The Sun will come out tomorrow!

By: Stacy Berman
By: Stacy Berman

After several weeks of days with unsettled weather, calmer and brighter times are ahead.

The sun'll come out tomorrow... Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow... Okay you get the point.  Although we did see some sunshine over the weekend, it was the rain that really made the statement.  1.67" at McCormick Observatory.  My rain guage had 1.75" in it this morning.  At McCormick Observatory the normal amount of rain through today is 2.67".  Our monthly total is 5.68" giving us a surplus of 3.01".  For the entire month of May (yeah 15 more days) the normal amount of rain at the Observatory is 4.86" so we've surpassed our monthly total.  As it stands now, May 2009 is already in the 25th wettest May on record.  So at least with all the rain we are getting, it means something.  If you think it's been awhile since we've seen a May so wet, think back to last year.  May 2008 was the 32nd wettest May on record with 4.93" of rain.  And in case you are wondering... The wettest May on record was 1912 with 11.54".  Hopefully, we don't get close to that. 

The cold front will push well away from our area tomorrow, and high pressure will build eastward.  Thankfully!  Sunshine is in store and so are seasonal temperatures, just not tomorrow.  Highs on Sunday topped out in the low to mid 60s, of course that was overnight and then the temperature fell through the 50s for much of the day.  It was definitely a chilly graduation for UVa students.  The low temperature overnight Sunday and Monday will come close to breaking a record at McCormick Observatory.  But the chilly air will be short-lived, thankfully, as the high shifts eastward, a warmer wind will bring warmer air northward.  So we won't stay low too long.

It's hard to believe that the Memorial Holiday weekend is next weekend.  I'll have my white pants and white shoes all ready to go.  Just kidding.  According to Stacy and Clinton from TLC's "What Not to Wear". you can wear the whites all year round.  More seriously, how can I think about the opening of the pools when I just forecasted a low Monday night of 37 degree.   Brrrrr.  The weekend does look warmer, but the question is can we keep it warm from here on out?  I don't make any promises, but the average highs and lows do keep getting warmer through mid summer. 

So in conclusion... I, along with my many colleagues, do NOT make and or choose the weather for each day.  We forecast using scientific knowledge and our experience to do the best job we can.  Please do NOT complain to us when it rains everyday here in Charlottesville.  Trust us.  We like sunshine too!  Especially on our days off!

~Stacy

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