WINDS INCREASE ON THE LAST DAY OF 2008… TEMPERATURES DROP AS 2009 BEGINS… SOME MODERATION OF TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED OVER THE WEEKEND

Wind will be the big story on this last day of 2008. Why is it so windy? The pressure gradient between a departing and intensifying low pressure area off the NJ coast and a strong high pressure area moving in from the west is causing all the wind. The windiest period should be Wednesday afternoon as the sun’s instability brings down the stronger winds from higher up in the atmosphere. The winds will diminish somewhat overnight so by New Year’s Day, it shouldn’t be that bad. The cold will return and temperatures should be below freezing in most locations around Hampton Roads by morning.  A frontal system will be approaching on Friday, but this system is expected to be moisture starved as the system will not be able to tap moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. A shower or two may occur on Friday but that should be about it. Another system moving into the region on Sunday may bring precipitation but I’ll have an update on that as we get closer. That system may be able to bring up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico but forecasters aren’t sure how far north the system will come. Also, next week could be quite unsettled but I’ll have more on that over the next few days. So, enjoy whatever you are doing on New Year’s Eve. If you are going out, dress warmly and stay safe.

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