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Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 36 degrees. West wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight we can expect partly cloudy, with a low around 24 and with a west wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Here’s a wonderful photo of a recent sunrise at the lake, as submitted by one of our readers.  My three year old grandson took a peek at my laptop as I loaded this and said, “wow fire.”  It’s not fire, just the winter sun come alive one recent morning.  Stunning sun and note the thin ice cover on the lake. Thanks for the wonderful submission.

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Winter Sunrise

Here’s an update on that polar vortex I mentioned in yesterday’s Notes.  Expect much colder weather throughout the East later in the week.

Oh, and what the heck exactly is a polar vortex you ask?  Here’s the scoop according to AccuWeather. Now you know…

And, speaking of weather, here’s a photo of a “sunbow?” (with no rain) as recently taken and submitted by reader Mary Freese.  Interesting composition and I am not sure what part of the effect is the atmosphere (perhaps ice crystals?) and what part is due to the lens, etc. of the camera.  Anyway, a neat photo on a number of fronts.  Thanks for sharing Mary!

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Winter “Sunbow”

The County Commissioners have announced the agenda for their next public meeting which will be held starting at 4:00 pm on January 19th.  The meeting will be held virtually.

The Maryland State Board of Education continues to seek public input to help identify characteristics and develop a leadership profile for the next Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. According to a recent communication, members of the public are invited to:

Based on the past few months on the national scene, especially this past week, and NOT with any political position/agenda at all, I offer the following to remind all that we are all in this together and very blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world.  I am hoping, and in fact confident, that we are making progress to get over this pandemic and that we will all come together again as the great nation we are.

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