Good Morning, RVA: A red-flag day

Today should raise a couple of red flags for you.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 54 °F, and the cloudy cold front has moved through the area leaving nothing but beautiful sunshine in its wake. Temperatures peak in the high 60s–just in time for a great commute home from work. And, if you’ve got two-wheeled transportation, today’s the day to use it.

Water cooler

The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a “red flag warning” for most of Virginia, including the Richmond region. A red flag warning means “that a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will contribute to extreme fire behavior.” So, please, keep your fire behavior to a minimum.

Richmond’s own Fall Line Fest announced their 2014 lineup yesterday, and it’s a doozy. Tickets are available online for $30 bucks. Full disclosure: I’m involved in the fest, but my contribution thus far has mostly been to be impressed at the lineup.

The RTD has a 100-day Q&A with Richmond School Board Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden.

The Onionesque coverage of City Council’s attempts to deal with The Chris Dorsey Situation continues.

Police will consider lowering the water level in the canal as they search for a missing man. Randall Collins was last seen at The Canal Club on April 5th.

Last night, against the Nationals, Albert Pujols became just the 26th man to hit 500 home runs.

This morning’s longread

The Flora of the Future

This article, both incredibly boring and remarkably fascinating, has changed how I look at urban vegetation. Strongly recommend!

Many spontaneous urban plants (e.g., mugwort) can grow quite tall and become unsightly as they mature. Such plants are typically interpreted by inner-city residents as indicators of dereliction and neglect as well as havens for vermin. This image problem is exemplified by the fact that most people refer to spontaneous vegetation as “weeds” — a term with no biological meaning. “Weed” is simply a word used to describe a plant that a person does not like or does not want in the yard. It is a value judgment that reflects personal preferences.

Photo by: CrosvillE

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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