WINTER BEGINS TODAY (SATURDAY) BUT IT SURE WON’T FEEL LIKE IT… RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND IN MANY AREAS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC AND NORTHEASTERN STATES… HEAVY RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE ON MONDAY

The winter solstice occurs today, but the weather will not be winter-like at all here in Hampton Roads. A warm southwesterly flow may bring us record high temperatures. This is out ahead of a strong cold front in the center of the nation that will only slowly move eastward throughout the weekend. Severe weather is possible out to our south and west today as the front moves east. Behind this front, the air mass is much colder with snow and ice occurring in some areas. Rain and thunderstorms along and ahead of the front will affect us Sunday night and Monday. Rainfall amounts could be quite significant in some parts of our area. High temperatures should be in the 70’s both days this weekend and Sunday will probably the warmest day. As the front approaches the our area, it will slow down and that is why forecasters believe that we may see a lot of rain on Monday. A wave of low pressure may form, too, enhancing the rainfall. Then, temperatures return to normal and possibly below normal on Tuesday and Wednesday, but we will dry out… Getting back to the winter solstice, and what it means. The sun’s direct rays will reach the most southern point in the Southern Hemisphere, which is the Tropic of Capricorn around noon today (EST). It is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Starting tomorrow, the days actually start getting longer, but the change day to day starts out very slowly and is barely noticeable at first.  The four seasons occur due to the earth’s tilt on its axis.

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