Soggy Saturday for Some

June 22nd, 2013 at 10:37 pm by under Weather

What looked like an easy weekend forecast turned out to be a nightmare for us meteorologists. Showers and storms developed late in the day and were more widespread than expected. Many folks saw rain and some saw heavy rain. A report from the National Weather Service came in stating that 3.81″ of rain fell in less than 2 hours in the Holly Acres area of Suffolk near the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. Heavy rain also fell across sections of Portsmouth, Newport News, Suffolk and Franklin. Why did we see so much rain today when the models only showed a slight chance for afternoon showers and storms? Well….the area of low pressure was a bit stronger than expected. Check out the satellite/radar image I captured at 8:40PM.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

The area of low pressure is clearly visible when this satellite/radar loop is put into motion. It also looked like a tropical system with the rain moving counter-clockwise around the low. Hampton Roads had an easterly and southeasterly wind all day long. The wind helped to draw in moisture from the Atlantic. Dewpoints quickly jumped into the low to mid 70s across North Carolina and parts of the Southside. This is where the heaviest rain fell today.

Dew Points

Dew Points

With the added moisture, showers developed rapidly thanks to daytime heating. The slow moving nature of these showers caused a couple of inches to fall in a short period of time. However, many areas also missed out on the rain.  The rain was mainly confined to North Carolina, Southside Hampton Roads and the Peninsula. Luckily with the loss of daytime heating, most of the rain should fall apart tonight. That low pressure should continue to move northward tonight, staying just to our west. I think we could see more rain tomorrow with that area of low pressure close by, especially with all of the moisture in place. Keep in mind that the rain will be hit or miss on Sunday. I wouldn’t cancel any outdoor plans, but I would bring the umbrella and have a back-up plan just in case.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

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