Speaking of breaks…Yesterday we broke one record high and tied another. Norfolk International Airport hit 98 degrees. This beat the old record of 96 (1991). Elizabeth City hit 97, but that was shy of the record of 98. Wallops Island tied the record of 94 degrees. There were even a couple of 100′s.
Today will be better, but it won’t be a cool/crisp day by any means. The cold front moved through last night and caused some scattered thunderstorms. In fact, the storms kept me up for a while last night. So I am a little cranky this morning. Anyway, the storms are long gone, and the cold front is slowly moving to our south this morning.
The winds have finally turned out of the northeast. They will run at about 8-12mph. This should help to keep the temperatures down for most locations this afternoon. We’ll see highs in the mid-upper 80s for most cities. There will be some low/mid 80s near the shore. However, we’ll still see some 90s inland. Also, it will still be fairly humid out. So it is a cool down, but it will still be a few degrees above average. The front will stall out to our south later today. Then it will move back north as a warm front tomorrow. This will cause some scattered showers and storms around/after midnight. A few of those could continue into early tomorrow morning. Highs tomorrow will be in the low 90s or near 90. We’ll stay in the upper 80s to low 90s into the weekend.
Meanwhile tropical depression Bill is moving towards Dallas, TX. Sustained winds were down to 35mph this morning.
There is a lot of flooding over parts of eastern Texas. The rain is heading into eastern Oklahoma. Heavy rain will continue over these areas despite slow weakening of the system. It will move into Arkansas and Oklahoma over the next 2 days. It will become post-tropical at that point. However, the moisture from the system will keep moving east. It will move closer to us over the weekend. Yesterday it looked like it would move in by Saturday giving us a higher chance for rain there. However, the models seem to slow down the timing a bit. So we may see scattered showers from late Saturday into Sunday now. It’s still early to call this though, and the models don’t agree on how much moisture arrives. So stay tuned for updates. For now I just have some scattered showers for each day, but not a washout.
Finally, in national news… May was wet for the U.S. In fact…we broke a record. It was the wettest May on record over the contiguous U.S. according to a report from NOAA: Wettest May on record. There was some extreme flooding in Texas in May, but it’s interesting since the extreme drought continues in California. What’s amazing is how the drought in Texas from the last couple of years is completely gone. Here’s the latest U.S. Drought Monitor:
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler