Saturday, February 28, 2009


Not much to talk about, but is is snowing this evening. We have about a half inch on grassy and exposed objects. Northeast Arkansas and Memphis have received several inches. We could get up to an inch. I'll take photos in the morning and make a post...unless it all melts overnight.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Roller Coaster Weather

The roller coaster weather has continued this past week. One day we hit 75-degrees - two degrees shy of the record - and the next morning it was 29. We've had several cold mornings lately with 23 posted Sunday morning. Expect highs in the 50s and lows in the upper 20s for the next couple of days. Rain is in the forecast for mid-week.

Tornadoes can occur any time of the year in Arkansas, but the peak season is rapidly approaching. The Weather Channel's Storm Stories is starting a new season and one episode features the tornado outbreak of January 2008. I'll keep you up to date on other weather related programs as I run across them.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mt Washington Revisited

Mt Washington, New Hampshire has always been a fascinating place when it comes to weather. It is one of the coldest weather stations and is the location of the highest recorded wind speed of 231 miles per hour. It is probably the windiest weather station on earth. The summit feels hurricane force winds on average one out of every three days. One of the most unique sites is the build up of rime ice (pronounced rhyme). I traveled to the top of Mt Washington back in the late 1980s. It was October, and although there was not much snow at the top we did see a fair amount of rime ice. I was amazed as I broke off a chunk and felt how light it was. It was like holding frozen air. Mt Washington was featured in the most recent issue of National Geographic. Take a look at the web site for the Observatory. It's a neat place to visit from time to time.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A few rainy days ahead

What a warm weekend! 70s both days. Spring is in the air....and so is the threat of rain and thunderstorms. Keep an eye out for severe weather. Usually when it's this warm in February it can lead to severe storms. We will have cold weather again. Too bad London had all the snow this year and not us. More winter weather is forecast for parts of the UK.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Bye Bye Mis American Pie

Round number anniversaries always seem to draw attention and Tuesday, February 3rd is no exception. It's the 50th anniversary of what has been deemed the day the music died. Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash in the wee hours of the morning in northern Iowa. This year brought a week-long celebration at the Surf Ballroom (see earlier post) in Clear Lake, IA. Even XM radio broadcast live from the ballroom last Saturday night. Buddy Holly was a great one. I still think his best song was True Love Ways that never charted. Richie Valens was good, but J.P. Richardson was never one of my favorites. His only good song was Chantilly Lace. Waylen Jennings gave up his seat on the plane and Valens won a coin toss for a seat. Dion of Dion and the Belmonts was offered a seat, but the price of $36 dollars was more than he could afford. The 1959 Winter Dance Party continued on without the three. At the next venue a local young musician by the name of Bobby Vee joined the tour.

As for weather....not much to report. On Saturday I did see first-hand the tree damage in northwest Arkansas from last week's ice storm. I recommend you visit Claire's blog to see photos. Colder weather has returned. I'm expecting 20s tonight.