NWS: Nate likely to bring 'beneficial' rainfall to Hampton Roads

HurrNate likely will bring some “beneficial” rainfall to the Virginia Peninsula early next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Recent rainfall has been slightly below normal in Hampton Roads, NWS meteorologist Alec Butner told the Daily Press.

“Most of our area is running short on rainfall right now,” he said.

The rainfall deficit doesn’t appear to have had much an impact on the region. Virginia’s crops are currently in good shape, according to Dawn Eischen, a spokeswoman at the Virginia Department of Agriculture.

“The cotton, hay and peanut crops are in good condition,” Eischen wrote in an email. “Corn is also looking good so far,” she said.

“Soybean crops are good, but more rain could result in higher yields,” she said.

Eischen said the dry weather is actually beneficial for harvesting. Currently, corn, soybeans, tobacco, peanuts and cotton are being harvested, she said.

Forecast

Nate is projected to turn into a hurricane off the Gulf Coast on Saturday night and then make landfall near New Orleans Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press.

The storm is expected to move inland through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, and Virginia, weakening to a tropical depression, the report states.

Butner said the system could cause local winds to pick up slightly, but any impact should be minimal.

The local weekend forecast calls for high temperatures in the mid-80s and sunshine on Saturday. Showers could start after 2 p.m. Sunday, but rain is most likely Monday night into Tuesday, according to the weather service.

Butner said the high temperatures are unseasonably warm due to a high pressure system that’s been hovering over the East Coast. That’s expected to remain at least a few more days.

“Above normal temperatures look to continue at least into early next week,” he said.

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