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Director of the Climatology Offic...

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Email: j***@***.edu
University of Virginia
100 10Th Street NE Suite 103
Charlottesville , Virginia 22901
United States

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Employment History

  • Member, Climatology Office
    University of Virginia
  • Coordinator for the State Climatology Office Researcher
    University of Virginia
  • Researcher
    State Climatology Office
  • Coordinator Researcher
    State Climatology Office
  • Coordinator Researcher
    Virginia State Climatology Office
  • Climate Researcher
    Virginia State Climatology Office
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Jerry Stenger, director of ..., 31 Oct 2012 [cached]
Jerry Stenger, director of the climatology office at the University of Virginia, said the central Shenandoah Valley "was not as hard hit as it could have been had the storm changed track, turned inland sooner and gone directly west."
"It's a reminder that although forecasting has improved dramatically there is uncertainty,'' Stenger said.
But he said it is better to be cautious, be prepared and "err on the side of danger as opposed to caution."
Stenger tracked some of the unusual weather events tied to Sandy in Virginia.
He said more than 9 inches of rain fell in the Virginia Beach area, and 6 to 8 inches of snow fell in Grayson County, in far southwest Virginia.
Gusts of wind of 72 miles per hour were reported at Wintergreen in Nelson County, and one observer reported gusts of 79 miles per hour in Warren County in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Wintergreen also reported having a few inches of snow.
For those concerned about another hurricane, Stenger said the hurricane season is not over technically until the end of November.
But as of Tuesday, he said there is "nothing ripe for formation'' of another hurricane in the Atlantic.
Vienna Town Council Gives Middle Finger to Drought [cached]
The combination proved lethal to corn -- overplanted this year because of high prices at the beginning of the season -- and other crops in Eastern Virginia, Eastern Maryland and Southern Maryland, leading to an agricultural drought, said Jerry Stenger, head of the University of Virginia Office of Climatology.
But Stenger and other experts said the region is not in a drought in terms of the water supply. "It's hard to predict what's going to happen," he said.
The mild winter to date may ..., 5 Mar 2012 [cached]
The mild winter to date may have lured many to believe that winter's roar had been muted, but Jerry Stenger, of the University of Virginia Climatology Office, said such is not necessarily so.
"If you look at March and April historically, there's plenty of snow that can still fall," he said.
The watch is expected to remain ..., 6 June 2008 [cached]
The watch is expected to remain in effect at least until Monday afternoon, as temperatures hover in the mid-90 degree range, said Jerry Stenger, research coordinator for the State Climatology Office at the University of Virginia.Extreme humidity will probably drive the heat index as high as 110 degrees during that period, he said. "In the next few days, conditions could equal or perhaps exceed some of the daily high temperature records in the area," he said. While these hot, muggy weather conditions would be expected in July or August, they are unusual this early in the year, Stenger said, which might increase the risk of heat-related illnesses: The abrupt heat wave might catch some people's bodies off guard, because people typically acclimate to increasingly intense summer heat as the season progresses, he said. "Coming on the heels of the nice weather we've had in recent weeks, this certainly comes as a shock to the system," he said.
Hanover Herald-Progress, 1 April 2002 [cached]
Those numbers are based on at least 30 years of record keeping, said Jerry Stenger, research coordinator at the State Climatology Office.
"In general, there's probably only been one deficit of this length and magnitude in the last 100 years and that was in the mid 1960s," he said.
Hanover County is faring better than many northwestern parts of the state but is not without concern.
"Ashland is just beginning to get into the area of problems," Stenger said."Conservation measures are certainly not misplaced at this point.It's nothing to put off as somebody crying wolf."
In March, Ashland received about 68 percent of its normal precipitation.Over the last six months, the Eastern Piedmont region received 49 percent of its normal precipitation.
Using surface water levels as a measuring stick is misleading for the casual observer, Stenger said.
While surface levels may be adequate for current conditions, they will rapidly deplete when summer hits.
Conserving water now may help prevent a painful water-crisis later if dry conditions continue, Stenger said.
The region and state's groundwater reserves have been sinking since the last wet winter in 1998.Replenishing rains typically begin in December and fall off as the growing season approaches.The 2001-02 winter did not bring those rains.
Enough rain may come to limp along through the growing season, Stenger said.But without several more drenching rains, groundwater reserves will continue to sink.
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