Dry And Mild For Now

July 18th, 2014 at 8:30 am by under Weather

It was a great start to the day this morning, and it will be a great start to the weekend.  Since we had dry air and mostly clear skies, the temperatures dropped down to the low 60s in our inland locations.  It felt like a taste of Fall.  High pressure is in control of our weekend weather while a stationary front looms a couple hundred miles offshore.

Satellite, radar, & fronts

Satellite, radar, & fronts

We’ll have northeast winds today at 8-12mph.  We’ll be dry from start to finish.  Highs will be in the mid 80s with a few cooler readings near the shore.  Over the weekend the flow will turn more out of due east.  So the front will try to push back to the west as a wind-shift line.  This may bring a few showers to the region.  I only have a slight chance for Saturday, and a 30% chance on Sunday.  However, the models have been going back and forth on the rain chances for the weekend.  So stay tuned for updates if you have plans.  Believe it or not a few cities in the region still need rain.  A lot of the Peninsula up to Richmond missed out on the recent downpours that we had.  My weather watcher Scott in Yorktown barely had any rain over the last 3-4 days.  Here are some cities in the region and their departure from the average annual rainfall.

Departure From Avg. Rainfall

Departure From Avg. Rainfall

It’s interesting to see the huge differences in the region.  Norfolk is 3.15″ above average.  Elizabeth City is fairly close to average, but remember the recent downpours over Currituck county of 5″ or more.  Meanwhile Richmond is a whopping 3.44″ below the average.  If we get any rain over the weekend, then it will be very light and scattered.  So that shouldn’t change the gauges much.  Stay tuned for updates.

While we’ll see below average temps over the next few days, we’ll heat up to the upper 80s/low 90s by next Wednesday.  The humidity will increase by the weekend.  So enjoy the dry weather for now.

With the big recent cool down over a huge section of the country, there is a recent article that may be pertinent to the topic.  The sunspot activity has been very low lately.  In fact we are coming out of one of the weakest sunspot cycles in a long time.  They may have been responsible for some of the coolness of recent.  Let alone this past Winter.  Here’s the article: Quiet Sunspots. Could we be in for another cold Winter this year?  We’ll see.  Remember despite some regional coolness, we have been very warm globally.  According to a recent a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) article, the world had either its 2nd or 6th warmest year on record in 2013 depending on which data set is used. Here’s the article: NOAA Warm Earth.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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