Blog: A Good Recipe For Evaporation!

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Before we put away the wet weather (for a time), I do want to recap the last two months. In Norfolk, we have had above average rainfall for both January and Februrary.

We picked up 4.69 inches for the month so far, and that is about 2 inches above average. We had 8.50 inches for the Year so far. That is 2.43 inches above average. 

The long stretch of rain is behind us, but there will probably be some minor flooding on some of our inland/western rivers like the Nottoway and the Blackwater. Besides that we are going to dry out the area over the next few days. High pressure is building into the region today. We’ll have ample sunshine as that gets closer to the region.

There is a weak cold front that is falling apart to our west. It’s losing its cold characteristics. However, there is some super dry air behind the front. Dew points in our region have already dropped to the teens and 20s (which is bone-dry). 

However, dew points will drop to the single digits later today and tonight. Winds will be out of the west at 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph, and that will help to pull in that drier air. With the sun, the wind, and the super dry air, it is a recipe for strong evaporation. This will really help get rid of any puddles and standing water over the next couple of days. 

Tonight the wind will die down. Between the ligher winds, super dry air, and clear skies, temperatures will drop down to the low 30s with some 20s inland. This could be a problem as many plants and trees are budding and blooming already. They may take a hit. Tomorrow high pressure will be closer to the area. So we’ll have less wind but still lots of sunshine.  After the chilly start, we’ll warm up to the 50s during the afternoon. 

By Wednesday we could see some isolated showers in the region. There will be a super weak area of low pressure passing through the region. Probably along a weak stationary front. Other than some isolated showers, I think we’ll be dry for the day.  High temps will be in the 50s. This should move out by Thursday. We’ll resume dry weather with highs in the 50s.  Friday also looks pretty dry, but some isolated showers will be possible. There may be a better chance for rain on Saturday.  But before I rain on everyone’s parade about that I’ll say let’s wait a bit. The forecast may change before we get there.  Stay tuned for updates. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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