Yesterday’s Downpours…Chance For Rain TodayJuly 22nd, 2013 at 8:18 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
For some of us yesterday was a wild day in terms of storms. For others folks heard thunder in the distance, but saw no rain. What happened was we had some isolated showers in the afternoon that just didn’t move much. Then a line of showers pushed in from the northwest which added to the amounts.
The heavy downpours caused some problems with flooding on the Peninsula. Some viewers sent in photos. This one was from Gwen Newton in Newport News:
This is a good representative of the flooding up there during the evening. Flash Flood Warnings were issued by the National Weather Service. Grafton, VA had over 5 inches of rain. Seaford had 3.97″. Newport News…3.16″. There was also a downpour over Ocean View in Norfolk for a while, but I didn’t get the rain total from there.
There was also a good amount of lighting up there as well. Katherine Annette sent us this photo of the lightning over Hampton:
The lightning may have even caused a gas line to blow up on the Peninsula. Lightning even hit a tree yesterday and blew the bark off of part of the tree. That was in Yorktown:
This photo was sent in from Heather Ernest. Wow! Remember lightning can travel down into the roots of a tree and travel through any connected pipes (water, gas, electric). So that may have happened in the gas line case.
The line of showers and storms pushed in from Western Virginia. That was closer to a stationary front that is still sitting in place today:
There is a lot of humidity in place south of the front. The front did not make it into Hampton Roads over the weekend. So we stayed hot and humid. Highs have been 90 degrees or above for the last 7 days. We will be hot and humid for the next few days. Highs will be near 90. The heat index shouldn’t be as bad as last week, but it won’t feel like Summer in Canada either. We’ll see scattered afternoon showers and storms each day, but it won’t rain the entire time. There will still be plenty of time to head to the beach.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler