Last night we did have some thunderstorms along with the rain showers. While they weren’t widespread, there were some impacts in the region including a plane struck by lightning. Meteorologist Tiffany Savona did a nice blog with more info on yesterday’s storms/rain. Here it is: Tiffany’s weather blog.
Today we started with some areas of fog. As we go through the day we’ll see lots of nice weather. Despite a cold front moving through yesterday, we’ll still be fairly mild today. High pressure is building in from the southwest. So we’ll have lots of sunshine.
The winds will be out of the west at 5-10mph. We were in the 60s yesterday, and it felt great. Today we’ll top off in the mid-upper 50s. So it’s only a slight cool down compared to yesterday. However, colder air in the Ohio River Valley will continue to pour into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. This will continue for a few days. So we’ll see highs in the mid-upper 40s from Thursday through Sunday in Hampton Roads. Also, over the weekend a weak area of low pressure is still forecast to move through the region and deliver some scattered showers. The best chance for rain will be late Saturday into Saturday night. Then a few scattered showers will linger into Sunday. The European model actually keeps a decent amount of rain around on Sunday, but the GFS does not. So we’ll see. This will be tough for shoppers, but shouldn’t impact travel too badly.
In global news. There’s been a decent about of talk recently about offshore wind farms as a possible source for energy. This would be a good source of energy, but there are some that do not want it for various reasons including aesthetics. Here’s an article from Dominion about a current project: Offshore Wind Farm There is also a new article out that talks about another form of renewable energy (Tides). This was thought to be a winning form of renewable energy. However, some upstart companies are not doing well, and the future of this form of energy may be in question. Here’s a great article on that subject from Businessweek. Hope Dims For Tide Energy.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler