Newsplex - Blogs - Weather

A little bit of everything

From a brief look at the weather & what's ahead, to the USS Vandenberg.

Good morning!  I hope this week is finding you well, though it may be your umbrella that's been enjoying it the most. 

We're stuck in another rut of unsettled weather with over two inches of rain falling across central Virginia this week.  Right now there's warm air at the surface and cold air aloft in the atmosphere; the two want to switch places.  This is a rough explanation of what we meteorologists call instability, and it's this instability that's triggering the precipitation we've had the last few days.  Today will be no different, as we'll have more spotty showers; there may be a few thunderstorms that develop this afternoon.   With so much moisture to work with, any thunderstorms that pop up could produce very heavy rain.

While it's tough to pinpoint exactly where instability showers & storms develop, tomorrow's showers & storms will have a common "roosting place".  A cold front currently moving across the Ohio Valley will create some thunderstorms over the Mid-Atlantic during the afternoon, I'm thinking around Fridays After 5 time.  If you're heading to the downtown Mall, keep an eye upward for any towering cumulus clouds.  We'll be watching the radar very closely.

Finally, one random aside / thought / musing that I open to the gallery for conversation;  it made for some interesting discussion with several other Newsplexians.  We ran a story on Good Morning Charlottesville today about the implosion of the U.S.S. Vandenberg, the once-thought "unsinkable" ship.  It was imploded and sunk off the coast of Florida with the purpose of becoming a scuba haven and place for wildlife to develop.  I find it a fitting tribute to those who manned its deck and a great opportunity for underwater explorers; it will join the many other sunken ships off Florida's coastline which serve as tourist attractions.  The only thing I question (as proposed on our Twitter feed) is its environmental impact.  I understand the ship has been cleaned, removed of anything toxic, and well-prepared for its sinking.  If I recall, one of the people in charge claimed the environmental impact as the main reason for the ship's implosion to the bottom of the ocean. Taking some of the stress from the natural coral reefs was a key idea used to justify the project.  Has the ship been treated with anti-corrosive?  Would rusted metal be harmful to aquatic life? Wouldn't the most ideal environmental situation involve torching the ship and recycling the iron and metal contained within?  Or is it too costly to move such a large ship and disassemble?  I ask this in a serious way because I'm not very knowledgeable on "ship-stripping" and the exact preparation methods they used. On the surface (no pun intended) it would stand to reason that sinking any kind of ship in the ocean would be harmful for the environment.  Am I missing something? Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

Regardless, the weekend is drawing closer and I'm looking forward to some sunshine.  Finally, it looks as though the weather will cooperate this time around.  Enjoy!

Over & out-

Travis Koshko

Read More Blogs

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability