Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sweater Weather Returning...

After summer-like temperatures with high humidity today, a cold front will sweep through shortly bringing back more seasonal conditions for mid-November.   This is not an Arctic front as the core of the cold will remain well to our north and east.  This will be one of several cold fronts that will make the next 2-3 weeks feel like late Fall or early Winter.   Each one looks to be colder and colder and we will no doubt see some freezing weather across the Lake after Thanksgiving and possibly on the South Shore by early December.  I’ve switched out my summer flowers for Fall & Winter annuals to allow them to develop good root systems before the real cold arrives.   My next chore will be to find a spot for my lemon tree as it has outgrown the pot it’s in.   My nursery gurus (Pete & Buddy Perino) tell me December thru February is the time to replant any trees as the cold air makes them go dormant.   I will also get ready to trim/shear back my shrubs and flowers(azaleas, Camellias) after the real cold sets in.   When will the cold be here to stay?  Usually the cold bursts last only several days before we have a short return of warmer air.  That’s why we often call it the roller coaster ride of Winter as temperatures will often change 20-30+ degrees or more in a matter of hours.     After enduring a severe attack of knats (no see bugs) on our last fishing trip, I’m  ready to bundle up for colder air. 

 

After suffering thru another Michigan defeat this afternoon, I’m reminded it’s the play of the quarterback that usually decides the game.  I’m confident that our guy (Drew Brees) will be able to put up more points that Washington’s QB (Kirk Cousins).  Both teams really need a win so  it should be an exciting, competitive game.  We can’t lose at home if we are to go to the big ball  called Super Bowl.  Playoffs?  Playoffs?  Are you kidding me?  Too soon to look ahead.  Go Who Dats!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Riding the Wave...

As often happens during late Fall & Winter, we see extreme up & downs in temperatures.  Such is what we’ll see during the next 7 days.   Between now and Saturday, highs will be flirting with 80+ before a strong cold front drops us back below normal for Sunday through Tuesday.  We’ll go from shorts and tank tops back to sweaters and jackets.  Beyond 10 days, there are signs that an even stronger cold front will sweep through during the week of Thanksgiving.  The cold air (-20+) is building over northern Canada and any deep East Coast trough will dive that air southward.   It could be an interesting December for much of the Great Lakes, East Coast & deep South.

 

Big headlines in USA TODAY…”Biblical deluges RE BECOMING MORE LIKELY”.   Seems a “peer reviewed” article by Dr. Kerry Emanual of MIT says the Hurricane Harvey floods will become 3 times more likely by 2100.  Does anyone question this info?  Absolutely not.  After all, Dr. Emanual is “widely regarded as the world’s leading hurricane expert.”   By whom?   The Climate “experts” of course.  This is the same Dr. Emanual who claimed 20 years ago that global warming would make for more frequent & intense hurricanes.  Except that hasn’t happened.  But let’s not let facts get in the way of a good story.   The Hurricane Harvey floods were caused by a stalled storm ( that has happened many times in the past) that had NOTHING to do with global warming.     If you look at the AGW crowd, they claim every extreme weather event is because of global warming.  Geez, they can never be wrong.  Look at the time frame…”by 2100” .   Heck I’ll be 153 years old by then!   Issue a statement that can’t be verified and the press jumps on it.   And you wonder why many question what the media tells us is “the truth”. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Waiting For the Storm...

As a youngster, I remember around Thanksgiving time would usually be our first real snowstorm.  (I lived up north)  Children love snow and playing in it.  Adults have to deal with the problems it causes (slow traffic, longer drive time into work,  more accidents).   There are hints that such a storm may develop along the east coast during Thanksgiving week so any of you planning to visit relatives or friends should pay attention to the weather as there could be some major travel delays.   The only effect we should see is colder temperatures, not this coming week but the following week.   There’s plenty of Arctic air over northern Canada, but Alaska remains fairly mild.  My experience tells me to look to Alaska for our future cold and right now there is not much.    We do have another weak front coming that will bring drier air back, but it won’t bring any major cool down.  In fact, this should be a very nice week with highs 70-ish and lows in the 50s.

 

NHC is still trying to get to the name of Sean as they say a disturbance way out in the Atlantic is showing signs of organization.   The way our boys are playing, they should name it Hurricane Sean.  Who Dat!!!

 

Today I was honored to attend the 95th Birthday of Lem McCoy up on the North Shore.   He is still remarkably sharp and is my motivation for living a long life.  We all know the most important thing as we get older is good health.  You can’t buy it or stop the aging process.  Usually hereditary (genes) is the determining factor.  Both my Grandfathers lived to 88 with one Grandmother reaching 94.   I’m just happy living day to day and not looking too far ahead.  No one is promised tomorrow, as I well know.  Stay tuned!

Friday, November 10, 2017

We Are So Beautiful...

Today I was out golfing with a couple from Salt Lake City, Utah. Of course I was bundled up as temps at 9:30 were still in the 50s.  The fella from Utah was wearing shorts while his lady friend said…”gee, if it were like this all the time (cool with low humidity) I might move here”.     Well we all know a day like today is special and because we see so few days like this, I think we appreciate it more.  If you live in San Diego or Boulder, you have 300 days like this and perhaps just take them for granted?   But not here, we cherish these beautiful days after a 6 month stretch of hot & humid.   Alas, it won’t last much longer as the muggies come back tomorrow PM.  The next 7-10 days will see temperatures recover into the 70s with our next bout of Arctic air not coming until after the 20th.   We could then go into a really cold period that lasts well into December.  But for today…We Are So Beautiful!

 

NOAA came out with a statement saying we are officially in a “LA Nina”.   They say that typically means our Winter will be dry & mild.   However, WeatherBell Analytics believes this Winter could turn much colder than the past several with this morning’s low at International Falls (-13) a possible preview.    Fortunately, our Saints game in Buffalo is this weekend where it will be chilly (40-45), but not frigid.   Winds are not expected to be strong (SE 8-15) so weather should not be an excuse for either team.    Hopefully Drew’s cold weather experience in his youth (Purdue) will help his accuracy and he’ll lead us to # 7 in a row.  Who Dat!