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Welcome to the Fall 2007 Edition

In this issue:

Winter Outlook

A Perspective on Climate
Frost/Freeze Program

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NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS PROVIDE MORE DETAILED INFORMATION

by Phil Hysell

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 The National Weather Service will introduce this fall, storm-based warnings

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NWS Blacksburg Working Hard to Serve You!

  by Dave Wert, Meteorologist-in-Charge

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The 2007 Severe Thunderstorm Season was a record year for the Blacksburg NWS forecast office.

 

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CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR MAY-SEPTEMBER 2007

by Robert Stonefield

Departure of Average Temperature from Normal

 

One hot summer for the area

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Winter Outlook, Another Mild Winter?

by Jan Jackson

 

Average Snowfall Map

 

After a mild winter in 2006-2007, can we expect colder weather this winter?

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Comparing Droughts: 2007 vs. 2000-2002

Peter Corrigan
Service Hydrologist

drought monitor October 2007

 

When talking about the drought this year people often refer back to the last significant drought that only recently affected the area, in our case it was the 2000-2002 drought.

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The Importance of Perspective

by Brian Sutherland

a temperature graph for Lynchburg showing temperatures 100 degree or higher

 

By now, the word climate is familiar to almost everyone. But what everyone knows about climate depends a lot on what one is told about climate, and how it is told.

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NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DECLARES CAMPBELL COUNTY VIRGINIA AND CASWELL COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA STORMREADY

By Phil Hysell

 

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Officials from NOAA's National Weather Service praised Campbell County Virginia and Caswell County North Carolina for completing a set of rigorous warning criteria necessary to earn the distinction of being StormReady®.

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NWS Blacksburg participates in the JASON project

By Phil Hysell

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Project JASON is a nonprofit program subsidized by National Geographic magazine, and is designed for schools to present science to students through explorers and expeditions.

 

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Winter Flying in the Appalachians
By Ken Kostura

 

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Winter weather can adversely affect flight operations.

 

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Winter Weather Terminology

 

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Check out the various winter weather terms used in our area


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FROST/FREEZE PROGRAM

by Robert Stonefield

 

Average Date of First Autumn Freeze

Learn about the frost and freeze program


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TROPICS MORE ACTIVE IN ’07 BUT WITH LIMITED IMPACT TO THE LOCAL AREA

by James Hudgins

 

Hurricane Dean east of Mexico

2007 has proven to be slightly more active than 2006

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The Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS)

by Anita Silverman

Image of snowfal across the northeast U.S.

NESIS ranks the severity of an East Coast snowstorm based
on snowfall amount and the population of the affected areas.

 

 

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Winter Weather Safety

by Phil Hysell

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The National Weather Service would like you to prepare
you and your family for winter weather.

 

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Astronomical Sky Forecasts

by Kris Mattarochia

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Will Clouds Obscure Your View of the Night Sky?
This article provides a couple of web sites for forecasting sky cover.

 

 

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Air Quality Forecasts

by Phil Hysell

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NWS and EPA partner to produce air quality forecasts.

 

 

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CoCoRaHS: Because Every Drop Counts

by Dennis Sleighter and Anita Silverman

Join CoCoRaHS

 

A program you can use to share your precipitation amounts with the world.

 

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SKYWARNTM Recognition Day

by Phil Hysell

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The ninth annual SKYWARNTM Recognition Day will take place Friday evening November 30th through Saturday December 1st.

 

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Refresher SKYWARNTM training now available on-line

by Phil Hysell

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A condensed version of our SKYWARNTM Training class material

 

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A new addition to NWS Blacksburg

 

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WFO Blacksburg welcomes our latest forecaster, a meteorologist named Kris Mattarochia

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