Weather! Clear skies and seasonal temps ahead

High pressure moves in starting today, as the clouds clear out and sunshine returns.

In less than 24 hours, we’ll be welcoming the end of the Atlantic hurricane season. We’re going to end this season with a total of 18 named storms, 7 of which became hurricanes, and 3 of those which became major hurricanes. There’s still an area of interest north of the Caribbean Sea at the moment, but it is only given a 20% chance of development. Even if it were to develop into another tropical cyclone, I have very low confidence that it would affect the US coast in any fashion.

Here, thanks to NOAA, is the entire hurricane season in 4.5 minutes.

With December 1 also comes the beginning of meteorological winter. Yup, it’s that time of year.

Now that we’ve survived the rain and the clouds and the blah weather on Monday and Tuesday, we’re in for some better weather for the rest of this week. High pressure currently centered over the Gulf Coast is going to slowly work its way to the east, clearing out the remaining clouds and bringing us plenty of sun for the rest of the week.

Wednesday: Skies are already clearing this morning around central Virginia, but don’t be surprised to see some clouds show up as westerly winds push the remaining moisture out of the Appalachians. Temperatures will reach into the low 50s this afternoon, before retreating into the low 30s tonight.

Thursday: Clear skies. Highs in the mid 50s, lows in the low 30s. It’s going to be the first of several fantastic days in a row.

Temperatures will continue to run in the mid 50s for highs into the weekend, with lows in the low to mid 30s. If you’re making plans for the Christmas Parade on Saturday, conditions are looking great for Rudolph to make it through the entire route scratch-free. Plan on a temperature in the low 30s at 7am, warming up to 50 by noon with a light north wind.

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Dan Goff is now a two-time former Richmonder, having departed the River City yet again in favor of southwest Virginia, where he is working on degrees in geography and meteorology at Virginia Tech. Have a question about the weather or weather-related phenomena?

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