Good morning central Virginia, welcome to the first post (of many) on the new CBS 19 Weather blog. There's no particular format to it, just weather ramblings, musings, thoughts, insight, and maybe some educational information from time to time. You just never know what you'll find here...
It's shaping up to be a gorgeous Thursday across the region. A bit overdue in my opinion as clouds, showers, and cool temperatures dominated the first half of this week. My sister lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and told me just yesterday that daytime highs were still in the 30s and snow was falling from time to time. In Alaska, the cold season lasts nine months; the other three seasons are crammed into June, July, and August. Oddly enough, my trip there in July 2007 was highlighted by several sunny, 80-degree days and some of the most lovely flowers I've ever seen. It was but a month later that the trees were starting to change into their fall pastels. Another highlight was sitting in my sister's living room at 11:30pm watching the sun set, then watching it rise five hours later without it becoming completely dark inbetween. I didn't get to see the Northern Lights; perhaps another time I shall. Regardless of Alaska's phenomenal summer I don't think I could deal with nine months of winter and short days. I'll stick to Charlottesville's climate, thank you!
In other weather notes, I think there'll be some strong thunderstorms today in the southern Plains as hot, dry air collides with hot, moist air from the Gulf. The leading edge of the dry air mass is called a dryline, which typically spawns thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes. Should be a very interesting afternoon in Texas and Oklahoma.
That's all for now; it's time to go nuke some burgers in the breakroom microwave. That reminds me: the upcoming weekend will be prime outdoor grilling weather. Anyone have any good recipes?