Random Musings 1

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Can you believe it? Two blogs in less than a week? I know, not even I can contain myself. I don't have any real structure planned to this as much is happening around me, so I'll just title this “Random Musings” and enlighten you with some weather tidbits that can make you the star of the water cooler chit-chat today. 

1. Temperature Talk with Linda Richmond: Feeling a little veclempt this morning? Maybe some spilcus-milkus in your ga-nectigazoink? (Spellchecker just went berserk on those words, by the way.) We've had a pair of cold mornings this week with a low of 50° Tuesday morning and 47° this morning. Both are records at the Charlottesville airport, though no marks were set at McCormick Observatory on UVa Grounds. Do I think we've seen the end of summer? With three weeks left in the season, no way. We'll get a warm snap though the current pattern promotes anything but. Look for highs at or below normal from now until the end of Labor Day weekend. 

2. Tropical Storm Erika continues to whirl away in the western Atlantic. Very poor conditions for strengthening, in fact she weakened a bit this morning. Current forecast path brings her toward the Carolinas but keeps her a tropical storm. Will she end up like Bill & Danny, missing the U.S. altogether or will we finally take a hit? We'll have a better idea this weekend. Myles Henderson, our in-house hurricane expert, will be as happy as a kid at Christmastime. 

3. California wildfires – amazing how they've taken off, isn't it? They're trying desperately to save mount Wilson, home to the majority of TV and radio towers plus an observatory. For the sake of effective communication I hope they succeed, though there may not be much left of the surrounding area. The state has already spent $106 million fighting the fires only two months into the budget year. Yikes. 

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5. Now that we're inching toward Fall, it may or may not be obvious that I'm a huge college football fanatic. While I will always be loyal to my Penn State Nittany Lions, I will sit and watch any good rivalry or match up. I find few things better than couch camping all Saturday on my couch in front of two televisions with a six-pack of Cheerwine, bag of chips, large cheese pizza, and stack of White Castles. (Seriously, why can't we get a Jack In The Box in Charlottesville?) A weak tailgate attempt, yes I realize, though I was spoiled in Happy Valley for years. If you've never been to a Penn State game, you can honestly go just to tailgate and have as much fun. The atmosphere is unlike anyplace else, and where else can you park your RV on a Wednesday night before a Saturday afternoon game? Ahhhh, good times. I'm looking forward to some UVa football games and will at least be making a run to the Duke game. Speaking of Scott Stadium...

6. We're less than a month until U2 rocks Charlottesville. Woo!

7. Final thought which deals with timing. A network devoted to programming related to the atmospheric occurrences was talking about Hurricane Jimena the other day. They were speaking about how the residents were preparing for its landfall, yet the video showed beaches full of lounging people, some drinking beer, others playing in the sand, others frolicing in the surf (I've always wanted to use the word “frolic” in a blog). Point taken, but zero out of ten on effectiveness. Whoops! Wish we were all able to welcome a hurricane so casually.

More random thoughts to follow. Add your own below, I'd love to hear what's on your mind below. If you're shy, e-mail works at travis dot koshko at newsplex dot com. Be well!

Three, two, one, fade out,

Travis Koshko

(This blog typed while listening to the album "Slanted & Enchanted" by Pavement.  To my dietician: no, I don't really eat White Castles with all those other items. Sometimes I swap and eat Haagen-Daas instead.)


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