Record High Low Temperature — The area has set another record for a warm low temperature. Yesterday, the low temperature at Reagan National Airport was 74 degrees, besting the previous Oct. 9 record of 72 degrees. [Twitter]
Record APS Enrollment — Enrollment at Arlington Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year has been recorded at 26,927, surpassing the previous record set in 1963 in the midst of the Baby Boom generation. “The official count was up 789 students – 3 percent – from a year before, and has now risen 27 percent since the 2010-11 school year,” the Sun Gazette reported, though the final figure was well below the more than 27,000 projected. [InsideNova]
Record School Library Circulation — Print is apparently not dead yet, as 1.044 million books and other printed materials were checked out at Arlington Public Schools libraries last school year, a new record. It is the first time that count has exceeded 1 million. [InsideNova]
ACFD Getting New Ambulances — The Arlington County Fire Department is getting two brand-new ambulances for its fleet. [Twitter]
Courthouse Meeting Bowls in KidsPost — “Near Arlington’s courthouse, three unusual round wooden objects are attracting attention and exploration by people of all ages. Some think they look like amusement park rides. To Hadley Christiansen, 3, of Arlington, ‘they look like salad bowls.'” [Washington Post]
Meeting Set on High-Speed Rail Line — A public hearing is being held in Alexandria next Tuesday to gather public input on proposed high-speed rail service from D.C. to Richmond. [InsideNova]
Flickr pool photo by James L.
Temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day and drop below freezing tonight, prompting forecasters to issue a freeze warning.
The freeze warning is in effect for Arlington and the rest of the D.C. area until 9:00 tomorrow morning. Periods of rain and perhaps even a brief bout of snow is expected between now and then, as a cold front passes through the area.
From the National Weather Service:
… FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM EDT WEDNESDAY…
* TEMPERATURES… LOWS AROUND 30 DEGREES.
* TIMING… OVERNIGHT TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS… UNPROTECTED COLD-SENSITIVE VEGETATION WILL BE KILLED OR DAMAGED.
A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL SENSITIVE CROPS AND OTHER VEGETATION. THIS IS EXCEPTIONALLY COLD AIR FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT ANY OF YOUR IMPORTANT SENSITIVE VEGETATION.
The blistering heat and oppressive humidity return to form an uncomfortable combo today. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Arlington and the rest of the region. The advisory is in effect from 11am through 9pm. Temperatures could get up to 103 degrees, making heat indices linger in the 105-109 degree range.
To check out Arlington County’s tips for staying cool, places around town to go to stay cool and tips for conserving energy to avoid brownouts, click here.
The first small, wet flakes have started falling across the area. So far, though, the snow is melting as soon as it hits the ground. That will likely be the story for awhile, since the temperature is hovering around 36 degrees.