Thursday, January 9, 2014
Good Morning Yorktown (1/9/2014)
“Red in the morning, sailor’s warning.” This is an interesting saying and from what I can find on-line there may be some truth to it (http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/weather-sailor.html). It seems that dust from an approaching storm is kicked up and that the sun light is refracted in it, with the red rays hitting our eyes.
It was glorious this morning, and the sun came up right behind the Dominion Power Plant in York County. Not sure if it is a good omen or not. When we moved to the county in 2000 we read reports that this is the most polluting power plant on the east coast (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Yorktown_Power_Station). I’m still not sure if that is correct, but there were reports last year that it is not very good (http://wydaily.com/2013/07/26/report-yorktown-power-station-as-operating-near-impaired-waterway/). All I know is that when the wind is bad (maybe a few times in the year) you can smell the coal that is being burned at the power station. Moreover, my sailboat is usually covered with ash from the power station. Thanks goodness two of the three generating units at the plant will be shut down next year (maybe the rumors were not far off). These are coal burning; the third is an oil burning unit which will remain operational. Maybe it is a new day for pollution in the area. Regardless it was a gorgeous sunrise. I should really carry my good camera with me instead of just my phone.