Now that hurricane season and Thanksgiving are behind us, many of you are thinking about the holidays. Cold weather may be on your minds as we cruise into December. But…we are looking at a huge warm-up by the end of the week instead. More on our warm-up below. Let’s recap November first. Overall, November 2013 ended up being cooler and slightly drier than average.
We were 0.58″ below average for the month of November and still 2.48″ below average for the year. Even though November ended up being slightly cooler overall, we saw many warm days throughout the month. We saw large temperature swings in November, which is common due to strong cold fronts that quickly move through the region. November 25th was the coldest day so far this season with a high temperature of only 38°!
Now onto what we can expect during the first week of December. We saw a mix of sun and clouds this afternoon. Many of you sent us pictures of the beautiful sunset this evening. Carrie send us this picture of a circumzenithal arc, which looks like a rainbow upside down or a “smile in the sky.” We did not see any rain today, but we had cirrus clouds streaming across the sky. Cirrus clouds are made up of ice crystals. Sometimes you will see this arc when sunlight is refracted through the ice crystals in these cirrus clouds.
We are watching for a weak area of low pressure to develop late tonight off the coast of the South Carolina. This low will travel north and northeast and stay well out to sea. Since the low will be moving parallel to the coastline, we can’t rule out seeing a few showers tomorrow. Computer models keep pushing the low farther and farther east, which is why our rain chances have been coming down over the past few days.
Best chance for rain will be east of Elizabeth City in North Carolina, mainly along the Outer Banks. Virginia Beach may see a shower or two, but chances are looking less and less. Wind speeds will only range from 5-10mph tomorrow, since the low will be very weak. The low will move north of us Monday night and the weather will stay quiet until the end of the week. A big warm-up is on the way before our next cold front moves into Hampton Roads. Check out this temperatures trend! You will have a couple of nice days to put up outdoor Christmas decorations.
We will stay dry over the next few days as a large upper level trough gets organized to our west. This storm system will bring a cold front into Hampton Roads Friday or Saturday. It looks like the front will stall out, so we could see several days of rain by next weekend. Right now, it looks like Friday and Saturday will be wet, with another chance for rain on Sunday. Hopefully the computer models change the timing a little bit because Hollydazzle in Newport News is this upcoming Friday. Stay tuned for the latest!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona