September, 2012

Sunshine for a Sunday

September 30th, 2012 at 8:26 am by under Weather

Rainfall totals for September were lower than normal across Hampton Roads. We received only 1.26″ this month. Yesterday’s rain totals were a bit higher to the south of Norfolk. In Blackwater 0.50″ was observed, Suffolk also got 0.57″ or rain. For today we are going to be looking dry with clearing skies in the morning and passing clouds in the afternoon.

High Pressure Builds

Tonight a few clouds might swing through from that storm to our north, some of these clouds could even produce a sprinkle. The chances for rain will be for the VA state line and north. Then tomorrow we will have to shift our attention to the next storm system moving in from Mississippi. We should only see increasing clouds tomorrow, but on Tuesday rainfall is looking likely across Hampton Roads.

From this storm expect temperatures to rise back into the 80s starting Wednesday.

Have a great Sunday!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

A Wet Start to the Weekend

September 29th, 2012 at 9:26 am by under Weather

We got some decent rainfall moving across Hampton Roads this morning. We will likely see this rain taper off in the afternoon hours. We could still see scattered showers, but nothing too heavy. Tonight more rain will arrive as another storm system moves across our area.

Rain is lighter/more scattered this afternoon.

Most of these showers are moving quickly to the east and that should continue to be the pattern today. Since we have all of these clouds and showers across the area, high temps will be near 70 today. Like I mentioned earlier, more rain is expected tonight.

Totals near 2″ possible.

It looks like the highest totals will be across NE N.C. and the Outer Banks. Tomorrow a small area of high pressure will develop which might clear out the skies in the afternoon. We could see highs in the mid 70s if we do get this clearing. Monday is also looking dry with highs near 75.

Grab the Umbrella or Rain Coat today!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

LMF: Pilot!

September 28th, 2012 at 4:55 pm by under THRS Live Music

It is that time again for another wonderful edition of Live Music Friday and our featured artist is Pilot!  Known for their loud, bombastic rock in your face sound that has gotten them banned from several bars for being a tad on the “these go to 11″ scale, they rocked it acoustic-style on the show and sounded awesome.  The decision to go unplugged was due to drummer William Perrault’s job duties.  Since we tape the show at 8:30 in the morning, this happens quite often.  Musicians have day jobs and it’s hard to get out of work or take time off, so this is why you need to get out and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC!!  Go to their shows, download their records, buy their merch.  So with them sans drummer, singer Thomas McCuen and guitarists Bran Barlow-Spry and Daniel Worrell performed awesome acoustic renditions of Through Field and Flood and Legions of Liar.  Bassist Jason Lee Buonviri was also there but I only had three stools so he had to sit out and build a sandcastle. They also got a kick when I told them that The Weezel himself Pauly Shore would be at the show.  I think it was Bran who said, “Damn, I should have worn my Pauly Shore Is Dead t-shirt!” Pauly gave the guys a great introduction, which you can see below along with the entire two song set in stunning high definition.

You can catch the guys fully plugged and not acoustic tomorrow night at Shaka’s in Virginia Beach along with six other bands at the Honour Crest CD release show.  Then on October 10, they will be on the bill support Lit, yes, THE Lit at Shaka’s along with next weeks LMF performers, Seven Ten Oil.  Tickets are still available, so get them now and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC!

That’s all for me.  I’ll be heading out to the Wesley House tonight at ODU, so if you see me, say hi.

Remember When?

September 28th, 2012 at 8:09 am by under Weather

I’m old enough to remember the good old days when a meteorologist would just say…” There’s a chance for a few showers on that day”, and not have to outline every hour of rainfall for the timeframe.  The models seemed to agree more often then, and despite their lower resolution at least seemed to be more consistent.  I’m not sure if it’s the higher resolution, the model physics, the weather pattern, or just me; but it seems like the weather has been a lot tougher to forecast over the last year.  Don’t get me wrong! I like detailing a forecast for folks, but when the models disagree and come in with different solutions for each run, then it makes the timing very tough.  That is the case this weekend with a very slow moving front which will probably become stationary near the region.  Today the front is north of us, but it will slowly creep to the southeast.

Today’s Forecast

Most of the day will not see rain here, but late in the day (mostly towards the evening) we’ll see some scattered showers move in.  It’s only about a 20-30% chance this evening, but a few football games will get wet in the region.  Tonight into tomorrow the rain chances pick up.  I’ve increased tomorrow’s rain chance up to 70%.  It won’t be a washout.  Especially with all of the dry conditions that we’ve had recently.  It will probably dry up some of the rain as it moves in from the west.  Again…the timing has been tough though.  For now I think late tonight into early tomorrow is a good bet for rain with a letup around midday tomorrow.  Rain develops again late Saturday into Sunday morning.  I’m hoping Sunday afternoon lets up a bit.

Tomorrow’s Forecast

For now the models take a break from the rain on Monday and pick it up again Tuesday and Wednesday.  Even this information has been changing though.  Stay tuned for more updates as there will be changes. That I can promise.

No big updates to tropical storm Nadine, but it has strengthened to 70mph.  Hopefully she dies a dignified death over the weekend.  Have a good one!

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


LMF: Kickstart My Heart

September 27th, 2012 at 5:12 pm by under THRS Live Music

It’s Thursday already and in a few hours, it will be Friday.  Our Live Music Friday featured artist will be Pilot!  They will be performing an acoustic set and, as always, if you miss the show, their entire two song performance will be on  They will doing special acoustic renditions of Through Field and Flood and Legion Of Liars.  You don’t want to miss it!

We are just a few days away from October.  I can’t believe it, where did the summer go?  In the music world, summer tends to be the season of touring and when fall approaches musicians hibernate into the studio to record their freshly written tunes that they have composed during the months on the road.  (That was one hell of a runoff sentence!)  Now with going into the studio comes THE COST of going into the studio.  It’s not cheap and the price goes up depending on how great you want it.  A lot of bands will use up all of their tour earnings on studio time and having long periods of down time in between sessions because of funding, leaving their creative fountain dry.  If there was only a way their fans could send money to the bands to help them along in the studio…well, there is.  Two big companys have come along the way that have helped visionaires fund their visions.  Whether it’s a new invention or a piece of art, Kickstarter and Indiegogo have help created pages and setup accounts to spread the word for donations and in return, giving the donors some great gifts.  Musicians use these sites to raise money for recording time and pay back the donations with a variety of gifts ranging from advanced copies to private shows to even an Executive Producer title all depending on how much you want to pledge.  Several local bands have used these campaigns including The Last Bison (video for Switzerland), The Aragona Project (video for In The Dark), Of A Ghost (video for The Devil’s Creek) Aduro (for recording their EP) and Holly Would (for recording their upcoming LP).

Virginia Beach’s City Voices have started their own Kickstarter to raise funds for their highly anticipated EP, Transparency.  While they have spent close to $7500 out of their own pocket for pre-pro and recording, they are hoping to raise $2,000 in 30 days for the post-production, which includes graphic designs, photo shoots, marketing elements and promotion.  So far they have raised $444 in the 8 days since it’s inception and their pledge packages range from $1 to $2000.  Incentives include digital backgrounds for your phone or computer, advanced digital copies of Transparency, tshirts, dinner with the band and much more.  This is an extremely talented group that needs your help, so click on this link to do your part in releasing Transparency to the world. 

If you watched The Hampton Roads Show today then you saw Ariane’s I am Hampton Roads piece on Cole Childers.  Cole is about to release his debut EP, Aurora, and will be releasing a video for his single, Fall With Me.  He is asking for help to fund the video with his Indiegogo campaign.  He is wants to raise $7000 in the next month and as of today, has received a little over $2000.  His incentives include hard copies of Aurora to a private show.  Click here to find out more about how you can help Cole.  Cole will be our Live Music Friday featured artist Friday, November 2.

That’s it for me today.  Make sure you tune in tomorrow for Pilot!  SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC



More Heat, But No Records

September 27th, 2012 at 7:49 am by under Weather

We are going to heat up again today.  Once again we’ll have a lot of sunshine.  The winds won’t be as strong (southwest at 5-10) as yesterday.  Plus it will be a bit more humid.  So you’ll feel warmer today with those highs in the mid 80s.  Even though that will only be 1-2 degrees above yesterday’s highs (83 at Norfolk).   The average high is 76.  Tomorrow a cold front will very slowly try to edge into the region late in the day.  We could see a few showers, but not before warming up into the low 80s.  We will have more clouds tomorrow. 

The upcoming weekend forecast has been a little muddy lately.  The speed of the front moving through is making for a tricky rain forecast.  For now I have some scattered showers on Saturday (40%).  A little less on Sunday (30%).  The region is really starting to need that rain.  Norfolk is running 3 inches behind the monthly average for rainfall.  We are down 2.27″ for the year.  That is probably even wetter than some of the cities to the north/west of Hampton Roads.  It won’t be a washout, but I am hoping for some rain.  My yard is really starting to need it. 

I threw in a chance for some spotty showers on Monday.  It looks like there may be a little overrunning moisture which could give us a few sprinkles or light showers.  Either way it will be cooler on Sunday and Monday with low/mid 70s for highs.  That will be nice.

No big updates today.  Nadine is a bit stronger, but should weaken over the next few days.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

Heat Holds, And A Broken Satellite.

September 26th, 2012 at 7:53 am by under Weather

The heat is not only building-in today, but now it looks like it will stick around for a bit longer.  Lots of sunshine and breezy southwest winds will boost today’s highs into the low/mid 80s.  We started milder this morning with many low 60s in the region.  There will be some showers just north of the viewing area with storms in the Ohio and Mid-Mississippi river valleys.

Today’s Forecast

Before it looked like we were going to get a small cool down tomorrow.  Now it looks like the cool air will only brush the Eastern Shore.  The rest of the area will stay warm. We’ll stay warm again on Friday with highs in the low 80s.  We’ll have increasing clouds with a few evening showers that day.  By Saturday the Midwest cold front will roll into Hampton Roads, but will basically stall out overtop of us.  This will allow for some cooler weather to push in, but it won’t push all the way through until Sunday.  We will have some scattered showers Friday night through early Sunday.  For now I put the rain chances on Saturday at 40%.  30% for early Sunday.

Saturday Forecast

We’ll have low 70s for highs Sunday and Monday.

An interesting thing happened that I haven’t talked about in the last 2 days, but it has impacted me.  The GOES-13 Satellite failed  recently after some bizarre shaking (aliens???).  So we couldn’t use it for most of our satellite (cloud) maps.  GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite.  They stay in place in space and take pictures of the earth, and 13 covered the east coast as well as most of the Atlantic Ocean.  For now GOES 14 is taking its place.  The GOES-R series isn’t expected for launch for a couple more years. So hopefully they can fix 13.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

Warming Ahead, And Is Nadine A Record?

September 25th, 2012 at 7:53 am by under Weather

The local weather has been great.  Cool mornings…  Pleasant afternoons…. I mentioned yesterday that we need some rainfall, but there isn’t any in the short-term.  Maybe over the weekend.  Today we’ll have high pressure providing lots of sunshine.  After starting in the 40s and 50s, we’ll warm to the mid 70s later today. That will be a jump of about 30 degrees in some cities from am to pm.  Lots of sunshine, dry air, and southerly winds will help to boost the temps.  Now tomorrow the warming will be even more dramatic.  We’ll start milder (near 60), then we’ll end up very warm.  Highs will rise to the mid 80s with some help from sunshine and breezy south winds at 10-20mph:

Tomorrow’s Forecast

The next cold front will arrive late Thursday, cooling us down for Friday.  The cooler air will hang out for the weekend, but so will the front.  It will stall out near the region.  So Each day (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) we’ll have a few showers along with highs in the mid-upper 70s.  It won’t rain the whole weekend, and I’m hoping that we can refine the forecast as it gets closer to Friday.  There will be a few small pockets of upper level energy that will try to move through and cause the rain.  They are tough to time, but we’ll at least have a little better idea of when they are coming by the weekend.

Tropical storm Nadine is still going.  The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center does not have it as a hurricane in the next few days.  It has already been around for about 2 weeks.  I looked it up to see if it was going to compete for a record for longevity.  So far it’s not even close.  A hurricane in the late 1800s devastated parts of Puerto Rico and lasted for 28 days.  It lasted even longer as a system.  It also affected parts of North Carolina and Virginia before heading out to the north Atlantic.  Nadine will drift west over the next few days.   We’ll see how long it last before becoming extratropical.

Tropical Storm Nadine

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

LMF: From P-town To P-bus

September 24th, 2012 at 3:51 pm by under THRS Live Music

I hope your weekend was swell, dandy and full of live music.  This weekend was an epic one for showcasing local live music in Hampton Roads.  First, it was the homecoming show of The Last Bison and Kishi Bashi.  The two have been touring the country together and finished their journey with a packed show at The NorVa Saturday night.  This is the one event I had to miss due to my cranky 3 year old son and my rock star 3 week old daughter, who just had partied all night the night before.  From all accounts the show was, as expected, beyond stellar.  The Last Bison is taking a couple of weeks before heading out for an east coast swing in October.  Their label, Universal Republic, will be releasing a digital four song EP October 23 and will be releasing their full length album in early 2013.  Kishi is also taking the next few weeks before heading off for another cross country trek.

I was able to get out to two different events, one in Portsmouth and the other in Phoebus.  Bayside Harley hosted the 1st annual Bikes and Tykes Carnival that benefited the Mea’Alofa Autism Support Center.  I took my 3 year old son, Carson, with me as I heard there would be bounce houses and he was super excited about that.  I was super excited to hear my favorite local rock act, Revery, perform.  Revery has been playing few shows as they are preparing to head back into the studio to work on their full length follow up to their debut Avarice & Absolution but each show is not to be missed.  In my personal opinion, these guys are the best rock band in the area and I can’t wait for their new album.  The Ed Stripe Band and Seven Ten Oil also rocked the show.  I missed Seven Ten’s performance as it had reached Carson’s nap time but I hear they didn’t disappoint.  Seven Ten will be performing the 2nd Annual Rock For The Cure Sat. October 13 at Code 3 in Portsmouth.

After I dropped Carson off at home for nap time, I got the green light to head across the water to Phoebus and check out Metafest 2012.  An awesome mini-festival in the Olde Town Tavern parking lot, 10 local bands including LMF past performers Broken Mouth Annie and Shakespeare’s Ghotz.  Put together by the gang at and ProTones, this event simply rocked and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it (even if it was just for an hour or so).  They’re already planning for next year’s Metafest and this is truly an event you don’t want to miss.  Speaking of Broken Mouth Annie, the Anson Morris led group just released their new album, The Frustration King.  Available on all digital outlets, they’ll also have CDs available at their shows and I recommend grabbing a copy because it’s awesome.  Their next scheduled show is October 22 at Norfolk’s Hells Kitchen.

That’s it for me today.  I’ll hit you guys up tomorrow.  SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC

Fall Weather Around…Well It Should Be

September 24th, 2012 at 8:45 am by under Weather

Since I’ve been here I can only remember 1 or 2 years where we actually had a Fall season.  Typically we go straight from Summer to Winter or in last year’s case we didn’t really have a Winter.  This year is looking promising.  If you don’t like the cool weather, then at least you’ll be able to appreciate the lower amount of mosquitoes.  While this type of cool weather won’t get rid of them, the cooler/dry air does knock them down quite a bit.  As a matter of fact…we could use some rain around the region.  We had some isolated showers Saturday night, but they didn’t amount to much.  Norfolk is behind the average rainfall for the month by 2.58″.  They are down 1.84″ for the year.  Richmond is down 3.96″ for the year.  Some parts of our area are still in a moderate drought from this Summer according to the US Drought Monitor:

US Drought Monitor

We won’t see any rain today, nor for the next couple of days.  Today will have highs in the low 70s with a lot of sunshine. There may even be a few upper 60s near the shore.  Tonight the lows will be in the mid-upper 40s inland with low-mid 50s elsewhere.  Skies will be clear and winds will be light.  Nice again tomorrow with sun and 70s.  We will warm up quite a bit though on Wednesday, but we’ll cool down again on Thursday.  The next chance for rain doesn’t come until Thursday night with just a few showers expected at this time.

In the tropics, it is all quiet….well….except for the energizer bunny of the ocean…TROPICAL STORM NADINE!  Yes it is still going, and now it may even become a hurricane in the next few days as it drifts west.

Tropical Storm Nadine

While the storm will move slowly west, it still is expected to stay far from us.  So other than that it is quiet.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler