Archive for April 29, 2017

THE RETURN OF THE BERMUDA HIGH BRINGS VERY WARM SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS TO THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA THIS WEEKEND… A COLD FRONT APPROACHES LATER MONDAY NIGHT WHICH SHOULD BRING SHOWERS/STORMS… MORE SEASONAL TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED BY MID-WEEK

Before I discuss the forecast, I wanted to mention that the showers and thunderstorms that moved through parts of SE VA and NE NC early Friday morning were quite impressive given the time of day. The frontal system that caused the wet weather was very weak and actually stalled out. It’s interesting how some of the weaker frontal systems bring storms to our region even in the relatively stable morning hours, while occasionally a strong coldĀ front doesn’t bring much rain at all. even if it comes through in the afternoon and evening. It all depends on the atmospheric conditions such as available moisture, upper-level dynamics, etc.

Now, for the weather ahead. Well, we now have a Bermuda high pressure area, which is pumping a southwesterly flow into the region. (Winds blow clockwise around high pressure areas in the northern hemisphere). High temperatures are expected to reach the low 90’s today (Saturday). The record high temperatureĀ at Norfolk International Airport is 92 for April 29th. Sunday should be a similar day, maybe just a tad cooler. On Monday, a cold front will be approaching but it should remain dry during the daylight hours. Showers and thunderstorms are expected later Monday night into Tuesday morning. The timing of the rain and the frontal passage may change so stay tuned. Then, behind the front, temperatures will return to more seasonal levels. The average high temperature for this time of year is 71 degrees.

This month is turning out to be one of the warmest Aprils that we’ve ever had. The warmest April on record was back in 1994.

Well, enjoy your weekend and if you are working outdoors, make sure you stay hydrated.

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

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