Hello Spring

The warmest day since we voted in November is on tap Saturday. Dare we throw around the 80 degree mark in conversation?


Springy Weekend Ahead

It’s the first weekend of meteorological spring and right on schedule temperatures are heading up, up and away. (Recall, meteo spring starts March 1).

A quick look at the 2009 weather calendar shows a 75 degree day on February 11th as the warmest of the year, SO FAR! Now atmospheric conditions are about to take us to the next thermal level on Saturday.
That means we should at least get “in the spirit” when we hit a patriotic 76 degrees. If all goes just perfectly, a smattering of 80 degree temperatures will grace our presence especially thru the Coalfields by late afternoon. That would be the warmest we have been since mid-October, before the first sign of the harsh winter showed its icy face.

I know some little leagues are having tryouts on Saturday. A word of caution to the kids; namely, put some sunscreen on if you will be out in the mid day sun with short sleeves on as an early season sun burn would be possible.

By the way, my prediction, the kids have red faces and sore arms at night, the latter courtesy of throwing too hard too soon. Ouch I remember that pain!

By Sunday, clouds and showers will be close by but their timing is somewhat uncertain so there may well be time to hit 18 at your favorite course especially in WV and Kentucky.

There are two other weather worries this weekend. The first is more reminder than anything. Since the warm weather is coaxing tree buds to swell, the first spurt of pollen is arriving. Soon the Bradford Pear and Ornamental Redbuds will decorate our downtown streets in a new spring wardrobe. The price to pay for the tree bud emergence is of course some wheezing and sneezing.

Today, for the first time this season, tree pollen levels jumped into the raspy throat range. Levels are not barbaric and won’t be until April. But if you suffer from tree pollen, then take an antihistamine before heading to the golf course or tennis courts on Saturday and Sunday.

The other hazard focuses on Spring Fire Season. The windy and warm weather has become an instant fire hazard. That is especially true after a dry February. If you must burn, and burning is best put off until rains arrive, please obey the letter of the law.

Late this week, small brush fires have been a problem as spring cleaning has begun. The enclosed e-pix is from a small brush fire atop Rosemount hill overlooked Portsmouth.

In Ohio and Kentucky, legal burn times, with a permit and away from city limits, begin at 6 in the evening and last until 6 the next morning. In WV, you may burn brush only (NEVER TRASH) from 4 in the afternoon until 7 the next morn.

Remember to use a 10 foot safety strip cleared to mineral soil around your fire and stay with it until completely extinguished.

By the way, enjoy our spring fling while you can as cold weather and even wet snow are likely by Home and Garden Show weekend (March 13-15).
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