Forecasting, Especially of River Level, Proves Difficult

Hard To Predict Weather

If the last two weekends in February proved anything, it is that predicting weather may be more difficult than predicting political happenings.

Within a span of less than 48 hours, the National Weather Service changed the Ohio River crest prediction for Wheeling three times. One prediction was for more than 41 feet, but this quickly dropped to about 37 feet. After the projection rose again to 38.5 feet, the actual crest came in under the 36-foot flood stage level.

There are plenty of variables involved with predicting river crests, with the amount of rainfall in a particular area over a particular amount of time being the most obvious. Forecasters must strike a balance between inducing panic and failing to notify the public of a disaster.

Too Many Light Bulbs

No longer can one simply go to the store to buy a light bulb of a certain wattage rating.

There are now soft white bulbs, clear bulbs, “vintage” bulbs, LED bulbs, long-life bulbs, black light bulbs, pink light bulbs, and a medley of far more other varieties of light bulbs than a person could possibly need.

It is nice to have choices, but sometimes, one wishes those choices could be simplified for consumers.

State Senator

Celebrates Anniversary

Last week marked a special occasion for West Virginia state Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, and his wife Eugenia, and they celebrated it amid all the chaos happening at the state Capitol.

As lawmakers discussed issues surrounding the ongoing strike by teachers and other school employees, they took a break to introduce constituents in the audience, and Clements spoke up from the Senate floor.

He introduced his wife in the gallery, and said the couple were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They reside in New Martinsville.

Clements’ district includes Wetzel, Tyler, Doddridge, Ritchie and Calhoun counties as well as parts of Marshall, Marion and Monongalia counties.

Greyhound Stop

Still In Limbo

Contention over the location of Wheeling’s Greyhound bus stop continues.

Presently, there are signs posted in two separate locations in the downtown area: one directly outside the McLure Hotel on Market Street and another just outside the nearby Vagabond Kitchen on 12th Street.

However, neither location offers passengers a place to sit or get out of the rain. Moreover, the owners of these businesses have made it clear they do not want the stop in either location.

Riding a bus is both an affordable and convenient way to travel for many folks. City officials must find a way to balance the needs of brick-and-mortar businesses and their customers with those of Greyhound bus passengers.