Here is the latest forecast for our area from the National Weather Service Office, Wakefield VA.
Looks as though the remnants of Hurricane Nicole will bring rain to us Friday and Friday night, clearing early Saturday morning. Here is the forecast.
Thursday night, Nov 17
A chance of rain, mainly after 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 59. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Veterans Day; Friday, Nov 18
Rain likely before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 72. Southeast wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. South wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday, Nov 19
Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
A slight chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. North wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
The minutes from the August 31, 2022, PBE POA Board of Directors have been posted on the MINUTES page.
The Board voted to approve an expenditure of up to $25,000 to complete the work on the breakwaters in front of the bulkhead at the picnic area. This expenditure had been approved by the members at the April annual meeting.
We are planning a neighborhood Oktoberfest gathering for October 8. Watch for an invitation with the details.
A few days ago, one of our neighbors made phone calls to local numbers only to be greeted with a “fast busy” – that is, a busy signal that “beeps” much faster than a normal busy signal. A fast busy usually indicates a problem with the call – line outage or other problem. Officially known as a “reorder tone,” this is what the fast busy sounds like:
Concerned because he knew the calls should go through, our neighbor redialed the numbers using 10-digit dialing – that is 1-804-XXX-XXXX – and the calls went through without a problem.
It appears that telephone calls made from landline phones in our neighborhood (and likely all of Area Code 804)– and possibly your cell phone — now require you to dial all 10 digits of the number you are calling — that is, if you are calling 580-XXXX, you now must dial 1-804-580-XXXX. This may be the case throughout the 804 area code.
There are two reasons for this change:
The coming nationwide introduction (in July) of 988 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL), and,
The shrinking availability of phone numbers in area codes nationwide. While our 804 area code is in better shape than many area codes, some of the telephone carriers that serve our area decided to go with 10-digit dialing now rather than wait until they run out of numbers.
It may be that your carrier – or the exchange you are calling – does not yet require 10-digit dialing. In any case, if you call a number in our area and get a fast busy, try the call again using all 10 digits – that is 1 + Area Code + Exchange and number.
From time to time folks in our neighborhood see dolphins in the Potomac River. If you spend any time on your boat in the Bay or the River, you likely have encountered dolphins.
The Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project is a regional organization of volunteers who monitor dolphins in the Potomac and the Bay, and who educate people about dolphins. Visit their website pcdolphinproject.org
If you are able to photograph dolphins, try to get a close-up shot of the dorsal fin — the Project uses the shape and markings of the dorsal fin to identify individual dolphins. To date, they have identified around 1,000 individual dolphins. Email photos and the location of the photo to them at email@example.com.
Dolphins winter in the ocean and associated waters in and south of North Carolina. In spring, summer, and early fall dolphins enter the Bay and the Potomac that are important breeding grounds for them.
Here are some safety guidelines for operating a boat around dolphins:
Stay at least 50 yards away from dolphins.
Don’t approach dolphins in a boat — propeller strikes can kill or injure dolphins.
If you want to observe the dolphins, put your boat in neutral unless you need to move.
Don’t chase or encircle dolphins.
Reel in your fishing line when dolphins are nearby, or, move to another area.
Do not feed the dolphins; don’t throw leftover food or bait into the water if dolphins are nearby.
Dolphins like to “bowride” — that is, come alongside a boat and ride along in the bow wake. If dolphins bowride your boat, either shift into neutral, or, maintain slow speed, straight ahead until they peel off.
2015 dolphin sightings.
2015 and 2016 dolphin sightings.
Also, if you photograph dolphins, email the photos with date and location to us at firstname.lastname@example.org — we will post your photos on this website.
Another organization — Chesapeake Dolphin Watch also collects data on dolphins in the Bay and tributary waters. Their website requires visitors to establish an account (free).