Many of you are aware of my Friday afternoon weather talk on WVTF (FM-89.1) radio at 4:30 p.m. On Monday night, I will be a special guest on an online weather podcast hosted by famed Alabama TV meteorologist James Spann called “WeatherBrains.” The show has been on for 10 years — last week was the 400th episode — and has included many big names in weather. I’m told it often tops 20,000 viewers/listeners across the nation. So it’s an honor to be included — I have Fredericksburg weather blogger and fellow Virginia Tech storm chaser Chris White (actually a Roanoke resident now) to thank for nominating me, and weather historian Bill Murray (no, NOT the actor — this one is the real deal) for booking me on the show. You can watch the show live on Monday night, starting at 9:30 p.m., at the website linked here. It lasts about 90 minutes (there are several other panelists each week, so I won’t be the only one filling that time). For more on WeatherBrains, visit the website linked here. I will remind you again about the podcast before Monday night.
Rain is going to be an infrequent visitor or perhaps even entirely absent in Southwest Virginia for at least a week. Dry high pressure is building in from the northeast over the next couple of days. As it shifts a bit offshore, we may get just enough easterly or southeasterly flow for some Atlantic moisture banked against the mountains for low clouds and maybe some fog, but the moisture doesn’t appear it will be thick enough for anything other than MAYBE some patchy drizzle, at best. Then a cold front swings through early next week, with little or no moisture to work with, providing minimal chances of showers or isolated storms, if that. There is some chance lingering moisture with this front, that may stall or wash out, could allow some scattered showers and storms toward the middle of next week, but it’s iffy. There just aren’t any systems on the horizon that will dig into the Gulf of Mexico and shovel in the moisture needed for more widespread or intense rain. The Weather Prediction Center is showing a tenth of an inch or less over the next week for most of Western and Southwest Virginia, and this is actually an upgrade from what is was showing earlier Thursday. The soggy days of midsummer are a distant memory now. It has been dry enough, long enough in Virginia that some yellow shades of low-grade drought (rating of “abnormally dry”) are starting to show up again in Northern Virginia near D.C. Temperatures the next week will generally be seasonable upper 60s and 70s for highs and 40s to low-mid 50s for lows. By mid to late next week, warmer air may start to build in from the southwest.
The weekend looks really nice if you have outdoor plans. We’re still in yard-mowing season, though leaf-raking season isn’t very far away.