Tonight’s full moon is a supermoon, one of the five supermoons in 2014. A supermoon is when a new or full moon occurs at the same time the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit. This supermoon in particular is the closest supermoon of the year, so it will appear bigger and brighter than all of the other full moons this year. On average, we see about 4-6 supermoons each year. The next and last supermoon of the year is on September 9th. Here is the view out of Tower Cam 10.
Tides are going to be higher than normal and lower than normal for the next few days. I put together this graphic showing the water levels for Sewells Point, which is a benchmark for Southside Hampton Roads. The threshold for minor tidal flooding occurs at 4.5 feet. Water levels should get close to 4 feet late tonight and during times of high tide tomorrow. When we see water levels get close to 4 feet, we can expect to see some nuisance tidal flooding.
Winds will increase out of the southeast tomorrow, so with an onshore wind and higher than normal tides, we are going to see a high risk for rip currents along the beaches tomorrow. Wave heights should range between 2-3+ feet. Moisture levels should also increase tomorrow, so we can’t rule out a few isolated showers, but many areas should miss out on the rain. Future Trak has a few rain showers developing around 12 PM.
Any rain that develops tomorrow will be hit or miss. Rain chances really increase on Tuesday as our next storm system gets closer to us. The cold front will move in Wednesday morning. Once the front moves through, rain chances will go away and we should cool back down into the lower 80s.
We are watching an area of showers and storms spinning south of the Cape Verde Islands, which is just west of the African coast. The National Hurricane Center is giving it a medium chance of developing into a tropical system over the next 5 days. Some computer models have it strengthening, as it moves west, and getting close to the Lesser Antilles by next weekend. This area of disturbed weather is still very far away, so we will have plenty of time to track it.
Have a great work week!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona