January, 2012

UFL Commissioner Quits

January 31st, 2012 at 6:49 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

More bad news for fans of the United Football League.
Today, two key members of the league’s front office gave up, the league’s media director, and more importantly Commissioner Michael Huyghue.
Huyghue admits the owners have a lot of financial problems; the league has lost more than $150 million dollars over the past three years.
Last year, the UFL’s four teams, including the Virginia Destroyers, played only four games with no national television contract.
The owners says they are not ready to give up yet, hoping to add two more teams, get a TV deal, and play a fall schedule starting in September.
I know this is tough news for those of you that went to Destroyers games, supported the team and are looking for another season at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
There are indications that people who worked for the Destroyers here in Hampton Roads were not paid what was owed them, we also don’t know if coach Marty Schottenheimer or his staff received their entire salary.
My guess is, the league owners will give it a few more months with hopes of paying off their bills and getting new investments–and if that doesn’t work out, they will fold their tents.
Stay tuned.


Climate Forecast Revisited

January 31st, 2012 at 8:47 am by under Weather

This is a quick post to re-visit the seasonal forecast put out by NOAA from last November.  Overall they did a pretty good job.  Texas was quite a bit wetter though.  Here’s the link: NOAA forecast.

I don’t like using El Nino/La Nina as much as others in seasonal forecasting.  We had a La Nina (ENSO history) last year and this year, yet we had a huge contrast in weather between the two.  Some folks are wondering if we will get the cold weather back in February.  While it is typically a cold moth, there isn’t anything typical about this Winter for the United States.  I think we are due for a cool down, but I’m thinking a relatively brief one (about a week).  The biggest reason for me is snowpack and the lack of it across most of the U.S.  In fact Eurasian snowpack is gaining attention as a seasonal forecast predictor: Eurasion Snowpack.

Check out some of the above links.  They are interesting. 

We will have warm temps today.  Highs will be in the mid 60s.  Tomorrow highs will be in the upper 60s to near 70.  Record highs are in the upper 70s to low 80s.  The average high is 49.  Winds will be southwesterly through the period.  We’ll see a few showers Wednesday night with a higher chance for rain on Thursday and some slightly cooler temps. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

 


Super Bowl 46 Week

January 30th, 2012 at 6:54 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

Alright fans, time to start thinking about this Sunday’s Super Bowl.

First things first. For all of you that will be calling me this week as you plan your Super Bowl parties, the game is expected to kick-off Sunday at about 6:25pm. But the good stuff actually begins at 6pm. So 5pm is a good time to start asking folks to come over. If you want to make a day of it, Super Bowl coverage will actually begin at noon here on WAVY-TV 10.

Keep in mind, the game will run over three hours, with at least another half hour for the post game show, so if you start your party off at 5pm, expect to have a crowd until at least 10pm.


Spring Is Here. Huh???

January 30th, 2012 at 8:19 am by under Weather

Let’s face it.  We are going into February soon, and we have not had any long term cold spells as of yet.  We had a week or two where it was cooler, but there have been no deep long-term cold spells since last Winter.  One big effect is that many plants are starting to bloom (in late January).  My weather watcher Doris lives on the Eastern Shore.  She said that she has a Hale Haven peach tree that is in full bloom already.  Many friends locally have also mentioned that they have a lot of flowers growing and some are also blooming.  Lilies for instance are popping up around the entire area.  This is not good for those plants because if there is a hard freeze, then they could get some short-term damage.  It would probably take a prolonged deep freeze to do damage to the core though.  Also, there are some trees and plants that require a certain amount of chill hours.  Without a certain amount of cold temperatures, some trees and flowers won’t bloom as much.  Here is a recent article from the U.K. that talks a bit about it.  Temps and plants.

Today will be cool and dry with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.  High pressure is pushing into Hampton Roads behind a weak cool/cold front.  The cool down though is temporary.

Today's Forecast map

Tomorrow the warm front in the map above will scoot through from the southwest. So highs will get boosted into the mid 60s.  That may sound warm, but then the heat will build even more.  So on Wednesday highs will be ……….drumroll………near 70 degrees.  I checked the record for Wednesday and it is in the low 80s.  So we won’t be breaking anything that day. 

We will cool down late week, but there will still be no arctic air in the 7 day forecast.  The models show no big change in the pattern over the next 10 days.  Thursday is groundhog day and it is expected to rain.  So I doubt he will see his shadow.  I will be talking to the groundhog at the Virginia Living museum on Thursday’s midday show.  We’ll see what he says, but I can’t imagine that the groundhog even knows how to take this years weather.  It’s ironic that an article just got linked on the Drudge Report about sunspots and a forecast a global cooling.   Global cooling.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Another Day with Sunshine, but Cooler!

January 29th, 2012 at 8:29 am by under Weather

What a treat for this Sunday, Sunshine again across Hampton Roads. We will have cooler air in place thanks to a westerly wind today. High temperatures are going to be near 50 today.

Today

See that cold front off to our northwest? That is expected to move in sometime early tomorrow morning which will keep us on the cooler side again tomorrow. As the front moves in, its going to run into a pool of dry air; so rainfall and even clouds are not expected from it.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow High pressure will remain in control, so another day with clear skies and temperatures near 50 should be expected. What I’m excited for is that warming trend to our southwest. See that warm front in Tennessee? That will move in the area on Thursday bring highs to the mid-60s on Tuesday and Wednesday highs might be near 70! There’s a way to start off the month of February.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


Chilly Start, Pleasant Afternoon

January 28th, 2012 at 8:22 am by under Weather

Temperatures this morning were a bit on the chilly side. I saw many areas make it to the 32 degree mark. A thermometer south of Chesapeake reached 28 this morning! But that’s part of the past now. We should have a decent warmup today thanks to an area of high pressure in control.

 

High Pressure in Control

Highs will be near 60 today with a light breeze from the southwest at 5-10mph. This evening…around 7pm or so a cold front is going to move by very quickly, but its likely that we won’t see anything much more than clouds from it. It will switch our winds to be from the Northwest tonight and tomorrow, so temps will be gradually getting colder.

Cooler Tomorrow

Highs on Sunday will be near 50. We’ll be in the upper 40s on Monday! But still no major winter blasts are in our forecast.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


Clearing and Cooler this Evening, Nice this Weekend

January 27th, 2012 at 3:31 pm by under Weather

We had a decent line of thunderstorms move across the area early this morning. Some areas saw around 0.5″ of rainfall with gusts around 40mph. Now as the cooler air continues to moves in tonight we will likely bottom out around 39 degrees thanks to the dry air and the clear skies. This weekend is looking stable, especially for Saturday.

Saturday Weather

With that area of high pressure in control its looking likely that we should have an abundance of sunshine  and fairly calm winds near 5-10mph from the Northwest. High temperatures should be in the mid 50s. On sunday, that cold front to our west will push by which will keep things cooler with highs near 50 and possible a few extra clouds. Right now the chances for rain are not very high for Virginia on Sunday, possible to our north in Maryland though.

Enjoy your weekend!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

 


Storms, Wind, And Warmth Oh My!

January 27th, 2012 at 9:51 am by under Weather

Folks that woke up this morning and headed out the door were probably confused if they hadn’t seen the recent forecast.  They may have looked at the date on their smart phone which says late January and thought “oh well I better put on the winter coat”.  Imagine their surprise when they stepped out the door to temperatures in the mid-upper 60s.  There were also some heavy rain showers and humidity as well. 

Super Doppler 10 This Morning

We had one severe thunderstorm warning earlier for a couple of inland counties, but then the line weakened as it moved into the metro.  Showers and storms will continue to move through for the first half of the day.  One line of showers already moved through early ahead of the cold front.  Another round of showers will move through around midday (or shortly after) with the passing front. Winds will gust up to 35mph even outside of any storms.

Weather Map Today

Temperatures temporarily dropped 2-5 degrees as the rain came through, but temperatures will warm up again into the low 70s by the early afternoon.  After the front we’ll drop the temperatures back to near 60 towards the end of the day.  Then tonight low temps will be in the upper 30s.  How about that for a drop in temps?  Tomorrow is looking good.  We will be cooler and drier, but highs will still manage the upper 50s to near 60.  Winds shouldn’t be as strong as today.  On Saturday night a second cold front will move through. At this time it is expected to move through dry, but we may update later with the possibility of a sprinkle or a flurry, but at this time it’s doubtful.

Tomorrow's Forecast

Sunday and Monday will be dry and cooler. Highs will be in the upper 50s to low 50s.  We’ll warm back up to the mid 50s by Tuesday.  60s again by Wednesday. 

There is a rule of thumb in forecasting that during the middle of Winter if you get a thunderstorm, then you will have a chance for snow in the next 10 days.  We did have a couple (literally) thunderstorms this morning, but I don’t think that rule will apply this year.  It’s just such an odd year.   For here and most of the U.S.   Keep an eye on the models though.  We’ll see if the rule of thumb will apply. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Mild Temps Tonight, Showers and Storms Friday

January 26th, 2012 at 3:42 pm by under Weather

We had those clouds roll in after the lunch hour today which put a cap on the temperatures. This evening cloudy skies are what we should count on to dominate our skies. With the clouds we are going to stay very warm this evening with lows in the 50s across most of the region. In fact, tomorrow will be another warm January day, but rainfall is expected to move in with a passing cold front.

Friday morning’s commute into work as the front arrive might be a mess across Hampton Roads. Now I’m not expecting any flooding or much in terms of severe weather, we could see gusty winds up to 35mph, periods of heavy downpours, and even some lightning. As the cold front pushes the storms over the Atlantic into the afternoon clearing skies will result behind the front thanks to cooler and drier air moving in.

As we go into our weekend the pattern is still looking stable and dry, but colder. Highs this weekend will be in the mid 50s on Saturday and low 50s on Sunday.

Get that Umbrella ready for tomorrow!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


Continuous live streaming

January 26th, 2012 at 2:36 pm by under 10 On Your Side, News, Uncategorized

As long as you have a smart phone or tablet, basically anything that allows you to access WAVY.com on the go, you can now watch WAVY video LIVE. Our live video stream is now available via these devices. We currently stream all of our M-F newscasts as well as the weekend morning show. In between shows, you’ll be able to view a live Super Doppler 10 radar shot or our tower cam, maybe traffic cameras, who knows?

So, spread the word.

Click here for a quick link to download WAVY.com to your mobile device.