Archive for May 30, 2015

HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE WESTERN ATLANTIC WILL BRING US A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER-LIKE WEEKEND… RAIN CHANCES INCREASE LATER MONDAY

We’ll have another fantastic weekend although this weekend will be warmer than last weekend. A south to southeast breeze will cause it to be a little cooler along the southeast facing coastal areas. Rain chances will remain low this weekend as the high pressure area over the Western Atlantic Ocean will still be in control of our weather. Some cumulus cloud development is expected each afternoon, but there aren’t any real triggers for precipitation despite elevated humidity levels. Rain chances will increase later on Monday as the high pressure area moves further offshore and a frontal system slowly approaches the region. Showers and thunderstorms are expected Monday afternoon through Tuesday, which is good news since most of the region hasn’t had significant rain in several days. Note that only 1.50 inches of rain fell in my backyard during the month of May, which is way below normal for the month. Parts of the area did see some isolated showers and storms this past week. I drove through some heavy rain on Thursday in Northern Virginia Beach along Shore Drive. However, it hasn’t rained in my Virginia Beach neighborhood since May 21st. The latest update from the National Weather Service in Wakefield suggests that the highest chances of rain will be north and west of our area on Monday and Tuesday. However, our region should receive some rain. There is even the possibility of a coastal low pressure area affecting us as the front is expected to stall nearby. That could potentially bring additional chances of rain to our area on Tuesday. Temperatures should trend downward next week… Hurricane season begins in the Atlantic Basin on Monday, June 1st. The forecast from the National Hurricane Center is that we will have a below normal season, with fewer storms expected to develop. You’ve probably heard this before, but it only takes one storm to cause devastation in any given area, so you must be prepared. Hurricane Andrew devastated parts of South Florida in August 1992, and that was a below normal season. So, make sure you have a plan and the necessary supplies should a tropical cyclone threaten our part of the country. The flooding in the Southern Plains has been incredible and it’s amazing that some of those same areas that have been affected by the severe flooding were in a severe drought just over a year ago. Sometimes, it’s feast or famine. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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