Year-End Arctic Chill Persists; Ice and Snow Loom from Florida to Maine

(borrowed from Bob Henson · January 2, 2018, 2:27 PM EST)

How kewl—well cold, actually! This photo brilliantly represents the crazy arctic weather the entire country has been experiencing. One of the warmest years in U.S. history ended with one of the coldest blasts ever recorded east of the Rockies for the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

In Florida, our high today was an extraordinarily (especially for early January) rare 47°. At 10:30 this morning I left my meeting, driving my Silverado through cold rain pushed by 20 mph gusts; the temperature at the house was 36°. Let me tell you, I’m über happy I chose the truck today! No clue what might’ve become of me in the Miata.

Understandably, our unusual chill pales in comparison to those being experience by our Northern friends; but snow in Jacksonville, FL has to be acknowledged! Next to that, the Muskegon, MI lighthouse on the last day of 2017. Stay warm my friends!


One bit of good news

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Rain! Yes boys and girls, we’ve gotten two days of rain in the general area. Though it won’t immediately affect our lakes and waterways (it takes about three months for the water to filter through) it is definitely making our plants happier. Why just this morning my Aglaonema was mentioning to me how lovely she felt after her evening shower.

Seriously though, I’ve read recently that, due to a weak El Niño this summer we can expect about 14 named storms, a least two becoming major. While the thought of that doesn’t fill me with overwhelming joy, I can definitely appreciate the heavy rains associated with these storm. As long as we can request some lighter winds…

Finally, please be aware that, until we are fully into the wet season with our daily afternoon showers, we should still be careful with our water usage as well as our matches and lighters.

Now, go dance in the rain!

thanks for the much needed moisture

Well, after a weekend full of rain and tropical nastiness, Mr. Sun has deigned us worthy of seeing his face again. Good way to start the week, I suppose. I’m outside raking leaves, piling branches and overall just neatening up. I was about ready to empty the bird bath across from the front door, to prevent the unavoidable skeeters, when I found these titmouses availing themselves of it. Needless to say, it’s still full 🙂

global warming? nah…

23:39 and it’s already 29° outside? In-fucking-sane! Everything’s dead, and whatever’s not already completely fried will be by morning. Hard freeze two nights in a row. But really, there’s no such thing as global warming. I mean seriously, temps in the 20s in December; in the 100s in July…nah.

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