T.S. Lee Impacts This Week
We have been working to get this new Weather Team blog up as soon as possible so apologies for the delay but we have a very busy and rainy week ahead!
Not only do we have a cold front off to our west setting the stage for rain and thunderstorms Sunday and into Monday already, but now ALL this moisture from Tropical Storm Lee is moving to the NNE.
What's interesting is the center of circulation for TS Lee is still in Louisiana, although he is moving a bit faster at a speedy 6 mph. (That's up from 2 mph).
So not only are we looking at a wide plume of moisture streaming into the Mid-Atlantic, but it's also moving VERY slowly.
I do have to mention that for months now people have been either calling in or stopping me asking "When are we going to get some rain?" Well here it is folks, you've asked for it.
So basically this cold front is going to consume TS Lee and pretty much stall out, and funnel all this moisture northward
Now some breaks in the rain are not out of the question, but it's looking like the heaviest of the rain won't be until Monday evening and lasting through at least mid-day Tuesday, and that's if mister TS Lee doesn't slow down anymore.
So for Labor Day it's going to be a rainy one, and now we're going to bring up the flooding potential.
We've received a little rain lately but things are still rather dry and some heavy downpours could help aid in some flooding potential, and thankfully Irene was kind to the Valley and left barely .25" in some areas otherwise things could be much worse.
Here is what we are looking at:
You'll notice obviously more heavy rain is expected to the south, and it's possible if more of Lee's moisture stays a bit to the west we're looking at higher totals in West Virginia also.
Most of the Valley is likely to receive 4"-6" of rain now through Wednesday and isolated areas could see possibly more than even that.
I would expect to see Flash Flood watches posted tomorrow.
Have you noticed what a muggy weekend it's been? It nearly felt like July outside. I would expect the muggy conditions to persist through Monday though.
The other effect from TS Lee is going to be some cooler temperatures, not just from the cold front moving through but also because of all the clouds and heavy rain (rain is a cooling effect).
So be careful this week, and don't drive over roads that have water over them.