Thank you Jen Lewis! I couldn’t think of a good name for this weather blog this morning. While she was doing traffic she said the words “…on approach”. Voila! There’s the title for the blog. Thanks Jen. So let’s talk about what’s happening out there. Yesterday tropical depression Ana moved through the region. It caused heavy rain at times. Winds weren’t too bad for most, but they briefly gusted over 35mph down towards the Outer Banks. The region had varying rainfall amounts.
My weather watcher,Greg in Currituck NC, had 1″ of rain. Pam in Gloucester had 1.5″. Lee near Elizabeth City had about 1.3″ of rain. Jan in Reedville had 0.3″. I am surprised by the amount of rain in Norfolk. Or lack of it…. The remnants of Ana moved out, but a few of her leftovers hung around. A little windshift line (perhaps in the upper levels) created some scattered showers this morning. They were actually very heavy with some thunderstorms, but they only lasted about 2 hours.
Now those storms have ended. We’ll see quiet weather through midday. Weak high pressure will build in, but briefly. A cold front is setting up to our west (hence the blog title).
We’ll be ahead of the front most of the day. Winds will be southwest at 10-20mph. This will allow the temperatures to spike to near 90 degrees. The record in Norfolk is 92 set back in 1881. That is a long-standing record. It will be very hot and humid. However, the breeze will help offset (some) of the mugginess. Dew points are in the upper 60s.
Unfortunately, storms don’t get cooled off by the breeze. They can use the heat and humidity as fuel. So as we get into the late afternoon/early evening, those storms will be able to use the instability to get a little rowdy. As of this writing, there is a marginal risk for severe weather. That is the lowest tier (besides general thunderstorms) of the severe risk spectrum. It basically calls for isolated severe weather. The main threat will be strong gusty winds and possibly some hail. Keep in mind that we may get upgraded later today (slight?). The storms will roll through pretty quickly. So I don’t anticipate flooding. However, a brief heavy downpour is possible. The chance for storms looks highest between 5pm and 8pm.
The storms should head out by 9-10pm. Then it will be smooth sailing for several days. Highs will be in the 70s Wednesday into the weekend. We’ll be dry Wednesday through Saturday. Rain looks to return by Sunday. I can’t wait for the nice weather. Time for yard work. Oh and allergies aren’t too bad today. They are moderate 5 out of 10. They should be low-moderate from here on out. Yeah!!!
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler