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Welcome to the Fall 2008 Edition

In this issue:

Message from the Meteorologist in Charge
Winter Weather Safety
Summer 2008 Climate Summary
Active Tropics of 2008
Drought's Impact on Wildfires
All About Mixed Winter Precipitaton
River Flood Climatology
Enhanced Short Term Forecasting

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From the Desk of the Meteorologist-In-Charge

David Wert

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 We are interested in your thoughts concerning the utility of this newsletter.

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Winter Weather Safety

 by Phil Hysell

 

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Time to review some winter weather safety rules

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CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR

THE SUMMER OF 2008 (JUNE-AUGUST)



by Robert Stonefield and Jan Jackson

Drought affecting the U.S. June 2008

 

What a difference a year makes

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ACTIVE TROPICS MAKE MORE OF AN IMPACT IN 2008

by James Hudgins

 

 

Hurricane Ike in the Gulf of Mexico

 

Only two systems have affected our area so far

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Drought and How It Affects Wildfires

by Phillip Manuel

 

Out of Control Wildfire

 

Long term drought plays a major role in the number and intensity of wildfires

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SNOW SHOWERS THAT GO OUT WITH A BAND

by James Hudgins

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Post frontal snow bands that bring more snow east of the mountains

 

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All About Mixed Winter Precipitation

by Jan Jackson

 

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Winter storm systems in our area produce a range of precipitation types.


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Climatology of River Flooding during the
Winter in the Blacksburg County Warning Area

by Jan Jackson and Robert Stonefield

 

River Flooding in Danville

 

 

Late winter to early spring is climatologically the peak for river flooding for our area.

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Enhanced Short Term Forecast Emphasis

by Steve Keighton

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Providing more emphasis and focus on the near term

 

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