Freeze warnings as close as the West Virginia line on Memorial Day weekend. This spring keeps finding ways to outdo itself for late cold. Across Western Virginia on Saturday morning, many spots may dip in into the 30s. If the wind dies out enough and the sky stays clear, some rural valleys may see some patchy frost. You probably know whether your particular location is especially frost-prone compared to the region as a whole — it might be wise to take precautions with sensitive vegetation if you are. Lows are forecasted to stay above May 25 records of 34 at Blacksburg and 38 at Roanoke — but just barely, so tied or broken records are certainly possible. After highs in the 60s to some low 70s on Saturday, Sunday morning is likely to be chilly too, though probably 2-4 degrees or so milder, before it gradually gets warmer and more humid in the week to come.
I have wonderful news to share about Kathryn Prociv, who filled in twice on the Weather Journal blog for me last year. Prociv has been hired by The Weather Channel as a weather content producer, developing graphics and keeping up on breaking weather stories in support of the on-camera meteorologists. Prociv holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography from Virginia Tech, studying Appalachian mountain tornadoes extensively for her master’s thesis. She will soon be moving from the Washington, D.C., area to Atlanta after teaching community college and writing for the Capital Weather Gang and USTornadoes.com during the past year. Yes, I know, criticisms of The Weather Channel have been plenty by commenters here on the blog over the years, and even sometimes by me. But now, one of our own is there. All the best to Kathryn in her new endeavor, and thanks for passing through Weather Journal for a few days!
I will definitely miss Kathryn’s weather eyes and ears, sense of humor and taste for cheap Mexican food when we head to Tornado Alley on Monday for a likely very active severe weather week in the Plains. She has been my radar operator on the last four Hokie Storm Chase trips, totalling about 20,000 miles of travel.