Tuesday’s VIPIR Forecast: More rain and a tropical storm

Posted at 5:38 AM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 10:49:29-04

Stuck in a rain pattern… A stationary front will linger over the Mid-Atlantic for the next several days. Expect cloudy skies and scattered showers for most of the work week. We could even see a few thunderstorms mix in. Winds will lighten a bit more today which will also lower our flooding threat. Water levels will remain high but should stay below “minor” flood levels through midweek.

Our big focus for the end of the work week and weekend will be Tropical Storm Joaquin. It is expected to move to or near the VA/NC coast later this week. The exact tract will determine our impact from this system but expect more rain plus an increase in winds and the risk for coastal flooding.

Today: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms(40%). Highs in the low 80s. Winds: E 5-15

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers(40%). Lows in the low 70s. Winds: E/S 5-10

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms(50%). Highs in the low 80s. Winds: S/SW 5-10

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Joaquin is gradually gaining strength while drifting west. Joaquin is centered about 425 miles ENE of the Northern Bahamas and moving slowly west at 5 mph. Slow strengthening is expected over the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles front the center. This storm will continue drifting slowly west for the next few days before making a sharp northerly turn. Joaquin will likely impact the East Coast later this week and weekend. The exact path will determine the degree of impact (brush by versus direct hit).

11:00 AM EDT Tue Sep 29

Location: 26.5°N 70.8°W

Moving: W at 5 mph

Min pressure: 1001 mb

Max sustained: 45 mph

Weather & Health

Pollen: Low (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 5 (Moderate)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Very High

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

September 29th

1999 Severe Thunderstorms Wind Damage Fluvanna Co, Louisa Co

2010 Heavy Rain Event Begins Over SE VA and Last Until Oct 1

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