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Another Sunny Day

December 13th, 2014 at 8:55 am by under Weather

The weather today and tomorrow will be a repeat from what we have already seen in the last few days. High temperatures will likely stay in the 50s with mostly sunny skies. This afternoon a few extra clouds could develop o our north and drift overhead. The reason why we are unable to get any warmer is from the snow pack to our north. That snow acts like a cooler, keeping the air above it cold. Since we have winds out of the north, we are tapping into that cold air.

Cold To Our North

Cold To Our North

Our weather will stay the same this weekend. People out in California are beginning to dry out today. One neighborhood near Los Angeles, CA is cleaning up from a rare tornado yesterday.

Tornado Report

Tornado Report

The tornado was rated EF-0 by the National Weather Service.

Credit: NBC Los Angeles

Credit: NBC Los Angeles

 


Seasonably Cool Again Today

December 13th, 2014 at 8:54 am by under Weather

The weather today and tomorrow will be a repeat from what we have already seen in the last few days. High temperatures will likely stay in the 50s with mostly sunny skies. This afternoon a few extra clouds could develop o our north and drift overhead. The reason why we are unable to get any warmer is from the snow pack to our north. That snow acts like a cooler, keeping the air above it cold. Since we have winds out of the north, we are tapping into that cold air.

Cold To Our North

Cold To Our North

Our weather will stay the same this weekend. People out in California are beginning to dry out today. One neighborhood near Los Angeles, CA is cleaning up from a rare tornado yesterday.

Tornado Report

Tornado Report

The tornado was rated EF-0 by the National Weather Service.

Credit: NBC Los Angeles

Credit: NBC Los Angeles

 


Hurricane Season Ends Today

November 30th, 2014 at 9:05 am by under Weather

The 2014 Hurricane Season comes to a close today. This was another quiet year for the Atlantic Basin. The two notable storms were Arthur which impacted the Outer Banks and Gonzalo that impacted Bermuda.

Hurricane Tracks

Hurricane Tracks

Hurricane Names

Hurricane Names

Hurricane Arthur came on land as a Category 2 storm with sustained winds over 110 mph. This storm made landfall just after midnight on the morning on July 4th. Check out my blog from that morning. The storm didn’t cause major damage to the OBX since it was moving quickly to the northeast. The movement of the storm was just over 20mph which reduced the chances for significant storm surge.

The other storm of the season was Hurricane Gonzalo. This was a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds at 145mph at its strongest point. This storm resulted in fatalities and severe damage across Bermuda. This storm was also moving quickly to the north when it hit the island so the overall damage was lower than it could have been. Estimates say that over $200 million of damage was caused by this storm.

As we go into December, hurricanes and tropical storms are rare. One of the strongest storms in December made landfall in Florida on the 1st. It moved on land as a tropical storm. This occurred in 1925. Tropical Storm Odette hit the Dominican Republic around December 5th & 6th in 2003. Storms have a difficult time developing by December because the sea surface temperatures are colder.

Current Sea Surface Temperatures

Current Sea Surface Temperatures

You need temperatures at or above 80 degrees for development of these tropical systems. Since we have had so many blasts of colder air, the water temperatures off our coast and down the our south will stay too cool for development of storms. The only storms we need to watch out for are Nor’Easters.

The reason why this year was so quiet was from a few different factors:

  • Shear (Speed Shear Mostly): Remember, speed shear is the change in wind speed with height. Hurricane need a low shear environment to develop.
  • Lack of Energy from the African Continent: A weak monsoon season prevented waves of energy moving over the Ocean.

So for now, we can put our hurricane guides aside and prepare for winter. Meteorological Winter begins tomorrow on December 1st!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

 

 

 


Chilly Today, Warming Up Tomorrow

November 28th, 2014 at 9:52 am by under Weather

We started this morning with temperatures in the 20s and 30s. This day after Thanksgiving will be colder for shoppers as our highs will only in the 40s this afternoon. Remember, the average high is 57 degrees for this time of year. Tomorrow will be a little warmer as a warm airmass moves in from Texas.

Warming Trend

Warming Trend

Our temperatures will continue to warm up this weekend. With the warmer air moving in tomorrow we may see a few extra clouds in the afternoon. No rain is expected from this warmup. That area of high pressure is pushing in a very dry airmass right now which will take several days to moisten and produce rainfall. On Sunday, we will be sunny with highs near 64 degrees in the afternoon. Our next shot of rain doesn’t come until next week Tuesday.

Have a great Holiday Weekend!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


Wednesday Afternoon Weather Update

November 26th, 2014 at 2:23 pm by under Weather

Are you flying or driving out of town today? Is your family coming in to town? Here is an update for our area.

Future Trak @ 6pm

Future Trak @ 6pm

Remember, there will be icy roads around DC and anywhere west of Charlottesville tonight as temperatures go below freezing.

Road Conditions Links:

Travel safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving_3

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


Strong Thunderstorms Possible Tonight, Also Watching Wednesday

November 23rd, 2014 at 11:21 am by under Weather

Here is your mid morning video update:

A few highlights from the video:

Storm Risk: Possible Hail, Damaging Wind Gusts and Tornadoes tonight.

Storm Risk: Possible Hail, Damaging Wind Gusts and Tornadoes tonight.

Warming Up Tonight, Strong Storms Possible

Warming Up Tonight, Strong Storms Possible

Future Trak Snow (Subject To Change)

Future Trak Snow (Subject To Change)

Stay tuned for updates!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

 


A Developing Drought, Relief Coming

November 22nd, 2014 at 9:23 am by under Weather

November has been a dry month for Hampton Roads. Below are a few rain totals from each area:

  • Southside: 0.75″
  • Peninsula: 0.96″
  • OBX: 0.48″
  • NE NC: 0.87″
  • E. Shore: 1.73″
  • Middle Peninsula: 1.13″

As you see, most areas are still below one inch of rain for November. October was also dry for us, this is helping to form a minor drought for our area.

Drought Update

Drought Update

Being “Abnormally Dry” isn’t a major cause of concern. What is more interesting is to see what happens over the next few weeks. If we stay dry, this winter will be hard on our plants and trees since they will have a lack of moisture.

We could see some rain tomorrow with the arrival of a warm front.

Future Trak Saturday Afternoon

Future Trak Sunday Afternoon

We could see a few scattered showers as early as 3pm tomorrow as warmer temperatures start to move in from the south. More rain is likely into the evening. The storm prediction center has areas in North Carolina in a slight risk for severe weather. Right now it looks like the timing for thunderstorms will be after sunset Sunday. Computer models are giving us around 1 inch of rain.

Looking ahead to Thanksgiving and travel around the holiday, another storm system may bring us rain, and give D.C. a chance for snow.

Future Trak Wednesday

Future Trak Wednesday

Future Trak does bring in a chance for a mixture on Wednesday evening. Right now it is still questionable to see if this can happen. The wind would be northeasterly, so with that fetch going over 50 degree water, the snow chances look slim to our north, and especially low for our area.

Enjoy your weekend!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

 

 


A Cold Morning, Sunny This Weekend

November 15th, 2014 at 9:25 am by under Weather

We had temperatures drop to 19 degrees this morning across our area. Both the towns of Zuni and Franklin had a cold morning. The previous unofficial record for Franklin was 26 degrees set in 1950. (Official records are only kept for Norfolk, Elizabeth City, and Wallops Island) Other areas had lows in the 20s.

A Cold Morning

A Cold Morning

As we go through the day, we should see sunny skies and temperatures making their climb to the mid-40s this afternoon. High pressure will stay in control today. Tomorrow it will begin to fade as a new storm system develops off of our coast into Monday.

Rain On Monday

Rain On Monday

With both of those areas of low pressure across the USA, that will allow from a strong northwest wind to redevelop. That will pull in another blast of colder temperatures arriving on Tuesday and Wednesday. For both days, highs will be near 42 degrees with lows in the mid-20s.

Stay warm this weekend!

-Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


Sunny & Cooler Today

November 8th, 2014 at 8:57 am by under Weather

Another batch of cooler air has moved across our area this morning. At least this weekend we will see sunshine thanks to an area of high pressure in control. (Remember we had the coastal storm with 50mph winds last weekend) Our temperatures were cold this morning.

A Few Low Temperatures

  • 26, Corapeake
  • 28, Franklin
  • 29, Gatesville

Other temperatures in out area were in the low-30s this morning. Many of you had a heavy frost across your lawns.

High Pressure In Control

High Pressure In Control

That area of high pressure should give us sunshine all morning and into the afternoon. We should see a few more clouds this evening as a new storm system develops over the ocean. This storm will stay off our coast, but may bring some rain for the OBX tomorrow morning. Cloud cover is also likely tomorrow morning for our area. We should see more sunshine tomorrow afternoon. Highs on Sunday should be near 61 degrees. Our wind speeds will be much lighter this weekend. Wind from the south at 5-10mph today and north at 5-10mph tomorrow.

Have a great weekend!


Rain & Sleet To Start Our Sunday

November 2nd, 2014 at 8:59 am by under Weather

Temperatures were so cold in the upper atmosphere that a few of you may have seen sleet this morning.

Sleet Diagram

Sleet Diagram

As the snowflakes fall through the warm layer, they melt. Temperatures then caused some of the liquid to refreeze before falling to the ground, which is sleet. The sleet won’t accumulate or cause any travel problems for our area today.

Another thing that I have been tracking is the winds; wind speeds were around 20mph this morning.

Another Windy Day

Another Windy Day

It will be a windy and cold day across our area. Temperatures will stay cool with highs only at 50 degrees this afternoon. We will see some sunshine this afternoon which will improve conditions a bit. Tonight the wind should die off. Calm winds an clear skies will equal cold temperatures tonight. Some folks could see lows in the low 30s.

Freeze Watch

Freeze Watch

A freeze watch has been issued for the light blue counties and cities. Temps will dip below freezing for several hours tonight which could kill tender plants.

Over the next few high tide cycles we will continue to see nuisance flooding.

Next High Tide: 5pm

Next High Tide: 5pm

For the next few days will will see sunshine and a warming trend. Highs will be near 60 tomorrow, near 70 on Tuesday and then mid 70s by Wednesday.

Stay Warm Today!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson