Three quick links for a cool early June Sunday morning in Southwest Virginia:
Spring 2012 — March, April, May on the meteorological calendar was the warmest on record at Roanoke (dating to 1912) and at Blacksburg (dating to 1952). While April and May averaged above normal in temperature, it was really the extreme March that was the key in the spring warmth record.
The National Weather Service at Blacksburg will be looking into whether or not a tornado touched down in Botetourt County on Friday, based on a photograph by Botetourt View reporter Cathy Benson.
And finally … the Virginia Tech storm chasers had a good day Saturday tagging intense thunderstorms in southeastern Colorado and the Oklahoma Panhandle. We’re expecting to leave Guymon, Oklahoma, where we’ve been four straight nights, for eastern Kansas and a possible heightened risk of supercells and perhaps a few tornadoes on Sunday. At this late hour … I’ll leave it to fellow chase trip co-leader Chris White to provide some words and pictures from our day.