Archive for September, 2011

AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN SETS UP FOR THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES… THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM LEE MOVE N-NE… HURRICANE KATIA STRENGTHENS INTO A CATEGORY 3 STORM

The combination of tropical moisture brought up from the Gulf of Mexico from Tropical Storm Lee and a slow moving frontal system will bring us lots of clouds and a chance of showers and thunderstorms over the next few days. The heaviest rain associated with the remnants of Lee should stay to our west. However, a heavy downpour cannot be ruled out across our region. Inland areas may have flooding as several inches of rain are possible there. Severe weather is also possible but should be isolated in nature. This front is expected to cause Hurricane Katia to track just off our coast on Friday and Saturday. The upper level wind flow out ahead of the frontal trough should steer the hurricane more northward and then northeastward thus preventing it from making landfall along the East Coast.  Large swells and rip currents will be the primary hazards for coastal areas. This is the current thinking of the National Hurricane Center so just in case anything changes, you should monitor your local media. This is a major hurricane. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND WEATHER WILL BE NICE FOR THE MOST PART… HOWEVER, RAIN CHANCES BEGIN TO INCREASE ON MONDAY AND MAY CONTINUE TO INCREASE THROUGH MID-WEEK AND BEYOND… THE TROPICS REMAIN QUITE ACTIVE

As the headline states, a nice weekend lies ahead for vacationers here in Hampton Roads. This is great news for the tourist related businesses that lost money last weekend due to Irene. Temperatures will trend upwards along with humidity levels. The combination of a cold front approaching from the west and the moisture associated with Tropical Storm Lee (now approaching the Gulf Coast) will increase our rain chances as we head into next week. How much rain we get next week will depend on the exact track of the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee and the positioning of the front which is expected to stall somewhere near the east coast. Heavy rain is the last thing that some folks want to hear who have been dealing with inland flooding caused by Irene. Up north, the situation may be more dire as the remants will most likely end up in New England. I really feel bad for the folks in parched Texas as Lee would have been an ideal situation if it was heading west instead of north. Hurricane Katia is struggling with shear and dry air but it is expected to overcome these obstacles as time goes on possibly becoming a major hurricane. The track should take the storm somewhere between the east coast and Bermuda, but it is too early to rule out a possible landfall along the east coast. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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