First Alert Weather Blog

Rare blue moon on Halloween in 2020

Coastal flooding along N.C. Outer Banks closes roads

  Peak of Hurricane Season and our A-B-C’s just ran out

  First Alert Weather Days: Flash Flood Watch in effect through Friday evening

  Two years ago today, deadly tornadoes ripped across Central Virginia

  Sally strengthens into a hurricane

Continued Coverage

  There is only 1 more name left on the 2020 Tropical Storm/Hurricane List

  Fall-like weather arrives ahead of the official start of Autumn in Virginia

  First Alert Weather Day: Flash flood threat on Thursday

28 deaths in Louisiana attributed to Hurricane Laura

La Niña likely by winter, potentially bad news for Virginia snow lovers

Swarms of dragonflies likely picked up on radar in Central Virginia Friday afternoon

  First Alert Weather Day: Heat, severe storm risk Thursday

Watching a severe threat today, in particular for our NORTHERN Counties. Threat is highest this evening!

How to predict a picture-perfect sunrise/sunset!

How to predict a picture-perfect sunrise/sunset! A checklist of the best conditions that are sure to get you the most likes on social media.

Shorebird found under a car in Halifax county likely came in with Hurricane Laura

A bird known to live in the salt marshes and coastal areas was found days after remnants of Hurricane Laura moved through the area.

  Tropical Storm Nana forms in the Caribbean

None of the systems in the Atlantic are expected to threaten the U.S. in the next 10 days.

Wild weather in August across Central Virginia

First Alert Weather Day Saturday: Severe threat drops as Laura’s remnants pull away

Laura made landfall overnight as a Category 4

  Central Virginia American Red Cross volunteers waiting out storm

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Central Virginia until 11pm Tuesday

  Volunteers to help clean up Pocahontas State Park after severe damage from storm

  First Alert Weather Day: Monday evening severe storm risk

Strong to severe storms are possible Monday evening from 4 to 9pm.

  2nd Wettest August with more rain ahead

Closing in on a record

  Evacuation order lifted for Chesterfield residences near Falling Creek Dam

The evacuation order for Chesterfield residents downstream from Falling Creek Dam has been lifted.

  Photos and videos show heavy weekend flooding in Central Virginia

Rain in the Central Virginia area has caused a local state of emergency, flash flood warnings and multiple water rescues on Saturday.

  Chesterfield declares local state of emergency due to flooding

Chesterfield County declared a local state of emergency on Saturday due to deteriorating road conditions.

  Flash floods submerge main entrance road at Clover Leaf Lake Apartments

Jackeline Marquez calls Saturday’s flash-flooding along the entrance road to the Clover Leaf Lake Townhomes in Chesterfield an unfortunate case of Déjà vu outside of her unit tan that has her anxiety about as high as the floodwater.

Routes to avoid: Flooding, downed trees close Central Virginia roads

Heavy rain in Central Virginia has closed several road in the region.

Saturday Flash Flooding in Chesterfield County

Flash flooding in Chestefield county

Driver rescued from car’s roof on flooded Midlothian road

Chesterfield’s Water Rescue Team rescued a driver Saturday morning from a vehicle stuck in water.

First Alert: Tropical Storm Kyle forms in the Atlantic

As of this afternoon, Tropical Storm Josephine has formed in the Atlantic

  First Alert Weather Day: Scattered downpours likely again Thursday

Flash flooding is possible Wednesday afternoon with slow moving showers and thunderstorms crossing Central Virginia.

  Storms cause flash flooding across Central Virginia

Storms caused flash flooding across the Central Virginia region on Wednesday afternoon.

Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight and tomorrow

This year's display of Perseid meteors will be better to watch than last year's, when a full moon obscured many meteors.

Worst of 2020 hurricane season likely still to come

Hurricane season in 2020 is expected to be extremely active.

FIRST ALERT: Magnitude 5.1 earthquake reported in Sparta, NC

At 8:07 AM a Magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred just along the VA/NC border in Sparta, NC. Th

  First Alert: Chickahominy River now in Moderate Flood Stage

Rain from Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday and more heavy rain the following Thursday has sent the Chickahominy River over the edge. The river is now 10+ feet above its normal level.

Top 10 wettest August already!

Through Aug. 6, RVA has officially registered 9.48 inches of rainfall, over 5 inches of that associated with Tropical Storm Isaias.

  Heavy rainfall causes flooding across Central Virginia

Heavy rainfall on Thursday evening has once again caused flooded roadways across Central Virginia.

NWS service confirms 2 more tornadoes in Virginia, bringing total to 6

The National Weather Service has confirmed five tornadoes in Virginia on Tuesday.

  Family rescued from car trapped in flooded street in Richmond

Storms moving through the Richmond area on Wednesday evening caused flash flooding across the city.

  Isaias leaves destruction in Northern Neck through possible tornadoes

Tropical Storm Isaias left destruction in its wake traveling through the Northern Neck, severely damaging a vineyard and dozens of homes and trees in the area.

First Alert Weather Day: Isaias leaves behind damage as it races away

Tropical Storm Isaias expected to bring flooding rain and wind damage to Central and Eastern Virginia on Tuesday

  Northern Neck prepares for impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias

Towns in the Northern Neck are preparing for the impacts Tropical Storm Isaias may bring to the area.

  Coronavirus prevention tools make way into hurricane kits

Hurricane season is meeting a pandemic, meaning people should keep both things in mind when making preparations for storms.

Virginia’s Capitol Square closing ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

The Virginia Department of General Services announced that Capitol Square will be closed Tuesday, Aug. , due to Tropical Storm Isaias.

  Mayor Stoney, city officials update on Richmond’s prep for Isaias

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney held a press conference on Monday to address Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to affect Virginia on Monday evening and Tuesday.

Virginia Nat’l Guard to mobilize ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

The Virginia National Guard plans to mobilize about 40 personnel for emergency support in the Eastern Shore area to respond to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias.

Myrtle Beach tourists deciding whether to cut vacations short, or ride out Isaias

The timing of this hurricane is unique because it could hit right in the middle of Myrtle Beach’s tourist season.

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storm risk on Friday

There is a risk for a few strong to severe thunderstorms on Friday afternoon across Central Virginia.

  Chances for beneficial rain increase in Virginia early next week

The chance for beneficial rainfall across Virginia goes up in a big way early next week.

Two days of extreme heat and humidity

First Alert Weather Days for extreme heat Monday and Tuesday

Tracking the Tropics: Hanna makes landfall as 2020′s first Atlantic hurricane

Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed this Wednesday morning

  High heat, lack of rain leads to drought conditions for parts of Virginia

Drought over parts of Virginia

  First Alert Weather Day: Strong storms again possible Thursday

Storm chances go up on Wednesday with a slight/marginal risk for strong wind gusts, along with frequent lightning and downpours.

Has 2020 been an above average year for severe weather risk days in Central Virginia?

So far, 2020 is in line with previous years for the number of severe weather risk outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center.

  Families seek relief at pools from high temperatures during pandemic

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, plenty of families were seeking relief at pools across Central Virginia as temperatures hit triple digits in some areas.

First Alert Weather Days for hottest temperatures of the year

First Alert Weather Days Sunday and Monday. 2020’s first heat wave starts on Friday

How to see Comet Neowise

Comet Neowise is visible to the naked eye or with binoculars

First Alert: Slim rain chances raise early drought concerns

Little to no rain for the next week adds to a growing drought problem. Tropical Storm Fay misses Virginia almost entirely & some areas could have used the rain

Tropical Storm Fay weakens as it makes it northward trek

Tropical Storm Fay formed off the coast of North Carolina Thursday afternoon

  First Alert: Watching a tropical system Thursday

Tracking the Tropics

First Alert: Watching potential for tropical development Thursday near southeast coast of U.S.

A potential tropical system could bring heavy rain to Central Virginia later this week.

  Fourth of July forecast: Hot, isolated storm chances

The fourth of July is likely to bring hot temperatures with a chance for showers and thunderstorms during the late afternoon and evening.

A look back: Devastating derecho struck Virginia eight years ago

The 2012 derecho that knocked out power to millions of people in the mid-Atlantic lives on in the memory of many who witnessed it and the destruction left behind.

Update: What we know about the Saharan Dust headed to Virginia

Saharan dust headed to the United States, could bring haze, plus brilliant sunrises and sunsets.

  First Alert Weather Day: Low risk for a few strong storms Thursday

There is a low risk for a couple strong to potentially severe storms on Thursday during the early afternoon.

Lightning safety awareness week: how to stay safe in a thunderstorm

No place outdoors is safe from lightning. Remember: when thunder roars, go indoors!

More strong storms possible Tuesday

There is a low risk for a few strong to severe storms on Tuesday, especially north and west of Richmond.

Storms cause damage to 7-Eleven canopy over gas pumps

Storms moving across Central Virginia caused damage to buildings and brought down trees on Monday afternoon.

Summer will arrive one day earlier this year!

The summer solstice on June 20 will mark the official start to astronomical summer.

  National Weather Service seeks opinions on potential elimination of the term ‘advisory'

A new proposal from the National Weather Service would eliminate "advisories". The NWS wants your opinion.

  Periodic rain likely through Thursday, flood risk low

Daily rain chances are expected through Thursday as a slow moving area of low pressure drifts near Virginia.

Saharan dust expected to limit tropical development for next few weeks

Tropical development is not likely over the next couple of weeks as Saharan dust spreads across the Atlantic.

Cloudy, cool, and wet pattern moving into this week

Cooler weather returns for mid-month

  First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, gusty winds possible Thursday afternoon & evening

Thursday, June 11 First Alert Weather Day. Heavy rain and gusty winds are possible in Richmond, va

  Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall near New Orleans

Tropical Storm Cristobal has made landfall near New Orleans Sunday evening.

  Flooding is one of the biggest threats from tropical systems in Central Virginia

Flooding is one of the biggest impacts from tropical systems here in Central Virginia.

  Top 5 worst hurricanes to impact Central Virginia

This list factors in the amount of damage caused and the number of deaths the storms caused.