Archive for August 26, 2012

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL INUNDATES PARTS OF HAMPTON ROADS… TROPICAL STORM ISAAC MAY THREATEN THE GULF COAST WITH HURRICANE CONDITIONS, BUT THERE IS LOTS OF UNCERTAINTY WITH THE FUTURE INTENSITY OF THIS STORM

 A weather system that reminded me of a remnant of a tropical cyclone inundated parts of Virginia with copious amounts of rain on Saturday. The highest total that I saw was nine inches of rain, which was on the peninsula. Here in the Southside Hampton Roads, only light amounts were recorded. In my backyard, only two tenths of an inch of rain fell. We still have a weak disturbance over the area so we may see some showers/storms again today (Sunday) but the coverage is not expected to be as widespread as yesterday.  Rain chances should lessen somewhat on Monday but they will probably go back up during the mid-week period as a cold front approaches the area. The remnants of Isaac may play a role in our weather later in the week but that is far from certain at this time. Isaac is still not a very organized system, and it really never was. However, it is back over very warm water and is expected to continue its west-northwest movement into the Gulf of Mexico. One big question now is whether it will intensify. Conditions should be favorable overall for intensification. The forecast track right now brings the storm to somewhere between the Florida panhandle and the eastern Louisiana coastline. The other question is how strong of a storm will it be. It’s a large storm so folks in that area should not just pay attention to where the center makes landfall.

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