Winter storm: As of Sunday morning

As of Sunday morning, December 10, 7:00 AM:  We missed the worst of the predicted winter storm.

From Friday night, Dec 8, until after midnight, Dec 9-10, our neighborhood experienced cold rain mixed with snow; snow; winds up to 5 MPH; and, temperatures around and sometimes below freezing.  We had almost no accumulation of snow in the neighborhood, with snow dusting the ground in most places.

However, most of Northumberland County experienced 2 – 3 inches of snow except on the roads — roads remained clear, although roads were wet.

As of Sunday morning, Dec 10, skies are clearing.  Here’s a link to the weather forecast for the next few days.


As of 5:00 PM, EST, Friday, December 8:


* WHAT…Expect rain or snow to transition to all snow this evening, especially across the western part of the county. Plan on slippery travel conditions.

Total wet snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches across the eastern part of the county and up to 5
inches across the western part of Northumberland County.

* WHERE…Northumberland County.

* WHEN…From 7 PM this evening to 4 PM EST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for significant reductions in
visibility at times.

Rocket launch successful!!

The rocket launch from Wallops Island on Sunday, November 12, was successful.  An earlier launch scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, was postponed.

The launch was barely visible from our neighborhood because of cloud banks over the Chesapeake Bay.  For a few seconds after launch, the flame from the tail of the rocket was visible as a bright yellow-orange spot climbing into the sky then disappearing behind the cloud bank.

Rockets are launched from the Wallops Island launch pad from time to time.  Watch their website for launch schedules:   Wallops Island NASA website.


Rocket launch postponed to Sunday, Nov 12, 7:14 AM

The rocket launch from Wallops Island — which will be visible from our neighborhood — has been postponed.

Launch is now scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 7:14 AM.  Details on the Wallops Island NASA website.

Launch originally was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:37 AM.  However, that launch was scrubbed with 1 minute 15 seconds left in the countdown because an aircraft had intruded into the launch airspace.

To view the launch, look to the east, across the Chesapeake Bay — Wallops Island launch facility is on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, across the Bay from our neighborhood.  A good place to see the launch is at the end of the deck in our picnic area.

Rocket launch visible Saturday morning, November 11

A rocket will be launched from Wallops Island, Va., on Saturday morning and will be visible from our neighborhood.

  • Saturday
  • November 11
  • 7:37 AM
  • Look to the east

A good place from which to watch the rocket launch is from the end of a dock in the Potomac River, including the deck at the picnic area at the west end of Potomac Drive.  Look east, toward the Chesapeake Bay.

The rocket will be launched from the NASA installation at Wallops Island, VA, which lies almost directly east of our neighborhood.  This launch is a rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station.

Launch times can be delayed because of weather or technical difficulties.  It’s a good idea to start watching for the launch about five minutes before launch time.  Also, you can listen to the launch countdown by following NASA Wallops on Twitter and/or Facebook.

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM, Sunday, November 5.

Remember to set your clocks BACK ONE HOUR before you go to bed Saturday night  (unless you want to stay up until 2:00 AM, Sunday morning and set your clocks back one hour then!!).