Weekend Open Mic

Weekend open mic

Weather:  This weather is just crazy unusual.  After about a week of hot summer weather it’s going to cool off again come Tuesday.  The high temps Tuesday and Wednesday in the 70’s.  That’s almost unheard of here in July.  I’m not complaining at all, just baffled.

Forecast jul 12

Quiet weekend here.  Just working around the house and office.  What’s going on in your world?

 

13 comments to Weekend Open Mic

  • Carole

    Just read this a couple of days ago….

    Remember the polar vortex? That weather pattern that sent temperatures plummeting across much of North America last winter, causing the Niagara Falls to partly freeze?
    Well, it’s back — sort of.
    Forecasters say polar air from the Arctic Ocean is expected to arrive in Canada and the United States next week, bringing unseasonably cool temperatures to the eastern half of the country. Temperatures in Chicago will top out in the low 70s by midweek, making it seem like mid-September rather than mid-July. Compare Wednesday’s forecasted high — 72 degrees — with the temperature on July 16, 2013: 93 degrees.
    Similarly comfortable temperatures are expected as far south as Texas, part of what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association calls a “backward trajectory” of air.
    According to the National Weather Service, temperatures could fall to about 20 degrees below normal in Kansas and Oklahoma.
    The pattern “has been a recipe for extreme warmth on the West Coast and colder than average weather out East,” Eric Holthaus, Slate’s resident meteorologist, notes. “On the west side of the Rockies, tropical Pacific air gets funneled northward from around Hawaii toward Alaska while California dries out and roasts; on the other side, cold air from the Yukon cascades southward toward the Midwest and East Coast.”

    But not everyone is thrilled with the summer “cold” snap.
    “This Polar Vortex couldn’t arrive at a worse time,” Jerry Shields writes on Local2.com in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. “Instead of warm summer-like conditions it will feel more like fall. Temperatures are likely to be 5-10°C below normal. This will keep daytime highs buried in the teens with overnight lows in the single digits.”
    But not every meteorologist agrees the unseasonable plunge is a polar vortex.
    “That’s a wintertime phenomenon,” Dan Petersen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told Reuters. “The basic idea (is) of a large area of below-normal temperatures and some very impressive anomalies for the central and southern Plains.”

    • Jonco

      One of the local meteorologists in St. Louis said this morning that it’s not a polar vortex.

    • DJ

      Niagara Falls “partly freezes” every winter. Always has, always will. No news there. Some years there is more ice visible than in others, but there’s always a lot of ice in the dead of winter. And there is always water visibly (and audibly) flowing under that ice and over the falls.

      • DJ

        Btw – It’s an absolutely amazing place to visit in January and February. Breathtaking views of the ice formations, and no sign of the huge crowds that swarm the place in summer, meaning lower prices for everything from hotels to food to parking.

        Any time you see a picture of the Falls frozen, with blame placed on global cooling or global warming or a polar vortex, you’re being played like a Stradivarius. It’s just another load of global B.S.

        http://theknow.ask.com/is-niagra-falls-frozen-solid-because-of-the-polar-vortex

    • Bella

      It snowed yesterday in Saskatchewan, middle of the country. It’s hotter than the hubs of H@ll here for this albino. A little cooler vortex whatever would be welcome but I’m not complaining. Nope, better than -40. :D

  • Kevin

    I just read that El Niño may not bring us the rain we need. I was hoping it would, last time we had one I hadn’t seen so much rain since I left Ohio. We really, really need it. When I moved into this house last year I had the intention of running irrigation so I could get a nice yard. Now the grass is dead, dirt everywhere, dust blowing into the house. I just don’t have the heart to waste water on a lawn, then having to cut it every couple weeks. Seems like a such silly thing considering. They are saying Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, has not had levels this low since the Hoover Dam was completed.

  • Jamie

    The POTUS is playing golf in my backyard here in Potomac, MD. I got a good video from my deck. actually its a crappy video but it was fun to see the craziness in my own hood.

 
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