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Unseasonable Cold Sets Records in 4 West Virginia Cities

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CHARLESTON, WV - Unseasonable cold weather has set records in four West Virginia cities.

The National Weather Service says temperatures in Bluefield and Morgantown on Sunday morning were the lowest in more than 40 years.

The temperature in Bluefield fell to 18 degrees. The old record was 19 degrees in 1966.

Morgantown’s low temperature was 14 degree. That broke the old record of 20 degrees in 1966.

In Lewisburg, the temperature fell to 16 degrees. The old record was 18 degrees in 1982.

Wheeling also set a record with a low of 16 degrees. The old record was 24 degrees in 2008.

The weather service says temperatures were expected to remain 10 degrees to 25 degrees below seasonable levels on Sunday from the lower Mississippi Valley into the Ohio River Valley.

Antarctica Hits Highest Temp Recorded—63 F

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Antarctica may have experienced its warmest day ever recorded on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 with the temperature reading of 63.5°F, reports The Weather Underground.

Tuesday’s record high temperature follows another high reading of 63.3°F set just the day before.

Until this heat wave, the highest-known recorded temperature on the continent was 62.6°F back in 1976.

The Antarctic Peninsula where the readings were made “is one of the fastest warming spots on Earth,“ reports The Weather Undergound.

The website cites studies from 2012 that show the world is warming at a quickening pace.

Five nations and territories have tied or hit all-time high temperature records so far this year.

Corps: Sutton Dam Storm Releases May Be Higher Than the Past

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HUNTINGTON, WV - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says water releases from Sutton Dam after extreme storms could raise the Elk River to levels higher than residents have seen in the past.

The corps says flood-waters held back by the dam will be released as quickly as possible after downstream flows drop below control levels.

This is to prepare for any future precipitation.

Residents are advised to stay alert to any possible change in river levels.

Spring Has Sprung 2015

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The Vernal Equinox, otherwise know as Spring, occurs when the sun crosses directly over the equator as the earth is tilted neither toward or away from the sun.

This astronomical spring begins on 20 March 2015 and runs until 21 June 2015.

The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun.

Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

It was officially ushered in at 06:45 PM EDT Friday.


The beginning of Spring also signifies many things:

——Spring Cleaning

——Spring Planting

——New Year’s Day in Iran - Eide-NoRuz

——Blossoming Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers

——Butterflies, Birds, and Bees

——Pollen and Allergies

——Spring Sports

——Easter

——Spring Breaks

——and a Whole Lot More!




Have a Happy Spring 2015


Lambs tails swinging on the willow
in the breeze and warming sun

Bare brown branches growing buds
for birds to place their feet upon

Twittering sparrows search to pair
the swan already has his love affair

The mad March hare will prance and dance
with wild abandon and not a care

Farmers plough, works, churning
and scarecrows new cloaks a warning

All new fresh with joys and smiles
for the start of this new cyclic

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