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What a week!

Hello again, it's been quite the week here in the Weather Center.  In fact, I cannot remember when the last time we've experienced such frequent volatile weather over the first weeks of a new month.  We've had numerous reports of hail, wind damage, and heavy rain over the past two weeks; there was even a confirmed EF-1 tornado in Stanley, Page County, back on the 3rd. While this is to be expected this time of year, it still gets monotonous calling for "afternoon showers and thunderstorms, some of which may be strong" for nearly two straight weeks.

There have been many positives, however,  from the recent weather.  First, the four of us are back into the groove of severe weather coverage and ensuring the most accurate, informative severe weather coverage we can possibly achieve.  From my experience, the first episode of Spring storm coverage is always a bit rusty (Tuesday morning's severe thunderstorm in Culpeper county was the first coverage I'd done since late last summer) but now I'm back into the groove and ready to go. Secondly, the water tables are in great shape.  While some of the rain has been in excess, we've had 16.98" of rain at the Charlottesville airport so far this year as of 10:35 A.M.  Thirdly, the pollen counts have been very low. Breathing easy is something you appreciate when you can't do it without wheezing or feeling congested.  Lastly, my car's clean. :)

The last positive I would like to mention involves my fellow colleagues Brantley, Stacy, and Myles.  With the bulk of storm coverage falling on their shoulders in the afternoon, they've done a magnificent job of using Twitter to get out important information - warnings, watches, damage reports, and rainfall amounts.  If you don't have a Twitter account, might I encourage you to obtain one if not only for the reason of gathering news, weather, and sports information.  Think of it as your own personal news wire; it's even more valuable if you have the ability to check Twitter from a mobile device.  And think about this: we read the tweets sent to us and respond back - even during newscasts.  I used a tweet sent to us on the air this morning; yours may be next! Our address is

In the meantime, I wish you each a fantastic weekend.  Stay safe and keep an eye to the sky.  And while I don't like their odds in Detroit, I hope the Pittsburgh Penguins can pull out Game 7 tonight.  Sidney Crosby is ready to hoist the Stanley Cup.

Over & out-

Travis Koshko

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