We will see more rainfall today, the pattern has hardly changed from yesterday. For today we will again see 1-2″ of rainfall in NE N. Carolina, The Southside Hampton Roads cities and the Eastern Shore.
Yesterday, another 0.98″ of rain fell in Norfolk which brings the official total for the year to 30.8″ (4.01″ above normal) Other cites across our area picked up between 0.5″ and 1″ of rain. We will see more rain move in this morning and also continue to be off an on this afternoon.
Tropical Storm Bertha continues to impact the Dominican Republic this morning bringing high surf, heavy rain, and gusty winds. In case you didn’t know there are several islands in the Caribbean which are experiencing drought conditions, so in a way, the rainfall from Bertha will help them out. Now lets talk about the track; The National Hurricane Center still has Bertha going up along the coast.
Bertha may still develop into a Cat. 1 Hurricane on Wednesday morning, just offshore of the USA. Some recent computer models do have a weak area of low pressure forming along it that could help to enhance the rain that this storm can produce. If that happens, we could see a track closer to us. That would mean more rain on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Also, possibly higher winds with speeds around 20mph. We will continue to monitor the storm over the next few days.
The 2-3ft swell we had yesterday morning faded away for this morning. Wave heights will be 1-2ft today with a low threat for rip currents. The swell from Bertha is expected to arrive sometime on Tuesday.
For the OBX, conditions should be fun on Tuesday afternoon if this storm can stay offshore and keep the winds light. For Virginia Beach, the swell should push in Tuesday PM. I still believe Wednesday will be the best day, I expect Chest/Shoulder high sets for VB and the OBX on Wednesday morning and afternoon. This swell will fade quickly on Thursday. Get your boards ready!
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson