I’ll be headed out early Monday driving one of three vans for the Hokie Storm Chasers. Wave if you see us in Blacksburg or west toward Giles County. We’re hard to miss with the mesonet weather equipment on top of the vans. We have a long day of driving ahead of us toward Missouri or Iowa by late Monday night, setting up for severe storms in Kansas and/or Nebraska by Tuesday afternoon and evening — and then 3 or 4 straight days of potential high-end severe storms after that.
Southwest Virginia weather looks to be steadily warmer — hot by mid to late week, with some 90s, at least from Roanoke south and east — and mostly dry this week. I say mostly dry, because there will be a small chance of showers and storms with an advancing warm front and some weak disturbances early in the week, including Memorial Day itself, and by late week, when it hot, you can’t entirely rule out an isolated storm cropping up with the daytime heating and terrain effects. The hot weather here and the storm potential in the Plains are connected — the same strong high bringing hot, dry weather here will circulate Gulf of Mexico moisture far north into the Plains states.
My blog posts will become more sporadic the next several days (trip expected to last 10-14 days), and I won’t be as focused on the details of Southwest Virginia weather as usual. Travel demands and my personal energy level will dictate much of when and how much I post. Priority 1 is SAFE TRAVEL. Priority 2 is locating and observing supercell thunderstorms. Priority 3 will be communicating back home in this and other forms.
Will talk to you later, somewhere on the road …