Sunday, April 22, 2012

Updating Today's Rains

You can track today's rainfall at our current weather page.

It's a raw, wet day across the Mid Atlantic as the coastal storm organizes and pushes northeast up the East Coast.  Temperatures in the 40's and low 50's, northerly winds, and steady rains at midday are making Earth Day a soaking and chilled proposition for many.   It's going to get a bit worse as we work through the afternoon.

Here's a radar shot of the Mid Atlantic from near New York southwest to the Carolinas.  While rains are steady now, heavier thunderstorms lurk across the Outer Banks of the Carolinas and offshore to its south...all of which is moving north and northeast.  A heavier band of rain is between Richmond and DC, also lifting north and northeast.   We will see conditions continue to slip slowly downhill over the course of the afternoon, with rain picking up in intensity and winds increasing and becoming more gusty along the coast.

The worst of the rains will push through from the Carolina rain batch after 7 PM this evening, likely continuing through midnight before beginning to taper off from the south.  Rainfall amounts through tonight are poised to exceed two inches across much of the region, with some spots possibly exceeding three inches before all is said and done.  The heaviest of heavy rainfall may set up along the Jersey coastline but for many, rainfall will be quite heavy later on this evening.