Weekend And Comet Update!March 14th, 2013 at 7:39 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
There are some updates to the forecast and for the comet viewing tonight. Let’s start with the forecast. Today is going to be very chilly and dry. We’ll have a lot of sunshine, but it is downright cold for march. We started in the 30s with wind chills in the upper 20s. Winds were northwest at about 10-20mph, and they will stay up through the afternoon. We will have a few gusts to 25mph.
Tomorrow the winds will turn more out of the west, and that will give us a chance to warm up. Highs will be in the mid-upper 50s with partly sunny skies. Now the models have been trending earlier with the rain for Saturday. So it’s possible we could see rain by the midday hours. Our Future Trak model even has a few showers in the morning, but I want to see a couple more runs before I put stock in it. The good news is that we will warm up on Saturday to the low/mid 60s. So there are some pockets of warmer air trying to push into Hampton Roads, but so far they have been short-lived. Last year we had many days in February and March where highs were in the 70s. Even some 80s.
Last night it was almost impossible to spot the comet Panstarrs. Tonight we will have clear skies. The comet is still visible in the night sky. Shortly after sunset look off to the west below the crescent moon. It should be just above the horizon. It won’t be very impressive (small blue speck below), but with binoculars or a telescope I think you will get a nice treat to a rare event.
If you are going to look for it, then good luck and bundle up. It will be chilly.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler