Friday, December 25, 2009

An Almost White Christmas

OK ...Look closely at the white Christmas we had. After more than 9.50 inches of rain this past week we managed to only see a few flakes fall in the wee hours of Christmas morning. I was not awake, of course. At least it did get cold with a low this morning of 27. I guess I'll officially call this a trace of snow.

Because of the Great Recession we had to skimp a little this Christmas. Below you can see the kids scratching off their dollar lotto tickets....
It really was a good Christmas. As we all get older it gets harder and harder to buy presents. We usually pick out our own gifts. That way there's no disappointment on Christmas morning. Laura was up at 5am, but managed to stay away from out house until 8:00. Claire and John will still rather celebrate Christmas afternoon.

I guess I'll now have to hope for a White New Year.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

White Christmas????? Really?

I know last week I said no white Christmas....but the big storm system to our west is moving farther south that first forecast. As of this update Pam is getting snow. We may even see a dusting here. Parts of northwest Arkansas could see up to 8 inches. Speaking of 8 bout all this rain. Here at Mike's weather center We have picked up 8.94 inches of rain in the past 36 hours. I-30 was closed this morning between Little Rock and Benton.

We'll keep up to date on the weather....Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

No White Christmas this year

Once again we are all disappointed that we won't be having a White Christmas. All the cold weather we've had this month....and now a warmup. We may see 60 degrees by Wednesday. At least it should be below freezing Christmas morning.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Brief update

Not a lot of excitement here. It has been a cold week. We had a couple of days with lows in the upper teens and highs only in the 30s. Fayetteville did hit 9 degrees one morning. No snow for us. Maybe a little rain today. The next couple of days will be warmer, but more cold weather is just around the corner.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Deep In The Heart Of Texas

This is what much of southeast Texas looked like Friday as an early Winter storm brought snowflakes to places that don't see that much snowfall. Some areas in Houston got up to 4 inches of snow. Back on Wednesday places like Plano saw big white flakes fall. We even had snow mixing in with rain in west Little Rock on Wednesday. Cold weather has settled in. We recorded 17 for a low this morning. This is perfect weather for December.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A breezy day on top of the mountain

I thought the picture would be bigger. That's Mt Washington yesterday afternoon. Winds are gusting up over 100mph this weekend. Here's a link to the Mt Washington Observatory.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Rain is headed our way

A stuffed belly from Thanksgiving and lots and lots of football. I think I'll just lie in the sun. Clouds and rain are returning Sunday and Monday. In fact, it will be a cold rain. Still no snow.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cooler Weather for Thanksgiving

All the rain in October spoiled most of the fall color this year. I did catch this shot across the lake. I've only had a little over a half inch of rain so far this month. Cooler temperatures are expected over Thanksgiving, hopefully cool enough for a fire.
I have included a link to the Accuweather global warming blog. Take note of the November 19 article on the Younger Dryas mini ice age.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Changes coming

Just a quick update. Sunday will be the last dry day in the 70s for awhile. Rain is likely overnight and tomorrow with falling temperatures during the day. Monday night will see lows near the 40 degree mark. Much cooler weather seems likely around Thanksgiving.

In answer to a previoous question....the leaf photo at the top is from last year. We never had a lot of color this year before the leaves were blown off in the rain.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Indian Summer?

There for awhile I written off Indian Summer, which usually comes in October. The past few afternoons have felt like Indian Summer.....Absolutely beautiful afternoons following cool mornings. At this time it doesn't appear we are in for any heavy rain for awhile. We could see some showers early in the week.
How bot Ida! A late season hurricane is entering the Gulf and north and then east. It used to be hurricane season ended on the first of November. Now, it's considered to be over by the end of November.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Get Back Into The Water

As the Market again tops 10,000 once again a storm is gathering to the south. Hurricane season officially ends November 30th. It's been such a quiet year in the tropics...and now a new storm.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Rain, Rain...Come Again

Come on coach....put me in. It can't hurt.

The active October weather continues. Frost warnings in the central valley of California...snow in the Rockies....moving out into the Great Plains. And, of course, more rain headed for us. And it will be heavy rain. I already recorded over eight inches of rain so far this month. I'll check our average for the next post.

You know that Mt Washington is one of my favorite places...hard weather. Here are some great pictures from the Accuweather Mt Washington blog. Let me know how the rain is in your area.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Global Hoax

I love it! Haven't I always said Global Warming is a left-wing conspiracy created by Al Gore so Al Gore and his cronies can make money. Check this link out....I saw the story on NBC Nightly News. Yes, we are undergoing climate change....we always have and always will.

Rain, Rain, Rain,and more Rain! It started here around 3:00 this morning and has just stopped as a front moves thru. We have had right at 2.50 inches. Waaaaay above normal for the year.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Frosty Mornin'

The rains ended and it turned almost cold over the weekend. Highs were in the upper 50's. Sunday morning I hit 34 degrees....there was even scattered frost. The Weather Service actually set a low for the date at 37. Look for another round of rain Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Another cool weekend if expected. I love it!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

No more rain

The rainbow signals the end of the rain. We need to dry out....especially south Arkansas. At the halfway mark for October we have had 6.27 inches at Mike's Weather World. We actually saw the sun late today and it's getting cooler. Saturday night will be the first opportunity this year to burn a fire. Out lows will hit the upper 30s. North Arkansas will probably see their first freeze of the season. And, the trees are just beginning to change. I love Fall.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Rain In Spain Falls Mainly in Arkansas

Water water everywhere.....we had .20 as of 7am. Another .10 fell during the day. Mostly drizzle this afternoon and more rain is in the forecast. Maybe there's hope for Winter. Maybe the old farmer will be right.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Quick update

New rain guage recorded 1.38 as of 7am and another 2.01 later. Storm total was 3.39 inches. I heard the River Market got 4.01. Much cooler weather for the weekend with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Northwest parts may see the low 30s. I would not be surprised to see the first freeze in the state this weekend.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Heavy Rain

A very wet and stormy pattern setting up for the next day or two. Not only are severe thunderstorms possible, but also very heavy rain. Central Arkansas could get two or three inches while the northwest could see up to six inches in some areas. Cooler weather is expected for the weekend. You knew it would rain tomorrow since it is the opening day of the state fair. I quit going many years ago.

I've had a total of 2.12 inches so far this month. I'll try to over the weekend.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Football and Fall

Finally a good Saturday. Arkansas thrashed the Aggies and ASU showed they're no pushover. Two of the kids traveled to "Jerry World" to watch the game, party, and check out what you get for 1.2-Billion dollars. No recession in the Republic. The Indians (they will always be the Indians to me) almost beat 13th ranked Iowa on national TV losing 24 to 21.

Rain moved in overnight and may be with us for a few days. It feels GREAT outside this morning with temps in the mid 50s and light rain. The official Weather World rain gauge chalked up .16 as of 7am. About the same amount has fallen since then. Most of the heavy rain has been to the south of us.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Where the Action is

OK...First things first. This is the new "Official" rain gauge for Mike's Weather World. I will now be able to measure a much more exact amount of rain. I might even join an organization that posts rain, snow, and hail on the Internet. More on that in a future post.

It definitely feels like Fall. Highs have been in the 70s the past few days and this morning we reached 48.4 here in the valley. Tomorrow will be much warmer ahead of a strong cold front. Expect thunderstorms overnight Thursday night....some could be severe. Cooler weather after that. The Fall roller coaster maybe beginning.

As you well know there have been two powerful earthquakes in the past couple of days - one creating a killer tsunami. The big picture above is quite interesting. After watching a special on the History Channel the other night I went to the University of Oregon volcano site and hit this link to the latest on Anak Krakatoa (child of Krakatoa). Check it out for some great pictures.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Drying Out

Not a lot to report. It looks as if we will see that slightly cooler early Fall weather this week. Some days will see highs only in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Low here this morning was 55.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Don't be fooled! The rain is not gone for long

Has the rain stopped for now? If so, for how long? No such luck. The sun may be shining this morning...but more rain is likely later in the week. If you're like me it's time for dryer and cooler fall-like air. In think in a week's time I received in the neighborhood of 8 to 9 inches of rain. Not as much as south Arkansas. If you remember, last year saw a lot of rain in September along with tropical storm winds. Above is the former willow tree of our neighborhood.

Speaking of bout that big thunderstorm raging on Saturn. And another note of interest. It appears the Arctic ice minimum has peaked and in the last 30 years it ranked 3rd (not as much melting as the past two years). Experts blame the bigger ice on cooler weather this summer. Maybe Congress should rethink any additional clunker deals. If the ice continues to grow it could jeapordize global warming. Remember folks....people like Al Gore are the ones who will benefit the most from global warming. Maybe the trend will reverse next year. I'm still hoping to take a boat ride thru the Northwest Passage before I die.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Rainy Days and Mondays

The rains continue. It was cloudy all weekend here in central Arkansas with most of our inch and a half coming on Saturday morning. But many parts of the state continued to get rain today. More is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow...drier weather is coming later in the week. I understand parts of south Arkansas got several inches over the past few days.

OK....why the picture of the sun. Has the electromagnetic field reversed yet? --- no. But some say the sun is responsible for a slowdown in "global warming". As most of you know, I do NOT believe in manmade global warming. It's all cycles. Why do you think they named that big island off the coast of Canada - Greenland. It wasn't because of green snow and ice. An interesting link on the Accuweather global warming blog.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Football Begins With A Chance Of Rain

No one knows for sure of the origin of Notre Dame's slogan "Play like a champion today". The current sign was put up by Lou Holtz in 1986, but rumor has it that the saying was a Divine revelation from God to Notre Dame's founder, Father Edward Sorin back in 1842. Maybe there will be a little more "Luck of the Irish" this season.

Tomorrow is tailgating at War Memorial. I will tailgate, but skip the game. I guess I'm spoiled...I'd rather watch football on TV. Arkansas hosts Missouri State. Arkansas State will entertain Mississippi Valley State and Central Arkansas plays at midnight Friday night at Hawaii. The real NFL starts next weekend.

Chances of rain keep going up and down, up and down. Who knows if it will rain. With football starting, it just makes me all that much more ready for Fall.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Pleasant August

Sorry it's been so long since an update. This time last year we had a couple of tropical storms to talk about. This hurricane season has been mild so far with most of the activity staying off the east coast.

August is rapidly coming to an end and I really can't remember an August that was this pleasant over all. I know we've had cool months due to tropical storms....but I can't remember so many clear days with temps in the 80s and low 90s. I could almost survive this type of summer. In a few days the Weather Service will have stats for the month, which I will pass along.

We did get about a half inch of rain yesterday in two separate storms. That was enough to postpone watering for a few more days. In fact I have only run the sprinkler 3 times since the 4th of July.....yet my water bill hasn't gone down.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Make that 3 Storms...and counting

Whe now have three named storms...and others may be brewing. Here's the link to Accuweather.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Finally....A Tropical Storm

I've been waiting for the first named storm of the season.....and here she is - Ana. She's still a long way off, but most likely will slide up the east side of Florida in about a week. We'll keep watching.
Meanwhile, the rainy weather pattern has been replaced with a relatively mild dry air mass. Highs this week have been in the upper 80s and low 90s with humidity levels at a more comfortable level. Temps are on the rise this weekend, but it maybe a few days before we see a decent chance of rain. This maybe our "dog days" of Summer.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Record Setting July

I'm amazed at how many hummingbirds have been at the feeder lately. All this rain has limited the number of real blossoms.

August began on a rainy note. Early morning and midday thundershowers left us with about a half inch of rain. July turned out to be a real record breaker. A number of communities set all-time records for rainfall in July. Little Rock airport well over 11 inches breaking the old record that has stood since 1891. Records have been kept in Little Rock for 130 years. July also went down as the coolest since 1968. Little Rock had an average temperature of 79 degrees, which was 3.4 degrees below normal.

Another note on rainfall.....7 months into the year we are more than 14 inches above normal for rainfall. Little known fact - Little Rock gets more rain on average that Seattle. We get on average 49 inches a year and Seattle picks up just under 39 inches. The difference is we have rain on average of 104 days a year and Seattle see rain on 158 days. By contrast Dallas gets about 29 inches a year.

No tropiclal weather to talk about so far this season.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dog Days Of Summer

OK...I borrowed this from Kelly's website. I liked the picture.....and we are well into the "dog days of Summer".

Not a lot to talk about today....Cloudy morning with a hot, sunny afternoon, We are expecting a increasing change of rain as we move into the new week. We could see some heavy rains.
Speaking of Dog Days ... Be glad you don't live in Phoenix. Their heat advisory calls for highs in the 115 range and lows at night only in the upper 80s. Don't tell me it's just a dry heat.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

One Small Step For A Man

Hard to believe it's been 40 years since landing on the moon. I still remember it so clearly. It was by far the greatest achievement of mankind. I found this spectacular batch of pictures of the mission on the Boston Globe website.

How 'bout our weather this weekend. Record-breaking cool and very mild afternoons. We did see a sprinkle of rain Sunday afternoon. I'll take 80s and 60s any Summer.

One final note - too bad for Tom Watson. So close....still a great achievement for a 59 year old.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

And That's The Way It Is...Friday, July 17th 2009

The most trusted man in America passes on at age 92. Too bad he couldn't hold on till Monday to see the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. Walter Cronkite will always be the leading icon of broadcast journalism.

As for weather....all I can say is WOW. It was 59 at our house this morning. This will probably be the most pleasant July weekend in years. Highs in the 80s, lows near 60 and low humidity. And the initial outlook for winter is for cooler and wetter weather in the South.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stormy Weather

Wow....monsoon season is here. So Far this month it has once again been a roller coaster with heat and rain. High humidity has been the only constant. We had record breaking rainfall back on the 4th...then hot and dry. Clouds kept Sunday a little cooler, but still very humid. It's that kind of humidity that just drains you. Thunderstorms rolled thru Monday morning with some rain. Overnight, everyone in Central Arkansas was startled away around 1:30 with the most violent display of lightning I've seen in a long time. Storms were not forecast...they just popped up northwest of the city and moved thru one after another. We were lucky....the only set off our alarm. My next door neighbor lost a TV....and two more houses over lightning struck a tree and blew out a computer and wall sockets. That neighbor had a lightning strike about 3 or 4 years ago that set his house on fire. No flames this time. I can't stress the unbelievable display of was almost continuous. Looks like we could see some additional scattered storms later in the week.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Patriot

Weasley the guard dog. Don't mess with him....or he'll show you a real fireworks display. It's a quiet Fourth of July here. Weather is hot, but bearable. Humidity levels have been relatively low for the past few days. There is a good chance of thunderstorms tonight or early tomorrow. Lows at night have been in the 60s most mornings. Now begins that long hot streach between the 4th and Labor Day.

Happy 4th.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Less Humid

This weather of the past day or so has been much less humid. Still fairly hot but afternoon humidity in the 30's. More humid weather is expected by late in the weekend. Maybe the 4th won't be that bad. Still waiting on some tropical development. Nothing else to talk about today.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hot Hot Hot!

Random people on a beach at least makes you feel a little cooler. Man, has it been hot with highs in the upper 90's. Some parts of town got a brief thunderstorm late afternoon. We had a couple of showers here in the valley, but rainfall totals were less than a quarter inch. It did manage to cool things down just a little and postpones watering the lawn for another day. This is the time of year I really hate. I'll have to put up with it.....several more weeks (months) of hot weather.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Relative Humidity

Hot and humid weather has finally arrived. It started at a family get together Saturday in the Metroplex. Today it spread into Arkansas. Some locations may even see triple digits this week. And, how bout that hail storm in northern New Jersey!

To humid to continue on. Later.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fast Moving Storms

Not my pictures....they came of the Channel 4 web site from viewers. The big picture at the top of the blog is from Perryville west of Little Rock. A very impressive wall cloud. More photos and video can be found at the KARK site.

This was a fast moving line of storms with the classic "bow" effect indicating very strong straight line winds of 60 to 80 mph. Lots of storm damage reported along the I-40 corridor from Fort Smith into far eastern Arkansas. The worst of it was just north of us. There may have been a tornado or two.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dry Weather Continues

Just a quick update. We had a light shower I believe on Thursday morning. Friday and Saturday mornings saw lows in the 50's and highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. I could survive a Summer like that. But I know the heat and humidity is probably just days away.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer is here

Weasley is much better following a trip to the vet. As for his problem.....well....let's just say that in the future Weasley will be cautious before bending over to pick up a bar of soap in the shower. Ouch! Hopefully he won't need a return visit for awhile.

Sunny and hot today with highs in the 90s. Possibly a shower on Wednesday and then drier weather later in the week. Hurricane season begins today. We'll watch the waters closely for the next few months. May ended as one of the wettest on record. Look at some of these totals.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dry and Warm

See the Blue Sky. See the bird flying in the blue bird, fly. First totally great weekend in a long, long time.

Weasley is sick or hurt. He can't move around very well and can not jump up on anything or even walk up steps. He will be visiting Dr Marvin tomorrow. More on his condition later.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Rainy and breezy all weekend. This has been the wettest May since 1893...and the third rainest ever. my rain guage has received over 3.50 inches so far this weekend. Interesting how you can see the low pressure system spinning counter-clockwise over the state. Yesterday's rain had that tropical look to it like we saw last year in hurricane season. It's too wet to take new pictures so I revived a photo of last year's Gustav.

The Wease did not get to walk at all yesterday.....and he is anxious to get out and about. No rain falling right time for a quick walk around the block.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day

Yes...I'm a Republican dog....and yes I am in total favor of "enhanced interrogation methods." I have personal experience with water boarding. Every time I am dragged into the shower for a B-A-T-H (yes I can spell) that shower of water beats on my head until I'm ready to say anything. Every time I seems to get muddy and smelly, I'm shackled and forced into that tile covered "cooler" for another round of questioning.

As for the weather, it appears we will all see scattered rain and thunderstorms this long weekend. It's very interesting that this weather system is somewhat tropical in nature. Take a look at your radar and notice how the rain is moving from East to West (animate the radar). This is more what you would see during late summer when hurricanes move into the Gulf.

It shouldn't be a total wash out.....I'll still be able to cook out on the grill.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sunshine At Last

After a prolonged period of rain, rain and more rain the sun is finally peaking through the clouds. Storms moved through early this morning dumping another inch or so of rain. Parts of central Arkansas have had more than a foot or rain this month. People have told me that this is what if must be like to live in Seattle. Actually Seattle gets less rain annually that we do. Theirs is just spread out more.

We are expecting cool and dry weather here for the next day or so. Lows will fall to near 50 here and the low to mid 40s in north Arkansas. Better than Las Vegas which is expecting temps over a 100 for the next few days. Death Valley will reach 117 for highs. Usually those hot temperatures are reserved for July and August. Could it be global warming????? I occasionally like to check in with Accuweather's Global Warming Blog.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Live Long and Prosper

Space... the Final Frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before
Whether you are a die hard "Trekkie" or just a fan of good movies I recommend the new Star Trek movie....especially in IMAX. Very enjoyable. What's better to do on another rainy weekend.
A few statistics (with links) on the Star Ship Enterprise:
Launched: 2245
Starship Class: Constitution
Registry: NCC 1701
Maximum Speed: Warp 8
Propulsion Impulse Engines and Warp Drive
Oh yeah........the weather sucks. We need to be beamed up into better weather.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Weasley's Excellent Adventure

"My caretakers usually take me for a walk around the neighborhood every day so I can smell squirrels, chipmunks, and strange dogs. Occasionally I'll chase the ducks or geese. Lawn care workers come on Friday and I usually ignore them. But this Friday they were trimming shrubs and disturbing me with that horribly loud blower. One of the guys actually came up on the deck to blow and guess what? After he left he didn't properly close the gate. Of course, I'm a smart dog and it didn't take me long to pull the gate open. FREEDOM! I can take my own walk without that 30 foot leash. I had the best of times exploring the neighborhood at my own pace. I guess I was gone for about 45 minutes when I started feeling tired and thirsty. I'm just not as young as I used to be. So, like a good doggie, I headed for home. I was spotted my mom and dad as I walked up the driveway. A quick scratch at the front door and I was once again home. Only one problem....due tot he heavy rains of the past several days I was covered in mud. Now that didn't bother ME...but for some reason they were not happy at all. I was again tricked into putting one a leash and being hauled to the bathroom for a B-A-T-H. Oh, and yes I can spell certain words. Laura and Claire were continually asking me where I had gone.....but I'm not talking. That's for me to know and them to always wonder. At least I did finally come home. I'll wait patiently for another attempt to take my own walk."

Friday, May 8, 2009

It's the Weekend....So, that means rain

As you can see, I decided to take advantage of the warm sun this afternoon. Tomorrow may very well be a different story. I can't believe it rains EVERY weekend. I didn't even get a chance to bark at the lawn people today because it was just too wet in the back yard.

I will update you on the rain later in the weekend.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Rainy Weekend

What's the deal with the weather. March was much colder than normal....April checked out warmer that normal, including one record high....and now May is starting off wet and quite cool. No one around here can remember the last totally sunny weekend. A front splitting the state resulted in heavy rain and severe weather overnight in the northern counties. As the day progressed the rain slid south along with the temperature. We've been in the mid 50's most of the day while southern parts of the state climbed to the low 80s.

The rain has been very heavy at times with some areas north of Little Rock getting 5 to 8 inches of rain. It will be interesting to see if any official reporting stations have received copious amounts. Unfortunately Mike's Weather World Rain Gauge has suffered an irreplaceable's done broke. I haven't had time to find a replacement. The old one was over 10 years old .... that's 95 in rain gauge years.

Let me know how your weather has been.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hawaii Weather Update

Wow...two days in a row for Mike's Weather World. I just happend to notice stormy weather in Hawaii, especially at the mountain tops. I guess it snows later in Hawaii than it does here. This is the link to the Mauna Kea Weather Center. Take a look at current observations and the web cams. Also take a look at road conditions with wind and wind chill information.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Morning clouds give way to record heat

We awoke to thunder around 4:00 this morning...but the rain stayed just to our north as a small disturbance moved through. Once the sun cam up I took several shot of a classic Mammatus cloud formation. I may consider submitting this to the annual Weatherwise magazine photo contest.
After the clouds moved out we warmed up to was as a record setting afternoon. The Little Rock airport reached 90 degrees breaking the old record of 89 set back in 1960. The NWS office in North Little Rock tied a record of 87 set in 1999.
Not much chance of rain for a few days

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Rain...But I'm High and Dry

Wet, Wet Easter Sunday. It started raining here mid-morning and didn't let up until late afternoon. More rain fell Monday morning. In all we had 2.50 inches. It was probably one of the most raw Easters I can remember. I'm surprised we didn't set a record high - low. Throughout the afternoon it was only in the upper 40s with rain and a steady breeze.

I did reach my clients in Mena today and they took a hit at their home and their office. Luckily they were not hurt. The NWS now says there were 4 tornadoes in all last Thursday.

No more rain until the weekend...but it will be on the cool side for mid April. Lows the next two nights here will be in the low 40s. Northwest Arkansas is under a frost advisory tonight.

Today's Trivia Question: As of today - April 13th - which one of these ladies is receiving supplemented health care with the help of our tax dollars?

Hint: It's not Phil or Gilly.

Friday, April 10, 2009

3 Dead in Mena

Maybe not a bad as the famed Palm Sunday tornado outbreak in 1974 in the Midwest...but the Maundy Thursday outbreak will definitely be remembered in parts of the state. A devastating tornado moved thru the west Arkansas town of Mena Thursday evening killing 3 and injuring more than 30. More than one hundred homes and some businesses were damaged or destroyed. I have some wonderful clients there, and I hope the are safe. We dodged a bullet here in west Little Rock as most of the severe weather moved just north and south of us. In fact, we didn't get much rain or wind in the storm. As usual, KARK-TV did a top notch job of covering the severe weather outbreak with meteorologist Mike Francis and crew. The shot on the top of my blog is from their web site. My friend John Robinson with the National Weather Service is on scene evaluating the damage and has placed the tornado as probably a category F3. Here is a link to a story one the North Little Rock Weather Service site talking about the conditions that led to the outbreak. In the third image down of a visible satellite photo you can also see the smoke plumes from the devastating fires in Texas and Oklahoma.

Very cool again tonight with lows here in the low 40s. Northwest Arkansas may see some frost by morning with temps near the freezing mark. Rain is expected on Easter Sunday with a chance of severe weather to the south of us.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Near Record Cold!

Almost the entire state will see below freezing temperatures Tuesday morning...and it could break records at some locations. Some of the cold valley locations in the north might see upper teens. We will see upper 20's over most of the state. Protect that tender vegetation.

The wind is amazing this afternoon...gusts to near 40mph. Expect some nippy wind chills Monday morning.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Somewhere over another rainbow

Thanks to Laura the Leprechaun for these rainbow pictures from after Thursday afternoon's storms. It WAS a spectacular rainbow. Laura tried to reach the end of the rainbow, but she lives so high up on a hill that it was gone by the time she reached the bottom. Once again the elusive pot of gold remains unclaimed.

Channel 4 is making another push this year for weather radios. Meteorologist Mike Francis does live broadcasts most days from various central Arkansas Kroger stores. He will be at the Chenal Kroger on April 16th. It's been a while since I've owned a weather radio. Now they are programmable and will only go off when severe weather is close to your county. "I'll take four of those radios if you please". I'll program one for myself and the other three for the kids.

Roller coaster weather again....warm for a day or two and then cold, especially in the mornings. Some showers may occur on Sunday...but then - Look Out!!! FREEZE WARNING for Sunday night and Monday night. This freeze warning covers much of the state. Northwest could see some low to mid 20s....central Arkansas in the upper 20s...and it may very well freeze as far south as El Dorado. It's rare to have a freeze this late in the season. I believe the official latest freeze for Little Rock is April 19th. Back in the early 80's we actually had a dusting of snow in April 13th and 14th. This may be Winter's last hurrah.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Hail Yes!!!

Check out these stones! Thanks to Victoria in Sherman, TX who picked up these huge hail stones about 20 minutes after then fell. Some melting had occurred, but it looks like they were close to baseball size. A few dents in the car, I'm sure. And she may see a dusting of snow by tomorrow morning.

No snow in Little Rock, but northwest Arkansas may see an inch or two. We will be near freezing Saturday night....great for that last hurrah in the fireplace.

South Arkansas may still see some severe weather this evening. Send me snow pictures if you get any.