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Welcome to WEATHERDUDES.COM... We are currently focused on weather and climate of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and the East Coast, as well as other significant national and global weather events that occur. The intent of this site is not to be just another weather website with five day forecasts featuring happy suns and sad clouds It is to provide various interesting and personalized features, which provide the visitor with a view of the weather from a different perspective.
Currently we have:
Dave's Weather Discussion Page, providing an insight to the local weather conditions and patterns, and the reasons behind the weather.
Tropical Weather, A collection of tropical storm and hurricane resources.
Recent Weather, Weather conditions for the past 10 days for the mid-Atlantic area.
Weather Glossary, Providing weather definitions from A to Z.
Links to Weather Sites, providing a growing collection of links to weather sites.
Weather Facts, A collection of interesting weather facts.
We will be adding more features on a regular basis. Feel free to look around, and let us know what you think. Check back often for new content...

Dave's Weather Discussion

HURRICANE JOSE SHOULD CONTINUE MOVING NORTHWARD JUST OFF THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST... ANOTHER TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMED MARIA MAY BE AN ISSUE FOR PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN

Current Conditions

Random Weather Fact

Why the mornings are normally less windy than the afternoons?


The reason is this. During the afternoon, the sun's heating is the strongest and this heating destabilizes the atmosphere. The sun heats the earth's surface, so the atmosphere is really heated from the bottom upwards. So, the air at the lowest level of the atmosphere is heated first. The warm air rises since warm air is lighter and less dense than the cooler air aloft. This mixing of the air helps to bring down stronger winds blowing at higher levels in the atmosphere. These stronger winds are blowing during the morning hours above the surface, but the air is many times too stable to allow the fast moving air to get to the surface. During the morning hours, an ģinversionī is usually present which means that the lowest level of the atmosphere is cooler than the air aloft. This stable layer of cool air literally prevents the winds higher up in the atmosphere from mixing down to the surface. As soon as the sun heats the ground, this inversion begins to break down and the winds mix down to the surface. However, there are some exceptions. During stormy periods, the mornings can be just as windy as the afternoons. Also, if a strong cold front moves through your area in the early morning hours, the winds may be stronger immediately following the frontal passage and then die down in the afternoon or evening.

Source: Dave