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Grayer skies with hints of rain because of a cold front threatening these mountains greeted our hometown where folks will be turning up the heat and piling on blankets, as the temperature drops into the low 20s mid week

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Shining Sumac reds contrasted against Tulip Poplar pale yellows have suddenly appeared after some showers and much cooler mornings for our hometown where fall is running late where forests are in no hurry to shed their leaves for winter.

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By 11 a.m. last Thursday the temperature had bounced up from about 39 degrees to near 50 degrees in our hometown with reports of light frost across the pumpkin patches, and it seemed like a good morning to visit a junkyard. But before I tell you about some of Drew Ramsey’s hidden vehicle tre…

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In contrast to the record heat wave for mid September 2019 in East Tennessee for our hometown, Newport’s cool spring weather greeted events and change in 1974, as reported in the Newport Plain Talk pages in April that year.

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Snaps of bright white lightning and sudden dark skies shaped over the mountains in late afternoons continuing the weather pattern for our hometown that expects to usher in July with temperatures in the 90s and above normal heat for at least the next 90 days.

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The May 18 full moon, some call The Flower Moon, a blue moon because it is an extra full moon for the season, illuminated the heavy blossoms of the blackberry brambles around our hometown that now bakes in 90-degree weather.

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April is holding on like the new leafy poison ivy vines unfolding in the last rainy days of the month about our hometown, but when May arrives in a rush the temperatures are set to exceed 80 degrees.

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March went out like a lamb this spring and seems to have ushered in a welcome warm front comforting our hometown this week. Rain gave way to temperatures normally seen in May. So time to turn down the thermostats and get rabies vaccinations for your pets.

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Pasture lands are greening against the backdrop of yellow blazes of forsythia in time for St. Patrick’s Day Sunday, and not far behind for our hometown, in the March calendar constellation, is the first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox, arriving 5:58 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.

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The countryside is bright with yellow forsythia bushes; harbingers of spring soon to arrive in our hometown, where resident are looking in the rearview mirror at the passing cold and glistening white veil dissolving on mountain tops.

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You don’t need much of a memory to recall what has been happening about our hometown during the shortest month of the year, when most of the time it has been rain and cool days. Yet the yellow daffodils are already taking a peek at the month to come.

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Looking out the window at the slow drifting snow or if you are in the higher elevations, the tree branches cased in pale blue and white ice, it seems time doesn’t move much. Yet, when I chatted with Terry Ottinger again last Thursday in our hometown, I was astonished it has been about four y…

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The later days in January are living up to its reputation of being a cold and dark month, as you can look to the mountain tops somber with frosty heads about our hometown, where we are hunkered down for the winter nights to come.

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Nothing is as whimsical as the weather with hot and cold fronts clashing over the mountains of our hometown, creating plenty of rain, some snow, but not much sunshine as citizens slide into winter this weekend.

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Last Wednesday happened to be one of those many gray and cold December days, when I drove over for another visit with Rick Foust at Foust Screen Designs. The reason for the trip being his business expansion underway and long overdue, he said.

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This past week despite temperatures dropping to 20 degrees, surrounding our hometown with sleet and snow flurries, some folks had to stay active outside and working. One of those I’ve been talking with is Gary Gregg, whose family operated the Custom Care dry cleaning business in Newport.