Archive for January, 2009

THE STRONG WINDS EASE ON THURSDAY… COLDER AIR MOVES IN ON FRIDAY… TEMPERATURES REBOUND AGAIN OVER THE WEEKEND ONLY TO DROP NEXT WEEK

The strong winds on Wednesday were caused by a steep pressure gradient between a deep low pressure area over the northeastern states and a high to the southwest. The winds will subside a bit on Thursday and on Friday, temperatures will drop somewhat. On Saturday, another frontal system is expected to bring showers and slightly milder temperatures. Computer models continue to hint that a major arctic outbreak is expected next week. It is possible that parts of the Mid-West and the Eastern Seaboard may see the coldest weather of the season thus far. The rain on Tuesday amounted to about a half inch in my backyard. On Wednesday, some parts of SE VA saw some heavy rain, but only for a brief period. My neighborhood of VA Beach did not see that much rain. So, we seem to be in a very active weather pattern which could get quite interesting next week. It should be cold enough for snow here in Hampton Roads so all we’ll need is a storm system to come our way. Will that happen? In my next update, I’ll investigate the chance of seeing the white stuff. Keep in mind that we haven’t had significant snow since Dec 2004.

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A SIGNIFICANT RAIN EVENT SEEMS LIKELY ON TUESDAY… TEMPS COOL DOWN FOLLOWING THIS LARGE STORM SYSTEM

A significant storm system will most likely bring us rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. Computer models suggest over an inch of rain is possible during the mid-week period. This system could be a major winter storm for folks in the Northeastern part of the nation. Wind may also be a factor during this event. Very cold air will move into the Mid-Atlantic states behind this system making for a chilly ending to the week.

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HAMPTON ROADS WILL EXPERIENCE AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS… SATURDAY LOOKS DRY BUT SUNDAY MAY BE WET… ANOTHER MORE SIGNIFICANT STORM WILL AFFECT US NEXT WEEK

The pattern is quite active as we will have significant day to day changes in the weather over the next several days. Saturday looks dry with seasonal temperatures. A frontal system should bring us showers or even a period of rain on Sunday. Temperatures will be too warm here locally to support any frozen precipitation. We clear out on Monday but a more significant storm system developing over the Southeastern states will bring us more precipitation on Tuesday and Wednesday. A much colder air mass will move into the region following that storm system.  A period of very cold weather is expected later next week.

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TEMPERATURES ARE MILDER BUT CLOUDS WILL PREVAIL ON FRIDAY… SATURDAY LOOKS SUNNY… SUNDAY MAY BE ON THE WET SIDE

Milder air has moved into Hampton Roads but clouds will dominate the sky on Friday. Some sprinkles or showers are possible as a disturbance moves towards the area. We clear out on Saturday and it should turn out quite nice. Another frontal system will approach the area on Sunday introducing a chance of showers. Forecasters are more concerned about a system that may develop next week. This could be a coastal storm with snow in some parts of the Northeast. For us, odds are it will be of the liquid variety. However, this is far away so we have to see how everything sets up. I’ll have more on this system over the weekend.

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THE STRONG WINDS SUBSIDE AS A HIGH PRESSURE AREA MOVES INTO THE REGION… AFTER A CHILLY NEW YEAR’S DAY, TEMPERATURES MODERATE OVER THE WEEKEND

Happy New Year, everyone! The strong winds that caused power outages, Christmas decorations to blow around all over the place and even some tree and structural damage have subsided thanks to a high pressure area moving into the Mid-Atlantic region. Also, the intense low that developed off the coast of the Northeastern states has moved into the Canadian Maritimes. There were some reports, especially to our north, of  some tree and structural damage from the very strong winds on Wednesday.  New Year’s Day will be cold but temperatures will moderate on Friday. A frontal system may bring a shower on Friday, but forecasters are not expecting anything significant. A warm front may bring another chance of a shower on Sunday. More significant rain is expected next week but I’ll have more on that as we head through the weekend.

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