Before I get to today’s weather, I wanted to share with you the updates from the National Weather Service. The office in Wakefield has been doing damage assesments recently. They may investigate some more sites today. As of this, morning the total number tornadoes was up to 15. That may go up today. Here is a link to the current list.
According to their office, the most tornadoes that we have had in Virginia during an event was hurricane/tropical storm Ivan in 2004. That event caused 39 tornadoes in the region. In August 1993, there were 18 tornadoes reported in the Commonwealth. That was when the Petersburg tornado occurred. Again, there may be more added to the recent list later today.
Meanwhile, we have some great weather in the region today. There is a big area of high pressure over the Southeast. Though it has sunk to the south a bit since yesterday.
Due to its southward slip, it will allow the winds to be more out of the west/southwest today. This, in combination with the strong late April sunshine, will lift temperatures into the low 80s this afternoon. It will be in the 70s near the shore. While it will be warm, it should also stay pretty comfortable
The dew points are in the low 50s, and the breeze should also help out with the comfort levels. The only real negative is the pollen. Grass and tree pollen are high today. My allergies weren’t too bad this morning. So maybe they will be moderate to high.
Tomorrow, we’ll have a cool front move into the region, but it won’t cool us down too much. High temps will be in the upper 70s with a couple of 80s still looming over North Carolina. The winds will turn to out of the north/northeast. Skies will be partly cloudy, but there will be some isolated showers possible by the afternoon.
On Thursday, we’ll be cooler and drier behind the front. Skies will be partly cloudy with highs temps in the low-mid 70s. A bigger system will move in from Thursday evening into Friday. There will be a stronger cold front moving into the region from the west. This time there will also be an upper level trough (dip in the jetstream) that will accompany the front.
Moisture will increase quite a bit as well. Unfortunately, this means that there will be a pretty high chance for rain showers on Friday. This will impact the Something in the Water festival in Virginia Beach. While I think this will mainly be rain showers, I also think there could be a few thunderstorms. It shouldn’t be anything like last weekend’s storms. I’ll be able to better gauge the storm chances as we get closer to the event.
So stay tune for updates. Either way, it looks cooler and drier for Saturday and Sunday.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler