Rain today but sunny Saturday expected

Clouds and departing storms for Friday and a sunny Saturday? Let’s hope.

The threat of thunderstorms didn’t materialize for most of us in Floyd County Thursday and Friday morning dawns with a similar threat for Friday afternoon with the possibility rising from 25 percent at 11 a.m. (EDT) to 85 percent by 3 p.m. and tapering back down to 25 percent at 7 p.m. and then 10 percent for the evening and night.

The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg expect sunny weather on Saturday and partly cloudy on Sunday with only a 10 percent chance of wet stuff until thunderstorm possibilities return on Monday.

The arrival of rain, however, could come in the afternoon after the solar eclipse that darkens the sky in mid-afternoon.  In Southwestern Virginia, the eclipse begins right after 1 p.m. and the moon should completely cover the sun around 2:41 p.m. and will last about 2 minutes and 40 seconds before it starts to slide off and the thing is over shortly after 4 p.m.

Experts warn:

During totality, when the sun’s disk is completely covered by the moon, it is safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye. But skywatchers should NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection.

As always, those forecasts could change in this topsy-turvy August.

At Chateau Thompson, the lawn needs mowing, the driveway needs attention and a multitude of other projects add to the “to-do” lists.

Floyd County High School’s varsity Buffaloes face off against Blacksburg for a 7 p.m. benefit game at home. It’s a warm-up game for the season opener that pits the Buffs against Christiansburg’s Blue Demons.

Varsity and JV golfers face Blacksburg at Great Oaks Country Club next Thursday.

Canon Professional Services checked and cleaned my cameras this week and they are ready for the start of high school athletics.

Summer is almost over.  Labor Day arrives in two weeks.

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