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FEMA and NOAA: Floods Happen Everywhere; Be Prepared

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Millions of Americans are affected each spring by sudden flooding caused by heavy rain or by slower, prolonged flooding as snow melts.

Be prepared, and get insured, urges The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“Floods are the most common and costliest natural disaster in the nation,” said David Miller, associate administrator of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration at FEMA. “Floods can affect just about anyone anywhere. Having a flood insurance policy and emergency plan in place can keep you and your loved ones safe and resilient if a flood occurs.”

With an increasing threat of flooding in the weeks ahead, NOAA’s National Weather Service will be monitoring river and stream levels and any additional precipitation to issue forecasts and alerts for areas prone to flooding. In the upper Midwest and Northeast, above-average snow pack, frozen ground and thick ice coverage on streams and rivers will elevate the threat of flooding, which will vary depending on the rate of snow and ice melt and additional rainfall. Take a closer look at NOAA’s spring flood risk.

Follow these tips to prepare for and stay safe during a flood:

Know your risk. Determine your flood risk and research weather predictions for your area. Community officials can talk to you about your community’s flood history and the measures they’re taking to reduce the impact of a future flood.

Get insured. You can buy a flood insurance policy from your insurance agent or find an agent at FloodSmart.gov. It typically takes 30 days for a flood insurance policy to go into effect, so don’t delay.

Take Action. Sign up for weather alerts, use a weather radio, and monitor local forecasts at weather.gov so you have time to act. Visit Ready.gov/alerts to learn about public safety alerts. Get to a safe place when a flood is imminent. During flooding, never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn Around Don’t Drown.

Be an Example. Technology today makes it easier than ever to be a good example and to share the steps you took to become weather-ready. When you get to a safe place, share the weather alerts you used and steps taken with your friends and family. Find more tips at Ready.gov/prepare on how to get involved and be an example in your area.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. www.Ready.gov .

GSC Softball Game for Today at Fairmont State Cancelled

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The Glenville State softball game at Fairmont State that was scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014 has been cancelled due to weather.

The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

NWS: ENHANCED FIRE DANGER INTO EARLY THIS EVENING

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Gilmer, WV;  Wood, WV;  Pleasants, WV;  Tyler, WV; Roane, WV;  Wirt, WV;  Calhoun, WV;  Ritchie, WV; Doddridge, WV; Clay, WV;  Braxton, WV; Lewis, WV;  Harrison, WV

ENHANCED FIRE DANGER INTO EARLY THIS EVENING…

GUSTY WINDS RANGING FROM 20 TO 30 MPH…  AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY TODAY… WILL COMBINE WITH DRY BRUSH AND NATURAL DEBRIS… TO CREATE AN ENHANCED THREAT FOR THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRES ACROSS PORTIONS OF WEST VIRGINIA THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

OPEN BURNING OF ANY TYPE IS CONSIDERED EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AT THIS TIME… AND IS DISCOURAGED. BE VERY CAREFUL OF HEAT AND SPARKS WHILE OPERATING ANY EQUIPMENT IN WILDLAND AREAS.

IN ADDITION… AVOID SMOKING IN WILDLAND AREAS… OR TOSSING CIGARETTE BUTTS.

REMEMBER… WEST VIRGINIA FIRE LAWS PROHIBIT OUTDOORS BURNING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7 AM TO 5 PM.

Barbour County: Month of Instruction Lost to Weather

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A West Virginia school superintendent forced to cancel classes 22 times this year because of weather said he’s unsure next year’s school calendar changes will improve instruction.

Barbour County Superintendent Joe Super said all the cancellation days created by ice and snow this year have been no-doubters.

“There has been no question and actually there have been a couple of days we’ve been in session that probably we should have been shut down,” Super said.

Barbour County currently has eight days built into its school calendar and plans to use them later this year. Super hopes the county can come with 14 of the required 180 instructional days.

Next year, a new state law extends dates and allows school systems to make up have classes until June 30. Super said Monday he is not sure how beneficial that will be simply because after the Westest—the state’s standardized test—it typically becomes more difficult to get students to concentrate.

The Westest falls during the last week of April this year in Barbour County.

“After the Westest what good is it?” Super asked of makeup days. “I know we have great professionals that will do the best they possibly can with our students, working with them, but it’s still a tough task.

“The good weather comes in, your spring sports start to come into play–kids’ minds are elsewhere.”

Barbour County principals have had to adjust plans this winter on how their staffs will prepare students for the Westest.

Spring Has Sprung 2014

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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.

It was officially ushered in at 12:57 PM EDT Thursday afternoon.


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 2014


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

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 03.17.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, March 17, 2014
Glenville State College
Gilmer County Courthouse
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed


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White, Not Green, St. Patrick’s on Tap for West Virginia

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St. Patrick’s Day will be white instead of green in West Virginia.

A combination of low pressure and cold Canadian air is bringing heavy snow to parts of eastern and southeastern West Virginia.

Winter storm warnings are in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning for Pendleton, Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers, Hardy, Grant, Pocahontas and Randolph counties.

The National Weather Service says Pendleton County could receive up to 10 inches of snow, with up to a foot in the mountains above 2,000 feet. Eight to nine inches of snow is expected in the other counties.

Other parts of the state could receive 2 to 5 inches of snow.

PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO RELIEVE HOMEOWNERS FROM DRASTIC FLOOD INSURANCE COSTS

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Legislation passed in both the Senate and the House to
eliminate certain flood insurance hikes impacting thousands of West Virginia families

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced the passage of the “Flood Insurance Reform Act,” which will eliminate increased flood insurance costs for some properties unintentionally caused by the Biggert-Waters Act. The legislation will suspend insurance premium increases for grandfathered rates, all new subsidized policies initiated after enactment of Biggert-Waters, and all subsidized properties sold after enactment of Biggert-Waters. These provisions will allow homeowners to pass on their subsidized insurance policies to new owners when selling their home.

After the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act” passed the Senate on January 30, the House of Representatives worked with the Senate to develop a compromised bill that passed on March 04, 2014, by a vote of 306-91. Due to the bipartisan cooperation to fix this problem, the Senate today adopted the House version, which passed by a vote of 72-22.

“At a time when many Americans are still struggling to pay the bills each month from a slowly recovering economy, it is unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of homeowners have faced unreasonable and unmanageable increases to their flood insurance premiums. I’m pleased that members of Congress from both chambers have come together to relieve hardworking American homeowners from these drastic rate increases.”

Last Arctic Blast Breaks Cold Records in Several West Virginia Cities

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The winter of 2014 continues to break records in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service says a blast of arctic air on Tuesday broke low temperature records for March 04, 2014 in Wheeling, Morgantown, Elkins and Lewisburg.

In Elkins, the temperature dropped to minus-10 degrees. The previous record was minus-7 degrees in 1996.

Lewisburg recorded minus-2 degrees, breaking the previous record of 5 degrees in 1996.

The temperature in Morgantown fell to 1 degree, breaking a record that had stood since 1972. The previous record was 4 degrees.

Wheeling recorded 2 degrees on Tuesday. The previous record was 10 degrees in 2002.

On Wednesday, Wheeling tied its record for March 05, 2014 with a low temperature of 14 degrees.

An arctic blast in January also broke cold temperature records across the state.

Climate Change Seminar Planned at Glenville State College - March 06, 2014 - Thursday

Glenville State College will be the site of a presentation about climate change on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium.

The presentation, Climate Change – Past, Present, and Future, will be delivered by University of Dayton Physics Professor Dr. Bob Brecha.

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According to Brecha, the scientific understanding of Earth’s systems has increased over the past two centuries in step with advances in chemistry, geology, biology, and physics. Although debates among scientists about the details of the Earth’s climate still take place, the basic outlines of the driving forces of climate change have been understood for more than a century. In his presentation, some of the main physical principles of the climate will be introduced. Brecha will also make connections to current changes, mostly driven by emission of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion.

“Understanding past climate variations and measuring current climate changes and impacts leads naturally to questions about what is still to come. Some projections from the cloudy crystal ball of the future will be presented, with an emphasis on the control we humans still have on those developments that will be experienced mainly by our children and grandchildren,” said Brecha.

“The ongoing discussion and debate about global warming hits close to home in West Virginia because of the state’s economic dependence on fossil fuels. GSC students need to learn as much as they can on the topic so that they can make knowledge-based decisions about sustainability in their day-to-day lives. We hope that Dr. Brecha’s presentation on climate change will help students and the community at large understand the impact climate change has on all of our lives,” said Glenville State College Department of Science and Mathematics Chair and Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Gary Morris.

“I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to briefly study global climate change and discuss sustainability issues under the tutelage of Dr. Brecha this past summer,” said GSC Professor of Physical Science Dr. Joe Evans. “This presentation on global climate change and sustainability issues will initiate a discussion which is long overdue in all academic settings.”

Dr. Brecha is a faculty member in the Renewable and Clean Energy Program and coordinator of the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment program at the University of Dayton. Since 2006, he has been a regular visiting scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research including a recent sabbatical partially sponsored by the Fulbright Commission. His research focuses on building energy efficiency, climate change mitigation strategies, fossil-fuel resource limits, and energy needs for sustainable development.

For more information on the seminar, contact Debbie Starcher-Johnson at or 304.462.6310.

WVDOT: Harsh Winter Reduces Salt Supplies

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A harsh winter has reduced the state’s supplies of salt used to treat snow and ice-covered roads.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Bly says the state is getting to the bottom of its salt supplies.

For the last month, the DOT has been moving stockpiles from areas that haven’t received as much snow to areas that have seen greater impact.

Bly says the DOT also is conserving salt by reducing the amount used to treat roads and using other abrasives, such as sand and small limestone rock.

She says the threat of ice kept many people home on Monday morning. She says that helps the DOT clear the roads.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Tuesday 03.04.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Glenville State College
Gilmer County Courthouse
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 03.03.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, March 03, 2014
Glenville State CollegeAdvisory Issued,
Classes Delayed until 10:00 AM,
Status Change:  Classes Cancelled, Staff 2-Hour Delay
Gilmer County CourthouseClosed
Lewis County CourthouseClosed
Ritchie County CourthouseClosed
Upshur County CourthouseClosed
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County SchoolsAll Closed
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County SchoolsAll Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed


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Climate Change Seminar Planned at Glenville State College

Glenville State College will be the site of a presentation about climate change on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium.

The presentation, Climate Change – Past, Present, and Future, will be delivered by University of Dayton Physics Professor Dr. Bob Brecha.

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According to Brecha, the scientific understanding of Earth’s systems has increased over the past two centuries in step with advances in chemistry, geology, biology, and physics. Although debates among scientists about the details of the Earth’s climate still take place, the basic outlines of the driving forces of climate change have been understood for more than a century. In his presentation, some of the main physical principles of the climate will be introduced. Brecha will also make connections to current changes, mostly driven by emission of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion.

“Understanding past climate variations and measuring current climate changes and impacts leads naturally to questions about what is still to come. Some projections from the cloudy crystal ball of the future will be presented, with an emphasis on the control we humans still have on those developments that will be experienced mainly by our children and grandchildren,” said Brecha.

“The ongoing discussion and debate about global warming hits close to home in West Virginia because of the state’s economic dependence on fossil fuels. GSC students need to learn as much as they can on the topic so that they can make knowledge-based decisions about sustainability in their day-to-day lives. We hope that Dr. Brecha’s presentation on climate change will help students and the community at large understand the impact climate change has on all of our lives,” said Glenville State College Department of Science and Mathematics Chair and Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Gary Morris.

“I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to briefly study global climate change and discuss sustainability issues under the tutelage of Dr. Brecha this past summer,” said GSC Professor of Physical Science Dr. Joe Evans. “This presentation on global climate change and sustainability issues will initiate a discussion which is long overdue in all academic settings.”

Dr. Brecha is a faculty member in the Renewable and Clean Energy Program and coordinator of the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment program at the University of Dayton. Since 2006, he has been a regular visiting scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research including a recent sabbatical partially sponsored by the Fulbright Commission. His research focuses on building energy efficiency, climate change mitigation strategies, fossil-fuel resource limits, and energy needs for sustainable development.

For more information on the seminar, contact Debbie Starcher-Johnson at or 304.462.6310.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Wednesday 02.26.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Calhoun County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Harrison County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Pleasants County Schools2-Hour Delay
Roane County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay


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Daily G-Eye™ : 02.25.14

A Country Road Ride on A Snowy Day - 02.13.14


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Tuesday 02.25.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Pleasants County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Tuesday 02.18.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County SchoolsOpen
Barbour County SchoolsOpen
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay
Pleasants County Schools2-Hour Delay
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County SchoolsOpen
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 02.17.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 17, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay
Pleasants County Schools2-Hour Delay
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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Outdoors Hibernation Is One Way to Escape Winter’s Worst

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Hibernation seems the perfect way to deal with extreme winter weather. When temperatures dip 10 degrees below zero with minus 25 degree wind chills, as they have this winter, I admire wildlife that are adapted to extreme winter weather. Protected by thick layers of fat and/or a cozy den below the frost line, hibernators are oblivious to sub-zero temperatures, wind, snow and ice. They just sleep through winter’s worst.

Hibernation, however, is a broad, imprecise term. Though many mammals sleep through at least portions of winter, only a few truly hibernate.

Simply put, hibernators stop trying to stay warm when days get shorter and temperatures drop. Their body temperature drops to reduce the energy required to stay alive. As tissue cools, it uses less energy, so the animal’s fat reserves last longer.

Hibernators go dormant in the fall and do not stir until they emerge in the spring. Furthermore, body temperature, heart rate and respiration rate plunge. Here in the east, the list of true hibernators is short: Ground hogs and two species of jumping mice.

When ground hogs head underground for the winter, they weigh about 30 percent more than they did in early summer. As ground hogs prepare to hibernate, they plug the entrance to the burrow to keep out potential predators and maintain a stable underground environment. Then they curl up in the sleeping chamber, and their body temperature slowly drops about 57 degrees to 44 degrees F. Their breathing slows, and their heart rate drops from about 100 beats per minute to about four beats per minute. In March, ground hogs wake up weighing about 50 percent less than their fall weight. Then it’s time to emerge, eat and find a mate.

When ground hogs emerge in the spring, they mate almost immediately even though they are not in optimal physical condition. The strategy is to give birth and get young ground hogs out of the den and independent as quickly as possible so they have enough time to gain the weight required to survive their first hibernation.

Meadow and woodland jumping mice behave similarly. In a chamber about the size of a grapefruit up to three feet beneath the ground, jumping mice tuck their nose between their hind legs and wrap their long tail around the body. Because they are small (they weigh less than one ounce), surviving winter can be a challenge. Some years more than half die in the hibernaculum.

Black bears and chipmunks also sleep through much of winter, but they don’t qualify as true hibernators. Bears fatten up in the fall and sleep deeply, but their respiration, heart rate and body temperature do not fall significantly. And during warm spells, bears sometimes wake and even wander around near the den.

Furthermore, sows give birth to cubs in late January. The cubs nurse for about two months and are ready to leave the den with their mother in late March or early April. If disturbed during a deep winter sleep, female bears can rouse themselves in just a few minutes. Every bear biologist I’ve ever talked to tells of at least one close call while working with a “hibernating” bear.

Chipmunks, the familiar striped ground squirrel found in backyards, escape winter’s fury underground, but they don’t rely on a layer of fat to survive. During their fall foraging frenzy, they collect and cache as much as a bushel of seeds and nuts in their burrows. They wake periodically during winter and eat the stored food, and on warm winter days they may actually emerge and forage in the daylight.

Squirrels, raccoons, skunks, opossums and foxes remain active all winter long, but during extremely cold weather, they sometimes curl up in a hollow log, den tree or burrow for days. Some of these mammals conserve body heat during winter weather by sleeping in groups. Flying squirrels frequently huddle in groups of ten or more, and raccoons sleep in pairs or groups of three during very cold weather.

~~  Dr. Scott Shalaway -  2222 Fish Ridge Road, Cameron, WV 26033 ~~

January 2014 Was Coldest in West Virginia Since 1978

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The National Weather Service says January was the coldest on average in West Virginia in 36 years.

The weather service says the average temperature during the month statewide was 24 degrees.

That is about 7 degrees colder than normal for the month.

It was the coldest January since 1978 and the 7th coldest since records were kept over the past 120 years.

The coldest January on record in West Virginia occurred in 1977.

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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Friday 02.14.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 14, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsOpen
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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Governor Tomblin Urges West Virginians to Stay Off the Roads

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Only essential state employees to report to work today

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement urging West Virginians to stay off the roadways unless absolutely necessary.

Only those state employees providing essential services are required to report for work today, February 13, 2014. If you have questions, please contact your supervisor.  For more information, state employees can call the State Employee Information Line at 304.558.9117 or 888.558.9117.

“Please stay off the roads today unless it is an emergency or you must travel.  If you must travel today, please use caution as our emergency crews continue to assist those in need and as our road crews continue to clear the roadways,” Governor Tomblin said.  “I encourage you to do what you do best—check on your families, friends, and neighbors this morning and make sure they are safe.  Many areas in our state received a substantial amount of snowfall overnight and continue to be under a winter weather advisory or warning.”

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Thursday 02.13.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 13, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen >>TO>>
Glenville State College will close for the remainder of today,
Thursday, February 13, 2014, due to continuing snow showers
and worsening road conditions
Students, faculty and staff who already are on campus
are advised to stay until road conditions improve(08:53 AM)
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen >>TO>>
The Courthouse is closing per the Governor’s order to all West Virginians
to stay off of the roads and only essential state
employees are to report to work.
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Economic DevelopmentThe Meeting Scheduled for today,
Thursday, February 13, 2014 is cancelled.
Gilmer County SchoolsAll Closed (Central Office: 2-Hour Delay)
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County SchoolsAll Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll-Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Wednesday 02.12.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County SchoolsOpen
Barbour County SchoolsOpen
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Pleasants County SchoolsOpen
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County SchoolsOpen
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay
Ritchie County SchoolsOpen
Barbour County SchoolsOpen
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Pleasants County SchoolsOpen
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 02.10.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 10, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay
Harrison County Schools2-Hour Delay
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay
Pleasants County Schools2-Hour Delay
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsOpen
Webster County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Friday 02.07.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 07, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County SchoolsOpen
Barbour County SchoolsOpen
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Pleasants County SchoolsOpen
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County SchoolsOpen
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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Little Kanawha River - 02.06.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 06, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County Schools2-Hour Delay
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay
Harrison County Schools2-Hour Delay
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay
Pleasants County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Roane County Schools2-Hour Delay
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Upshur County SchoolsOpen
Webster County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay


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Gilmer County School Closing Early - 02.05.14

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All schools in Gilmer County will be closing 1 hour early on Wednesday February 05, 2014 due to High Water.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Wednesday 02.05.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen   >>  Early Dismissal Due to High Water
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsOpen
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay   >>TO>>  All Closed
Upshur County SchoolsOpen   >>  Early Dismissal Due to High Water
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Tuesday 02.04.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsOpen
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Pleasants County SchoolsOpen
Roane County Schools2-Hour Delay
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsOpen
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsClosed


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 02.03.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 03, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Braxton County Schools
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County SchoolsAll Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County Schools
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Webster County Schools
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed


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West Virginia’s French Creek Freddie Predicts Early Spring, But Not Phil

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West Virginia’s French Creek Freddie is predicting an early spring.

The West Virginia State Wildlife Center says Freddie didn’t see his shadow when he came out of his burrow this morning.

That contradicts the prediction of Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil.

At 7:25 AM Sunday, a raw, cloudy and damp morning, Groundhog Phil saw his shadow in the small town of Punxsutawney, PA.

The appearance of Phil’s shadow means winter will extend well into March according to folklore. Had Phil not seen his shadow, it would have meant spring is around the corner.

Phil’s prediction may depress residents in the eastern U.S., weary from repeated outbreaks of arctic air.

The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on February 02, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks.

Legend says if no shadow is seen, spring will come early.

French Creek Freddie has been making his annual prediction since 1978.

Buckeye Chuck, his compatriot in Marion, did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring for Ohioans.

Other predictor are: Woody, from Michigan; General Beauregard Lee , from Georgia; North Carolina’s hog Sir Wally Wally; Smith Lake Jake, from Alabama; and New York, their groundhog is named Charles G. Hogg or Chuck.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Thursday 01.30.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, January 30, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Calhoun County Schools2-Hour Delay
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay
Harrison County Schools2-Hour Delay
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Pleasants County Schools2-Hour Delay
Roane County Schools2-Hour Delay
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Webster County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay


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Hurricane Sandy Victims Have Another Chance to Enroll Land for Easements

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will accept applications for easements from landowners who want to enroll floodplains impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Applications will be accepted until April 18. This is the second round of applications to be accepted.

“Floodplain easements are a long-term solution to provide relief for landowners while preventing future damage from flooding,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The Obama Administration is continuing to work with states, local governments and the private sector to help the victims of Sandy recover. This new round will allow eligible landowners to apply to place more critical floodplain acres under easement.”

“During the first sign-up, some landowners and potential project sponsors didn’t have enough time to apply, didn’t know they were eligible, or weren’t aware of the program,” Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller said. “This second sign- up period is another opportunity to reach more landowners who need relief and assistance.”

Funds are available for eligible landowners through the NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program — Floodplain Easements. In December 2013, NRCS announced the first round of applicants selected for enrollment, which could put about 400 acres in perpetual, floodplain easements to help protect against future floods. Landowners in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York were selected.

NRCS purchases the permanent easements on eligible lands and restores the area to natural conditions. A healthy floodplain enhances fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, flood water retention and ground water recharge while making it more resilient to flooding.

All applications not selected during the first sign-up will be automatically submitted for review this time. “Several applications could not be funded because of their isolated nature. We are hoping that areas surrounding these current applications will apply and fill in these gaps,” Weller said.

Funds are only available in counties affected by Hurricane Sandy and where a major disaster was declared pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.

Private lands and those owned by local and state governments are eligible if they are located in a floodplain that is not subject to tidal influence or action from storm waves. The land must also meet one of the following requirements:

— Damaged by flooding at least once within the previous calendar year or damaged by flooding at least twice in the past 10 years (in both cases, the land must have been flooded during Sandy);

— Would contribute to the restoration of flood storage and flow, provide for control of erosion, or improve the practical management of the floodplain easement; or

— Could be inundated or adversely impacted as a result of a dam breach.

Easement compensation rates and ranking priorities vary by location and depend on where the land is in the floodplain and how it is used. The program easements are permanent in term. Lands with structures, such as homes, are eligible for enrollment as well as lands that are open or used for agriculture. If a structure is present, NRCS will cost-share the removal or demolition of that structure and enroll the remaining lot in a permanent easement.

Interested landowners should contact their local USDA Service Center to learn more about the program and submit an application prior to the April 18, 2014 deadline. More information is also available on the NRCS floodplain easement website.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers, ranchers and forestland owners conserve the nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment. Follow NRCS on Twitter. Check out other conservation-related stories on USDA Blog. Watch videos on NRCS’ YouTube channel.

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