Bob-n-Along: Lovin' this weather and waitin' for March Madness to begin!

By Bob Stealey | February 17, 2017
Well, I need to ask you--to do it in a way that I'm not "jinxing" things--whether you have really enjoyed how Ol' Man Winter has been treating us here in the Clarksburg area so far? If you were to ask me, I'd have to say the weather has been treating us rather kindly. Agreed?
 
If there has been any sort of a problem so far this winter, it has been with the temperature variance. That is, Clarksburg certainly has experienced its share of 60-some degrees on one day, followed by 25 degrees on the next day, and then 60-some degrees again the day after that.
 
But do me a favor. Please don't get the idea that I'm complaining about Mother Nature and her offerings, because surely I am not. While I'm generally a fan of somewhat cooler conditions--within a comfortable range of reason, that is--I enjoy having a break in temperatures as the season progresses.
 
According to the weatherman, today is supposed to be the first of several consecutive days of spring-like conditions. If so, what a nice respite we're all being treated to right in the middle of winter! Perhaps French Creek Freddie really does have some prognosticating power.
 
Still, with the fluctuations in the temperature and other atmospheric conditions--barometric pressure, wind speed and so forth--it leads me to wonder whether the degree of variance might create conditions that could spell respiratory problems in folks who tend to be susceptible to colds, the flu, even pneumonia and other such maladies. As for myself, it hasn't yet been any kind of problem, health-wise.
 
What about you? Here's hoping that you're feeling healthy and happy. Probably the best thing you could do during this season is to be defensive with regard to cool versus warm, such as heeding the things you've probably been urged to do, like buttoning up your overcoat or wearing your toboggan when the air is brisk. Then again, I don't want to sound too much like Mom or Granny did once upon a time.
 
Having followed the weather forecasts of the past few days--especially some of the seven-day outlooks--those readings in the 60s could very well persist into the middle of next week. The official start of spring is less than five weeks away, but I've experienced unusually mild winters that have continued into mid-March, only to be climaxed by a snowstorm dumping up to a foot of wet snow all around Clarksburg and central West Virginia. If my memory is accurate, this occurred in 1987, when we had an April 5 Easter Sunday storm that blanketed us with 13-15 inches of the freezy kid stuff. The best part about it was that the snow cover was all gone by the end of that week.
 
Speaking of the best parts of things:  If you're a fan of Daylight Saving Time, I might remind you that it will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12, which is just 23 days away, and it'll be with us for eight months. You may view it differently, but I rather like the thought of that "extra" hour of daylight after dinner.
 
Some people believe Daylight Saving Time should be in effect throughout the entire year, but keep in mind that standard time is real time, i.e., 5 o'clock is 5 o'clock, even if for only four months of the year. It's 6 o'clock only during Daylight Saving Time, even if for eight months of the year.
 
The coming of the month of March prompts yet another reminder: the N.C.A.A. College Basketball Tournament isn't too far in the distance. It will follow the Phillips Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, scheduled March 8-11, as well as other conference tournaments throughout the country.
 
The West Virginia University Mountaineers have done quite well for themselves and head coach Bob Huggins this year, as they head down the home stretch of their regular season. Unfortunately, WVU lost a heartbreaker against the number 3-ranked University of Kansas Jayhawks, 84-80, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The 'Eers blew a 14-point lead in the final nearly three minutes of regulation play before giving up the first eight points in overtime. Alas and alack!
 
WVU's next two games will be played in the Coliseum Saturday and Monday, against Texas Tech and University of Texas, respectively. Saturday's game begins at 2 p.m., Monday's at 9 p.m. The Mountaineers wrap up the regular season with TCU, Baylor and Iowa State.
 
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Week's Bible Verse -- "When we were utterly helpless with no way of escape, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners who had no use for him. Even if we were good, we really wouldn't expect anyone to die for us, though, of course, that might be barely possible. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners."--Romans 5:6-8

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