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Welcome to the Fall 2006 Edition

In this issue:

Importance of Storm Reports
NWS Town Hall Meeting Summary
SKYWARNTM Recognition Day
Winter Weather Safety
Heavy Snow Patterns
Northwest Flow Upslope Snows
Summer 2006 Climate and Upcoming Winter Outlook
Spring and Summer 2006
Storm Highlights
Historical River Flooding
A Look at Dense Fog
Aviation and the
Left Hand Traffic Pattern
2006 Tropics Report
Snow Cover
Measured by Satellites
Names of the Full Moons and Other Astronomy News
Spanish Article on El Niño
A Volunteer's View
of the NWS

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From the Desk of the Meteorologist-in-Charge

David Wert

If you are reading this newsletter you are undoubtedly interested in weather. Whether you are excited about the transition away from the heat and humidity of summer, to the snow and cold of winter, or dread its approach, you are most likely watching the weather from day to day and have a personal interest in it!

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Importance of reporting winter weather

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NWS Blacksburg Town Hall Meeting Summary

by Phil Hysell, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

 

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Blacksburg, in partnership with the City of Roanoke, hosted its first ever Town Hall Meeting at the Roanoke Civic Center Performing Arts Theater on Tuesday September 12th. The purpose of this meeting was to promote safety and awareness of dangerous weather during National Preparedness Month, provide an overview of NWS digital and mobile services, and take questions and address concerns from patrons and customers.

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An opportunity for the NWS to obtain direct feedback from its patrons and customers.

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SKYWARNTM Recognition Day

by Phil Hysell, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

 

The eighth annual SKYWARNTM Recognition Day will take place Friday evening December 1st through Saturday December 2nd (0000-2400 UTC). During this time, regional amateur radio operators and members of the National Weather Service (NWS) will gather at our office and contact other radio operators at other NWS offices, as well as contacts around the world.

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Appreciation for the SKYWARNTM radio operators and spotters who submit and acquire critical weather information.

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Winter Weather Safety

by Phil Hysell, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to cold. Add to that number, vehicle accidents and fatalities, fires due to dangerous use of heaters and other winter weather fatalities and you have a significant threat. A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snow and cold temperatures.

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To help prepare for the upcoming winter weather season, follow the advice in the article

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Heavy Snow Climatology for the Blacksburg, VA CWA
for the Period 1993 through 2005

by Jan Jackson

Data was gathered for all heavy snow events for the Blacksburg County Warning Area, (CWA),
during the period of November 1993 through March 2005.

Heavy Snow Picture

Learn about the different patterns that bring us heavy snow.

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Snow Accumulations from Northwest Upslope Flow

by Steve Keighton, Science and Operations Officer

 If you have read the previous article, then you know that we can get significant snow accumulations from several types of large scale weather patterns and storm systems, which all generally produce deep upward motion with ample moisture (and of course temperatures cold enough for snow).

Satellite image depicting northwest flow behind storm

One of the most favored flow directions for bringing in additional low-level moisture
and causing enhanced upslope snowfall is from the northwest.

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Summer 2006 and the Winter Outlook
Return of El Niño

by Robert Stonefield

November 2006 Temperature Outlook

The Summer that was, the winter ahead, and El Niño's Return

 

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SEVERE WEATHER AND FLOODING HIGHLIGHTS 
  OF THE SPRING/SUMMER 2006

by William Perry

Trees Down

An active summer with thunderstorms and a couple of flooding episodes.

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HISTORICAL FLOODING DURING THE FALL
THROUGH EARLY SPRING

A look at our area rivers and dates when significant flooding occurred

by William Perry and Jan Jackson

For the Blacksburg Hydrologic Service Area, flooding can occur at anytime of year. However, looking at the more historic events, those which produced the highest river levels at our forecast points, the fall through early spring (September-March), is the normal time frame.

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In this article we will be discussing historical river floods
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Airport Dense Fog Study

by Jan Jackson and Amanda Worrell

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One of our toughest challenges is forecasting dense fog,
with visibilities of a quarter mile or less.
 

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What is a Left-Hand Traffic Pattern?

and fascinating facts from the FAA

By Ken Kostura

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TROPICAL SYSTEMS CAN OFFER DOUBLE TROUBLE,
BUT OVERALL SLOW 2006 SEASON

by James Hudgins

The affects that tropical cyclones or their remnants bring to the region can vary from flooding rainfall to tornado producing mini super cell thunderstorms. These tropical systems again most often occur in the months of August and September when ocean water temperatures are at their warmest while upper level jet stream winds for the most part remain north of the region. This heavy rainfall can result in catastrophic damage due to flooding along with property and structural damage seen in the stronger tornadoes.

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Snow Cover and Satellites

by Anita Silverman

One of the many ways NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) measures snow cover is with satellites.

snow cover from satellite
 

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Astronomy Calendar and the Origins of Full Moon Names

by Donato O. Cacciapaglia

 

As the days shorten and the nights noticeably lengthen, the time has come for enjoying the night skies in the central Appalachian and Piedmont regions. It is also the time for the notorious Blue Ridge haze that has tainted our skies and viewing pleasure through the spring and summer seasons to dissipate, allowing clearer viewing of the nighttime sky.

harvest moon

 

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El Rincón Español

(The Spanish Corner)

by Peter Corrigan

 

En la edición del "Rincón español" nosotros tomaremos un más cerca mira El Nino. Esto es un fenómeno climático que puede tener una influencia grande en las pautas de tiempo a través de los Estados Unidos.

El Nino image

By Peter Corrigan

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Life in the Volunteer's Shoes


By: Amanda Worrell
Volunteer


NWs Blacksburg

A Volunteers Experience working at the National Weather Service in Blacksburg

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