Blog: AM Storms Gone. Now The Heat!

Did you wake up early? Were there some loud booms outside your home between 4-7am? Well, we did have some thunderstorms, and they got pretty rowdy for a bit this morning.
Radar & Storms This Morning Basically, last night we had a cold front that was moving in from the west, but then it stalled out. However, the rain and storms kept moving.
Regional Weather Map The showers and storms have now moved offshore, but the front will stay to our west today. We’ll have a light southwest wind. So temps are going to warm up once again. Highs this afternoon will be in the upper 80s. There could be a few 90s inland. Keep in mind that it will feel like the low 90s with the heat index. Yep! Late April, and we are talking about the heat index. While the bulk of the rain has ended this morning, we may see an isolated (20% chance) shower or storm this afternoon. This will be due to the high heat and humidity.
Tomorrow will be quiet overall. Our Future Trak model has been putting in a few showers early in the morning. It still has some around 3am, but now it pushes them out by 7am.
Future Trak (Early Saturday Morning) All other models have mostly clear skies from start to finish, and even Future Trak has us dry for 97% (I love percents) of the day. Either way with the high amount of sunshine, warm start to the day, and breezy southwest winds we will heat up big time. I’m calling for highs in the low 90s. The record high for tomorrow at Norfolk International Airport is 92 (1974). I am calling for 92 for our forecast high. So we’ll see if we tie or break the record. Plus, it will likely feel like the mid 90s with the heat index. Stay hydrated if you are outside for a long period of time.
A cool front will stall out just to our north on Sunday. We may see a few isolated showers and storms. Especially north of the metro. We will definitely see more clouds. This should keep the temps down a bit. Highs will be in the 80s with a mix of sun and clouds. However…on Monday the front will lift back north as a warm front. Temps will rise back up to the upper 80s to near 90. The average high temperature is in the low 70s for this time of year. A big cold front will move through Monday night. This will finally cool us down on Tuesday. Highs will be in the 70s. We’ll have a shower early with the front. Then we’ll dry out in the afternoon. We’ll be in the 70s through Thursday of next week.
If you are heading to the beaches today. Have fun, but be safe. The waves will be nice, but there is a moderate to high threat for rip currents. Water temps are in the 60s.
Beach Forecast
Before I go…I found this article about Global Warming today. I do like to show both sides of the argument although I am a firm believer that Global Warming exists and that a significant component (not all) of that is human-induced. Having said that, I am not typically in favor or attributing specific storms, floods, or droughts to the changing climate. This article highlights some statistics about how some natural disasters have not been increasing over the past few decades. While you should take some of the info with a grain of salt. There are some important points worth reading. Here is the article: Natural disasters not on the rise ? The article is mostly links to other stories, but they are worth a glance. I especially like the work that Prof. Roger Pielke has done. He is cited several times.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler