Pinpoint Weather: Dry and warm to start the week. Record rainfall confirmed for May.
The temperatures this week will be pushing into the middle to upper 80s with some models bringing the region into the 90 Wednesday and Thursday. There will be little in the way of rainfall expected for the first part of the week as high-pressure parks overhead. The dome of air that we referenced will act as a protective bubble to keep the flow of moisture moving into the Commonwealth. The air will build up under the dome and the heat from the sun will bake the landscape which in turn heats the air. Also, the air under the dome will sink, and that will mash the molecules together and generate heat by friction, so the area will more than likely be in line for a few days of very warm conditions, or some may call it hot.
As for the past month, we broke a few records with respect to the rain. Roanoke was the wettest month of May ever and it also was the wettest meteorological spring ever.
The Meteorological Spring is March, April and May and during that period, Roanoke shattered the water collection record.
Moving forward into the new week, once the high yields, there will be a couple days of rainy and stormy weather as we head into the weekend.
Stay Safe and healthy.
John Carroll Chief Meteorologist
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