Recent Rain Tallies And Models Versus BudgetFebruary 27th, 2013 at 8:10 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
The wet weather is gone, but the rain stacked up in a few locations yesterday. We had many weather reports of around an inch. Here is the list of reports that I have:
Norfolk International Airport: 1.16″
Newport News Airport: 0.89″
Doris (Eastern Shore): 1.04″
Donna (S. VA Beach): Over 1″
Pam/Barry (Gloucester courthouse): 1.75″/1.8″
Brian (Smithfield) 1.07″
Greg (Currituck) 1.4″
Scott (Yorktown) 0.8″
Now along with the daily tallies I have some climate information to add to it… My weather watcher Scott (above) gave me some more details on the rain. So far he has had 4.34″ for the month. He has had 9.11″ for the year. This is above his local average of 7.01″. Norfolk airport now has 4.8″ for the month, and 7.56″ for the year. This is 1.27″ above the average for the year. Elizabeth City picked up an inch yesterday. So now they have 5.05″ for the year which puts them 1.17″ below their average. Again, I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that that number doesn’t represent that area very well as many residents have had standing water in the fields and ditches for weeks. Luckily the whole region will see drier weather for the next few days. It will give the ground a chance to absorb some of the recent rainfall.
The short term is quiet. Today we’ll be warm and dry.
Highs will be in the low 60s with a mix of sun and clouds. Winds will be southwest at 10-15mph with a few gusts to 20mph. Tomorrow we will start cooling down with highs in the low/mid 50s. Then over the weekend we will have some pretty cold air for early March. Highs will be in the low 40s. Lows will be in the 20s and 30s. This colder weather will stick around into early next week.
On a larger scale… There has been some talk over the last few months about the long-range computer models. Especially when it comes to the GFS (American NOAA model) versus the European model. There was a recent science blog that I caught from Eric Berger that really put things into perspective in terms of how much money goes into each of these. Model Blog It is very interesting. It’s also worth noting that there have been a couple of recent events where the European model was not correct, and the GFS had a more correct solution.
Enjoy today’s weather and the article!
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler