West Cradock - Portsmouth, Virginia - CoCoRAHs Daily Updates
-> West Cradock - THU 7/18/19 - FRI 7/19/19 (7AM-7AM EDT): little change in the weather... HEAT ADVISORY remained in effect until upgraded to a EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING late period; hot, humid, breezy sunlight hour conditions with partly cloudy skies; distant lightning late evening with SHRA from 11:30PM until 12 MIDNIGHT; another light SHRA around 2:30AM EDT 7/19/19; NEW RECORD TEMP - MAX LOW 78 for 7/18/19 - previously 1986 | temperature range: 80 - 97 - 74 | the average temp this period was 85.5 or 5 ABOVE NORMAL & 3.0 COOLER than the previous period's average temp | winds: S-SSW-SW - peak gust SSW 26mph at 12:46PM EDT | rainfall: period 0.27" (+0.05") July 3.70" (+0.79" or 127% of normal) annual 29.55" (+3.25" or 112% of normal)

-> West Cradock - WED 7/17/19 - THU 7/18/19 (7AM-7AM EDT): high pressure over the SErn US continued to pump hot, humid, sometimes haze conditions across the area with abundant sun and patch cloudiness; very localized pop-up TSRA nearby in the afternoon and overnight with thunder heard to the NE and SSE; but no activity here at this station; heat advisory posted for high heat indices (110-120) 11AM till sunset; generally light winds; NEW RECORD HI (TIED) 98 for 7/17/19 - previously 1988 | temperature range: 78 - 98 - 77 | the average temp this period was 88.5 or 8 ABOVE NORMAL & 2.5 WARMER than the previous period's average temp | winds: S TO SW entire period - peak gust S 21mph at 6:26PM EDT | rainfall: period 0.00" (-0.11") July 3.43" (+0.75" or 128% of normal) annual 29.28" (+3.21" or 112% of normal)

-> West Cradock - TUE 7/16/19 - WED 7/17/19 (7AM-7AM EDT): coastal boundary front moved back to sea allowing for high pressure to settle in from the west bringing hotter temps, increased humidity and some haze under abundant sunshine, partly cloudy skies in the afternoon; generally light winds; two TSRA developed just to the W and NW during early afternoon and moved across the Hampton Roads cities in mid-afternoon with 0.08" here but with far greater amounts across the area; heat indices exceeded 110 | temperature range: 77 - 95 - 77 | the average temp this period was 85.5 or 5 ABOVE NORMAL & 0.5 WARMER than the previous period's average temp | winds: quite VARIABLE but mostly SE-SSE-S-SSW through 2PM becoming steady SSW remainder of period - peak gust in TSRA was SW 24mph AROUND 2pm EDT | rainfall: period 0.08" (-0.07") July 3.43" (+0.86" or 134% of normal) annual 29.28" (+3.32" or 113% of normal)

-> West Cradock - MON 7/15/19 - TUE 7/16/19 (7AM-7AM EDT): weak high pressure remained over the area along with a weak boundary zone (FROPA as period began) with high pressure to the NE ridging down the East Coast to SErn VA; continued sunny/fair skies with haze, light winds, increasing humidity; heat indices rising in the afternoons to between 100 & 110; interaction of the NE & SE US systems at the boundary zone may help produce local SHRA and TSRA mainly in the afternoons 7/16 & 7/17 | temperature range: 81 - 92 - 76 | the average temp this period was 85.0 or 5 ABOVE NORMAL & 1.5 COOLER than the previous period's average temp | winds: mostly VARIABLE early NW-N-NE-ENE-N becoming SSE late evening through post-time - peak gust NE 19mph at 9:31AM EDT | rainfall: period 0.00" (-0.17") July 3.35" (+0.93" or 138% of normal) annual 29.20" (+3.39" or 113% of normal)

-> West Cradock - SUN 7/14/19 - MON 7/15/19 (7AM-7AM EDT): weak high pressure remained over; back in the heat on SUN with increased humidity, light winds, some haze; by period's end, coastal surface front moved into the area switching winds into the N and NE with expected slightly cooler temps to follow for 7/15/19 | temperature range: 75 - 95 - 76 | the average temp this period was 85.5 or 5 ABOVE NORMAL & 2.5 WARMER than the previous period's average temp | winds: mostly SW-WSW-WNW-NW-NNW through 7PM EDT; SE-S-SW evening through the overnight hours - peak gust WNW 17mph at 3:35PM EDT | rainfall: period 0.00" (-0.19") July 3.35" (+1.12" or 150% of normal) annual 29.20" (+3.58" or 114% of normal)

-> West Cradock - SAT 7/13/19 - SUN 7/14/19 (7AM-7AM EDT): weak high pressure remained over; WSW to ENE boundary front across Srn VA with weak impulse aloft that created only some patchy cloudiness early afternoon; no local SHRA/TSRA activity except SSE near Elizabeth City; light winds, drier in the afternoono; hot temps reaching 90 despite dominant onshore flow in the afternoon (which did help keep temps from going even higher) | temperature range: 78 - 90 - 74 | the average temp this period was 82.0 or 2.5 ABOVE NORMAL & 1.5 WARMER than the previous period's average temp | winds: mostly W & WNW early becoming onshore NE-E-SE-SSE through the 1AM EDT followed by S to SW late period - peak gust NE 17mph at 12:15PM EDT | rainfall: period 0.00" (-0.25") July 3.35" (+1.73" or 174% of normal) annual 29.20" (+3.89" or 115% of normal)

-> West Cradock - FRI 7/12/19 - SAT 7/13/19 (7AM-7AM EDT): little change in the weather; weak high pressure in wake of SHRA and TSRA late previous period (THU-FRI AM); partly cloudy early, then abundant sunshine, only light wind, quite humid with heat indicies 100+ in the afternoon through early evening; TSRA passed N to E some 20 miles N to NE of the station late evening | temperature range: 74 - 91 - 77 | the average temp this period was 83.0 or 4 ABOVE NORMAL & 0.5 COOLER than the previous period's average temp | winds: mostly SW-W-WSW through the period - peak gust SSW 23 mph at 9:00AM EDT | rainfall: period 0.00" (+0.15") July 3.35" (+1.61" or 191% of normal) annual 29.20" (+4.06" or 116% of normal)

-> West Cradock - THU 7/11/19 - FRI 7/12/19 (7AM-7AM EDT): weakened high pressure over the lower Mid-Atlantic with SW flow moving across the area with WARMFROPA; partly cloudy skies, hot, more humid but with increased breezes; TSRA and SHRA move across SErn VA mid-evening to just after MIDNIGHT; TSRA wind gust NNW 33mph set a NEW DAILY WIND GUST RECORD for 7/11/19 surpassing the 29mph recorded in 1990; showers end overnight with variably cloudy skies to follow to post-time | temperature range: 77 - 93 - 73 | the average temp this period was 83.0 or 0.5 4 ABOVE NORMAL & 0.5 WARMER than the previous period's average temp | winds: mostly SSW-SW-S-SSE through the period - peak gust NNW 33mph at 9:19PM EDT | rainfall: period 0.70" (+0.45") July 3.35" (+1.60" or 191% of normal) annual 29.20" (+4.06" or 116% of normal)

-> West Cradock - WED 7/10/19 - THU 7/11/19 (7AM-7AM EDT): high pressure moved off the SE US coast with return-side warm frontal passage overnight; skies mostly sunny/clear; "coolish" temps early period with highs reaching 90 in the afternoon; humidity levels gradually increase with WRMFROPA not long after midnight | temperature range: 67 - 90 - 77 | the average temp this period was 83.0 or 2.5 ABOVE NORMAL & 9.5 WARMER than the previous period's average temp | winds: mostly NE-ESE-SSE-S-SW through the period - peak gust SSE 16mph at 11:43AM EDT | rainfall: period 0.00" (-0.18") July 2.65" (+1.28" or 194% of normal) annual 28.50" (+3.74" or 115% of normal)

-> West Cradock - TUE 7/9/19 - WED 7/10/19 (7AM-7AM EDT): high pressure with cooler air from SErn Canada and New England continued to push S along the Middle Atlantic coastal states southward into the Carolinas; with this system, drier, "cooler" air and sunny/clear skies covered the area; onshore surface flow | temperature range: 75 - 83 - 64 | the average temp this period was 73.5 or 7 BELOW NORMAL & 6.5 COOLER than the previous period's average temp | winds: mostly NE to ENE - peak gust ENE 21mph at 3:35PM EDT | rainfall: period 0.00" (-0.20") July 2.65" (+1.46" or 223% of normal) annual 28.50" (+3.92" or 116% of normal