Rough Weather Thursday. Cooler Weather Ahead.

June 20th, 2014 at 8:29 am by under Weather

The weather was a rough ride for some folks last night.  Heavy rain and gusty winds were widespread.  Speaking of rough ride…Look at this photo of the clouds at the edge of the storms over Water Country USA:

Clouds Over Water Country

Clouds Over Water Country

This was a very low shelf cloud that had a lot of cloud debris below it.  I love this photo because it shows the depth and perspective of the storm.  The heavy rain produced very strong winds.  There were reports of winds over 60mph in the region.  Mostly over Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. (Yellow dots below):

Storm Reports

Storm Reports

There was damage.  This is one photo of some at the Chesapeake Regional Airport.

Damage At Chesapeake Reg. Airport

Damage At Chesapeake Reg. Airport

Here is another photo of some damage in Virginia Beach.  A playset was totally smashed apart as it hit a fence.  This was from Eric Quarles.

Smashed Playset

Smashed Playset

Finally, there is one more interesting photo.  I’ve seen trees uprooted before, but look how tall the root structure is compared this the gentleman in front of it.

Roots From Overturned Tree

Roots From Overturned Tree

That photo was from Linda Allen in Chesapeake.  There are more photos on our webpage.  Here’s the link: Photo slideshow.

We also had heavy rain.  I didn’t get the report from southern Virginia Beach, but most folks had about a half inch of rain.  I would bet that several areas had 1-2″.

24 Hour Rain Totals

24 Hour Rain Totals

The front that caused the mess is to our south today.  However, some moisture and a few showers are lingering behind.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

The front will bring us much cooler temperatures into the region.  Highs yesterday were in the mid-upper 90s.  Today we’ll have highs in the low/mid 80s.  There are plenty of clouds around this morning.  We’ll go between partly to mostly cloudy skies through the afternoon.  There will be some isolated showers, but it won’t be anything like yesterday.  Winds will be from the northeast at 8-12mph.  This will help to keep the temps down as well.

Tonight the front will put the brakes on, and try to drift north a bit.  This will give us some scattered showers.  The front will stall out near Hampton Roads tomorrow as a weak area of low pressure moves along the boundary.  This will bring us scattered showers and storms for at least the first half of Saturday.  A few showers and storms will try to linger into the afternoon, but the chances will decrease.  Highs will be in the low 80s.  Then Sunday looks good as the front passes to our south again.  Skies will be partly cloudy.  Highs will be in the low 80s.  We’ll be dry through next Tuesday.  Have a good weekend.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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