Jeremy Wheeler

Hot & Spicy With Some Evening Storms

June 30th, 2015 at 8:35 am by under Weather

Sorry.  The weather won’t really be spicy today (maybe a bit soupy), but I’m already tired of saying hot and humid.  So I wanted to mix it up a little.  AND… it’s only June 30th.  Anyway, today will be hotter by about 8-12 degrees.  A warm front has lifted north of the region, and the cold front is hundreds of miles to the northwest.

Warm Sector

Warm Sector

We are in the warm sector with a wind out of the south/southwest at 5-10mph.  Highs will be in the low-mid 90s.  However, the heat index will be in the upper 90s during peak heating.  As we get into the evening, there will be a windshift line that will come over from western Virginia/North Carolina.  This will give us a chance for some clusters of thunderstorms. They will be isolated this afternoon, but the chance will be higher in the evening.  At this time the chances look like this:

3pm: 20%

6pm: 30%

9pm: 50%

11pm: 60%

The timing may change since we are talking about a relatively small scale feature.  Here is what Future Trak shows at 11pm tonight:

Future Trak (11 pm)

Future Trak (11 pm)

Some of these storms could be strong to severe with strong gusty winds the main threat.  So check back on the weather.

Tomorrow the windshift line will be offshore.  High pressure will resume.  Highs will be in the low 90s again.  We may pop off some isolated pm t’storms, but the chance doesn’t look too high.  The cold front will move into the region on Thursday and will stall out.  Highs will be in the 80s on Thursday and Friday, but the rain chances will go up.  It especially looks like it will be very wet on Friday.

Scattered storms still look possible on Saturday for the 4th of July.  I’m hoping it’s just a few scattered showers and storms in the afternoon, but a few may linger into the evening.  There will probably be less of a chance on Sunday.  We’ll be updating the forecast before we get there.  Stay tuned.

Before I go.  I wanted to talk about a brief astronomy subject.  You may have noticed recently that in the western sky after sunset that there are two bright stars fairly close together.  This is actually two planets.  Jupiter and Venus.   They will be very close together over the next couple of nights.  It might be tough to see it this evening with the clouds and scattered storms.  Maybe tomorrow.  Here’s a story with more details: Venus and Jupiter.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


No Strings Attached! And…Another Drought Region?

June 29th, 2015 at 8:33 am by under Weather

It’s a miracle!  (I use that term very loosely).  Today is nice out, and it will stay nice for the entire day.  No strings attached!

Tower Cam

Tower Cam

High pressure is in control.  We started the day with low in the 50s and 60s.  We’ll warm up to the low/mid 80s this afternoon. There is a cool front that is stalling out just south of the Outer Banks.

Stationary Front

Stationary Front

This may kick off some isolated showers and storms over the southern Outer Banks.  I guess that could be declared a string.   Anyway…meanwhile the rest of the region will have a dry/pleasant day. Winds will be variable at 5-10mph.  By tomorrow the wind will be more out of the southeast.  This will let the humidity increase and the heat build a bit.  The front will lift north as a warm front.  This may kick off some isolated showers and storms later in the day.  Highs will be in the low 90s.  Temps will cool down a bit by Thursday/Friday, but the rain chances will increase.  The GFS model has some rain in the forecast for the 4th of July (late day).  It’s still a bit early.  So don’t fret just yet.  I’ll have an update on the weekend forecast tomorrow.

Last week I wanted to put this story in the weather blogs, but there was just too much going on.  I talked a lot about the California drought, and I mentioned the Alaska situation.  Today I wanted to add another really bad drought area (Puerto Rico).  They are even starting to ration water for some residents.  Apparently not only has there been a bad drought, but it’s possible that poor water storage may be adding to the water woes.  Here is the story with more info: Puerto Rico Drought!

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

 

 


Storm Alarm Clock…Part 2

June 26th, 2015 at 8:30 am by under Weather

It happened again.  I thought it might.  And it did.  I got a couple of texts in the middle of the night which alerted me to the severe weather.  So I got up at 12:30am.  I got to work by 2am to relieve meteorologist Don Slater.  I am tired.  Storms contained heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning.  The storms actually woke me up along with the texts.

Radar From Last Night

Radar From Last Night

The rain was very heavy at times.  There were reports of street flooding in the region.  The rain totals were pretty impressive.  Take a look at Chesapeake:

24 Hour Rain Totals

24 Hour Rain Totals

Wow!  A whopping 4.17″ in 24 hours.  Most of that was probably in the last 12 hours.  Virginia Beach had 1.15″.  Newport News had 0.74″.  These strong storms came from several features.  Yesterday we had a cluster of storms form along a warm front.  This was round 1 and there were several severe warnings during the early evening.  The warm front moved deeper into the region during the evening.  Also, an area of low pressure formed at the surface.  Meanwhile there was an upper level wave (short-wave) that streamed out of the Midwest and quickly shot sown to the southeast.  All of these came together late last night into early this morning.  So round 2 packed quite a punch.

3 Weather Features

3 Weather Features

The surface low and the short-wave will move out to sea today.  However, the stationary front will remain.  This will allow for more scattered showers and storms to pop up.  More so during the afternoon and evening.

Future Trak (5pm)

Future Trak (5pm)

The coverage should be less than yesterday.  The storms will have plenty of warmth and moisture.  So we could see a few strong storms this afternoon.  We are under a marginal risk for severe weather today.  That is level 1 out of 5.  Remember though we could get upgraded later today.  We were upgraded yesterday during the afternoon.  Here is a link to more information about what the specific risks mean.  It is from the Storm Prediction Center which puts out the risks: Severe Weather Risk Explained.

Tonight the second area of low pressure that is over Kentucky will head east.  Scattered showers and storms will continue over our area with the front.  The low will move along the front and enter our region tomorrow.  This will enhance our rainfall.  Especially in the afternoon and evening.

Future Trak (Saturday 3pm)

Future Trak (Saturday 3pm)

Waves of rain will keep coming up out of the south.  The rain will increase even more by Saturday night.  Then all of this will head out by early Sunday morning. A nice cold front (as opposed to a mean one) will swipe through the region.  So we’ll see cooler/drier weather for Sunday. Highs will be in the low/mid 80s.  There may be some upper 70s even north of the metro.  This will continue into Monday.  We will heat up to near 90 on Tuesday, but the rain will stay away.

There were several storm reports in the region.  There were a few reports of wind damage as well as large hail.  Here is a map with some of those reports:

Storm Reports

Storm Reports

There may be a few reports posted after I post this blog.  There was a report of a possible funnel cloud over the city of Hertford in North Carolina.  Amanda Taylor posted this photo of it on our facebook page:

Possible Funnel Cloud

Possible Funnel Cloud

You can see the cylinder-type cloud in the distance.  It’s possible that it was a tornado, but I haven’t seen any official reports from there.  It is pretty far in the distance. So that’s why I say it’s a “possible” funnel.  But it looks like it to me.  Also this photo was sent in of some of the lightning in the area:

Lightning Last Night

Lightning Last Night.

This was over NAS Oceana.  You can barely see some of the jets in the foreground.  Sorry, that’s part my fault since I had to reduce the size of the photo.  Still… very cool photo.

Hopefully, the weather won’t be as dramatic here on out, but be ready for some localized flooding and possible strong storms in the next 36 hours.  Come on SUNDAY!!!!  Now… a nap!  ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Meteorologist: JeremZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


Warm Front Lifts Through, Heat/Storms Return

June 25th, 2015 at 9:06 am by under Weather

It was a nice break from the humidity yesterday.  Some spots were still pretty warm, but most of the area had a nice Summer Day.  Today a warm front is lifting up from the south.  This is going to increase our heat and humidity.  As I write this, the front is located between Emporia and Raleigh Durham:

Warm Front Moving In

Warm Front Moving In

As the day goes on, the warm front will lift into Hampton Roads.  This will kick off some scattered showers and thunderstorms.   A few have already formed this morning just to our west.  The models haven’t all handled (initialized) them well.  The ones that do increase the rain chances already by the midday hours.  So I have an increasing chance for showers and storms from the late morning through the mid afternoon (20% up to 40%).  Highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s.  Winds will be out of the southeast at 8-12mph.   By the time we get to tonight the warm front will have lifted through.  However, the models show a short-wave of energy moving in from the Midwest and a weak surface low forming near our region.  Because of this, they depict a strong band of thunderstorms coming in during the mid-late evening hours.  Here is what our Future Trak model shows at 11pm:

Future Trak (11pm)

Future Trak (11pm)

We are under a slight risk for severe weather between this afternoon and tonight.  I hate to say it, but this scenario is hinting at a repeat of a couple nights ago when we had the line of heavy downpours moved through the region. The area of low pressure will increase in size on Friday, and a cool front will get hung up near the region.  So some more scattered showers and storms are possible with highs near 90.  This surface low will push through the area on Saturday.  Rain is likely for most of the day.  Highs will be in the 80s.  The crescendo looks to occur late Saturday night into the pre-dawn hours of Sunday.  This is when we could see some real downpours.  Localized flooding may even occur in the region.  It should all push out by mid-morning on Sunday.  Then it will be pretty nice out. Highs will be in the low 80s and skies will become partly cloudy.   The nice conditions will continue into Monday.

Overall we’ll see 1-2″ of rain between today and Saturday.  If the heavy rain dumps tonight then some cities could possibly see 3-4″ in that time.  Stay tuned for updates.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Storm Alarm Clock…Cooler Weather Arrives

June 24th, 2015 at 8:28 am by under Weather

Well last night I woke up as the storms passed through the region.  Unfortunately, that was an hour before my alarm was supposed to go off.  They were a little late, but they covered a good bit of area.   The heavy rain was coming down in buckets.  So I had to drive slow to get to work.  My wipers were on high speed the entire commute.  Even after driving slow.  Here is what the radar looked like early this morning:

Radar Early This Morning

Radar Early This Morning

The rain led to ponding on the roads and some brief street flooding.  Luckily this was before the bulk of the morning commute.  We had some good amounts of rain fall in the rain buckets.  Norfolk had 1.4″.  There was 1.47″ in Virginia Beach and 1″ in Newsport News.

24 Hour Rain Totals

24 Hour Rain Totals

This rain was just south of a cold front.  This front will be responsible for our cool-down today.  It is settling into northeast North Carolina this morning.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

High temperatures will rise to the upper 80s with a few 90s inland.  This is a big drop from yesterday.  Norfolk did tie the record of 99 degrees, and there were some 100s inland.  However, yesterday southwest winds delivered the hot temperatures.  Today winds will be out of the northeast.  They will run at 8-12mph.  The front will stall out near the Albemarle Sound.  So there may be a few showers and storms near there.  By tomorrow the front will try to nudge north a bit. This will create some scattered showers and storms in the afternoon.  Highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s.  By Friday a lot of moisture will begin to surge back into the region.  This will give us some scattered showers and storms. Highs will be in the low 90s with southerly winds.  This will all be out ahead of a bigger system that will be affecting us over the weekend.  We’ll have a strong upper level low and a pocket of cooler air heading towards us.  So rain is likely Friday night into Saturday.  Saturday could be a washout if the models are correct.  By Saturday night into Sunday a large surface low will form to our northwest.  It will move into the northeast states by Sunday evening.  This should allow some drying to happen here  by Sunday afternoon.  And the temps??? We’ll be in the low-mid 80s from Saturday through Tuesday.  Nice!

In global news…There are some regions of the globe that have had way too much rain, and other regions that have been very dry.  And I’m not talking about deserts and rainforests.  We’ve mentioned California lately, but Alaska hasn’t had much attention.  Apparently they are going through a hot/dry spell.  Part of this is due to a lack of snow from this Winter.  Several wildfires have already started there ahead of the season.  Here is an article with more information: Alaska heat & wildfires.

Also, there has been a recent article about global aquifers, and how many of them are losing water at an alarming rate.  It is tied to new data from NASA.  Here’s the article: Global Aquifers.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Extreme Heat Then Severe Storms

June 23rd, 2015 at 6:44 am by under Weather

The weather is getting rough around here.  First the extreme heat today, then the chance for severe weather tonight.  Here’s the setup: High pressure sits to our south/southeast.  The cool front that moved into the region yesterday has fallen apart, and now southwest winds are forming.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

These southwest winds will be key to today’s forecast.  They will run at 10-15mph with a few higher gusts.  While the breeze may help a bit with the heat & humidity, it will also be responsible for letting the heat move into the region.  Highs today will be in the upper 90s to low 100′s.  The heat index will rise up between 101-109 degrees.  The heat indices above 105 should be limited to some inland areas.  There is a cold front in the Midwest that will quickly move southeast today.  This will make it to western Virginia/North Carolina by later this afternoon:

Today's Forecast Map

Today’s Forecast Map

By tonight the cold front will approach Hampton Roads. This will create a line of showers and storms that will move through the region. Here is what Future Trak shows for 11pm Tonight:

Future Trak 11pm

Future Trak 11pm

(Note: Update……..I updated the Future Trak model around mid morning, and now it brings the storms in earlier.  Possibly closer to 9:00pm.)

As of this writing there is a slight risk for severe weather in Hampton Roads with an enhanced risk (level 3 out of 5) up towards the Northern Neck.  This is put out by the Storm Prediction Center, and may be amended later today.

Severe Weather Risk

Severe Weather Risk

By tomorrow the weather will be cooler. Highs will be in the upper 80s with a northeast breeze.  There may be a leftover shower early along the front, but the rest of the day will be partly cloudy.  We’ll develop a few showers and storms on Thursday with highs in the 80s.  On Friday we’ll see some heat back in the forecast with highs in the low 90s.  The heat index will be back in the upper 90s.  There will be a few scattered thunderstorms.  Now the weekend forecast has wettened up quite a bit.  A pocket of much cooler air and an upper level low will move into the region.  So both Saturday and Sunday have a good chance for rain.  However, the high temperatures will be in the low/mid 80s.  There may even be some highs in the upper 70s for a day.  We’ll see.

In the mean time…Here are some tips to beat the heat today:

1.  Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.  You need to stay hydrated.

2.  If you are working outdoors, then take plenty of breaks and find some shade.

3. Wear light-weight/light-colored clothing. The light colors reflect the sun.  Darker colors absorb the light and turn it into heat. If you have dark hair or black hair like me, then wear a light-colored hat to combat this effect. A wide brimmed had will also keep the sun off your face.

4.  Check on the pets, the young, and the elderly.

5. Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water if you leave them outside.

6. If you have no A.C., then go to a cooling center, the mall, the library, or the beach.

7.  Keep curtains closed.  You want to keep the sun from shining into the home and adding extra heat.

8.  If your A.C. doesn’t work well, then use a fan.  Keep the air moving. It will enhance the evaporation of your body’s sweat (the main cooling mechanism).  Also it will pull your body’s natural heat away from you.

Overall you will be fine.  But if you take the heat for granted, then you can get a heat illness.  Here is a link with more information about what that means, and how to treat it: Heat illnesses. 

Try to stay cool!

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Storms Last Night. Tricky Weekend Forecast!

June 19th, 2015 at 8:32 am by under Weather

Last night some folks awoke to the sound of  severe thunderstorms in the region.  The weather was quiet yesterday up through the early evening.  However, after 9pm strong storms rolled over the Northern Neck and Eastern Shore.  There were numerous reports of severe weather.  Here is a map with those reports:

24 Hr. Storm Reports

24 Hr. Storm Reports

Most of the reports were wind damage.  However, there was one preliminary report of a tornado (red dot).  Super Doppler 10 radar showed a pretty distinct hook echo around 10pm up in that area.  Meteorologist Don Slater captured the image:

Hook Echo On Radar

Hook Echo On Radar

There were tornado warnings issued.  Today the National Weather Service will go out and investigate this area and the one on the Eastern Shore to determine whether or not there was a tornado.  Since then things have quieted down.  We’ll see a pretty quiet day as high pressure looms to our south.  A warm front has lifted well to our northeast.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

We will be hot and humid today with highs in the low/mid 90s.  The heat index will be in the mid-upper 90s.  There will be a west/northwest breeze which may help to dry us out (a tad) this afternoon.  Don’t get me wrong…it will still be humid.  But the breeze may drop the dew points from the low 70s to the upper 60s for a bit.  Isolated showers and storms may pop-up, but the chance for rain is low during the day (20%).  The breeze will be WNW at 10mph.   The cold front over Pennsylvania will work its way towards our region by tomorrow.  This will increase the rain chances a bit (40%), and it will lower the temps a bit too.  Highs will be in the 80s with an east/southeast breeze.

I haven’t mentioned tropical depression Bill yet, but that will play a part in our forecast for Saturday night into Sunday morning.  This morning it was still spinning over southern Missouri.  It only had sustained winds of 20mph.  However, there was a large area of heavy rain showers over that entire region:

Satellite/Radar (Bill)

Satellite/Radar (Bill)

The system is moving to the east northeast, but it is starting to wrap in some cooler drier air.  This will likely lose its tropical characteristics later today.  However, the moisture will likely keep moving east.  Also, the system has created an upper level disturbance that will keep moving east.  Both of these features are forecast to move over our region Saturday night into Sunday morning.  So I believe we’ll see a higher chance for rain at that time.  These features look to push offshore by Sunday afternoon.  So we’ll see some drying at that point.  However, the heat will build back in behind it.  Highs will be in the low/mid 90s again.  The models are in fair agreement about the timing of this, but not in good agreement yet.  So check back for updates if you have an outdoor event.  Have a good weekend and Happy Father’s Day to the dads out there!

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Heat Is Back…Bill Weakens Further!

June 18th, 2015 at 8:16 am by under Weather

Yesterday evening was nice.  Yesterday was nice.  It was still a little warm, but it felt great with highs in the 80s and the northeast breeze.  The humidity wasn’t too bad either.  However, last night a warm front moved up from the south and created some scattered showers and storms.

Early Morning Showers

Early Morning Showers

This warm front will lift north of the region today.  We’ll see the heat and humidity return behind it.

Warm Front Lifts North

Warm Front Lifts North

It won’t be like a couple of days ago, but it will be hotter than yesterday.  Highs will be in the low 90s.  Dew points will be back to the 70s.  So the heat index will be in the mid-upper 90 this afternoon.   Winds will be from the southwest at 5-10.  We’ll see much of the same tomorrow, but there will be a little higher chance for scattered showers and storms in the afternoon.   Over the weekend some of the moisture from Tropical depression Bill will migrate into our region.  It will give us a higher chance for rain showers.  However!!!  The models disagree on the timing for the rain.  Some are higher for chances on Saturday.  Some on Sunday.  Regardless it does not look like a washout.  So stay tuned for updates to the weekend rain chances.  Sigh!!

You may have sensed some frustration in my typing there.  If so, then you are correct.  We are back in the weather pattern of slow-moving and stalling-out fronts.  It has become an almost annual occurrence.  Movements are subtle in these situations, and the forecast can change often.  Some years are better than others.  I will say though that our severe weather season is just about over, and it really wasn’t too bad.  I’ve kept that in mind.

Tropical Depression Bill is still weakening.  Sustained winds were down to 25 mph.  However, the rain has been a far-reaching problem.  Downpours have extended into Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri while the center spins over eastern Oklahoma this morning.

Tropical Depression Bill

Tropical Depression Bill

Again, some of the moisture will move into our region this weekend, but the actual low should fall apart by then. Stay tuned for updates.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


The Heat Breaks…For Now

June 17th, 2015 at 8:37 am by under Weather

Speaking of breaks…Yesterday we broke  one record high and tied another.  Norfolk International Airport hit 98 degrees. This beat the old record of 96 (1991). Elizabeth City hit 97, but that was shy of the record of 98.  Wallops Island tied the record of 94 degrees.  There were even a couple of 100′s.

Highs Yesterday

Highs Yesterday

Today will be better, but it won’t be a cool/crisp day by any means.  The cold front moved through last night and caused some scattered thunderstorms.  In fact, the storms kept me up for a while last night.  So I am a little cranky this morning.  Anyway, the storms are long gone, and the cold front is slowly moving to our south this morning.

Cold Front Moving South

Cold Front Moving South

The winds have finally turned out of the northeast.  They will run at about 8-12mph.  This should help to keep the temperatures down for most locations this afternoon.  We’ll see highs in the mid-upper 80s for most cities.  There will be some low/mid 80s near the shore.  However, we’ll still see some 90s inland.  Also, it will still be fairly humid out.  So it is a cool down, but it will still be a few degrees above average.  The front will stall out to our south later today. Then it will move back north as a warm front tomorrow.   This will cause some scattered showers and storms around/after midnight.  A few of those could continue into early tomorrow morning.  Highs tomorrow will be in the low 90s or near 90.  We’ll stay in the upper 80s to low 90s into the weekend.

Meanwhile tropical depression Bill is moving towards Dallas, TX.  Sustained winds were down to 35mph this morning.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

There is a lot of flooding over parts of eastern Texas.  The rain is heading into eastern Oklahoma.  Heavy rain will continue over these areas despite slow weakening of the system.  It will move into Arkansas and Oklahoma over the next 2 days.  It will become post-tropical at that point.  However, the moisture from the system will keep moving east.  It will move closer to us over the weekend.  Yesterday it looked like it would move in by Saturday giving us a higher chance for rain there.  However, the models seem to slow down the timing a bit.  So we may see scattered showers from late Saturday into Sunday now.  It’s still early to call this though, and the models don’t agree on how much moisture arrives.  So stay tuned for updates.  For now I just have some scattered showers for each day, but not a washout.

Finally, in national news… May was wet for the U.S.  In fact…we broke a record.  It was the wettest May on record over the contiguous U.S. according to a report from NOAA: Wettest May on record. There was some extreme flooding in Texas in May, but it’s interesting since the extreme drought continues in California.  What’s amazing is how the drought in Texas from the last couple of years is completely gone.  Here’s the latest U.S. Drought Monitor:

Current U.S. Drought Monitor

U.S. Drought Monitor

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Record Heat & Tropical Storm Bill

June 16th, 2015 at 8:48 am by under Weather

Yesterday was rough.  Today is going to be rougher.  High temps on Tuesday reached the upper 90s in many locations.  Even Norfolk hit 97 degrees.

Highs Yesterday

Highs Yesterday

That actually tied the old record set back in 1885.  Today we will likely be a couple of degrees hotter.  So today we will see some 100′s in the area.  The record high at Norfolk International Airport is 96 degrees for today.  Norfolk will likely get to 99.  Our lovely Bermuda High/heat pump is in full swing.  We will see winds out of the west/southwest today at 8-12mph.  Dew points are in the low/mid 70s.  Skies are clearing a bit this morning, and they will become mostly sunny soon.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

High temperatures this afternoon will be in the upper 90s to around  100 degrees.  Even temps near the shore will be in the 90s today.  It will only be right there next to the water where the cooler temps will lie. If I’m wrong about the winds, then a sea breeze could develop.  Keep that in mind.  Here’s my forecast for some of the local temperatures this afternoon:

Forecast High Temperatures

Forecast High Temperatures

The heat index will be between 100 and 109 degrees.  Williamsburg tends to run a little high, but I bet the heat index there will approach 110 today.  The light breeze out of the west should help a bit, but not much.  Now we may kick off some isolated showers and storms this afternoon.  We had a few rowdy storms on the Northern Neck, Eastern Shore, and Middle Peninsula yesterday evening.  There is a slightly higher chance for rain in those locations (30%). Whereas the chance for rain is only 20% elsewhere.

By tonight the cold front will move down into our region.  We’ll see some scattered showers and storms as the front moves through.   So by tomorrow the front will clear the region,  and it will stall out to our south.  Winds will be northeast at 5-10mph.  This will keep our highs in the mid-upper 80s.  Keep in mind that it will still be humid.  So the heat index will still be in the low 90s in the afternoon.  Better, but not a cool/crisp day by any means.  The front will move back north as a warm front on Thursday.  Highs will be back in the low 90s.  The heat index in the upper 90s.  We’ll basically be in the upper 80s to low 90s into the weekend with some scattered storms possible each day.  I’ll refine the weekend forecast as it gets closer.

In the Gulf of Mexico Tropical Storm Bill is making its way towards the Texas coast.  The winds had increased to 60mph around the mid morning.  It will make landfall just northeast of Corpus Christi.  Then it will move inland and weaken this afternoon.

Tropical Storm Bill

Tropical Storm Bill

The winds may cause some light damage, but the big problem will be the flooding and the rain.  Especially in the Houston Area.  A lot of Texas has had recent flooding over the past couple of months.  Houston had a major flood last month from non-tropical systems.  They have been preparing for this next round of flooding.  The rain has already started pouring in. That region could see over 6 inches of rain.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

The rain will keep moving north towards Dallas, but the system will lose its strength.  Some of the moisture from the system may migrate our way by Friday, but the system will have fallen apart by then.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler