Texas Tornadoes, And Boy It’s Hot!

May 16th, 2013 at 9:22 am by under Weather

Last night there were 3 tornadoes (preliminary) that hit around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Around 100 people were injured, and 6 people are dead.  The storms popped up quickly yesterday evening.

Storms Over Texas

Storms Over Texas

Normally, this would be just another news element in the middle of the newscast.  However, today it was a big story as there has been such a lull in severe weather across U.S. this year.  We won’t see any storms like that around here, but we may see a few storms later today.

Before we get to that…let’s talk about the heat.  Yesterday, Norfolk International had a high temperature of 86 degrees.  This was far from the record which was in the low 90s, but it was a huge warmup from the previous 2 days.  Today the record is 93 (1941).  We are going for a high near 90.  It will sizzle with a lot of sunshine from this morning through the mid-afternoon.  There will be a breeze out of the west at 10-15mph.

Today's Forecast

Today’s Forecast

As we get into the late afternoon and early evening a few of the storms that are up in Pennsylvania and Maryland will try to sink south along with the cold front.  This will bring some scattered showers and storms to parts of the viewing area.  The best chance for rain will be from the Middle Peninsula to the Northern Neck and Eastern Shore.  A stray shower or storm could make it down to the Peninsula or Southside by the evening.  Tonight the front will move through the region.  This could create some spotty showers.  Tomorrow, the cold front will be south and west of us.  This front will setup and stall out over central Virginia and North Carolina.  This will do a couple of things.  1. It will produce some scattered showers and storms over central Virginia/North Carolina.  A few of those may drift east towards Hampton Roads.  Chance for rain 30%.  Also 2.  We will cool down quite a bit. Highs tomorrow will be in the upper 70s to low 80s with a north wind at 8-12mph.

That frustrating (that’s the PG version) front will sit over the region Saturday and Sunday.  It will create some scattered showers and possibly a few storms in our area.  The problem is that the timing is very tough.  Also, there just happens to be  a lot of outdoor events this weekend.  So we will try and do our best, but this will be a very tough forecast coming up.   At this time it looks like we’ll see some scattered showers early Saturday morning with a break in the midday and some more showers Saturday afternoon.  I still only have the chance for rain at 40% though… For now.

Future Trak Sat. AM

Future Trak Sat. AM

Most of the day looks wet on Sunday and Monday.  The rain chances go from 40% Saturday up to 60% for Sunday and Monday.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

2 Responses to “Texas Tornadoes, And Boy It’s Hot!”

  1. Meg says:

    I continue to love your blogs, Jeremy! They are packed with great information AND they’re funny, as an added bonus. We don’t watch TV throughout the days, as we have a 1 year old, so its so nice to be able to read what feels like my own, personal weather forecast from you every day. Keep up the great work!

    1. Jeremy Wheeler says:

      Thanks for that Meg. I really appreciate the feedback. There are days when it feels like I’m doing a 2 page book report that nobody is reading. So comments like that keep me going. You have a great weekend! Jeremy

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