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Back in the Saddle Again

A two-week hiatus but back long enough to enjoy the sunshine!

Good morning, seems I haven't been the best at keeping up with the weather blog. It's been a very busy two weeks around the Weather Center since my last post. The four of us spent a good chunk of our energy producing a four-part severe weather series that ran last week, and we're at the tail end of the May “Sweeps” month where our daily routine is a little more chaotic than usual. In that time our rainfall totals have eclipsed the five-inch mark; even if we went the rest of the month without rain we'd still finish above normal for May 2009. We've had a few thunderstorms, a few minor flooding incidents, LOTS of caffeine, and a number of record lows tied or broken. It's all par for the course in what is always a dynamic Spring around central Virginia.

Our weather will remain very calm for the rest of the week, and the holiday weekend upcoming doesn't look too bad, either. High pressure over the DelMarVa peninsula will act as a pinball bumper, locking storms in the western United States. Sunshine will dominate the skies and we'll finally warm to seasonal normals. For what it's worth, our normal high this time of year is about 77 degrees. We were watching the Tropics for the potential for rain this weekend; that storm should hover in the Gulf and be of no concern to us. Some showers are expected late Sunday and late Monday as a cold front teeters over the Old Dominion; they won't be enough to wash out the outdoor pool parties and barbecues.

Speaking of barbecue, what are your favorite things to throw on the grill? If you're looking for some adventure, take two thin hamburger patties, throw some cheese in the center of one and crimp the patties together. Poke a hole in the top so the cheese doesn't explode; remove from the grill when the cheese starts to ooze. It's heaven.

Even with the holiday ritual of food and swimming pools, don't forget to take time this weekend to remember those who died while serving in our military and defending our country. If you fly the American flag, remember to fly half-staff from dawn until noon. I made my first trip to Arlington National Cemetery a few weeks ago; seeing the rows and rows of tombstones of those who served is one of the most humbling experiences I've ever had.

Over & out-

Travis Koshko


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