Tiffany Savona WAVY

Tired of the Rain?

July 5th, 2015 at 10:37 pm by under Weather

Are you tired of the rain? I know I am. As a meteorologist, I feel like we have been talking about rain and storms almost everyday for the past 2-3 weeks. We had a very wet June and we don’t need anymore rain right now. Most fireworks celebrations went on as scheduled last night, but some were cancelled or postponed due to the storms that moved across the region. Showers and storms developed south of the cold front today, mainly across the Southside and North Carolina. These storms sent out outflow boundaries, which allowed for additional storms to develop and some of them to merge. When that happens, you can get very slow moving storms. Plus we have a lot of moisture in place, so any storm will be an effective rain producer. When you have a slow moving storm that is producing very heavy rain, you can get localized flooding rather quickly. Most of the heavy rain has fallen across our western zones as I’m writing this…Sussex County, Southampton County, Gates County, NC, Franklin and Suffolk tonight. Now the storms are starting to move northeast, so I think the rest of the Southside and the Peninsula will get hit with some very heavy rain and lightning before midnight. Make sure you roll up your car windows and bring in anything you don’t want to get wet.

Future Trak at 12 AM

Future Trak at 12 AM

After midnight, the heaviest rain will be impacting the Eastern Shore and computer models indicate that another round of heavy rain could move into our western zones again from the southwest. That front will go stationary tonight, so we could wake up to a few morning showers tomorrow. A warm front will move northward across Virginia tomorrow and winds will shift out of the southwest. That is why it will be hotter with highs in the upper 80s to around 90°. We will have better chances for scattered showers and storms tomorrow afternoon as an upper level disturbance moves across the region.

Future Trak at 12 PM Monday

Future Trak at 12 PM Monday

Rain will be hit or miss again tomorrow, so it’s not worth cancelling any of your outdoor plans. Just pay attention to the sky and download the WAVY Weather app, so you can track the rain on Super Doppler 10 radar. A stray shower/storm will be possible on Tuesday, but I think most areas will stay dry. High pressure will try and build in by the middle to end of the week, so I think overall,  this week will be drier. It will also definitely be HOTTER with highs in the 90s almost everyday this week.

Forecast Highs This Week

Forecast Highs This Week

I will have a full update on the storms coming up on WAVY News 10 at 10 on FOX43.

12:00 AM Update:

Computer models are hinting that another round of heavy rain and storms could move in between now and 4 AM. I think there will still be some rain in North Carolina at this point.

Future Trak at 1 AM

Future Trak at 1 AM

But I don’t think these storms will be as loud or as strong as before. I just want to thank everyone who shared their storm pictures with us. Here is a great lightning shot captured by Dan in Deep Creek.

Deep Creek Lightning

Deep Creek Lightning

Unfortunately, lightning struck a house near Smithfield and started a fire earlier this evening. Here is the story from wavy.com. Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler will have a full update on WAVY News 10 Today starting at 4:30 AM.

 

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 

 

 


Stormy Night Ahead!

June 30th, 2015 at 9:24 pm by under Weather

Showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop tonight and will likely impact Hampton Roads between now and 1 AM. The stronger storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts in excess of 60mph, quarter size hail, frequent lightning and heavy rain. Before going to bed tonight, you may want to bring in any trash cans or loose yard furniture that could get blown around in a storm. Don’t forget to roll up your car windows too! The storms that rolled across the Middle Peninsula around rush hour produced some pea size hail in the Gloucester Courthouse area and some dime size hail in Dutton. Thank you Lacie for sending in this picture of hail.

Facebook Picture

Facebook Picture

Susan sent in this picture of the storm in Gloucester. You can tell the wind is blowing by looking at the trees and the waves on the water. Plus she captured a rainbow among all the beauty! Thanks Susan! Remember you can always email us your storm or damage photos at reportit@wavy.com or you can post them on our social media pages.

Gloucester Storm

Gloucester Storm

The main cluster of showers and storms has weakened a little bit since sunset, but is still rather strong as it moves east at about 25-35mph. Our computer model has the showers and storms moving toward the metro around 10 PM.

Future Trak at 10 PM

Future Trak at 10 PM

Then the rain becomes a little bit more widespread across the region around midnight. Hopefully the lightning and thunder won’t keep you awake too late tonight.

Future Trak at 12 AM

Future Trak at 12 AM

The rain should come to an end shortly after midnight as temperatures drop into the mid 70s by tomorrow morning. More heat and humidity is back in the forecast tomorrow and for the rest of the week. Temperatures drop into the 80s Thursday and Friday as rain chances increase, but it will still feel like the 90s when you factor in the humidity.

Temperature vs. Heat Index

Temperature vs. Heat Index

I will be on-air tracking the storms on WAVY News 10 at 10 on FOX43 and WAVY News 10 at 11. See you then!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 


Great Start To The Work Week!

June 28th, 2015 at 9:30 pm by under Weather

We told you it would be a 50/50 weekend and it most certainly was. It was a rainy and stormy Saturday and you can find a recap on yesterday’s severe weather here. But the weather was 100% better today! Highs were in the low to mid 80s, humidity levels were lower and there was plenty of sunshine. A perfect beach day in my opinion! The good news is that another beautiful day is in the forecast tomorrow. The bad news is that the 90° heat will be returning soon.

Let’s talk about tonight first…Pleasant evening expected as lows drop into the mid to upper 60s by Monday morning. A perfect night to open those windows! Expect a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow afternoon with highs in the mid 80s. Humidity levels will go up just a little bit. The cold front that moved through this morning has stalled out across North Carolina, so a few showers/storms will be possible across the Outer Banks late tomorrow afternoon.

You knew the pleasant weather couldn’t last for long…temperatures and humidity levels will be increasing this week.

Warm-Up This Week

Warming Up This Week

To give you some perspective on humidity levels…today we had dew point temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Tomorrow, dew points will be in the low 60s and then get close to 70° by the middle of the week.

Dew Point Forecast

Dew Point Forecast

The weather pattern hasn’t changed much in the past week or so. There has been a large upper level trough sitting across the eastern half of the U.S. Since this trough isn’t moving, fronts that initially move through the region, then stall out over us for a few days keeping the chance for rain in the forecast. Then when you add more heat, humidity and pieces of upper level energy, rain and storm chances increase and so does the chance for severe weather.

The next chance for rain for us is on Tuesday. There is a very slight chance for a stray afternoon storm, but I think we will have better chances for showers and storms Tuesday night, maybe even a few strong storms across our western counties. Here is what our Future Trak computer model has late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.

Future Trak 12 AM Wednesday

Future Trak 12 AM Wednesday

Enjoy the somewhat “cooler” weather tomorrow (that is….if you can call highs in the 80s cooler) because we crank up the heat on Tuesday!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


Stormy Saturday, Spectacular Sunday

June 27th, 2015 at 9:09 pm by under Weather

It was a busy Saturday afternoon in the Weather Center. Showers and thunderstorms started popping up after 12 PM. The clouds thinned out, allowing that sunshine to help destabilize the atmosphere even more. I was watching a storm that developed over the Virginia/North Carolina line before coming into work. This storm was the only game in town at the time, so it had plenty of instability and moisture to work with. This storm intensified and produced several funnel clouds across portions of eastern Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Here is a closer look at the circulation between 2-2:30 PM. The circulation was observed right in that notch around North Landing and then continued to push north toward Princess Anne and Farm Bureau Live.

Radar From Earlier

Radar From Earlier This Afternoon

Here are some of the pictures of funnel clouds that were sent into reportit@wavy.com or posted to our Facebook page. Our traffic anchor, Jen Lewis, sent this picture in near Fentress. You can’t see how low the cloud got to the ground because of the trees in the background, but it is a definite lowering.

Funnel Cloud

Funnel Cloud

This picture of a funnel cloud near Fentress was taken by David Feldman. We haven’t heard any reports of the funnel cloud reaching the ground.

Funnel Cloud

Funnel Cloud

We did have some damage reports come into the WAVY newsroom from Virginia Beach after this storm moved through that area. There were reports that trees fell on 2 homes and reports that 2 homes were struck by lightning. Luckily there were no injuries. We also received reports of localized street flooding, many coming in from Hampton and Newport News. Here is what Andrews Boulevard in Hampton looked like after 20 minutes of rain. Thank you to Rabbitt Smith for posting this to our Facebook page.

Street Flooding in Hampton

Street Flooding in Hampton

So…what can we expect for the rest of the night? Well, the tornado watch has expired and the severe weather threat is winding down across the region. The rain we saw earlier has stabilized the atmosphere. We are waiting for a cold front to move into Hampton Roads. This front is currently located across the western half of the state. We will keep the rain chances in the forecast overnight until the front moves in early tomorrow morning. We have plenty of moisture in place, so we could still see some heavy downpours, but I don’t think we will see any severe weather overnight. So you should be able to sleep through the night! :)

Future Trak at 12 AM

Future Trak at 12 AM Sunday

There may be a few lingering showers out ahead of the front early tomorrow morning.

Future Trak at 5 AM Sunday

Future Trak at 5 AM Sunday

All of the rain should move out by 8 AM and the clouds will clear out shortly after that. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, but the humidity levels will be lower, so it will feel great outside. Perfect day to hit the beach or do anything outdoors! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

**Thanks again to everyone who sent in their storm/damage photos to reportit@wavy.com or posted their photos on our Facebook page. Our web team has put all of the photos in a slideshow for you to view on wavy.com.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 

 


Severe Storms Possible After Extreme Heat

June 23rd, 2015 at 6:34 pm by under Weather

We officially TIED the record high temperature of 99° today at the Norfolk Airport. But other locations across Hampton Roads did hit the triple digit mark.

*Note: The Norfolk Airport reading hasn’t updated yet. **

Today's Highs

Today’s Highs

A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH has been issued for all areas in yellow until 11 PM. That doesn’t mean we won’t see storms across the rest of the Peninsula, the Southside or North Carolina. It just means that there is a better chance for seeing severe storms in this area, because there is more instability and more energy to work with in this area.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 11 PM

The main threats with any storm that develops will be the potential for damaging wind gusts in excess of 60mph and hail. Frequent lightning and heavy downpours are also possible. Tonight could be similar to what we saw late Saturday night, so don’t be surprised if the thunder and lightning wakes you up in the middle of the night.

Tonight's Storm Threats

Tonight’s Storm Threats

The storms will move in after sunset, closer to 10-11 PM across our northern areas. This is what our Future Trak computer model has at 11 PM.

Future Trak at 11 PM

Future Trak at 11 PM

Then the storms continue to re-develop along the front and move east/southeast across the metro area and into North Carolina around midnight. Here is the solution our Future Trak computer model has at 2 AM Wednesday.

Future Trak 2 AM

Future Trak 2 AM Wednesday

The front moves through Virginia and ends up across North Carolina Wednesday morning, so we may see a few leftover showers there. We will start off with clouds in the morning, but then we should transition to partly cloudy/mostly sunny conditions by the afternoon. And it’s going to be about 10-12 degrees cooler with less humidity! Highs will be in the upper 80s with heat index values only in the low 90s, a far cry from those triple digit readings we saw today. Who would have thought we would be cheering for highs in the 80s?!?!

Wednesday's Temperature vs. Heat Index

Wednesday’s Temperature vs. Heat Index

Chief Meteorologist Don Slater will be tracking the storms tonight and will have a complete update on WAVY News 10 at 10 on FOX43 and WAVY News 10 at 11.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 

 

 

 

 

 


Storm Recap, Record Heat Ahead

June 21st, 2015 at 10:38 pm by under Weather

It was a stormy Saturday night! The lightning was intense and the thunder was incredibly loud. The line of storms produced wind damage not only in Hampton Roads, but all across the state.  All of the blue dots indicate wind damage reports. Many of these were reports of downed trees or powerlines and some of the trees were blocking roads. Deanna LeBlanc checked the Dominion Virginia Power website and noticed there were approximately 9,000 people without power across the Southside and Peninsula around 1 AM.

Storm Reports

Last Night’s Storm Reports

All of the rain moved out early this morning, and today has been much quieter. Summer officially began at 12:38 this afternoon and it sure felt like summer today with highs in the 90s. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I hope you enjoyed your special day, despite the heat and humidity.

Showers and storms developed across the western half of the state earlier this afternoon and have been moving east/southeast this evening. Most of the activity has been weakening, so if we see anything, it would just be a few light rain showers overnight.

Get ready for more heat and humidity this week! Highs on Monday will be in the mid 90s with heat index values in the 100s again! Winds will be light and turn more out of the east tomorrow afternoon. That should allow for a sea-breeze to develop. An isolated storm may develop along this boundary across our coastal areas. So if you plan on going to the beach tomorrow, just watch out for a pop-up storm during the afternoon. Any storm activity should be very isolated. You can always download our WAVY Weather app, so you can have access to radar on the go!

Future Trak at 5 PM Monday

Future Trak at 5 PM Monday

Record heat is likely on Tuesday and it could also be the hottest day of the summer/year so far. The record to beat is 99° set back in 1988. I’m forecasting highs around 100° and I think some inland spots could be hotter than that. Heat indices could be up around 110°.

Temperature vs. Heat Index

Temperature vs. Heat Index

Storm chances will be going up Tuesday night out ahead of a weak cold front, so Wednesday won’t be AS HOT with highs in the upper 80s. Remember that this is dangerous heat! It is best to stay inside an air-conditioned home or building, but I know a lot of folks can’t do that because they work outside. Here are some heat safety tips.

Heat Safety Tips

Heat Safety Tips

I will have a complete update coming up on WAVY News 10 at 11. See ya then!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 

 

 

 


Stormy Saturday Night

June 20th, 2015 at 10:08 pm by under Weather

I have been tracking a line of severe storms that started across the western half of the state earlier this afternoon These storms are finally getting closer to Hampton Roads and should be moving through between 10 PM -1 AM. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the entire region until 11 PM. I wouldn’t be surprised if the watch was extended an hour or so.

Severe Storm Watch

Severe Storm Watch

This line of storms has history of producing hail and wind damage. There have been multiple reports of trees and power-lines down from Richmond and points west.

Storm Reports

Storm Reports

Damaging wind gusts in excess of 60mph will be the main threat tonight as the storms move through the region. Quarter size hail and heavy downpours will also be possible. Tornado threat is low, but not zero. There have been tornado warnings in northern Virginia and in Maryland. Sometimes you can get quick spin-ups with a line of storms.

Our Future Trak computer model is doing a good job of showing where the storms are right now, so expect the line of storms to move into our westernmost counties around 11 PM.

Future Trak at 11 PM

Future Trak at 11 PM

These storms will move east/northeast across the Southside and North Carolina closer to midnight.

Future Trak at 12 AM

Future Trak at 12 AM

After the initial line moves through, we may see more showers and storms develop behind it around 2-3 AM. These should be much weaker storms though.

Future Trak at 3 AM Sunday

Future Trak at 3 AM Sunday

All the rain will come to an end before sunrise tomorrow. Then it’s back to the heat and humidity for Father’s Day. Highs in the mid 90s and heat index values in the triple digits. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there and remember to stay safe in the heat! Latest forecast is coming up on WAVY News 10 at 11.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 

 

 


Heavy Rain/Flooding, More To Come?

June 2nd, 2015 at 6:31 pm by under Weather

It has been a busy afternoon in the Weather Center. Showers and thunderstorms began to develop just before Noon and then took off! We had plenty of heat and moisture to work with and the cold front was our source of lift. Many of you sent in pictures of dark and eerie looking clouds. Luckily for us, we didn’t have much in the way of wind shear, so the storms were not rotating. This cloud out of Tower Cam 10 is just the leading edge of one of the thunderstorms that moved through Portsmouth.

Tower Cam 10

Tower Cam 10

We told you heavy rain would be the main threat and it most certainly was. Virginia Beach got hit the hardest and that is why a Flash Flood Warning was issued around 2:30 this afternoon. Reports came in of street flooding all across Virginia Beach and several streets had to be shut down, including some streets down at the Oceanfront. Virginia Beach saw most of the rain in a 2-3 hour period, which is why we saw so much street flooding. Our drainage systems can not handle that amount of water in a short period of time.

Virginia Beach Rain Totals

Virginia Beach Rain Totals

Here are the rain totals so far across the metro. Keep in mind that you may have seen more at your house.

Rain Totals So Far

Rain Totals So Far

Thank you Stacy for sending in this picture of street flooding in Norfolk. Reminder: Never drive through a flooded street. Always turn around and find another route! Our web team has been working hard to put all of the flooding pictures into a slideshow for you to view on wavy.com.

Car Stuck in Water

Car Stuck in Water

So are we in for any more rain? The answer is YES, but I think the worst of it is over. The cold front has moved through Virginia and will move across North Carolina tonight. Any storms should weaken by sunset, but scattered showers will continue on and off tonight as an upper level disturbance gets closer to us. We are not going to dry out behind this cold front. The moisture will hang around and this upper level low will meander across Virginia and North Carolina Wednesday and Thursday. That means that rain chances will stay in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday. It looks like the rain will be possible on and off throughout the day tomorrow. An isolated storm is possible, but not likely since temperatures are going to be in the mid 70s with a lot of cloud cover. There may be a heavy downpour here or there, but I don’t think the heavy rain will be as widespread as today. Here is what our Future Trak model has at 7 AM and at 3 PM.

Future Trak at 7 AM Wednesday

Future Trak at 7 AM Wednesday

Future Trak at 3 PM Wednesday

Future Trak at 3 PM Wednesday

Scattered on and off showers will be possible on Thursday too. The computer models are starting to show a drier solution for Friday as the upper level low moves offshore. This is something that will have to be watched because I wouldn’t be surprised if this low slowed down and rain chances are put back into the forecast. Stay tuned!

**Feel free to share your rain totals with us in the comments section below.**

Meteorologist Don Slater will have an updated forecast coming up on WAVY News 10 at 10 on FOX43 and WAVY News 10 at 11.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 

 


May Recap, Increasing Rain Chances, Hurricane Season

May 31st, 2015 at 9:06 pm by under Weather

As the title suggests, there is a lot to talk about tonight! First let me show you a recap of the month of May. It seems like summer began a month early this year across Hampton Roads. I plotted the high temperatures for every day this past May on the graphic below. The yellow line shows the average high for each day.

May Recap

May Recap

Notice how most of the days were above that yellow line, meaning that it was warmer than average. And we are not talking about a few degrees here or there. The majority of the days in May were MUCH warmer than average. Along with the typical summer time heat, came the typical summer time humidity. May was also drier than average, about 1.75 inches drier, so we need the rain. And we should see some decent rain at some point this week. We are headed into a very unsettled weather pattern. Rain chances are back in the forecast almost every day, however, you may not see rain each and every day. So….keep that umbrella with you just in case.

A cold front will be moving into Northern Virginia Monday afternoon, so the best rain chances will be to the northwest of Hampton Roads. But with all of the heat and humidity around,  a few pop-up showers and storms will try to develop Monday afternoon.

Future Trak at 5 PM Monday

Future Trak at 5 PM Monday

It is hard to pinpoint exactly where the showers or storms will develop, which is why some of you may see rain, while others miss out. Whether you see the rain or not tomorrow, it is still going to be hot and humid with highs near 90°.  The best chance for widespread rain will be on Tuesday when that same cold front slowly sags across the region. So I think most, if not all of you, will need the umbrella on Tuesday.

Future Trak at 3 PM Tuesday

Future Trak at 3 PM Tuesday

Rain totals between now and Tuesday night should range from 0.5-1 inch of rain with some isolated higher totals. The front will stall out across North Carolina Wednesday and Thursday. With the lingering moisture and the boundary in place, we can’t rule out the chance for more pop-up showers and storms Wednesday and Thursday. Here are the rain chances for this week.

This Week's Rain Chances

This Week’s Rain Chances

Switching gears a little bit…June 1st (tomorrow) is the official start to the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Here is the list of the 2015 storm names. Remember Ana was our first tropical storm of the season. Ana made landfall near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Mother’s Day, so it was a pre-season storm.

2015 Hurricane Names

2015 Hurricane Names

The Super Doppler 10 Weather Team wants to make sure you are prepared this season. Just because the seasonal forecast is calling for a below average season doesn’t mean we can put our guard down. Some of the most dangerous and costly tropical systems have hit the U.S. during below average seasons. You NEED to prepare like you would any other year. Just remember that it ONLY TAKES 1 STORM to make it a busy season for you. So what can you start doing to prepare this early in the season?

How To Prepare

How To Prepare

Click here to download our brand new 2015 Hurricane Ready Guide on wavy.com.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


Warm & Dry For Memorial Day

May 24th, 2015 at 9:11 pm by under Weather

What a great weekend it has been across Hampton Roads and North Carolina! Perfect weather to hit the beach, spend some time at the pool or attend any of the area’s local events. We are going to crank up the heat a little bit more for Memorial Day. Here is your hour-by-hour forecast.

Memorial Day Forecast

Memorial Day Forecast

There are plenty of Memorial Day parades and ceremonies scheduled for tomorrow. Most take place during the late morning hours when temperatures will be hovering in the 70s. Make sure you drink plenty of water and be sure to wear the sunscreen if y0u plan to be outside for a few hours. With Memorial Day being the unofficial start to summer, many of you may hit the beach tomorrow.

Monday's Beach Forecast

Monday’s Beach Forecast

The UV index is forecast to be very high…so the sunscreen is a must! And don’t forget to reapply throughout the day. Waves should range around 1 foot for Virginia Beach and 1-2 feet for the Outer Banks. We are going to have a southwest breeze tomorrow, which is a warm breeze. Today, we had a southeast breeze, a cool breeze, because the wind was blowing over the cooler ocean water. Expect it to feel warmer along the beaches tomorrow. The rip current risk is low, but rip currents can occur at ANY time. Best advice is to ALWAYS swim near a lifeguard. If you do get caught in a rip current, the most important thing to remember is NOT TO PANIC. Signal to a life guard that you need help or start swimming parallel to the shore to get out of the current.

The warm and dry weather will continue for the next few days thanks to a ridge of high pressure over the East Coast.

Weather Pattern

Weather Pattern

The area of high pressure will keep the jet stream to our north, keeping any storm systems away from us. We will also see temperatures in the 80s, which is well above average. This high will begin to shift east and weaken by the middle of the week. As the high weakens, that will allow several mid and upper level disturbances to move across the region. Scattered showers and storms will be possible Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon. We are not looking at a wash-out either day, just hit or miss showers and storms during the peak heating hours of the day. Our moisture levels will also be increasing throughout the week, so expect the humidity to increase a little bit more Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the national news…many cities in Texas and Oklahoma have seen severe weather and flash flooding, which has led to many evacuations, over the past 24-hours. Some areas between San Antonio and Austin have received over 8 inches of rain!!! This much rain in a short amount of time has caused the Blanco River to reach record levels. An estimated 350 homes are underwater at this point. These same areas across Texas and Oklahoma will have to brace for another round of severe weather on Memorial Day.

*Reminder* We are about a week away from the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.  Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins tomorrow and lasts through May 31! That means you won’t have to pay sales tax on items for your hurricane ready kit. It’s time to go shopping…make sure you are prepared this year.

Have a safe Memorial Day and always remember the true meaning of the holiday. Thank you to all of those servicemen and servicewomen who have made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for our country. And I always want to thank those who are currently serving too.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona