By Chris White

Weather Blog: Since Fredericksburg resides "in the seam" between the Richmond VA and Washington DC media markets this blog is a look at the weather from a Fredericksburg-centric point of view.

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More rain but a temporary respite is in sight

The official NWS Sterling forecast (thankfully they are still working despite the federal shutdown) calls for rain today and tomorrow but just clouds on Monday as the zombie-like remnants of Karen finally spin away from us.  Tuesday the sun should finally poke back through but by Wednesday evening a chance of more clouds and showers will plague the area as a cold front approaches from the west.  That boundary should open the door to significantly cooler and dryer air behind it but not until the end of next week.

The silver lining in the current “ZombieKarenRainmageddon” is that the vestiges of drought conditions across the Fredericksburg area have been wiped away.  Here is the latest U.S. Drought Monitor graphic through October 8th (this past Tuesday) before the rains set in:

I can just about guarantee that the yellow shading representing “abnormally dry” conditions across eastern Virginia will disappear in the next issuance of this graphic.  The other benefit to several days of rain is that pollen counts are down so those of you who suffer from allergies to things like ragweed should be feeling better.  (Unfortunately those folks that have problems with mold spores, well…..)

Now, to refocus our local eyes on the other side of the world please keep the folks in the country of India in your thoughts and prayers as Tropical Cyclone Phailin slams ashore this morning.  This storm would be a Category Five hurricane in our neck of the woods and the potential effects on humans have already been compared to Katrina in 2005.  Here is the forecast graphic with some of the incredible numbers associated:

[One "programming" note:  I will be attending the Sunday and Monday sessions of the National Weather Association conference in Charleston SC so the next couple of days I won't be posting much on this blog.  If I grab a few minutes I may provide a quick update.]

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