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Wednesday 11/25/2015
Posted: November 25, 2015 - 8:15 pm
Placid holiday weather continues, only gradually getting wetter through weekend

Placid weather are expected to continue across Southwest Virginia for Thanksgiving and Black Friday and generally for Saturday as well. There may start being a hint of moisture Friday and Saturday,...

Monday 11/23/2015
Posted: November 23, 2015 - 12:30 am
Smooth sailing weatherwise through Thanksgiving

Though it starts a bit cold, you can't ask for a much better Thanksgiving week for lack of travel-limiting weather.

Friday 11/20/2015
Posted: November 20, 2015 - 12:30 am
A little weekend SNOW? ... And a look ahead to Thanksgiving travel

The Upper Midwest -- Iowa, southern Wisconsin, the Chicago area, on into Michigan -- is gearing up for that region's first significant snowstorm of the 2015-16 cold season. There may be a few spots...

Thursday 11/19/2015
Updated: November 19, 2015 - 10:23 am
Rain floats Roanoke to 3rd wettest fall; mild afternoon, cold weekend ahead

UPDATE 10:20 AM, 11/19: Roanoke's 1.96 inches of rain Wednesday through this morning raised the autumn rainfall total (since Sept. 1) to 17.85 inches. This makes Autumn 2015 the third wettest on re...

Wednesday 11/18/2015
Updated: November 18, 2015 - 5:00 pm
Flash flood watch south of Roanoke; SW Va sees pouring rain late Wed PM/early Thurs AM

UPDATE 4:55 PM, 11/18: A solid area of moderate to heavy rain about 150 miles wide is making slow but steady progress eastward toward Southwest Virginia, having edged into the far southwest corner ...

Tuesday 11/17/2015
Posted: November 17, 2015 - 12:30 am
Soaking rain on Wednesday; Roanoke's wettest autumn on record LIKELY

UPDATE 9:45 PM, 11/16: Roanoke has had 15.89 inches of rain since Sept. 1., the start of meteorological autumn. Just 0.56 inch this week will move Autumn 2015 into a tie for 10th wettest with 1945....

Saturday 11/14/2015
Posted: November 14, 2015 - 12:38 am
Winds die down, leaving chilly, dry weekend

It will be a dry and cool weekend in Southwest Virginia, with highs mostly in the 50s Sunday after some 30s lows, and then even colder Sunday morning, in the 20s to low 30s.  The winds will die dow...

Thursday 11/12/2015
Updated: November 13, 2015 - 12:10 am
Gusty winds continue into Friday, cold by Saturday

UPDATE 12:10 AM, 11/13: Occasional wind gusts over 40 mph are possible through Friday and Friday evening as a cold air mass continues to build in. Highs will mostly be in the 50s Friday, and 40s to...

Wednesday 11/11/2015
Posted: November 11, 2015 - 12:30 am
Pondering the winter ahead on a Veterans Day respite before a windy cold front

My latest Weather Journal column (linked here), in Wednesday's Roanoke Times, takes a look at some expectations -- i.e. reasonably educated guesses -- about the winter ahead in the Roanoke and New ...

Sunday 11/08/2015
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 11:54 pm
Work week begins with chilly rain ... mild, dry by Wednesday

UPDATE 11:50 PM, 11/8: There will be some more showers, periods of mostly light rain and some drizzle overnight into early Tuesday. Once the coastal low gets north of our latitude, northwest winds ...

Posted: November 08, 2015 - 12:15 am
A calm, cool Sunday, but some unsettled weather on the horizon

The cold front has pushed away Friday's record warmth, and we'll see a cool but dry Sunday with highs in the 50s, followed by a nippy Monday morning with lows in the 30s, maybe even some mid-upper ...

Saturday 11/07/2015
Posted: November 07, 2015 - 12:05 am
Showery cold front sweeps out historic November warmth; LAST DAY for snowfall contest entries

Friday was pretty close to being downright hot in Roanoke. The high temperature of 82 shattered the previous Nov. 6 record high of 79, from 1994 and 2005, and, even more impressively, came within a...

Thursday 11/05/2015
Updated: November 06, 2015 - 3:28 pm
80+ high breaks record at Roanoke; showers tonight, cooler by Sun/Mon

UPDATE 3:20 PM, 11/6: Roanoke has established a new record Nov. 6 high temperature, with the mercury at 81 degrees as of 3 p.m., breaking the old daily high temperature record of 79 from 1994 and 2...

Wednesday 11/04/2015
Posted: November 04, 2015 - 12:30 am
Looking back at the Flood of 1985, 30 years ago today

On this 30th anniversary of the flood of 1985, we have many photos linked from the historic flooding that killed 10 in the Roanoke Valley, and also articles from the 25th anniversary 5 years ago by...

Tuesday 11/03/2015
Posted: November 03, 2015 - 12:30 am
A little "drippiness" hangs on through Tues-Wed, but generally a warm week

As the heavier rain failed to make a decisive move northward on Monday and stayed mostly south of Roanoke, I was reminded about how much more intense this blog would be a few weeks down the road wh...

Sunday 11/01/2015
Updated: November 02, 2015 - 8:53 am
Drippy Monday gives way to dry, warm mid-week

UPDATE 8:50 AM, 11/2: The Roanoke/New River valleys are catching the northern edge of a tight-gradient rain shield, with drier air to the north. So it looks like amounts will in fact be MUCH less t...

Posted: November 01, 2015 - 12:30 am
Soggy Sun-Mon may float Fall 2015 among wettest on record

November is about to start soggy as a wet fall moves into elite company.

Saturday 10/31/2015
Posted: October 31, 2015 - 12:30 am
No Halloween snow this year, but remember to enter snowfall contest

Halloween weather will be much different than it was a year ago, when a windy, chilly rain turned to snow along the Blue Ridge south of Roanoke westward into the far southwest part of the state, wi...

Thursday 10/29/2015
Posted: October 29, 2015 - 12:30 am
Rain is past until Sunday; no weather tricks expected for Halloween

With the rainy system having departed (after almost 3 inches of rain at Roanoke, and more in some spots along the Blue Ridge to the south), we'll be a bit breezy on Thursday and pretty warm. Colder...

Wednesday 10/28/2015
Updated: October 28, 2015 - 6:01 pm
A few gusty showers possible Wed PM; it's beginning to look a lot like El Nino

UPDATE 6 PM, 10/28: A band of showers that could provide localized gusty winds or even a rumble or two of thunder will move across much of the New River and Roanoke valleys and nearby areas this ev...

Tuesday 10/27/2015
Posted: October 27, 2015 - 11:15 am
Chilly, rainy day for Tuesday; storms possible late Wednesday

A raw Tuesday is under way, as temperatures hang in the 40s with periods of rain. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and even some from the remnants of last week's Hurricane Patricia in the Pacific i...

Monday 10/26/2015
Posted: October 26, 2015 - 12:30 am
Rainy 'tropical chill' on the way for SW Va for Tuesday

Hurricane Patricia siphoned some of the hottest seawater in the world in the eastern Pacific late last week and exploded into one of the strongest hurricanes on record before coming ashore in hot, ...

Friday 10/23/2015
Posted: October 23, 2015 - 10:00 pm
Vicious Hurricane Patricia ashore in Mexico; U.S. to see heavy rain from remnants

Hurricane Patricia has come ashore on the western coast of Mexico, with estimated 165 mph sustained winds at landfall – down from 200 mph earlier Friday. Damage is likely extraordinary in some loca...

Posted: October 23, 2015 - 11:15 am
Record-setting Hurricane Patricia takes aim on Mexico, may rain on SW Va next week

Meteorologists are stunned this morning by the ultra-rapid intensification of Hurricane Patricia from tropical storm to the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere in under 36 hours...

Thursday 10/22/2015
Posted: October 22, 2015 - 12:30 am
Heavy rain stays around Texas; continued nice in SW Va through Saturday

We became very familiar in late September and early October with how an upper-level low-pressure trough could funnel thick moisture into our region day after day. Over the next 2-3 days, it’s Texas...

Wednesday 10/21/2015
Posted: October 21, 2015 - 12:30 am
Snowfall prediction contest opens for entries

The weather remains quiet with sunny, dry days warming into the 70s and lows remaining in the upper 30s and 40s the next few days.

Monday 10/19/2015
Posted: October 19, 2015 - 12:30 am
Calm, dry, typical October weather this week

High pressure will dominate the weather pattern this week, which means lots of sunny, dry weather with cool mornings -- downright cold on Monday and Tuesday -- and mild to warm afternoons. By late ...

Friday 10/16/2015
Updated: October 17, 2015 - 9:58 am
Freeze warning issued for Sunday AM; freeze watch for Monday AM

UPDATE 9:50 AM, 10/17: The freeze watch has been upgraded to a freeze warning for Sunday morning, with a new freeze watch posted for Monday morning. Temperatures near or below freezing are expected...

Thursday 10/15/2015
Posted: October 15, 2015 - 12:30 am
Cool AMs/warm PMs shift to cold AMs/cool PMs this weekend

Classic October weather continues into the weekend and beyond, with cool mornings and warm afternoons Thursday and Friday turning into cold mornings and cool afternoons by Saturday and Sunday. A sh...

Monday 10/12/2015
Posted: October 12, 2015 - 12:30 am
Minimal inclement weather this week, unless you count leaves changing color

This week's cool mornings and mild to warm afternoons should continue the process of colorful fall foliage becoming more widespread in our region, with the higher elevations (2,500 feet and higher)...

Saturday 10/10/2015
Posted: October 10, 2015 - 12:39 am
Classic fall weather ahead, maybe frosty cold by next weekend

The threat of storms that played a bit of havoc with high school football games and the pre-game and kickoff at Virginia Tech Friday night has passed, though we may see a few passing showers today....

Friday 10/09/2015
Updated: October 09, 2015 - 5:58 pm
Squall line entering Va., poses threat to Friday PM games

UPDATE 5:55 PM: The line of storms is beginning to enter western Virginia and will likely be in the Blacksburg-Christiansburg area between 7 and 7:30 p.m. (beware all fans arriving for Virginia Tec...

Thursday 10/08/2015
Posted: October 08, 2015 - 12:30 am
Thunderstorms possible Friday PM

We are back to what could be considered a more typical October weather regime for our region, with storm systems moving generally west to east -- not watching rain back up from the west off the Atl...

Sunday 10/04/2015
Posted: October 04, 2015 - 9:30 pm
Our wet pattern is ENDING

It is quite remarkable that a weekend with more than 2 inches of rain in Roanoke, capping an 11-day period when some locations south along the Blue Ridge have totaled 18 or more inches, could be co...

Saturday 10/03/2015
Updated: October 04, 2015 - 1:29 pm
It hasn't stopped being WET in SW Va; epic flooding in S.C.

UPDATE 1:15 PM, 10/4: The Roanoke River briefly went barely above flood stage at the Salem Pump Station this morning. The rain has been mostly light to moderate, but has dumped 2 to 4 inches -- the...

Posted: October 03, 2015 - 10:00 am
Extremely heavy rain in Carolinas, but Roanoke/New River valleys come out extremely well

The radar precipitation estimation map above for the past 24 hours tells the story. It's not perfect: It's actually rained a lot more in Roanoke than shown, the radar hasn't captured a lot of the l...

Friday 10/02/2015
Updated: October 03, 2015 - 12:08 am
Roanoke area catches another break, but still some potential for heavy rain overnight, Saturday

UPDATE 11:45 PM, 10/2: The Roanoke area has caught a number of atmospheric breaks today at staving off a flood, the latest being that dry air aloft has helped erode a band of heavier rain that had ...

Thursday 10/01/2015
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 9:18 am
Heavier rain expected mid-afternoon to early Saturday; flooding likely

UPDATE 9AM, 10/2: Southwest Virginia is in the mostly light, patchy periphery of the rain mass this morning, with the greatest concentration along the Blue Ridge and into the Roanoke Valley, where ...

Wednesday 09/30/2015
Updated: October 01, 2015 - 9:22 am
Seriously inclement weather brewing for weekend

If there were no Hurricane Joaquin right now, we'd be gearing up for a multiple-day, multiple-inch rainfall event, nonetheless,

Updated: September 30, 2015 - 8:08 am
A look back at Tuesday's deluge ... and a look ahead at possible weekend deluge

September has officially gone from drought to deluge.

Tuesday 09/29/2015
Updated: September 29, 2015 - 8:30 pm
Roanoke River rising out of banks; rain has lulled, but flash flood watch continues

UPDATE 8:20 PM, 9/29: Showers will be scattered the remainder of the evening and overnight, with widespread or long-lasting heavy rain unlikely. The Roanoke River has finally begun to recede upstre...

Monday 09/28/2015
Posted: September 28, 2015 - 12:30 am
Tropical-influenced rainy periods continue this week

So we were talking about drought last week ... but we probably won't be for a while.  The weekend rain event dumped 2-5 inches from Friday to Sunday in much of the Roanoke and New River valleys (3....

Sunday 09/27/2015
Updated: September 27, 2015 - 4:42 pm
Rain continues Sunday, and off and on in week ahead

UPDATE 4:40 P.M.: Sunday turned into a much more robust rainfall day than expected for many, with over 2 inches in Roanoke to bring the total to about 3 3/4 inches. The heavy regenerating band has ...

Saturday 09/26/2015
Posted: September 26, 2015 - 12:30 am
After slow start, abundant rain still likely

The much-discussed weekend rain event stumbled out of the gate on Friday, barely wetting the surface in much of the Roanoke and New River valleys with drizzle and weak showers. Rain was much greate...

Friday 09/25/2015
Updated: September 25, 2015 - 8:53 pm
Marathon of rain lasts to at least Sunday

UPDATE 8:50 PM, 9/25: We are off to a slow start for rain in much of Southwest Virginia, as some heavier rain bands this afternoon and evening have not materialized. There are several factors at wo...

Thursday 09/24/2015
Updated: September 24, 2015 - 6:08 pm
Rain almost certain Friday-Sunday, and it may be heavy

UPDATE 6 PM, 9/24: Heavy rainfall amounts exceeding 2 inches are looking more likely for Southwest Virgnia as the core of heaviest moisture flow has shifted northward on many models. We should begi...

Wednesday 09/23/2015
Posted: September 23, 2015 - 12:30 am
After a couple of dry days, subtropical low may bring more rain

High pressure to the north began to shove the early week's wet weather southward late Tuesday, as we saw some patches of sun by late afternoon. There will be more of that on Wednesday as dry air fi...

Tuesday 09/22/2015
Updated: September 22, 2015 - 9:13 am
Heaviest rain is past, but damp, cool weather continues into Tuesday

Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 1/2 inches were common in the Roanoke Valley, the adjacent Blue Ridge and the western Piedmont on Monday, with lesser amounts to the west. Roanoke officially measured 1.4...

Monday 09/21/2015
Updated: September 21, 2015 - 9:24 am
Cool, rainy Monday -- but rainy is welcome to many

It looks to be a rather dreary Monday in much of Southwest Virginia -- but dreary may be just what the doctor ordered for many areas that have been dry. A high to our north and low to the south wil...

Saturday 09/19/2015
Updated: September 19, 2015 - 8:28 pm
Warm, mostly dry weekend ... but maybe drought talk scaring up some rain for Monday?

This weekend should be another of many good ones for outdoor activities, with highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s and only a slight chance of showers by Sunday afternoon.

Kevin Myatt
  • Kevin Myatt
  • Kevin Myatt is The Roanoke Times' principal weather geek. He writes the Weather Journal column each Wednesday in The Roanoke Times and advises the newsroom on weather topics while also working on the copy desk. He helps lead Virginia Tech students on storm chases each May, has edited a book on hurricanes ("Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States," by Rick Schwartz) and comments on weather occasionally on WVTF (FM-89.1).
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