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Heavy Rain Yesterday, Now Decreasing Chances

August 19th, 2014 at 8:45 am by under Weather

The clouds got very dark, and then the rain moved in yesterday.  We had street flooding over part of the region.  Here was one example of that from Shirl Johnson in Virginia Beach.

Street Flooding

Street Flooding

The rain really dropped over that area in a short period of time.  My weather watcher Donna in Blackwater had 1.3″ of rain in a span of about an hour.  Greg in Currituck, NC  had 0.9″.  Both of these folks didn’t need any rain.  However, my weather watcher Don in Toano had a quarter of an inch.  Also, Doris on the lower Eastern Shore had a half inch.  Both of those regions did need some rain.  Here were some of the reports from the rest of the area:

Rain Totals

Rain Totals

This was all prompted by a pocket of energy in the mid levels as well as an area of low pressure at the surface.  The low is still sitting near our region this morning.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

It will slowly push east and offshore today.  For a while it looked like the low would push away by midday and allow for some drying this afternoon.  However, the models have been trending a little slower for that to happen.  So while the rain chances do look to drop a bit this afternoon, they probably won’t drop much until the late afternoon/early evening.  Highs will be in the mid 80s.  Winds will be northeasterly at 5-10mph.

Tomorrow the front should push away, and the low should move offshore.  So we’ll see quiet weather for Wednesday. Highs will be in the 80s.  Then late Thursday into Friday another system will move into the region.  Heavy rain will be possible once again.  At least the weekend looks quiet for now.

The waves are still fairly low today at the oceanfront.  They are running around 1ft.  However, the waves are forecast to increase a bit tomorrow.  They are currently forecast to pick up nicely by the weekend.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Strong Thunderstorms Across Hampton Roads

August 18th, 2014 at 6:44 pm by under Weather

****See Midnight Update Below****

Thunderstorms developed off to our west earlier today. These storms moved across Hampton Roads early in the evening.

Shelf Cloud Moving into Norfolk

Shelf Cloud Moving into Norfolk

Look at the shelf cloud in this picture! A shelf cloud is the line of bright white clouds that you see in the picture. These types of clouds are usually on the leading edge of a thunderstorm. When you see a cloud like this it usually means the thunderstorm is strong and will contain strong wind gusts and heavy rainfall. Some areas in Virginia Beach saw over 2 inches of rain in under an hour. This caused street flooding in many areas. Looking ahead to tonight we should start to see a break from the thunderstorms, but the rain will continue.

Future Trak at 12 AM

Future Trak at 12 AM

Most of the rain should push offshore by tomorrow morning.

Future Trak Tomorrow at 5am

Future Trak Tomorrow at 5am

Scattered showers with an occasional rumble may occur, otherwise the severe threat is going to be low. We will keep an eye on these storms as we go into the evening.

Midnight Update:

Scattered showers will continue overnight. Severe weather threat is over, but heavy rain is still possible. Here are Tuesday’s rain chances starting at midnight tonight.

Tuesday's Rain Chances

Tuesday’s Rain Chances

Scattered showers and storms are possible Tuesday afternoon, but the rain shouldn’t be as widespread as what we saw today. Rain will be hit or miss.

Future Trak at 3 PM Tuesday

Future Trak at 3 PM Tuesday

Tune into WAVY News 10 Today at 4:30 AM for another update with Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler.

Meteorologists Jeff Edmondson & Tiffany Savona.


Quick PM Update On The Storms

August 18th, 2014 at 2:38 pm by under Weather

There is a small line of strong storms moving through the area.  It is holding together pretty well as it moves east.  This may produce some damaging winds and large hail over some inland locations.  Perhaps even into Hampton Roads.  Here is what it looked like at about 2:30pm.

Super Doppler 10

Super Doppler 10

The storms are moving east at about 35mph.  Folks will need to keep monitoring the weather.  Especially since many folks are down at the ECSC this afternoon.  It will take a while before it gets to Virginia Beach, but some scattered storms will probably fire up out ahead of it.  What interesting is that there isn’t much shear (upper level wind support) for this system.  However, the instability has increased.  Especially since we had a little sun break out.  There is a severe thunderstorm watch for most of the region until 7pm.  Scattered storms will continue into the afternoon and the evening as an area of low pressure moves in from the west.  It will kick out tomorrow. So the rain chances will decrease as we head through the day.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Mosquito Heaven…For Them…Not Us.

August 18th, 2014 at 9:09 am by under Weather

Well the humidity has increased quite a bit lately.  Also we’ve seen the on and off showers over the past 2 weeks.  It has made for a mosquito heaven in our area.  Especially yesterday.  I noticed that they were swarming in my back yard.  My son had about 5-10 bites within the first 2 minutes.  I sprayed him after 1 minute, but it wasn’t enough.  Mike, my weather watcher in Whaleyville, also noticed the same.  We’ll see more rain today.  In fact the rain chances will keep increasing through the afternoon.  This as an area of low pressure moves east along a stationary front.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

The area is very mixed as to who needs rainfall.  I’d say that Virginia Beach into North Carolina is doing just fine on rainfall lately.  However, from about Norfolk through the Peninsula and Middle Peninsula there are some areas that still need some rain.  Jan, my weather watcher in Reedville, said that she still needs rain.  So today the rain chances will increase in the whole region.  Amounts will vary widely.  Most areas will get about a tenth to a quarter of an inch.  Then some folks may get over an inch of rain within the scattered downpours.  High temps will struggle to reach the mid upper 80s.   If there is some clearing, then we’ll hit the upper 80s solid.  The humidity is high with dew points in the low 70s.  The breeze won’t help either.  We’ll see winds out of the southeast at only 5-10mph.

Rain may linger into tomorrow morning.  However, scattered showers will taper off through Tuesday afternoon. That’s when the low should push offshore.  Highs will be in the mid 80s tomorrow.  We’ll hold on to the chance for at least a few showers for the next few days.  Although it looks like Wednesday will only have a slight chance for rain.  That’s not good news for the folks down at the ECSC.  Unfortunately, the surfers will be pretty bummed out today.  Not only is there a chance for rain, but also there are no waves out there.  It is flat.  It may pick up a bit later this week.  The forecast calls for waves building to 2 feet.  Maybe up to 3 feet by next weekend.  Stay tuned.

In national news there are a couple of stories that caught my attention this morning.  The first is that there is a corn surplus across the country.  This despite a bad drought in the west.  However, the Midwest corn belt is booming.  Also, the demand has dropped lately.  Especially with the lower number of cattle in the central U.S.  Less cattle equals less feed.  This is all found in a Wall Street Journal article here: Corn Surplus.    Now if the food prices would just come down as well.  Also, there is an article from the Daily Caller about how last year’s Winter storms put a lot of strain on the U.S. power grid.  I didn’t realize it got that bad.  If we get another bad Winter this year with big storms, then parts of the U.S. may be in trouble.  Here’s the article: 2014/2015 Winter strain.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Rain Chances Going Up on Monday

August 17th, 2014 at 9:02 pm by under Weather

The heat and the higher humidity will be here to stay this week and rain chances will be going up too. Right now the best chance for rain this week looks to be Monday afternoon/evening into early Tuesday. We are tracking an upper level disturbance that is producing showers and storms across Kentucky and Tennessee right now.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

This upper level disturbance is going to provide some cool air aloft. Highs will be in the upper 80s to around 90° tomorrow. So the hot air will rise and showers and storms will be able to develop. A stationary front will be located to our north, so we may see enhanced activity across our northern zones since that boundary will be a focal point for additional showers and storms. We should start off dry Monday morning with lots of clouds and temperatures in the 70s. Showers and storms will start to develop by the early afternoon. Notice that the rain is still hit or miss at this point.

Future Trak at 3 PM

Future Trak at 3 PM Monday

The rain becomes more widespread as we get closer to 6 PM.

Future Trak at 6 PM

Future Trak at 6 PM

The stronger storms will contain heavy rain, since we have plenty of moisture to work with across the region. The rain will continue Monday night and into Tuesday.  Rainfall totals should range from 0.75″-1.5″ on average. Higher totals are possible in areas that see heavy rain. If you want to go to the beach tomorrow, the earlier you go, the better. By the afternoon, you may have to dodge the showers and storms. There will be a lot of clouds, so don’t expect much sunshine. There will also be a low risk for rip currents at the beaches.

Make sure you take the umbrella to work with you tomorrow! Chances are you won’t need it in the morning, but will need it by the afternoon.

Monday's Rain Chances

Monday’s Rain Chances

Tropical Update:

We are watching an area of showers and storms in the central Atlantic between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles. The National Hurricane Center is giving this a 30% chance of developing into a tropical system over the next 5 days.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 


Quiet Weather Today, ECSC Wave Forecast

August 17th, 2014 at 9:02 am by under Weather

A weak boundary is over Hampton Roads which brought the clouds and sprinkles this morning. It is part of a larger storm complex that is in the Midwest.

Weather Surface Map

Weather Surface Map

That area of low pressure will be closer to our area tomorrow. That may help to bring in a few PM storms tomorrow. Thunderstorms are also likely on Tuesday. Over this upcoming week our temperatures will be near the 90 degree mark in the afternoon.

Tropical Update:

The area of energy we were watching near the Cape Verde islands has weakened and does not look likely to develop over the next 24 hours.

Surf/ECSC Update:

With the lack of an offshore hurricane this year the ECSC competition will be starving for waves during the first half of this week.

Wave Heights Monday @ Noon

Wave Heights Monday @ Noon

Wave Heights This Week

Wave Heights This Week

I was hoping that Mon/Tues storm system could have brought in a windswell, but it looks like we’ll stay with waves at 1-2ft at best through Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday an offshore low may bring in a NE swell that could bring in some fun waves for the end of the week and possibly lingering in to the weekend.

I will keep an eye on the models regarding the swell and have another update later this week.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

 


Warm & Humid This Weekend

August 16th, 2014 at 9:17 am by under Weather

The heat and humidity will be making a return to our area this weekend. This morning the humidity was 91% with a dewpoint of 71 degrees. We should see seasonable highs with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s this afternoon. With the excess humidity, a few popup showers will develop this afternoon. I am expecting the first areas of rain to develop around 2pm-3pm.

Future Trak @ 5pm

Future Trak @ 5pm

The rain will be most likely this afternoon from 3pm-6pm. The showers should then begin to dissipate around sunset. Overnight, we will be dry with partly cloudy skies and lows in the 60s. High pressure returns tomorrow which will keep us dry, but highs will be in the 90s.

The tropics still look quiet now, but we could see a new storm system develop in the next week.

Long Range Tracks

Long Range Tracks

From now until Friday, we could see a new storm system develop off of the western coast of Africa. Long range models like the GFS and Euro have this storm moving towards North America after next weekend. These models keep the storm weak as of now, but we will continue to monitor this over the coming days.

Surf Update:

A small swell appeared in the water this morning around low tide. For the majority of the day waves will remain flat. Tomorrow, no new swell is expected to develop. The ECSC starts up tomorrow:

ECSC

ECSC

Throughout the week we will continue our partnership with Surfline.com and have updates on any new swells for the competition. Forecaster Kurt Korte wrote a full blog about what he thinks what will happen. ECSC Forecast

 

Have a good weekend!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


Cool Pocket Departing Soon

August 15th, 2014 at 8:33 am by under Weather

Brrrr!  Yep it’s August and parts of the Midwest are cold.  Not cool, not a bit chilly, but cold.  Lows this morning were in the upper 30s over parts of Michigan and Wisconsin.  It’s no joke.  Now locally we had low temps in the 60s mostly.  If we kept mostly clear skies this morning, then we might have seen some more 50s.  But a small pocket of clouds did move through early.  It is already pushing out, and overall the day is looking good.  Skies will be partly sunny with high pressure in the region.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

There is a stationary front to our south.  A weak area of low pressure will form along that today and will nudge the front northward.  This will create a few spotty showers over northeast North Carolina this afternoon. Tonight into tomorrow morning we’ll see a few showers in the region, but overall skies will be partly cloudy over the next 24 hours.  We’ll have fair skies on Sunday, however,  the heat and humidity will build in quickly.  So let’s look at the weather pattern causing this big change.

Today there is a rather large trough in the Midwest down to the Mid Atlantic.  This is bordering the cooler/colder airmass.

Today's Forecast

Today’s Forecast

The trough would normally produce some thunderstorms in the region, but the air at the surface is very dry.  So only isolated showers in the region are forecast for today (northeast North Carolina).  Highs will be in the 70s in the Midwest with low 80s around here.  Tomorrow the trough will lift north a bit.  Winds will be light out of the southeast.  This will allow for some warming in the region.  Highs will be in the mid 80s.  By Sunday the trough will push back up to the Canadian border.

Tomorrow's Forecast

Tomorrow’s Forecast

So as the trough lifts,  the heat will be allowed to spill east into the Mid Atlantic and the Southeast.  Locally our high temperatures will rise to the low 90s.  Humidity will also increase.  Highs will stay in the low 90s through Wednesday.  There may even be some mid 90s in the region.  We haven’t seen Norfolk hit 90 degrees or more since July 23rd.  That’s when we hit 91 degrees.

Things are getting set up for the ECSC this weekend.  The main events will happen next week into next weekend.  I don’t think we’ll see too much surf this weekend for warmups and practices.  Perhaps we’ll get some waves building next week.  The finals are next weekend, so I’ll cross my fingers for the surfers.  The Atlantic is quiet for now.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Tracking Nothing And Loving It

August 14th, 2014 at 8:28 am by under Weather

Yep… It’s true.  I’m tracking nothing today.  (Sorry boss!)  No tropical systems, no thunderstorms, no meteorites.  Nothing.  Well, I guess you could argue that I’m tracking cooler weather.  Ok…You got me.  This morning temperatures were in the upper 50s to low 60s in our inland locations.  It was still in the 70s right near the shore.  Today we have a large area of high pressure in the region.  We’ll see lots of sunshine and it will be super dry outside.

Regional Dew Points

Regional Dew Points

The air is dry all the way down to Georgia and South Carolina.  Incredible.  Highs will be in the low/mid 80s and there will be a light north/northwest breeze.  It will feel like a little taste of early Fall.  Tonight we’ll have a few clouds and lows in the 60s.  Highs will be in the low 80s tomorrow.  However, we’ll heat up on Sunday to near 90.  We’ll be in the 90s also early next week.

In International News, Australia has downgraded the chance for El Nino forming this year.  This according to Bloomberg.com: Less Chance For El Nino.  This could really impact the west which is in great need of rain.  Especially California.  According “The Desert Sun”, 82% of the state is in either extreme (level 4 of 5) or exceptional (level 5) drought.  Here’s the story.  California Drought/Heat.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Drying Out Today

August 13th, 2014 at 8:48 am by under Weather

Meteorologist Tiffany Savona did a great blog last night about the flooding and storms from yesterday.  So I’ll just do a quick update to do more on the forecast for today.  Yesterday a warm front and ample humidity helped to create a lot of the rain in the region.  It wasn’t everywhere though.  There was heavy rain over the Middle Peninisula, lower Eastern Shore, and southern Outer Banks.  However, places in between had much less.  Take a look:

24 Hour Rain Totals

24 Hour Rain Totals

Today a cold front is moving through the region from the west.  This may kick off an isolated shower this morning, but the window of opportunity is closing.

Satellite/Radar/Fronts

Satellite/Radar/Fronts

Even though there is a cold front moving through, we won’t really cool down today.  The sun will pop out (it has already).  So this will still allow temperatures to heat up to the mid 80s  The good news is that the dry air will gradually push in.  So we will go from dew points near 70 to dew points to near 60 by the end of the day.  Winds will be northwest at 5-10mph.

Other than a possible stray shower on Saturday, we are looking good for the next few days.  Highs will be in the 80s. Lows in the 60s and 70s.  The Atlantic is nice and quiet.  I think we could all use some quiet weather for a while.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler