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Any time…

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…your adorable Golden Retriever  puppy interrupts  your weather broadcast,  it’s a great forecast!

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May 1, 2020 at 8:34 pm

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Southern storms…

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I was lucky.  There was a lot of wind,  and limbs on some of my pine trees gave up the ghost,  and I really didn’t need. 2.5 inches of rain,  but my new roof suffered no damage and none of the debris hit anything important, and I lost power for only a few minutes.  I have a powder room beneath the stairs which is surrounded by 2 x 4’s and a layer of synthetic fiber similar to DuPont’s Kevlar®.   It has seen me and my pets safely through several tornadoes and an inland hurricane,  though it was quite crowded when I had two large Labs and a pair of Welsh Corgis with me.

Many in the South were not so fortunate.   Nearly  a million  lost electricity,  and those lacking landlines soon found themselves without the ability to communicate.   Some,  like  these people  in Mississippi,  survived only because their home did have a concrete safe room.   The  damage is  extensive,  and I am actually rather surprised that only 32 deaths have been recorded thus far.   I fear there will be more.

I have donated to Samaritan’s Purse and the Salvation Army because they help far more than the Red Cross ever does.  Yesterday afternoon you could hear the sounds of hammering and chainsaws and the thud-thunk of wood hitting the beds of pickup trucks as you drove along.   Neighbors helping neighbors is pretty much routine in the South,  although you do have to educate the townies and Yankees who move to the countryside.   We are very generous with our tarps and lumber and hammers and nails,  but we are under no obligation to provide materials and perform the necessary work.  I would urge each and every one of you to keep a tarp and basic necessities on hand so you aren’t at the mercy of some governmental entity if disaster strikes.   When I was an apartment dweller that lived under my bed or formed the  “floor” of a closet.  I also kept some canned food,  a can opener,  water,  and extra batteries there.  You owe it to yourself and your family to be at least  minimally prepared for disaster.  It is neither difficult nor expensive.  Generally,  more people are injured or killed by panic and ignorance rather than the event itself.  Avoid that with planning and preparation.

 

 

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April 14, 2020 at 1:45 pm

Ice houses…

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No,  I don’t mean the commercial establishments where the public used to go to purchase blocks of ice.   These are houses  completely encased  in ice,  courtesy of two days of vicious gale-force winds off Lake Erie that pretty much encased the lake shore area of Hamburg.  That’s around nine miles south of Buffalo, NY.   One of my young cousins opined that it looked like the movie “Frozen”,  which I have thus far escaped viewing.

I knew the lake could produce mountains of foam and ice blocks which crushed everything in front of them,  but I don’t recall seeing lake water being hurled ashore in such quantities and freezing so thick that some homeowners were trapped.  If my insurance company held the coverage on these structures I’d be curled up in a corner with a bottle of Scotch about now,  calculating if I had laid eough off on Lloyd’s of London.

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March 3, 2020 at 1:35 pm

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Wild country, wild weather…

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Australia is home to some strange weather phenomenons,  and the  dust storm  called a haboob is certainly one of them.   The long-term drought in that nation has made such storms more frequent and displaced more soil.

That was in New South Wales.   Melbourne  suffered huge  hailstones and  torrential  rain.   Add that to the fires…

 

 

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January 20, 2020 at 1:55 pm

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Winter words…

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The South doesn’t get much snow,   and we generally curse it when we do,  but perhaps  these quotations  will at least make you feel a little better.

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January 4, 2020 at 1:49 pm

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Fry shortage?

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Wet and cold weather has  damaged potato  crops in Idaho and  in two of Canada’s largest-producing provinces.   Some growers were able to dig up some damaged crops for storage, but growers in Manitoba,  North Dakota and Minnesota received snow and rain,  forcing them to abandon some supplies in fields.

Demand for this tasty treat has risen internationally, and since the U.S. will have little available for export,  prices could rise substantially and shortages may occur.  Fry makers prefer longer potatoes for use, but this year’s crops are smaller and less convenient to prepare.  Eat up quickly, folks!!

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December 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Trump controls the weather…

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…or he must,  since Iran is blaming him for the flooding occurring there.  Iran appears to have spent the $170 billion His Oneness slipped to them on munitions and supporting terrorism.  Now it still has a broken economy,  and Trump’s sanctions Trump do make it harder to get aid money.  The  real problem  is that its neighbors want Iran to fail,  preferring to deal with a democratic Israel instead of the collection of tyrants they have as alternatives.

 

 

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April 9, 2019 at 3:04 pm

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