Blog: Bit Of A Nasty Day. Cold Burst Coming!

Wet Tower Cam

Today will be pretty nasty outside.  At least for most.  Some may say that it is “Lovely Scottish weather”.   Today we started off with lots of clouds, drizzle, and a few showers.

Wet Tower Cam

The roads were wet across the whole region.   So we had a lot of traffic problems throughout the morning.  There were a few showers mixing-in with the drizzle, but they were pretty isolated.  They did pick up by the mid-morning.  We have a stationary front that is just south of our area.  A weak area of low pressure has formed along the front.

Regional Weather Map

It is throwing some moisture up over the colder airmass that is in place. We call that overunning.  This will continue to give us drizzle and/or rain showers through the entire day.

Future Trak (This Afternoon)

The surface winds will be out of the north/northeast at 10-15mph with higher gusts.   We’ll hold on to thick cloud cover through the entire day.   So high temps will only be in the low-mid 50s in the region.

National Temps

It will be wet and chilly.  So take the jacket and the umbrella as you head out.  The same weather pattern will continue today, tonight, and tomorrow.  So we’ll have continuing clouds, drizzle, and rain showers through tomorrow evening.  Highs will be in the upper 50s tomorrow.  We will finally dry out tomorrow night.  Before it’s over, we’ll probably pick up about a quarter to a half an inch of rain.

Rainfall Forecast

On Friday a big shot of colder/drier air will move into the region.  High temps on Friday will only be in the upper 40s with partly cloudy skies.  On Friday night we’ll have the coldest air of the season so far.  Temps will drop down to the 30s across the whole region.  We will likely see our first freeze in the region.  It will definitely get that cold inland, but even the metro could get a light freeze. So plan accordingly with your sensitive pets and plants.

Another topic that will affect some folks in the region is tidal flooding.  The persistent northerly/northeasterly winds will create some minor tidal flooding today around the late morning and early afternoon hours.  Here is the forecast for Sewell’s Point:

Tide Forecast (Sewell’s Point)

The water levels may rise to moderate for Duck, NC and Kiptopeke VA on the Eastern Shore.  Everyone else should be at minor levels.

Tide Forecast

I’m still covering the tropics, but in my mind I’m already writing off tropical storm Rina.

Track Of Rina

It is still over the central Atlantic and moving north.  It is moving over colder waters today.  It should merge with a cold front by tomorrow, and become extratropical.

In world news…I try and stay out of politics, but politics is increasingly affecting science.  Just recently Syria agreed to the Paris agreement that was created about a year ago.  This agreement was designed for countries to try and improve pollution and keep global temperatures in-check.  Syria, Nicaragua, and the United States were the only countries not to sign the agreement.  Then in October Nicaragua agreed to sign.  Now Syria has also agreed.   So the United States is the only country in the world (to my knowledge) not to sign the agreement.  This could have some long-lasting implications on politics and world business.  The President wants to renegotiate the terms of the agreement so that it will be a better deal for the United States.  I will leave the politics up to the professionals.  However, there is a lot of gravity in the fact that the United States is the only country in the world to see things differently.  Here is the article with more information. U.S. only country to not sign Paris agreement.  There could be some interesting updates over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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