Drier With More Sunshine on Monday

April 20th, 2014 at 8:53 pm by under Weather

It was a wet Easter weekend for some and a windy Easter Sunday for all of us. The good news is that the rain will taper off across North Carolina tonight. The bad news is that the wind will stay up tonight and for the first half of your Monday. The wind and the rain is being generated by an area of low pressure spinning off the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina. This low is throwing moisture our way, especially across North Carolina. The strong winds are a result of the difference in pressure between the high to our north and the low to our southeast. Some wind gusts were as high as 40-45 mph earlier today.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

Northeast winds will stay up tonight and range from 15-25mph with gusts up to 30mph. Here is the wind speed forecast for Monday. Sustained winds should range between 15-20mph in the morning and then drop down to 10-15mph during the afternoon.

Monday Wind Speeds

Monday Wind Speeds

Tides will remain elevated during the next high tide, which is around 2:30 AM Monday. We are not concerned about minor tidal flooding because the water levels should remain below the minor flooding threshold. However, nuisance tidal flooding is possible. A High Surf Advisory is in effect until early Monday morning for the Outer Banks and Currituck. Waves could reach 8-10 feet and ocean over-wash is possible.

Areas across the Southside and North Carolina will start off with the clouds tomorrow morning. Areas north of the Southside should start off with more sunshine. Clouds will clear out by the afternoon across the Southside, but will linger across North Carolina. Highs will be in the lower 60s across the metro with upper 60s inland and upper 50s along the immediate coast.

We are going to see a big warm-up by Tuesday. Highs will warm up into the mid to upper 70s out ahead of our next cold front. Most of Tuesday (Earth Day) will stay dry. Showers/isolated storms are possible anytime after 4 PM and  all of the rain should end shortly after midnight.

Future Trak at 7 PM Tuesday

Future Trak at 7 PM Tuesday

Cooler and drier air will move in behind the front. Temperatures will drop back into the low to mid 60s Wednesday and Thursday.

We didn’t see enough rain to really wash out the pollen this weekend, so the pollen forecast will remain on the high side over the next few days. Sorry allergy sufferers! I hope everyone had a Happy Easter!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 


A Rainy Saturday, Less Rain Tomorrow

April 19th, 2014 at 8:56 am by under Weather

The cool temperatures are going to stick around for our Easter weekend across the area. Today we will see highs near 57 degrees. Tomorrow, temperatures will be near 60. Along with the cool temperatures; there will be a strong northeast wind.

Between Low & High Pressure

Between Low & High Pressure

In between both of these areas of low and high pressure exists a tight pressure gradient. That tight gradient will keep our wind speeds high with winds around 10-15mph today. Tomorrow the wind will be even stronger at 15-20mph and gusts easily over 30mph. As the storm gets closer, it will run out of rainfall.

For today, we are starting the day with plenty of rain:

Rain Moves Back South this afternoon

Rain Moves Back South this afternoon

The rain is going to break apart and retreat back to the south this afternoon. Across the Peninsula, Eastern Shore and areas north you will see mostly cloudy skies late this afternoon. For the Southside Hampton Roads cities and North Carolina, rain will taper off during the afternoon and early evening.

AM Sprinkles Possible on Easter

AM Sprinkles Possible on Easter

Any kids going on their annual Easter egg hunt, or those special sunrise services that are outdoors tomorrow morning may be a little soggy due to the incoming sprinkles for our area. I believe we will see the dry air win around midday and in the afternoon which should  keep up with mostly cloudy skies for our Easter Sunday.

Easter Forecast

Easter Forecast

In to Monday and Tuesday (Earth Day) we will see more sunshine with highs getting close to 70 degrees again.

Enjoy your Easter weekend.

-Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

 


This weekend in Hampton Roads

April 18th, 2014 at 4:45 pm by under Community

Celebrate Easter this weekend with kid-friendly activities, or bring the family to the circus! There’s a lot going on in Hampton Roads – check it out:

*Families welcomed home thousands of Sailors and Marines this week as the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group returned. Many of those families were reunited for the first time in nine months. Click here to read a helpful article about strategies for post-deployment happiness.

*PHOTOS: Harry S. Truman CSG homecoming

*Need some last-minute Easter basket tips? The Hampton Roads Show has you covered!

Saturday, April 19:

-CHESAPEAKE: Enjoy some free Easter fun in Chesapeake this weekend at White’s Nursery and Greenhouses, located at 3133 Old Mill Rod. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and enjoy candy and egg hunts with the Easter bunny.

-HAMPTON: The 14th Annual International Children’s Festival is free and open to the public Saturday. It’s at Mill Point Park in Hampton, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers were on The Hampton Roads Show Friday to talk about the festival. Click here to watch the segment, and for more information.

-HAMPTON: Fans of the circus – check out Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS this weekend at the Hampton Coliseum. Tickets run from $15 to $50, and parking is free. This weekend is your last chance to catch the circus.

-NEWPORT NEWS: Is your garden in need of a boost? The Virginia Living Museum is holding an annual sale as a fundraiser, offering a wide array of plants. The Museum says the goal is to introduce folks to the variety of native plants. Admission to the sale is free, and it runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-NORFOLK: Celebrate Earth Day at Norfolk Botanical Garden this weekend. The celebration is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and includes activities, crafts, and more. It’s a good chance for outdoor, educational and interactive fun.

-NORFOLK: The Way Church is hosting a community Easter egg hunt this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will include plenty of Easter-themed activities.

-NORFOLK: A charity bicycle ride heads through our area this weekend. The 2014 Freedom Ride is a charity event to combat human trafficking in Hampton Roads. All proceeds go to support the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative. Click here to learn more.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Enjoy Easter weekend with special events at Hunt Club Farm! There are egg hunts all day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plus, kids have the chance to meet the Easter bunny, pet farm animals, or go on a hay ride. It’ll cost you $15 per child, and $8 per adult.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Are you participating in the Color Me Rad 5K this weekend? It’s a color-filled race at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. If you’re running, share your pictures with us by emailing ReportIt@WAVY.com.

Sunday, April 20:

-CHESAPEAKE: Enjoy some free Easter fun in Chesapeake this weekend at White’s Nursery and Greenhouses, located at 3133 Old Mill Road. Check it out from noon to 4 p.m., and enjoy candy and egg hunts with the Easter bunny.

-HAMPTON: Lions, tigers, and bears – oh my! It’s just the circus! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS in Hampton, and Sunday is your last chance to see the show. Admission runs from $15 to $50 at the Hampton Coliseum.

-NORFOLK: Up for an afternoon of baseball? The Norfolk Tides are taking on Durham at 1:05 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information.

-NORFOLK: Visit the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio for a free demonstration at noon. The glass demonstrations start at noon every day, Wednesday through Sunday.

-NORFOLK: Work on your pottery skills with a clay workshop at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Learn new techniques from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Hunt Club Farm is hosting an Easter egg hunt this weekend, including a visit from the Easter bunny! Visitors can also enjoy hay rides, inflatable rides, music and more. Tickets are $15 per child, $8 per adult.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: It’s the “quest for the golden egg” Sunday at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. Three special eggs are hidden around the resort, which will lead to “sensational prizes.” Easter brunch at the Founders Inn is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

10 On Your Side’s Community Calendar

What else is happening this weekend in Hampton Roads? Add your event in the comments section below, or submit it at this link.

 


Nothin’ But The Blues

April 18th, 2014 at 12:16 pm by under THRS Live Music, Uncategorized

The day that you’ve been waiting for is finally here:  FRIDAY!  Yes, it’s Friday and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend then by heading down to the NorVa and for some good, local blues.

Nothin’ But The Blues features some of the best blues the 757 has to offer.  Our good buddy, Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos will join MIMSY, Soulshine, Evan Button and last week’s Live Music Friday featured artist, Jessica Doran.  Tickets are still available at the NorVa box office for just 12 bones and doors open at 7p with the show kicking off at 8p.  To give you a little preview of tonight’s shindig, here are Live Music Friday performances from Anthony and The Jess Doran Band.

 

 


Some Rain For Easter Weekend

April 18th, 2014 at 7:35 am by under Weather

Temperatures are a bit warmer this morning. Readings have mostly been in the 40s. Across the Eastern Shore, temperatures were a little cooler with lows near 39 degrees in Melfa and towards Cape Charles this morning.

Morning Low Temps

Morning Low Temps

This afternoon, thick clouds will continue to rule our skies. A little sunshine is possible, that could allow high temperatures to climb to the mid-50s.

The rain will start to move in late tonight, and begin likely after midnight. The best chance for showers will be tomorrow morning across the Hampton Roads cities.

Future Trak @ 7am

Future Trak @ 7am

In to the afternoon, the rain will begin to scatter a bit more, and mostly be centered over NE NC. Across Virginia Saturday night, we will see cloudy skies with a continues northeast wind. There is a small chance that the rain could continue on Easter Sunday in North Carolina.

Easter Forecast

Easter Forecast

Easter Sunday should be a little warmer with highs near 63 degrees. Monday and Tuesday next week will be the warmest as we should have highs near 70.

Enjoy your Easter Weekend!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


Stronger Than Ever- We’re On The Run Again!

April 17th, 2014 at 2:54 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized
Stronger Than Ever..."On The Run!"

Stronger Than Ever…”On The Run!”

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads form Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

 

Better Get Going!

While most people are getting ready for Spring Break plans, Runners in Hampton Roads were tearing up the streets with some swift times.  Double knot your laces, here we go!

In Newport news, the Jamestown 4H 10k was “Fast and Furious” for 31 year old,  Todd Kessler, who kicked the 6.2 mile course in 35:17, while the  Ladies Champ,  Sheila Scotti raced away in a quick 43:40.  Good Friend of the Blog Greg Dawson, from Williamsburg, ran a great 38:31.  He’s running a big Marathon in Massachusetts, this Monday.  Another Speedy Friend,  Rick Platt, won his 60-64 Age group in 43:11. Well Done Guys!

On the Southside, the Long Distance Action was in Chesapeake at the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half  Marathon.  Maryland’s Dereie Deme was the Overall Winner in 1:04:53.  Norfolk’s Will Christian was the fastest local and just a couple minutes off the victory with a strong 1:06:59.  Rebecca Rollick of Chesapeake blazed the 13.1 mile course on hand cycles. She finished in 1:16:56 as the fastest female.  Mettle Events always throws a good party with a great race as well.

In Norfolk, Football was in the air at Old dominion University and the ODU Big Blue 5K started the day’s celebration of Spring Sports activities.  Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll topped all racing the 3.1 miles in 16:38.  That’s an average of 5:22 per mile.  The Ladies title went to Stephanie Frenchik in 18:18 which translates to 5:54 per mile.  For both, that’s some serious leg work!

Whats Coming Up for the Next few Days

Everyone's "On The Run!"

Everyone’s “On The Run!”

While most people are enjoying the holiday weekend, there are a few races locally.  This Saturday, Williamsburg hosts the Clara Byrd Baker Relay Team 5k Run/Walk for a Cure.  In Newport News, the action is going on with JLHR Race For a Better Place 5K at the Mariners Museum.  For those who have the need to “Go the Distance”, the following week, the Virginia 24 Hour Ultra Run For Cancer goes off at Sandy Bottom Park.  I have many of my Running Friends who will run Saturday, April 26th until Sunday Morning, April 27th.  Excited for you all!

 

MONDAY MAJESTY!

Boston Marathon Monday Comes Back Big!

Boston Marathon Monday Comes Back Big!

Patriots day is Monday and in Boston, the third Monday of April ALWAYS means the Boston Marathon is on.  With all the events of last year, this year has brought so much attention to it’s return.  Sports Illustrated has featured a cover to some key people and this year’s  race attendance is at an all-time high.  Many of you in Hampton Roads who went last year are making return trips and some new Runners will be making their first appearance.  Staring in Hopkinton and winding their way past Natick, Wellesley College, along the famed hills near Newton, including “Heartbreak Hill”, then the parade to greatness, ending on Boylston and the ultimate finish line.

We will be rooting for you all and watching the progress of so many of you.  “Shout outs” to guys like Andrew Hoffer, Vincent Ortiz, and John Adams, who ran with me the last few miles of the Norfolk Freedom Marathon.  So many stories will follow those famous 26.2 miles.  All of wish you ALL the very best!

 

Throwback Thursday!!!

With the Boston Marathon on Monday, I thought it would be nice to re-visit an interview with the Race Director of the Boston Marathon since 1988, Dave McGillivray.  He was also the Race director for the Run For the Dream Weekend.  Did you know that except for last years race, Dave has run the marathon course after the last finisher crosses the line.  Enjoy this “Throwback On The Run!”

 

Thanks for checking us out this week.  Feel free to share with your friends, or leave us some feedback.  Look for more soon.  Maybe I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com

With You to the Finish..."On The Run!"

With You to the Finish…”On The Run!”

 

 

 


Still Cool Today, Slow Warming Trend Begins

April 17th, 2014 at 9:41 am by under Weather

Today we are going to see high temperatures in the 50s, still cool for this time of year. The average high for today is 68. Remember, it is spring, a transition season, so the cold spell that we are in now is not unusual.

Northeast Flow

Northeast Flow

Winds will remain out of the northeast today and going in to the weekend, with that wind it will keep our temperatures cooler than normal. I am also expecting some extra cloud cover for tonight, this will keep our lows in the 40s. At the same time, the clouds will also keep us cool with highs in the mid-50s again tomorrow.

Rain Possible Tomorrow

Rain Possible Tomorrow

Scattered Showers will begin to push in late tomorrow afternoon and in to the evening. There is still some uncertainty in how long the rain will last. The GFS model keeps us wet all day Saturday. The Euro has us cloudy and dry with showers possible for the OBX. I will keep an eye on the models during the rest of the day and look for trends. Regardless, Easter Sunday looks dry with highs near 63 degrees.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


Winter Has Returned For A Day Plus Storm Recap

April 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am by under Weather

Wow! Feels more like winter outside this morning. It was cold enough for me to need to turn on the heat in my car on my ride into work. Check out the low temperatures across the region this morning. The record low in Norfolk is 33° set back in 1943. We didn’t break the record, but we were close. Wind chill values were in the 20s!

Lows This Morning

Lows This Morning

All of this cold air rushed in behind a powerful cold front that moved through Hampton Roads last night. Once the front moved in, wind speeds picked up and temperatures dropped a good 20-30 degrees in less than an hour. Check out these peak wind gusts recorded last night.

Peak Wind Gusts Overnight

Peak Wind Gusts Overnight

Wind speeds along the Lower Chesapeake Bay ranged from 60-70mph. The strong winds pushed a large ship aground near Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. Read the full story here on wavy.com. Wind damage was also reported in a Virginia Beach neighborhood. A tree fell onto a fence and two cars. Rain totals were also quite impressive. Most locations saw between 1.5-2 inches of rain with some areas seeing more than that. Now we are above average for the month of April and for the year so far.

24-Hour Rain Totals

24-Hour Rain Totals

The wind is going to stay up all day long. Future Trak has our sustained wind speeds ranging from 10-20mph with gusts up to 35mph this afternoon.

Future Trak Wind Speeds

Future Trak Wind Speeds

The pollen count will be on the rise today, thanks to the wind. I have the pollen forecast at a medium level today. Hopefully you enjoyed some allergy relief yesterday. Even though we will see plenty of sunshine this afternoon, highs will only reach the upper 40s. Some 50° readings will be possible for inland locations. We will see a gradual warm-up over the next few days. Highs in the 50s Thursday and Friday with 60s in the forecast this weekend.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 


Midday Update: Severe Weather Threat Going Down

April 15th, 2014 at 1:47 pm by under Weather

The severe weather threat for Hampton Roads has gone down significantly. We saw a lot of rain this morning, which cooled and stabilized the atmosphere. I talked about this being a possibility in my previous blog. Check out the rain totals from this morning.

Rain Totals So Far

Rain Totals So Far

The Storm Prediction Center has taken Virginia and North Carolina out of the slight risk area for severe weather because of the rain we saw earlier. Computer models did not do a very good job on picking up on the heavy rain this morning, therefore they over estimated the amount of instability we would have this afternoon. We still expect a line of showers and storms to develop ahead of the cold front between 4-8 PM.  This is the latest Future Trak computer model at 6 PM, so the evening commute is going to be a messy one.

Future Trak at 5 PM

Future Trak at 6 PM

Once the cold front moves in, temperatures will drop a good 10-15 degrees in one hour. Winds will pick up out of the north at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 40-45mph. Cooler air will rush in, causing temperatures to drop into the low to mid 30s by Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has upgraded the Freeze Watch to a Freeze Warning for our northern and inland areas. This warning now includes the entire Peninsula. If you live in any of these counties, make sure you cover or bring inside any sensitive vegetation. Temperatures are expected to drop to around 32°, if not below freezing, for a few hours early Wednesday morning.

Freeze Warning

Freeze Warning

Keep in mind that wind chills values will likely be in the 20s early Wednesday morning, so make sure you take that winter coat back out of the closet. Chief Meteorologist Don Slater will have a full update coming up on WAVY News 10 at 4, 5 and 6 PM.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


Tuesday’s Severe Weather Threat

April 15th, 2014 at 9:29 am by under Weather

Before, we get to the severe weather threat today, I want to show a picture of the Lunar Eclipse. If you were lucky, like me, there may have been enough breaks in the clouds for you to see the moon.  Stephen Gagnon captured this beautiful picture in Carrollton this morning.

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse Early This Morning

We are tracking a strong cold front that will move through Hampton Roads early this evening. Before the front moves in, a line of showers and storms will develop. Some of these storms could turn strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted our entire area in a slight risk for severe weather this afternoon.

Today's Severe Weather Threat

Today’s Severe Weather Threat

The main severe weather threats will be heavy rain and damaging winds in excess of 60mph. Tornado threat is low, but not zero. If we see an area of low pressure develop along the front, we could see an enhanced tornado threat just south of the low. One computer model has the low developing across NE North Carolina, while another model has the low developing across SE Virginia. A couple other models do not have an area of low pressure developing at all. This is something we will be watching for this afternoon. Keep in mind that if we see more rain this morning, then the severe weather threat will be lower. If we see more sunshine, then the severe weather threat will be going up this afternoon. The window for seeing severe weather will be between 3-9 PM, ahead of the cold front. The line of showers and storms should move through the metro area around 4-7 PM. This means we are looking at a messy evening commute. Any thunderstorm that can develop ahead of the front could be strong to severe. Here is what our Future Trak computer model has at 5 PM.

Future Trak at 5 PM

Future Trak at 5 PM

Once the front clears the area, the severe threat will be gone. But the rain will continue behind the front and the rain could be heavy at times. Here is what our Future Trak model has at 9 PM.

Future Trak at 9 PM

Future Trak at 9 PM

Winds will turn northerly behind the front and increase in speed. Look for sustained wind speeds between 25-35 mph with gusts ranging from 40-45mph overnight. Much colder air will filter in and temperatures will drop into the mid 30s by Wednesday morning. Wind chill values will be in the 20s!!! Welcome back winter! Future Trak Temperatures has lows around 32° for our northern and western counties with mid 30s everywhere else. Record low for Norfolk Airport is 33° set back in 1943, so we will be close.

Wednesday AM Lows

Wednesday AM Lows

The National Weather Service issued a Freeze Watch in effect for all counties highlighted in blue. These areas could see temperatures dip below 32° for a couple of hours overnight.

Freeze Watch

Freeze Watch

If you live in these areas, make sure you bring any potted plants indoors and/or cover any sensitive vegetation.

Good news for all of the allergy sufferers…the pollen forecast is LOW today due to the rain and the wind. The heavy rain should really knock down the pollen count today. I will be tracking the potential for strong to severe storms this afternoon. Stay with wavy.com for the latest.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona