June, 2012

Severe Strorm Threat Continues Today

June 30th, 2012 at 9:38 am by under Weather

There were over 800 storm reports from across the country last night and early this morning as we had that line of severe weather move across the region. This morning many woke up to the sound of the 60+mph wind gusts as the storms tracked across Hampton Roads. The highest wind gust in our area was from Franklin at 74mph. Today, the threat for severe weather continues.

Slight Risk

We have the right ingredients for these storms today. (Heat + Humidity + Front/Trough) Storms producing straight line wind gusts will be the biggest threat this evening as the storms move in.

Storms Tonight

This is the most recent run of our model brings in the storms this evening around sundown along the trough line. This timing could be earlier if the trough moves in faster. The trough is the lifting mechanism in the atmosphere which takes the hot and humid air on the ground and lifts it to create clouds and eventually these storms. The best thing this afternoon is stay sky aware (and also stay cool). Keep an eye on the western horizon, as that is where the storms will be coming from.

Also, remember the Excessive Heat Warning Continues today for the majority of our area; Jeremy has some great heat tips in his recent blog.

Stay Cool and watch for Storms.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Windstorm Blog That I Couldn’t Post

June 30th, 2012 at 8:16 am by under Uncategorized, Weather

I had written this blog last night in the middle of the storms.  I was just about to proofread when my power went out.  Thought it would be neat to read. So I’ll post this morning.  Jeff will have a bigger update this morning.

A line of severe storms is moving in tonight from the northwest.  It is a Mid-sized Cluster of Storms called an MCS although MCS really stands for something else: MCS defined.  The line has already produced a wind gust up to 71mph at Franklin and a gust to over 60mph at Ft. Eustis.  Here was the view from Super Doppler 10 at 12:15am:

Super Doppler 10 (12:15am)

These types of storms are hard to detect on the models due to their size, but are big enough to affect a viewing area.  This line of winds will quickly move through in the next hour to hour and a half.  There has been a severe thunderstorm warning for many cities/counties for the last hour or more.  Be careful out there tonight.  Don Slater will have an update in 10 minutes on-air.  Jeff will be in in the morning with a full update.  Be careful out there, and stay away from windows until the winds die down. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

LMF: Cassidy and Tess

June 29th, 2012 at 10:59 am by under THRS Live Music

Today marks two very important events…well, actually three: First, it’s the start of my birthday weekend.  Sunday is the day I mark the 13th anniversary of my 21st birthday (gifts are not necessary but well appreciated). Second, it’s Friday and third but most importantly, it’s Live Music Friday. Today we were in for a treat as Cassidy and Tess graced our stage.

The sisters have a dynamic and powerful vocal presence that just takes your breath away.  Perfect harmonies paired with smooth guitar and subtle piano make them a force to be reckon with…and it doesn’t stop there.  They are currently in the studio working on both and EP and full length release.  The mega-talented Ben Hardesty of Bison is collaborating with them and bringing some of the other Bison gang to join in on the fun so you know it’s going to be good.  I also got word a big name vocalist will be stopping in to lend his pipes to the project.  I’m not going to drop his name yet as I want to keep it a surprise.  They will get out of the studio for a bit to perform an intimate show at Cafe Moka in Virginia Beach Saturday, August 4.  I really predict big things coming from them in the future, so make sure you bookmark their website, cassidyandtess.com, to keep up to date with them.

In other happenings around town, our good friend Mike Federali is hitting the studio to recording his LP and you can help him out with it.  He has a Kickstarter campaign going and has some really good incentives for you from free swag to a private concert.  Help him out by clicking right here.

On the concert front, as I stated before this is the grande finale for The Colley Cantina.  Tonight, Deathtrap with Shifty perform and tomorrow (Saturday) is the big send off.  Humanoids from the Deep, Great Dismal Swamis, The Kill Circuit, 60 Cycle, The Unabombers and The Bottle Babies will blow the roof off the joint.  If you get a chance, head out there and pay your respects.

Sunday, hit the web and tune into YourMusicShow.  A great weekly web series that features great local artists in the comforts of the YMS kitchen.  2p is the time and their guests will be Mean Low Tide.  And before you tuck yourself into bed, make sure you turn the radio dial to 96x for The Local Music Show.  Hosted by the lovely Crizti Walsh of Crissy Babe & The Dastards, this show plays the best of the 757 and in the world of the ever-changing technology, it’s still pretty cool to hear your song on the radio.

That’s it for me.  Stay cool out there and if you happen to hit up Tortilla West for brunch Sunday, stop by my table and wish me a happy birthday!  Cheers!


Beating The Heat!

June 29th, 2012 at 8:37 am by under Weather

Every year we get at least some kind of heat wave where a heat advisory is issued.  We do have that for today, and probably for tomorrow as well.  Today almost the whole viewing area is under a heat advisory (orange area). 

Heat Advisory

When the heat index rises to between 105-115 degrees for at least a couple of hours or more, then a heat advisory is issued.  This means that heat illnesses like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke are possible.

When the heat index rises to over 105 for 2 days in a row, then an excessive heat warning goes into effect.  It is also issued if the heat index will rise to over 115.  In this case heat illnesses are likely. 

High pressure is settled in today.  So we will see a lot of sunshine.  This will allow highs will rise to the upper 90s to low 100s.  The heat index 100-107.  Inland locations of course will be the hottest.  The humidity has also come up a bit.  Dewpoints are in the low 60s today whereas yesterday they were in the 50s.  We will have a bit of a breeze (10-15mph) out of the southwest.  Tomorrow high pressure will still try to hold on, but the extreme heat and humidity could be enough to pop up some isolated afternoon storms.  Highs will be near 100 and it will be humid.  By the way the record high for today is 101 (1980).  Tomorrow the record is 100 (1936).   

On Sunday we’ll still be hot and humid, but we do expect more clouds.  Also, we’ll probably get some scattered showers and storms as the high pushes a little farther south.  A few showers are possible early, then expect some late day scattered thunderstorms.  We’ll have a few storms probably between Monday through the 4th of July, but isolated to scattered.  Highs will be more in the low/mid 90s those days.  We can tweak the forecast for Wednesday as it gets closer. 

There are several things you can do to beat the heat:

1.  Drink plenty of fluids- With the high heat and humidity, the body has to produce more sweat (typically) in order to stay cool.  This because the sweat doesn’t evaporate as easily with a higher heat index.  Water is best.  Don’t drink alcohol as it can also dehydrate the body.   Sugary drinks are also not a good idea. 

2.  Grab some shade - If you are working outside, then take breaks and take them in the shade.  It’s the perfect time to rehydrate when you take those breaks.  If you’re a foreman or coach, then make sure your team has plenty of cold water available. 

3.  Wear light-weight/light-colored clothing –  Thicker clothes don’t let your body breathe (so to speak) as good as lighter-weight clothing.  The color is important as brighter clothes reflect more light, whereas darker clothes absorb the light and turn it into heat.  It makes a big difference.  Try it for yourself. 

4.  A.C. broken? Stay cool anyway -   Head to a cool public place for the day.  A mall or a library are great places to go as well as the beach. 

5.  Bad or no A.C.? Grab a fan – If your Air conditioner doesn’t work or work well, then a fan will help.  It promotes evaporation and takes the heat away from your body.  So grab a fan (even a small one) to help. 

6.  Check on the young, the elderly, and the pets – The very young and the elderly don’t deal with the heat as well as older kids and younger adults.  So check on them to make sure they are doing ok.  Pets also suffer from the heat.  Dogs don’t sweat.  So they keep cool by panting and drinking water.  If you leave them outside, then make sure they have plenty of shade and water.  You can even leave some ice in their bowl in the morning.  A dog house isn’t good shade unless it’s very well ventilated (which is rare).  The materials will heat up and basically create a hot box. 

7.  Close the curtains – When light gets into the house it turns into heat.  So close the curtains to not only keep cooler, but to help out your cooling unit.

8.  Cars…  – It should go without saying, but it’s always a good reminder as folks get super busy and forget things…  Never leave your kids or pets in a hot vehicle.  Even before a heat advisory is issued, the inside of cars can reach temperatures into the 120s and 130s.  This with outdoor temperatures even in the 80s.  New parents especially that get a big lack of sleep, and may not be in the habit of taking a child with them everywhere should try to always remember. 

9.  Not too cool – Even with this heat, you can still turn your thermostat up a couple of degrees before you leave for work.  It will help out the power bill, and it will help out the power company as it helps take a bit of the load off of the power grid if many people do it. 

10.  Ice Cream – Do I have to explain? 

11.  Cool Water – Keep bottles of water in the fridge.  That way you can take them on the go, and they will be cool for a while.  Stay green and use a reusable water bottle.

12. Eat small/often – Eat small meals and often. 

Feel free to submit any tips that I missed in the comments section.  Stay cool folks and have a good weekend!

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

Drought Monitor Update

June 28th, 2012 at 12:39 pm by under Weather

The drought is improving across the southeastern portion of our country. Below is a comparison of the drought monitor from June 19th and now this week:

Drought Monitor

There has been a slight increase in the region which is abnormally dry across Virginia and North Carolina, and also an increase in Georgia. Look at the difference in Florida. Tropical Storm Debby brought some areas nearly 2 feet of rainfall which virtually eliminated the all-spring drought. Looking ahead in our next week we don’t really have any significant chances for rain, but we might see some daytime thunderstorms going into this hot and humid weekend.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Live from DC hearing on tax preparation fraud

June 28th, 2012 at 10:49 am by under 10 On Your Side, News, Personalities

6:15 a.m. – Rise and shine! There is something about the nation’s capital that makes you want to get up early and get out the door. It could be the inevitable traffic on the way into the city, especially on a day like today.

We had to stay in a hotel in northern Virginia last night because almost every room in D.C. was full ahead of today’s Supreme Court ruling on the health care law and individual mandate. A decision is expected to come around 10 o’clock this morning.

I think we may be the only people here who are not here to talk about health care. We were the first station to investigate Mo Money Taxes locally, and we want to see it through to the end.

Today a House subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security is set to discuss identity theft and income tax preparation fraud. Mo Money Taxes is likely to be at the center of discussion, with a Norfolk victim scheduled to speak about his personal struggles with the company.

The hearing starts at 9:45 so I’ve got to run! Check back for updates throughout the day. You can also follow me on Twitter. My handle is @AnneWAVY.

9:42 a.m. – I am writing from inside the Rayburn Building where the hearing is about to begin. I have learned Michael Robinson is the Norfolk victim from Rep. Bobby Scott’s district who will be testifying today. I have received Rep. Scott’s prepared statement. He will speak primarily about his constituents struggles with Mo Money. His statement references WAVY TV 10 reports. We are underway. More to come…

11:00 a.m. – Norfolk victim Michael Robinson said he learned about Mo Money from a family member. He and his wife went to Mo Money to get an estimate ($3602). He felt funny about the company and left. Later he tried to file at Jackson Hewitt and was told Mo Money had already filed for him. JH discovered IRS paid Mo Money check in his name for $5270, which he still has not received to this date. He has filed an amendment.

Mo Money has remained the main topic of discussion. Victims would be encouraged to hear how the Congressman are holding the IRS rep’s feet to the fire. She cannot comment on ongoing investigations. She told Congressman Conyers she will take his comments back to the IRS. His response: “Taking it back is not enough. I want action.”

12:38 p.m. – Hearing is over. We will have reaction from the IRS, Rep. Scott and Mo Money Norfolk victim Michael Robinson tonight at 5. Here is a picture of Michael and me after our interview. He took a train from Norfolk to get here and he did a great job despite being a little nervous.

The victim advocate from the IRS was an insightful interview. She explained some of the Mo Money schemes described by the subcommittee falls into the cracks of banking regulations, meaning no one is watching over the money. There’s some talk about increasing penalties and changing laws to incorporate direct deposit victims.

See you at 5!

LMF: Bad Medicine

June 28th, 2012 at 10:24 am by under THRS Live Music

Nope, I’m not talking about Bon Jovi’s first single off of their New Jersey record…although that is a pretty rocking tune.  I’m going to talk about a different band: A Bad Think.

A Bad Think is the brainchild of Virginia Beach producer Michael Marquart.  After gaining fame as the drummer of A Flock Of Seagulls, Michael stepped from behind the kit and created A Bad Think to showcase his many talents. Guitarist Ralph Bruner and Michael’s singer/songwriter daughter, Samantha, join the eclectic musical journey that A Bad Think takes you on.  With three records already under their belt, they have just released a fourth.  Medicine is available on iTunes and it’s first single, ‘Under The Stairs’, has an accompanying video that is directed by Virginia Beach director Derrick Borte, who directed The Joneses (staring David Duchovny and Demi Moore), and stars Mariel Hemingway.  You can check out the video here.

Tomorrow is Friday and better yet, Live Music Friday.  Our guests will be the acoustic duo of Cassidy and Tess.  They opened for Bison at their sold-out show at The Attucks Theater and they’ll be bringing their talents to The Hampton Roads Show stage.

Until then, I’ll check you guys out tomorrow.

Here Comes The Heat

June 28th, 2012 at 8:35 am by under Weather

The heat is building into Hampton Roads today.  The heat wave is on for a large section of the country.   Highs will be in the 90s and 100s for more than half of the United States:

Forecast High Temps

 So today we start what I’d call hot temperatures.  Highs will be in the low/mid 90s.  The average highs area in the mid 80s.  The good news is that it is still pretty dry outside.  Dewpoints in the entire region are in the 50s.  That is pretty comfortable:

Dewpoints (Measure Of Moisture)

 That factor can make a big difference.  The heat index will either be near or even below the high temperatures for the day.  That’s right! The heat index can be below the air temperature.  In fact that’s what happens a lot out West.  Basically it means that the air is so dry that a very small amount of evaporation will cool you off greatly, and make you feel cooler than it actually is.  There will be a lot of sunshine though, and so sitting in the sun for a while will counteract that cooling.  We’ll have a light southwest breeze at 5-10mph.

Tomorrow the heat will build in stronger from the west.  Highs will rise to the upper 90s with a few 100s around.  The heat index will be up to 105.  I put our high up to 100 on Saturday, and I think we’ll be in the upper 90s on Sunday.  I do think a few storms will try to sneak in from the north Sunday as well.  That leads to a bit of a nerdy subject concerning the heat.  Typically you get a heat wave like this when there is a strong upper level ridge (A hill like shape in the jetstream).  That will help to create a lot of sinking air and strong high pressure.  However, in this case the ridge will be more flat, and the center of the high will be more towards Alabama.  So most of our heating will come from the hot air blowing in from the west (warm air advection).  Plus, there will also be some downloping winds off of the mountains which will aid in heating.  This weather pattern also means that a few storms may try to sneak in on a couple of days.  Especially on Sunday.  There will be some cooling in the Ohio Valley where some of the stronger storms will form.  A few of those may try to push southeast.  This will have to be monitored over the weekend into Monday.  Overall, the forecast is dry, but stay tuned for updates.  The 90s are expected to last through the middle of next week.

There are several stories that are tied to the heat in the U.S.  The first one by far is the wildfires out west.  They are creating a really bad fire season especially in Colorado this Summer.  Also, we may be looking at some major crop losses across the U.S. heartland.  There are conditions that are similar to the drought of 1988.  This will have a huge impact on corn and food prices.  The drought is tough in many parts of the country.  Moderate drought is affecting at least part of 40 U.S. states. 

Drought Monitor


The once-tropical system “Debby” brought some drought relief to Florida and southern Georgia, but it is now well out to sea.  It is now just a disorganized area of low pressure that is riding east along an old frontal boundary. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

LMF: Farewell Colley

June 27th, 2012 at 10:12 am by under THRS Live Music

Everyone has that particular place they call “theirs”.  That place where it’s always the default answer of the question: ‘Where should we go to grab a drink?’.  That place where you are guaranteed to have a hard time remembering the next day and that place where you saw the greatest band you never heard off and have no idea what their name is (and neither does the band.  Colley Cantina is that place for many.

For the last 21 years, the residents of Ghent (and other fine folks of the 7) would pack this hole-in-the-wall joint to drown away their days sorrows with their favorite libations, eat some chips and listen to some great music.  Colley was the place that would give any one rocking out in a garage a chance to play in front of strangers.  From Crissy Babe & The Dastards to The Crushes to The Last Blackoutspretty much every band and their mother got their start there.  That is where I first heard Rodeo Clown and knew I had to have them on the show.  (Click here to see their performance).  Saturday, June 30th will be it’s last day and they are planning a grand ‘ole bash Cantina-style.  All day long, from 12p-2a, bands will be paying their respects and blowing the roof off the joint.  So far, The Great Dismal Swamis and The Kill Circuit have been confirmed and they are looking for more bands to fill in the slots, call them at 622-0033 if you want to play.

New owners will soon takeover and, from what I have heard, the place will stay LOCAL!  They might even keep the Cantina name but, as you know, it won’t be the same.  So get out there and give them a sendoff they won’t forget.  Cheers!

Debby Downer And Rising Thermostat

June 27th, 2012 at 8:20 am by under Weather

While Debby has been bad news for Florida, there is some good news this morning.  It is now a tropical depression (has been since late yesterday), and it is a very weak/disorganized system.  The heavy rain is finally ending across Florida, and residents there will gradually see some relief from the flooding. 

Satellite/Radar Over Florida

 Debby has already made it across Florida, but it is a very elongated low pressure area now.  It is moving ENE at about 10mph back over the water.  The good news is that all of the models and the official forecast keep it well south of our area. 

Tropical Storm Debby

 At this point Hatteras is not even close to the possible path…oops sorry…I meant cone of uncertainty.  Sorry, I don’t like using that term, but that’s what it basically is.  Anyway, Debby could restrengthen if it survives long enough to move over the Gulf Stream.  There is some decent wind shear fighting it right now, but the shear should let up in the next day or two.  So local residents shouldn’t be too concerned about it, but don’t write it off completely.  Remember, these tropical systems often have a mind of their own, and 3 days ago forecasters thought it would head for Texas. 

On the local scene we have some great weather today.  Highs will be in the mid 80s with mostly sunny skies.  High pressure and dry air have really built into the region.  So we are looking good today.  There will be a big difference between this morning’s lows in the 50s and 60s and the highs in the 80s.  The temperature range will be about 30 degrees for some cities.

Today's Forecast Map

 The hot weather roams over the central U.S. today.  It will slide east tomorrow.  While we will heat up to the low/mid 90s Thursday, the core of the heat will still be to our west.  By Friday though we’ll be cookin.  Highs will be in the upper 90s to low 100s.  High pressure will remain strong through the weekend, but we could see an isolated shower or storm along any possible seabreezes.  We won’t have a dominant wind out of the south.  It will mostly be from the west and southwest.  So I don’t think the humidity will be super high, but with a temperature of 100 it won’t take much humidity to make a heat index of 105.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler