Storm system spares Western Tidewater

Published 9:12 am Friday, April 29, 2011

FRANKLIN—The storm system that roared through the Deep South Wednesday, killing nearly 300 in five states, spared Western Tidewater Thursday.

A daylong tornado watch for the region ended with a few rain showers.

It is not uncommon for powerful storm systems in the South to lose intensity as they make their way to the Atlantic region because of different dynamics that act upon the systems, said James Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

“You have more energy in systems in the South,” Foster said.

Factors for more powerful systems in the South can include increased moisture and greater wind sheer factor, he said.

Factors such as a northern jet stream from Canada and a southern jet stream from the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico can also drive powerful storm systems.

Sunny skies are expected today with a high of 76 and a low of 45. Saturday will also be sunny with a high of 74 and the temperature will climb up to 82 on Sunday with sunny skies.