December, 2012

LMF: My Top Ten Of 2012

December 31st, 2012 at 9:54 pm by under THRS Live Music

I can’t think of any better way to say see ya to 2012 than by looking back to the great music this area has put out this past year.  There were so many fantastic tunes that came to life this past year that it was really hard to compile a top ten list.  The songs that are on this list are simply my favorite songs from 2012.  Songs that I think are some of the best ones out there period.  Not just here locally but anywhere you can press a play button.  I recommend getting not just all of these songs but any songs, any local artist puts out.  Our musical brothers and sisters in the Hampton Roads area have put their blood, sweat and tears into their craft simply to have the honor to play them before you.  So the least you can do is to go out and listen to the words and songs of your neighbors and SUPPORT THEM.  Now onto my Top Ten Local Songs Of 2012 (Note: These songs are in no particular order)

Over The OceanArguing Philosophies 

From the opening bass line, the hairs on your arm stand up and you know you’re in for an intense musical journey.  The guys performed the song when they were our LMF guests back in March and I immediately loved this song.  Intense and soulful with a dash of catchiness, Arguing is a must for your playlist.  You can grab the song in single form on iTunes and it will be including in their new record, “Be Given To The Soil” set for release later this year.

ReveryMake It Right

This tune was my mainstay song for the summer.  Lightly toned down from their hard rock sound of their widely successful “Avarice & Absolution” record, Make It Right makes it right for Revery.  The irresistible guitar intro from Mike Doyle makes you want to instantly turn up the volume and play this song very loudly.  Every component of this song works, from the low end, to the catchy melody to Mike channeling his inner Richie Sambora for the solo, Make It Right could easily be a hit on any radio station, any where.  They are currently in the studio working on their second full length record and I’m pretty sure Make It Right will be on it.  You can check out the song here. 

Cassidy & TessMystery Man

The symphonic intro immediately draws you in then the dueling vocals take you away.  A simple, yet beautifully mood setting song, it’s hard to believe that these powerful lyrics and voices come from a pair of teenagers.  I see a very bright musical future for Cassidy & Tess.  You can pick up their self-titled EP in iTunes.

The DahusUrgency 

It’s almost like a reflex but your foot starts tapping as soon as this song plays.  The duopoly of the year, Larry Frame and Drew Orton always make music magic in their live shows and it shows on record in Urgency.  Fast paced, fun and majestic, you can grab your very own copy in iTunes or catch a Dahus show and Larry might even burn you a copy right there.  They are also in the studio working on their full length record and it’s definitely a record worth looking out for.

Kishi BashiManchester

I can’t say enough good things about Kishi and the music he makes.  His album, 151a, is unlike no other and Manchester is the song that introduced the world to his musical wizardry.  ”I haven’t been this alive in a long time” is a lyric that strikes a cord with the entire record and it’s a must have in your collection.  The way K plays the violin reminds me of the way Eddie Van Halen plays the guitar.  He plays it like no one else has ever played it before and it works.  Pick up a digital copy on iTunes or grab a vinyl version at

Skye ZentzFool’s World

Skye’s record, Bird Heart, is one of my favorites records and I knew I had to have a song off of it to make my list.  Fool’s World is just a great song off of a great album.  It’s a simply sunset song with a throwback beachy feel to it.  I recommend grabbing a copy of Bird Heart and listening to it on a summer roadtrip like a did.  You’ll easily love it and have a little bit of difficulty in picking out your favorite.  Grab it on iTunes.

Broken Mouth AnnieFixing To Fit

A great song off of their uber great homespun, Americana record “The Frustration King”, everything about Fixing To Fit is fantastic.  From the melody, to the fiddle, to Anson’s vocals.  Fixing To Fit along with the rest of The Frustration King is a guaranteed to get along with all of you other records in your collection.  Grab a CD at one of their shows or get it on iTunes.

D*NikDay and Night

I’m not a club going, dance party kind of guy but this tune makes me want to get on the floor.  An awesome beat and arraignment composed by Duane Smith along with a sultry vocal from Nikia Madry-Smith, Day and Night is just an example of the musical genius that is the Smith duo.  Their accompanying record, “Rockz and Slingshotz” is a equally great and you can grab you copy on iTunes.

Bear CrossingA Resistance, For You

This trio from Virginia Beach came storming onto the scene in September with their EP, Our Friend, Hope and A Resistance, For You paved the way.  A great song with a great vocal from Jason Erue, this song made it’s stamp nationally and showed the country an example of the great music that is coming from this area.  Bear Crossing will be our first Live Music Friday featured artist of 2013 Friday, Jan. 4th.  So tune it and while you’re at it, grab Our Friend, Hope on iTunes.

The Pawn Shop LiftersDirty Sam

A punch-in-the-gut guitar intro leads into the story of Dirty Sam.  One of my favorite bands, PSL out did themselves on Seven Songs Of Sam, a fictional tale on the outlaw Dirty Sam.  Dirty Sam is provides a great recipe of what makes this song great: One part gritty guitar, one part twangy vocal, one part bang bottom heavy bass, one part bonzotastic drums and two punches in the face.  The Pawn Shop Lifters are a must see live act and Seven Songs Of Sam is a must have in your repertoire.  Grab it at show or on iTunes.

There you have it.  My top ten of 2012.  See if compares with yours and if it doesn’t, please share yours.  2013 looks to be an epic year for the local music scene and I’m going to be along for the ride to give you an in-depth look at all of it.  It’s been one hell of a ride in 2012 and here’s to even more fun in 2013.  Cheers and have a Happy New Year and as always, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC

I’m Baaack! Miss Me?

December 31st, 2012 at 8:28 am by under Weather

Well I’m back from my trip to Illinois.  Did you miss me?  We ended up driving instead of flying.  While going up we hit some heavy snow in West Virginia.  Coming back we hit heavy snow in Pennsylvania and Maryland.  While we were there there wasn’t too much snow on the ground, but enough to have a White Christmas.  So that was nice.  I had some pictures to show, but my email isn’t working.  Maybe I can throw them in later today. 

As for the forecast…We’ll see increasing clouds today with a southwest breeze at 10-15mph.  This should help the temps climb out of the 20s and into the upper 40s to low 50s.  I’m not expecting any rain today.  This evening the weather should be fine for any New Year’s Eve events.  It will be mostly cloudy with temps in the low 40s.  The winds will die down to almost nothing tonight. 

Tomorrow rain showers will move in from the west.  We’ll see about a quarter up to a half inch of rain through the region.  It should fall as light and steady.  No storms are expected.  Some of the showers may linger into Wednesday morning.  if that happens then we could catch a flake or two of snow mixing in with the showers.  This would happen around sunrise Wednesday.  No models are showing much of anything at that time though.  We’ll be dry and chilly on Wednesday.  The models do have some rain in North Carolina on Thursday.  It’s possible that Thursday night that some of that could scoot a little farther north.  If that happens, then a little wintry mix is again possible.  The trusty European model is actually very dry at that time though.  So stay tuned to see if there are any updates. 

Have a safe New Year’s Eve tonight.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

LMF: 100

December 30th, 2012 at 9:35 pm by under THRS Live Music

Before I get things started, I hope everybody had a fantastic holiday and you received everything you wished for, whether it’s gifts, time with family or just some time off, I hope it was great.

This post is a bit of a milestone as it marks the 100th Live Music Friday blog.  When I started this little feature, it was simply meant to focus on our Live Music Friday artists but I knew from the get go that this was something more and that our entire local music scene, whether it was on our show or not, deserved to get their names out there.  I wanted to use this forum as a slight opening of the door to get your music out to the masses, to make sure the public knows about your shows and the in-depths of your musical souls.  I have worked in or around the music industry for the better part of 15 years and I’ve been everywhere…man (sorry, Johnny) and this area is flourishing with talent like no other and I’m proud that I have the opportunity to spread the word.  Here’s to another 100 posts and more in the new year!

Well, if you caught our last LMF show of 2012, then you saw my face and heard my voice.  It was our “Best Of” show and since I produce the LMF segment, I was asked to co-host.  I didn’t want to do it alone so I though I would ask 96X’s Crizti Walsh if she would like to join us on the couch…she said yes.  I didn’t really want to think of this as a best of because I thought that everyone of our 51 artists we had on in 2012 were awesome and since we couldn’t fit them all into an hour show, we had to make a decision who would be on.  Each THRS staff member was asked who their favorite LMF artists of 2012 were and the ones with the most votes were featured on the show.  I thought it was a good mix of what we had this past year, from rock to blues to funk to experimental.  I was really excited that Kishi Bashi stopped by for a little chat.  Kishi has had a phenomenal year since he appeared on our show and I can see more great things from him in 2013.  If you missed my co-hosting debut or if you just want to relive it again, just click here. 

You might be asking what am I doing to ring in the New Year.  Well, my wife is working so I’m staying at home with the kids but don’t let that be your excuse.  There is only one place you need to be tomorrow night and that’s The NorVa.  The Fighting Jamesons, Pilot! and Bear Crossing will be literally rocking in the New Year…very loudly!  All three of these local bands are beyond awesome and for just $20, you have to be there.  Bear Crossing will also be our first Live Music Friday artist of 2013, so make sure you tune in for that.

That’s it for me tonight.  Tomorrow will be another special edition as I cover my top ten local songs of 2012.   Cheers and Happy New Year!

A Wet December for Hampton Roads.

December 29th, 2012 at 8:37 pm by under Weather

It was a rainy Saturday morning for most areas in Hampton Roads. Many locations picked up at least 0.5″ of rain earlier today.

Saturday Rainfall Totals

Saturday Rainfall Totals

This brings our total for December up to 4.48″ for the Norfolk Airport, which is where all of our climate data is kept. The first half of December was extremely dry. Norfolk only saw 0.14″ of rain from December 1-15. So, we really made up for it during the last 2 weeks of the month. The normal rainfall total for the entire month of December is 3.26″ Remember this number is just a 30-year average. Even though we will be 1.22″ above normal for the month of December, we will not break any records. The wettest December on record for Norfolk was back in 2009 when 7.57″ of rain was recorded. The driest on record was in 1933 when Norfolk only saw 0.66″ of rain. We will not be adding to our rainfall total any more this month, since Sunday and Monday (the last 2 days of the month) are expected to remain dry.

Sunday is going to be cool and chilly with below normal temperatures in the forecast. Winds will be increasing in speed tonight as a storm system continues to strengthen offshore to the north of us. On Sunday, winds will be sustained between 15-25mph with 30mph gusts possible. Winds could gust up to 40mph along the Eastern Shore.  The strong northwesterly breeze will make it feel even colder outside.

Temperature vs. Wind Chill

The blue line is the forecast temperature for different times during the day starting at 7AM and ending at 9PM. When you factor in the wind, you will get a wind chill temperature, which is how it actually FEELS outside. By looking at this graphic, you can see that it will FEEL like the 20s in the morning and it will FEEL like the 30s during the afternoon. Stay warm out there!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona




December 29th, 2012 at 3:59 pm by under Sports

Fun Times “On The Run!”

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads from Sportwrap Running reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding


Going Out With a Bang!


2012 was a great year for Running in the “757″ and 2013 looks bright a s well.  Before We Roll into 2013, here’s a quick look back to see just where we went and what we were doing…On The Run.   Check it out on this link: A Look Back At 2012, “On The Run!”


A BIG Thanks to all of you who share our blog info.  I couldn’t do this without you!  Happy New Year and we’ll see you soon…”On The Run!

On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on




A Rainy Morning

December 29th, 2012 at 9:17 am by under Weather

We are starting this Saturday with lots of rainfall across Hampton Roads. A weak, but fast moving area of low pressure should continue to track to the northeast today.

Morning Rainfall

Behind that cold front we should see the rain taper off.

Future Trak @ 3pm

The wind is going to increase in strength behind this storm system from the northwest. Tonight we should see a NW wind at 10-15mph which will bring our temperatures down to 32 degrees by the morning. Tomorrow the wind will stay strong and gusting up to 30mph which will only let our highs be near 43 degrees on Sunday. By Monday, High pressure will develop which will calm down the wind and let us warm up to 50 degrees again.

Enjoy your weekend!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Colder Today, Rain Coming This Weekend, Maybe Snow?

December 28th, 2012 at 10:33 am by under Weather

High Pressure is still in control today giving us a nice mix of sun and clouds today. It is staying chilly though with highs only in the mid-40s. This area of high pressure is going to fade away tonight with a lot of us seeing increasing clouds. Tomorrow we will likely see the next storm system.

Rain Arrives Tomorrow.

I am expecting the rain to start tomorrow morning before 6am across Hampton Roads. Most of us will see the majority of the rain in the morning with scattered showers in the afternoon. For the Northern Neck, you might have a chance to see some wet snowflakes mixing in.

Waiting for the Cold Air

If the temperatures in the lower levels (850mb) can remain at or below freezing then we have a good chance at seeing snow.

Watching the 0 degree line.

If you see snow, there won’t be enough cold air for any accumulations. For the rest of us expect around 1/2 inch of rain from this system. It will move out on Sunday and we will see partly sunny skies then.

The chance for some real snow for the rest of us isn’t in the forecast for the next two weeks, so I guess we’ll have to sit tight for now.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Severe Weather Possible Tonight

December 26th, 2012 at 9:54 am by under Weather

We have a unusual setup in the atmosphere right now, and that is giving us a chance for severe weather tonight including tornadoes. Think of today, like a day in the summer, when we have severe weather in the evening, except it is only going to be in the 60s.

The Storm Prediction Center has included some of us in a Slight Risk for storms. There is also a Tornado Watch for Dare Co. until 5pm.

Storms Still Possible for OBX.

We could see some hail from the storms today, but the biggest threat will be for damaging wind gusts in excess of 60mph. Tornadoes will also be a possibility with the amount of shear or spin we have in the atmosphere.

This morning all we are seeing is rain/showers from the warm front.

Some Sun Possible

Sometimes I hope that the Future Trak is incorrect, this is one of those cases. If we see this clearing around noon -3pm we could see some explosive storms develop in North Carolina this evening. All that sun is doing is creating warmer temperatures which is like adding fuel to a fire.

Future Trak @5pm

At 5pm the front will move in. Any storms that develop ahead of the line of storms, or ahead of that cold front will have a good chance to be severe if everything continues on the path to this point. (Assuming we get that sunshine and we still have lots of shear in the atmosphere.)

It is something we will watch all day. Keep and eye on Super Doppler 10 for any watches or warnings*.

I will have an afternoon update around 1pm right here in this blog.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


*1:00pm Update:

At 11:30am The Storm Prediction center changed the outlook for today to just a slight risk for the Southside and NE N.C. The timing still looks to be about the same for many of us, after 2pm. There is  still a threat for more tornadoes for the OBX as there is a good amount of shear available to make these storms rotate and spin.

Severe Weather Possible Wednesday

December 25th, 2012 at 11:57 pm by under Weather

It was an active weather day across the South on this Christmas Day. Here is a list of the storm reports, which was captured around 11:30 PM and the count continues to increase. Red dots are tornado reports, blue dots are wind damage reports,  and green dots are hail reports.

24-Hour Storm Reports

On top of all these reports, heavy snow fell across Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. So, some folks did have a White Christmas. This dynamic storm system is moving in our direction. We will stay cloudy tonight but showers should begin to develop and move in from south by tomorrow morning. The atmosphere will become very unstable in the afternoon. A line of showers and storms will likely develop to the west of us tomorrow afternoon and move into Hampton Roads between 5-9PM. Here is what our Future Trak model looks like at 5pm on Wednesday.

Future Trak – Weds at 5PM

The warm front is going to bring in warm and moist air to the region. Highs will be in the 60s tomorrow afternoon, but the warm weather will not last long. Hampton Roads is going to be in the “warm sector” which is the area to the south of the warm front and to the east of the cold front. The “warm sector” is the most unstable and this is typically where we watch for thunderstorm development. That is why the Storm Prediction Center has placed all of Hampton Roads, the Peninsula, the Northern Neck and the Eastern Shore in a slight risk for severe weather. A moderate risk was issued for North Carolina. This means that the POTENTIAL for severe thunderstorms exists Weds afternoon/evening if all of the ingredients are in place.

Wednesday Severe Risk

The main threats with a squall line (line of storms) will be damaging winds gusts in excess of 60mph and heavy rain. Many locations could pick up between 1-2 inches of rain with this system. An isolated tornado threat will exist for areas closest to that area of low pressure. The chance is low, but we can’t rule it out since we will have plenty of wind shear. Wind shear is the change in wind direction and or wind speed with height in the atmosphere.  Wind shear allows storms to rotate. There are still a lot of questions whether these storms will turn severe.  Computer models keep the rain and the clouds around for most of the day. This will limit the amount of instability in the atmosphere. If we see less rain in the morning and more sunshine, then the threat for severe weather will be going up. Moisture values will be higher across North Carolina, so that is why the risk for severe weather is slightly higher there. Think of it as if you are cooking. If you are missing just one ingredient, then the finished product will not turn out as expected. All the ingredients need to be in place in order for these storms to develop.  We will keep you posted.

Jeff will have more updates starting at 4:30 AM. Make sure to tune in.

Meteorologist Tiffany Savona



Some Rain on this Christmas Eve

December 24th, 2012 at 11:16 am by under Weather

A weak low pressure center is going to give us some rainfall this afternoon and evening. Rain totals should be less than a quarter of an inch for most of us.

Scattered Showers this evening.

All of the rain that we will see should be ahead of the cold front. The front will push through around midnight tonight. Tomorrow for Christmas Day should be brighter with more sunshine and temperatures in the mid to lower 50s for highs.

No Snow this year.

High pressure should gift us with some sunshine and light winds tomorrow. It will only be calm like this for a day as another large storm system will develop and bring in some rain for us on Wednesday. Right now the timing of this next storm will be in the morning on Wednesday. We will start that day with wind speeds increasing and rain moving in from the southwest. By the evening it looks like we will see most of the rain over us.

Heavy Rain Likely, Snow North.

Lots of wind with gusts around 30mph and rain totals easily over 1 inch will be possible with this storm. We will begin to dry out on Thursday.

Surf Update:

Kill Devil Hills’ Surf (Flat)

Not much clean/decent surf is in the forecast for the next two weeks. There may be a 2-4ft wind swell from this storm, but it will likely be messy out there.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson