Archive for August 11, 2012

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE ON SATURDAY… RAIN CHANCES LOWER EARLY NEXT WEEK

The weather map this Saturday morning features an occluded low pressure system over the Great Lakes with a cold front extending southward through central Virginia. This front will be our weather maker this weekend as it stalls just west of Hampton Roads. Although the risk of severe weather is relatively low, the high level of moisture flowing in from the southwest will maintain the threat for heavy rainfall. However, forecasters don’t think that it will be widespread, just some isolated pockets of heavy rain. Some rain showers moved through Friday evening but I did not receive a lot of rainfall in my neighborhood. Actually, Friday wasn’t as stormy in most areas of Eastern Virginia as forecasters originally thought. Most of the stormy weather was up in the Northeast. Rain chances are expected to lower somewhat on Sunday. Early next week, we should be dry for the most part with seasonal temperatures. An isolated storm will be possible, however. In the tropics, TD 7 will enter the Caribbean Sea and its future is very uncertain. Increasing shear may prevent it from becoming a hurricane but intensity forecasts are not that dependable. We’ll see whether it can overcome a hostile environment. I’ll have an update tomorrow morning.

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