July, 2012

Injuries Hurt Redskins Already

July 31st, 2012 at 12:29 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

Left guard Kory Lichensteiger and linebacker Jonathan Goff may not be the household names that Chris Cooley, Santana Moss and Robert Griffin III are, but may have a big impact on the Redskins this season.

The reason is, they are hurt. And hurt early in training camp.

Lichensteiger is, or rather was, the starting left guard, next to Trent Williams the starting left tackle, the side that is expected to protect the Redskins’ most valuable assest RG3.

Kory had arthroscopic surgery yesterday on his right knee and probably will miss the entire training camp and all of the preseason games. If he is lucky he will be back for the season opener September 9th in New Orleans against the Saints.

He will be replaced by another guy you have probably never heard of Maurice Hurt, who actually started half of last season on the offensive line when Lichtensteiger got hurt last year. Also this is a good chance for the coaches to check out a rookie, offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus from SMU who was selected in the third round of the NFL draft. His rookie contract is worth $3 million dollars so much is expected from him in the future. And the future may be now.

Goff, who played for the Giants last year, was hurt all last year and has injured the same right knee again. He is out for the season, and you wonder if he will ever play in the NFL again. The Redskins hope so, they like the guy.

Fullback Darrel Young hurt his hamstring yesterday, he thinks he will be OK, left tackle Willie Smith the backup left tackle twisted his knee and former Va. Tech wide receiver Josh Morgan had muscle cramps. None of these injuries seem to be particularly worrisome but with all of the optimism at Redskins training camp, injuries are already starting to become a story line.

Stay tuned.


Offshore Slug

July 31st, 2012 at 8:11 am by under Weather

By the title you may think that I’ve gone crazy, and am talking about a large slimy Mollusk.  However, we often refer to a large thick area of moisture as a slug of moisture.  So that’s what I’m referring to.  There was a large slug of moisture near the coast this morning. There was also a weak area of low pressure along a stationary front.  These features brought some heavy showers and storms to parts of the region this morning.  Especially over the southern Outer Banks and the Eastern Shore:

Super Doppler 10 This Morning

My weather watcher, Doris in Machipongo VA, had 1″ of rain in a 45 minute period.  By about 7:30am the rain was tapering off.  As we go into the afternoon the slug of thicker moisture and the low should push away from Hampton Roads and slowly head northeast.

Today’s Forecast.

So the latest thinking is that showers and storms will be more isolated behind the system as subsidence (subtle sinking air) and slight drying occur behind it.  Highs today will be in the mid-upper 80s with a few 90s inland.  It will feel pretty good when the light breeze blows out of the northeast at 5-10mph (8-12mph near the shore).  The humidity is still fairly high at the surface, but at least the temperatures aren’t too crazy like last week.  There is some intense heat though in the central U.S. today with highs in some of the plains states reaching almost up to 110 degrees.

Tomorrow another round of moisture will come up from North Carolina along the stalled out front.  The front will sit over the Outer Banks, but the moisture will pull into the whole region.  So we’ll  see scattered (40%) showers and storms from the midday through the early evening. After that it looks like this stationary front, low, and deep moisture will finally get knocked out.  So we are looking at only an isolated shower or storm in the afternoon from Thursday into the weekend.  I’m not totally removing the rain chances as the models have flip-flopped a lot this Summer.  But it is reassuring to see that the trend has been drier.  Even some of the folks from the Peninsula northward have caught up on rain recently, so I don’t think there will be too many complaints if we see a couple of days with no rain.

There is one cluster of thunderstorms in the central Atlantic that we are watching.  At this time there is a 20% chance for development.  For now it is just something to watch.  I’ll talk more about it in tomorrow’s blog.

 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Tornado Over Dare County This Morning

July 30th, 2012 at 1:16 pm by under Weather

Super Doppler 10 Radar (11:00am)

Wow!  Sometimes a storm will literally pop-up and get heavy in a matter of 20-30 minutes.  That’s exactly what happened across the Outer Banks before an isolated storm produced a waterspout.  In fact there were several reports of waterspouts this mornings, but the storm shown above produced 2 waterspouts that moved onto land.  Once over land, then technically is becomes a tornado.  One moved near the Bodie Island Lighthouse and another one moved over land near Wanchese.  I didn’t see any reports of damage yet, but there could be some coming in through the afternoon.

We may see some more rotation in this area along the stationary front that was mentioned in my previous blog, but the storms have weakened since this morning.

We are not in a slight risk for severe weather.  Typically these types of storms don’t do much damage.  They can occasionally whip up a boat or knock down some tree limbs or weak trees, but they aren’t like their cousins the Midwest tornadoes.  They do need to be heeded though as they can strengthen a bit over land.

Aside from that, heavy rain will be possible in any of the storms across the viewing area today.  We have a warm, humid, and maritime airmass moving in with the easterly (from the east) breeze.  At least that breeze is keeping it a little cooler today. Especially near the shore.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


LMF: The Battle For Buckcherry

July 30th, 2012 at 1:03 pm by under THRS Live Music

All last week I gave you an in-depth preview of The Battle For Buckcherry.  Now, in case you were away from cyberland last week, I’ll give you a somewhat quick recap.  Buckcherry will be coming to The NorVa Saturday, August 18 and they asked The NorVa to hold a battle of the bands in which the two winners, based on the audience votes, will open up for Buckcherry.  The battle was set for Saturday, July 28 and six of the top hard rock bands duked it out in an all-out no-holds barred war.

Each band had 25 minutes to make their best case on why they should win and each one did just that.  The order was selected at random and the first one up was Virginia Beach’s Gypside.  A fairly new band to the scene, these guys made the most of their limited set.  Playing like seasoned veterans,  lead singer Seth Brock took control of the stage and set the tone for the night and that was to rock the fullest.

After a quick, 15 minute set change, which by the way I have to stand up and give a round of thunderous applause to production manger Chuck Smith and his crew for their outstanding hard work and dedication.  These guys are beyond awesome!  OK, back to the music, after a quick set change, 180 Out took the front lines.  Bruce Johnson aka Chewie McWookster or as I like to call him, Chewie Johnson lead his band into their set.  A great band with a great sound, their songs and tone come at you like a freight train.

Pillbuster came stormin’ on next.  Lead singer Brett Lloyd channeled his inner-Scott Weiland and really commanded the stage well.  An overall great in-your-face rock sound.  I expect you’ll hear more from these guys real soon.

Dirty Rock came to represent the NC contingent and represent they did.  The band continues on as a 4 peice since the untimely passing of their front man, Randy Hunt.  Bassist Steven Canady took over the vocal duties and I bet Randy was looking down with big grin on his face.  The guys rocked and it was great to see Seven Ten Oil‘s Les Moseley rockin’ right along in the front row.

Speaking of 710, it was their turn to hit the stage.  I mentioned in my profile of them that they’re the ones to beat.  These guys have been playing together for a while and they know how to put on a rock show regardless of how big or small the set is.  Chris Johnson quickly took control of the crowd and never relinquished control…well that’s until Ashely Phillips showed up.

The One Among Us front woman took over those reigns when her and her band, One Among Us took the stage.  The Hampton-based band took aim and fired off what I thought was the best set of the night.  A great sound and great stage presence.  I had no doubt that they were the ones to beat.  Once they ended their set, the voting began.  It was done ballot style, where the crowd wrote down their two bands and tossed it into the ballot box.  The NorVa staff counted up the votes and took the stage to announce the winners.   And the winners are……

                                                           Seven Ten Oil & One Among Us

These two great bands will be opening for Buckcherry Saturday, August 18 at The NorVa.

Click here for my photo gallery of The Battle For Buckcherry

That’s it for me today.  I’ll catch up with you later this week.  Cheers!

 


Heavy Rain Potential

July 30th, 2012 at 7:48 am by under Weather

We are coming off of a pretty good weekend.  We had a few areas of showers and storms, but it didn’t dominate the weather.  Luckily, we are in a period of more normal temperatures where highs have been and will be in the 80s.  So today we’ll see highs in the mid-upper 80s with a few showers and storms.  Isolated (20%) this morning, but more scattered (30%) this afternoon.  We have weak high pressure in the region, but there is also a stationary front across northeast North Carolina that may create a few problems.

Today’s Forecast Map

While Hampton Roads will see a few scattered showers and storms, there will be a more widespread area of rain developing over the Outer Banks later today near the front.  This rain is expected to get pretty heavy in the overnight hours.

Future Trak Tonight

That area could see 1-2 inches of rain in the next 24 hours.  If the boundary moves a little farther north, then some of that heavy rain could reach southern Virginia Beach. Tomorrow the front looks to push offshore and take the rain shield with it.  A few storms could once again pop-up in Hampton Roads.  Highs tomorrow will be in the mid 80s with an easterly breeze.  We’ll see more of the typical Summer weather from Wednesday onward with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and scattered afternoon storms.  It’s interesting to hear some of the weather watchers and local folks talk about rain.  A couple of weeks ago most folks said they needed rain badly.  Now I think the tide is turning.  Some folks like Greg in Currituck N.C. said that he is doing fine on rain and doesn’t really need it right now.  Whereas Mike in Whaleyville V.A. says that he actually wants some rain. He was the one that has been soaked for weeks on end.  It just goes to show how scattered in nature the rain has been lately.  Especially the heavy stuff.  There has been some short-term drought relief in a few areas of the Plains and Midwest states, but it is only temporary for now.

 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


A Pleasant Day, Possible Storms South

July 29th, 2012 at 7:27 am by under Weather

It was a cooler morning for many with lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s. We are still going to see a warm day today with highs near 90 this afternoon, but it should not feel as humid.

Front Nearby

This pattern that we are in includes a stationary front stretching across Hampton Roads. This front could help to create a few popup storms this afternoon in areas on the Outer Banks and also N. Carolina. It doesn’t look like any of these storms will be severe though with the lack of wind shear we have in the atmosphere. Tomorrow looks like it should be similar to today with highs in the upper 80s and partly cloudy skies.

Enjoy Your Sunday!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


What Redskins Have to Do to Improve

July 27th, 2012 at 3:44 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

My observations after two days of Redskins Training Camp.

As good as Robert Griffin the 3rd may be as a quarterback, everybody realizes he is not expected by himself, to take the Redskins to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years.

What other positions does Coach Mike Shanahan have to improve on to help this team return to the postseason?

Quarterback, well on it’s way–Shanahan traded away two first round picks for Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin the third who everybody on this team, even the older guys, feel is the real deal.

But Griffin can’t perform if he isn’t protected–former pro bowler Jammal Brown is still nursing a bad hip, Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger and Chris Chester are not household names, so a lot will be expected of former first round draft pick Trent Williams, who was suspended for part of last season for failing a drug test.

The additions of wide receivers Pierre Garcon, at 42 million dollars and Josh Morgan, 12 million, are expected to make life easier for both Griffin and veteran Santana Moss.

Second year pro Leonard Hankerson, coming off an injury gives the receivers a new young look this year.

The strength of this team is it’s 3-4 defense, Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker along the front, and don’t forget last year’s training camp star Jarvis Jenkins is coming back from his injury.

Linebackers, London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo and last year’s rookie sensation Ryan Kerrigan are as solid as they come.

That leaves the defensive secondary, Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall from Chesapeake will man the corners, with free agent Brandon Meriweather as the team’s top safety. DeAngelo told me everything will be fine.

Of course this is only the second day of Redskins Training Camp, and we have a lot to learn before the first preseason game. But with no controversies, and no real worrisome injuries, so far so good.


LMF: Shakespeare’s Ghozt

July 27th, 2012 at 10:52 am by under THRS Live Music

Friday has finally arrived and it’s going to be a hot one.  I plan on spending the afternoon at the beach and decompressing from this week.  I worked a little different shift this week than I normally do.  My normal shift is 4a – 1p and I run the graphics for WAVY News 10 Today (the morning show) and for The Hampton Roads Show, then I put my musical director hat on and listen and read all of the incoming emails and demos from bands and schedule out the Live Music Friday lineup before I go into director mode and direct the noon. Was that a long enough sentence for you? Well, this week our morning director was on vacation so I worked his shift (3:30a – 12:30p) and directed the morning show and THRS. This allowed a little more time for my musical director duties and listen to all of the great submissions I’ve received.  If you haven’t heard back from me yet, don’t worry you will.

Now back to Friday and more importantly, Live Music Friday. Our guest today was Shakespeare’s Ghozt. He’s got a great alternative hip hop sound that blends a mix of different genres of music with a little rap and twists it all around. He’s only been performing for a little over a year and collaborates with a lot of local artists including several Live Music Friday alumnus including Aduro and Broken Mouth Annie. He is releasing a new album called Hi-Tek Lo-Lifes that will be available in August and will be performing this Saturday at The Crust in Williamsburg.  You can check him out here. 

As I’ve been mentioning before in my previous post this week, there is a big local show happening at The NorVA Saturday night. Self-dubbed The Battle For Buckcherry, 6 of the best local hard rock bands will duke it for a spot to open up for Buckcherry at their NorVA show (Sat. Aug. 18) I’ve really had a great time writing about each band and getting to know them more and I know this is going to be one hell of a show. The show kicks off at 7p and the 2 bands with the most audience votes wins.  I’ll be out there and I’ll give you a complete wrap-up of the show next week.  The bands that will be performing are Gypside, One Among Us, Pillbuster, 180 Out, Dirty Rock and Seven Ten Oil.  Tickets are still available so don’t miss it!

That’s it for me today.  Stay cool this weekend and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC!  Stay frosty.


Dangerous Heat Today With More Storms…

July 27th, 2012 at 8:18 am by under Weather

I think the heat is starting to get to folks.  Today it will definitely take a toll on Hampton Roads.  This is not just a typical hot and humid day.  We have heat advisories and excessive heat warnings across the region posted by the National Weather Service:

Heat Warnings And Advisories

 

You know it’s rough when you start the day with low temperatures in the low 80s and your heat index is in the low/mid 90s at 6:30 am.
 
Heat Index This Morning (6:30am).

 

Later today the temperatures will rise up to the upper 90s with partly cloudy skies.  The heat index will get up to 112 degrees in the metro area.  Possibly up to 115 in some inland areas.  That is dangerous heat.  In an excessive heat warning, heat illnesses are likely like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke.  The heat warning could be extended to other areas later today if the sun comes out a little more than expected.  Especially from the Peninsula northward.  So stay tuned for updates!
 
Along with the heat there is a threat for severe storms later today.  Our area is once again under a slight risk for severe weather:
 
Slight Risk For Severe

 

Scattered strong storms with large hail and severe winds are possible as we get into the late afternoon and early evening.  These storms will be out ahead of a slow moving cold front that will enter northern Virginia tonight:
 
Today’s Forecast

 

 
Just like last weekend the front is slowing down.  So now the forecast is still be fairly hot (low 90s) on Saturday with a chance for scattered thunderstorms.  It won’t be an all day rain though like last Saturday, but we could see a few areas of heavy rain.  I think most of Sunday will be rain free, but it depends on where the front sets up.  I do have a chance for a few showers early Sunday for now, and hopefully I won’t have to update that much.  After Sunday we are basically looking at a chance for at least pop-up showers and storms each day.  Unlike today these will be the typical Summertime thunderstorms that you would expect to develop.  Today has a higher potential for strong storms. 
 
Don’t forget the typical tips to beat the heat:
 
1. Drink plenty of fluids
2. Wear light-weight, light colored clothing
3. Never leave a child or pet in a hot car.
4.  Take lots of breaks and out of the sun if you work outdoors
5.  If your home A.C. doesn’t work or work well, then head to a cool place like a mall, library, or the beach.
6.  Close curtains in your home to stop the light from coming in and adding to indoor temperatures
7.  Turn off all unused lights in the home.  Light = heat.  Don’t believe me?  Try touching a bulb while it’s still on.  Careful!
8.  If possible/applicable then cook on the grill instead of the oven. 
 
Good luck out there.  At least next week we’ll see more highs in the upper 80s than 90s.  So there is some relief on the way. 
 
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

Bruce Rader On First Day of Redskins Training Camp

July 26th, 2012 at 8:18 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

Even though I spent the day here at Redskins Park yesterday, today was the first day of training camp. Things were a little different, they now have an indoor dome like practice facility and Coach Mike Shanahan decided to have the morning practice there. It is air conditioned, and considering temperatures reached 100 degrees today it was nice to get a little break.

Chris Cooley said he didn’t care where they had morning practice, he hates morning practices because it means he has to get up early.

As usual, all anybody was talking about was new rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, even the veterans. But I have never heard any young player get such high marks from his older teamates, and I don’t think these guys are just towing the company line. They really seem to like RG3 and really seem to be impressed with his ability. Still, lets see how he does in a game before we induct him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

And regardless of how good he is, he and the team will only be successful if the offensive line can protect him and if his wide receivers can get open, something neither group was very good at last season.

The defensive players seem to love this, nobody is paying them any attention. But I will tomorrow, keep an eye on the 6pm Sportswrap on WAVY and the FOX 43 Sportswrap at 10:45 when I will talk with DeAngelo Hall and second year defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan about the “D”.

Speaking of DeAngelo, there are now two former Virginia Tech Hokies on the team, Hall and wide reciever Josh Morgan who grew up in Washington, DC. Morgan spent the past four years with the San Francisco 49ers, I have to ask him tomorrow how happy he is to be back home, and playing with one of the hottest young quarterbacks in the league.

And young is an understatement. Coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen have worked hard to make this Redskins team a young team, looking ahead to the future.

More from Redskins Park tomorrow, and as always if you have any questions, email me at Bruce.Rader@wavy.com, or follow me on Twitter, BruceRaderSport.