June 16, 2020

Another Weeklong Gloom-Fest Is On Tap For The Mid-Atlantic This Week


Monday was the first of several consecutive days of gloomy weather across Virginia and North Carolina. It's felt positively Pacific across the region for the last month or so, lurching back and forth between "relatively nice" and "Seattle classic." A disturbance over North Carolina will lock into place a thick overcast and bouts of heavy rain through the end of the week. Hey, if nothing else, at least we're used to it by now!

An upper-level cutoff low broke away from the jet stream this weekend as it dipped down over North Carolina, setting the stage for the drear-fest weather we're going to see through the end of the week. A ridge of high pressure over the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada will force the low to stall and meander over North Carolina and Virginia for the next couple of days, allowing wave after wave of steady rain and occasional thunderstorms to blanket the region.


The Weather Prediction Center's rainfall forecast through early next week shows several more inches of rain falling across VA and N.C. through early next week. The rain will be spread-out enough that we shouldn't see widespread flooding problems, but localized flooding is possible if heavy rain and thunderstorms start training over the same areas for too long.


Temperatures will remain below normal for the duration of June Gloom '20. Monday's high temperature of 66°F occurred at midnight here at DAMWeather's Glass-Enclosed Nerd Center in Reidsville, North Carolina, slowly falling into the upper 50s during the day. It's a similar story across most of Virginia and North Carolina. Average temperatures in Greensboro, N.C., on June 15 are 85°F for a high with a low of 66°F.

Thanks to cold air damming and the persistent gloom, temperatures will remain steady on Tuesday and Wednesday before slowly warming back up.


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I graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2014 with a degree in political science and a minor in meteorology. I ran Gawker's The Vane for two years and I've contributed to Mental Floss, Forbes, Popular Science, and the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang. I also teamed up with Outdoor Life to write a book called The Extreme Weather Survival Manual, which came out in October 2015.

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