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Mild weather settles in, may linger through month

May the day you read this column feature all manner of serendipitously supportive happenings and positive transpirations in your life.

In other words, I hope you have a good day!

As for southern Vermont’s sensible weather, we are in a very mild pattern for the remainder of February as it looks now. Aside from some rain and snow showers Thursday night into Friday morning, and some rain showers early next week, we’ve got fairly pedestrian weather ahead. Let’s jump into the details!

For Wednesday, the flow will turn to the southwest as cold high pressure moves off to the east of our region. Highs will reach the mid to upper 30s, with a few 40 degree readings possible. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny, and lows Wednesday night will dip into the low 30s as clouds increase due to the approach of a warm front.

For Thursday, we may see some isolated rain or snow showers early in the morning. Otherwise, it will be a mostly cloudy day with highs in the mid 40s.

As the day wears on, we’ll be watching a wave of low pressure scoot east toward our region, as it rides along a cold front. By Thursday night, this little storm will move through with a mix of rain and snow showers that will last into Friday morning with lows near freezing.

For Friday, any mixed morning showers should quit, as colder air moves into the region behind the cold front. Northwest winds should pick up and gust over 20 mph or so at times, and skies should remain mostly cloudy. Highs will crest in the mid to upper 30s, but will drop as the day wears on. In fact, by Friday night, lows will drop into the single digits!

The weekend was looking cold and dry, with plenty of sunshine, until I saw some recent model runs as I was writing this column. The potential exists for a sneaky coastal storm to get close enough to affect us. If the track comes further northwest, it could take advantage of the weekend’s fresh shot of cold air, as well as the colder nighttime temperatures.

Highs on Saturday will reach the mid to upper 20s with lows in the teens. Highs on Sunday will reach the mid 30s with lows in the 20s. If the storm hits, it will arrive Saturday night and move out sometime on Sunday.

By early next week we will see mild conditions return with highs in the 40s and 50s and showery conditions. Have a great week!

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Tamara Stenn
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Tamara Stenn (Brattleboro, Vermont, US) says...

Thanks for writing this Elayne. I was thinking the same thing myself. The silence we received from the hospital is quite deafening. Unfortunately we\'ve had to continue working with the hospital as other (minor) heath issues come up.

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Judith Skillman (Newcastle, US) says...

Excellent and informative writing about the media and about the state of our nation. We must support the press speak truth to power, now more than ever before.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

We are also obliged to criticize the press when they merely echo the lies of the powerful. In this case, much of the press has taken a side, not just against the policies of the President, but against the election itself on behalf of the parties of war and Wall St. Just as the US has in the past agitated in other countries for coups against democratic outcomes they don’t like, much of the press, including this editorial, is now agitating for a coup here at home.

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Peter Ford (Dallas) says...

Nailed it - Thank you.

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TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #446 (Wednesday, February 14, 2018). This story appeared on page A7.

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