Watching The Flash Flood Watch…July 12th, 2013 at 8:09 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Sorry! I sometimes like to get in a small comical jab into the blog title sometimes. However, this is serious stuff today with a Flash Flood Watch in effect for most of the area through the afternoon. We’ve already seen heavy rain in the last 24 hours. Luckily it has been on the move tho whole time. The heavier downpours started up a little earlier yesterday afternoon. Most of the region saw a half inch to one and a half inches. There were some areas that had more than 4 inchs of rain though. This was true for Suffolk over to Chesapeake.
Rain was still going this morning. There were some pockets of heavier rain coming in from the west.
The rain will be on and off through the early afternoon. I’m hoping that the showers will be more scattered in the mid afternoon through the evening, but our recent computer model (Future Trak) still shows plenty of showers around:
I don’t expect a lot of thunderstorms, but I do foresee areas of heavy rain and ponding roadways. Along with the deep moisture the main culprit for the rain is a stationary front that is sitting right over the region.
The front will slowly drift west over the next 24 hours. This should take a lot of the rain with it. However, a few showers and storms will hang back. So tomorrow there is a 30% chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms. Mostly in the afternoon.
The front should drift a little more to the west on Sunday and fall apart. This should allow for a drier forecast with partly cloudy skies and only a stray shower possible.
As far as temperatures. While the front hasn’t actually moved through Hampton Roads, the clouds and rain showers should keep the high temperatures down into the low 80s. We will warm up in the mid-upper 80s over the weekend. Humidity will stay high throughout.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler