How Bout Them Storms…And….Dorian

July 25th, 2013 at 8:14 am by under Weather

Last night I woke up around 12:30am.  Thunder was crashing for over an hour, and many folks were in the same boat as me.  Here was the view on the satellite/radar at that time:

Sattelite/radar

Sattelite/radar

Now I am a zombie.  Rain amounts varied widely.  While Williamsburg had over 2″ of rain, my weather watcher Don in Toano only had a couple tenths of an inch.  Donna in Blackwater missed out, but Suffolk had over 4″ of rain.  My weather watcher Scott in Yorktown had 2.47″ of rain in the last 24 hours.

Rain Totals

Rain Totals

The storms settled down by around 4-5am.  We still had scattered showers in the region though.  These showers will stick around for the first half of the day.  As we get into the afternoon, I’m hoping that the northeast winds will pull down some drier air.  That will be very gradual though.  Winds will be northeast at 10-15mph with gusts up to 20mph near the shore.  That and the mixed cloudiness will keep the temperatures down today.  Highs will be in the low 80s with a few upper 70s north of the metro.  The cold front will sit to our south, but an area of low pressure will ride up along that creating the showers.

Today's Weather

Today’s Weather

By tonight the low will be moving by and heading to the northeast along the front.  The low will push out tomorrow with high pressure building in from the west.

Tomorrow's Forecast

Tomorrow’s Forecast

We will be partly cloudy overall, but it is possible to see a stray shower in the early morning as a little surge of cooler air pushes in from the northeast.  Most of the day should be nice though.  Highs will be in the low 80s with a light northerly wind.

We will have some nice weather on Saturday, but showers and storms will return late Sunday.

Now let’s talk about Dorian.  I will say that I’ve never met a person named Dorian.  Kind of a cool name though.  Reminds me of a Delorean.  Anyway, it is a stronger tropical storm now, and it looks pretty healthy on the satellite.  It looks like it is even trying to form an eye.

Tropical Satellite

Tropical Satellite

Dorian is heading WNW at 17mph, and the pressure was at 999mb (millibars of pressure).
The storm is expected to keep moving generally westward for the next few days.  The water ahead if it is plenty warm, and the forecast environment doesn’t look as unfavorable as it did yesterday.  Could it become a hurricane?  Very possible.

Track Of Dorian

Track Of Dorian

In the long range some of the models do have it getting closer to the United States, but that is still far out. There is very good model agreement for the next 4-5 days though.  We’ll have more on this developing storm over the next few days.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

2 Responses to “How Bout Them Storms…And….Dorian”

  1. Natalie says:

    Hey Jeremy!

    I know that you guys use a lighting tracker during strong storms, was anyone able to get the number of lightning strikes from last night? I was in Chesapeake and for about an hour it seemed like every 10 seconds there was a flash of lightning. Just curious!

    Thanks!!

    1. Jeremy Wheeler says:

      Hello Natalie. I saw the loop for that time yesterday. I remember seeing about 100-200 lightning strikes in a matter of 20 minutes…give or take. Wild wasn’t it? Jeremy

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