Weather! It’s a “best of the weather” week

The gorgeous weather we’ve seen to start the week will only continue through the week and into the weekend. Could it be we finally have a rain-free State Fair?

On some talk radio shows, when the hosts go on vacation, “best of” shows with past highlights will run in their place. This week is like a “best of” week for the weather. The usual chilly air and gloomy rains have taken a vacation, and we’ve got the best of fall weather in its place this week. You’ll get no complaints from me.

The visible satellite image this morning tells the entire story:

Aside from some late-morning fog lifting in parts of West Virginia, there’s not much in the way of cloudcover from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River.

Some of the trees here in Blacksburg are starting to show hints of reds and oranges among the rich green, even moreso up into the higher elevations around here. The peak won’t come until later this month, but I have to admit that the change in foliage color is one thing I look forward to. I’m not a fan of cold weather, and I live for the days when I can drive with the windows down in my car, but there’s not much better in October than watching the hills of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny turn rich with color.

As for a forecast for the next few days, it’s pretty straightforward. Sunny and highs in the low 70s. Yup, that’s it. Overnight temps bottom out in the mid 40s tonight, and bounce back 50 by the weekend.

Enjoy it, folks. It’s going to be awesome.

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Dan Goff is now a two-time former Richmonder, having departed the River City yet again in favor of southwest Virginia, where he is working on degrees in geography and meteorology at Virginia Tech. Have a question about the weather or weather-related phenomena?

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