Archive for January 1, 2011

A SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT APPROACHES THE EAST COAST BRINGING MILD AIR AHEAD OF IT… SOME RAIN IS LIKELY LATER SATURDAY NIGHT AND ON SUNDAY… TEMPERATURES SHOULD BE SEASONAL EARLY NEXT WEEK

First of all, Happy New Year everyone! After the very chilly December, Saturday’s weather will feel almost spring-like. Mild air moving north out ahead of a trough/cold front slowly approaching from the west will help to melt more of the snow. Saturday should be decent with some sunshine and mild temperatures. The front should bring some rain or showers with it late Saturday night and early Sunday morning but current indications are that we won’t see a deluge here in Hampton Roads. This system brought the deadly tornadoes to parts of the Southern Plains States on Saturday, which is quite rare for the last day of December. The system will shear out somewhat so severe weather is not expected here locally. The air behind this system will not be as frigid as we saw in December. Temperatures will probably be near or slightly below normal for the first part of this upcoming week.

December 2010 ranked the 4th coldest for ORF and was ranked the 2nd snowiest since records were kept. We are in a La Nina phase in the Pacific, which means that the waters in the Eastern North Pacific are running cooler than normal. This usually means drier than normal weather for Southern California. Well, that has not been the case over the past several weeks as that part of the country has been hammered by major storms bring very heavy rain and snow to the higher elevations. That’s what amazes me about the weather. It’s so hard to understand and predict.

Forecasters are hinting of another possibility of a winter storm next weekend, but it is much too early for any specific details. I’ll have an update on Sunday. Thanks for reading.

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