Tonight’s Storms Plus Sunday’s Severe Weather ThreatJuly 26th, 2014 at 9:08 pm by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
Most of your Saturday was dry, but there were a couple of strong storms that developed across our northern areas as a warm front lifted northward. The storms first developed across the Middle Peninsula. The storms grew in size and intensity and impacted folks across the Peninsula, Eastern Shore and Southside Hampton Roads. These storms dumped a lot of rain in a short period of time. This is what the radar looked like at 6 PM.
The storms held together and made it through Virginia Beach and even south of the state line before weakening. Lots of photos were sent in from viewers showing the low hanging clouds associated with this strong storm. This photo was taken by Susan in Great Bridge and it shows great structure of a supercell thunderstorm. The circular part of the storm is called a mesocyclone, which is essentially a rotating updraft.
The areas that saw rain tonight saw a lot of it. Some totals are over an inch of rain in just a 1-2 hour period.
Storms should wind down before midnight tonight. Another active weather day is in the forecast for tomorrow. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted our area in a slight risk for severe weather. We may see a stray shower in the morning north of the metro, but we have better chances for rain during the afternoon. A wind shift line will move through Hampton Roads tomorrow afternoon along with an upper level disturbance. We will have plenty of heat and humidity to work with since temperatures will be in the low 90s. The upper level disturbance will bring in some cool air aloft allowing the air to rise. Showers and storms should develop along wind shift line anytime after 12 PM. Any storm that develops tomorrow could turn severe with damaging winds in excess of 60mph and large hail as the main threats. Isolated tornadoes can not be ruled out completely, but the higher tornado threat will be located across West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Here is what our latest Futuretrak model has at 3 PM.
Some computer models are hinting that we could see another round of rain and storms late Sunday night into Monday morning. If this happens, then the severe weather threat will be going down during the day on Monday. Stay tuned! I will have another update coming up on WAVY News 10 at 11. Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson will have another forecast for you starting at 6 AM on WAVY News 10 Sunday morning.
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona