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.
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.
State agencies include the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation and the Virginia National Guard, just to name a few. It also means electric, phone and cable utility companies are standing by to assist with any and all outages.
Last week’s polar vortex and resulting sub-freezing temperatures forced many Virginia businesses and schools to close, and many events to be cancelled or rescheduled… including a number of all-important blood drives. Now a blood shortage is a big concern.
Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were cancelled last week due to the extreme cold weather conditions… and THAT has the American Red Cross scrambling for blood donors and donations. Kristen Hatfiled is with the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region.
It is most common at this time of year for scientific weather instruments to be found in the woods and forests.
Phil Hysell of the National Weather Service says what goes up-in this case miniature weather stations known as radiosondes-does come down.
Radiosondes are launched into the atmosphere twice a day across the country and can reach heights of over 100,000 feet. During their ascent, these devices send back valuable measurements of temperature, humidity, pressure and wind direction and speed that go into weather forecast models.