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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A sunny Friday but increasing chances for weekend storms

Today – Friday – will feature mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-80s around Fredericksburg. But a warm front lifting through the area will open the door to Gulf moisture over the Labor Day weekend. Saturday will thus have a few scattered storms while thermometers rise into the upper 80s. Sunday and Monday will then both carry a pretty fair chance of storms and highs each day above 90 degrees. Summer isn’t done yet!!

However meteorological autumn (different from astronomical autumn) does begin Monday Sept 1st. Aside from this late season surge of heat and humidity one question on a lot of minds is what’s happened to the Atlantic hurricane season? We are only on our third named storm – Cristobal – and one could conclude that we might not see many more this year. However as this graph shows the peak of the season is still almost two weeks away:peakofseasonTropical activity can ramp up quickly so we can’t afford to let our guard down yet. Besides it only takes one landfalling storm during an otherwise quiet year (e.g. Andrew in 1992) to create notable havoc and destruction.

Meanwhile keep the pools and swimming holes busy this weekend and fire up those backyard grills…but keep an eye on the sky. It’s Labor Day weekend and summer-time weather is back!!