Time for the Fair!

As we approach the later part of July, something just doesn't feel right here in Charlottesville. We've had plenty of sunny days, but I guarantee you that if Rip Van Winkle woke sometime in the last two weeks he'd have no idea it was summertime. It's already been written by my fellow colleagues how unseasonably cool this summer is so far, and I must mention that it's also been very dry. According to the airport numbers, we've had only 1.41” so far this month, and our deficit has grown to 6.88” below normal. Granted, other places have seen more rain, but we are in dire need of the steady, soaking, all-day rain that benefits everyone – not just those who are lucky to be parked under a summertime thunderstorm.

A large area of low pressure currently located over western Tennessee is providing rain from Ohio to Louisiana. This storm will send a warm front through our area today, allowing us to tap into a few afternoon showers and thunderstorms. In many cases (but not all) warm fronts tend to bring very light precipitation, also known as “stratiform” precipitation. It's the cold fronts that bring the heavier stuff and usually the convective thunderstorms; that's what we get tomorrow afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm will linger into Friday but I don't think it will be enough to affect Fridays After 5. Temperatures will warm on Saturday to near 90 degrees, and with increased humidity and some sunshine it will make for a classic summer day that has been a rarity this season.

I'm looking forward to a visit from the UVa Summer Enrichment group tomorrow; they'll be passing through and taking a look at how I do my job here at work. Next week will be the Albemarle County Fair, and I plan to be there Tuesday evening and again Wednesday evening judging an angel food cake contest. I've always loved fairs, be it the York (PA) Interstate Fair I grew up going to or the Virginia State Fair I first attended last year. As I always say, fair season and Thanksgiving are the two times a year that every food item contains zero calories. My personal favorite fair food is the classic funnel cake smothered in powdered sugar.

How about you? Your favorite fair food? Weigh in with your thoughts – but don't weigh yourself after indulging in deep-fried Oreos or Dippin' Dots. Not allowed, I tell you.

Over & out-

Travis Koshko



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