Given lots of Twitter chatter and the likelihood of asteroids on approach, it is very likely that a meteor hit the Earth tonight in Mississippi, reportedly even creating a new crater. According to meteorologist James Spann, the flash of light associated with the meteor was seen from Oklahoma to North Carolina. Expect to hear a lot more about this overnight into tomorrow.
This winter just gets weirder every day, it seems. Monday brought on a fairly significant icing event in the Charleston area that, for a change, did not involve Smirnoff. Roads were closed, schools were closed and delayed even today, and black ice is still a possibility for the inland counties. (For the record, we were shut out of winter weather for the most part on Hilton Head Island, though there was a report of ice just west of here in Bluffton.) Temperatures will remain well below normal for the rest of the week before moderating this weekend in advance of another frontal system. Personally, I’ll be glad to get back to severe weather season, though this winter has given me an excellent hands-on education in winter weather.
As a Chargers fan, I hate to see him go. But as a Panthers fan, I’m very pleased to see Ron Rivera become the team’s next head coach. He’s consistently impressed me over the years with the work he did with the Bears and later the Chargers. In San Diego, he inherited and kept a 3-4 defense (Rivera coached a 4-3 in Chicago and will again in Carolina) and then got it to #1 in the NFL at one point this season, demonstrating an intelligent and flexible approach to the game. Now, Rivera needs to go and get a good offensive coordinator and perhaps a quarterback.