Blog: Tuesday Soaker


What is a washout?  It’s basically as it sounds.  It is rain that lasts pretty much all day long, and it washes out many outdoor plans.  It is often used when referring to ball games, but we also use it for local weather.  We started this morning with rain already moving in by 5-6am.  High pressure is moving out, and an area of low pressure is slowly heading in our direction.

Regional Weather Map

We’ll have rain on-and-off through the day.  It could become heavy at times. Especially as we get into the afternoon.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible, but I don’t think we’ll see too many.  Winds will be onshore.  Gusts could be up to 30mph, but it’s coming from the cooler Atlantic waters.  So that will likely make things pretty stable.  Also we’ll have full cloud cover.  So high temps will only be in the low 60s today.  Rain will continue through the evening, but it will taper off overnight. 

  Tomorrow the low won’t move too far away.  So we’ll have some more scattered rain showers.  Mainly during the late afternoon.  The sun will try to pop out tomorrow as well.  So high temps will be able to get into the 70s.  We’ll lose the strong east breeze.  Winds will be more westerly at 8-12mph.

  For rain totals…The models are showing about 1 – 1.5″ of rain in the next 36 hours.  Some suggest we’ll hit 2″ in places. 

In terms of climate we need rain.  Hampton Roads is down about 0,8″ below the average monthly rainfall.  We are down almost 2″ for the year so far.  This will be a good soaking rain that will be spread out through time.  The ground should be able to soak up most of it.  We may see some ponding on the roads, but I don’t think we’ll have much flooding.  Isolated spots maybe.

We’ll dry out on Thursday.  It will be nice with highs in the upper 60s and partly cloudy skies.  Then rain moves back in by Friday.  A new area of low pressure will bring a 70% chance for rain to the region.  Stay tuned for updates.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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