How Bout Them Storms…And….DorianJuly 25th, 2013 at 8:14 am by Jeremy Wheeler 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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