Weather en Summer Season Fires a Threat to the Great Dismal Swamp <p>Summer is just about here,&nbsp; and in many of the nation’s national parks, that means forest fires.&nbsp; Here in Virginia, it may also bring a different kind of blaze - one that threatens a vast wetland and wildlife refuge near Norfolk.&nbsp;</p><p>After losing thousands of acres in years past, experts have come up with a plan for saving the Great Dismal Swamp. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:40:01 +0000 Sandy Hausman 21823 at Summer Season Fires a Threat to the Great Dismal Swamp State of Emergency: What Does It Mean? <p style="margin-left:.25in;">The season’s first major snow storm is well on its way and as a result, Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.25in;">A state of emergency means that state agencies are at the ready to assist local governments, and provide a quick response wherever and whenever they are needed in the state.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:46:38 +0000 Lisa Fenderson 17163 at State of Emergency: What Does It Mean? Airports Prepare for Winter Storm <p>Airports around the Commonwealth are preparing for snow and pledging to keep their runways clean, but flights are already being canceled for reasons beyond control.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Charlottesville’s airport sees 40-50 flights a day, and spokesman Jason Burch says it’s no problem to keep the runway open.&nbsp; A team of about 30 people has been planning for winter weather since July.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:53:23 +0000 Sandy Hausman 17133 at Airports Prepare for Winter Storm Digging Out <p>Virginia State Police emergency dispatch centers have already fielded more than 6,000 calls for service since late Wednesday afternoon.</p><p>Kevin Myatt, who writes the Weather Journal for the Roanoke Times, tells us what to expect in the coming days.</p><p></p><p>Many airline flights are grounded, so sure to check with your&nbsp; airline for the latest information.&nbsp; There are also rapidly changing mass transit schedules, so check also with companies.<br />&nbsp;<br /><br />Airport Links</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:57:02 +0000 Connie Stevens 17112 at Digging Out The Mystery of Tornados and the Search for Answers <p>Large killer tornados, like that which hit Moore Oklahoma on Monday, bring the awe inspiring weather phenomena to the fore of conversation.</p><p>The United States has about 12-hundred tornados a year, more than any other place on the planet, and scientists have defined conditions like “horizontal vortices”, “mesocyclones” and wall clouds. Yet, while the signs and symptoms of the storms are better understood, the exact cause remains elusive.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 10:13:25 +0000 Robbie Harris 4769 at The Mystery of Tornados and the Search for Answers