Archive for July 18, 2015

THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY RETURN AS A TYPICAL SUMMERTIME WEATHER PATTERN DEVELOPS… AND, OF COURSE, THAT MEANS AN OCCASIONAL CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS

As the headline states, the heat and humidity are expected to return to SE VA and NE NC as high pressure takes up residence near the Southeastern States and the Gulf of Mexico. A trough of low pressure may bring showers and thunderstorms to the area later today (Saturday) and more likely tonight. Over the next several days we will see a continuation of the heat and humidity and we should see a few chances of showers and thunderstorms, especially on Tuesday when a weakening front is expected to move into the region. Some showers/storms will be diurnally driven with the heating of the day, but with the high humidity levels, a shower/storm cannot be ruled out at any time. A trigger is all you need. One example of that occurred here in Virginia Beach in the pre-dawn hours this past Thursday when a shower moved through my neighborhood dumping nearly a half inch of rain. It was a weak wind shift line that moved through from the north. I was glad that we got the rain since my area has not had the heavy rainfall amounts that have deluged other portions of Hampton Roads over the past couple of weeks… The tropical Atlantic is basically quiet for now… Just a quick comment on last week’s thunderstorms that brought flooding rains and intense cloud to ground lightning. There were three structural fires reported in Hampton Roads from those storms due to lightning. Also, there was a report of a person getting struck by lightning. It’s a reminder that lightning can be a threat even when there are no warnings issued from the National Weather Service. So, with plenty more thunderstorms possible before summer is over, be as safe as possible when a storm is approaching. Get indoors when you hear thunder. That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!

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