LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN HAMPTON ROADS STARTS OUT ON THE DAMP SIDE BUT IMPROVING CONDITIONS ARE ON THE WAY FOR SUNDAY… MONDAY SHOULD BE VERY NICE… ALL EYES ARE ON HURRICANE IRMA, WHICH MAY THREATEN THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES NEXT WEEK

As Harvey’s remnant moisture gets spread out and contributes to a wet start to the Labor Day weekend for many folks in the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern States, the attention now turns to Hurricane Irma, which is now moving westward through the Central North Atlantic Ocean. More on that later… First let’s discuss the weekend forecast. Folks here in Hampton Roads are waking up this Saturday morning to cloudy and gloomy conditions. This is due to a warm front slowly approaching from the south combined with tropical moisture brought up by Harvey. Harvey’s remnants got very spread out and the system is nothing like it once was as a prolific rainfall producer. As you probably know, it brought more than a year’s worth of rainfall to parts of Texas and broke many all-time rainfall records. The Hampton Roads area will have a chance of showers and storms today, some of which can be strong to severe. Conditions should improve tonight and we should have nice weather the remainder of the weekend. Temperatures should be in the low to mid 80’s Sunday and Monday. The nice weather will most likely come to an end by mid-week as what could be a very wet frontal system moves into the region. Heavy rain is possible at that time.

Hurricane Irma is now a category 2 storm and it may increase in strength as it moves west and then west-southwest over the next few days. Intensity forecasts aren’t very accurate but it could grow to a category 4 storm and even beyond that, conditions permitting. Computer models seem to be in agreement that this hurricane may track towards the East Coast of the United States in about 7 to 10 days. However, predicting steering currents out that far is very difficult so pinpointing exactly where this storm will be is nearly impossible. Some models place the hurricane off the Southeast Coast while others have it further north off the Northeastern coastline.  After taking this unusual track west-southwestward, it is expected to turn to the west-northwestward. The position and strength of the Bermuda High to the storm’s north will determine the track of this storm for the next several days. Could it be steered out to sea? Possibly, but it’s way too early to tell. In the meantime, please ensure that you have all of your hurricane related supplies on-hand. And, of course, you should monitor this storm closely.

That’s it for now. Enjoy your holiday weekend and stay safe.

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