Typical of a summer shower/thunderstorm event, some locations in Southwest Virginia got multiple inches of rain and/or thunderstorm wind damage Monday and Tuesday, while other spots got minimal rain and never heard thunder. The worst storm in our region apparently moved southeast through Roanoke into Franklin County (the same Burnt Chimney-Wirtz-Rocky Mount corridor that has been repeatedly pounded this spring) just before sunset, causing significant wind damage. About 3,000 customers had power knocked out in Roanoke due to trees and limbs falling on lines in south Roanoke. The inset photo is one I shot about 8 p.m. from southern Roanoke County as the core of the storm was moving just east of me. My location ended up with about 1.7 inches of rain over two days, with two periods of brief but heavy rain this afternoon. Some spots along the Blue Ridge from Bent Mountain in Roanoke County through western Franklin County, parts of Floyd County and southward got 2-4 inches of rain. Other areas got less than a half-inch, and some got only a tenth or two. Definitely a spotty event.
A cold front pushing through overnight will clear out most of the tropical soup, with a prolonged period of fairly normal temperatures, or even somewhat below normal temperatures, and mostly dry weather on tap. Highs this week across the region will range in the 70s to low 80s, while lows will generally be in the 50s to low 60s. Normals for June 13 are 79/56 at Blacksburg and 83/62 at Roanoke. Most days through the weekend will likely be a little cooler than that, especially after a reinforcing cold front from the north late in the week. Roanoke will likely go at least another week without a 90-degree high temperature.