Has Spring sprung?

A winter sunset from Rocky Knob

110512rockyknobsun-620x456As what appears to be Spring settles in for at least a five-day run this week, electric customers in Patrick County and Roanoke city remain without power from more than 24 hours of sustained high winds which downed trees and electric lines throughout Southwestern Virginia.

At one time, thousands were in the dark.  On Monday morning, Appalachian Electric reported 469 powerless in Roanoke and 315 in Patrick County, a drop from Sunday’s outages that totaled more than 3,000 at one point.

Some wind remained Monday morning, driving a temperature that stood at 36 at 6:30 a.m.to a wind chill of 24 but the mercury is expected to climb to a high of 68 for the first work day of the week and then into the 70s for the following three days before dipping to about 69 with rain on Friday.

Winds, which gusted into the 50s at times over the last two days, are expected to average about 11 Monday, 12 on Tuesday and then single digits for the rest of the week.

Nest week is forecast to be a little cooler with daytime highs in the high 60s and low 60s and night time lows in the 30s and 40s.

Is winter finished with us?

Don’t bet on it.

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2 thoughts on “Has Spring sprung?”

  1. Hi Doug-I’m hoping your musings today will include an exhortation to all concerned citizens of our county to get themselves to the BOS budget meeting tomorrow night at the h.s.!! With ancient school buses, increasing financial pressures from the state to pay into the retirement fund for employees, higher fuel costs, older facilities to maintain and demands for “achievement,” our school system is beginning to buckle. Can the citizens of Floyd County finally stand up and say “We do care about our kids’ education, and we are willing to support a tax increase to do it?” The whole situation is demoralizing and depressing-as a teacher, I can tell you, we can only take so much. Demanding we do so much with less and less is not only impossible, but unrealistic. Maybe the BOS is waiting to see what the tipping point really is-let’s tell them!

  2. Diane:

    The meeting this Tuesday night is not a budget meeting of the Board of Supervisors but an informational meeting and media event by the school board to alert county residents about budget decisions that have not yet been made by the supervisors.

    Those who attend this event will be preaching to the choir — the school board. Those who want to raise concerns with the supervisors should attend their meeting next Tuesday and speak at the public comment period that begins at 9 a.m. or the meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month which begins at 7 p.m.

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