It Slowly Gets Better And Midwest Floods.April 23rd, 2013 at 7:33 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Wow! This morning was kind of nasty. We had areas of drizzle, clouds, some fog, and strong winds all making for a grey/blustery morning. Here was the view from 3556 on the Bay at Lynnhaven Inlet.
An offshore area of low pressure was very slow to move north along a stationary front. On the western side we have had very strong winds. Yesterday the gusts rose up to 35mph near the coast. Today the winds will still be strong out of the north at 10-20mph with gusts up to 30 near the shore. The low will steadily push north through the afternoon. This is much slower than I had it in the forecast yesterday.
We are expecting gradual clearing, but it will be tough with a north wind. So we may not clear out until the end of the day. Highs will be in the upper 50s. One bright spot is that the pollen is lower. The level is an 8 out of 12 which is only moderate.
Tomorrow the winds will shift out of the southwest. Also high pressure will build in from the west. This will give us a big boost in temperatures. Highs will rise to the upper 70s. We’ll see mostly to partly sunny skies. So basically it will be a very nice day. However, this will be short-lived as a cold front will bring some showers and cooler temperatures back to the area on Thursday.
One bit of national news is the flooding in the Midwest. It is on a large scale, and it is a bit ironic as they just got out of a long-term drought not that long ago. Here’s the article: Midwest Flooding. There are some states which have had a food of rain so far this month. Some of this flooding reminds me of the 1993 floods. I lived in Illinois during that time. Our high school was right where the Illinois and Fox rivers meet. The football field would flood occasionally, but that year it was up for a long time. That was before they built the flood gates. I have friends and family up that way, and so far most of them have been ok other than some nuisance-minor flooding. Luckily none of them live right near the rivers.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler