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Commonwealth. Common weather. CommonWx. Issues of weather and climate impact everyone across this state regardless of socioeconomic status, religious affiliation or political leanings. It's one thing that's common to us all.

The CommonWx newsletter — curated by Radio IQ Meteorologist Nick Gilmore — explores topics of weather and climate in Virginia.
  • The National Weather Service is the go-to government agency for alerting the public about various weather-related hazards. You’re probably most familiar with what they do when they issue a Flash Flood Watch or a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.You’ll likely get an alert on your phone or will see the messaging pop up on your TV when that happens. But do you know the difference between a watch, warning and an advisory?
  • The calendar now says March, which means Virginia is entering severe weather season. The state’s Department of Emergency Management, known as VDEM, says now is the time to prepare.
  • If you love winter – or are just a weather observer in general – you’ve probably got a very pressing question: Where is all of the snow?
  • While most of Radio IQ’s listening area hasn’t seen a significant snowfall so far this winter, there is still certainly time for that to happen. Some parts of Virginia have recorded snowfalls well into March, after all.So, there’s still time to see one of the most beautiful sights in all of nature: the snowflake.
  • Kevin Myatt has been a weather observer and columnist for the Roanoke Times for nearly two decades. He’s now filling a similar role with Cardinal News – in addition to his “day job” with the communications team at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Radio IQ Meteorologist Nick Gilmore caught up with him to discuss the ins and outs of his career and what he has learned while covering the weather in this region.
  • While things have started to change recently, the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season – which runs from June 1st to November 30th – has been abnormally quiet.
  • Ken Graham is in just his fourth week as director of the National Weather Service.Graham took some time to talk with Radio IQ Meteorologist Nick Gilmore about his hopes for the agency – as it deals with a changing climate and the continued need to make forecasts understandable and usable to the public.
  • As hard as it may be to believe, summer will arrive – at least meteorologically speaking – on June 1st. So what can Virginia expect this summer?
  • Tornadoes are low frequency, but high impact events in Virginia. And while that means they aren't typically at the forefront of people's minds, proper preparedness can be the difference between life and death.