Short weather summary: Cold front is expected to move through overnight or early Thursday, so
Thursday will be a touch cooler (sunshine has made it considerably WARMER) with scattered showers possible. We’ll be getting progressively warmer and stickier (may push toward 90 at some point in Roanoke), with scattered afternoon showers and storms through the Labor Day Weekend, leading up to the likely passage of a significant cold front late Monday or early Tuesday that will bring cooler, drier air in next week.
I’m taking some time off the blog beginning this weekend and continuing through September 18. My wife Erica and I are expecting the arrival of our second son during this timeframe. When my first son was born in January 2010, we were in the middle of the biggest snowfall winter in more than a decade, and the most rapid climb in visitors and commenters this weather blog has experienced, so I barely took any time off from the blog (and only a week off from my “regular” copy desk job at the paper). I wanted to take more time off from all work this time around. September is also a much better time to take off from a weather blog … though my absence usually stirs up something of weather interest.
As I’ve made a practice of the last couple of years, the weather blog will not be untended while I’m out. I’ve asked Keith Huffman, who posts on his own private weather blog in Lynchburg (mostly for snow events — hasn’t been updated since late March), to fill in for me during my absence. Keith is already someone I sometimes compare notes with when we face a winter weather situation … his technical knowledge of winter weather setups and events is almost unmatched among weather amateurs in this region.
Here is a short weather-focused bio of Keith to get to know him:
Keith Huffman was born and raised in the Philly suburbs, and had his weather passion honed with his father. His father who was blinded in combat in 1966 was also a weather hobbyist and continued that even after his loss of sight. The famous Northeast Blizzard of 1978 along with Presidents Day snow of 1979 enhanced his passion of weather and he has a great memory of watching his father and uncle hold up a tent during a camping trip on the Delmarva while Hurricane David bore down on the area.
Winter weather is his favorite, followed by tropical and severe, in that order. The Blizzard of 1996 is his favorite all time event and since moving to Virginia, the surprise storm of Jan 25, 2000, is another favorite. Huffman has also “chased” Lake Effect snows experiencing part of the historic event in Buffalo Lake event after Christmas in 2001 and Pulaski, NY in February 2007.
Keith Huffman and his three children reside in Lynchburg, VA.
He says his second-favorite weather is tropical, which is what he might see crop up during his stint on Weather Journal. But perhaps he can throw out an idea sometime on how he thinks winter will go …
I’ll post again Friday night, and likely let that sit for the Labor Day Weekend, til Keith comes on board Tuesday.