The Virginia chase season tails off considerably after the end of August, coinciding with the beginning of meteorological autumn. The intermittent chases available here in the Old Dominion during the fall typically center around either strong cold frontal passages or the presence of tropical systems (and their remnants), neither of which are available today. However given that August weather showed up for the first part of September I’m scanning the skies and radar in hopes of seeing a strong storm this afternoon, perhaps along the lee trough.

The Storm Prediction Center has a Slight Risk just west of here with 5% probability of severe winds extending eastward to the Blue Ridge crest. Today is a bigger gamble than usual but I’m hoping that radar, satellite, and slow storm motions will give me a fighting chance to intercept a decent cell or two without having to sit by the roadside and broil for several hours today. Home is much more comfortable!