Mother Nature: Serial blowhard

UPDATE: The National Weather Service, as planned, dropped the “Wind Advisory” at 6 am Saturday but they replaced it with a “Special Weather Statement for Floyd County.”

It reads:

…Special Weather Statement For Increased Fire Danger This Afternoon… Gusty westerly winds, combined with low humidity, will again bring an increased risk of brush fires into early this evening. The driest conditions are expected along and just east of the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially in areas around Roanoke where little rainfall has occurred in the last few days. Burning of any type is discouraged in these areas this afternoon as humidity levels are expected to fall into the teens, while west to northwest winds gust to 25 or 30 mph along and in the lee of the Blue Ridge. Winds should quickly diminish prior to sunset this evening.

Earlier story:

The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg issued a “Wind Advisory for Floyd County” (and some other areas) from 6 am Friday for 24 hours (ending at 6 am Saturday).

“Strongest will be this afternoon and evening,” the NWS warning says, adding that downed tree limbs and “weaker trees” means “isolated power outages” and “loose outdoor objects” tossed about.

Guess my motorcycles stays in the garage Friday.

If the weather service estimate of high winds ending by 6 am Saturday (always a big “if” with them), Saturday could still be a nice day with a high around 51 and sunny skies.

Or maybe not.  That’s life with Mother Nature.  She is unpredictable.

The “official warning:”

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EDT SATURDAY… The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect until 6 AM EDT Saturday. * Winds…Northwest 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * Timing…Today through tonight. Strongest will be this afternoon and evening. * Impacts…Downed tree limbs and weaker trees. Isolated power outage. Loose outdoor objects will be blown around. High profile vehicles will have difficulty driving. * Locations…From the foothills of Virginia and North Carolina west into the mountains of West Virginia. * Hazards…Strong winds. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 MPH or gusts will range between 46 and 57 MPH. Winds of these magnitudes may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use extra caution until the winds subside.

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