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.