Checking In: 6/24/11

Here's a brief update on what's simmering in the weather center this Friday...

There's just something therapeutic about Fridays, and even more so when the weekend forecast for central Virginia looks as good as it does. Aside from a few spotty showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, dry conditions can be expected through late Sunday. Most notably, there will be a big change in the humidity levels. Drier air moving in tonight will promote very comfortable conditions both Saturday and Sunday, making it an optimal weekend for outdoor activities. Don't forget the sunblock if you're heading outside; burn times will be low!

Even with all of this talk of nice weather, I am watching our water tables closely. After what was a very wet April and May, we've not even reached the one-inch mark for rainfall this month. Our yearly deficit stands at roughly an inch and two-thirds (1.65") below normal at the Charlottesville airport. The state drought monitor updated yesterday does not highlight any area of concern, though persistent dry conditions may put central Virginia into the "abnormally dry" region by this time next week. More on the state drought monitor can be found here.

Enjoy the weekend, and stay safe!

3, 2, 1, fade out...

Chief Meteorologist Travis Koshko

(This blog entry typed while listening to "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. RIP, Clarence...)

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