Numerous showers have developed across Southwest Virginia this morning as a couple of disturbances interact with a slow-moving warm front. More on the weather to come at the bottom of this blog post.
The printed Weather Journal column in The Roanoke Times achieved its 10th birthday this week. That makes it older than my marriage (8 years earlier this month) and much older than my kids. I’m honest when I say I don’t think many gave it good odds for survival this long when it started. Writing about weather — who’s going to read that? Answer: LOTS of people. The Weather Journal blog is a somewhat different animal than the column. It dates to April 2006. The blog and column drive each other to some extent, but each also has its independent core audience that doesn’t cross over much. I think what amazes me most in 7 years doing the blog is the number of folks not from The Roanoke Times core area — principally “far” Southwest Virginia west of I-77 and in the Charlottesville area/I-64 corridor — who tune in despite the focus, by nature of The Roanoke Times circulation area, being Roanoke-New River valleys-focused. My thanks to every single person who reads the Weather Journal column and/or visits the blog, whether you comment or not, wherever you live or work or play. You are why this exercise in weather geekdom continues to live and thrive.
Local weather: We have a couple of mild days ahead, lots of highs in the 60s across the region, maybe a few low 70s, with some showers around as a warm front lollygags across the region. A cold front will slam into us late Thursday into Friday with rain and possibly some storms, and then it gets windy and colder for the weekend. This front doesn’t look to be quite as cold as the last one, but some mountain snow showers may develop, and sub-freezing lows will be common by Sunday morning. Looks like we do this warmup/cold front roller-coaster thing again next week.