Looking Forward To The 4th.

July 3rd, 2013 at 8:04 am by under Weather

Before we look forward to the 4th, let’s take a quick look back at yesterday.  In the early afternoon there were some heavy duty rain showers over I-95.  They pushed east and dumped buckets of rain in a short period of time.

Satellite/Radar Yesterday

Satellite/Radar Yesterday

We saw a lot of heavy rain, but it came through quickly and then soaked into the ground.  Just like the past few days rain amounts widely varied.

Rain Totals

Rain Totals

Donna in Blackwater (southern Virginia Beach) had 1.5″ of rain.  Doris on the lower Eastern Shore had 2″.  Scott in Yorktown had 0.46″.  Greg in Currituck had 0.8″.  Mike in Whaleyville had 0.4″. Along with the heavy rain we also had some reports of tree damage up in Gloucester county.  Folks are wondering if there was a tornado.  I haven’t heard any reports of tornadoes, but there were definitely some strong winds.   Here was a pick from one viewer (Cory Hein) that showed one of the trees that fell.

Tree Down In Gloucester

Tree Down In Gloucester

You can see how the tree snapped about a quarter way up the trunk.  If this does get deemed a tornado, then we will get it on the blog at a later time.

Today we still have a chance for some scattered showers and storms, but they won’t be as widespread as yesterday.  I put the chance for rain at 30%.  High pressure will continue to build in strong for tomorrow.  This will give us partly cloudy skies.  A stray shower or storm may pop up with the heat and humidity, but the chance for rain is only 10%.  Same case for the weekend.  Partly cloudy skies with a stray shower or storm in the region.  Looks great for the 4th of July.  Partly cloudy in the evening, and I don’t see any showers or storms around during the time for the fireworks.  Winds should be light and out of the south.

As far as temperatures go…We’ll be pretty standard for the next few days.  Highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s.  The average high is 87.

The tropics have been nice and quiet.  There’s a small area of disturbed weather near the Yucatan Peninsula, but the National Hurricane Center only has a 10% chance for that developing into anything.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

2 Responses to “Looking Forward To The 4th.”

  1. Marc says:

    Jeremy thanks for the update. I think your 30% chance of rain for today is a little low though considering the amount of humidity and moisture still around. And from looking at the radar showers and storms are already blooming pretty quickly. I just heard some thunder here is Chesapeake. Anyways just my opinion. Have a great day.

    1. Jeremy Wheeler says:

      Thanks Marc. I upped it to 40% at noon. Looked more like 50% coverage in the mid afternoon, so you are right. There were still a few areas that didn’t get the rain though, but we had a couple rounds over most of the southside. I’m tired of the rain. I don’t say that too often. You have a good one!


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