While it was another quiet morning across the region, it was also foggy again for some local towns and counties. We had more school delays in North Carolina. Yesterday that fog held on for a long time over parts of central Virginia/North Carolina. Hopefully, that won’t happen again.
Today there is a weak cool front moving through the region. Also, there is a weak mid-level disturbance to our north. This is causing a few showers over Maryland this morning.
Both of these features will sink south through the afternoon. This will give us a few sprinkles in the region later today. It will also keep the temperatures mild.
By Friday we’ll change the weather pattern up. A warm front will make it through the region. Winds will be out of the south/southeast and skies will be partly cloudy.
High temps will push up to near 80 on Friday, but this warmth is temporary. A strong cold front will move through the region late Friday night into early Saturday.
There will be some rain showers near the front. An isolated thunderstorm is even possible. For now this looks like it will happen late Friday night, and the rain will last through the mid morning on Saturday. Keep in mind that the trend has been to hold on to the showers a little later in the morning on Saturday. Cooler/Drier air will filter in through the day. So by Saturday afternoon we should be partly cloudy with highs in the 70s. Temps may even drop a bit. The colder air will really sink in by Saturday night. Lows will be in the 50s area-wide. There may even be some 40s inland.
If you like Fall weather, then it should be very nice for you on Sunday. We’ll be partly sunny with highs in the mid-upper 60s. Then we’ll warm up just a bit on Monday.
The tropics are awfully quiet lately. We are coming out of the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, and we are running below average. Usually by mid-October, Hampton Roads is in the clear. That is for MOST years. Not all years. I.E. Hurricane Sandy.
Higher wind shear along with some dry Saharan air has helped to keep the activity down this year in the Atlantic, but the Pacific has been busy.
I did find a neat article which talks about the Hurricane Hunters and those that fly into hurricanes. It gives a little history including the first official flight into a hurricane and some losses that have happened while flying. Here’s the story: Hurricane Hunters (70 years of info).
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler