Today- Sunny with a high temperature around 70 degrees. Saturday- Warm and sunny with a high near 75 degrees. Sunday- Warm and sunny with a high near 73 degrees. Monday- T-storms with a high near 65 degrees. Some of the storms could be severe. It is possible these storm will have hail, cloud-to-ground lightning, and damaging straight line winds with them. Tuesday- Cloudy with a few showers from time to time. High 67 degrees. Wednesday- Mostly Sunny with a high near 69 degrees. Thursday- Sunny with a high near 70 degrees.
With the weakening El Nino impacting the world the North Atlantic can expect a higher than average hurricane season. Shear this year will be lessened and Saharan dust will also this year as an effect from the El Nino dying out. Sea surface temperatures will also be normal or slightly above normal this year. This means the U.S will have to watch the Atlantic closely this year. Many storms could impact the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal States this year. From the Delmarva to the Florida Coast is the most likely to be impacted with storms this year. While the Gulf will be impacted by some storms I believe with the storms forming closer to the U.S that the strongest of the storms will hit the East Coast. Number of Tropical Systems: 18 Number of Hurricanes: 7 Number of Major Hurricanes: 4 Number of Tropical Systems to impact the East Coast: 10 Number of Hurricanes to impact the East Coast: 4 Number of Major Hurricanes to impact the East Coast: 2
The beginning of the large storm that is going to be impacting us this weekend has reached our area. Light to moderate rain has fallen across the Delmarva this morning with more to come. The rain should continue through today and last until Sunday. Tonight and Saturday rain could be falling down in buckets as the low pressure appoaches the area. Thunderstorms could also occur which will make the rainfall amounts even higher. Rainfall totals will range from 2.5-5 inches with locally higher amounts. This amount of rain will cause flooding of small streams and possibly even large rivers. The small streams could begin to flood as early as this evening. Large rivers if they do begin to flood will begin tomorrow afternoon as the runoff from the heaviest rain begins to drain in them. If you live near a stream or river you need to prepare now. The best thing for you to do is to get sandbags to protect your house from flooding. Flooding will not only be restricted to near rivers and streams. Many roads could become impassible from the flood waters. Remember if you come up to a flooded road to turn around and don't drown. Also remember to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. More details will be coming in as the day progresses so I will have a new post this evening.
With their still being moist ground from all the recent snow and rain storms, more rain is not what we need. That is though exactly what we are going to get. Starting tomorrow rain should begin in the morning and slowly get heavier throughout the day. By tomorrow night rain will be coming down heavily. Tomorrow night is not the worst of the storm though. Saturday the low will be approaching our area bringing in breezy conditions and downpours making it look like the rain will be coming down in sheets. The rain will end Sunday morning but, not before it dumps a whole lot. Rainfall amounts are expected to range from 2-6 inches with higher amounts if thunderstorms occur. This rainfall will cause flooding hint the flood watch that is now out for our area. Small streams will begin flooding Saturday morning and then by Saturday night large rivers could also begin breaking through their banks. This river flooding could last several days as runoff will continue to run into the streams. Along with small streams and rivers, streets will also flood. Some roads could have as much as 6 inches of water on them. So remember when you come up to these areas to turn around and don't drown. So stay tuned as I will have more information on the storm tomorrow.
Enjoy the warm-up while you can. The next week temperatures will range in the 50-60 degree temperatures. After this week those temperatures will be erased from the picture. A storm expected to bring heavy rain to the area next Thursday and Friday will also bring a cool down. Temperatures after this storm will be back in the 40s with a new storm looking to charge in. This storm will be an even stronger storm than the one before. This storm on the 20th could bring either heavy rain or heavy snow. We will have to continue watching this situation as the week goes along. Even colder air could come in after this storm with the possibility of the upper 30s by the end of the month with a couple small snowstorms. Don't be worried though as April looks like it could be a warm one with high temperatures averaging in the mid 60s.