An active weather pattern is at hand
Far from the usually quiescent weather that mid-August usually brings (hot, sultry, and boring) the latest pattern change is keeping things fairly active. The storms that mostly missed the ‘Burg yesterday evening were courtesy of an approaching cold front that still has yet to pass through the region. It will do so later today as it is literally dragged through by an upper level trough swinging through the Mid-Atlantic. This feature is currently causing an area of rainfall in eastern Kentucky that will approach the ‘Burg around 4:00 p.m. today and could result in more severe storms as the Storm Prediction Center has the areas of Virginia along and east of I-95 under another Slight Risk. Again, keep an eye on the sky this afternoon and evening.
Behind this first front Thursday will dawn clear and dry with generally comfortable dewpoints in the mid-60′s (F) and a high near 90 degrees. Then Friday brings another – stronger – cold front and the chance for more storms that afternoon. This front will slowly make its way south and east of Fredericksburg on Saturday and things will dry out behind it. Now for the good news for those tired of the heat: the high temperatures behind this second cold front will top out in the low 80′s Sunday into the middle of next week.
Will it stay that cool? Not likely, as it is still August. But the torrid heat of the summer of 2012 is beginning to look like a memory…