Pinpoint Weather: Storms return to the Commonwealth, heat and humidity never left

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Pinpoint Weather:  Storms return to the Commonwealth, heat and humidity remain

There has been a steady diet of storms over the past several days and the heat continues to be above average. Most days during the month of July have been an adventure of strong storms developing in the afternoon as the temperature reading spike into the 90s.  There was even a 100° day in Roanoke on the 20th which hasn’t occurred since the post derecho heat wave of 2012.  Today is no different as storms are moving in from the south and west.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed a portion of the region under the Marginal Risk for Severe Storms with gusty winds being the main ingredient.  The showers and storms will linger into the evening and be replaced by pockets of fog in locations where rainfall occurred.

The region looks to see scattered storms once again on Wednesday as a cold front sags into the area. The Commonwealth should expect temperatures to continue on the hot side as the mercury in the thermometer will once again reach 90 most locations east of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The storms are expected to be less widespread than Tuesday, but potent none the less.

Thursday is expected to be a day with a good deal of rain off and on. The showers and storms will arrive once again in the heat of the day and provide us with the potential for widespread heavy rain.  The potential for flooding is expected in some locations in the NRV and Highlands where rugged terrain channel and funnel the rainfall into quickly moving streams and low lying locations.  Temperature readings are likely to be a few degrees cooler so our run of 90s may come to an end Thursday.

This pattern will continue in our Southside locations on Friday as the above mentioned cold front stalls out and becomes stationary.  Rainy and stormy weather will more than likely linger most locations Friday, but the focal point of the heavier rain will be along the NC and VA border.

The rainy and stormy pattern that easily occurs during the summer months will continue this weekend as we close out July and move into August.

As for the Tropics, Tropical Cyclone Nine is expected to develop and become another named storm shortly. If this is to become our ninth named storm it will be Isaias. 

Don’t miss our special series each Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon “Tracking the Tropics” right here on

The record heat is also starting to become a topic of conversation so here is a graphic with the possible record heat for Roanoke this month along with our run of 90° days.

Stay safe and stay hydrated

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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