Nice Looks!…Nicer Temps!

January 9th, 2014 at 7:58 am by under Weather

Not only did we have some warmer temperatures this morning, but we also had some very nice pictures on our local cameras.  Some clouds moved in overnight and hung around for a close-up this morning.  Here was the view from our tower camera at Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach:

Lynnhaven Inlet

Lynnhaven Inlet

In Portsmouth the view was also very nice.

Nice!

Nice!

It was cool to see the steam/smoke rising from the stacks in front of the sun coming up.  The clouds this morning acted like a blanket and kept the temperatures up a bit.  So we started the day in the upper 20s to low 30s.  A strong area of high pressure lies over the region.  This will produce fair skies today.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

There is some rain and snow over the Tennessee River Valley.  That moisture will push into our region tomorrow.  So we’ll see some scattered rain showers.  With a southeast wind developing temperatures will be able to rise into the mid 50s.  It won’t rain all day, but scattered showers will be possible at about any time of the day.  Then there’s Saturday…

On Saturday we’ll see a strong southerly flow develop out ahead of a cold front.  Sound familiar?  So we’ll warm the temperatures up to near 70 degrees.  The record high for Saturday is 75 degrees (1974).  Here we go again.  The deeper moisture will allow for a line of rain showers to form.  So I put the chance for rain at 70% on Saturday from mid morning through the afternoon.

Future Trak (Noon Saturday)

Future Trak (Noon Saturday)

The rain will continue into the evening, but should become more scattered.  The good news is that the computer models kick out the rain by Sunrise on Sunday.  So Sunday is looking good now with partly cloudy skies and highs in the 50s.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

2 Responses to “Nice Looks!…Nicer Temps!”

  1. Crystal says:

    I have a couple of questions. Is the position of the jet stream contributing to the fluctuating weather patterns across the U.S? What are the ingredients for these patterns we’ve been seeing? Lastly, given the weird weather, is there any chance of snow this winter, even a late snow perhaps?

    1. Jeremy Wheeler says:

      Hello Crystal. You ask some good questions. Ones that deserve a whole weather blog. I’ll try to give some quick answers here. There is developing research into the recent blocking patterns and bigger dips in the jetsream lately. Some attribute it to global warming, but more research needs to be done on that. We’ve basically seen these flushes of cold air coming down out of Canada while warm air has been pushing up into Alaska. This is common, but a little more extreme this Winter. The jetstream has dipped farther south, but not much more than a typical cold Winter. We have had some cold air in place at times, but usually not when the moisture moves in. So we do have a chance for accumulating snow, but not a good one in the short term. The pattern could change though over the next 3 weeks, so stay tuned. Jeremy W.

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