February 01, 2011

Where's Jim Cantore?

*** Update:  Found him and he's apparently afraid of thunder!  Who knew! Ha.

He should be on the corner of Belmont and Sheridan in Chicago... This weather report direct from my son. He walked down the street, downwind. Had to crawl part of the way back. People are getting knocked over by the wind. The screen on his window just blew off. There are people sitting in his lobby whose cars are stuck on Lake Shore Drive. It's a very nice lobby with television and hot coffee. (I would never be so lucky).

My son has been through a hurricane during his AIT in the Army, he has been through sandstorms in the desert. He calls this the wind from hell... this is from his phone looking out the front door of his building.


The Windy City.

My daughter is staying at a hotel near where she works.  Her company is picking up the tab. Of course they just had a fire (not a draher faher) but a fire nevertheless.  So it was out into the storm to await the FD giving the all clear.  


But all is well, the fire is out - the bars are open. So she's happy. 

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Wouldn't you know - I put up a video and Vimeo decides to do system maintenance.... geeze.  Hopefully it's back soon.

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December 15, 2010

Winter Has Arrived

We've been up and down and up and down with temps here lately.  The beginning of December had temps in the high 20's.  Then the big storm rolled through and the temps went up to the 50's.  Now we're down in the high teens.   I think it will stay this way a while. 

This is what you get when the temps drop:



Kinda pretty isn't it.  Cold though.

Here's a friendly dog who really loves this weather.



I would too if I had his coat. 

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June 27, 2010

Humid - Very Humid

My husband found a site that tells us the ground elevations around this area.  He was able to find the site of our house and it's at about 640ft above sea level. This is why it doesn't get quite so hot here, high up and in the trees.  The highway is exactly 2 miles from the house - it's at about 400ft.  Somehow I didn't realize the climb was quite that steep - but the temp often drops about 5 degrees as we drive from the highway to the house.  I know - it's just some bits of trivia which no one cares about but me.  But that's why I blog - so I can throw out these little things into the world and bore everyone silly.  Heh.

The temps have been hovering in the mid 80's.  Unlike lots of poor bloggers down south, we don't have the excess heat problem.  But a bit of humidity has wafted this way (around 90%) and thunderstorms are promised.  After all, I believe I've told you before, we live in a rain forest.

Instead of having to get up at 3am and run around shutting windows (which we did several times last week), we decided to turn on the A/C.  We had a moment of tremendous irritation when my husband flipped the switch and... nothing happened.  Nothing at all. 

Off - On - Off - On - zip.  Not even a hiccup.

Since we just had those guys in to fix the wires that were chewed by mice in the outdoor unit, this was not just disconcerting - it was a momentary spike of anger.  I wanted to call them and make them come back "right now" and get it running.  They ran it before they left, then they turned it off - they must have broken it! (well that's what I was thinking as we stood there looking at the thermostat that was eliciting no response)

After checking all the circuit breakers inside and outside, checking that the blower switch was on, we head back up to look at the thermostat again. (Somewhat despairingly I might add. I mean there is nothing we can do if it just doesn't start.)

Without much hope, my husband flips on the blower switch - the blower obligingly turns on.  Well okay that works.  He turns it back to "auto" - turns the A/C on and suddenly - it works. 

We have no idea why.  I have a feeling it will suddenly stop again for no reason. But we shall see.

Maybe tomorrow I'll have some ambition to post more pictures.  Tonight I think I'm going to go read instead.  In the meantime, here's a bird we saw in San Antonio where it was hot, but not quite so humid as it is here.


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February 09, 2010

The Snow's A Comin'

While we aren't supposed to get the massive brunt of the storm (which is supposed to be farther south of us), this is the prediction for tomorrow from the NOAA:

Wednesday: Snow, mainly after 11am. High near 31. Blustery, with a northeast wind 5 to 8 mph increasing to between 18 and 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Wednesday Night: Snow, mainly before 1am. Low around 22. Blustery, with a north wind between 18 and 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.


Reading between the lines and going from historical data (aka - the kind of snow we've seen with each predicted storm)... we will be getting between 8-15 inches of snow.

About average.

I have my wine stocked up and I have a chuck roast for the crockpot.

I'm ready!

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January 24, 2010

It's All About the Water - Or Not

The rain is coming...

Warning! Warning! Danger Will Robinson!

We have about 8 inches of snow on the ground even after several days of mid 30's temps.  It's heavy wet packed snow.

Rain is coming tonight - 1 to 3 inches.  Temps going up to the 50's. 

Warm, rain, frozen ground, melting snow - what could possibly go wrong?

Joy.

Maybe I should stop at DSW and buy rainboots tomorrow so I can wade back into my house.  That's always assuming the house isn't simply washed away.

I think it's too late to build an ark.

Ho-hum.

****

In other news my daughter called tonight to chat for a bit. 
Me: How's your brother?
Her: Oh he's fine, I saw him yesterday, B (his girlfriend) is in Florida.
Me: Florida? 
Her: Yeah, I think she's down there with her mom.
Me: You know, you got the short end of the deal in the mom department.  I never take you places.

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I think I'll go read now.  It's shaping up to be a very very long 2 days.  If I survive until Wednesday things might slow down a bit. We'll see.  Wednesday is the current goal - just get to Wednesday then we'll worry about the rest of the week.

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December 18, 2009

It's Cold

Last time I looked at the thermometer it was a rather chilly 7 degrees.  My fingers are cold and I should head to bed.  Since I have been so busy I decided I should leave you with at least one pic for the day.  From last weekend when it was still warm.



It won't stay this cold for long (after all we do have glowball warmening going on) but it's nice to look back to that balmy weather of around 32 degrees.  Springlike...


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August 25, 2009

Summer's About Over

If the weather nuts are correct, we have one more 80+ degree day in store and then the temps drop to the 70's.  That means fall is ready to dig in and get things underway. 

At this time of year the temp seldom shoots back up once it starts the downward trend.  Of course we had about 2 and a half weeks of summer.  So I guess I should say Yay!  And I have to say that while it was very humid and yucky... it wasn't incredibly hot (I'm sorry but high 80's don't count as incredibly hot) and it wasn't even all that humid compared to say... Florida where it's about 100% humidity all the time.

So Yay - we had a leetle bit of summer.

Okay, I said it.

Until the beginning of August we had "not-winter" instead of summer.  I'm pretty sure most of the kids around here are all bummed out because now they have to head back to school and they barely got summer. 

Usually fall is lovely here.  I'm waiting to see if all the rain earlier this summer makes the fall better or worse.  Stay tuned. I'm sure there will be pictures involved.

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August 01, 2009

Water Water Everywhere

Yesterday I had to go out several times and drive around to get various things done.  Each time I was out, it was in the middle of a torrential downpour.

Local airport measured a little over an inch of rain yesterday, but who knows how close that measurement is to actual rainfall in the various areas.  We all know that storms never drop the same amount of rain everywhere. 

While trying to peer through all the rain on the windshield, I saw a goodly number of pickup trucks with canoes/kayaks either strapped to the top or resting in the bed.

Hmmm... what do they know that I don't?

I checked at weather.com.  If you poke around enough you can find historical information (even though they make it convoluted and difficult to locate and I never remember how I got there so have to waste all kinds of time finding it each time I want to look...).  Since yesterday was the end of July they had the month-to-date rain totals. 

At the local airport where these measurements occur the grand total for July was 9.97 inches.  Normal rainfall for July in this area is 3.80 inches.

Time to go boat shopping? 

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July 20, 2009

Weather or Not

I am not a weather watcher. I only tune into the Weather Channel when I have something specific to check out - like - I'm trying to fly... is it REALLY going to rain? Or something like that.

I do periodically check out NOAA if I hear from my husband that we'll be getting rain. I just plug in my zipcode and it gives me a forecast.

I have to wonder who writes these. After a while they MUST get punch drunk or maybe drunk for real... or maybe it's a computer writing it. Personally I like to think it's someone with a really skewed sense of humor. After all, look at our forecast for tomorrow:

Tuesday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then showers between 1pm and 2pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High near 70. East wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.


Showers, then showers, then showers. I read these and giggle. It's the only thing I find funny about the weather lately. I think I've been working too much or something.

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July 12, 2009

Aw Hail

Last Wednesday we had hail.

Enough that a pretty decent amount landed on the covered front porch.



Of course there was far more once you got out from under the porch.



And the back porch seemed to gather more than its fair share. 



Looks like it's a good thing I'm not much into outdoor decoration or I would have had quite a bit to replace. Heh.

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