Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween and Time

I've had some good color on my maple trees....but just too few leaves. It got a little warmer than forecast this afternoon with highs reaching the mid 70s. That's too warm for tricks and treats. A few scattered thunderstorms are occurring to the north of us. As usual we will have too much candy on hand tonight and too few trick-or-treaters. So that means we pass out the stuff we don't like first and keep the favorites for ourselves.
Now this IS important. Don't forget to fall back Saturday night. Daylight savings time finally ends. I really don't like it lasting this late. I hate waking up an hour before the sun comes up. Next week should be better.

Monday, October 27, 2008

First Freeze ?

The colorful maple tree at the top of this blog was actually taken three years ago. This picture was taken over the weekend. It just goes to show what a couple of tropical storms can do to a tree. We've had enough rain to make for a colorful fall, but all the strong winds from the late summer tropical storms ripped off a good portion of the leaves. Colors should peak in central Arkansas this weekend or next week.

Let's talk temperatures. Freeze warnings are out for much of the area for tonight. Little Rock should see about 32 - at least at my house in the western part of the city. El Dorado should also see 32. Even Pam will probably see near freezing. Victoria will get to the upper 20's and Claire and John will drop to the mid-20's.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dry and Very Cool

This Accuweather Map shows the progression of more very cool air over the next few days. It appears we will get the coldest temps overnight Monday. Here and El Dorado could see 34 Tuesday morning. Fayetteville will see the mid-20's and Plano should reach the high 30's. It will remain very dry with no precipitation expected for the next week.
Speaking of Accuweather.... they are a supporter of the Mt Washington Observatory. Here is link to the Mt Washington Blog found on the Accuweather site. I have actually been to the observatory, driving to the top of the mountain back in 1980's.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fall colors begin to arrive

Early Fall has arrived here. We had about a quarter inch of rain overnight with much cooler weather moving in afterwards. In fact, lows tomorrow night might break 40. Additional cool weather is expected by the first of the week.

Trees are beginning to turn here slowly but surely. Here is a link to the Accuweather Fall foliage report.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Typical Fall

Boring weather.....slightly cooler......but still boring. Chance of rain later in the week.

Go to the NWS site and click on where you usually do to get your local forecast and notice that they have installed a new map in the detailed point forecast.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cooler Weather

You sometimes forget just how boring the weather in October can be. We have had a lot of dry and pleasant weather. It was too hot early in the week with mid 80's, but a front brought us 3/4 of an inch of rain and cooler temps. Friday morning actually hit 44 at my house. There's no mention of rain until later in the week, and even then it's only a slight chance.

The photo of the Empire State Building was take from the entrance to Macy's at Harold Square.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I can see clearly now

Weather in the Big Apple was absolutely great this past can see for miles and miles and miles. New York is a nice place to visit, but no way could I live there. Life is too fast and crazy. My highlight was the trip to the top of the Empire State Building. From the critic's corner: Wicked sucked, but Jersey Boys was outstanding. Fought-off the cologne samples at Bloomingdale's, passed on breakfast at Tiffany's, rode the wooden escalators at Macy's, viewed the reading rooms at the public library, browsed for hours at the Metropolitan Museum, gazed at the ice rink at 30 Rock, watched dogs chase each other in Central Park, rode passed the Dakota, walked the canyons of Wall Street, viewed Alexander Hamilton's final resting place at Trinity Church, walked past ground zero, rested in City Hall Park and took the R train back uptown, tried unsuccessfully to find a cabbie who had an American name, and pushed thru the crowds in Times Square. ; Definitely a fun weekend....but I'll take Hooterville for everyday life. Food was unbelievbly expensive....all I can say is thank God for McDonalds.

Our weather could see a little light rain over the next couple of days. It's still too warm with highs in the 70's and lows around 60.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Boring Weather again

We did get 2.75 inches of rain the other day....but now it's back to dry weather. We may see a bit of rain next week. Highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tropical Storm Laura

What a disappointment. There was a tropical storm names Laura the other day, but she fizzled out. Too bad.

What great weather this week. We've had lows in the upper 40's and 50's with highs in the 70's. A slight chance of rain coming next week.

On another subject....the Mars mission continues with a revelation the other day of snowfall on the red planet. Earlier they photographed dust devils on the horizon.