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Title: The Weather
Post by: livewire on February 12, 2016, 08:04:19 AM
I figured I'd start a thread about the weather, in general.  A place everyone can make comments about the latest forecast, or the latest weather event.

I'm sure everyone has noticed this winter has been very mild, and with very little precipitation.

Can anyone remember a winter as dry as this one?  I can't.

Normally I have five or six snow plowing events per season, on average.  This year, I've had two, and they were very small events, with barely enough snow to plow.

Looking ahead into late February, the forecast is for more of the same, with no measurable snow predicted.



I don't know about you, but even though it's costing me money, I'm enjoying this winter.   ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 12, 2016, 10:41:25 AM
I thought about you yesterday afternoon...

we were in Toledo and I saw a plow truck parked in a parking lot...

it was a Dodge (several years old) and had a folding stainless steel plow...

It looked like he'd been out there polishing on the blade at some point because when the sun hit it just right it was 'blinding'!!!


Sounds like we better get out and enjoy the heat wave today...

temps and especially the 'wind chill' is going to be crashing fast for a few days....

time for some 'indoor' activities (hey, it's also Valentine's Day...   perfect planning) :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on February 12, 2016, 11:31:11 AM
Speaking of plows.  We have drivers in Mi like this too.
http://rare.us/story/this-driver-put-himself-and-others-at-risk-on-this-highway-just-wait-until-you-see-what-he-did/ (http://rare.us/story/this-driver-put-himself-and-others-at-risk-on-this-highway-just-wait-until-you-see-what-he-did/)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Frenchfry on February 12, 2016, 04:28:38 PM
NASA - What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time.

When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather. Today, children always hear stories from their parents and grandparents about how snow was always piled up to their waists as they trudged off to school. Children today in most areas of the country haven't experienced those kinds of dreadful snow-packed winters, except for the Northeastern U.S. in January 2005. The change in recent winter snows indicate that the climate has changed since their parents were young.

If summers seem hotter lately, then the recent climate may have changed. In various parts of the world, some people have even noticed that springtime comes earlier now than it did 30 years ago. An earlier springtime is indicative of a possible change in the climate.

In addition to long-term climate change, there are shorter term climate variations. This so-called climate variability can be represented by periodic or intermittent changes related to El Niño, La Niña, volcanic eruptions, or other changes in the Earth system.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 12, 2016, 05:33:29 PM
Speaking of plows.  We have drivers in Mi like this too.
[url]http://rare.us/story/this-driver-put-himself-and-others-at-risk-on-this-highway-just-wait-until-you-see-what-he-did/[/url] ([url]http://rare.us/story/this-driver-put-himself-and-others-at-risk-on-this-highway-just-wait-until-you-see-what-he-did/[/url])


And I've seen more than a few of them right around here too ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 12, 2016, 07:42:45 PM
I just had to run out to the car to get my tablet...

must have been a dozen or so planes in various positions of turning and heading back north to Detroit Metro.  They seemed especially low but that may be just because the air is so 'cold and clear'. 

I hope I don't have to go back out for anything else tonight.  We'll leave the heat up a little higher than we normally do for the next few days.  Then, just in case something does happen to our furnace we've got a little bigger 'cushion'!!!  We have a gas fireplace in the basement that puts out about 40K BTUs.   I've been working down there and have a bunch of stuff piled up around it so it would probably take me an hour to dig it out enough to use it (safely anyway). 

Might be easier just to lay in bed and wait for spring to get here ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 13, 2016, 06:56:57 AM
I had the dogs out just before 6...

none of them stayed out too long...

even the BRD that really seems to 'enjoy' this kind of weather didn't stay too long.  Many days in this weather I'll let her out and she won't come back in right away so I go looking for and find her just laying in a snow pile somewhere.  I guess there wasn't much snow this morning to plop down in!!!

One thermometer said Zero and two said six degrees....   

not much difference really and the wind more than covered that difference :o :o :o
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 13, 2016, 08:03:42 AM
They're talking about the wind chill in Buffalo NY...

they're on the opposite end of Lake Erie from us!!!

Wind chill is minus 20 there this morning!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on February 13, 2016, 11:11:12 AM
My room humidifier is working hard today
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 14, 2016, 07:27:01 AM
My room humidifier is working hard today

Everything is so dry!!!

The dogs were all out and back in fairly quick today...

thermometer is showing 1 degree.  Not much wind so no wind chill warning.  Saw something on 13ABC weather earlier that it will be up to 50 degrees later in the week.  I may go out and mow some lawn just to say I shoveled snow (not very much) and mowed the lawn (not very much) all in a week's time ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 15, 2016, 05:22:33 AM
Temp is up to 20 already :D :D :D

A dusting of fresh snow...   

just enough to see where all the critters have been!

I don't even need the blade on the tractor or the blower...

the leaf blower will do just fine ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on February 15, 2016, 07:56:09 AM
I took the plow off the truck a couple weeks ago.

Looks like it might stay off until December!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 16, 2016, 08:13:37 AM
I took the plow off the truck a couple weeks ago.

Looks like it might stay off until December!!

I took the blade off the garden tractor a couple of weeks ago...

then I took the wheels-tires off that have the chains on them too.  I have extra tires-wheels so put on a set and just left the ones with the chains all installed.  I don't like driving around on the chains going 'bump-bump-bump' plus it tears the hell out of the chains in all the mud and dirt.  Sounds like it's going to warm up and melt what snow we have before I need to change them back!!!
Title: First mention of La Niña by NOAA could impact Michigan
Post by: BigRedDog on February 16, 2016, 08:15:52 AM
I saw where SCF had posted about a dry summer...

sounds like that's going to be a strong possibility if past patterns carry over!

http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/02/first_mention_of_la_nina_by_no.html (http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/02/first_mention_of_la_nina_by_no.html)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on February 16, 2016, 08:38:48 AM
It will be what it will be.  I'm tired of the weather people trying to predict the weather.  They can make a decent attempt to predict it a week or so in advance, but that's about it.  Beyond that, it's just a guess.

Now, guessing YEARS or DECADES in advance, like the global warming nuts, THAT takes a crystal ball!!!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 19, 2016, 07:27:15 PM
We had 58 on one thermometer this afternoon and 59 on another one.  The humidity inside has 'skyrocketed' today ;) ;) ;)

With all this wind I sure am glad we don't have a foot of fresh snow out there blowing around 8* 8* 8*
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on February 19, 2016, 07:30:49 PM
News today said it wad below zero last year. Granddaughter reported it was 90 in Tempe.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 19, 2016, 08:55:12 PM
News today said it wad below zero last year. Granddaughter reported it was 90 in Tempe.

Our daughter in Florida has been real busy with work so I haven't bothered her for weather updates.  She does let me know if they have tornadoes which they've had several of this year.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 21, 2016, 07:59:28 AM
13ABC Toledo is saying we could get part of a snowstorm on Wednesday or Thursday this week...   a few inches possible!

I may get to burn that brush pile yet ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on February 22, 2016, 07:21:59 AM
Yeah, it looks like we're getting 2 or 3 inches Wednesday night, into Thursday morning. 
They'll probably be calling it the "Blizzard of 2016"!!!   ;D ;D ;D

It's supposed to be 43 degrees tomorrow, so that's the day I'm putting the plow back on the truck.

Might be the last time I plow this season.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 22, 2016, 08:33:42 AM
Yeah, it looks like we're getting 2 or 3 inches Wednesday night, into Thursday morning. 
They'll probably be calling it the "Blizzard of 2016"!!!   ;D ;D ;D

It's supposed to be 43 degrees tomorrow, so that's the day I'm putting the plow back on the truck.

Might be the last time I plow this season.

Just heard them say 'heavy rain' possible on Wednesday before it cools down and switches over to snow.

I was going to put the mower deck on the IHCC and mow some then switch over to the blade so I could push snow on Thursday...   not too often you can mow one day and then push snow the next!!!

I may still do it tomorrow and just have to settle for a 48 hour span 8) 8) 8)

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 22, 2016, 09:33:14 AM
I've seen this up on Lake Superior although at the time I saw it they referred to it as 'shelf ice'.

I've also watched it out on Stoney Pointe and Pointe Aux Peaux although the ice was several inches thick.  Someone (not sure if it was the road commission or the resort district) had a small dozer there and they would go push the ice across the road out of the way every couple of hours.  It was some nasty sounding crunching and grating for sure!!!


http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/02/20/ice-stacking-lake-superior-orig-vstan-cws.newsflare/video/playlists/winter-weather/ (http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/02/20/ice-stacking-lake-superior-orig-vstan-cws.newsflare/video/playlists/winter-weather/)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on February 22, 2016, 10:49:42 PM
I'm waiting for the "deals" on snow moving equipment... 

If the blizzard misses us this week - the price may be right.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 23, 2016, 05:16:31 AM
I'm waiting for the "deals" on snow moving equipment... 

If the blizzard misses us this week - the price may be right.

TSC still had a pretty good selection on Sunday when we were there.  They also had all their shredders and chippers and log splitters out on the 'porch'.  Did't see any new mowers yet but they could be there soon! 

Blizzard Bill is explaining on how the approaching storm could vary from maybe 2" to as much as 8" of snow.  Something about when it will 'bottom out' down in Texas and how that will then 'bounce' it back toward us.  Like a good pool shot it will all depend on where it bounces :o :o :o
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 23, 2016, 06:04:50 AM
They're talking more on 13ABC about the impending 'storm'.  Now they're upping the high end to as much as 10"! 

So far I don't think we have anywhere to go on Thursday so I may just stay home and wait for the storm to move on out and then I'll go out and clean the driveway.

We may even get some 'thunder snow' during the storm!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 23, 2016, 07:12:14 AM
The impending 'storm'!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cb5LlyHXIAAXDv1.png)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: FritzTheKat on February 23, 2016, 11:51:27 AM
First big snow since November?
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 23, 2016, 02:30:12 PM
nice not to have to go anywhere
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on February 23, 2016, 06:48:36 PM
I still think we're going to get mostly rain.  The snow will come, but a lot of it will melt before it starts piling up.  I'm guessing a couple inches, maybe three when it's all done.

That is AFTER we get about an inch of rain.

The roads are going to be a MESS!!!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on February 23, 2016, 06:51:31 PM
Actually, I think I jinxed it for everybody.

I put the plow back on my truck today.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D




Not often I put the snow plow on my truck while wearing a t-shirt, on a sunny day!!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 23, 2016, 09:18:38 PM
I still think we're going to get mostly rain.  The snow will come, but a lot of it will melt before it starts piling up.  I'm guessing a couple inches, maybe three when it's all done.

That is AFTER we get about an inch of rain.

The roads are going to be a MESS!!!!!

Above freezing on Friday and way above freezing on Saturday.....46.  The mud is coming.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 23, 2016, 09:19:47 PM
The big blower is still sitting right where I dropped it last spring...  and it will stay there.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on February 24, 2016, 09:52:59 AM
Huge snow flake sizes in the St. Louis area......had to chuckle at the forecasters.  One station said "elephant" ear size, and the other more realistic one said "hamster" size.

Calling for 4 to 7 inches of heavy, wet snow.......this is the same storm tracking Monroe way.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on February 24, 2016, 01:41:45 PM
Slush storm is what we had so far... 

Enough for the County to start spreading some of that Salt so they can buy more next year...  and who knows - a few hours of Overtime.

I'll be watching the progress on the internet with the new tracking system they should have had installed by now   ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 24, 2016, 02:12:43 PM
Actually, I think I jinxed it for everybody.

I put the plow back on my truck today.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D




Not often I put the snow plow on my truck while wearing a t-shirt, on a sunny day!!!!

I was out and mowing with the tractor yesterday...   

had on a sweatshirt but no jacket and I was pretty comfortable!

Huge snow flake sizes in the St. Louis area......had to chuckle at the forecasters.  One station said "elephant" ear size, and the other more realistic one said "hamster" size.

Calling for 4 to 7 inches of heavy, wet snow.......this is the same storm tracking Monroe way.

That sounds about like what they're predicting here but I have seen predictions all over place.  First they go up and then they go down...

I guess whatever we get we'll just have to live with ;) ;) ;)

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 24, 2016, 02:19:12 PM
I've seen this in Bay City several times over the years.  The depth of the water near the mouth of the Saginaw River (which is at the SW corner of Saginaw Bay) can change by 6 or even 8 feet in one day depending on which way the wind is blowing.  As mentioned in this article it makes the river 'flow backwards'...

I would assume the River Raisin does the same thing (maybe to a lesser degree because it doesn't have the funnel effect that the Bay gives the river in Bay City). 

Wouldn't it be neat if the MonroeNew reporters would go out with their cameras (cell phones even) and take some photos similar to these 8) 8) 8)

http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2016/02/saginaw_river_flows_backwards.html#incart_river_home (http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2016/02/saginaw_river_flows_backwards.html#incart_river_home)


I saw this picture and it made me think of all the money being spent to 'study' and make the alley off of W. Front street more attractive...

I'm sorry but an alley in an old town like Monroe or Bay City is just going to look like an alley in an old town ;D ;D ;D

(http://image.mlive.com/home/mlive-media/width960/img/baycitytimes/photo/2016/02/24/-a243eec5ea8ea722.JPG)

http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2016/02/saginaw_river_flows_backwards.html#incart_river_home (http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2016/02/saginaw_river_flows_backwards.html#incart_river_home)

And never forget...

Bay City is the town that brought us Madonna :o :o :o
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 24, 2016, 02:33:46 PM
Looks like snow accumulation prediction change # 42 for the 'event'!

http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/02/heavy_snow_forecast_updates_he.html#incart_river_home_pop (http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/02/heavy_snow_forecast_updates_he.html#incart_river_home_pop)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 24, 2016, 05:06:42 PM
CL and I had to make an emetgency run to the Vet's in Blissfield this morning. one of our house cats was wonky (falling over), he's a resuce, a 3 legged shot in the face by some azzhole who had to have one front leg amputated, he does real well on 3 btw but not this morning so off the Blissfield we went.

I had the old buggy in 4wd.  it was heavy and slushy on all the roads (Adrian-Blissfield to Rogers to 223).  Not a nice day for a drive, especially with a very unhappy feline in a darrier in the back....

I turned to rain about noon and most of what was here has disappeared and the road out front is it's usual quagmire.

If it freezes tonight, with all the water ponded on the roads (from the slush plowed off and banked), it will be a skating rink big time.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on February 24, 2016, 08:00:47 PM
I had my plowing done by 11:00am.  I was plowing more water than snow, but my clients were happy to see me.  That way their customers didn't have to wade thru slush to get into their stores.  I'll be up and out at 3:00am to see if we got any more snow.  I don't think we will. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 24, 2016, 08:24:38 PM
We just came home from Toledo and drove in the rain all the way.  I came in and changed my clothes and went down to the barn to get the barn dog and it was snowing when I went out the back door.  Changed over in that short time...

We don't have any place we have to be tomorrow morning so we'll put on some extra coffee and watch the dogs go out and play in the snow...

maybe work on some indoor projects ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 24, 2016, 10:04:41 PM
The youngest daughter got her first dose of nasty Florida weather today...

a tornado...

not a hurricane...

I've often wondered which would be worse :-\ :-\ :-\

They came in and warned that some rotation had been spotted just a few miles to the SW of where she was and they had to 'shelter in place' under their desks!!!

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160224/ARTICLE/160229834 (http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160224/ARTICLE/160229834)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 25, 2016, 05:09:10 AM
Just had the first dog outside...

he was't exactly overwhelmed by the snow!

We have 'maybe' 3-4 to and inch...

hard to tell exactly since I didn't get out very far from the back door. 

It was the 'barn dog' that wanted out and he was happy to 'lick up' some snow even though he'd had a nice long drink before he went outside.  I really do think it's too warm inside for him and he eats the snow to help 'cool down'. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 25, 2016, 05:16:03 AM
We have a bit more on the back deck.  Maybe an inch and it's snowing...  I bet the roads are real nice this morning.....lol

Bump shop time.

Cats went out.....cats came in.... ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 25, 2016, 05:53:09 AM
Several Toledo area schools are closed for the day so far.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 25, 2016, 05:55:33 AM
13ABC Toledo just did a live shot from Onsted and they were showing about 7" on the ground! 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 25, 2016, 09:30:57 AM
It's still snowing but not great 'blizzard of 16' yet ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 25, 2016, 09:49:15 AM
The thermometer is hovering at 31, just the ticket for a heavy snowfall.  Supposed to watm above freezing today and continue to warm up over the weekend.

We have about 2.5 inches on the deck, heavy snow.

I suspect it will all be gone by Sunday, replaced with mud out here.....
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on February 25, 2016, 10:49:47 AM
My granddaughter trying to cheer me up sending pic of sunrise glistening off the palm trees in Tempe Az.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on February 25, 2016, 01:45:35 PM
Shoveled a path through the snow/slush - so the Wife could get to work.

roads are clear from all the preventive salting done - 

topped off the bird feeders as this is the time of year (and a rare event this winter) they can't see the ground.

BTW I did see a Robin the other day - so they are getting used to this global warming as well with an early migration north!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: FritzTheKat on February 25, 2016, 04:04:06 PM
Sunny with blue skies here now.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on February 25, 2016, 08:23:36 PM
I plowed again this morning. Only a couple inches of wet, heavy snow, but it still needs to be plowed.  I noticed the areas that i spread salt yesterday, didn't need plowing today. Salt works really good at the freezing mark. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 25, 2016, 08:30:12 PM
17 tonight and windy and then everything is upward bound again....
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on February 26, 2016, 06:57:58 AM
Going to be almost 60 degrees by Sunday!!!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 26, 2016, 07:54:30 AM
Glad I left the mower on the tractor ;D ;D ;D

I'm going to go back and try to burn my brush pile today before we lose all our snow yet again. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 26, 2016, 02:51:57 PM
Glad I left the mower on the tractor ;D ;D ;D

Don't get stuck in the yard.  It's soggy season ahead.  Mud too.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 26, 2016, 02:54:59 PM
Owning a chipper....no brush piles here anymore.  I point the chute into the trees I'm pruning / cutting and carpet the ground with chips.

Has to be one of the best implement investments I ever made.....  (next to marrying CL that is...)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on February 26, 2016, 07:07:17 PM
Owning a chipper....no brush piles here anymore.  I point the chute into the trees I'm pruning / cutting and carpet the ground with chips.

Has to be one of the best implement investments I ever made.....  (next to marrying CL that is...)

This brush pile was over a lot of 12-16" trees we took down too.  You better have a slow feeder on your chipper for those!!!

I chip my apple and fruit trees and then my hickory.  When all the ash trees got 'bored' we cut those and split them for firewood.  If they're just 'junk' trees though they go to the burning pile.  Burn it every couple of years even if it doesn't need it.  We usually move it around from one spot to another so we don't 'cook' the ground too bad over the years. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 26, 2016, 10:19:22 PM
My chipper will handle up to an 8" diameter hardwood log (if I need to) but I cut all that for Dave to come and get.  Remember, I'm inputting almost 100 horsepower to it or about 3 times what it's rated for...lol.  Why I added a Weasler multi plate slip clutch on the input shaft.  No point in blowing it up from too much power, plus the slip clutch takes the shock load off the input shaft....  Yes, I've slipped it once ot twice.

Most everything that goes in it is 2" or less (exceot the apple wood), I'll chip all of that for you guys.....  I'll have some substantial knots.

Even an 8" log don't make the tractor come up on the turbo, it don't slow down...at all.  I tend to run at less than rated (540 PTO) rpm.  No need really.  It gobbles it up at half that speed and it's quieter too.  At 540, the chipper screams....
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: arpydave on February 27, 2016, 12:50:25 AM
Owning a chipper....no brush piles here anymore.  I point the chute into the trees I'm pruning / cutting and carpet the ground with chips.

Has to be one of the best implement investments I ever made.....  (next to marrying CL that is...)

Pretty smooth move there Bro,as I've noted that she shows up on this forum now and then!  ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on February 27, 2016, 08:44:17 AM
Going to be almost 60 degrees by Sunday!!!!!
Polishing up the clubs as they were muddy from last weekend!

You guys with the tree lines...  I am always interested in some bonfire wood... as I have a small pit - we sit by the garage and look out at the golf course and sunsets enjoying a beverage from time to time!
I don't have a log splitter and don't think I can buy one for what i would use it for as we don't have a woodburner in the house.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 27, 2016, 08:51:43 AM
Pretty smooth move there Bro,as I've noted that she shows up on this forum now and then!  ;)

She's my best friend, good cuddler too. ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 27, 2016, 08:54:19 AM
Polishing up the clubs as they were muddy from last weekend!

You guys with the tree lines...  I am always interested in some bonfire wood... as I have a small pit - we sit by the garage and look out at the golf course and sunsets enjoying a beverage from time to time!
I don't have a log splitter and don't think I can buy one for what i would use it for as we don't have a woodburner in the house.

Living near a golf course I've always wondered if stray balls are a problem???
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on February 27, 2016, 09:18:22 AM
Living near a golf course I've always wondered if stray balls are a problem???
The house is far enough away that its not a problem and the pole barn is metal and may have been hit a few times but no damage...   The only intentional hits to my property are from some drunk friends trying to put a ball into the silo window... I learned that after finding all kinds of balls in my barnyard while mowing and someone told me.

Our farmer complains that the balls clog up his equipment from time to time - as some people will hit balls to see if they can reach our woods - (most can't) - to practice a shot or hit a bad ball...   

I have a large box of the ones I collect to use for practice -  grandkids are starting to collect them now.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: arpydave on February 27, 2016, 09:49:20 AM
Over the years I've seen people that live near courses out front selling those collected golf balls. Maybe a roadside stand for your grandkids instead of lemonade.

Always wondered of they sold "as is" or if somebody put them through a (gulp) ball cleaner. Man, I didn't want to say that, but couldn't think of any other term.  :-[

Sorta like the joke:
Why do they call it Almond Milk, when it isn't?
Because everybody at the store would be uncomfortable when asked where to find the nut juice.  ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 01, 2016, 03:36:06 AM
I've had the barn dog out for his 'middle of the night' walk!  I thought sure we would have snow by the time I went out but it's still hanging just north of us.  Looks like they're getting it as close as Huron Township.

Supposed to be a fast moving storm when it does hit...

get it over with so we can get back to spring!!!

http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/02/timeline_on_tuesdays_fast_snow.html#incart_river_home (http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/02/timeline_on_tuesdays_fast_snow.html#incart_river_home)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on March 01, 2016, 09:28:48 AM
The only intentional hits to my property are from some drunk friends trying to put a ball into the silo window... I learned that after finding all kinds of balls in my barnyard while mowing and someone told me.


BB?
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 01, 2016, 10:39:22 AM
weather slowly deteriorating here...
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on March 01, 2016, 10:53:53 AM
Looks like much of this storm is going to our north.  I'm ready to plow tonight, in any event.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 01, 2016, 03:16:10 PM
Looks like much of this storm is going to our north.  I'm ready to plow tonight, in any event.

I keep wondering when that FCA truck you bought will breakdown.

You won't be plowing much, maybe some frozen sleet residue.

It's freezing rain here, right now.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on March 02, 2016, 09:54:24 AM
I keep wondering when that FCA truck you bought will breakdown.

You won't be plowing much, maybe some frozen sleet residue.

It's freezing rain here, right now.

Say what you want, but my Dodge has almost 10,000 miles on it so far, and I am very happy with it.  I've had absolutely no problems with this truck so far.  I got more truck, for about $10,000 less than a Ford.  The 6.4 Hemi has more power, and better mileage than my Fords had.  I don't regret my decision one bit!   ;D ;D ;D

I went plowing early this morning... mainly plowed an inch of snow and ice, and salted a few lots. 
I didn't bother plowing my gravel lots.  Not enough snow.

Got another couple inches coming this weekend, then it looks like the plow is coming off the truck for the season.  Temps in the 50's and 60's for the next couple weeks.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 02, 2016, 10:02:56 AM
The MCRC on Facebook bragging about the great job they did with the roads last night and this morning, except all the schools are closed because the roads are all ice.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on March 02, 2016, 10:40:37 AM
The MCRC on Facebook bragging about the great job they did with the roads last night and this morning, except all the schools are closed because the roads are all ice.

What the hell did they do? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

I was out from about 10:30 to 4:00 this morning, and I NEVER SAW ONE MCRC truck.  Not one.

I did see several City of Milan Trucks - They do a damn good job of clearing the city streets.  Always have.

But when I was outside of Milan, all the paved roads were snow and ice covered... and very slick. 

Now that the sun is up, and it's warming up some, the paved roads are starting to melt, clearing themselves.

Of course, the dirt roads have never been touched by a snowplow this whole season.  But that's typical in Monroe County.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 02, 2016, 10:46:40 AM
What the hell did they do? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

I was out from about 10:30 to 4:00 this morning, and I NEVER SAW ONE MCRC truck.  Not one.

I did see several City of Milan Trucks - They do a damn good job of clearing the city streets.  Always have.

But when I was outside of Milan, all the paved roads were snow and ice covered... and very slick. 

Now that the sun is up, and it's warming up some, the paved roads are starting to melt, clearing themselves.

Of course, the dirt roads have never been touched by a snowplow this whole season.  But that's typical in Monroe County.

I could see the blue salt on the ice when I got home from T-town about 9am...

then just a few minutes ago I saw another MCRC truck go by...

not spreading salt and the blade was NOT down (and I didn't need a fancy GPS locator to tell me where it was and that it wasn't scraping).
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 02, 2016, 10:57:19 AM
Seeing a few of those great big puffy snowflakes falling...

some of them right up by the house are actually so light they're drifting back up!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 02, 2016, 11:01:33 AM
They were bragging about the great job they did on the state routes.  When are they going to get it in their thick heads we don't care about them cleaning state routes. We want our roads cleared.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on March 02, 2016, 01:54:41 PM
They were bragging about the great job they did on the state routes.  When are they going to get it in their thick heads we don't care about them cleaning state routes. We want our roads cleared.

You and I aren't paying I guess... 

I blame it on the county commissioners who went back to the good ole boy's club for getting on the road commission to begin with - then the oversight is gone.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 04, 2016, 08:57:55 AM
They were just talking on the TV about some expected 'severe'weather next week in the south central states...   

Texas up to Minnesota at some point.  Looks like the St. Louis area is in the cross hairs!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on March 04, 2016, 03:14:50 PM
Yea, it is starting to act like Spring time in Tornado Alley!

Temps in the mid to upper 70's one day, then sudden drops to the 30's.

Looks like 3 separate storms packed tight together are supposed to pass through next week.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 04, 2016, 07:31:17 PM
Yea, it is starting to act like Spring time in Tornado Alley!

Temps in the mid to upper 70's one day, then sudden drops to the 30's.

Looks like 3 separate storms packed tight together are supposed to pass through next week.
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I heard something about those too...

we're supposed to get a couple more rounds of snow like we've had this week.   Maybe all of the southern storms won't reach up this far.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 04, 2016, 11:18:04 PM
Playing 'Paul Bunyon' tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on March 05, 2016, 06:53:30 AM
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I heard something about those too...

we're supposed to get a couple more rounds of snow like we've had this week.   Maybe all of the southern storms won't reach up this far.

Snow next week?

I hope not.  I'm taking the plow off my truck in a day or two.  Supposed to be in the 50's and 60's!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 05, 2016, 08:46:51 AM
Snow next week?

I hope not.  I'm taking the plow off my truck in a day or two.  Supposed to be in the 50's and 60's!

I didn't hear anything about any kinds of accumulations...

all quick fast moving storm fronts so probably what we had the last couple of days...

By yesterday afternoon most of what we got in the morning had melted.

I think this is all supposed to get rained away later today.  This today should be one of the three!  I'd think if they were expecting anything major we'll hear about it several days ahead of time...

got to give people time to go buy bread and milk you know ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on March 07, 2016, 11:32:02 AM
One more green to clear - today should do it!   


Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: jbs49238 on March 07, 2016, 07:21:42 PM
Weds, Thurs, look VERY wet, then cooler but not below freezing.  Back into the 60's by early next week is the word for now.  NO MENTION OF SNOW!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 07, 2016, 08:07:22 PM
I took the old 'barn' dog out for a walk just before dark...

felt several raindrops while we were out!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 07, 2016, 08:21:01 PM
We had a few sprinkles around 6 I think. I left car out with moon roof popped up, not open.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tiny on March 10, 2016, 11:16:16 PM
If crazy Bermuda High holds, Michigan's in for quite a summer.

A Bermuda High is when a strong, stationary high pressure center forms in the Atlantic, over Bermuda. The wind flow brings southerly winds to the eastern half of the U.S.

It's not a weird weather pattern - in August and September.

It's a real weird weather pattern in March.

Typically, the pattern will form in June or July out over the Atlantic. As we get into late summer, the Bermuda High will move west and become centered over the southeast U.S. There it circulates warm, humid air into the eastern U.S. and Michigan.

This year the Bermuda high formed in December. I noticed it, and thought this to be very strange, but it dissipated in January and February. It's no surprise that's when Michigan had its coldest weather.

But in the last few weeks, the Bermuda High has formed again. It's now as strong as it typically is in mid-summer.

What does this mean for Michigan?
If the pattern exists now, it should continue to strengthen and shift west into the U.S. during summer. Based on its strength now, I'd think it would continue to influence Michigan's weather more and more as we go into summer.

If this Bermuda High does continue to strengthen, and shift west, Michigan is in for a hot summer. And it won't be a dry heat. Look at the top graphic. I've indicated the flow around the Bermuda High. We would expect a lot of southerly winds, with lots of water vapor from the Gulf of Mexico.

That would bring Michigan a hot and humid summer. The warmest temperatures may stay under 100 degrees because humid air doesn't get extremely hot. But we might have a lot of 90 degree days and 75 degree nights

http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/03/if_crazy_bermuda_high_holds_mi.html (http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/03/if_crazy_bermuda_high_holds_mi.html)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: eriemermaid on March 11, 2016, 05:17:40 AM
I am not a fan of humid.  It's a good thing I will be in or close to the  Arctic Circle this summer!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 11, 2016, 09:59:33 AM
Tiny must be in the HVAC business///lol
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tiny on March 11, 2016, 11:55:47 AM
Tiny must be in the HVAC business///lol

I wish, then I would be rolling in the bucks this summer.
I have AC but the DTE bill is what's outrageous every month.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 11, 2016, 12:11:02 PM
I keep mine on 76 or so and house stays comfortable.  Keep doors and windows closed most of time..I don't have anybody opening doors all day.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tea Party Patriot on March 11, 2016, 01:31:57 PM
I keep mine on 76 or so and house stays comfortable.  Keep doors and windows closed most of time..I don't have anybody opening doors all day.

WHAT?  With your charming personality and intelligence there arent women swarming around dying to be with you? I'm so schocked!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 11, 2016, 08:18:57 PM
I keep mine on 76 or so and house stays comfortable.  Keep doors and windows closed most of time..I don't have anybody opening doors all day.

Way too warm for us.  The T'stat is set at 68 during the day (8am - 11pm) and sets back to 50 between 11pm and 8am.

The cats have fur and so does the dog.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 11, 2016, 08:23:45 PM
76 for AC. Furnace always on 65
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 11, 2016, 10:33:59 PM
76 for AC. Furnace always on 65

I realized you meant AC after I posted my comment.  We have never had air conditioning in the house other than a window unit in the bedroom.  I don't like whole house AC.  Never have.  I can do a cool bedroom but I turn it off when I go to bed.

I do have AC in the shop but only to keep the RH under control

I will say that according to the agricultrial forecast, this will be a hot, dry summer, fired up corn and poor forage yields.  I am anticipating it already.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 12, 2016, 07:49:21 AM
Any weather updates from out 'southern' members?

I've been watching the news and some areas in Louisiana and Alabama both have gotten just hammered with rain.

Here...

the sun is out bright this morning and just glistening off the heavy, heavy frost.  Temp got down to 31 here overnight. 

Although we never did get the 'heavy' rains it did rain steady all day on Thursday.  One sump pump has been cycling on and off every 3-4 minutes since then. 

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: eriemermaid on March 12, 2016, 10:37:32 AM
 It looks like I got out of the Abita Springs, Louisiana just in time. Now I am in Glen Rose, Texas and the water is really high in the three Rivers.   I might have to be moving out here faster than I want to! Rain rain go away come back another day little mermaid wants to play!
Will be going to the Alamo soon and to Dinasaur Valley State Park.   So many places to see, so little time!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 12, 2016, 10:48:12 AM
On the window uint.  I had one for years in our bedroom before central.  We ran it day and night when it was hot and humid and it was about max size for 110.  Sometime later i tried to use the plug for something else and it wouldn't work.  I though maybe with the AC pulling juice for 8 or 10 years it was shot so i replaced it.  Still didn't work.  I went  to a plug on the other side of the room where i figured the feed came from and one of the wires was burnt to a crisp on that plug.  I cut off the bad part of the wire and reconnected.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 12, 2016, 10:50:11 AM
eriemermaid,  I'll be Phoenix  around 24th if you're in that area.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on March 12, 2016, 11:00:59 AM
Any weather updates from out 'southern' members?

I've been watching the news and some areas in Louisiana and Alabama both have gotten just hammered with rain.

Here...

the sun is out bright this morning and just glistening off the heavy, heavy frost.  Temp got down to 31 here overnight. 

Although we never did get the 'heavy' rains it did rain steady all day on Thursday.  One sump pump has been cycling on and off every 3-4 minutes since then.

We escaped the heavy predicted rains in St. Louis, and Southern Illinois......looks like it swung just to the south of us.  Has been mostly cloudy with some light rain, but no downpours at all.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: eriemermaid on March 12, 2016, 10:53:50 PM
eriemermaid,  I'll be Phoenix  around 24th if you're in that area.
I am not close to the boarder!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tiny on March 12, 2016, 11:02:12 PM
Drone footage of flooding in Bossier City, Louisiana.

https://www.facebook.com/abcnews/videos/10154186920323812/ (https://www.facebook.com/abcnews/videos/10154186920323812/)

https://www.facebook.com/abcnews/videos/10154187640173812/ (https://www.facebook.com/abcnews/videos/10154187640173812/)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 13, 2016, 03:57:39 AM
A year ago Lake Erie was covered in ice and this year it's wide open...

go figure!!!

http://www.13abc.com/home/headlines/Lake-Erie-almost-entirely-ice-free-in-contrast-to-a-year-ago--371632661.html (http://www.13abc.com/home/headlines/Lake-Erie-almost-entirely-ice-free-in-contrast-to-a-year-ago--371632661.html)

(http://media.graytvinc.com/images/Lake-Erie-comparison-web.jpg)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 13, 2016, 04:00:25 AM
Drone footage of flooding in Bossier City, Louisiana.

https://www.facebook.com/abcnews/videos/10154186920323812/ (https://www.facebook.com/abcnews/videos/10154186920323812/)

https://www.facebook.com/abcnews/videos/10154187640173812/ (https://www.facebook.com/abcnews/videos/10154187640173812/)

I wonder if any of those homes have basements ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tiny on March 14, 2016, 12:14:24 AM
I've seen pictures on Face Book where people went fishing on Lake Erie Saturday and limited out on Huge Walleye. Early fishing season this year.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: arpydave on March 14, 2016, 12:57:11 AM
It looks like I got out of the Abita Springs, Louisiana just in time. Now I am in Glen Rose, Texas and the water is really high in the three Rivers.   I might have to be moving out here faster than I want to! Rain rain go away come back another day little mermaid wants to play!
Will be going to the Alamo soon and to Dinasaur Valley State Park.   So many places to see, so little time!


So glad for ya EM!  :)  I kinda wondered about y'all as I was hearing this last storm front moving through.  :-\
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: arpydave on March 14, 2016, 02:00:32 AM
Any weather updates from out 'southern' members?

I've been watching the news and some areas in Louisiana and Alabama both have gotten just hammered with rain.

Here...

the sun is out bright this morning and just glistening off the heavy, heavy frost.  Temp got down to 31 here overnight. 

Although we never did get the 'heavy' rains it did rain steady all day on Thursday.  One sump pump has been cycling on and off every 3-4 minutes since then. 



Here in NW Ark. we been spared again tonite. Storm cells more south and east in the Little Rock area headed NNE towards St. Lou. Others to the SE in Okla.

The predictions of earlier past week bypassed us, to the dismay of our neighbors in Lousiana.  :(

But this season is by no means over yet. I'm sure our time is coming.  :-\
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 15, 2016, 06:04:32 AM
They had a tornado in central Ohio yesterday and they're talking about the possibilities for some severe weather for our area over the next day or so... 

I guess that's the price we pay for a 'mild' winter...

along with early skeeters and ticks :( :( :(
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on March 15, 2016, 09:11:32 AM
I doubt ticks will be an issue this spring, with all the rain.  Usually they are bad when it's very dry.

At least around our house, that has been the case.

But I'm sure it's gonna be a bad year for skeeters!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 15, 2016, 10:49:34 PM
... and yeller jackets and carpenter bees and blow flies and disinfranchised voters too..... ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 16, 2016, 08:58:48 AM
I doubt ticks will be an issue this spring, with all the rain.  Usually they are bad when it's very dry.

At least around our house, that has been the case.

But I'm sure it's gonna be a bad year for skeeters!!!

Half of our property is up on a slight sand ridge and the rest is all wet clay.  I'm not sure where the dogs manage to find the ticks but I've never noticed any real drop off no matter what the weather is like. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on March 16, 2016, 10:02:59 AM
Half of our property is up on a slight sand ridge and the rest is all wet clay.  I'm not sure where the dogs manage to find the ticks but I've never noticed any real drop off no matter what the weather is like.

That could explain it.  I know ticks like dry, sandy ground the best.  My ground is all pretty low, and we don't see ticks unless we have a prolonged dry spell.  Could be your sand ridge is where they're hiding out.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 16, 2016, 08:41:55 PM
The old pup and CL are both tick magnets.  They don't bother me.  CL goes out in the yard amd shazam... she's got a hitchiker or two.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on March 20, 2016, 09:19:43 PM
I'll get one on me now and then.  Usually after I was crawling around on the ground, working on a truck, or some piece of machinery.

They don't bother me... I feel the sucker crawling around, I just pick it off, and crush it.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 20, 2016, 09:47:53 PM
Aren't they the things that will burrough their head into your skin.  The farmer I worker for in school would get something.  He'd get his cigar red hot and burn it out if that's what it was.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 24, 2016, 11:53:49 AM
Ticks,  Just read another benefit of apple cider vinegar.  The organic non pasteurized unfiltered stuff, usually Braggs.
It says to put in a spray bottle and spray the animals and rub in and to also spray the bedding.
It doesn't say how often.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 24, 2016, 12:00:43 PM
Aren't they the things that will burrough their head into your skin.  The farmer I worker for in school would get something.  He'd get his cigar red hot and burn it out if that's what it was.

When you apply a bit of heat to it's backside, it quits sucking and pulls out of your skin and then you pinch it off.  Don't want to leave sucker part in your skin, it will get infected.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 25, 2016, 03:17:43 AM
We just had a nasty storm front move through.  Sounds like we'll have a few more right through Easter Sunday.

When you apply a bit of heat to it's backside, it quits sucking and pulls out of your skin and then you pinch it off.  Don't want to leave sucker part in your skin, it will get infected.

My Dad always called those a 'chigger'!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 25, 2016, 10:20:52 AM
All sorts of interesting insects and small irritating things in Fla, like cockroaches and spiders as big as half dollars....  I remember once, long ago we were at Tybee Beach on the Intercoastal in Georgia, stopped at a seafood place for dinner and we were walking up the steps of the place to enter and were greeted by huge spider, he was so big, he could have been the entree.

Then there is the Kudzu.....
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 25, 2016, 12:46:00 PM
All sorts of interesting insects and small irritating things in Fla, like cockroaches and spiders as big as half dollars....  I remember once, long ago we were at Tybee Beach on the Intercoastal in Georgia, stopped at a seafood place for dinner and we were walking up the steps of the place to enter and were greeted by huge spider, he was so big, he could have been the entree.

Then there is the Kudzu.....

We have little lizards out in the shed.  Maybe 4-5 inches long and they scurry all around although sometimes they'll just sit and stare at me.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 26, 2016, 09:48:41 AM
It was 71 here at 8 am and the AC has been running since then.  I saw on my phone that it was 29 at home about the same time!!!

We had another thunderstorm in the early evening last night.  Roads were warm from the day's sun so they were dry a half hour after the rain quit.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 26, 2016, 10:43:07 AM
One more day of this Michigan spring and i'm in AZ.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 26, 2016, 10:11:25 PM
AZ don't light me up.  The water sucks big time and you 'rake' your lawn instead of mowing it....  green pebbles.

I like it here.  I don't like the roads but I like seasonal change.

I spent quite a bit of time around Scottsdale years ago.

Water out there comes from way underground, ancient water and it tastes ancient.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 28, 2016, 01:33:13 PM
But right now water tastes better than Flints.  The house has the 5 gal water jug.
Gotta get out of the sun. It's scorching me.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 28, 2016, 04:05:19 PM
I not so fondly remember in Scottsdale at 8am and the heat was awful.  It's a dry heat so you want to sweat but you don't.  You just stink.  Not for me.  besides the women out there (and new Mexico women) look like old truckers wallets, all wrinkled up and weathered.

Not for me.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on March 31, 2016, 08:05:14 AM
Just looking at Accuweather...

the rain band stretches from the Gulf clear to north of Lake Superior today.  We didn't get any yesterday but haven't heard today's forecast yet.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 31, 2016, 09:08:15 AM
.....Went to Cleveland yesterday via Route 2.  Everything is waterlogged out that way and I see that the I-75 project in North Toledo is taking a bad turn.  The earth around the 280-75 interchange is unstable so ODOT is having to build out ramps on the NB side that will route 75 NB traffic onto Central Avenue and back on 75 so they can stabilize the earth and build out the overpass.

Thats gonna be a mess, not that the 'gauntlet' isn't already a mess.  I run it regularly and trucks ignore the lane restriction (no trucks in the left lane), everyone ignores the 50 mph speed restriction and most drivers (I observe) have no space comprehension, IOW, they cannot stay in their designated lane and wander across the lane markers.

I hate driving it, especially in a big truck and more especially pulling doubles.

Toledo police and OSP need to crack down on violators of the speed and lane restrictions.

People are in a big hurry to die I guess.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on March 31, 2016, 11:36:54 AM
Yep, that seems to be the biggest problem in and around Toledo on the I75/475 construction projects.  People in to big a hurry..Changing lanes to gain a foot, driving way to fast, and tailgating..
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 31, 2016, 04:10:26 PM
Snow showers in the forecast here for tomorrow and lows in the 20's next week.  Whooopee.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on April 01, 2016, 08:32:50 AM
Snow showers in the forecast here for tomorrow and lows in the 20's next week.  Whooopee.

We were at the fruit stand yesterday and talking to a couple from Escanaba.  They had a fresh 20" of snow at home so my guess is they were enjoying the day even more than we were :D :D :D

I was just looking at the accuweather nationwide map and there is rain across most of the central part of the country stretching from north to south.  This is going to make for some big mosquitoes in the spring.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: FritzTheKat on April 02, 2016, 04:16:36 PM
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... :P
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on April 02, 2016, 04:27:24 PM
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... :P

I was just on Accuweather and saw lots of 'blue' up in your area!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on April 08, 2016, 06:44:04 AM
Just saw on Twitter that 13 ABC is predicting 1-3 inches of accumulation tonight for Monroe county!!!

Prediction here is high of 85-87 with a chance of thunderstorms...   actually we have a chance of thunderstorms almost every day...   it's 'that' season...

I guess it makes the strawberries turn red ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on April 08, 2016, 06:53:20 AM
Yeah, I have an excavation job today, working in the rain and snow, then I have to put my plow back on the truck for this one little storm that MIGHT hit us tonight.  What a PITA!   :P
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on April 08, 2016, 09:51:05 AM
Track meet in Monroe Jefferson for Sat already cancelled
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 08, 2016, 03:07:52 PM
Just saw on Twitter that 13 ABC is predicting 1-3 inches of accumulation tonight for Monroe county!!!

Prediction here is high of 85-87 with a chance of thunderstorms...   actually we have a chance of thunderstorms almost every day...   it's 'that' season...

I guess it makes the strawberries turn red ;) ;) ;)

Come on back, drop your pants and bend over and your 'strawberries' will be red too..... ;D

I unloaded am uncoiler I brought out of Cleveland yesterday afternoon and it was pebbling when I pulled out of National Galvanizing.  Monday I have to load a Pro-Eco flatener in Toledo at 9am and take it to Cleveland on the drop deck..  With the company closing the Bedford facility, I'll be hauling machinery to other, still open plants all summer or, until they close completely, or the checks turn to rubber. ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on April 08, 2016, 04:05:30 PM
We don't want to hear about your strawberries and 85 deg
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on April 09, 2016, 01:01:53 AM
We don't want to hear about your strawberries and 85 deg

Well we're tired of eating strawberries and we have a bit of a cooling off trend tonight...

61 degrees at 1 am! 

Listening to the scanner app and there are lots of crashes all around the county.  Sounds like drivers have all forgotten how to drive in the snow again :-\ :-\ :-\

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on April 09, 2016, 07:48:56 AM
Temp is down to 59 here now...

I had to put on a light sweatshirt for my early morning bike ride.  The sun is out bright now and not a cloud in the sky anywhere!

Looks like the worst of the snow last night was closer to the state line!!!

https://twitter.com/13abc/status/718728238512472064
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 09, 2016, 09:28:37 AM
Temp is down to 59 here now...

I had to put on a light sweatshirt for my early morning bike ride.  The sun is out bright now and not a cloud in the sky anywhere!

Looks like the worst of the snow last night was closer to the state line!!!

https://twitter.com/13abc/status/718728238512472064

Keep yacking about Florida and I'll put you on 'ignore' until you get back...lol
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on April 09, 2016, 11:02:46 AM
I seriously debated whether to put my plow back on the truck yesterday, but when the Weather Channel forcest went from 2-4 inches to 3-5 inches, I figured it was BOUND to hit, and I would be plowing early this morning.  I got the truck all ready to go yesterday, and when I got up this morning, and saw nothing but grass, I was not surprised.  Lol

So all of you who did NOT want the snow last night, you're welcome.  It was my fault.   ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: nails on April 09, 2016, 11:11:25 AM

We got about 7-8" of snow overnight in the Lambertville area.
Left Ft. Myers FL last Sunday and it was in the mid 80's.
Think we left about a week too early.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on April 09, 2016, 11:42:22 AM
Yeah, I heard that the storm went south of me here in Milan.  Toledo got about 7 inches, too.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on April 09, 2016, 11:47:54 AM
The sun is doing a pretty good job of melting it off my drive..
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tim Heiss on April 09, 2016, 11:58:58 AM
I got out of work last night to find 8 inches of snow on top of my car. The ride home was none too pleasant either.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 09, 2016, 12:02:21 PM
One of my freinds daughter spun out and T boned a guardrail on 64 south of Monclova last night and broke the car in half.  She walked away, the car didn't.

WE stayed home and went to bed....
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on April 13, 2016, 08:29:58 AM
Been watching the weather up there and down here...

looking pretty good on both ends...

hoping we don't get into any big storms when we head home!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on April 14, 2016, 08:34:40 AM
We had a 40% chance for showers in the afternoon yesterday but I only felt 2 drops of rain (or a bird going over maybe) and I was outside most of the afternoon and early evening.  I haven't even turned the TV on this morning or looked at AccuWeather...

whatever happens will happen and I will work around it!!!

Very comfortable here but I have the AC set low to get rid of some humidity :( :( :(
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on April 15, 2016, 08:44:54 AM
We did get a shower or two last night in the evening...

lots and lots of thunder and lightning just north of us but mostly quiet here.

Forecast for today is 50% chance of rain but that's not all bad.

My wife has been digging and planting and the ground is dry.  When you go out walking or bike riding in the evening it can be a bit of an obstacle course getting between the active sprinklers. 

I don't understand the people that put their sprinklers literally at the edge of the street and then complain when they get driven over.  I'm pretty sure they could find sprinklers that could set back from the road and still water the grass right to the edge of the street.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on April 16, 2016, 10:25:56 AM
Two nights ago the big storm went north of us and last night an even bigger one went south of us...

out of two big storms we've had maybe 10 minutes of showers and we really do need some rain.

Title: El Niño ending and La Niña watch issued: Big impact on Michigan's summer
Post by: BigRedDog on May 01, 2016, 11:19:02 AM
I guess I'll just roll with the flow wherever it goes ;) ;) ;)


http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/04/el_nino_ending_and_la_nina_wat.html#incart_most-read_opinion_article (http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/04/el_nino_ending_and_la_nina_wat.html#incart_most-read_opinion_article)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on May 02, 2016, 09:08:54 PM
I just wish it would dry up right now!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 02, 2016, 09:14:28 PM
I just wish it would dry up right now!

I took one of the dogs for a walk in the woods tonight and I had to wear my knee high rubber boots. 

It must be drying up a little...

our sump pump actually quit for about 10 seconds tonight...

first I'd heard it now running in two days!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 03, 2016, 08:46:27 AM
Sump pump has slowed down quite a bit overnight...

cycling now to the point it's off about as much as it's on!!!  Consumer's Energy must be loving this >:( >:( >:(

Looking like some sun out there this morning so hopefully it will dry out so I can mow this afternoon.  The yard is looking pretty shaggy in places again.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 03, 2016, 09:10:04 AM
No sump pump here.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 06, 2016, 09:25:28 AM
No sump pump here.

Two here plus a couple of backups 'just in case'!


Those 'clouds' you see up high in the sky today may not be clouds...

the smoke from the huge wildfire up in Alberta, Canada is visible overhead today!!!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ChxqJOzXIAExy_0.jpg)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on May 06, 2016, 09:36:05 PM
Beautiful day today - lots of yard work accomplished... 

Now it appears the cold and rainy weather is returning for the weekend.

Time to head south for warm weather!   (golf trip) 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 10, 2016, 07:21:12 AM
Some nasty storms west of us the last couple of days...

looks like the same front will be here tomorrow afternoon but should be too cool for any tornadoes!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 10, 2016, 02:11:33 PM
Two here plus a couple of backups 'just in case'!


Those 'clouds' you see up high in the sky today may not be clouds...

the smoke from the huge wildfire up in Alberta, Canada is visible overhead today!!!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ChxqJOzXIAExy_0.jpg)

I could smell it actually.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on May 11, 2016, 04:42:26 PM
Bad lines of storms moving through the STL area today.  Lots of lightening and thunder, and some small hail was in this last cell.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 11, 2016, 04:48:48 PM
Bad lines of storms moving through the STL area today.  Lots of lightening and thunder, and some small hail was in this last cell.

I heard a couple of forecasts that both said we could get something out of this tomorrow evening!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on May 12, 2016, 12:41:57 PM
Yea, starting to flare up again down here already.  Baseball sized hail reported west of STL earlier today.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 12, 2016, 07:42:15 PM
It's coming down here by the bucketfull and booming too.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 13, 2016, 08:26:19 AM
It's coming down here by the bucketfull and booming too.

I heard one boom off in the distance as I was heading in ahead of the 'storm'...

we didn't get much wind or any more lightning and only a heavy shower of rain!

I watched it on Accuweather and it just kind of split and went around us.  Our son drove up here during the storm and he had heavy rain almost all the way from Toledo to here. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 13, 2016, 09:59:21 AM
We received about 2" in the horse tanks last night.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: CatLady on May 13, 2016, 06:22:15 PM
We received about 2" in the horse tanks feed tubs last night.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 13, 2016, 11:19:51 PM
oooops, I misunderstood.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 27, 2016, 10:11:24 AM
You don't see many tornadoes in the UP at all so to have two in one day is really interesting. 

http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/05/2_tornadoes_touch_down_in_the.html#incart_most-read_entertainment_article (http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/05/2_tornadoes_touch_down_in_the.html#incart_most-read_entertainment_article)

(http://image.mlive.com/home/mlive-media/width620/img/weather_impact/photo/20427178-mmmain.png)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on May 27, 2016, 09:22:18 PM
Well there is no sense in being stupid about this..I turned the air on..
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on May 28, 2016, 01:36:34 PM
Geezopete....my Allah, what more proof do some need to believe that climate change is for real........figured I'd liven up this thread a little.   ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on May 28, 2016, 04:15:25 PM

You think I caused it when I traded my rice burner in for a Big SUV  years ago?
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on May 28, 2016, 04:31:43 PM
You don't cause near the affect Al Gore does .But he buys energy credits that makes it ok.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: eriemermaid on May 28, 2016, 04:59:50 PM
I made it home just in time for the first batch of Fish flies!   >:(
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on May 28, 2016, 06:37:12 PM
And it seems you brought the hot weather too
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: eriemermaid on May 28, 2016, 06:55:13 PM
Sorry!  8)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on May 28, 2016, 10:46:12 PM
Sorry!  8)
Hey I'll take it over the snow 2 weeks ago!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: CatLady on May 29, 2016, 09:58:20 AM
Sorry!  8)

No need to apologize.  Hot is good.  Cold is not.   ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 29, 2016, 10:06:10 AM
Not bad out this morning... 

a little humid but a comfortable temp...

so far ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on May 29, 2016, 10:46:58 AM
caught a map on twitter that we may have bad storm around 2PM today,  Rain, wind, lightning and maybe 1" hail.  It was a broad area so maybe not so much us
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 29, 2016, 04:21:25 PM
WE just got enough to cut the dust and water the garden a bit...  and replenish some of the water from my totes that I've been watering the garden with...

Thinking about getting 2 more totes.  That would give me 1400 gallons.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 29, 2016, 04:37:21 PM
WE just got enough to cut the dust and water the garden a bit...  and replenish some of the water from my totes that I've been watering the garden with...

Thinking about getting 2 more totes.  That would give me 1400 gallons.

We're getting wind gusts and thunder and some small hail...

good old summer thunder boomer!!!

We'd been watering the garden the lcast couple of hours so I figured it would have to rain at some point!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 29, 2016, 04:40:54 PM
My wife had a marine warning on her phone for Lake Erie...

I've been out there in a few of these storms...

lots of fun if you're in the right boat to handle it 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 29, 2016, 04:41:47 PM
And the 'wires down' calls are going out on the fire frequency already!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 29, 2016, 04:43:15 PM
And the sun is back out...

that was a very narrow band of storms...

sky is clear blue to the north of here!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on May 29, 2016, 04:44:11 PM
OH great,  getting ready for a party.  My son will probably have to make run with Lambertville BFD.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on May 29, 2016, 04:48:04 PM
Some rain drops right now. If I was a little skinnier I could walk between them.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on May 29, 2016, 04:52:57 PM
Had a damn nice shower here along the river.......needed it it appears to me.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 29, 2016, 04:53:56 PM
Had a damn nice shower here along the river.......needed it it appears to me.

Yes, it's very dry here...

went back out and turned the sprinkler on the garden already!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on May 29, 2016, 06:48:31 PM
My neighbor does the black visqueen soaker hose routine. Looks like a lot of set up work to me. I just run the Mantis thru until plants get to big.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 29, 2016, 08:12:49 PM
We're getting wind gusts and thunder and some small hail...

good old summer thunder boomer!!!

We'd been watering the garden the last couple of hours so I figured it would have to rain at some point!

I'm selective watering instead of using the hose and watering it willy-nilly, I'm using a watering can and just watering the rows where the plants are.  Takes a little time and some exercise but it keeps the skeeters down and it don't take that much water..

Spuds are up and getting into the grow mode, tomato plants are looking good, peppers too.  My onions are peeping and I have to sow sweet corn yet.  Will be Ambrosia. 

Gonna be a bad year for farmers I suspect.  I expect to see lots of fired up corn this year if it stays this way.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 29, 2016, 08:13:58 PM
My neighbor does the black visqueen soaker hose routine. Looks like a lot of set up work to me. I just run the Mantis thru until plants get to big.

That is too  much effort unless you are planting melons commercially.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on May 29, 2016, 09:54:52 PM
We had a couple of pretty strong gusts of wind during the short 'storm' we had here...

several small limbs down in the yard but back in the woods we have a couple of trees down.  Nothing good...  just some old junk trees anyway.  Will save me having to fall them next winter!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 29, 2016, 10:53:31 PM
No wind here, just thunder and a quick shower,  I still had to 'water' the rows this evening.  I bought way too many onion sets and being me, I cannot toss any so I have a pile of onions planted, reds, yellows and whites.  Never did yellow onions before.  The reds are the best keepers.

I had one hill row of spuds that didnt take so it's replaced with...onions.  I still have 20 fifty foot rows of potatoes.

Your tomato starts like Deerfield ground btw.

Grilled steaks on the charcoal grill this evening and CL made a big foil pouch with potatoes (the last from last year) and the last of the red onions and the cooked on the grill with the steaks.

I'm alternating the water.  I start with the potatoes one evening, the next evening is the tomatoes and peppers and wife beaters (zuchini), then the next evening is the onions.

Still have to put in corn but I want to add a bit more urea first.  Corn sucks nutrients hard.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on June 08, 2016, 08:11:19 AM
When I let the boys (dogs) out this morning they all hurried up and wanted right back in...

they all had a bit of a "brrrr" look on their face.

The BRD decided to go for a longer walk than she usually does...

maybe because it was cooler out :-\ :-\ :-\

Bright, sunny and brisk...

but I'm hearing we may have 90s this coming weekend :o :o :o
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 08, 2016, 09:43:04 AM
A bit nippy.  We had the pool filled yesterday.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on June 08, 2016, 08:38:51 PM
Yup....got the Puddin' Pit chemically balanced and heated to the family's specification.

LiveWire......that tile job still holding up well and looks great.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on June 08, 2016, 08:57:28 PM
Glad to hear it, Fuzz!

I'm still planting some soybeans...  Supposed to be 95 degrees on Saturday.  Glad my tractor had a good air conditioner! Lol

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on June 08, 2016, 08:58:37 PM
Get all your corn in?
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on June 08, 2016, 09:30:01 PM
That little rain over the weekend did wonders for a cornfield near me.  They planted corn last week.  I see its up already.  Might not be knee high by the 4th if July but it's growing fast
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on June 09, 2016, 09:30:43 AM
That little rain over the weekend did wonders for a cornfield near me.  They planted corn last week.  I see its up already.  Might not be knee high by the 4th if July but it's growing fast

Sounds like we're going to have 'corn growing' weather this weekend for sure!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on June 15, 2016, 06:55:24 AM
Looks like we're going to get some stormy weather today... 

a few rounds of it!!!

Last I heard they were backing off the possibility of severe storms too...

we do need the rain. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on June 15, 2016, 09:59:38 AM
raining very lightly down here in south county now.  This would be nice if it lasted all day.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on June 15, 2016, 05:43:55 PM
The Monroe News email of today's headlines tells of new weather station in Lake Erie near Clevland.  However link they provide is bogus.
 I find weather from stations around Great Lakes at http://greatlakesbuiys.org (http://greatlakesbuiys.org).
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on June 16, 2016, 10:02:34 AM
We got a 'little' rain early this morning but not thunder or lightning or wind...

unless I was sleeping better than I thought I was :o :o :o

I was up about 3:30 and checked the weather radar...   

the storm was 'approaching'....

the dogs wanted out at 5:30 and it had rained but I never heard a thing of any storm during that 2 hours.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on June 16, 2016, 02:47:09 PM
We are getting a very light shower here right now.

One of the boy dogs was tied out under a tree...

I don't think a drop of rain had made it thru the canopy to him yet and you would have thought he was drowning the way he was carrying on...

what a wuss!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on June 16, 2016, 03:28:22 PM
It is 97 down here near St. Louis, with a heat index of 106.  The only thing making it somewhat tolerable is the light, steady breeze.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on June 16, 2016, 03:31:46 PM
It is 97 down here near St. Louis, with a heat index of 106.  The only thing making it somewhat tolerable is the light, steady breeze.

I was just reading about the heat down there and the storms west of us in the plains states.  We've got a nice breeze and the light rain has stopped and the road is dry again already. 

Not sure if the dog is going to want to go back out now though :o :o :o
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on June 16, 2016, 03:33:40 PM
It has just been a huge pocket of hot air since I got here Sunday.......some would say I added to the problem.   ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on June 22, 2016, 08:55:42 AM
Yesterday afternoon we finally finished getting all the small limbs and other debris out of our yard that fell or blew in during the last windstorm (no rain to it).

We're still working on a big tree back in the woods that came down a few windstorms ago.  A huge box elder and the bottom had gotten all punky.  The stump is probably 50 feet back in the woods and it fell partially out in the field.  We've got all of it in the field cleaned up and most of that is burned.  Now we're getting started working in the woods.  Got the new Stihl brush trimmer out cut my way back in there...  made a nice tunnel where I could walk and then my wife trimmed the overhead with lobbers and then I went back in with the chain saw and cut out anything big that was still in the way.  The way it fell we're going to have to cut it up into four or five pieces to keep from knocking over some nice little shaggy bark hickory trees we have in the area.  It just barely missed our giant 'grand dad' shaggy bark hickory tree that is right there...   that would have made me mad >:( >:( >:(

Anyway, I see warnings for possible severe weather overnight tonight...

then got a tweet this morning that the area had moved south of us and now see a post on the MonroeNews website that we were still in the watch area...

so, not sure anyone really knows yet at this point what will happen in 18-20 hours and exactly where!!!

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20160621/weather-and-emergency-officials-monitoring-wednesdays-forecasts (http://www.monroenews.com/news/20160621/weather-and-emergency-officials-monitoring-wednesdays-forecasts)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on June 22, 2016, 09:02:09 AM
Not sure now where I posted about watching the huge wall of clouds a couple of nights ago...

could see it was a long way northwest of us and had lots of lightning.

Someone has a short video from A2 they made of the same clouds 8) 8) 8)

https://youtu.be/eejq9uXpvKo
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on June 23, 2016, 09:00:47 AM
Finally we got some rain last night...

not sure how much really other than I can see it rained enough to get the sidewalk wet.

The grass that had turned brown is already greening up.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on June 23, 2016, 09:53:54 AM
My test tube rain gauge says about 3/4 of an inch.. And it's misting now. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on June 25, 2016, 08:37:09 AM
Get all your corn in?

Boy, I guess I gotta get on MT more often.  Lol

Back in early June, yes, I had all my corn planted.  Finished beans a week or so later...

Right now we need rain.  The corn is growing nicely, except on the sand hills.

My beans are up and growing, but they're kind of stunted, since it's so dry.  Some fields closer to the Newport area are looking really bad...  Very poor germination...  This is caused by the seeds sprouting from the limited moisture in the ground at planting, then they can't get a tap root down to more moisture before they die.  There's even some replanting going on out there.

None of my fields are needing replanting.  But a couple have sparse germination in spots... could use a good soaking rain.

It's amazing... Last June we had about 32 inches of rain in that one month.

This June, we've had just over one inch over the whole month.

Right now I'm busy spraying, and monitoring my fields... trying to maximize yields any way I can.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on June 25, 2016, 09:06:16 AM
When we came back from Toledo last Sunday we took a ride up the back roads along the lake shore.  We saw several fields of corn that were dry or heat stressed right there in fields within sight of the lake.  Some fields closer to home look pretty good and some around here looks stressed too.

Not going to be a problem with 'knee high' by the 4th...   most everything I've seen is already beyond that. 

Another possibility of some rain tomorrow afternoon.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on June 26, 2016, 01:07:08 PM
No stress on our corn or beans yet - just enough rain every now and then -

now my garden is in reach of my hose - so no problems there either.

No complaints from me on the grass going dormant!   I don't miss mowing every 4 days
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on June 26, 2016, 01:14:22 PM
I was walking gal jugs to garden and giving plants a drink everyday. But that got old. I strung a hose over there and walk up and down rows watering each plant.   Much quicker and I don't have to bend as much.   
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on June 26, 2016, 09:22:22 PM
Rainbow but fading now
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 26, 2016, 09:25:15 PM
No stress on our corn or beans yet - just enough rain every now and then -

now my garden is in reach of my hose - so no problems there either.

No complaints from me on the grass going dormant!  I don't miss mowing every 4 days

get a goat.  free fertilizer too.

If it stays like this when the beans and corn start to mature, you'll see the stress.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on June 26, 2016, 09:27:03 PM
Might have had 1/4 in of rain after 630
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 26, 2016, 09:27:15 PM
Got over 1000 squares in and sold and 30 rounds made (in the field, in net wrap) have to be picked up yet.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 26, 2016, 09:28:46 PM
Might have had 1/4 in of rain after 630

I was in the pool (soaking after working my buns off wit  square bales)...we got maybe a tenth, maybe.  Just enough to agitate the skeeters and cause my skeeter cookers to zap.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on July 06, 2016, 09:53:07 PM
Sprayed some soybeans today, hoping to eliminate any weeds that might use whatever moisture may still be in the ground.

My corn is doing ok, really.  Between thigh-high and hip-high, and only showing drought stress on a couple of sand hills.  The beans are a different story.  I have some that are doing okay, and some are close to shriveling up completely.  They seem to have stopped growing... When the sun comes out, they curl their leaves... a sure sign of stress.  The earlier planted beans are doing ok.  They are big enough they have found some moisture down deep.  The later planted beans are the ones that are hurting.  We need a good soaking rain.  Hell, I'd be happy with a half an inch, at this point.  Better than nothing!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on July 07, 2016, 07:22:45 AM
I saw others spraying as well - and wondered if that was a sign of rain on the horizon or if the new sprays don't need rain to activate.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 07, 2016, 08:17:49 AM
We've been watering our vegetable garden and some of our flower gardens.  Our grass up on the hill is completely gone and just dirt almost unless it's near one of the spots we've watered.  I'd like to put in sprinklers to water the whole yard but I'd need a pipe direct from Lake Erie!!!

They've been doing lots of wheat and straw around here this week. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 07, 2016, 09:06:40 AM
Sprayed some soybeans today, hoping to eliminate any weeds that might use whatever moisture may still be in the ground.

My corn is doing ok, really.  Between thigh-high and hip-high, and only showing drought stress on a couple of sand hills.  The beans are a different story.  I have some that are doing okay, and some are close to shriveling up completely.  They seem to have stopped growing... When the sun comes out, they curl their leaves... a sure sign of stress.  The earlier planted beans are doing ok.  They are big enough they have found some moisture down deep.  The later planted beans are the ones that are hurting.  We need a good soaking rain.  Hell, I'd be happy with a half an inch, at this point.  Better than nothing!

Your issues will come when the corn and beans start to develop heads.  No rain, wimpy heads.  I can look across the bean field across the road and see the color change as the plants go dormant.  From what I've seen, the wheat bu per acre yield was dismal.  Tiny heads.  Lots of farmers bailing wheat straw this year.  Might as well get something from nothing.....

cattle will eat wheat straw if there is no forage available.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 08, 2016, 08:42:28 AM
We definitely got some much needed rain during the night.  It woke me up when the lightning front went through but other than that I missed it!  Our lawn is already starting to 'green up' this morning.  I'll have to take the blades off the mower and sharpen them up...   all I've been mowing for the was couple of weeks is the sand that sucks up around the nimrods.  The downside to 'high lift' blades is trying to mow when there's not much there to mow...   it acts like a sand blaster ;) ;) ;)

This NWS map is showing 1.34" over along the lakeshore north of town...  no idea where they get their measurements.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cm18k00W8AA_3uq.jpg:large)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 08, 2016, 10:25:32 AM
A little over an inch in my garden..Flowers and vegs are growing bigger as i watch.
And on the mower blades.   I too will sharpen.  Broke down and bought a new file.  Man, what a difference..
It was more like i finally remembered one when i was in the hardware..
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: FritzTheKat on July 08, 2016, 04:15:27 PM
We had 3 inches in our rain gauge.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 08, 2016, 07:24:53 PM
Central dispatch just announced on the fire frequency that the entire county is under a severe weather warning until 8:30 pm!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 08, 2016, 07:29:08 PM
We had 3 inches in our rain gauge.

As I was out and about around the yard I saw dog food bowls that had a little over an inch of water in them so probably safe to say we had at least an inch.

I had seen early this morning that some freeway interchanges were flooded up in your area and 3" would explain that. 

Looks like another round heading this way but I'm watching the radar and it's starting to look like the front may split and go around us...

AGAIN!!!

We could use some more rain...

the lawn got a lot greener this afternoon with some heat.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 08, 2016, 07:32:37 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cm4OXBEXgAEeHXg.jpg:large)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 08, 2016, 07:37:45 PM
Just checked AccuWeather for the current conditions where our daughter is in Florida...

Quote
Clouds and sun
82°
RealFeel® 101°
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 08, 2016, 08:06:59 PM
Just saw this on 13ABC Toledo's Twitter feed...

looks like we could be right in the dry slot again :-\ :-\ :-\

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cm4Z6cTUIAESmNk.jpg)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 08, 2016, 08:34:06 PM
Well it's 8:32...

no storm for us...

we did get a very few sprinkles of rain and some wind but I'm seeing sunny skies south and west of us now.

Still dark toward Monroe.

Was interesting watching all the low hanging clouds twisting and turning as they sped along the front.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: eriemermaid on July 08, 2016, 08:35:13 PM
My grass looks horrible.  Hope it rains some tonight!

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on July 09, 2016, 06:33:01 PM
We got 4/10" from the storm that went thru last night.  We have power in Milan, but there are thousands of people from downriver, all the way up to the Wayne/Westland area without power.  Very strong winds went thru there... could have been a tornado, although the news didn't say it was.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 09, 2016, 06:42:06 PM
I've never tested my generater with the AC. It would be close
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: excelsior on July 09, 2016, 07:05:25 PM


I helped some friends move today.    Driving through Taylor was tough with the power outages, power lines and tree limbs down.   It looked like they had some strong winds there last evening.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on July 10, 2016, 08:06:23 AM
I've never tested my generater with the AC. It would be close

If it will be close, my suggestion is don't try it.  A drop in voltage during startup may damage your compressor. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 10, 2016, 08:19:10 AM

I helped some friends move today.    Driving through Taylor was tough with the power outages, power lines and tree limbs down.   It looked like they had some strong winds there last evening.

The storm spawned a category 0 tornado up in Bay County that ended up going right out into the Saginaw Bay.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 10, 2016, 12:05:24 PM
Gen is 8000 with 14500 startup.  That should handle AC but I'm afraid to chance it. So far haven't needed it.  I grew up in the 40's with a upstairs bedroom with no AC and no insulation..I'm tough
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 11, 2016, 09:10:55 AM
Gen is 8000 with 14500 startup.  That should handle AC but I'm afraid to chance it. So far haven't needed it.  I grew up in the 40's with a upstairs bedroom with no AC and no insulation..I'm tough

Your generator sounds big enough to handle the AC load ok. 

We still have a well pump (220 V submerged) and I don't like to run the AC and the well pump at the same time in fear of them both starting at the same time. 

If our generator is running it's because of a power outage so I usually don't have a lot of other things to do.  If it's sump pump season it has to run all the time.  I never run our furnace on the generator.  It has a small processor board in it that is very sensitive to voltage drops and not running at exactly 60 Hz.  We have a gas fireplace in the basement that I can turn on if we need heat.  We've never been without natural gas although that would be possible with a major power outage.

Back when we had the big power outage I ran the generator all night for the AC and then had to shut off the AC and run the well pump.  Once we had our water usage under control then I'd have to go throw circuit breakers again to get the AC back on. 

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on July 12, 2016, 01:34:11 PM
Gen is 8000 with 14500 startup.  That should handle AC but I'm afraid to chance it. So far haven't needed it.  I grew up in the 40's with a upstairs bedroom with no AC and no insulation..I'm tough

I don't know how big your air conditioner is, but 8Kw isn't enough to run a typical 3 ton air conditioner, along with the rest of the load in a typical home.  Sump pump, refrigerator, freezer, water pump, etc. will definitely overload an 8Kw generator trying to power an central air conditioner.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tim Heiss on July 12, 2016, 01:44:14 PM
Gen is 8000 with 14500 startup.  That should handle AC but I'm afraid to chance it. So far haven't needed it.  I grew up in the 40's with a upstairs bedroom with no AC and no insulation..I'm tough

From what I read you need 15kW to 20kW to run a full house with central air.

http://www.generators.smps.us/sizing.html (http://www.generators.smps.us/sizing.html)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 12, 2016, 09:47:08 PM
The first storm that had some rain just blew apart and went north. Another behind it looks better.. Put the map in motion at 13abc.com/weather
13abc:
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Monroe County, MI until 10:00 PM EDT 07/12/2016
13abc.com/weather
STOP to quit
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 13, 2016, 08:45:42 AM
The first storm that had some rain just blew apart and went north. Another behind it looks better.. Put the map in motion at 13abc.com/weather
13abc:
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Monroe County, MI until 10:00 PM EDT 07/12/2016
13abc.com/weather
STOP to quit

We got zero...   zilch...   nada...

not a drop last night and it looked like we were going to get poured on at one point.  I did hear a few claps of thunder but never saw any lightning.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on July 13, 2016, 05:13:05 PM
We watched the storm blowing towards us, only for it to disappear right over our heads.  It got REALLY dark, and dropped a few sprinkles on us.  Just enough to make spots on my truck.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: livewire on July 13, 2016, 05:16:24 PM
From what I read you need 15kW to 20kW to run a full house with central air.

[url]http://www.generators.smps.us/sizing.html[/url] ([url]http://www.generators.smps.us/sizing.html[/url])


Again, depending on the size of the air conditioner (and the rest of the load in the house), that's about right.

Even 15Kw can be stressed, with the air on, and some other appliances.  Especially if you're using an electric stove, or clothes dryer.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 13, 2016, 07:25:21 PM
We watched the storm blowing towards us, only for it to disappear right over our heads.  It got REALLY dark, and dropped a few sprinkles on us.  Just enough to make spots on my truck.

It's dark here and the clouds are hanging low and swirling...

I can hear thunder to the north and west...

my wife has the sprinkler going on the garden though because I'm still not sure it's going to actually rain :-\ :-\ :-\

Central dispatch is just toning off a severe weather warning for 'northern' Monroe County until 8:15...

still not sure we're going to get any rain though...

and now the 'wires down' calls are starting on the back side of the storm in west part of the county.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 13, 2016, 07:34:18 PM
I just got done mowing the front and put away the mower and all heck broke loose.  I bet we got an inch in 10 minutes, hail too.  It's still raining and ponding in the side yard.

Coolerd it off nicely.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 13, 2016, 07:36:58 PM
Central dispatch just dispatched LMR to a generator fire...

IN A BASEMENT!!!

I hope this is a walkout basement but there are still several things wrong with this picture :o :o :o
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 13, 2016, 07:40:46 PM
I just got done mowing the front and put away the mower and all heck broke loose.  I bet we got an inch in 10 minutes, hail too.  It's still raining and ponding in the side yard.

Coolerd it off nicely.

We're getting some light sprinkles but lots of wind gusting...

a few thunder boomers and one lightning strike pretty darned close!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 13, 2016, 07:42:28 PM
Saw the lightning north of White Park but enough to put 30 min delay on game
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 13, 2016, 07:42:59 PM
More trees and wires down coming in from all over the north and west part of the county...

and a motorcycle crash out on N. Dixie!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 13, 2016, 07:49:04 PM
Saw the lightning north of White Park but enough to put 30 min delay on game

Looks like you'll be getting rain within 30 minutes...

we're getting a light rain but our sidewalk still has dry spots.

Still more wire down calls...

plus a possible structure fire right in Maybee.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 13, 2016, 07:54:58 PM
The structure fire in Maybee turned out to be a power pole on fire...

N. Custer and Baldwin there are multiple poles down out in a field...

we're getting a little more thunder now...

still not much rain!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 13, 2016, 08:36:02 PM
The scanner is still going non stop with various calls...

been watching the DTE outage map and there are some big areas without power north of the river in Monroe County...   running all the way up to London Township!

We got some rain but nothing drastic...

the birds are out in the puddles having themselves a bath ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 13, 2016, 08:48:32 PM
Still raining here, lightly.  The lights flickered once.  Have some limbs down, nothing major but we got at least an inch in 10 minutes, plus small hail.

I don't have to get the chainsaw out.... ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 13, 2016, 08:52:39 PM
Rained at White Park but nothing south of there
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 13, 2016, 09:29:47 PM
Another round coming after midnight it looks like!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 13, 2016, 09:56:13 PM
Rained in Woodville Ohio.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 13, 2016, 10:10:21 PM
Directv out.  Must be raining. I'll take it..
I can always watch TV
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 14, 2016, 09:16:35 AM
After I went to bed I didn't hear any more rain.  When I let the dogs out about 5:30 the sidewalk and porch were dry and there was a nice 'breeze' blowing. 

When my wife let one of the dogs out about 8 there was a single turkey in our garden.  Must have been checking out the sweetcorn 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on July 14, 2016, 10:56:35 AM
If it will be close, my suggestion is don't try it.  A drop in voltage during startup may damage your compressor. 
Shut mine off - hopefully it didn't happen here during the middle of the night!  as I woke to half power.

Yesterdays storm also claimed several trees in my yard   -  winds must have gusted pretty hard as my rain gauge was bent as well...

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 14, 2016, 11:12:47 AM
Shut mine off - hopefully it didn't happen here during the middle of the night!  as I woke to half power.

Yesterdays storm also claimed several trees in my yard   -  winds must have gusted pretty hard as my rain gauge was bent as well...

Yes, half power is way worse than no power in most cases.  I've seen some very strange things happen when one leg is out.

I was just looking at the DTE outage map...

still quite a few customers in Monroe County without power. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 15, 2016, 08:39:18 AM
Looks like it's going to be out and out 'hot' next week!

(http://image.mlive.com/home/mlive-media/width620/img/weather_impact/photo/20741751-mmmain.jpg)


http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/07/ring_of_fire_over_michigan_nex.html#incart_river_home (http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/07/ring_of_fire_over_michigan_nex.html#incart_river_home)


Looks like it will be hotter here than it will be in Florida!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: eriemermaid on July 15, 2016, 10:01:35 AM
Of course it will be hot.  I packed my winter gear for Greenland.  Probably should pack the swim suit instead!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 15, 2016, 11:37:51 AM
break out the anti-persperant....... ;D

Everyone can be a sweat hog.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 21, 2016, 08:34:55 AM
Looks like it's going to be a hot day...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cn0DtH4W8AAS_Xw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 21, 2016, 10:37:00 AM
I hope i am not to late on my dogwood tree.  I noticed this morning the leaves are curling up.  Worse at the top of course.  I've been letting the hose run for a couple of hours all around the tree.  The tree is pretty large and about 20 years old
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 21, 2016, 05:20:37 PM
We've been getting some rain but it looks like it's about done raining.

Lots of fire calls in the last 20 minutes or so...

most sound storm related...   trees down on wires and wires down in the road and a pole with a transformer laying over in the road.  Also a few minor vehicle crashes that may or may not be weather related but the rain doesn't make it any easier for the responders :( :( :(

Fire alarms going off at Lowe's and Ollie's both at the same time...

I'm guessing a common power drop or surge (maybe both) triggered those.

I'll bet it gets even more humid after this front gets past us!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 21, 2016, 05:40:34 PM
It's raining a little at the state line. No storm activity.. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 21, 2016, 08:01:36 PM
Just got done weeding the patch (onions look gooood).  I just got off my knees and it came hard with lightening.

We got about 1/2".  Cooled off nice, good snoozing tonight.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 22, 2016, 08:42:43 AM
And another 'warm' one today!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cn97vMHWgAAvphl.jpg)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 22, 2016, 09:07:37 AM
Our current 'ring of fire' weather pattern:

http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/07/see_the_ring_of_fire_in_full_s.html#incart_river_home_pop (http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/07/see_the_ring_of_fire_in_full_s.html#incart_river_home_pop)

and Johnny Cash singing Ring of Fire!!!

Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It7107ELQvY#)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 22, 2016, 10:13:42 AM
Gonna be a bunch of stinky pits today...... ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 28, 2016, 08:18:54 AM
Some crazy heavy fog up around the Saginaw Bay area this morning.  Very limited visibility. 

Sounds like another warm one here!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Professor H on July 28, 2016, 08:39:25 PM
Don't need much time to warm up my shoulder in this "weather" - a long hot spell...   

Great for golf - but not so great for many other things outdoors, unless you like swimming in bath water
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 29, 2016, 03:48:13 AM
Don't need much time to warm up my shoulder in this "weather" - a long hot spell...   

Great for golf - but not so great for many other things outdoors, unless you like swimming in bath water

I went through three tee shirts one afternoon this week...

if we could just suck the humidity out of the air and get it on the garden we wouldn't have to water as much ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 29, 2016, 05:51:30 AM
I'm nit watering at all.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on July 29, 2016, 09:31:25 AM
I maybe watered the garden to much.  The tomato plants are 6' tall with quite a few tomato's but they won't get red.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 29, 2016, 05:38:36 PM
neither are mine.  You can force them to ripen.  Can't remember the chemical used but tomato frowers use it all the time.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on July 30, 2016, 09:16:10 AM
neither are mine.  You can force them to ripen.  Can't remember the chemical used but tomato frowers use it all the time.

I'll just wait for them to ripen on their own...

already get too many chemicals in our food from the grocery store :( :( :(
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 30, 2016, 11:27:54 AM
We are getting some red ones now...  CL says a brown paper bag works too.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 07, 2016, 09:53:24 AM
Saw this on the National Weather Service for yesterday!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpNVcYfWcAA84W4.jpg)

Sounds like we're going to hit another warm stretch later this week...

'feels like' temps of over 100 again!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 07, 2016, 10:32:39 AM
I wonder if they were talking about global warming problem in 1918 and 1934.  Or maybe there weren't as many loose cannons back then with nothing to do.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 07, 2016, 11:49:53 AM
It's really very dry around here.  The creek out back has no water in it.  It's reduced to hard pan.  I haven't seen it dry for at least 10 years.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 07, 2016, 02:59:27 PM
It's really very dry around here.  The creek out back has no water in it.  It's reduced to hard pan.  I haven't seen it dry for at least 10 years.

I was checking the corn field across the road over a little closer yesterday...

Definitely some of the tallest corn stalks I've ever seen...

but it's showing definite signs of stress from lack of water.

It will be interesting to see how well the ears fill out.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 07, 2016, 06:02:38 PM
It's 'firing up' around here too.  beans look good, so far.  problem is, the pods and ears are forming now.  lack of moisture will cause low yield.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on August 08, 2016, 01:39:48 PM
The St. Louis area looks on track for bumper crops of beans and corn.  Been terribly hot and humid, but rain fell at just the right times.  Healthiest I've seen crops look this time of year down here.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 09, 2016, 08:03:44 AM
The St. Louis area looks on track for bumper crops of beans and corn.  Been terribly hot and humid, but rain fell at just the right times.  Healthiest I've seen crops look this time of year down here.

Like so many things...

timing is critical ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 10, 2016, 06:13:55 AM

Just had the dogs out and I see fog!!!

It is very warm and muggy and it just feels like it's going to be another nasty hot day!!!

I've been watching the young weather gal on NBC 24 Toledo and she's forecasting a pretty good chance of a long rainy weekend which should really help.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 10, 2016, 06:22:25 AM
Just had the dogs out and I see fog!!!

It is very warm and muggy and it just feels like it's going to be another nasty hot day!!!

I've been watching the young weather gal on NBC 24 Toledo and she's forecasting a pretty good chance of a long rainy weekend which should really help.

From 13ABC Toledo:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpdxQoxVYAQsBB-.jpg)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 10, 2016, 09:27:17 AM
It's getting so I don't notice the heat at all.  In 3 months you'll wish it was hot...... ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 10, 2016, 11:04:20 AM
The heat NO,  the humidity, YES!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 10, 2016, 12:54:53 PM
The ac in my shop never shuts off.  Hasn't for months now.  Usually it shuts off at night, not for a while now.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 10, 2016, 01:12:12 PM
The ac in my shop never shuts off.  Hasn't for months now.  Usually it shuts off at night, not for a while now.

Clean it and maybe it will work better :o :o :o
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 12, 2016, 09:02:11 AM
Going to be another 'hot' one today!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpqN8hCWEAAVuoj.jpg:large)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on August 12, 2016, 10:03:09 AM
I thought I had escaped some of the worst heat and humidity I had ever been exposed to for a 8 week period.........this does feel better here though, not near the humidity.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 12, 2016, 10:12:42 AM
BRD,  I do clean mine every few years.  I've taken the front panel off and cleaned the coils.  Not as much dust as you'd think.  I guess the air moves fast enough it doesn't collect.
I clean the unit outside with a hose.  Mostly early in the season to wash all the cotton out that collects about every day for a month.  I'm thinking of giving it a squirt today.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 12, 2016, 10:19:25 AM
BRD,  I do clean mine every few years.  I've taken the front panel off and cleaned the coils.  Not as much dust as you'd think.  I guess the air moves fast enough it doesn't collect.
I clean the unit outside with a hose.  Mostly early in the season to wash all the cotton out that collects about every day for a month.  I'm thinking of giving it a squirt today.

Put some kind of cleaner or detergent on there too before you hit it with the hose.  You'd be surprised how much cached on dirt is there that you really can't see unless you get down there and look real close.

The unit inside your furnace doesn't usually get very dirty and if it does it's probably because the filter is missing. 

It's also a good time to change the filter as that can be restricting some flow to the coils if it's gotten too dirty.  Units are definitely running more than usual this summer.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 12, 2016, 10:53:13 AM
With just me and not anybody in and out or windows open much my filters are surprising clean every time i change them.  And i buy the good ones. 
I'll try your suggestion on the outdoor unit.  I'll mix up some soap and water and spray on while unit is off and let it soak a bit.  (I'll have to turn it off because it wont' stop by itself today).  Then I'll take the hose to it.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 14, 2016, 10:11:04 AM
We finally got some rain yesterday.  The garden looks pretty good this morning but I wonder how long it will last?

Looks like they're going to be getting a gullywasher south of us today....   and a lot of that area has already had quite a bit of rain in the last week. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 15, 2016, 10:11:46 AM
And now it's looking like we're going to get lots of rain... 

http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/08/big_rain_heading_toward_michig.html#incart_river_home_pop (http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/08/big_rain_heading_toward_michig.html#incart_river_home_pop)

this is the same cell that produced some dangerous flooding in Louisiana!!!

(http://image.mlive.com/home/mlive-media/width620/img/weather_impact/photo/20918313-mmmain.jpg)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 17, 2016, 05:55:33 PM
It's whooping it up here.  High winds, small hail and torrential rain...
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: CatLady on August 17, 2016, 06:32:41 PM
And I was out doing chores!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on August 17, 2016, 06:59:08 PM
Did he hold the door shut as you were trying to get in?  ;D  Hope all is well CL!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 17, 2016, 06:59:41 PM
It's whooping it up here.  High winds, small hail and torrential rain...

We got maybe 5 minutes of heavy rain and no hail.  We'd been having pretty good wind gusts all afternoon.

I see there was a marine warning for Lake Erie!

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: CatLady on August 17, 2016, 08:49:17 PM
Did he hold the door shut as you were trying to get in?  ;D  Hope all is well CL!

No and he actually closed the windows!  All is well.  Hope the same for you.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 18, 2016, 07:13:11 AM
The skies are clear and the sun is bright but we have quite a bit of fog around this morning.  Looks strange on top of the corn field across the road.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: The Fuzz on August 18, 2016, 10:36:22 AM
This morning had a Fall like feel to it, nice and crisp with fog coming off the pool and the river.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 22, 2016, 10:56:15 AM
Mich Gas saying the ave daily temp for mid july to mid aug was 75.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 22, 2016, 11:38:38 AM
I talked to my wife early this morning...

it was 61 here at the time and 77 there...

first time we've had that big a temp differential since she's been gone.

Going to be a nice day to get out and mow the lawn if the dew ever gets gone ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 27, 2016, 06:28:10 PM
Elec service Consumers. 7/26 - 8/23. 957 kWh $157.
Last month was $153. I thought Aug was going to be ove 200. 
I keep at 76 and not in and out very often.
Title: Tornado Warning, Dundee
Post by: Skittelroo on August 28, 2016, 01:31:05 PM
The sirens have been going off and it got very dark here.  We had a heavy rain that lasted about 10 minutes.  Sky is clearing, though it still looks ominous toward Milan direction and some thunder.



From Village of Dundee Facebook page:

Tornado warning has been issued for Dundee and Ida until 2PM.


The fire department is advising that the tornado touched down near US-23 and Cone Road. The funnel cloud immediately went back up and headed toward Deerfield and Lenawee County. There have been no reports of damage. No other reports of confirmed funnel clouds have been received. If any additional information becomes available, we will pass it on immediately.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 28, 2016, 01:33:17 PM
Thanks for clarity.  Facebook just mentioned tornado in dundee but didn't say which way it was headed.
TV13 sent Txt about an hour after the sighting and didn't indicate which way it was headed either.
I hate to turn on TV13.  They will get Blizzard Bill in off of his sick bed to hype it up
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 28, 2016, 03:00:39 PM
Just rain here.....
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tiny on August 28, 2016, 06:01:24 PM
The sirens have been going off and it got very dark here.  We had a heavy rain that lasted about 10 minutes.  Sky is clearing, though it still looks ominous toward Milan direction and some thunder.



From Village of Dundee Facebook page:

Tornado warning has been issued for Dundee and Ida until 2PM.


The fire department is advising that the tornado touched down near US-23 and Cone Road. The funnel cloud immediately went back up and headed toward Deerfield and Lenawee County. There have been no reports of damage. No other reports of confirmed funnel clouds have been received. If any additional information becomes available, we will pass it on immediately.

I think someone got the location wrong. The Nat'l weather service said the storm line extended from Maybee down to Morenci by the Ohio border, moving East, there is no way the tornado could have been at Cone Rd.

We went out M-50 to Lewis and South through Ida watching the storms and didn't see anything. Then we followed Ida Center Rd. to S. Dixie because the NWS said they were watching a storm going from Ida to Bolles Harbor. Lot of low hanging clouds but no tornadoes. Nothing spotted on the ham radio net either.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Skittelroo on August 28, 2016, 06:22:57 PM
It never touched ground, apparently, but there is a video on the Village of Dundee FB page
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210518946352225&set=p.10210518946352225&type=3 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210518946352225&set=p.10210518946352225&type=3)

Person who posted this pic on FB said it was at Cone and 23
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tiny on August 28, 2016, 06:35:03 PM
I just watched Channel 7 news and they said people at the old Heath beach were taking pictures of it but it was miles South of them. They should report where the tornado is at, not where they are. Helps when you're out looking.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 28, 2016, 07:12:27 PM
I agree Tiny.  I heard about the sighting in Dundee but no other comments on which direction it was headed.  Yeah when it's that close we all need to be alarmed but it's still better to know where it might be headed.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 28, 2016, 08:12:01 PM
I think someone got the location wrong. The Nat'l weather service said the storm line extended from Maybee down to Morenci by the Ohio border, moving East, there is no way the tornado could have been at Cone Rd.

We went out M-50 to Lewis and South through Ida watching the storms and didn't see anything. Then we followed Ida Center Rd. to S. Dixie because the NWS said they were watching a storm going from Ida to Bolles Harbor. Lot of low hanging clouds but no tornadoes. Nothing spotted on the ham radio net either.

Yes, depending on where you were getting info from there was plenty of confusion and conflicting info.

The initial dispatch from Monroe County 911 gave the first sighting as from a deputy at Oelke and Ann Arbor Road.  That is about 2 miles south of Clean Water (former Heath) Beach and 3 miles north of Dundee. 

I just watched Channel 7 news and they said people at the old Heath beach were taking pictures of it but it was miles South of them. They should report where the tornado is at, not where they are. Helps when you're out looking.

I have no idea where some of the news media comes up with their info but it is fairly common for it to be just plain wrong.  In a situation like this I think they feel it's more important to be first than it is to be accurate.

When firefighters or LE sight one they report their location of where they are located (that should be somewhat factual as long as they're not so excited that they give wrong info) and then make an estimate (SWAG actually) of the distance from where they are to the probably location of the tornado...   then they also estimate direction of travel, speed, size and anything that may seem relevant at the time.  Two observers giving info can get things a lot more precise.  My son and I were watching the storm from about 5 miles apart and talking on the phone.  We were able to figure out pretty close where some of the clouds would be.  Some were rotating but I never saw anything I'd saw was a tornado.  Remember, we got a nice video recording a few years ago of the one that knocked down the house on Ida Center just east of Lewis.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 28, 2016, 08:31:06 PM
Just rain here.....

NOT!!!

After the excitement of the initial sighting was over a Summerfield firefighter observed one west of his observation point at N. County Line Hwy and Deerfield Road!  By the time that one made the news the 'west' had been turned around to where the cloud was heading west.  That can happen but it is very rare that a tornado moves to the west.  If it was moving west it's likely it was just one of the funnel clouds that apparently were quite numerous along this front.  As the front went by you could feel the temp drop at least 10 degrees. 

I agree Tiny.  I heard about the sighting in Dundee but no other comments on which direction it was headed.  Yeah when it's that close we all need to be alarmed but it's still better to know where it might be headed.

Somebody at central dispatch had to make an instant decision based on one or two initial sightings from LE. 

Remember several years ago when they didn't sound the warning and then one hit...

seems like that might have been the one up in Dundee that ended up doing so much damage. 

It's a lot like the old game...

put 5 or 6 people in a circle and the first person tells a story to the 2nd and then the 2nd passes it on to the 3rd...  by the time it gets back to the original 'source' it doesn't even sound like the same story.

I would never want to work at central dispatch but for sure not during a tornado situation.  They are having to juggle calls coming in and dispatching various departments plus taking calls from all the local, Toledo and Detroit news media...

plus they have to keep up with all the other emergencies happening around the county.  There was a motorcycle crash at Telegraph and Newport road right in the middle of all the swirly cloud confusion.  Maybe it was related or maybe not.

Anyway, after the news media gets the info then they have to get it out through social media or over the air.  It's a weekend so most of the media people working today are fairly low on the totem pole and may not have much experience working 'under the gun' so to speak.

Other than the motorcycle crash I didn't hear of anyone getting hurt although sometimes you have to wonder if some of the rescue calls may be someone hearing the sirens or the news and getting too excited. 

I was doing a text to our two oldest when the sirens went off the first time.  Before I could finish my text our oldest daughter was texting asking what was going on and our son was on the phone asking the same thing.  Apparently most of the sirens must have worked pretty good today.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 28, 2016, 08:41:32 PM
Right around 3:15 I was out getting some things out of the back seat of the car...  actually had my head in the car when I saw blue flashes like someone was welding right in front of me...

I was pretty sure it was lightning but I didn't hear anything for several seconds.  I actually started to wonder if I had been hit and had died :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

Finally I heard the thunder clap and it was deafening.  Listening to it I would have sworn it was within a quarter of a mile...

but as long as it took to get here after I saw the flash was more like maybe it was down in Erie or Temperance.  When I got inside I asked my wife if she saw which way it was and she said it was 'everywhere'...   she thought it was real close too.

About 45 minutes later I saw the Charter repair guy going down the road with his yellow strobe light going.  I thought maybe our internet was out but I checked and it was on just fine.  Must have just been someone's individual service that was out.

Still getting a lot of calls for wires down or poles smoking.

We were down in Erie yesterday watching the Consumer's bucket truck up by the pole and just laying the dry chemical powder extinguisher to the pole just below the cross arms.  Must have been burning good because we saw them spray it about 3 times.

There was also another motorcycle crash maybe 30 minutes ago...  Exit 18 (Nadeau Rd.) on I-75...

are they still doing construction in that area...   I haven't driven that stretch since Valentine's Day!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tiny on August 28, 2016, 08:50:32 PM
We get an alert message on our phone first, then we hear the announcement from the Nat'l weather service over our ham radios. Someone starts a net on the radios and, a dozen of us all over the county, work from that net. We have a direct radio link to the NWS and they can ask us what we are seeing in certain areas, or tell us to go check areas they are concerned with. Problem was the first alert over the phone said Dundee, so we headed down M-50 toward Dundee, we should have headed toward Maybee.

Channel 7 showed the radar from the storm and showed 3 or 4 areas with rotation at the same time over the county. It could have been real bad if they all developed into Tornadoes.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 28, 2016, 09:16:08 PM
We get an alert message on our phone first, then we hear the announcement from the Nat'l weather service over our ham radios. Someone starts a net on the radios and, a dozen of us all over the county, work from that net. We have a direct radio link to the NWS and they can ask us what we are seeing in certain areas, or tell us to go check areas they are concerned with. Problem was the first alert over the phone said Dundee, so we headed down M-50 toward Dundee, we should have headed toward Maybee.

Channel 7 showed the radar from the storm and showed 3 or 4 areas with rotation at the same time over the county. It could have been real bad if they all developed into Tornadoes.

I heard the first report and it was distinctly Oelke and Ann Arbor road...

a couple of minutes later they started referring to the location as Cone and A2 road...

that is still just a hair under 5 miles to Cabelas according to Google maps so maybe that is close enough for the NWS...

obviously it's close enough for the news media people from Detroit and Toledo.

I got a good laugh at one point...

13 ABC Toledo went live with reporting.  They were giving estimates of when the storm would be arriving at certain 'communities'...

They gave a time for it to hit Strasburg....  there are very few people around who can actually locate where Strasburg was...

and it 'is' no more!!!

Thanks for clarity.  Facebook just mentioned tornado in dundee but didn't say which way it was headed.
TV13 sent Txt about an hour after the sighting and didn't indicate which way it was headed either.
I hate to turn on TV13.  They will get Blizzard Bill in off of his sick bed to hype it up

I didn't see him today...   Jay (whatever his name is) was covering it?

Has Blizzard Bill been sick?

Lately I've actually been watching most of my weather reports from NBC 24...

They've got a couple of cute young gals on there now and one of them is actually from Monroe so she knows how to pronounce the Knabusch weather center when they're talking about it.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 28, 2016, 09:21:13 PM
Yeah Blizzard Bill had some medical issue and is off for awhile. Hope he gets well but retires.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 28, 2016, 09:26:36 PM
Yeah Blizzard Bill had some medical issue and is off for awhile. Hope he gets well but retires.

Isn't he a neighbor of yours...

I know Diane Larson lives down there and somehow I had in my feeble mind that BB does too :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 28, 2016, 10:09:21 PM
Not sure about either one. Stan Staceck (sp) was a resident and his wife taught in Bedford school sys.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 29, 2016, 10:50:47 AM
Not sure about either one. Stan Staceck (sp) was a resident and his wife taught in Bedford school sys.


I was thinking Diane Larson but it is actually Rebecca Regnier...

I believe she is a lifetime Bedford resident but at the least a longtime one!

I found info that Blizzard Bill actually lives in Maumee and his wife runs a Pastie shop (the ones you eat, not the ones the gals wear to dance in) up in Farwell.  They commute back and forth on weekends.

I actually remember BB when he was pretty new up at the Traverse City TV station. 

http://www.toledocitypaper.com/June-Issue-2-2016/Michigan-Staple-Eyes-Entry-into-Toledo-Market/#Food%20&%20Wine (http://www.toledocitypaper.com/June-Issue-2-2016/Michigan-Staple-Eyes-Entry-into-Toledo-Market/#Food%20&%20Wine)

http://www.13abc.com/station/bios/weather/289047901.html (http://www.13abc.com/station/bios/weather/289047901.html)

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 29, 2016, 03:46:27 PM
I don't see anything wrong with eating the ones gals wear...........  More fun and less filling... ;D
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on August 29, 2016, 03:58:33 PM
Yes,  Regnier and her husband both were in Bedford schools with my kids..They still live here
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 30, 2016, 09:17:53 AM
I don't see anything wrong with eating the ones gals wear...........  More fun and less filling... ;D

As long as they don't get caught in your teeth ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 30, 2016, 10:45:04 PM
Raining again........................

I see lots of brown hay down.....................

I'm waiting.  Brown hay = higher prices......................
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 31, 2016, 08:38:58 AM
Raining again........................

I see lots of brown hay down.....................

I'm waiting.  Brown hay = higher prices......................

Make hay while the sun shines!!!   Too bad it isn't that simple.  Neighbor on one side timed things perfect and got some pretty heavy second cutting off with not even a dew on it! 

And the one on the other side ended up with 3 rains on it...  looks like he just baled it without raking it!!!

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on August 31, 2016, 10:08:34 AM
Articles on the Sunday twister fiasco in the county:

http://www.clickondetroit.com/weather/whats-going-on-with-the-recent-unexpected-tornadoes (http://www.clickondetroit.com/weather/whats-going-on-with-the-recent-unexpected-tornadoes)

http://www.clickondetroit.com/weather/weather-alert-funnel-flouds-spotted-in-monroe-county-possible-tornado-touchdown (http://www.clickondetroit.com/weather/weather-alert-funnel-flouds-spotted-in-monroe-county-possible-tornado-touchdown)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 31, 2016, 01:57:44 PM
I'm less that a mile from County Line and Deerfield road and we never saw anything and there was no wind either...
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on September 01, 2016, 09:02:58 AM
I'm less that a mile from County Line and Deerfield road and we never saw anything and there was no wind either...

The spotters in the firetruck were at County Line and Deerfield road and most likely very focused on looking west.  They may or may not have had binoculars.  I have no idea what they saw but it was enough for them to report it to central dispatch so central could forward the info to Lenawee county's dispatch staff. 

Whatever they saw could have been another 3-4 miles on into Lenawee county at the time. 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on September 01, 2016, 09:18:37 AM
If you're out along Lake Erie keep your eyes open for water spouts.  Some were spotted yesterday and the NWS is saying conditions will be right again today.

I've been keeping an eye on the tropical depression / hurricane bearing down on Florida.  This will be our youngest daughter's first 'big storm' since she's been down there.  It's actually been 11 years since an hurricane hit Florida.  That was a year or two after they got hit by three in one year.

She is in central Florida and I've watched the storm come in from the southeast and go across Cuba and Keys and out into the Gulf of Mexico and then swing around and heading to the northeast.  The initial projections looked like it was going to possibly be a direct hit but it has consistently been moving to the north although I remember how Charley made and instant turn while I was watching it on radar!!!

I have a sister in N. Florida, a cousin just North of Orlando (yes, her husband works for Disney) and a cousin on the Atlantic coast near the Florida - Georgia line!  The storm has been a tropical depression but as it is getting closer to land the water in the Gulf is getting warmer and that powers the storm up to a possible hurricane.  Even though they don't always know where they're heading they're pretty good at predicting how strong they will be.

It's fairly common for these storm fronts to spawn off lots of tornadoes and that will be what will do most of the damage most likely!

They're talking on the weather right now that the panhandle area of Florida could see 20 inches of rain :( :( :(  Going to be a soupy mess it sounds like!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on September 01, 2016, 09:35:19 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CrRMQS3WEAAa0fb.jpg)

I'm not sure what the dots mean but they're related to water spouts on Lake Erie.

Years ago when the Little Red Store was still at the corner of S. Otter Creek and Toledo Beach Road we got dispatched for a water spout that had hit the store.  It took the awning right off the front of the building.

It was neat in that you could see where it had pulled water with it as it left the lake and headed due west on S. Otter Creek...

looked like a big dog had been swimming and then been shaking water all the way to the store.  No damage done but I'll bet one could do some damage if it hit a boat...   or someone on the ground that wasn't sheltered.

One afternoon back in the 60s we watched one way out in the Gulf off of Indian Rocks Beach.  It was out there a long way and you could watch it weave back and forth.  There wasn't really a perception of it moving other than just weaving.  In hindsight that probably meant it was either moving directly at us or directly away from us!!! 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tiny on September 01, 2016, 09:44:41 PM
We watched a dozen water spouts drop down and go up, from 9am to noon back in July 1998. Every time we went to leave another one or two would drop down.

(http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab249/ka8ebi/1a_zpslhzle1qh.jpg)

(http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab249/ka8ebi/3a_zpsmyrtzznq.jpg)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on September 02, 2016, 09:20:07 AM
So far the worst of the storm is staying north of where our daughter is.  I talked to her yesterday and they had about a 10 minute shot of 'monsoon' rain!  I checked the radar a few times in the night and just checked it again and the south edge of the storm is probably 30-40 miles north of her. 

It is raining all over north Florida, all of Georgia, and both of the Carolinas...

I'd like to dedicate an appropriate song to everyone in the storm!!!

Brook Benton - Rainy Night in Georgia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDRbF80NKDU#)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on September 02, 2016, 09:29:20 AM
We knew it was inevitable that our daughter would eventually have to go through a hurricane.  This one turned out to be a good learning experience for her to learn on. 

Technically it was only a hurricane for a few hours.  It had been a tropical storm on and off for several days as it cruised the Gulf...   then at the last minute as it hit shallow and warmer waters it accelerated to 'hurricane' strength and got a name!  Then it hit land and just kind of crashed as far as the winds...   sustained at about 45 mph which is not a major problem for anyone that is prepared for a storm.  Flooding and storm surge along the ocean are typically the hardest part of a hurricane.  Add really strong winds and you typically have some fatalities!

Our daughter is about 140 ft above sea level so should be safe from flooding.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on September 04, 2016, 11:25:03 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CreuOOPUIAAdR1O.jpg:large)
Quote
Hermine is no longer tropical, nor a hurricane, but she is a big storm. Some of the driest air in years is overhead.



I found the Twitter post on how dry our local air is because of Hermine going up the coast...

It was on 13ABC Toledo:

https://twitter.com/13abc/status/772277423031193601

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on September 04, 2016, 05:58:44 PM
Interesting.  That explains my bloody nose this morning.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on September 07, 2016, 10:15:02 AM
A week into September and we're still having the 'hot and humid' weather!

And the hottest spot in the state is right here...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CrtxHL9WIAAutl_.jpg:large)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on September 07, 2016, 10:31:50 AM
yep, and my air has been running already.  Even last month when it was oppressive my air didn't come on in the morning.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on September 07, 2016, 11:17:49 AM
Using some serious anti-persperant.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on September 07, 2016, 11:33:40 AM
I was out for a bit in the garden and tending to the flower beds.  It's not bad out of the sun.  There is a decent breeze. The humidity is 57..
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on September 07, 2016, 12:15:20 PM
The shop has a/c, the house don't.  It's not bad actually and soon it will be snowing anyway...
Title: Hurricane Newton remnants and screaming jet stream heading toward Great Lakes
Post by: BigRedDog on September 08, 2016, 10:33:27 AM
(http://image.mlive.com/home/mlive-media/width620/img/weather_impact/photo/screen-shot-2016-09-07-at-110615-pmpng-5239716720a72e53.png)

http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/09/one-two_punch_of_hurricane_new.html#incart_river_home_pop (http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/09/one-two_punch_of_hurricane_new.html#incart_river_home_pop)
Title: 30th anniversary of 1986 Great Flood
Post by: BigRedDog on September 12, 2016, 09:39:02 AM
http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2016/09/30th_anniversary_of_1986_great.html#incart_gallery (http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2016/09/30th_anniversary_of_1986_great.html#incart_gallery)


I remember being able to load and unload boats at the DNR ramp on Summit Street at Halfway creek...

without having to back down into the launch ramp!!!

My Dad was in Florida and had picked up the morning's paper...   probably Brandenton or Sarasota or Tampa...

on the the front page of the paper is a photo of the sign at the entrance to Grandview Beach (across the road from North Shores in La Salle for those not familiar with it).  The water is up halfway on the sign.  My Dad laughed when he saw the picture and commented that he was probably one of a very few people in Florida that even knew where Grandview Beach was ;D ;D ;D



Title: Keeping an eye on Hurricane Matthew!
Post by: BigRedDog on October 03, 2016, 02:50:52 PM
We have family and friends that may feel the impact depending on where the track ends up actually going.  One thing about a hurricane is they are not always predictable!!!

This graph from NOAA shows the potential path of the 'eye' which could mean the outlying storm could either completely miss or pretty well cover all of the Florida peninsula!!!

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBjYAWh0dHA6Ly93d3cuZ2FubmV0dC1jZG4uY29tLy1tbS0vY2E1NWE4OTc0YWFlNWVlZTAyMmIwNWVkZDkzNjZjZDllOTg3OTYwZS9jPTAtNzAtMTc5MC0xMDgxJnI9eDMyNCZjPTYwMHgzMjEvbG9jYWwvLS9tZWRpYS8yMDE2LzEwLzAzL0Nhcm9saW5hR3JvdXAvR3JlZW52aWxsZS82MzYxMTEwMTYxMzg0NTk1ODctU2NyZWVuLVNob3QtMjAxNi0xMC0wMy1hdC0yLjExLjU5LVBNLnBuZxSwCRTyBBwUhAYUlAMAABYAEgA&s=BGjkJ6QICgath-TcB6FSPNc7IIGveSkpffkRxGSaHo0)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on October 04, 2016, 10:56:37 AM
Matthew has hammered Haiti overnight...

this is a nasty storm.

The 'predictions' are still dancing back and forth but mostly show the worst of the storm staying just off the Atlantic coast of Florida.  They will still get some rain and wind inland though.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on October 06, 2016, 09:38:09 AM
We've been watching the weather reports and hurricane predictions.  If it goes as 'predicted' right now it shouldn't be much more than a nasty thunderstorm for out daughter.  She'll be 'hunkering' down with a friend from high school that has two young daughters.  They've been out 'stocking up' on necessities 'just in case' the storm takes a nasty turn at the last minute.
I watched Hurricane Charley do that on the Gulf Coast. 

Like so many parts of life the 'unknown' is what's bothering most of the people down there today!  There are at least a few computer models of the storm that show it going up the coast for a couple of days and then making a big turn to the east and then to the south and then back to the west and heading right back at the Florida coast 'somewhere'...   kind of a double whammy :( :( :(

One bright spot in the situation is that everyone had been advised to remove all political signs from their yards :o :o :o
Title: Re: Keeping an eye on Hurricane Matthew!
Post by: BigRedDog on October 06, 2016, 03:12:01 PM
The hurricane is picking up more strength since about 11 this morning.  Talked to my daughter on the phone for a bit around noon.  She said the sky is dark and you can just 'feel' that there is a storm brewing!!!  Sounds like she's in pretty good shape.  She has a game plan for leaving her truck in an area without too many trees and they'll take the other gal's truck home with them.  It would only be about a 2 mile walk for her if there are a lot of trees down where they're going.

We're still seeing more and more of the computer 'models' that show the storm having the potential to go in a big circle and giving them a 2nd 'go around' :o :o :o

CNN seems to have the best storm tracker I've tried so far! 

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/storm-tracker/?sr=twCNN100616storm-tracker0353PMVODtopVideo&linkId=29612336 (http://www.cnn.com/interactive/storm-tracker/?sr=twCNN100616storm-tracker0353PMVODtopVideo&linkId=29612336)

So far over 100 dead down in Haiti.

Both the Governor and the President have declared Florida a disaster area ahead of the storm even hitting!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on October 06, 2016, 03:35:16 PM
Just saw on Twitter that they are closing Disney World this afternoon at 5...

only the 4th time ever!!!

Will re-open Saturday morning.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 06, 2016, 09:27:07 PM
My son is in it, in Georgia.  Glad I don't live down there.  I'll take the serenity of snow, anyday.
Title: Re: Keeping an eye on Hurricane Matthew!
Post by: BigRedDog on October 07, 2016, 09:40:05 AM
So far the storm has stayed just off the coast which is slightly east of where they were afraid it would go.

Prediction for where our daughter is that the trailing back side of the hurricane should clear about 2:45 this afternoon.  Haven't heard of any major damage in her area so far.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on October 07, 2016, 10:18:00 AM
Well isn't this is a bummer...

at Cocoa Beach Florida!

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Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 07, 2016, 07:58:11 PM
Shitte happens...
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 09, 2016, 09:25:28 AM
Hard freeze out here this morning.  Got up to a frosted shop roof.  Have to pick the rest of the 'maters and peppers.

It's time.  Raked 38 acres yesterday second time.  I'll start bailing today, probably take 2 days, bailing window is tight.  Nice hay btw.

Hay is tight and high priced.  4th is averaging over 10 bucks a bale.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on October 09, 2016, 09:35:44 AM
Hard freeze out here this morning.  Got up to a frosted shop roof.  Have to pick the rest of the 'maters and peppers.

It's time.  Raked 38 acres yesterday second time.  I'll start bailing today, probably take 2 days, bailing window is tight.  Nice hay btw.

Hay is tight and high priced.  4th is averaging over 10 bucks a bale.

They took some nice 3rd cutting off the field beside us a couple of weeks ago.  I'm surprised how fast it has grown since then.  Almost as fast as my lawn :(

Will be interesting to see if they try for a 4th cutting.

Seems like they got more bales off it on the 3rd cutting than they did the very, very dry 2nd cutting.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on October 09, 2016, 10:51:25 AM
No frost on the border that did any damage  I did pick all my ghost, hab and fish peppers and ran thru the dehydrator.  Next time i will do all the prep work outside instead of contaminating my kitchen..
Title: Re: Keeping an eye on Hurricane Matthew!
Post by: BigRedDog on October 09, 2016, 12:15:32 PM
Article on Matthew from the Detroit News this morning:

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2016/10/08/weakening-still-powerful-matthew-plows-coast/91782638/ (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2016/10/08/weakening-still-powerful-matthew-plows-coast/91782638/)

The latest death toll I heard for the US was 15 but the toll in Haiti is approaching a thousand!!!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on October 09, 2016, 03:16:53 PM
Doesn't seem like Matthew did all the damage they were predicting. Other than Hati.  I think if I lived in Hati I'd have a hole dug
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tiny on October 09, 2016, 10:12:29 PM
Doesn't seem like Matthew did all the damage they were predicting. Other than Hati.  I think if I lived in Hati I'd have a hole dug

You probably would have drowned then.  ;D

Or were you meaning you would have dug your grave?
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: nails on October 09, 2016, 10:35:14 PM

I don't understand the death count in Haiti.
They get a lot of hurricanes. They should know what to do.
They had plenty of warning.

Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Tiny on October 09, 2016, 11:04:49 PM
I don't understand the death count in Haiti.
They get a lot of hurricanes. They should know what to do.
They had plenty of warning.



I don't think there is anywhere for them to go, too many people.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on October 10, 2016, 08:49:55 AM
I though the Clinton Foundation fixed all the problems in Hatti and provided safe haven for them..
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on October 10, 2016, 09:34:47 AM
Doesn't seem like Matthew did all the damage they were predicting. Other than Hati.  I think if I lived in Hati I'd have a hole dug

I don't think they can afford a shovel to dig a hole.  I'd guess if they built a shelter they'd be overwhelmed with 'friends'...

Any weather event is always hard to predict 'accurately'...

in the case of Matthew it very fortunately steered just a few miles out to sea more than was originally predicted as it went along the Florida coast.  We can see that when it finally did hit land up in the Carolinas there was a lot more damage (and deaths) even though the intensity of the storm had decreased.  If it had hit anywhere as a cat 4 or cat 5 it would have been much worse.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 12, 2016, 08:08:23 PM
Doesn't seem like Matthew did all the damage they were predicting. Other than Hati.  I think if I lived in Hati I'd have a hole dug

People have a very slanted view of how people live in countries like Hati.  It's dirt poor there and people exist in conditions much, much worse than any here state side.  The Clinton Foundation didn't help (Hati) at all other than to bleed money from them.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 12, 2016, 08:10:11 PM
Got all my hay made just fine.  Putting equipment away for the wintertime sleep now.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on October 12, 2016, 09:23:41 PM
You had a good week for that.  Lots of sun to dry things out
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on October 13, 2016, 09:38:39 AM
We didn't get much rain last night considering all the forecasts they were giving!!! 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on October 13, 2016, 10:01:53 AM
you saying the weather people with their millions of dollars of equip and technology missed  it again?
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on October 13, 2016, 10:22:29 AM
you saying the weather people with their millions of dollars of equip and technology missed  it again?


I don't think they'll ever have enough equipment and technology to get everything 'perfect'.

I was awake in the night and checked my tablet and we were right in the middle of a big dry slot.  In Dundee it was raining but the dry slot was moving NE at just about a 45 degree angle. 

Predicting weather is a lot like predicting where a wildfire is going to burn...

you can get a general idea but all details are 'subject to change' on a moments notice!

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Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: BigRedDog on October 14, 2016, 09:18:27 AM
A little brrrrrrrrrrisk out this morning!

The dogs seemed to enjoy it ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: FritzTheKat on October 14, 2016, 03:43:44 PM
Coolish, but a beautiful day.
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: eriemermaid on October 14, 2016, 08:45:34 PM
It was 34 where I am this morning.  Will be heading south in 6 days!  The kids can make their own dang turkey this year. 


Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.  NKJV Proverbs 22:6




Hope they live long enough to go south for the winter like mom! 
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: FritzTheKat on October 15, 2016, 03:13:07 PM
Have fun Erie!
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: blue2 on October 15, 2016, 04:21:43 PM
It seems like you just got back up here
Title: Re: The Weather
Post by: Monroe Native on October 16, 2016, 06:50:08 PM
It seems like you just got back up here

+1

Where did the summer go?

Yet - I'm happy football is going!

 ;D