Quiet Weekend! NOAA/NASA BudgetDecember 14th, 2012 at 8:47 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
We have some nice/quiet weather around for this afternoon into the weekend. Today high pressure will sit right on top of us and allow for lots of sunshine and light winds. Temperatures will climb to the low-to-mid 50s with a west wind at 5-10mph.
Tonight we will once again have clear skies, light winds, and chilly temperatures. Lows will be in the 30s with a few 20s possible inland. If you missed the Geminid meteor shower last night, then you still have a chance tonight. It peaked Thursday night, but will still be going into the early hours of Saturday morning.
Tomorrow we will have some clouds building-in with highs in the upper 50s and light easterly winds. Moisture will increase on Sunday with more southerly winds. So we will have some scattered showers and highs will be in the low 60s. A strong low pressure area will move north of our region next Tuesday/Wednesday. It will push down some strong winds and much colder air by the middle of next week. There may even be a few snowflakes over parts of the state Tuesday night, but nothing big is expected. It will be a nor’easter for the northeast states on Wednesday, but we will only have a strong northerly wind here. It will be a cold wind, that’s for sure. I’ve got highs next Wednesday in the upper 40s, but we may have to drop that if the models trend colder. Stay tuned!
On a more national note, the upcoming fiscal cliff has the potential to affect millions of people. One potential impact could be budget cuts for NOAA and NASA (two very important government agencies). This would likely have a large local impact on the area, as there is a large NASA presence as well as NOAA in Hampton Roads. On a national scale this could be a big problem for how we get data from satellites. Here is the link to a recent article from AIA News: NOAA/NASA Budget. I am not taking a political angle on this, but I did want to bring it to attention. I tried to find more articles. If you find some, then feel free to post them in the comments section below.
Have a good weekend!
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler