Archive for October 1, 2011

AFTER A WARM AND HUMID WEEK, REAL FALL-LIKE WEATHER IS FINALLY HERE… CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE OPHELIA HEADS NORTH AND SHOULD PASS JUST EAST OF BERMUDA

That stubborn upper-level low over the Mid-West that brought warm, humid, and sometimes rainy conditions to the Hampton Roads area is finally gone and now the weather map features a large trough over the Eastern States. The southerly flow of tropical moisture earlier in the week caused some very wet conditions for some areas of SE VA. Parts of Virginia Beach had flooding from very heavy thunderstorms.Very intense rainfall rates were reported. The air is much drier now behind the cold front. The trough that is in place has caused a cold front to finally move through the area bringing behind it much cooler air. I finally turned off my air conditioner and I’m hoping I don’t need it again until next spring. The trough and the associated cold air aloft may bring a shower or sprinkle to the area, but the best chances are over our northernmost areas. This will keep lots of clouds around but the sun will be out at times. At least it won’t be like the last two weekends when we had soaking rains. Speaking of rain, the total rainfall for September in my Virginia Beach neighborhood was 7.5 inches. We’ll have a slow warming trend through mid-week and aside from an isolated shower, conditions should be mostly dry…. Hurricane Ophelia, which has sustained winds of 120 MPH, is expected to move north passing east of the island of Bermuda. Tropical Storm Philippe is moving west-northwest and may actually move west-southwest in a few days. The rest of the tropics in the Atlantic basin are quiet for now.

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