Lack of Rainfall Becoming More of a Problem in September

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

gfs mslp pcpn frzn eus 11After a very wet and soggy summer for many areas, things are now drying up fast as we head toward the official start of Fall. Chances are you've probably noticed the fact that we need a decent rain. 

Yards are turning brown and what was once muddy is now dusty. The outlook for significant moisture doesn't look good, either - at least for another week or so.

In Roanoke, the last day with rain was on September 1 when the airport picked up .33". Roanoke is now 1.15" below normal for the month, and each day without rain another .13" is added to the deficit.

For the year, Roanoke is still above normal, however, by 4.49". 

East of Roanoke, in Lynchburg, the situation is worse. Lynchburg has gone 23 days without significant rainfall (more than a trace). For the month of September, Lynchburg is now 1.44" below normal. 

As of last Thursday, eastern Halifax and Charlotte Counties into eastern Virginia were listed as "abnormally dry" on the U.S. drought monitor. Look for that to expand by the next update on Thursday of this week.

NOAA's 6-10 day outlook from last week has Virginia in a 40-50% probability of higher than normal precipitation, however I don't see our rain chances really increasing until MAYBE September 20.


We're in a pattern than favors only weak cold fronts dropping in from the north every 3-4 days with very little rain ahead of them. Most of the jet stream energy is riding well to our north because of a broad upper level ridge that's keeping our temperatures at or above normal this month.  That same ridge has blocked any moisture from the south from getting into the region. 

Another cold (weak cool) front will move through the area Thursday with a few showers or storms possible, mainly in the New River Valley. But significant rainfall that would help most of the area is not likely. The image I've posted from shows just a few light showers on the GFS model as of this writing. Behind the front, more dry air will likely keep us parched into the weekend.

There are signs that the weather pattern may shift east enough for more moisture and rain with the next big weather maker around September 20-21.

But until then, the dry areas will likely only become drier for at least another week.

- Meteorologist Jamey Singleton


State Police: Suspect in Officer-Involved Shooting was Ramming Police Cars While Trying to Escape in Rocky Mount

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

police 3ROCKY MOUNT - Virginia State Police have released new information following a shooting in Rocky Mount Saturday night that injured a man in the McDonald's parking lot on Tanyard Road.

According to Sgt. Rick Garletts, the incident started at 11:20 p.m. Saturday, when Rocky Mount Police along with State Police tried to pull over a vehicle in the 900 block of Tanyard Road. The man driving the vehicle refused to stop and rammed several sheriff's deputy and police vehicles that were trying to block him.

While the man driving the suspect vehicle was trying to escape, a Rocky Mount Police officer shot at his vehicle. The suspect broke free but was stopped nearby by the same officers, Garletts said.

The unidentified man was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Garletts said. A female passenger in the suspect vehicle was not injured. No police were injured. 

Several people witnessed the shooting, and reported through social media being detained for several hours after the incident while State Police investigated. 

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Field Office in Salem is in charge of the investigation. Once complete, the findings will be turned over to the Commonwealth's Attorney.

Stay with Cable 12 for further updates.





Investigators Arrest Man for Meth, Oxycodone After Traffic Stop on Route 40 West

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

14199424 1068307353218131 4975341101683974336 nFRANKLIN CO. - The Franklin Co. Sheriff's Department says they discovered suspected solids from a one pot meth lab after a traffic stop on Route 40 Wednesday.

Investigators say they were informed that David Franklin Waid was driving illegally on Route 40 West of Rocky Mount Wednesday. When they spotted the vehicle, it made a quick right into the Goverment Center parking lot.

After searching the vehicle, investigators found  what they say are suspected solids from a one pot meth lab. Oxycodone and methamphetamine along with an unkown amount of poppy seeds were also found.

Rocky Mount police and the Virginia State Police helped in the search, arrest, and the recovery of hazardous chemicals.