If today’s weather were a movie, then it would actually be fairly dull and quiet. No big players, no big plots, no big song and dance. So why would I even mention it. Probably, because I am an avid movie lover as well as a meteorologist. And if you haven’t heard…The new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars sequel is out. Here it is: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer. Also, you may have heard that the Super Man versus Batman trailer will be out on Monday officially. There have been some leaks, but I won’t post them here. I am very psyched about Star Wars, and I’m very curious about the D.C. movie. Even this Summer will be huge with the Avengers sequel and Jurassic Park. I can’t wait. Sorry, I just had to mention it. This weekend will be more for the outdoors though.
As I mentioned…the weather today is pretty quiet, but a tad tricky too. (oops I guess that’s a plot twist). Like yesterday, we are in-between systems. There is still an area of high pressure to the northeast. There’s also a weak area of low pressure to the south.
There is a good amount of moisture in the region. So that’s mainly why we’ve had some showers lately. There were a few north of the metro this morning, but they were light and scattered. Through the day we’ll see partly to mostly cloudy skies. The trend has been for clearing around the midday hours with clouds returning in the afternoons and evenings. Our computer model (Future Trak) shows isolated showers around the 3:00pm hour. (Give or take an hour)
The spotty showers will be light and brief today. So most of the day will be good. High temps will rise to the mid-upper 70s. Winds will be light and from the southeast. With the warm and moderately humid air in place we’ll see a lot of pollen in the air. (And on the cars). I put the pollen forecast up to a 10 out of 10. Pollen counts will be between 1,000-2,000 grains. It stinks, but you have been warned.
This evening a wind-shift line will move through the area from north to south. This will create a few scattered showers between 9pm and 1am. These will probably fall apart as they roll through Hampton Roads. Tomorrow we’ll see drier weather behind the wind-shift line. This boundary will settle across North Carolina. So I expect a good amount of sunshine over most of the region, but a stray shower could pop up there . Highs will still be in the mid 70s. Winds will be out of the north at 8-12mph.
We’ll be dry for most of Sunday. Highs will still be in the 70s. However, rain will move in by the evening. Then rain is likely Sunday night into Monday. Monday could be a washout. At least it will wash-out some of the pollen. There’s a silver lining for you.
On a more somber note…yesterday was the 4 year anniversary of the tornado outbreak in the region. We has numerous tornadoes in the region as well as several deaths. Here is a link to more information from the National Weather Service in Wakefield: 2011 Tornadoes. A meteorologist in Charlotte also has a nice blog about the tornadoes over the rest of North Carolina. It has a little more information and the science behind the outbreak. 2011 Tornado blog. It was a rough month for the whole country. This was actually a smaller outbreak (relatively speaking) with an even larger one happening towards the end of April. The outbreaks caused hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars in damage. It was a scary time.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler