Nice Start, Shaky Finish

April 18th, 2015 at 7:31 am by under Weather

Despite a little bit of patchy fog, it was a nice start to the day – a few clouds with temperatures in the upper-50s to low-60s!

We had a great shot of the sunrise on Tower Cam 10:

Saturday Sunrise

Saturday Sunrise

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Morning clouds will give way to plenty of sunshine this afternoon across Hampton Roads.  If you’re going to be in North Carolina, expect more of a mix of sun and clouds along with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or two.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s not going to be a wet afternoon in North Carolina, but a few clouds may attempt to squeeze out a quick shower.

Future Trak Forecast - 5 PM

Future Trak Forecast – 5 PM

If you’re going to be in Ahoskie, Edenton, Elizabeth City – those are the places that have the best chance of seeing a quick pop-up shower.

Expect mainly clear skies overnight with temperatures dropping back into the mid-50s.  It’ll be a great night to open the windows and get some fresh air IF your allergies aren’t bothering you!  Just a warning, the pollen count will be high today and tomorrow!

We’ll start with mostly sunny skies Sunday morning.  You can see on our Future Trak Forecast, we’ll have a mix of sun and clouds by Noon.  As our next storm system approaches, clouds will fill in through the afternoon.  Most of your Sunday will be dry, so don’t cancel any outdoor plans!

Future Trak Forecast - 12 PM Sunday

Future Trak Forecast – 12 PM Sunday

Future Trak Forecast - 5 PM Sunday

Future Trak Forecast – 5 PM Sunday

After 7 PM, rain will start to spread into North Carolina and Hampton Roads.  Suffice to say, if you’re going to be out Sunday night, make sure you have an umbrella handy!  You’ll definitely want an umbrella as you head out the door Monday morning since we will be tracking steady rain through your morning commute.

Monday is actually going to be an interesting day.  As I said, we’ll start with rain Monday morning, but the rain will taper off just after your morning commute.  Between 9 AM to 3 PM, we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid to upper-70s.  Here’s the problem – the sun, coupled with a passing trough, will destabilize the atmosphere and lead to the re-development of showers and thunderstorms.  The Storm Prediction Center is already showing a slight chance for some isolated strong storms Monday afternoon with the primary threats being gusty winds and hail.  Take this with a grain of salt for nowthings can certainly change between now and then.  Just know that we’ll keep a close eye on it over the weekend!

In the meantime, have a great weekend!!

-Meteorologist Ashley Baylor


“On The Run” Loves a Good Boston Story- We Got It For You

April 17th, 2015 at 11:11 am by under Sports

The Latest Running News, Notes and Stories from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Runners From Hampton Roads will be "Boston-Bound" for Marathon!

Runners From Hampton Roads will be “Boston-Bound” for Marathon!

Monday, the most famous Marathon in the country starts in Hopkinton and heads for the streets of Downtown Boston.  For close to 120 years, legends have crossed the finish line.  With it’s incredible history, it is a “bucket list” race.  You must qualify with a certain time at a previous event, or like some raise money for a charity to gain access.

Monday, Hampton Roads will be well represented at this year’s Boston marathon.  Yesterday, we showed you Female elite, Kris Lawrence.   Today, it’s time to meet Thomas Hicks.

 

Originally from New York, the Navy brought Hicks to the Hampton Roads area.  Like many of us, “Life” was going on but,  came back to Running a few years ago.  With his eighth Marathon looming, Thomas runs with MS and a has a charity called 1 More Round.  Here’s his story:

 


Wow!  He’s a friend to everyone he meets and an inspiration to those of us needing a little push when we think we can’t go faster or farther.  As he mentioned he will be running with support of another Hampton Roads Runner, Aric Martinez.  Thanks Thomas!   You can go to BAA.org and follow his progress Monday.  I know I will.  Good Luck to all “shipping up to Boston!”

Please feel free to leave Feedback here on WAVY.com.  We always give “Shout-Outs” to those who do.

Also, we are working on “goodies” for upcoming promotions.  We all know Runners Like Free Things.

Best wishes if you are running a race this weekend.   There are plenty on Saturday, like the Farafest 5k and Purple Stride 5K in Virginia Beach, while in Norfolk, the Kettle Krush 5k races off in Norfolk.   In the Outer banks, the First Flight 5k is waiting for you, along with a long run in Roanoke at the Blue Ridge Half and Full Marathon.  That’s Just Saturday!  Sunday, the Surf’s Up 5k hits Virginia Beach, along with the very popular Color Me Rad 5k.  Speedy youth will be racing the streets of Virginia Beach at the Thoroughgood One Miler, while down in the Outer Banks, it’s time to get your “Arghhhh” on with the Flyin’ Pirate Half Marathon.

That’s all the time we have this week.  Run Fast and Strong!  Maybe, I’ll see you soon…“On The Run!”

Flex at Spring stride 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If Today Were A Movie. Also 2011 Tornado Outbreak.

April 17th, 2015 at 8:47 am by under Weather

If today’s weather were a movie, then it would actually be fairly dull and quiet.  No big players, no big plots, no big song and dance.  So why would I even mention it.  Probably, because I am an avid movie lover as well as a meteorologist.  And if you haven’t heard…The new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars sequel is out.  Here it is: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer.   Also, you may have heard that the Super Man versus Batman trailer will be out on Monday officially.  There have been some leaks, but I won’t post them here.   I am very psyched about Star Wars, and I’m very curious about the D.C. movie. Even this Summer will be huge with the Avengers sequel and Jurassic Park.  I can’t wait.  Sorry, I just had to mention it.  This weekend will be more for the outdoors though.

As I mentioned…the weather today is pretty quiet, but a tad tricky too.  (oops I guess that’s a plot twist).  Like yesterday, we are in-between systems.  There is still an area of high pressure to the northeast.  There’s also a weak area of low pressure to the south.

In-Between Systems

In-Between Systems

There is a good amount of moisture in the region.  So that’s mainly why we’ve had some showers lately.  There were a few north of the metro this morning, but they were light and scattered.  Through the day we’ll see partly to mostly cloudy skies.  The trend has been for clearing around the midday hours with clouds returning in the afternoons and evenings.  Our computer model (Future Trak) shows isolated showers around the 3:00pm hour. (Give or take an hour)

Future Trak (3pm)

Future Trak (3pm)

The spotty showers will be light and brief today.  So most of the day will be good.  High temps will rise to the mid-upper 70s.  Winds will be light and from the southeast.  With the warm and moderately humid air in place we’ll see a lot of pollen in the air.  (And on the cars).  I put the pollen forecast up to a 10 out of 10.  Pollen counts will be between 1,000-2,000 grains.  It stinks, but you have been warned.

This evening a wind-shift line will move through the area from north to south.  This will create a few scattered showers between 9pm and 1am.  These will probably fall apart as they roll through Hampton Roads.  Tomorrow we’ll see drier weather behind the wind-shift line.  This boundary will settle across North Carolina.   So I expect a good amount of sunshine over most of the region, but a stray shower could pop up there .  Highs will still be in the mid 70s.  Winds will be out of the north at 8-12mph.

We’ll be dry for most of Sunday.  Highs will still be in the 70s.  However, rain will move in by the evening.  Then rain is likely Sunday night into Monday.  Monday could be a washout.  At least it will wash-out some of the pollen.  There’s a silver lining for you.

On a more somber note…yesterday was the 4 year anniversary of the tornado outbreak in the region.  We has numerous tornadoes in the region as well as several deaths.   Here is a link to more information from the National Weather Service in Wakefield: 2011 Tornadoes.  A meteorologist in Charlotte also has a nice blog about the tornadoes over the rest of North Carolina.  It has a little more information and the science behind the outbreak. 2011 Tornado blog. It was a rough month for the whole country. This was actually a smaller outbreak (relatively speaking) with an even larger one happening towards the end of April.  The outbreaks caused hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars in damage.  It was a scary time.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Boston Marathon Week- “On The Run!”

April 16th, 2015 at 11:01 am by under Sports

The Latest Running News and Notes from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” LeidingBoston M Finish

It’s the most famous Marathon in the USA and you have to qualify to be able to run

the streets of the famed 26.2 mile course.  From Hopkinton, through Natick, past the “Scream Zone” at Wellesley College, up the Newton hills, then finally, all the to downtown Boston on Boylston Street, every runner dreams of running the Boston Marathon.

Some lucky Hampton Roads Runners will embrace the challenge this weekend.  Some will run with friends, and others for great causes but, Kris Lawrence, from Virginia Beach, will line up with the Elite Women.  One of the Top female qualifiers, Kris took some time to share her story with us…”On The Run!”

Best of luck to you, Kris!  You can go to the Boston Marathon website, baa.org and search any of your friends running Monday.

You can also watch the event live online as well.  We’ll share results here on WAVY.com late Monday or Tuesday of some Hampton Roads Runners.  if you are one of them, “Go Get ‘em!”

Friday, I’ll share with you an inspirational story of a local runner, dealing with MS and his 2015 Boston Marathon journey.

Thanks for checking us out…”On The Run!” 

 

Please feel free to share your feedback!  We give “Shout-outs” to those who have previously:  Mike Kottmer from Virginia Beach-”Thanks, Big Mike!”  Plus, a Queen of Running Events in Hampton Roads, Ann Hupp from Mettle Events- A Super Thanks for sharing “On The Run” with others!  That’s how we grow.  As the season continues, we will have giveaways.  Runners always like Free Stuff!

We're On The Run!

We’re On The Run!

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

 

 

 


No Big Systems

April 16th, 2015 at 7:32 am by under Weather

There is an area of high pressure to our north, but really there are no big weather systems in our region today.  Therefore, I will stop this Blog right now and take a nap……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Ok. I guess I’ll add a little more detail.  The nap can wait.   Recently we’ve had a lot of rain showers to our west, but they have been very limited as they’ve moved east.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

High pressure has been sliding east through the northeast states, but it has not moved down here.  Meanwhile moisture has moved back into central Virginia/North Carolina.  So our forecast is pretty quiet today.  We’ll see lots of clouds with an isolated shower possible.  Most of the rain should stay to our west.  Surface winds will be out of the northeast at 10-15mph.  So it will be cooler near the shore.  Highs will be in the 60s near the water and in most of the metro, but it will be in the 70s as you go just a little bit inland.

Tomorrow we’ll see a lot of the same except there will be a little more sunshine. This will allow the whole area to warm up to the 70s.  We’ll also lose the northeast wind.

Luckily the weekend forecast has dried up.  At this time both Saturday and Sunday look dry.  Now the rain looks to hold off until Sunday night.  With highs in the 70s, it is looking pretty good.  There will be a lot of rain in the region from Sunday night into Monday.  There will probably be some thunderstorms as well.

Ok.  Now on to my nap.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Runners- Are You Ready for Boston Week? We are- “On The Run!”

April 15th, 2015 at 3:15 pm by under Uncategorized

On the Run with Sportswrap running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Boston M Finish Overhead Boston M Finish

Hey Runners-  Monday is the third Monday of April, always meaning it’s time for the Boston Marathon.

We have been doing a little homework and a little tease for you for the next few days.  check it out:

 

Check back Thursday for our first segment here on WAVY.com with Women’s Elite Marathoner, Hampton Roads’ Kris Lawrence.

It’s Thursday “On The Run” here on WAVY.com.  See you soon!

We're On The Run!

We’re On The Run!

On The Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding.

 

 


The Rain Is Gone…Well Mostly.

April 15th, 2015 at 9:03 am by under Weather

As expected we saw some downpours yesterday evening.  Here was the view around 5pm Tuesday.

Radar (5pm Tue)

Radar (5pm Tue)

There were a few reports of street flooding over the Southside.  Mostly in Norfolk.  Here was one photo that was posted on our facebook page yesterday from Frizzell Ave:

Street Flooding In Norfolk

Street Flooding In Norfolk

The rain really added up in the rain bucket there.  Norfolk International Airport picked up 1.80″.

Rain Totals

Rain Totals

This brings the monthly total to 2.07″ which is 0.46″ above average.  It brings the rain totals up to 10.94″ for the year which is 0.87″ below average.  However, I like to remind folks that we had a significant amount of snow which likely added to the actual ground water for the year.

A cold front was the main focus for the rain yesterday.  The front is stalling out to our south today.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

We had scattered sprinkles and light showers through the early morning, but they have since dried up.  High pressure is sliding east through Pennsylvania, but it is not sliding in our direction.  Notice that there is rain building to our southwest.  Most of that rain will stay away from our region.  However, a few models bring some of those showers into Hampton Roads late in the day.  So I’m calling for an isolated shower later this afternoon into the early evening.  Not much.  Regardless we will see the clouds increase again during that time.  The clouds and the north/northeast breeze will keep highs in the low/mid 60s.  The wind will blow at 10-20mph near the shore and 8-12mph inland.

Tonight we’ll hold on to the clouds, but there shouldn’t be any rain.  Maybe a few sprinkles.  Tomorrow we’ll see a somewhat similar setup.  So there will be scattered showers to our southwest with some isolated showers in Hampton Roads.  Here is what Future Trak shows by 3pm:

Future Trak (3pm Thu)

Future Trak (3pm Thu)

Keep in mind that I look at several computer models daily.  A couple of those models have quite a bit of the rain making it into Hampton Roads.  So for now I’m splitting the difference.  Highs will be in the 60s.  A few of the showers will linger into Friday morning.  Then we’ll dry out Friday afternoon into Saturday.  Yep…Dry!  That’s a change from yesterday.  The rain keeps getting pushed back.  So for now there looks to be showers on Sunday.  If this trend keeps up, then maybe we’ll be able to push the rain all the way into Monday.  I hope so, because I have some outdoor activities for scouts this weekend.  So that would be great.

In International News… It looks like California is not the only area to have a bad drought recently.  Apparently there is also a bad drought in Taiwan.  They are normally a wet country.  So it’s interesting to see their long-term response.  Here is an article with more details: Taiwan drought.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Rainy, But Turning Cooler Overnight

April 14th, 2015 at 6:06 pm by under Weather

It has been a rainy evening commute for most folks on this Tuesday. This is what it looks like out of Tower Cam 10 around 5:45 PM. Scattered showers will continue tonight as a cold front moves southward through the region. Can’t rule out an isolated storm, but chances are low right now.

Tower Cam 10

Tower Cam 10

Heavy rain will be the main threat tonight because we have plenty of moisture in place across the region. Watch out for some localized street flooding. Here is our Future Trak solution at 7 PM…still shows some heavy rain across the metro and North Carolina.

Future Trak

Rain should become more scattered closer to midnight and the rain should taper off by tomorrow morning.

Rain Chances Overnight

Rain Chances Overnight

Winds will turn more northerly and northeasterly tonight behind the front and usher in much cooler and drier air. Temperatures will drop into the mid 50s by Wednesday morning. Wednesday will be about 15 degrees cooler and much less humid with highs in the low to mid 60s. We will be watching a disturbance that will produce showers to our west Wednesday afternoon. Some of these showers could sneak into North Carolina and our westernmost counties across the Southside after 12 PM.

Future Trak at 3 PM Wednesday

Future Trak at 3 PM Wednesday

Here are the rain chances for tomorrow afternoon. I think most areas will stay dry.

Rain Chances Wednesday Afternoon

Rain Chances Wednesday Afternoon

Rain chances will be going back up Thursday and Friday. Keep the umbrella close by over the next few days!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


Heavy Rain On The Way

April 14th, 2015 at 8:33 am by under Weather

The area of high pressure that brought us the nice weather yesterday is heading east.  Rain and humidity are moving in to take its place.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

We did have some showers already this morning, but the heavier rain will move in later today.  A cold front to our north is steadily creeping into the region.   So far this has been a focus for heavy downpours, and it will do so in our region this afternoon/evening.  The morning commute was pretty good (in terms of weather), but the evening commute could be hampered by wet roads and lowered visibilities.  Here is the rain forecast from Future Trak at 5pm:

Future Trak (5pm)

Future Trak (5pm)

The area of heavy rain (orange/red areas) won’t be as widespread as it was in the deep south recently.    However, even light rain can slow down the Hampton Roads commutes.  So be ready for a possibly lengthy this evening.  A few thunderstorms are also possible, but the cloud cover and lack of upper level winds should keep the severe weather to our south.  Rain showers will taper off tonight.  A stray shower may linger into tomorrow morning, but then we’ll dry out.  Tomorrow there will be some rain close to the region, but it should stay just to our west.  Stay tuned in case the rain gets a little closer.  For now I only have a low chance for a shower.  Rain will add up over the next 24 hours.  We are looking at an inch for most cities.  There will be several cities that will get between 1-2″ of rain.

Forecast Rain Totals

Forecast Rain Totals

Our model does a good job, but remember the area of heaviest rain can move around a bit. Also remember the time says 8:00am, but that is up through 8:00am tomorrow morning.

Temperatures will be warm today.  We started in the 60s, we’ll top off in the mid 70s with a few upper 70s.  It will be very warm and muggy.  Behind the front tomorrow we’ll see highs in the low 60s with a few upper 50s north of the metro.  It will be cooler with a north breeze at 10-20mph.

There will be another chance for rain on Thursday and early Friday.  This will be from some moisture and warmer temperatures returning.  The forecast for the weekend is tricky.  The models haven’t come into agreement on when the rain is going to move through.  So we’ll have to wait a day or two to let them settle out.  Basically though there are several weak systems which will move through the region over the next few days.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

 


I’m Back! Now The Forecast…

April 13th, 2015 at 9:14 am by under Weather

After a week off with the kids, I am back.  It was Spring Break last week, and I was home most of the time.  I got to work on some small projects around the house.  Then on Friday we went out to Luray Caverns and a Safari Zoo in western Virginia.  It was a good time.  Here are two photos of our trip.

Buffalo During Safari

Buffalo During Safari

In the safari area you actually get to drive out amongst the animals.  This was right outside my vehicle.  I actually didn’t get a close shot, but they do come right up to you and eat from a food bucket in your window.  It’s exciting, but can be a little unnerving at times.  Also there are many cave systems in western Virginia.  Again this was in Luray:

Cavern Wide Shot

Cavern Wide Shot

Now that I’m back we, are looking at some nice weather today.  High pressure is in control.  So we’ll see lots of sunshine and highs in the mid 70s.  Winds will be southeast at 5-10mph.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

Notice though that there is some wet weather to our west.  In fact they could be looking at some flooding over parts of the deep south today.  That system will move east through tomorrow.  Moisture will increase in our region.  We may see a stray shower or two tonight, but rain chances will really increase through the day tomorrow.  Highs will be in the upper 60s as a cold front moves-in and stalls-out in the region.

Tomorrow's Forecast

Tomorrow’s Forecast

A weak area of low pressure will move along the front.  This will enhance the chance for rain in the late afternoon/early evening.  With the cooler temperatures around, I don’t think we’ll see any severe weather, but we will have to see how far south the front gets before stalling.  If it stalls a little farther north, then that threat could be raised over North Carolina.  In the meantime, here is what Future Trak shows for the rain tomorrow evening:

Future Trak (Tuesday Evening)

Future Trak (Tuesday Evening)

Rain will continue through the evening, but should end overnight.  Rain will impact the evening commute tomorrow.  It could really slow things down.  It will add up in the rain bucket too.  At this time, Future Trak forecasts for 1-2″ of rain in the area.

Rain Totals forecast

Rain Totals forecast

This could lead to some localized flooding.  So stay tuned for updates.  We’ll dry out on Wednesday, but temps will run a little cool for mid April. Highs will be in the upper 50s to low 60s.  The average high is 67.  Then we’ll warm up on Thursday, but a few showers will try to move back in.  More rain is possible on Friday.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler