Summer, summer, summertime

Breaking down the recent heat...

Here it is, a groove, slightly transformed, just a bit of a break from the norm...

It was only fitting that my wake-up song this morning was “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. Needless to say, it hasn't felt like late April since Friday afternoon. Saturday was the first day since September 4 of last year that 90 degrees was reached at the Charlottesville airport. Culpeper hit a high of 95 degrees yesterday. The sweltering early-season heat will continue today and tomorrow with highs still near 90 degrees. For what it's worth, our normal high this time of year is 72 degrees. That's not to say we can't have scorching afternoons but statistically they're much harder to come by this time of year. This is the type of heat that usually fries us after Memorial Day.

For those of you not into the heat, some changes to our weather are right around the corner. I'm watching a storm system to our west that made for a very stormy morning in the Dallas suburbs. This low-pressure system will slowly inch across the Eastern Plains and we'll acknowledge its presence Wednesday afternoon. I'm keeping a raised eyebrow to this system as some ingredients could be in place for strong thunderstorms late in the day. We've got the heat, some moisture, and plenty of lift, so it could get interesting. I'm not going to pour anything definite into concrete right now; we're just going to watch. It's like walking into an expensive car dealership. There's nothing wrong with looking and hoping. Perhaps we'll hit the jackpot. Temperatures will cool to the 60s and 70s for the second half of the week.

I spent Saturday afternoon at the Air Power over Hampton Roads at Langley Air Force Base that featured the famous Thunderbirds. If I find a way, I'll post some pictures. Blue skies, sunshine, gorgeous jets, and a wicked sandal tan – it was a great weekend! What did you do? Got any pictures? We'd love to see them; pass them along at

Over and out -

Travis Koshko

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