Drier And WarmerMay 9th, 2013 at 8:14 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
We are on the way to warmer and drier conditions…temporarily. The big area of low pressure is beginning to move northeast of the region. It brought us scattered rain showers late yesterday into last night. We picked up varying amounts of rain.
Jan in Reedville and Doris on the Lower Eastern Shore had about a half inch of rain. Scott in Yorktown had 0.6″. Meanwhile Greg in Currituck, NC and Donna in southern Virginia Beach had only a trace of rain. I’d say the bulk of the area had about a tenth to a quarter of an inch. There was a lot more rain yesterday up towards New York and New Jersey. Today the low will still deliver more rain up that way. So there may be some flooding in those states.
Even though the low is moving away from us, the upper level component will still be close enough to influence our weather today. After starting with mixed cloudiness and patchy fog this morning, we will see partly cloudy skies. This afternoon a few isolated showers will form around Hampton Roads. The chance for rain is rather low here. However, there will be some scattered showers forming closer to the system. So that will be around the Northern Neck, Eastern Shore, and Middle Peninsula. Tonight the low will move even farther away. So we will clear out. We may see some patchy fog late tonight into tomorrow morning with some of the lingering moisture.
Tomorrow we are looking Summery. We’ll have fair skies and highs will be in the mid 80s. Nice! However, we we are still looking at scattered showers and storms on Saturday out ahead of the next cold front. Highs will be in the low 80s. The forecast has changed a bit for Sunday. Now it looks like most of the rain will be early in the morning. Also, I’ve taken out the chance for storms that day. So we are trending in the right direction for Mother’s Day. There will be a huge surge of colder air coming out of Canada early next week. Sunday into Monday there may be some snow showers over parts of the Midwest. Wow! After living in Illinois for over 20 years, I can tell you that that is very rare for May. I have seen cold air last into the Summer though. It won’t snow here, but the cool down will be very dramatic.
Finally, the Washington Post had an interesting article recently about government spending on natural disasters. It’s an eye opener: U.S. spending on natural disasters. So far they haven’t had to pay much for tornado damage as we have seen a record low number of those due to the recent Midwest cooling.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler