Mosquito Heaven…For Them…Not Us.August 18th, 2014 at 9:09 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Well the humidity has increased quite a bit lately. Also we’ve seen the on and off showers over the past 2 weeks. It has made for a mosquito heaven in our area. Especially yesterday. I noticed that they were swarming in my back yard. My son had about 5-10 bites within the first 2 minutes. I sprayed him after 1 minute, but it wasn’t enough. Mike, my weather watcher in Whaleyville, also noticed the same. We’ll see more rain today. In fact the rain chances will keep increasing through the afternoon. This as an area of low pressure moves east along a stationary front.
The area is very mixed as to who needs rainfall. I’d say that Virginia Beach into North Carolina is doing just fine on rainfall lately. However, from about Norfolk through the Peninsula and Middle Peninsula there are some areas that still need some rain. Jan, my weather watcher in Reedville, said that she still needs rain. So today the rain chances will increase in the whole region. Amounts will vary widely. Most areas will get about a tenth to a quarter of an inch. Then some folks may get over an inch of rain within the scattered downpours. High temps will struggle to reach the mid upper 80s. If there is some clearing, then we’ll hit the upper 80s solid. The humidity is high with dew points in the low 70s. The breeze won’t help either. We’ll see winds out of the southeast at only 5-10mph.
Rain may linger into tomorrow morning. However, scattered showers will taper off through Tuesday afternoon. That’s when the low should push offshore. Highs will be in the mid 80s tomorrow. We’ll hold on to the chance for at least a few showers for the next few days. Although it looks like Wednesday will only have a slight chance for rain. That’s not good news for the folks down at the ECSC. Unfortunately, the surfers will be pretty bummed out today. Not only is there a chance for rain, but also there are no waves out there. It is flat. It may pick up a bit later this week. The forecast calls for waves building to 2 feet. Maybe up to 3 feet by next weekend. Stay tuned.
In national news there are a couple of stories that caught my attention this morning. The first is that there is a corn surplus across the country. This despite a bad drought in the west. However, the Midwest corn belt is booming. Also, the demand has dropped lately. Especially with the lower number of cattle in the central U.S. Less cattle equals less feed. This is all found in a Wall Street Journal article here: Corn Surplus. Now if the food prices would just come down as well. Also, there is an article from the Daily Caller about how last year’s Winter storms put a lot of strain on the U.S. power grid. I didn’t realize it got that bad. If we get another bad Winter this year with big storms, then parts of the U.S. may be in trouble. Here’s the article: 2014/2015 Winter strain.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler