Archive for July 4, 2012

THE HEAT CONTINUES AS THERE IS VERY LITTLE CHANGE IN THE OVERALL WEATHER PATTERN… THERE MAY BE A BREAK IN THE HEATWAVE EARLY NEXT WEEK

It’s just more of the same in the weather department: Hot and humid with just a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm in spots. The high pressure ridge that has been responsible for the heat of late is still in place and is not expected to weaken until early next week. There will, however, be subtle day to day changes but weather forecasters don’t expect a break in the pattern for several days. Many are wondering about their outdoor plans for the 4th of July. Although there could be a shower or thunderstorm today, it is very hard to say what areas will receive the rain. When it is this hot and humid, it doesn’t take much to trigger a thunderstorm. Sometimes a sea breeze can create enough instability to trigger a storm. Other times, upper-level disturbances embedded in the flow aloft can trigger storms. We saw that this past weekend… You’ve probably been following the story about the number of folks in Northern Virginia and Maryland who still do not have power due to Friday night’s storms. They have been dealing with this heat wave without air conditioning. There’s an article in today’s Virginian Pilot about whether utilities should bury electrical lines. I never realized how expensive that was to do. For the most part, only newly developed neighborhoods have power lines buried underground. Well, that’s it for now. Enjoy your holiday and try to stay cool.

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