Getting Back on Track

It's been over a year, but Chief Meteorologist Travis Koshko checks in with a brief summary of weather, hurricanes, and Twitter.

Wow, it’s been a while.

I’m almost afraid to see when my last blog entry was, though I think it took some form of the name “Random Musings”. So, in staying true to form I shall follow a similar format with this and all future blogs – no matter how often or infrequent. Maybe it’s best that way. After all, our weather in central Virginia has been very random the last few months, hasn’t it? I feel as though I’d be letting Mother Nature down had I implemented any form of structure to my writing.

The first item off the top of my head is the Atlantic Hurricane Season. As of this writing there have been 19 named storms, twelve of which were hurricanes (Alex, Danielle, Earl, Igor, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, and Tomas). The season officially comes to a close on November 30, and there appear to be no indications that we will make it to “Virginie” this year. Deep down, I’ll admit a slight sadness that I won’t be able to enjoy the geographical coincidence the next storm name shares. It would be even more coincidental should Virginie form and make a beeline directly toward the Old Dominion. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Secondly, our weather for the next seven days will remain very quiet. Aside from a little wave (or “hiccup” as I call it) in the atmosphere kicking up clouds this afternoon, we should be looking for sunshine from Friday through the weekend into early next week. Temperatures will take see-saw in the 50s and 60s, but by next Tuesday afternoon some may  come close to the 70-degree mark! Considering our “normal” high is around 58 degrees, that will be roughly ten degrees above the seasonal mark. Sadly, the next seven will remain dry, and that will allow our rainfall deficit – already over eleven inches below normal for the year – to grow significantly.

So that’s all from the technical weather end, but I have one more item to mention before I head back to my forecasting duties. I wish to express my appreciation for our Twitter followers on not just our @CBS19Weather account, but also on my @TravisKoshko account. We’ve received so many weather reports and so much information, as well as pictures and questions, since we started tweeting to the masses over a year and a half ago. What began as an afterthought has now turned into a network of several hundred people who interact with us daily and make the days go by very quickly. We can’t tell you how much it means to us that you trust us for your weather information and want to contribute to our final product. We do our best to make sure the Twitter feed is updated with as much information as possible, and through advancing technology and some creativity we hope to provide even more information on it in the coming months and years. This “social media” trend was laughable to many a few years ago, but is now becoming a very real part of the way we exchange information, ideas, and news. Who’s to say how social media will advance in the next five years… it’s going to be an interesting ride.

3, 2, 1, fade out…

~tk

(This blog typed while listening to “The Wild Rover” by the Dropkick Murphys.)

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