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Hot but dry

The unusually dry weather in the Southeast continued in southern Virginia. Now showers, no storms to be had for Danville over the middle of the week, and there isn’t mich on the way either. After a nearly daily thread of a scattered shower or thunderstorms through the summer, this is probably a welcome relief. Anthony’s forecast in Danville was nearly spot on. He hit three verifying temperatures spot on, and was only a degree off on the 4th.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 88, Low 60
Wednesday – High 90, Low 59

GRADE: A

Danville, Virginia

I was just forecasting for here last month. I guess this state likes me or something.

At 8:53PM EDT, the temperature in Danville, VA was 74 degrees under fair skies. A slow-moving area of low pressure is creeping through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States, continuing the deluge over that part of the region. Most of the showers in VA currently are hanging off towards the east and slowly dissipating as nighttime takes hold and the low continues its’ slow migration up the coast. With high pressure starting to shift over the OH/TN Valley tomorrow, conditions will be improving tomorrow for the Southern Appalachians. There might be some low clouds still lingering in the area during the morning, but should be scoured out pretty quickly in the morning, making way for bright sunshine. Wednesday looks to be more of the same as high pressure continues to sit over the region, creating yet another lovely day for the area.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 87, Low 60.
Wednesday: Sunny and gorgeous. High 90, Low 59.

TWC: Tuesday: Sunny. High 88, Low 62.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 89, Low 62.

AW: Tuesday: Mostly sunny and delightful. High 88, Low 62.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and nice. High 89, Low 59.

NWS: Tuesday: Sunny. High 88, Low 62.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 89, Low 64.

WB: Tuesday: Sunny. High 88, Low 63.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 88, Low 63.

Here we see the swath of clouds from the Mid-Atlantic up to New England, dumping heavy rains over the region. Luckily these are all shifting out of the region!

Feature Forecast: Danville, Virginia, Feature Forecaster: Robin Reed

Today we are happy to have Robin Reed, from WDBJ in Roanoke to help us out with the forecast. He is the station’s chief meteorologist and was kind enough to join us despite some rough weather in his area today. His bio and forecast are found below!

Robin has been chief meteorologist at WDBJ since March of 1982.  His path to meteorology began with a passion for baseball but a major league career was not to be.  Sports reporting was the logical extension but when the opportunity to present weather came along, Robin knew he had found a career.  His degree from James Madison University did not include meteorology so he began an extended period of distance learning, including stints at Penn State, Ball State, Mississippi State, Portland State, Lyndon State and the USDA Graduate School.

Viewers are often impressed by Robin’s professional on-air presentation, but what they don’t always see is his dedication to area education issues. Robin is often on the road speaking to children about weather and environmental issues. He talks up math and science education everywhere he goes and has become one of the most sought-after speakers in our area.

Outside of WDBJ 7, he’s active in the American Meteorological Society most recently helping develop the continuing education requirements for AMS broadcasters.  He holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation

Danville Weekend Forecast

It’s a classic July heat wave with temperatures well into the 90s but no records will be broken.

Saturday: Mostly sunny hot and humid.  High 98. The chance of rain is 30% mainly in the form of afternoon storms.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74

Sunday:. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

 

Thank you very much to Mr. Robin Reed! You can catch him at WDBJ in southwestern Virginia for more of his expert analysis!

Virginia is for “Love”ly Weather

Those pesky showers and thunderstorms that dotted the region in my Danville forecast did bring some early morning rains on Saturday, with a few reports before 4am. However, things cleared out for a good chunk of the day, letting temperatures warm up to the upper 80s. Sunday was a skosh warmer and only partly cloudy skies obscured the sun from some lucky people laying out. TWC took home the top spot in part to their perfect Saturday forecast.

Saturday: 0.05 inches of rain. High 87, Low 70.
Sunday: High 90, Low 65.
Forecast Grade: A

Danville, Virginia

I’ve driven through Danville, IL. Never through Danville, VA however. Time to explore a new Danville!

At 3:53pm EDT, the temperature in Danville was 87 degrees under mostly cloudy skies with haze. Scattered thunderstorms are found throughout the region this afternoon as a disturbance over the Ohio Valley is shifting through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states tonight. A couple of stronger thunderstorms are still possible this evening with activity lingering into tomorrow morning. High pressure will slowly build in by midday Saturday and should keep most of the offending thunderstorms off to the south and west as the weekend gets underway. Temperatures will be heating up as well, so if you’re in need of a tan, Sunday will be a good day to catch up on it as high pressure continues to linger over the area.

Saturday: Morning thunderstorms. High 90, Low 69.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, warmer. High 92, Low 68.

TWC: Saturday: Isolated thunderstorms. High 87, Low 70.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 90, Low 67.

AW: Saturday: Variable clouds, chance of thunderstorms. High 90, Low 70.
Sunday: Partly sunny and hot. High 93, Low 67.

NWS: Saturday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 87, Low 70.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with patchy morning fog. High 91, Low 67.

WB: Saturday: Thunderstorms expected. High 86, Low 70.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 91, Low 67.

Here we see the myriad of thunderstorms traversing the region. They should be on the downturn tomorrow, making way for a pleasant remainder of the weekend.

Tucson, AZ to Danville, VA

March Madness is kicking off tomorrow, and you’re all ready to relax and take in the dozens of games about to be played. But wait, you have to do a surprise 2,108-mile, 4-day long trip to visit the in-laws?! What were they thinking?! Better hit the road quickly, so we can catch some of the late-game action at the hotels!

DAY ONE

We start steaming eastward out of Tucson along I-10, making quick work of Arizona before we make it into New Mexico. A large trough is pushing its way through the West Coast today, bringing plentiful rains and high mountain snows to the Northern Rockies and portions of the Great Basin. Luckily, only some higher clouds will affect our travel past Las Cruces and into the westernmost part of Texas. A system developing over the Northern Plains has a strong southerly flow feeding into it. Western Texas is prone to some very high winds, with Guadalupe Pass experiencing many events a year where the wind blows over 50mph. We won’t see anything like that, but could see a few gusts as we make our way onto I-20 and into Monahans for the evening. Ideally we would have stopped 20-30 miles further back at Pecos, but sadly, it looks like there’s nowhere to stay there for the night!

DAY TWO

We can call this the I-20 day, since all 515 miles we’ll travel today en route to Longview will be along this stretch of interstate. An area of high pressure is parked over the Gulf Coast, and is deflecting a frontal system over the Northern US away from the region. An area of low pressure is developing over the Central Plains along the tail end of the front that’s draped from the Great Lakes down to the KS/OK area. Luckily for us, this area of low pressure won’t really be able to develop fully and fizzles out. There could be a low deck of clouds over portions of Central TX in that flow feeding the aforementioned system, but should lift by the afternoon hours. The biggest issue as we drive past Midland and continue on by Abeline, will continue to be gusty winds, to the tune of 20-30mph at times from the southwest. There’s a slight chance of a scattered shower or two, but these should be few and far between, with mostly cloudy skies continuing through a good portion of the day. Winds will die down by evening as we make our way past Dallas and into far eastern TX, winding down the day about 30-40 miles from the LA border

DAY THREE

Today we head eastward into Louisiana, with some cloudy skies greeting the start of our day. While the high pressure that’s been sitting over the Southeast the last couple of days is shrinking, it continues to dominate the weather over the area. Clouds should burn off fairly quickly this morning as we pass Shreveport and Monroe and continue into southwest Mississippi. Winds shouldn’t be a problem today, as it looks like light winds and mostly sunny skies will entertain us as we drive past Jackson by midday, then continue back Meridian and take a northeast jog into Alabama, finally winding down the evening in Birmingham, covering 513 miles today.

DAY FOUR

Last day of the trip! Some patchy fog is possible as we start the day off, but should burn off shortly after sunrise. While high pressure is now controlling much of the Eastern US, the weak end of a cold front is dropping through the Carolinas into Georgia today. Clouds will increase as we progress east out of Birmingham towards Atlanta, with perhaps a brief, light shower between Atlanta and the South Carolina border. While clouds will continue to last overhead as we make our way past Greenville, SC and into North Carolina, our remainder of day should be dry. A system towards the northwest will bring rain showers to the OH Valley, but won’t be able to get far enough south to affect the final push our day past Greensboro and into Danville.

Danville, Illinois to Anderson, Indiana

Easily the shortest road trip I’ve done, with only a measly 119 miles separating the 2 cities. I drove over 350 miles this weekend personally watching a couple college hockey games. This trip should only take about 1 hour and 45 minutes to accomplish. There are longer commutes to work in Los Angeles I’m pretty sure.

An area of high pressure over the Great Lakes is keeping an area of moderate rain showers over southern Illinois and western Kentucky, with overcast skies over central IL. The low pressure system kicking up this precipitation shield will be slow to move towards the east today as the high pressure stubbornly gives way. Clouds will remain over the route for the entire day, but should be dry for our morning drive eastward into Iowa. Didn’t even need to put in that second CD.

Prescott, Arizona to Danville, Illinois

Today’s road trip will cover a lot more ground than the last one. It’s a 1675 mile drive from Prescott to Danville that will take us three days in the car. The first will be in the mountains while the last two will be nothing but plains. We will average 538 miles a day at a little over 67 miles an hour. Let us begin out trek!

DAY ONE

DAY ONE
There is a massive system just off the Pacific Coast that will likely be nothing but trouble for travelers from Seattle to San Francisco, and a return to southerly flow is announcing the presence of a developing system in the High Plains. Frtunately, we will be driving from Prescott to Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and we will contend with none of the inclement weather, and instead will see some pleasant temperatures and sunny skies.

DAY TWO
A weak area of low pressure at the surface will continue to develop over the far Southern Plains and move into the Lower Mississippi Valley overnight Sunday into Monday morning. It will still be raining in eastern Oklahoma as we begin our day, but when we end our day there, it will have long since dried out, giving us another good day behind the wheel, even as we begin to turn north. Catoosa, Oklahoma, near Tulsa is the stop for the evening.

DAY THREE
Beginning the day in Catoosa will again be fairly accommodating for our purposes. The drive through Missouri won’t give us any issues either, but as we make our way through Illinois, we will begin to feel the squeeze as a clipper in Ontario sweeps a rainy cold front towards the Mississippi Valley and the low over the southern US dangles a drizzly trough into the Ohio Valley. Right now, models indicate that we will remaindry through those last couple of hours of the trip, but my gut tells me we will need the wipers a little bit as things begin to cloud up between, let’s say Decatur and Danville.

Columbus, Indiana to Danville, Illinois

A short little trip today, but one that may be fraught with adventure. We are covering only 136 miles in just over two hours (about a 61.5mph pace, for all you speed limit buffs), but it will be a snowy mess! Stay tuned for the Blog Roundup from the Danville area!


It appears as though a clipper riding a jet ridge through the northern Plains will start nosing into our route juuuust as we are departing from Columbus. The heaviest band of snow will lie from about Danville to Columbus tomorrow morning, which doesn’t bode well for our hopes of making this journey quickly. The snow won’t really generate much in terms of wind, and the high end for snow totals is about 2 inches, which will be most likely west of Indianapolis. It’s going to be somewhat harrowing, as it always is when snow is falling, but it shouldn’t be as bad as it could be. So there’s that.

Now for the Blog Roundup from Danville
Storm Center 17’s Lee Davis last updated on the 17th, but talked mostly about his Facebook account. His counterparts at WAND TV have their own blogs here and here. And spend a little bit of time poetically and climactically welcoming the month of December. It should be noted that WAND is labeled as the Champaign-Springfield-Decatur NBC affiliate, so mentions of Danville may be spartan.

Corvallis, Oregon to Danville, Virginia

This is going to be a full blooded journey, I tell you what. It’s going to push into it’s 6 days, covering 2815 miles. That’s a long ways. We’ll be able to move along at 64.8mph on average, which means each of those first 5 days we’ll cover 518 miles, leaving the rest of the drive for day 6, which isn’t until Friday. Yeesh.

DAY ONE

A system is charging going to slowly develop over the southwest, as all the best systems do. As this western trough digs over Arizona, an inverted trough will angle it’s way back northwest into Oregon, the site of most of our driving on day one. We will likely avoid any and all rain in central Oregon, but the best chance will be from Bend to Burns. Expect cloudy skies to fill in as we pass through Boise on our way into Bliss, Idaho, which is between Mountain Home and Twin Falls.

DAY TWO
I’m hard pressed to say that day two will be particularly rainy or snowy, but something will certainly happen, particularly after we’ve entered Wyoming. Expect some isolated showers and thunderstorms, but more prevalently, expect snow in the high mountain passes on our Mother’s Day. Just when you expect snow. Our day will end in the awesomely named Fort Steele, just east of Rawlins in Wyoming.

DAY THREE
The low will get better organized overnight, and rain will pick up as we stay in Fort Steele. We will in some murky weather as we head east into Nebraska, though temperatures will be on the increase. Fortunately for our purposes we will trail the actual cold front and will endure cloudy skies and light, post frontal rain instead of a squall line, which will be about 200 miles to our east. We will end the day in Henderson, Nebraska, which is west of York.

DAY FOUR
Wow, Day Four. You don’t see that much, and there is still more to come! We’re going to continue the same luck as we saw on Monday, trailing the front through the Plains. Expect some good clearing for us behind the front, with cool crisp weather in the wake of said clearing. We may encounter some cloudy skies and drizzle very late in the day as we approach O’Fallon, Illinois, which is in the Saint Louis metro. Other than that, good times for the drive on Tuesday.

DAY FIVE
The front will stall through Kentucky along an east-west angle, and will put down a LOT of rain over central Kentucky. Of course, our route takes us through southern Indiana, north of the. There is a decent chance we will stay out of the rain until we reach Lexington, after which we will dodge some hit or miss showers right on through to our Day Five destination, Pax, West Virginia, in the hill country of that particular state.

DAY SIX
The last few hours in the car from Pax to Danville are more than likely going to be dry, but there is still a chance that we could see some light showers out ahead of the next rapidly moving system in the Ohio Valley. That said, I don’t expect problems upon our arrival in Danville, but just know, we may see a shower or two.