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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Temperatures were so cold in the upper atmosphere that a few of you may have seen sleet this morning.
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
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.
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
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.
The forecast is still on track for this coastal storm to develop this weekend. We are looking at light rain to move across our area early on Saturday and be scattered off and on into the afternoon. We will see less than 1 inch of rain. The storm is going to be more of a blast of cold wind across our area.
Future Trak Saturday
With both of the areas of low pressure offshore, we will see a strong northerly wind push cold air across our area. See the snow over the mountains? Those areas could see several inches of snow this weekend. We won’t see the snow, but we will see chilly temperatures. Temps will be in the 50s during the day, and in the 30s at night.
The storm will peak Saturday night with the following conditions:
Minor Tidal flooding is also possible with tides running 1-1.5ft above normal.
Wind Speeds: 20-30mph Gusts: 40-50mph
Currituck/Albemarle Sound: 2-3ft
Rain: Less than 1 inch
We will continue to track this storm over the next several days.
As you may have heard, Orbital is the private company responsible for transporting the supplies to the International Space Station. The mission was the Commercial Resupply Mission ORB-3. The launch pad used for this launch (0A) is the only launch pad they have for the Antares rocket.
Pad 0A Diagram
Antares Rocket Quick Facts:
139 Feet Tall. (As high as a 14 story building)
Weight: 652,000lbs (As heavy as 265 compact cars)
40,300 Gallons of Liquid Oxygen Fuel
21,500 Gallons of Kerosene
Cygnus Spacecraft (Cargo) Quick Facts:
17 Ft Tall
Weight: 3,527 lbs (Similar to a pickup truck)
More information from our newscasts from Tuesday night:
In the coming days we will hopefully hear more about what happened to this rocket.
NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility will be launching another Antares rocket towards the International Space Station tomorrow evening. As of their latest update they said the weather has a 98% chance of being favorable for launch. This mission is designed for an ISS resupply and also transportation for more experiments.
Rocket Launch Tomorrow
The Antares rocket is scheduled to lift-off no earlier than 6:45pm from pad 0A. We will have clear skies tomorrow evening which will make the launch visible from anywhere in our area.
Due to the curvature of the Earth, there will be a delay on when you can see the rocket launch. Remember, the path of the rocket will be moving in an easterly direction over the Atlantic Ocean. For more info on this launch visit:
For the next four days we are looking at a calm weather pattern and sunshine. Temperatures this morning started cool across Hampton Roads. Franklin was the cold spot with a low of 37 degrees. In Norfolk, the morning low was 58. The reason why there was a big difference was from a breeze coming off of the Chesapeake Bay, that kept Norfolk warmer.
Calm Weather Pattern
High pressure will keep our skies clear today, tonight, and for the next several days ahead. Temps will be in the mid to lower 70s tomorrow. On Monday, we will be breezy and cooler with highs in the upper 60s to near 70. After this point, we should see our temps reach 80 degrees! That fast warm up may help to develop rain late Wednesday and Thursday for our area.
If you want to enjoy the fall colors, the Blue Ridge Parkway route just northwest of Charlottesville is reported to be at or near peak conditions this weekend. That area will see sunshine, so a day trip might be a good idea. The colors may not be as vibrant next weekend.
Current Fall Colors
We should see the trees in our area peak in the next few weeks.
A partial solar eclipse happens tomorrow (Thursday). Remember, a solar eclipse is when the moon is between the sun and the earth. The moon then casts a shadow on Earth. Since it will be a partial, we will not be in total darkness.
Now, how do you watch a solar eclipse? Well first of all, DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN!
Make a three-millimeter wide pinhole into a square piece of cardboard or card stock paper. The, with the sun at your back, project the image of the sun onto a piece of white paper. Remember never to look through the pinhole directly at the sun.
Use Approved Eclipse Lenses/Filters
These lenses have a optical density 5 or greater and are “CE” certified. (You can find these online, or possibly at a nearby science store)
Welder’s Glasses work as long as the lens is #14.
Sunglasses are not a safe way to view a solar eclipse.
As we enter the second half of October I believe we are going to be seeing cooler temperatures than we did for the first half. Our highs today will be in the mid-70s. Starting tomorrow, for at least a week, we will be having highs in the 60s. That will all start to happen later today.
Gonzalo Fading Away, Watching A Cold Front
The cold front to our northwest will be moving through today, we will likely see extra cloud cover this afternoon because of the passing front. Temperatures should still be in the 70s this afternoon. Tonight, we will see mostly cloudy skies with temperatures going all the way down to the 40s by tomorrow morning. A few sprinkles are possible.
Future Trak @ 9pm
Our best chance of rain won’t be till after sunset. We could see some light rain across the entire viewing area sometime tonight. The rain and clouds will clear out tomorrow morning. Since we will have strong northwest winds tomorrow, high temperatures will struggle to make it to the mid 60s in the afternoon. We should be sunny tomorrow. Lows will be in the 30s Sunday night.
The leftovers of the Gonzalo swell is still giving us plenty of good surf across the area. Wave heights are in the 2-4ft range for Virginia Beach. Bigger waves can still be found across the OBX.
Some of the camera’s that our partners have over on Surfline.com have shown 5-8ft waves early this morning. (Around Rodanthe and Hatteras)