Thursday, July 26, 2012
Temperatures in Vienna will reach 98 Thursday; scattered showers and thunderstorms expected in the afternoon.
The National Weather Service has isssued a heat advisory from noon until 8 p.m. Thursday for Vienna and Fairfax County. In Vienna, temperatures are expected to reach 98, but heat index values will make Thursday feel as hot as 104 degrees. The NWS said scattered showers and thunderstorms are also expected after 2 p.m. What's a heat advisory? "A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected," said an NWS alert. "The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors." Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion? They include: NWS offers the …
Friday, July 20, 2012
National Weather Service says rainfall could amount to an inch to 2 inches per hour this afternoon in some areas of Vienna, Fairfax County
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Vienna and Fairfax County beginning at noon Friday and lasting for much of the evening. In Vienna, showers and thunderstorms could start before noon, with another chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2 p.m., and again after 2 p.m. Highs will be near 86. Several more showers are expected to happen in intervals throughout the evening and overnight hours, NWS says. The weather service predicts rainfall could amount to an inch to 2 inches per hour in afternoon storms. That amount could cause local rivers, streams or creeks to overflow and flood surrounding low-lying areas, NWS says. The watch ends at 11 p.m. Friday. A chance of storms continues throughout the …
Friday events rescheduled because of severe weather warnings
The Town of Vienna has canceled the Movie In the Park and Town Green Sarah Bennett Swanner Concert scheduled for Friday because of severe weather warnings. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Vienna and Fairfax County from noon through the evening. In Vienna, showers and thunderstorms could start before noon, with another chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2 p.m., and again after 2 p.m. Several more showers are expected to happen in intervals throughout the evening and overnight hours, NWS says. The town says it will reschedule both events for a date later this summer.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Temperatures in Vienna will reach around 97 degrees, but heat index will climb to 105.
Vienna residents face another heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Temperatures will reach about 97 degrees, but it will feel much hotter: the Heat Index Value—the perceived temperature—will be around 105 degrees. The National Weather Service forecast for Vienna calls for a sun until about 2 p.m., when a 40 percent chance of rain begins. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will make heat illnesses possible. The NWS advises drinking lots of fluids and staying out of the sun. Elderly relatives and neighbors should be checked on, and extra precautions should be taken for children and other sensitive groups. If possible, avoid work outdoors or reschedule outdoor activity to the early morning or late at night. Due …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
National Weather Service looks at the phenomenon that wreaked havoc in Fairfax County.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
While Fairfax County picked up the pieces left by the derecho in late June, the National Weather Service in Sterling picked apart the rare storm. NWS analysts say in a case study of the June 29 weather event that derechos are relatively uncommon to this region, especially ones of this magnitude. Typically, the Mid-Atlantic region might experience a derecho once every two to four years, the report says. The last significant derecho in our region occurred on June 4, 2008. More than 20 deaths have been blamed on the storm, which stretched from Indiana to North Carolina. In Northern Virginia, more than one million people were without power for days. Read the full NWS case study here.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Strong storms are expected to head toward Vienna this afternoon.
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Fairfax County and Northern Virginia until 9 p.m. this evening. The National Weather Service forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. today. Thunderstorms have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts and locally heavy rainfalls this afternoon and evening, NWS said. Rainfall amount are expected to be within a tenth and a quarter of an inch; higher amounts are possible in areas affected by thunderstorms.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
National Weather Service issues warning for second day through 10 p.m.
Following a Wednesday that brought temperatures into the 90s, Thursday will see readings of up to 100 degrees —and heat index values that will likely reach 105— as a heat advisory continues until 10 p.m. across Northern Virginia and Fairfax County. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity puts those who are outdoors for an extended period of time, as well as groups like children and the sick, disabled or elderly, at risk for heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses, the advisory says. Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion? They include: NWS offers the following tips for staying cool: For more tips on how to keep yourself, and your pets, cool in Vienna, click here.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
National Weather Service warning in effect from noon to 8 p.m. — here's how to stay cool
With temperatures expected to climb to the middle and upper 90s—and heat index values that could reach 105—the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday across Northern Virginia and Fairfax County. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity puts those who are outdoors for an extended period of time, as well as groups like children and the sick, disabled or elderly, at risk for heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses, the advisory says. Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion? They include: NWS offers the following tips for staying cool: Where to Stay Cool in Town “There is plenty residents can do to stay cool, such as visiting a local library, taking in a movie, strolling through…
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Northern Virginia could feel the effects of the hurricane by this weekend.
The National Weather Service has upgraded Irene to a Category 3 hurricane, as winds inside the storm have reached 115 mph. It is expected to hit Mid-Atlantic waters by Saturday. In an advisory issued at 8 a.m. Wednesday, forecasters said the eye of the hurricane is currently headed toward the Crooked and Acklin Islands, located about 250 miles southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas. Irene lumbered into the Bahamas at 9 mph Tuesday night and has turned northwestward, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm's projected path was adjusted steadily to the east throughout the day Tuesday. Forecasters no longer expect the center of the storm to make landfall in Florida at all. In a press conference call with reporters, National …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The NWS and NOAA are calling for three to five major hurricanes.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service now say they expect more named storms, more hurricanes and higher likelihood for an "above normal" Atlantic hurricane season. This forecast has been revised from previous predictions made in May. Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane season forecaster at the National Weather Service, said the hurricane outlook is revised every year in August. Although hurricane season starts on June 1, peak months of storm activity are traditionally August, September and October. "We are now entering the peak months," Bell said during a teleconference call with reporters on Thursday. "We're expecting the activity to start picking up." The new predictions call for an 85 percent chance of an "above normal" season …