a half inch. I thought the showers were going to be along a surface trough today, but the latest surface map shows the warm front just to our west. If this pushes through and to the north then it will be tough for the rain to form again this afternoon. If the front moves slowly, then we can easily see more showers. Highs today will rise to the mid 80s. It will be noticeably different from just 2 days ago.
By tonight the front will move well north and high pressure will build in stronger. We’ll have some nice upper level ridging which will promote more sunshine, higher pressure, and warmer temperatures for the next couple of days. Highs tomorrow are forecast to be in the low 90s with mid 90s coming in for Thursday. A cold front is expected to move through late Friday. We’ll have some scattered showers and storms ahead of and along that front. That will cool us back down to the mid 80s by Saturday. It’s not a huge heat wave coming in or anything like that, but it will be a big transition from last weekend.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler