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:
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.
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.
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