Dark Clouds Yesterday, Improving Today

June 19th, 2013 at 8:23 am by under Weather

It got pretty scary yesterday during the evening.  The cold front started moving through and produced brief heavy rain and some possible funnel clouds.  There was an official report of a funnel in Accomack county from the National Weather Service.  We had a couple of interesting photos sent in from viewers.  This first one is a viewer in Landstown in Virginia Beach.

Low Dark Clouds

Low Dark Clouds

You can see several scud clouds and on the right one possible funnel cloud.  You can’t tell whether there is rotation from the photo, but there’s no doubt that that cloud is low to the ground.  Here is another photo sent in from Randy in Virginia Beach.  His daughter took this photo of a possible funnel cloud.  Possibly from the same storm at a different time and angle.

Possible Funnel Cloud

Possible Funnel Cloud

Again, you can’t tell if there is rotation from the photo, but it definitely has some shape to it.  There were also some tornado warnings over North Carolina, but I haven’t seen any reports of damage from there.  The radar looked pretty impressive through midnight last night.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

We had about a half inch up to an inch of rain from the storms.  My weather watcher Greg in Currituck had the most with 1 inch.  Pam in Gloucester had a half inch.   Scott in Yorktown had 0.3 inches.

24 Hour Rain Totals

24 Hour Rain Totals

It was a nice soaking rain at my house, and I think many agree that we needed some rainfall.

Today we will steadily dry out and clear out.  We may see an isolated shower or two, but that should be mostly inland and south.

Today's Forecast

Today’s Forecast

Winds have been turning more out of the northeast.  So high temperatures will be in the upper 70s with a few warmer 80s inland.  By this evening the dry weather will take over and high pressure will build in.  So overnight low temps will drop to the low/mid 60s with only a few clouds.
Tomorrow looks great with a lot of sunshine and highs in the upper 70s to near 80.  It will be even drier and very comfortable.  The cold front may stall out to our south.  Sometimes this lets a weak area of low pressure form along it.  This will be something to watch over the next 2-4 days, as some of the models are hinting at it. The NAM model actually tries to bring some rain back into the area on Friday while the GFS model keeps us dry.  We’ll monitor the next couple of model runs to see which way things trend.

Finally, tropical depression 2 now has a better shot at becoming tropical storm Barry in the next 24 hours.  It is over the Bay of Campeche right now, and it has strengthened a little bit.  If it becomes a tropical storm then it may bring some gusty winds to Veracruz Mexico, but it shouldn’t be destructive.   Heavy rain is likely for that region regardless of the winds.

Tropical Depression 2

Tropical Depression 2

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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