This will be my last blog entry until Sept. 18, as I am taking a hiatus to greet the arrival of our second child. Keith Huffman, a private weather blogger from Lynchburg, will be filling in with occasional posts on the blog starting Tuesday and continuing until Sept. 17.
Much is often made of Labor Day Weekend being the transition from summer to fall, in spite of the calendar — it’s the last weekend many take for summertime outdoor activities, the first weekend of football season, schools have started recently or will start soon, and the three-month meteorological summer ends Aug. 31. The weather pattern, this time around, is going to line up extremely well to underscore this transition. This weekend, Saturday through Monday, will be summer — warm to hot, sticky, with scattered showers and storms, mostly in the afternoon. Highs will reach the 80s most places, with some low 90s possible especially in Southside, while lows won’t get out of the 60s most places, and might even hover in the low 70s in the Roanoke Valley and points south and east. All-day washout rains are not expected, and many locations may be missed by showers and storms on any given day, so those participating in outdoor activities just need to keep an eye out to the sky and radar and be prepared to move indoors if a storm develops locally. On Labor Day itself, showers and storms will increase with the approach of a strong cold front from Canada. This front will usher in a push of cooler, drier air by Tuesday, and a second front is likely to reinforce that later in the week. Temperatures much of next week will be in the 70s to low 80s for highs, 50s for lows with some upper 40s, and much lower dew points.
I’ll be back on later in September. I’m very thankful for Keith — as I have been for Kathryn Prociv and Zach Robinson in the past — being willing to take on the weather blog as a volunteer effort for the next couple of weeks. Posting of comments (and of the entries Keith writes) may be a bit slow at times during this period as it will be handled by the roanoke.com team that often has many other tasks on its plate at once. Please be patient.
I hope to drop by the blog briefly with some good news in a few days.