You Ordered Some Heat? And…Whale Watch?

April 8th, 2013 at 8:45 am by under Weather

Many many folks ordered up some warmer weather over the last couple of months.  I don’t think people wanted too much heat, but we wanted out of the 40s and 50s.  Well….all of the warm weather is rushing in at once.   And so it looks like another year where we skip Spring and go straight from Winter to Summer.  Yesterday was wonderful.  We had highs in the low 70s along with fair skies.  However, yesterday we started in the 40s.  Today we started with temps in the mid-upper 50s.   It felt and looked beautiful.

Virginia Beach This Morning

Virginia Beach This Morning

We will see fair skies today with afternoon highs rising into the upper 70s to near 80.  This warm weather will stick around for several days as ridging takes place across the U.S.  That is when the jetstream rises north and allows for high pressure and warm temperatures to build in.

Warm Weather This Week.

Warm Weather This Week.

The cold weather will migrate to the west for a change.  They may even see 1-2 feet of snow in the higher elevations of Wyoming.  In-between they are expecting strong-to-severe storms in the Plains and Midwest.  Luckily we’ll stay dry along with the warmer temperatures.  Local farmers will get a chance to get some planting done.   We will be well above average over the next couple of days, but we will still be below record territory.

Highs, Records, & Averages

Highs, Records, & Averages

Meteorologist Tiffany Savona showed this graphic yesterday.  I just tweaked the numbers a bit.  We will cool down on Friday with showers and storms expected.  We are looking at cooler weather next weekend but not cold weather.  Highs are forecast to be in the 60s on Saturday and Sunday.

As per the blog title…I found this interesting update from NOAA.  It talks about some new technology that can predict where whale traffic is likely in the Pacific Ocean.  It doesn’t track them directly, but instead where the conditions are ripe for krill and whales to occur.  Hopefully, it will help mariners avoid whale traffic.  Perhaps someday it will be used in the Atlantic as well.  I’m not sure how much a problem it is in this basin.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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