Thursday, December 17, 2009

Major Snow Storm Headed This Way!

The latest computer data continues to show our area getting buried in snow Friday afternoon through Saturday night. In fact, this one could go down in the record books! The largest snow total from one storm is 21.6" (set back on January 23, 1940). Some parts of Central Virginia could easily reach that mark. These next few days are going to be super busy in the weather center!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

First Big Snow Of The Season?

A powerful storm system is going to develop along the Gulf Of Mexico and head this way for the upcoming weekend. If this storm hugs the east coast, then we could see our first accumulating snow of the season.

Right now it looks like temperatures will be too warm for snow on Saturday morning. However, once colder air wraps into the storm, then we will see some snow. This is still a long way out, so a lot can change in the next couple days. Even the slightest shift in the track of this system could have dramatic effects on our weather this weekend!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Latest On Ida

The majority of the computer forecasts are in agreement over the next two days and have Ida making landfall along the Alabama/Florida coast. Afterwards, the forecast gets difficult for late Tuesday and into Wednesday.

The remnants could drift over us and bring the potential for heavy rain OR the remnants could get deflected into the Atlantic Ocean and we will only see a few showers. I'm expecting something in between the two extremes with rain possible Tuesday evening then on-and-off through Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

First Freeze Friday Night?

October 30 is the average date for the first freeze in Richmond. We have yet to drop to the magical 32 degree mark, though it was a close call a couple weeks ago when we hit 35.

It will be a close call again on Friday night. We will get a quick blast of cold air.

High pressure will then settle in and provide perfect ingredients for a cold night: clear skies and calm winds.

I'm expecting at least a few areas to drop into the lower 30s with frost likely for almost everyone.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Things Heat Up In The Tropics

After a sluggish start to the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season, two storms were named today- Ana was named at 5 AM and Bill at 5 PM. Both are currently moving to the west at 15 mph. It's still too early to speculate the impacts of these storms on the U.S. mainland, but it's something I'm watching closely in the coming days!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Nasty Storm Moves Through Richmond

It was a busy day in the Storm Center yesterday. A powerful thunderstorm blasted through the Northern Neck and knocked down hundreds of trees and destroyed several homes. Another storm created a waterspout near the Middle Peninsula.

Right when things started to settle, one last storm erupted over the metro Richmond area. It quickly developed some rotation, so I ended up doing continuous coverage. Here is a quick clip:

Luckily the rotation diminished, however, straight-line winds still caused damage in the West End and also parts of Henrico County.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Amazing Video

Here is a time lapse of a storm earlier today in Chesterfield County. This was sent in from one of our viewers who lives near Chester. This is called a shelf cloud and is created by a sudden rush of air ahead of a thunderstorm. Usually gusty winds and then heavy rain will follow behind this kind of cloud.