By: Stacy Berman
By: Stacy Berman

Rain, rain go away, come again towards the end of May! Will sunshine prevail for the weekend?

TGIF!!!  Thank Goodness It's Friday!  This phrase will be said numerous times today by various people.  It's been an interesting week, weather-wise. 

Let's look back on this past week...  At the McCormick Observatory, the week began with cloudy skies and highs in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees , well below our average high.  A cold front stalled just to our south keeping conditions unsettled.  The most interesting factor of this week's forecast was the wide temperature spread over the state.  Our temperatures remained in the 50s, but in Richmond, highs were in the 70s and in Emporia, highs were well into the 80s.  Interesting stuff.  Despite temperatures in the 50s for much of the day on Wednesday, the storm prediction center issued a tornado watch for Fluvanna, Louisa and Buckingham counties.  This may have been a bit over done.  While favorable conditions for tornado development existed in the southern part of the Commonwealth, the atmosphere seemed just too stable for tornadoes and this mainly proved true.  There were no severe thunderstorms in our viewing area Wednesday night, although there was quite a bit of rain.  That rain was thanks in part to a surface low pressure system passing directly over our area, but severe stuff didn't seem likely.  Oh well.  It's better to be safe than sorry, right?  Just remember your local Meteorologists do NOT issue severe watches and warnings, it comes from the National Weather Service or Storm Prediction Center.  Once the rains ended Thursday morning, the sun did shine through for a few hours.  A little bit of sunshine this time of the year can go a long way, so highs were in the upper 70s to 80s on Thursday.  The warmer air looks to stick around for much of the weekend.  Yay for Mom's Day!

Now let's talk rain... The winter season of 2009 was pretty dry compared to normal rainfall for that time of the year.  The spring so far has been quite wet. Out of the first seven days in May, six of them have recorded rain the rain guage at McCormick Observatory.  Some regions in our area have picked up even more.  We had a viewer call from Fluvanna county saying she had recorded over four inches of rain since last Friday.  Even with all this rain recently, the Climate Prediction Center still has us in the "abnormally dry" conditions on their drought map.  I have a feeling that will change come next week.  Either way, now that we've seen all this rain, I'm sure most people would like a break, at least enough time to mow the lawns. 

So if people do a rain dance to get the rains going in our area, is there another dance we should do to make the rain stop, at least long enough for the ground to dry out?  If you can think of one, please let me know!   Thanks.

Have a good weekend!  Keep it high and dry!  I'm sick of using the word unsettled!


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