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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 it is better to be cautious, be prepared and "err on the side of danger as opposed to caution."
tracked some of the unusual weather events tied to Sandy in Virginia.
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
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.
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
University of Virginia ...
University of Virginia Climatology Office director Jerry Stenger says daily high temperatures have been 10 degrees to 15 degrees above average for several weeks.
The mild winter to date may ...
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
The watch is expected to remain ...
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.