I’m posting this blog entry and one Friday night to carry us through the Labor Day weekend, before turning it over to Keith Huffman who will be filling in for me from Tuesday through Sept. 17. In case you missed it, I linked Thursday’s blog post here explaining my absence and introducing Keith.
There are lots of “cold” fronts in the summer that really don’t have much business being called that. The one that passed through on Thursday morning was such an example. It turned the winds around to the north and northeast, and brought some drier and somewhat cooler air at some levels of the atmosphere, but failed miserably at scouring out the warm, sticky air at the surface. Blacksburg’s morning low fell to only 71, which was just 2 degrees above the all-time warmest low (it appears it may have gotten just a wee bit cooler in the evening just before midnight), and highs vaulted well into the 80s. Afternoon storms developed, too, in parts of the New River Valley and areas west of I-77. The warm, sticky weather is with us through Labor Day, it appears — highs in the 80s, perhaps some low 90s, with scattered afternoon showers and storms. Friday will likely have the LEAST coverage of showers during the three days — better chances, again, west of I-77. It’s going to take a REAL cold front late on Labor Day or early Tuesday to clear out the stickiness — the price for that will be an enhanced chance of storms on Labor Day.
So we’re left with a Labor Day weekend that is a summerlike bookend to the season, warm to hot, and sticky. A decent dose of fall may begin right on time next week.
And there are a couple of waves out in the Atlantic that might keep Keith busy while I’m away.