The local weather was great this weekend. My family wanted to go to the beach on Sunday. However, with the high threat for rip currents, we ended up going to Sandy Bottom Nature Preserve and did some canoeing. It was dry, it was breezy, it was awesome! There have been a few showers lately along the southerly Outer Banks. All of this weather will continue today. Hard to believe there is a tropical system off to our south. Tropical storm Chris is located about 200 miles to the south/southeast of Cape Hatteras. It has been meandering around in place for a while. It is sitting south of a stationary front.
We have high pressure in our region. This will be the main control of Hampton Road’s weather. This means lots of sunshine is in store for us today. There is a persistent northeast breeze between Chris and the high. Luckily it’s a nice/steady breeze. It will run at 5-15mph today. There will be a few higher gusts over the Outer Banks.
Chris is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane in the next 6-18 hours. It is also expected to start moving northeast by that point. It is feeding off of the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, and there is very little wind shear right now. Despite the strengthening system, we’ll still have nice weather locally tomorrow. Even the Outer Banks showers will start to move offshore. The breeze may pick up a little in the region if the system nudges a little more north of the track, or if it gets stronger faster. Between late Tuesday and Wednesday the system will pick up speed and shoot off to the northeast.
Then between Thursday and Saturday the system will become non-tropical as it skirts the Canadian Maritimes. The models are in very good agreement on the track. They only differ on the speed of motion.
One big problem is the high rip current threat. Even though the system will move away fast, we may hold on to a high threat for rip currents until at least Wednesday. Stay tuned.
If you are wondering about Beryl… It degraded to a remnant low yesterday.
It will probably still bring some heavy rain to parts of Puerto Rico. It could bring rain showers to Hispaniola as well. There’s a low chance that it will regenerate into a tropical depression or storm again, but only for a brief time.
We’ll have more updates throughout the day. Stay tuned!
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler