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Break from Harsh Cold

A break from the cold wave is coming starting this weekend. Tony recounts how cold it felt in tonight's frigid farewell.

Welcome Thaw Breaks Cold Wave

Temperatures are about to skyrocket with reckless abandon with highs in the 40s on Friday, 50s over the weekend and 60 next week! This will set into motion a mid winter thaw that will melt our snow, unclog ponds and streams of ice and make our dispositions a bit more friendly.

A warm disposition I did not have on Wednesday, witness the cold shoulder that Old Man Winter gave me in this blustery account!

A Taste of the Klondike in Charleston

Can I be honest with you? Standing on Virginia Street in Charleston last night while doing my live weather hits I said to myself, ‘enough is enough’!

That’s right, consummate winter weather lover that I am, even I am tired of the cold and snow this year!

It wasn’t just the stiff north wind that blew from Goff Mt. into my face that soured me on the cold. After all, I had a warm toboggan on (yes with a WVU logo) to take care of my head and ears.

No it wasn’t even the snow flurries that peppered down and struck me in the face.

Truth be told, my feet froze despite my water proof duck hunting boots. What happened, I surmise, is that my feet perspired from all the walking I did. You see I had walked to Town Center Mall for dinner where I went “Greek”. As I walked back, I sped up my gait so as to shorten my trip. The arctic blusters were that penetrating.

Back at the warm studio, I could sense my feet were damp, but did not give a second thought to the moisture. After all, I was snug as a bug in a rug.

But all evening long, as I prepared my live shots for MY Z 10 and Newschannel 3 at 11, my feet never did dry.

By 9:55, I went out for the first hit on My Z which was scheduled for 10:01. Trouble was, we had SEC hoops on and the game went late. For 10 agonizing minutes photojournalist Josh Stender and I waited for the cue to tell people it was bitter outside. Duh!

I know what you are thinking, for my missed forecasts this winter, I deserved to “suffer”! Fair enough but what about poor Josh?

Our duty done, Josh and I ran inside until our next hits, which came at 10:30 and 11:03.

My feet never warmed because they never dried.
What happened was as my feet perspired, the moisture on them evaporated much as water on your body evaporates when you get out of the shower or out of the pool.

Now think, what is the first thing you feel when you get out of the shower or pool? You sense a chill because evaporation is a cooling process.

By the way, the last time I felt that cold was the classic semi final Division 1-AA playoff game at Edwards stadium when the Herd beat Troy State 28-14 in the Jim Donnan era.

That night, the Herd and the Trojans scored at will in the first half, then as the cold deepened in the nighttime chill, nary a point was scored in the second half on that wind swept and bitter night!

Moral of the story, keep your feet dry in the bitter cold and they will stay warmer. I guess that is what a foot warmer is all about!

I for one am glad we have a break from the cold wave arriving, because there are ominous signs of the return of bitter blusters and snow squalls about a week from now!
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