Archive for March, 2011

WARM WEATHER ON FRIDAY WILL GIVE WAY TO A COOLER WEEKEND AS A BACKDOOR COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH… NO SIGNIFICANT RAIN IS EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND

A warm west-southwest flow of air will make Friday a day that you probably wish you weren’t at work. Down sloping winds are partly the reason why it will be in the upper 70’s today. When winds flow down the slopes of mountains, the air warms. This effect is more pronounced east of the Rocky Mountains. Denver, Colorado is a place where this happens with more frequency and these warm winds can melt snow very rapidly. A backdoor cold front is expected to move through Hampton Roads Friday night switching our winds to the north. This will make Saturday a cooler day. No significant rain is expected with this cold frontal passage, although there might be a light shower early on Saturday in some spots. The weekend looks nice for the most part with seasonal temperatures. Looking ahead, rain chances will most likely increase as we get to Wednesday and Thursday of next week.  Have a great day and thanks for reading.

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AFTER A MILD SUNDAY, COOLER WEATHER RETURNS FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE WORK WEEK… SOME RAIN MAY FOLLOW BY MID-WEEK AND THEN WE SHOULD WARM BACK UP

Saturday was a fantastic day for the middle of March. In response to the mild temperatures and the recent rainfall, the grass is starting to turn green again and some of the trees are budding. My Bradford Pear tree is in full bloom. Yes,  spring is only about a week away. A dry cold front will be moving through switching our winds around to the northwest later today (Sunday). Temperatures will once again reach the 60’s but there will be lots of clouds around. Monday will be much cooler with just a slight chance of a light shower or sprinkle. Rain chances will most likely increase as we head towards mid-week. Later in the week, we should warm back up.

Today, March 13th, is the 18th anniversary of the March Super Storm of 1993. That large and powerful storm brought heavy snow accumulations to many areas of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, extremely strong winds to just about the entire eastern part of the nation, including wind induced coastal flooding along the Gulf Coast of Florida and heavy flooding rain to some areas. In my opinion, that was the “Storm of the Century”!

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THE WEEKEND WILL BE NICE AND WILL ACTUALLY FEEL SPRING-LIKE… SOMEWHAT COOLER WEATHER MOVES IN EARLY NEXT WEEK

A southwesterly flow will bring in mild air this weekend. It’s really going to be a nice weekend for most outdoor activities. More clouds are expected on Sunday. This past Thursday I picked up 0.70 inches of rain as that very wet frontal system that brought flooding to parts of the Northeast moved through. A weak cold front will be flirting with us beginning late Sunday into early next week as it is expected to stall somewhere close by. The forecast becomes uncertain once we get into Monday as the computer models diverge in their solutions. The models can’t agree whether we will see any rain on Monday so I’ll update that tomorrow. Temperatures will most likely trend cooler next week but later in the week, warmer readings are expected.

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A VERY WET FRONTAL SYSTEM MOVES EAST ON SUNDAY BRINGING A GOOD CHANCE OF SHOWERS/RAIN TO HAMPTON ROADS… AS THE SYSTEM MOVES OFF THE EAST COAST ON MONDAY, WE DRY OUT AND NORTHERLY WINDS WILL CAUSE TEMPERATURES TO RETURN TO MORE SEASONAL LEVELS

A frontal system slowly moving eastward towards the East Coast should bring us some rain later today (Sunday). The heaviest rainfall is expected to be to our north and west, but we should still see a decent amount of rain here in Hampton Roads. The southerly flow out ahead of this frontal system is bringing up relatively warm air and lots of moisture. Although Hampton Roads isn’t expected to see major flooding issues (except possibly some urban and street flooding), areas to our north and west may have some flooding problems as heavy rainfall combines with melting snowfall.  The winds will be quite strong on Sunday but forecaster don’t expect anything too extreme. The front will move off the coast Sunday night and our winds will shift around to the north. This northerly breeze will make Monday a cooler day but the rain will be gone and the skies should be partly to mostly sunny.  We should stay on the cool side for a few days and the next chance of rain probably won’t come until Wednesday night or Thursday. Northeasterly winds on Tuesday will make it cooler near the water. We’re getting to the time of year when the relatively cooler ocean and bay water cause afternoon temperatures to be lower near the coast when the winds are blowing from the still chilly water. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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AFTER A FAIRLY NICE DAY ON SATURDAY, SUNDAY LOOKS TO BE WET BUT TEMPERATURES WILL BE ON THE MILD SIDE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND… DRY AND MORE SEASONAL WEATHER RETURNS ON MONDAY

A high pressure system well of the coast is producing a southeast flow of air off the Atlantic Ocean. This will produce a few clouds today (Saturday), but rain is not expected to move in until Sunday morning. The rain and showers will be the result of a frontal system moving slowly eastward and a low pressure system developing to our southwest. Saturday should turn out quite nice with mild temperatures and the sun will be out at times. Clouds will increase later Saturday and Sunday looks to be quite wet as moisture and lift increases over the region. The NWS is already saying that there is a 100% chance of rain on Sunday! There might be some thunder but nothing severe is expected. Temperatures will again be on the warm side on Sunday as winds will be mostly out of the south. The rain should end by Sunday night and Monday should be fair and seasonable.

This past Monday February 28th, we picked up 0.75 inches of much needed rainfall. We may see similar amounts on Sunday and possibly more in some spots.

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