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10 things we love about fall in Hampton Roads

The world may know Hampton Roads and coastal Carolina as a summer vacation destination, but we know that fall is when we really shine.
Here are ten things we love about our area in the fall.

Once our visitors from Ohio and Pennsylvania return home, our four-legged friends are fTemp2reed from the baby pool in the backyard and are welcome back to the beach. Many area beaches are open to pooches from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Is there anything more fun than seeing a dog chase waves or get outsmarted by a fiddler crab?

Jefferson Lab to conduct tornado warning siren test on Friday

Newport News, Va. – The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will conduct a of test its tornado warning siren at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

Depending on weather conditions at the time of the test, the siren could be heard by anyone within a 1.5-mile radius of the lab.

The test will be carried out over a period that could last from 30 seconds to three minutes. The test will be of the wavering tone (also called high-low-high or 10-4-10).

Jefferson Lab uses the siren to quickly alert members of the lab community who are working outdoors to “take cover” in the event of tornadoes and tornado warnings in the immediate vicinity of the lab.

How cool was it in your neighborhood this morning?

This is August? With clear skies and light winds, temperatures really dropped overnight
Here’s a look at what you woke up to on Monday morning:

Ahoskie 49
Chesapeake 50
Wakefield 50
Franklin 52
Gloucester 53
Suffolk 54
Newport News 55
Melfa 55
Elizabeth City 55
Virginia Beach 56
Edenton 56
Wallops Island 57
Williamsburg 57
Hampton 57
Manteo 58
Norfolk 59
Portsmouth 61
Kill Devil Hills 65

How much rain fell in your neighborhood?

Here’s a look at some of today’s highest rainfall totals.


Severe Thunderstorm watches now canceled

Update: The severe thunderstorm watches for the area have now been canceled. 

Watch for storms with our interactive radar

By Ricky Matthews
VIPIR Weather Intern

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for parts of the NewsChannel 3 viewing area until 10pm Friday evening. The watch includes all of the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, and Eastern Shore.

Northeast NC is not included in the watch, however, strong to possibly severe storms can still occur outside of watch boxes. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms.

Humidity affects your hair and your home

Summers in Hampton Roads bring high levels of humidity, but the increased moisture in the air damages more than just your hair do.

Humidity can cause damages to your home.

Moisture problems in crawl spaces can produce condensation on walls and surfaces leading to mold and mildew.

To avoid these problems, leave foundation vents open to help the foundation to dry out. Crawl spaces should be covered with polyethylene or other thick solid vapor barrier to keep moisture from the ground out.

Humidity can also lead to condensation on water pipes causing mold and mildew problems. Insulating the inside of the tanks and outside of the pipe can prevent condensation.

If mold and mildew get into carpet or wood flooring, clean the area completely. If the damage is more extreme, floors may need replacement.

Lightning Safety Awareness Week:June 23-29

When thunder roars, go indoors! This lightning safety rule could save you from dangerous lightning strikes.

The week of June 23- 29 has been recognized as National Lightning Safety Awareness Week to educate and raise awareness about the hazards of lightening.

In the U.S., an average of 54 people are killed yearly by lightning with hundreds more being injured.

Although lightning is unpredictable, knowing safety guideline can reduce the risk of injury or death. Be prepared and familiarize yourself with the weather forecast before heading outside.

Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from its parent thunderstorm. This means if you can hear thunder, you are in striking distance.  

Seek shelter immediately and stay there until 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder. Stay away from windows and doors.