Nothing too special, but the other day, there was a great rainbow in the sky. So, I took the tiny camera in my cell phone and grabbed this photo before it disappeared.
It has been a pretty dry winter this time around, so we’ve been in real need of moisture. So, God provided some and we seemed to score an entire winter’s worth of snow in one spring snow storm. *lol* I believe we had close to a foot where I live and a whole lot more a few miles to the south (16.5″ from what I’m told). So, I snapped a shot with my cell phone camera to mark the occasion. ^_^
I just read a panic-inducing AP opinion piece, pseudo-disguised as a news article, talking about how were are all going to die from global warming if President Obama doesn’t raise his staff that budded and cool the planet (while taking more of our money from us), even though the planet has cooled in more recent times. Meanwhile, record freaking cold temps are blasting much of the U.S. and for my neck of the woods, we are going to have single-digit temps at night for the rest of the week and it doesn’t look like we’ll ever get to freezing (32°F) all week.
So maybe the soon-to-be new president has already worked his magic to cool the planet. All I know is that it is dang cold out there right now. ^_^;
Update: It is afternoon now and I’m laughing because today’s high was supposed to be 18°F. Instead, thanks to global warming, it only got up to 2°F. Tonight’s low is supposed to be 3°F, which is also a laugh because we are already at -1°F. Now, the weather forcasters are also saying that we may not get above 32°F for the next two weeks. ^_^;
I went to church in Greeley today. As such, I drove through one of the areas hit by the tornadoes of the other day. At first, I didn’t know what I was seeing as I initially came upon some trees which were strangely naked. Then I as I kept driving, I realized I was witnessing the tornado damage. I immediately recognized the place as one I’d seen on TV from a helicopter shot. There was the field irrigation system twisted and crumpled in places. There were the electricity poles that were blown over and some shattered like toothpicks. There was a spot where the ground look as if God had reached down with a finger as if to write on the ground. There were more trees sucked out of the ground, and more that had been stripped bare. It was truly an amazing site to behold.
I’ve been through hurricanes and typhoons before and I’ve seen the damage those cause. Those are awe inspiring because of the wide-ranged destruction they cause. This being the first time I’ve seen tornado damage, it inspired a different kind of awe in how some trees and structures had no damage and yet right next to the undamaged tree or structure is devastation, as if a precision bomb had been dropped (or the like). It was just an amazing thing to see.
As you might expect, Excel Energy had a lot of vehicles out and about. I’m sure there are a lot of people still without power and I’m sure that the folks tasked with restoring said power are getting massive amounts of overtime. I wish them the best.
My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have gone through the slew of recent tornadoes.
There’s nothing like getting woken up to massive hail slamming into the building. Since I was awake, I checked WeatherBug just as a tornado warning came in for my immediate area. Yikes! Tornadoes had been spotted in areas nearby. We faired pretty well in the immediate area tornado-wise, but other towns and rural areas nearby got hit with other tornadoes.
I’m watching local TV (wishing I could go back to bed) but another storm is rapidly approaching fro the southeast. We may get clipped by it but there are more storms forming southeast of Denver and moving northwest. It may be a long afternoon.
We were supposed to get hammered with snow on Friday with everyone predicting a foot of snow and winter storm warnings out.. Not only that, but the lows Thursday night/Friday morning were supposed to be in the 20’s and the highs around 32. We didn’t get a flake of snow, the low was about 36, and the high was about 45. Here’s what a local news channel had to say about this:
All winter, I’ve mentioned over and over how inaccurate the weather predictions have been. This one really took the cake I guess.
The last snow we had was late February if memory serves. While the weather people were saying we could get some rain/snow mix Wednesday night, they weren’t showing any real snow until Thursday night. Well, as we saw during the winter snows, what the weather people think is often way off target.
So leaving work in my light jacket, I coughed my way through a heavy snow storm to my car in the parking lot. My car already had nearly three inches of snow on it, though the parking lot itself was mostly water with a little slush here and there. Having been so spring-like lately where it has rained rather than snowed, it was weird seeing the snow once again (though spring is when we get our heaviest snows usually). Fortunately, I don’t have far to drive home, though it did take me roughly 10-minutes once I left the parking lot rather than the standard six.
I look out my window now and see the snow is coming down pretty hard. The radar shows the snow building up in my neck of the woods. The weather people are saying 2-4 more inches to day. At this point, I can certainly believe that. We’ll see what it looks like this afternoon when I get up.
The weather people had said there was a slight change for some snow for today, but no accumulations. I figured with all of the miscues where the weather people had predicted a few inches of snow that this time they’d have it right, only we wouldn’t get a flake. Going to exercise class, I saw that we were going to get a few flakes at minimum as it was snowing and starting to stick to the complex road.
An hour and fifteen minutes later when class was over, the snowfall had not stopped, but had rather increased. But the roads were still just wet and snow was rapidly accumulating on the grassy areas and places of pavement that were shaded. So I pulled into the supermarket to grab a few items. By the time some 20-minutes had passed and I was ready to check out, the snowfall began to really fall.
Getting into my car, the roads were now snowy and a bit icy. I made it most of the way home in 4-wheel drive, making sure to drive slower than normal. However, as I got into the lane to make a right turn to make the last jaunt to my complex, I started to press the brakes and started sliding. It wouldn’t have been a problem as I released the brake except a car pulled into the turn lane up ahead of me, meaning I needed to slow down or hit him. With only a few seconds to spare, I knew I couldn’t slow down enough to avoid an accident even with down-shifting, so up the sidewalk and up the snow-covered grassy hill that rises to a parking lot for Chilies is where I went. I wondered if I’d tip over since my vehicle was up on a hill and still sliding. Thank God it didn’t.
It took about a minute before I could back off the hill, off the sidewalk, and onto the turn lane thanks to the traffic that kept coming. I wondered if people were laughing at the smeg head in the SUV who went for a slide. It didn’t matter if they did or not because I knew I wasn’t speeding, yet was still going to fast.
So, I finally got to make my right turn and took the road to the next light nearly .6 miles away. I was going slow and even when I touched the brake to stop at the light, there was some minor sliding. A mini-van making a left turn into the lane I would be at once my light went green found himself sliding big time. I knew what he was going through as he banged both curbs before completely blocking the lane. Fortunately, he was able to get out of it and I was able to finish my journey home.
Taking an unscientific measurement, we had a good two inches in the grassy areas and over an inch on the sidewalk. Even as I write, the snow is falling hard and they are now saying we’ll get a few inches of snow with another big burst of snow coming about the time I head to work. Should be fun. ^_^
Update: 18:00 — Looks like we got three inches total snow, though the roads were clear when I came to work and there was no additional snow like the weather people predicted.
I may no longer be sick, but I haven’t been able to quite shake this cough. At least it hasn’t gone down into my lungs, where it would be worse. Still, I’ve spent a lot of time actually sleeping over my weekend (I return to work on Wednesday), which I’ve sorely needed. I haven’t slept this much in many, many months. So it has been nice, even if I’m not being as productive as I should be. BUT, tomorrow I’m back in the exercise class, since I skipped out last Monday as well. That’s going to be fun. ^_^;;;
In other news, the weather forecasters teased us again and of course got things completely wrong. I don’t remember which day it was, but just before the last system came through, we were supposed to get up into the 60’s. Instead, we got up to around 50. Further, that night we were under a winter weather advisory as the 2-3 inches of snow we were supposed to get were going to be blown around a lot. We didn’t get a flake and the wind wasn’t nearly as bad as they said either. Just goes to show you (again) how predicting the weather and its impact is still a great deal of guessing (no offense to those who do the weather).
Sometimes, I wonder if God tweaks things just to make the wise foolish. I’d love it if God would make the global temperatures unexpectedly drop by a significant amount just to tweak the sky-is-falling crowd.
Speaking of snow, since we’ve had no additional snowfalls of any significance here (they have south and east of my location), most of the snow is gone. There are still big patches in shaded areas but those are shrinking. The mountains of snow in parking lots are now just mounds and soon will be completely gone. The weather predicts a bit of snow Wednesday and Wednesday night but I doubt we see anything.
Still, as spring approaches, the weather systems will shift again and we’ll start seeing upslope conditions which will mean more snow, but amounts that will disappear in a day or so.