Many people woke up this morning to heavy rain and thunderstorms. It was really coming down, and it impacted a lot of the morning commute.
There were some reports of street flooding in the region. Especially over parts of Virginia Beach. There were also numerous fires in the area. We are checking on whether-or-not they were caused by the lightning strikes. These storms were focused right over Hampton Roads. There were several features which helped to create this mess. The most prominent feature is a stationary front that has drifted in since last night. I think the front tried to bump north just a bit early this morning. Sometimes that slight bump north can create more rain than when it drifts in from the north. Also there is a lot of deep moisture in the region. The third feature is an upper level trough that is slowly moving overhead.
The showers and storms should taper off through the morning. This should stabilize things for a while. So we should get a break from the late morning through the early afternoon. Then some more scattered showers and storms will re-form later this afternoon into the evening. These shouldn’t be as widespread nor as heavy as they were this morning.
We’ll see some more of this tomorrow as the front lifts north a bit. High temps will be in the 80s today and tomorrow with a lot of humidity. By Wednesday a cool front will move into the region. It looks like it is slowing down now. So we’ll still be warm and humid on Wednesday. We’ll have more scattered showers and storms. We’ll finally dry out on Thursday. We’ll have some great weather from Thursday into the weekend. Highs will be near 80 or in the low 80s. The humidity should drop quite a bit.
Thankfully, things are quiet in the tropics. Stay tuned for updates.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler