Heavy Rain Yesterday, Now Decreasing ChancesAugust 19th, 2014 at 8:45 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
The clouds got very dark, and then the rain moved in yesterday. We had street flooding over part of the region. Here was one example of that from Shirl Johnson in Virginia Beach.
The rain really dropped over that area in a short period of time. My weather watcher Donna in Blackwater had 1.3″ of rain in a span of about an hour. Greg in Currituck, NC had 0.9″. Both of these folks didn’t need any rain. However, my weather watcher Don in Toano had a quarter of an inch. Also, Doris on the lower Eastern Shore had a half inch. Both of those regions did need some rain. Here were some of the reports from the rest of the area:
This was all prompted by a pocket of energy in the mid levels as well as an area of low pressure at the surface. The low is still sitting near our region this morning.
It will slowly push east and offshore today. For a while it looked like the low would push away by midday and allow for some drying this afternoon. However, the models have been trending a little slower for that to happen. So while the rain chances do look to drop a bit this afternoon, they probably won’t drop much until the late afternoon/early evening. Highs will be in the mid 80s. Winds will be northeasterly at 5-10mph.
Tomorrow the front should push away, and the low should move offshore. So we’ll see quiet weather for Wednesday. Highs will be in the 80s. Then late Thursday into Friday another system will move into the region. Heavy rain will be possible once again. At least the weekend looks quiet for now.
The waves are still fairly low today at the oceanfront. They are running around 1ft. However, the waves are forecast to increase a bit tomorrow. They are currently forecast to pick up nicely by the weekend.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler