Good morning, RVA: Cold and windy

The cold weather remains, and we’ve traded rain, ice, and snow for wind.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 31 ° F, but at least it’s not snowing. Today you can expect brisk, cold temperatures; plenty of sun; and no chance of rain, sleet, ice, graupel, or snow. Oh, there’s wind. Expect lots of wind before lunchtime which will probably make the Feels Like™ temperature way colder–take note if you’ve got to stand around at a bus stop this morning. Make it through to tomorrow, though, and you’ll be rewarded with highs in the mid-50s!

Until we hit temperatures above freezing please be careful on the roads. Any moisture left over from last night’s weird and unsatisfying snow will have had the opportunity to freeze and wreak havoc (the bad kind) on your commute.

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The RPD has classified a death investigation from Monday as a homicide, which brings RVA’s 2014 murder count to seven. Police found the body of a black female, in her late teens, in a wooded area off of 3700 N. Hopkins Road on the city’s Southside.

CBS Sports’s Jon Rothstein is reporting that Rice University has hired longtime Shaka Smart assistant Mike Rhoades as their next men’s basketball coach.

Richmond Ballet’s New Works festival opened last night and runs through Sunday, March 30th. If you’ve yet to experience the RB, don’t let the idea of ballet scare you, because the reality of ballet is awesome. You’ll love it, trust me.

There is a haiku tournament at Balliceaux tonight.

Facebook announced that it would buy Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Oculus Rift makes virtual reality goggles and got their start with a successful $250,000 Kickstarter. $2 billion >>>> $250,000.

This morning’s longread

How far would a tungsten countertop descend if I dropped it into the Sun?

Have you ever wondered how far a tungsten counter top, with it’s melting point of 6,192 °F, would descend if you dropped it into the Sun? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you drank wine out of a tungsten rifle barrel?

As the countertop approached the Sun, it would heat up. Tungsten has the highest melting point of any element, but the Sun is one of the meltiest things in the Solar System.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

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