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-