Columbus Day Weather : Wintergreen, BRP, Nelson County, VA : Very Warm : Big Cool down by week’s end!

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Weathercast by Tommy Stafford, Nelson County Life Magazine

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Photography by Tommy Stafford
For www.NelsonCountyLife.com : Copyright 2007
Mountain Side Petting Farm
Afton, Virginia

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Above, a youngster pets one of the many animals at the grand opening of the Mountain Side Petting Farm this past weekend, in Afton just off Blundell Hollow Road.

So far the Columbus Day weekend has been nice, but hot! It was a perfect time for many events over the holiday that continues through today. Just one of the many things happening was the grand opening of the Mountain Side Petting Farm in Afton. They had a great day to open on Saturday with all kinds of animals out there. Drop in to see Barbara and the rest of the gang there. Great place to take kids! See page 17 upper right in the current October issue of NCL for another fun Halloween event taking place there on October 27th!

Boy it has been hot and dry. Everyone was around the 90 degree mark yesterday even in the mid 80’s on the mountains. We are getting in serious need of not just a little rain, but a lot. In the photo below you can see what Lake Monocan looks like in Nellysford at Stoney Creek. You can see a lot of the bottom of the lake – and it is very, very low where there is water. I was told Sunday that it has gotten this way before and a nice rain in the fall can remedy it quickly, but the situation is getting critical.

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View of Lake Monocan looking west from the dock.

Unfortunately there’s not much promise of rain in the forecast, at least nothing significant. Mid week we’ll begin a sharp cool down, but substantial rain chances aren’t there. On Sunday a few areas on the west side of the BRP saw some showers, but again just about everyone remained dry and very hot for the start of October.

And for those of you keeping score at home, The numbers as of 11:59 PM EDT last night

*NCL-Nelson County Life Magazine : Greenfield / Afton, VA
Sunday High: 93.0°
0.00″ of rain

*NCL-Wintergreen Nature Foundation : Devil’s Knob, VA
Sunday High: 84.2°
0.02″ of rain

*NCL-Wintergreen Winery @ the foot of Wintergreen Mountain in Beech Grove, VA
Sunday High: 95.2°
0.00″ of rain

*NEW*NCL-Hatcreek Farm on Horseshoe Mountain : Roseland, VA
Sunday High: 93.9°
0.00″ of rain

*NCL-Delfosse Winery & Vineyard : Faber, VA
Sunday High: 92.3°
0.00″ of rain

*NCL-Tiger Fuel – Lovingston, VA
Sunday High: 92.5°
0.00″ of rain

*Covesville Store : Covesville, VA
Sunday High: 89.7°
0.00″ of rain

Today’s Forecast Map

The National Forecast Map continues to show high pressure in charge of our weather across Central Virginia. A weak cold front will enter the area Tuesday into Wednesday cooling temps way down and make it feel more Fall like. We’re talking daytime highs in the lower 60’s by week’s end.

Local forecast
*Today Early morning fog then sunny and hot.
*High temps in Afton, Faber, & Covesville around 92°
*On the mountains above 2000 feet along the BRP, Montebello, Wintergreen, Devil’s Knob, and Love, Morning fog, then sunny and warm.
Highs top out around 82°
Winds: S 2-4 MPH

*Tonight Clear & warm.
*Lows valley near 63°
*On the mountains overnight low near 61°
*Winds: Light SW

Tuesday Sunny and continued hot.
*Highs valley 90°
*On the mountains around 79°
Winds: SW 4-6 MPH
*Tuesday night: Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy late, 20% chance of showers – Lows near 55° valley & 51° mountains.
Winds: SW becoming Westerly and light overnight.

The remainder of the week look for generally dry conditions until mid-week when a system may have a slight chance for rain, but certainly much cooler temps. Daytime highs in mid 70’s valley on Wednesday cooling to the lower 60’s by Friday – on the mountains look for daytime highs cooling to the upper 50’s by Friday – Overnight lows – low 40’s by week’s end in the valley – around 40° mountains.

Whenever or wherever severe weather or news breaks out, we’ll have the latest watches, warnings, and coverage affecting Nelson County, Wintergreen, and nearby counties.

Have a great Monday!

Know your Nelson.COM
-T-

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