Hot & Humid With A Side Of Thunderstorms.June 25th, 2013 at 8:51 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Yesterday we did have some pop-up showers and storms in the region. However, many of them missed the most populated areas. There were some downpours over parts of North Carolina in the morning, then some heavy rain and gusty winds on the Northern Neck in the evening. Isolated showers and storms in between.
We started yesterday with clouds across Hampton Roads. However, today we started with a lot of sunshine. So we will heat up more quickly this morning. There no doubt about that. High temperatures today will be in the low 90s. Though the heat index will make it feel like it’s in the mid-upper 90s. We will pop a few thunderstorms this afternoon. I put the chance for rain at 30%. Again due to the sunny start, I think we’ll shift the rain chances closer to the metro area today. Some of the models are still going for less of a chance, but when I came in this morning the NAM MOS (forecast numbers from the NAM model) had a 50% chance for showers and storms in Hampton Roads. For the next few days we’ll see hot/humid weather with at least a few pop-up storms. It still looks like that upper level trough will push closer to us over the weekend. So the rain chances will increase. One thing that the models are trending though is that it looks like the trough will move through later. So maybe we can start pushing back the higher rain chances in time. We’ll see.
Here is one cool story that I caught from the American Meteorological Society. There was a huge difference in the number of tropical systems between 2005 and 2006. It looks like at least part of the reason was due to dust from Africa which is called the Saharan Air Layer. Dust impacts hurricanes.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler