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  • 12/04/14--19:51: Travis Roberts Checking In
  • Hello everyone!  Thanks for reading our blog here at WVVA.  Since this is my week to post to the weather blog, I wanted to use this post to introduce myself and share some of my thoughts. I am originally from the Tazewell, Virginia area, and continue to call Four Seasons Country, home.  My wife and […]

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    In my opinion, winter in the Two Virginia’s is the most interesting season to forecast. In this post, I’m going to briefly highlight typical winter weather setups that we’ll probably see again this year.  The Miller A (The Classic Snowstorm) This is by far, the most powerful type of snowstorm that we see in this […]

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    Several weeks ago I mentioned during a newscast that the International Space Station would be passing overhead. I was pleasantly surprised by the positive viewer feedback I received from people watching. If you have never been able to track and watch the space station pass overhead on a clear night, then you need to make […]

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  • 02/13/15--18:26: A Few Cold Weather Lifehacks
  • With the arrival of bitterly cold air, I wanted to share a few “cold weather lifehacks” that I have found helpful. 1. Dress for the weather Typically when air temperatures are expected to be below 20, I dress in layers.  Even if I am working in the studio, I will wear two pair of pants […]

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    Generally after a strong storm, heavy snow or even a beautiful sunset, our WVVA Weather Facebook page starts to fill up with viewer submitted photos and weather reports. Thank you so much for sharing what you see out there. Your reports help, especially during complex weather situations where just a few miles and a few […]

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    Last week I covered a brush fire in Bland County that was quickly controlled thanks to the efforts of several county fire departments. It is the time of year when brush fires can easily get out of control quickly under the right conditions. According to the Virginia department of Forestry: “Since forest fuels cure during […]

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  • 05/03/15--17:27: It is stargazing season!
  • The weather is getting warmer and people are spending more time outdoors. Spring and summer is a great time of year to enjoy evenings and nights outdoors under the stars. In this blog post I am going to talk about a few things that you can do to make your night adventures this summer more […]

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  • 05/31/15--17:43: Summer Lightning Safety
  • According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills on average 49 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are injured. As we enter the summer months, we are starting to see more thunderstorm activity. Many days these storms pop up in the humid airmass that often resides across our area without much […]

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    Here in the two Virginias, we feel the effects of tropical systems that make landfall somewhere in the United States almost every year. When I say effects, I am referring to residual moisture that moves across our area after a landfalling tropical system gets swept along in the westerlies or sometimes the effect is more […]

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    The dog days of summer are here, but what exactly are they? I once thought that dog days were given the descriptive name because it was too hot, even for dogs to leave cool areas. The dog days of summer were actually recognized by ancient Greek civilizations. In late July, the star Sirius and the […]

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  • 09/14/15--17:48: Fall Colors Arriving Soon
  • Fall is about to officially begin, and it won’t be long until the leaves start changing colors. The weather plays a big part in how vivid fall colors are and how long they last. For example, a summer drought may cause a tree to lose it’s leaves early. Likewise an early frost or freeze can […]

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    Normally when I post on our weather blog, I break down a topic or talk about a weather subject.  In this post, I want to talk about why I believe fall is the best time of the year in our area.  Much of the subject matter in this post is a matter of opinion, but […]

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  • 01/24/17--15:44: What is the Polar Vortex
  • The polar vortex is a permanent broad area of low pressure in the upper atmosphere near the poles. It is located a few miles above the surface of the earth and can be as large as the US and Canada combined. The polar vortex is not new, it is not a storm and doesn’t “hit,” but does influence our […]

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  • 04/14/17--18:03: Why humid air feels hotter
  • As we approach summer, you’ll hear us begin to talk more about how moisture content in the atmosphere make it feel warmer than it really is. If the temperature outside is 85 degrees, it will feel hotter if it is more humid. This is because evaporation is slower when the air is closer to being […]

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      Brilliant rays of light are sometimes visible in a clear blue sky in our area during the summer months after sunset. These are sometimes called sunbeams, but are officially known as crepuscular rays. These unique optics are caused by clouds over the horizon casting a shadow. They are often seen in the warmer months […]