... Record high maximum temperature set at Norfolk VA...
A record high temperature of 80 degrees was set at Norfolk VA today.
This breaks the old record high of 79 set in 1998.
winter preparedness week in Virginia
December 1-7, 2013
Governor bob mcdonnell has declared the week December 1 to 7, 2013
as winter preparedness week in Virginia. The National Weather Service
/NWS/ offices serving Virginia... in cooperation with the Virginia
department of emergency management... will send public information
statements over the NOAA weather wire service each day through Saturday
at approximately 11 am and 3 PM EST. These statements will focus on
different aspects of winter weather in the mid Atlantic region... and
preparedness actions the public should take for the upcoming winter
Today's topic - winter preparedness at home
is your home prepared for winter?
We think of our homes as the place we want to be when the weather
is nasty outside. However, if certain precautions are not taken
either before or during winter's wrath, life at home can be just as
miserable as the weather outside.
Severe winter storms can produce conditions which isolate you in
your home, sometimes for long periods. Prolonged loss of power
and telephone can severely limit the adequate heating of the home
or curtail your ability to call for help. In severe winter storms,
obtaining supplies of food and other necessities can be hampered or
prevented by poor Road conditions. The following are some helpful
hints to make the home a safe Haven during severe winter weather.
Do - stock an emergency supply of food and water prior to the onset
of a winter storm. Include foods which require no cooking such as
canned meats, Peanut butter and other non perishables. A three to
five day supply is generally sufficient.
Do - keep an adequate supply of heating fuel (including firewood)
in your home. Use your fuel (especially secondary sources)
sparingly as supplies may be in short order during significant
Do - keep on hand a flashlight, battery powered radio, extra
batteries and a first aid kit.
Do - use emergency heating equipment carefully. A wood burning
stove, fireplace or space heater may be your only single room heat
source should you lose your primary heating source.
Do - always safely operate portable electric generators outdoors
in a well ventilated location. Read the generator operations manual
thoroughly before using the generator.
Do - prevent water pipes from freezing by wrapping them in
insulation or newspaper covered with plastic. In severely cold
weather, let each faucet drip slightly to avoid freezing. Know how
to shut off your home's water supply.
- If your pipes freeze, remove the insulation and wrap them with
rags. Open every faucet completely and pour hot water over the
Do - know the emergency escape routes from your home should a
fire start. Your life may depend on it!
Don't - Cook (or heat your home) using a charcoal grill, gas grill
or Camp stove inside your house! Deadly Carbon monoxide fumes may
drift into your home even if you use a charcoal grill inside the
fireplace. In addition, using any of these inside greatly increases
the fire risk. Always use your charcoal grill, gas grill, or Camp
Below is a link to the NOAA winter outlook for 2013-14.
Additional information on winter weather preparedness can be
obtained on-line through the Virginia department of emergency
management home Page. The url is (in lower case):
In addition... the ready Virginia and ready North Carolina web
sites haves been developed to aid virginians and north carolinians
in their overall disaster preparedness. The urls are:
http://www.Vaemergency.Gov/readyvirginia /English version/
http://www.Vaemergency.Gov/listovirginia /Spanish version/
http://readync.Org/ /English version/
http://listonc.Org/ /Spanish version/
Up-to-date weather information is also available on-line from the
following National Weather Service sites (all urls in lower case):
NWS Wakefield - http://www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/er/akq
NWS Sterling - http://www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/er/lwx
NWS Blacksburg - http://www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/er/rnk
NWS Charleston WV - http://www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/er/rlx
NWS Morristown TN - http://weather.Gov/mrx
NWS Raleigh NC - http://www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/er/rah
National Weather Service winter weather awareness home Page -
warning coordination meteorologist
NOAA/National Weather Service