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Lookin Good Here!

May 26th, 2015 at 7:19 am by under Weather

Well… I got back from a trip to Illinois yesterday, and I got to enjoy some of the nice weekend weather.  I was up there for my high school friends’ birthdays as well as my sister’s triplets’ birthdays.  It was fun, but I am worn out.  Anyway, the nice weather will continue today.

Tower Cam

Tower Cam

We have a nice/large area of high pressure in the region.  This will bring us fair skies today.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

We are in a bit of a stuck pattern again.  Seems like that has been the norm over the last 2-3 years.  For us that means that we’ll see warm weather continue through the week as the high slowly drifts offshore.  However, as that happens we’ll eventually develop a few thunderstorms in the afternoons.  There may be a little better chance for scattered thunderstorms on Thursday as the above cold front approaches from the west.  It won’t move through, but it could stall out to our west or just become a trough of low pressure.

Meanwhile, the bigger story is the flooding that this pattern has produced over Texas and the deep south.  It has been rough for them lately.  Just yesterday there was severe flooding in the Houston area.  Here is a link to the story: Houston Flooding.  There was also a lot of flooding in other parts of Texas.  Texas flooding.

I don’t see anything like that in our forecast, but our moisture will be increasing.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


No Rain on our Parades

May 25th, 2015 at 7:14 am by under Weather

Our service men and women deserve a beautiful day and it’s going to be nothing short of gorgeous across Hampton Roads and North Carolina!  It’ll be a bright and comfortable day for all of the parades and commemoration ceremonies that will be going on across the region.

Here’s what you can expect if you’re heading to the Memorial Day parade in Portsmouth:

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade

The parade will start at 10 AM along High Street.  Temperatures will be in the mid to upper-70s for the duration of the parade – couldn’t ask for a better forecast!

Whether you’re heading to the parade, the beach, or the zoo, make sure you stay well-hydrated and wear plenty of sunscreen!  The UV index is very high today, so you’ll want to wear at least SPF 30 and re-apply throughout the day!  On warm days like this, you’ll also want wear light-colored clothes that reflect the sunshine and spend time in shaded areas.  Most importantly, don’t leave the pets outside very long and certainly don’t leave them in locked cars!

Here’s a look at your beach forecast:

Virginia Beach Forecast

Virginia Beach Forecast

Nags Head Forecast

Nags Head Forecast

Buckroe Beach Forecast

Buckroe Beach Forecast

The beach umbrella is a must today, just so you get some shade from that hot sun….and also, to make sure you don’t look like a boiled lobster at the end of the day!  There is a low risk for rip currents out there, but you always want to be careful when going in the water.

Dewpoints will be in the mid-50s today, so it will feel quite comfortable!  We’ll turn up the heat and humidity a little more heading into the middle of the week.

Dewpoint Forecast - Next 4 Days

Dewpoint Forecast – Next 4 Days

Dewpoints will be in the low-60s tomorrow, so you’ll feel a little more stickiness in the air, but it’ll definitely feel hot and muggy Wednesday and Thursday.  Most of the week will be dry, but there will be a slight (and I mean very slight) chance for an isolated shower or two Wednesday afternoon.  Expect a better chance for some scattered showers and storms Thursday afternoon.

We are approaching the start of hurricane season, so it’s fitting that Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday starts today and runs through Sunday, May 31st.  You won’t have to pay sales tax on items for your hurricane ready kit, including certain types of batteries, flashlights, bottled water, first-aid kits, coolers, NOAA weather radios, and portable generators.

Be sure to pick up one of our Super Doppler 10 Hurricane Ready Guides.  They will be available in Farm Fresh stores across Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina.  The Super Doppler weather team will be signing in Farm Fresh stores in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Elizabeth City, NC over the next two weekends!

A huge thank you to all of the men and women in the military for your service to our country on this Memorial Day!
-Meteorologist Ashley Baylor


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

 

 


Perfection!

May 23rd, 2015 at 8:29 am by under Weather

I’m writing this at 7:45 AM..watching live video of the 1st Street Jetty in Virginia Beach….and there are quite a few people already out enjoying this beautiful start to the weekend!  With high pressure in control all weekend, it’ll be tough to find various adjectives to describe this gorgeous weather!

Today, we’ll enjoy sunny skies, but temperatures will be a few degrees below average.  With cooler air in place, temperatures will only top out in the upper-60s, near 70°.  Even though it’s going to be cool, just remember that the UV index will remain high, so make sure you slather on the SPF if you plan on spending time outdoors!  (I would recommend at least SPF 30.)

Heading to the beach today?

Virginia Beach Forecast

Virginia Beach Forecast

Nags Head Forecast

Nags Head Forecast

There will be a moderate risk for rip currents from Virginia Beach all the way to Nags Head, NC, so if you’re not a strong swimmer, you may want to stay close to a lifeguard tower!

If you’re not feelin’ the beach today, you can check out the Pungo Strawberry Festival in the Pungo section of Virginia Beach:

Pungo Strawberry Festival

Pungo Strawberry Festival

I hear the strawberries are really good this year!

We also have the Umoja Festival going on all weekend in Portsmouth!  All Memorial Day weekend events can be found on our new lifestyle website, hrScene.com!

As I said, temperatures will be running slightly below average today, but with a shift in the wind direction, temperatures will be about 10-degrees warmer tomorrow.  By Memorial Day, expect highs back in the low-80s!  Not only will it be dry and mild this weekend, but we’ll also have very comfortable levels of humidity.  I don’t think you could ask for a nicer weekend, and certainly, our servicemen and women deserve a beautiful weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

We’ll turn up the heat and humidity a little bit by the middle of next week, but it won’t feel like a tropical rainforest..  So far, no raindrops in our 7-Day Forecast, so you’ll need to water the lawns and gardens yourself..

Have a nice, safe Memorial Day weekend!

-Meteorologist Ashley Baylor


Memorial Day Weekend Forecast

May 22nd, 2015 at 7:35 am by under Weather

The timing is working out well for this weekend.  Yesterday there were heavy downpours as an area of low pressure moved through the region.

Radar Yesterday

Radar Yesterday

The rain was very heavy, and it added up in the rain gauges.  Here are some of the rain totals for the area:

24 Hour Rain Totals

24 Hour Rain Totals

My weather watcher Doris on the Eastern Shore had 1.25″ of rain.  Donna in Blackwater (southern Virginia Beach) had 2.3″.  Meanwhile Greg in Currituck NC did not need rain.  Luckily he only had 0.2″.  That system is outta heeere today.  It is way out over the ocean.  High pressure is building in from the northwest.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

Winds will be out of the north/northwest at 10-15mph.  We’ll be very dry today and for the next 2 days.  Highs will be in the mid 70s.  There will be lots of sunshine.  Tonight a weak cool front will move through the area.  There won’t be any precipitation with it.  However, tomorrow we’ll be a little cool behind that system.  Highs will only be in the upper 60s to low 7os. The average high temperature for this time of year is in the upper 70s.  As high pressure sits over the region and drifts around Sunday into Monday we’ll warm up.  Highs will be in the upper 70s on Sunday with fair skies.  We’ll be in the low 80s for Memorial Day itself.  It will be good for fun and for memorial services.  That will be the better day to head to any pools or beaches.  Just watch for the crowds.  Have a great weekend!

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Rainy Thursday With Some Storms

May 21st, 2015 at 8:32 am by under Weather

Over the last couple of days the computer models showed an area of low pressure that would head towards the region today.  They stubbornly kept disagreeing as to how much rain we would get and as to how organized the low would be.  Now they agree that there is a high chance for rain, and that the low is fairly organized.  As of this writing, the low was located just northeast of Charlotte, NC.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

There is some mid level energy in the atmosphere that will run through our region along with the surface low.  This will enhance the rainfall, and it will create the chance for thunderstorms this afternoon. It’s interesting because we will actually be pretty cool today.  Winds are out of the east at 10-15mph.  So that is a cool onshore breeze.  With the clouds and rain on top of the breeze, our temps in Hampton Roads will only be in the upper 60s to low 70s for highs.  So we are pretty much looking at rain showers with a few thunderstorms.  However, the stationary front will try to nudge north a bit.  So a few cities in North Carolina could reach up to 80 degrees.  Most likely towards Ahoskie, Edenton, and Hertford NC.  That is why there will be a higher chance for thunderstorms there.  There may even be some isolated severe weather.  Rain will continue into the evening hours.  It could slow things down for the evening commute.

Future Trak (5pm)

Future Trak (5pm)

The low will start to push out between 7-9pm.  The rain will taper off through the time.  Winds will turn northwest behind the low.  We could see a few gusts up to 20mph.  Then we’ll dry out through the overnight hours.

We could see about a half inch up to an inch of rain.  There will be some cities that will get over 1.5″ of rain between this morning and this evening.

Ran Totals Forecast

Ran Totals Forecast

Following this rain, we will see some great weather.  We’ll have dry conditions between Friday and Monday. Highs will be in the low/mid 70s Friday and Saturday.  Upper 70s on Sunday.  Then we’ll have some 80s on Monday for Memorial Day. It will be awesome for outdoor events and services.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

 


Coolness…No…Not The Fonz!

May 20th, 2015 at 8:46 am by under Weather

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an episode, but the blog title is a throwback to the old “Happy Days” series with the main character called the “Fonz” or Arthur Fonzarelli.  He was always a very cool character.  I miss the old TV shows as they really focused on dramatic and human stories with really good characters.  Even in the sitcoms.  I don’t believe there is as much of that in today’s television. There are exceptions.  Just my 2 quick cents.  Anyway, yes… the weather will be cooler and drier today.

Yesterday afternoon/evening we did have some scattered showers and thunderstorms trudging through the region. They didn’t make it to everybody though.

Radar Yesterday Evening

Radar Yesterday Evening

There were parts of northeast North Carolina up to Chesapeake that had a deluge.  However, the rest of the Southside missed the heavy rain.  Here are the 24 hour rain totals:

24 Hour Rain Totals

24 Hour Rain Totals

My weather watcher Scott in Yorktown had 0.44″ of rain.  There was one quick flash there yesterday evening.  Chesapeake had 0.84″.  Greg my weather watcher in Currituck had 0.5″.  he said there were a couple of towns near him that had over 2″ of rain.  However, Donna in Blackwater (southern Virginia Beach) had very little rain, and Doris on the Eastern Shore also had very little.

Today the cold front is heading south of the viewing area.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

While the front is moving through this morning, the humidity has been slow to drop . The winds didn’t really pick up until about 7am.  They will run at 10-15mph out of the north today.  So we’ll slowly filter in the drier air through midday.  High pressure is also building-in.  So we’ll see  a lot of sunshine.  High temps will be in the mid-upper 70s.  There may be a couple of 80s over inland North Carolina.

The cold front will stall to our south today.  By tomorrow it will nudge back to the north a bit.  At the same time a weak area of low pressure will develop along the front.  It will move into Hampton Roads during the afternoon.  This will bring us scattered to occasional rain showers by the afternoon.  In fact we could see some scattered thunderstorms over northeast North Carolina where temps will be a little warmer.  The rain showers will continue into the evening.

Future Trak (5pm Thursday)

Future Trak (5pm Thursday)

We could see about a half inch of rain with a bit more in some areas.  That system will move out by Thursday night.  Then we’ll have some great weather from Friday through Monday.  Highs will be in the 70s until Monday.  Then we’ll warm to the low 80s.

In national news… It’s not new news that the drought in the southwestern U.S. is still ongoing, but I found a recent article about Lake Powell that is interesting.  It not only talks about what is happening now, but it also has some history as well as what may happen in the future.  Lake Powell and the drought.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Stormy Tonight, Then Goodbye Heat & Humidity!

May 19th, 2015 at 6:15 pm by under Weather

We just have to get through the rainy and stormy weather tonight! Then we can say goodbye to the summer-like heat and humidity, at least for a few days. Showers and storms started developing across North Carolina earlier this afternoon. A marsh fire erupted in Mainland Dare County southwest of Manns Harbor. A lightning strike is expected to have sparked this fire. This picture was taken by Lisa looking toward Mainland Dare County.

March Fire - Mainland Dare County

Marsh Fire – Mainland Dare County

Showers and storms will continue to develop over the next few hours and the main threat tonight will be heavy rain, which could lead to localized street flooding. Check out this view out of Tower Cam 10 looking west out of Portsmouth. You can see the rain shaft on the left side of the picture.

Tower Cam 10

Tower Cam 10

Best chances for rain tonight will be between now and 10 PM. Here is what out Future Trak model has at 9 PM.

Future Trak at 9 PM Tonight

Future Trak at 9 PM Tonight

The front will move in shortly after midnight. We may see a stray shower along the front, but that is it. Then our northerly winds will pick up behind the front and drive in cooler and drier air. Winds will be running between 10-15mph gusting to 20mph at times. Highs on Wednesday will only be in the mid 70s and humidity levels will also drop! We forecast how it will feel outside by looking at the dew point temperature. Dew point readings were in the lower 70s today and that is why it felt so humid outside. Dew point temperatures are expected to drop into the 50s tomorrow. Finally a breath of fresh air! Great opportunity to open those windows!

Humidity Forecast

Humidity Forecast

Humidity levels will rise a little bit on Thursday as rain chances return to the forecast. The cold front that will move through the region tonight will stall out to our south Wednesday and Thursday. An area of low pressure will ride along it and bring moisture back into Hampton Roads and North Carolina on Thursday. Our Future Trak computer model has scattered showers moving through the area Thursday afternoon.

Future Trak at 4 PM Thursday

Future Trak at 4 PM Thursday

We will dry out just in time for Memorial Day Weekend! Highs will be in the 70s Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Then we warm back up into the 80s on Monday.

Chief Meteorologist Don Slater will have another update coming up on WAVY News 10 at 10 on FOX43 and WAVY News 10 at 11. Stay tuned!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


Soupy Air Indeed!

May 19th, 2015 at 8:27 am by under Weather

It’s been a while, but earlier this morning we had a thick haze on Tower Cam 10:

Tower Cam 10

Tower Cam 10

This was indicative of the high humidity in the region.  The humidity allowed showers to continue from last night into this morning.  We even had some heavy rain on the Eastern Shore.  Although a stationary front also contributed to those downpours.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

The showers ended this morning, and we should see mainly quiet weather through the early afternoon. The stationary front will drift east a bit, but will sit just offshore.  Meanwhile, a cold front was beginning to move into Virginia from the west.  During the day we’ll be in-between fronts.  This is where the heat and humidity will be high.  This will lead to a good amount of instability for thunderstorms to form.  However, there isn’t a lot of upper level wind support.  So as we go into the late afternoon and evening we could see some areas of heavy rain, but I don’t expect severe weather at this time.  A few strong gusts are possible as the downpours fall through some downbursts, but these should be isolated.

Future Trak (6:30pm)

Future Trak (6:30pm)

Heavy rain could slow you down during the evening rush hour.  So keep that in mind when heading home from work.   The front should push through by 10pm.  After that we’ll enjoy some great weather for Wednesday.  High temps will be in the mid 70s, we’ll dry things out, and there will be a nice northerly breeze at 5-15mph.
However, on Thursday the cold front will have stalled out to our south.  It may try and push some moisture back our way.  So some scattered showers will try to re-develop.  The models differ as to how much rain will move in.  So stay tuned for updates.  After that we are looking pretty good for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Someone Fan Me Please!

May 18th, 2015 at 8:40 am by under Weather

I don’t mean like my facebook page.  Well…you can.  That would be great.  However, I mean I would like to get someone to get one of those giant ancient Greek fans that they used to cool down the caesars.  Not that I want to be a king, but I need some portable air conditioning.  So far we’ve had an overall dry and cool Spring.  Since Sunday the heat and humidity have felt like mid-Summer.  It continues today and tomorrow.

There were a few showers in the region yesterday evening.  Some of those showers moved southeast into our region since last night.  So we had some spotty showers early.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

There was a stationary front to our east.  This may brush the Eastern Shore and cool down the residents there.  Otherwise, it is going to be humid with highs in the mid-upper 80s.  A few 90s are possible inland.  Winds will be westerly at 5-10mph except on the Eastern Shore where they will be variable.  Expect some scattered showers and storms this afternoon.  A few spots of heavy rain are possible, but severe weather is not expected.  By tomorrow the stationary front will remain in place. Also, we’ll see a cold front moving in from the west.  Most of the region will be in-between.  So expect another warm/humid day.

Tomorrow's Forecast

Tomorrow’s Forecast

The cold front will move in towards the evening, but some scattered storms will fire up ahead of the front during the afternoon.  Highs will be in the low/mid 80s with light & variable winds.  The scattered storms will continue into tomorrow evening.  Then things will quiet down going into Tuesday night.  We’ll dry things out by Wednesday. Highs will be in the low/mid 70s.  We’ll stay in the 70s into the weekend.  While the weather does look pretty quiet Wednesday into the weekend, the cold front may stall out just to out south.  So a few showers may try to sneak into the Thursday forecast.  Stay tuned!

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler