The farewell post
The forecast models have continued the offshore jog of this weekend’s storm and the HPC has adjusted their forecast graphics in agreement. Since the heavier rain amounts look like they’ll slide by just to the east of the ‘Burg it now appears that we’ll only get about half the amount of rain originally thought between Saturday and Monday (1.25 inches instead of 2.5). Whatever we do see will be helpful in reducing the general dryness and thus aiding local lawns and gardens.
Now, after just about exactly 3 years at the helm of this blog it is time for me to sign off. The first post was April 30 2009 on a Blogger website in an initial attempt at drawing attention to the specific weather conditions here in the Fredericksburg vicinity. I felt then – and still feel the same way – that our area and its rapidly growing population receives very little weather coverage by the high profile DC and Richmond media markets. Thus I embarked on a quest to fill some of the resulting information gap.
Along the way the good folks at fredericksburg.com took notice of my efforts and offered to host the blog (past and present) on their website. That transition occurred on September 1 2010, and since that day I tried even harder to provide readers with weather-based commentary that included a mixture of (amateur) forecasting, some weather education, and some entertainment. I freely admit to continually falling into the trap of focusing on forecasting when there are some very capable professional forecasters out there who do a much better job, but I still feel that the unique geography of the Fredericksburg region creates weather nuances that a news media forecaster located many miles away may not pay attention to. I do feel that the National Weather Service forecasters do a good job of providing accurate local forecasts, but they have time and staffing constraints that limit their ability to quickly update us on weather events in and around the ‘Burg.
I am not giving up the role as weather blogger lightly as I have thoroughly enjoyed it…but I am moving out of the area and thus don’t feel that I can provide the level of commentary that Fredericksburg deserves. I’m certain a replacement blogger will step up and continue to fill the weather coverage gap that this blog is aimed at. I will continue to post storm chasing experiences on my other blog . Also, starting on or about May 13th you can also follow along with the Hokie Stormchasers on the Virginia Tech stormchase blog and Facebook pages as I will be driving one of the vehicles for the ten day May chase event. Keep an eye to the sky and pay attention to the weather! It affects all of us!