Cold morning, warm afternoon. Hello Saturday!
Did you have any frost at your place this morning? Temperature-wise it was a hit or miss thing this morning with the low at Shannon Airport never dipping below 37 degrees (F), the low at the UMW weather station dropping very briefly to 33 degrees just after sunrise after staying at or above 36 most of the night, while the low temperature at the Stafford Regional Airport – which is on an exposed hillside – fell to the freezing mark (32) after leveling off at 34 degrees for several hours. (I should note that official temperature measurements are taken at roughly 6 feet off the ground so there is a potential for the ground level to be a couple degrees cooler than these readings under calm winds.)
Today the ‘Burg will warm up into the low 60′s while tomorrow – Sunday – will feel positively Septemberish as the temperature soars to the middle and upper 70′s ahead of the next cold front. We may see a few more clouds tomorrow than today but the sunshine will be plentiful both days. The next chance for rain is Monday as the approaching cold front passes through, possibly with a rumble of thunder Monday afternoon. Then most of next week looks delightful weather-wise!
Meanwhile let’s not forget that it is still hurricane season in the Atlantic basin. I failed to mention the short-lived Tropical Storm Patty that formed just east of the Bahamas before fizzling, but now we have Tropical Storm Rafael that looks like it could threaten Bermuda on its way northward out of the Caribbean.