Archive for January, 2014

Into The “Deep Freeze” For a Few Days

The big weather story over the next 72 hours will be the bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous, life-threatening wind chills.  Blowing snow today could also be a problem, especially north of the Quad Cities.

Before we talk about the cold and the wind chills, let’s talk snow.

With the blowing wind, it was hard to get an accurate measurement of the snow Saturday night, but amounts were not as heavy as forecast with 3″ across the far north and lesser amounts to the south.

Even with the official 0.7″ of snow in the Quad Cities, it pushes us into the record books.  This is now the 10th snowiest January on record in the metro area.

For the winter, the Quad Cities are now up to 31.6″ of snow.

Winter Snow

That is our average snowfall for the season and without being a meteorologist, you know that we’ll be getting more snow this winter!  Right now, we’re just about a foot of snow shy of this being one of the 25 snowiest winters on record in the Quad Cities.

Now, let’s talk wind, cold, and wind chills.  Here are all of the advisories and warnings for Illinois and Iowa.  Let me sort it out.

Sunday Monday Weather Iowa Winter Weather

The fuchsia coloring over the Quad Cities, eastern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois is a “Winter Storm Warning” from 6 p.m. Sunday to 3 p.m. Monday for bitterly cold wind chills and blowing snow.

The red across central Iowa is a “Blizzard Warning” from noon Sunday to midnight for bitter cold wind chills and blowing snow causing white out conditions.

The blues are various warnings and advisories for wind chills and that gold-ish brown color in western Iowa is a “High Wind Warning”.

Deep Freeze

Temperatures tonight will drop to around -5° to -15°, but with the strong winds factored in, it’ll feel more like -20° to -40°.

Monday’s highs will stay below zero and Monday night’s lows will drop to around -15° to -20°, which would make it the coldest night this winter!

Slight improvement is on the way Tuesday.  We might actually climb to near zero or above, especially in our southern hometowns.  Meanwhile, the northern hometowns will stay below zero.

However, with winds of 20 to 40 miles-per-hour through Wednesday, wind chill factors will stay in the -20° to -40° range and even colder to the north.

Thermometer

We finally start climbing out of the “deep freeze” Wednesday with highs the rest of the week in the teens and 20s — above zero!

More light snow is possible later today, Thursday, and, again, next weekend.

Anthony

“The Bachelor” Says What?

This is a case of having the right to believe what you want, but not having the intelligence to filter your words.

Juan Pablo

Juan Carlos Galavis, the hunky star of ABC’s  “The Bachelor”, may have shown his true colors last Friday night and then used the lame of excuse of claiming English is not his first language.

When asked whether there would ever be a bisexual or gay “bachelor”, he replied that he didn’t and “honestly, I don’t think it’s a good example for kids”.  I can deal with that because, even though I disagree, that’s his opinion.

However, the media hungry reality star kept talking and this is what ticked me off.  He added, “there’s this thing about gay people… it seems to me, and I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not… but they’re more ‘pervert’ in a sense.  And to me the show would be too strong… too hard to watch.”

Excuse me, did you say “pervert”?

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Well, it didn’t take long for Galavis to be contacted by ABC, the show’s producers, or his manager, because he issued this apology, “My vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself.  What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept…  Once again, I’m sorry for how my words were taken. I would never disrespect anyone.”

Please don’t use language as your excuse for being close-minded!

Yelena Isinbayeva

Last August, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva made anti-gay comments and apologized by saying, “English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday.”

Just as I said back then, I don’t speak foreign languages as a second language, so if I’m going to make derogatory comments, “I’ll do it in English, a language I can fluently speak” to avoid “misunderstanding”!

Anthony

Re-posted from  “Random Friday Thoughts — January 24, 2014

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/random-friday-thoughts-january-24-2014/

“The Following” Season 2 Premiere

Fox’s “The Following” kicked off its second season last Sunday night and it was incredible.  It also scored the highest ratings ever coming after the NFC Championship football game.

The-Following-Season-2-Poster-2

Creepy, murderous “followers” of serial killer Joe Carroll are still out to honor him and kill for him.  However, now his loyal group has to contend with copycat groups hellbent on violence and they even have Carroll masks.

Carroll Masks

Emma, one of the Carroll’s followers and lovers from season one, is back and was rather subdued in the season two premiere.  And, while I love the character, her punk look has to go!

The Following - Sam Underwood

My favorite new character in season two is Luke played by English actor Sam Underwood.  You might remember him as the protegé of “Dexter” in the Showtime series’ final season.

Sam Underwood -- Dexter

Without giving away any real spoilers, Underwood was amazing and made creepy, sadistic, and sick look sexy.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of Underwood in “The Following”.  However, because no one is safe on this show, except maybe Kevin Bacon’s “Ryan Hardy”, I can’t say how long Underwood will be on the show.  But, Emma survived all of last season!

Sam Underwood Tweet

If you missed the season two premiere, Fox is airing it again Monday night (January 27, 8 p.m. ET) before an all new episode.

Anthony

Re-posted from  “Random Friday Thoughts — January 24, 2014

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/random-friday-thoughts-january-24-2014/

 

Calm Before The Snow & Next Arctic Chill

UPDATED POST:  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014, 4:08 p.m.

Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine.  However, falling temperatures into the teens and wind chills below zero made the day less desirable.

Snow is on the way late tonight into Sunday.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect for the Quad Cities from midnight through 9 a.m. Sunday for the snow coming in.  However, on the map above, a “Winter Storm Warning” (fuchsia) goes into effect from 6 p.m. Sunday through 3 p.m. Monday for bitter cold temperatures and wind chills, along with blowing and drifting snow.

There could be some 4″ isolated totals around the Quad Cities and to the north, an isolated 5″ total is not out of the question.

As I blogged earlier today, I didn’t anticipate any changes in the temperatures and wind chill forecast.  So, I’m going to copy and paste that from my earlier update so you don’t have to search for it!

It’ll be rather mild the first part of Sunday in the 20s and 30s.  However, once the Arctic cold front passes through in the afternoon, temperatures will quickly fall through the teens and then the single digits Sunday evening and by Monday morning, we’ll be well below zero.

With temperatures of -5° to -15° Monday morning and winds of 20-40 MPH, wind chills will be in the -20° to -40° range.

Highs will remain below zero Monday and Monday night’s lows will drop to -10° to -20° with wind chill factors of -25° to -50° (far north)!

No real recovery is expected Tuesday.  By the middle and end of the week, temperatures will be more bearable!

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014, 6:32 a.m.

This weekend will start off sunny, windy, and colder today and end on a bone-chilling and possibly life-threatening note with snow, blowing snow, very cold temperatures, and dangerous wind chills Sunday.

Friday night’s snow is now over and the sun will return today.  Morning temperatures in the 20s and 30s will fall into the single digits and teens today and wind chills (the way it actually feels outside) will go below zero.

Our next snow begins Saturday night and ends Sunday.

Right now, a “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect today through 9 a.m. Sunday for the snow that fell Friday night and for the falling temperatures and re-freezing today. This also covers the snow coming in tonight and early Sunday that could accumulate to a few inches, especially north.

A “Winter Storm Watch” goes into effect Sunday afternoon through Monday morning for the snow and blowing snow, bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills that arrive Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.

While today will be snow free, the snow will develop northwest to southeast across the area well after dark tonight.  There will be several hours of moderate snow.

Since we’re Midwesterners, this isn’t a huge snow event.  However, with winds increasing to 20-40 miles-per-hour (MPH) Sunday afternoon and Sunday night, there’ll be considerable blowing snow, which could cause white out conditions!

Now, let’s talk temperatures.  It’ll be rather mild the first part of Sunday in the 20s and 30s.

However, once the Arctic cold front passes through in the afternoon, temperatures will quickly fall through the teens and then the single digits Sunday evening and by Monday morning, we’ll be well below zero.

With temperatures of -5° to -15° Monday morning and winds of 20-40 MPH, wind chills will be in the -20° to -40° range.

Highs will remain below zero Monday and Monday night’s lows will drop to -10° to -20° with wind chill factors of -25° to -50° (far north)!

No real recovery is expected Tuesday.  By the middle and end of the week, temperatures will be more bearable!

I know from the number of shares of my blog Friday night and the more than 7,500 views in about 12 hours that you’re taking this seriously.  Thank you.  I appreciate you getting the word out.

Be safe and I’ll have another update today, especially if the snow forecast totals change. The cold and wind forecast will NOT be changing.

Anthony

Snow Tonight, But Very Dangerous Sunday

If you’ve been following my forecast this week on CBS4, you know that I’ve been talking about two snow events this weekend, along with gusty winds and very cold temperatures into early next week.

I want to give you a quick update because it’s shaping up to be very dangerous Sunday and Monday with blizzard or blizzard-like conditions!

First off, for tonight, light snow will quickly race through the area and we’ll pick up accumulations of about 1-2″.

The light, fluffy snow will be blown around by winds of 15-30 miles-per-hour causing reduced visibility tonight and Saturday.

While the sun will be shining Saturday, that’ll be deceiving because we’ll see falling temperatures into the single digits, along with gusty winds and blowing snow.

Now, let’s talk about the next system coming in Saturday night and Sunday because this is where conditions deteriorate for the rest of the weekend into early next week!

Snow is likely Saturday night and Sunday.  It’s looking more and more likely that another 1-3″ of snow (possibly 4″) will fall in that time period.  If it was just snow, that wouldn’t be that much of a problem.

However, it’ll be accompanied by very gusty winds and bitterly cold, falling temperatures.  The map above indicates that a “Winter Storm Watch” is in effect for the Quad Cities (blue shading) for Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.  This could very well be upgraded to a “BLIZZARD WARNING” late in the weekend.

While there will be snow on Sunday, there’ll be considerable blowing and drifting snow into Monday, which could cause the blizzard conditions.

Winds from noon Sunday through Monday afternoon will be out of the northwest at 15-30 miles-per-hour (MPH) with wind gusts of 25-45 MPH!

Now, let’s talk life-threatening temperatures and wind chills.

From Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon, temperatures will likely be below zero, as cold as -15°.

When you combine those temperatures with winds of 15-40 MPH, we’ll have brutally cold wind chills of -25° to -50°!

For those of you that know me and my forecasting style of not over dramatizing weather events unless it warrants, THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS.

To sum this all up: between now and Sunday, 2-5″ of snow (possibly 6″) will fall across eastern Iowa and northern Illinois.  Along with the snow, blustery winds will cause considering blowing and drifting snow.  By the end of the weekend into Monday and Tuesday, life-threatening temperatures (lows of -10° to -20°) and wind chills (-25° to -50°) are likely. 

Please share this information with your friends via social media.

I’ll have more updates throughout the weekend in my blog and on “CBS4 News This Morning” Monday morning beginning at 5 a.m.

Be safe!

Anthony

Random Friday Thoughts — January 24, 2014

Friday is here and that means the weekend gets underway soon!  This evening, I’ll be saying a few words in front of a crowd of thousands for the rodeo that’s in town.  This will be interesting because I’ve never even been to a rodeo!  Have a great weekend and thank you for checking out my random thoughts.

“THE BACHELOR” SAYS WHAT?

This is a case of having the right to believe what you want, but not having the intelligence to filter your words.

Juan Pablo

Juan Carlos Galavis, the hunky star of ABC’s  “The Bachelor”, may have shown his true colors last Friday night and then used the lame of excuse of claiming English is not his first language.

When asked whether there would ever be a bisexual or gay “bachelor”, he replied that he didn’t and “honestly, I don’t think it’s a good example for kids”.  I can deal with that because, even though I disagree, that’s his opinion.

However, the media hungry reality star kept talking and this is what ticked me off.  He added, “there’s this thing about gay people… it seems to me, and I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not… but they’re more ‘pervert’ in a sense.  And to me the show would be too strong… too hard to watch.”

Excuse me, did you say “pervert”?

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Well, it didn’t take long for Galavis to be contacted by ABC, the show’s producers, or his manager, because he issued this apology, “My vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself.  What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept…  Once again, I’m sorry for how my words were taken. I would never disrespect anyone.”

Please don’t use language as your excuse for being close-minded!

Yelena Isinbayeva

Last August, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva made anti-gay comments and apologized by saying, “English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday.”

Just as I said back then, I don’t speak foreign languages as a second language, so if I’m going to make derogatory comments, “I’ll do it in English, a language I can fluently speak” to avoid “misunderstanding”!

SALLY KERN IS THE “HUMAN WRONG”

And, why I’m talking about people who tick me off, I can’t leave out habitual anti-gay Oklahoma Republican state representative Sally Kern.

Sally Kern

Recently, when a Oklahoma judge ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, Kern replied, “Homosexuality is not a civil right. “It’s a human wrong. Homosexuals are saying this is who we are. This is how we’re born. You tell a lie long enough, people begin to believe it.”

Obviously, you’ve believed the lie that you’re not a bigot long enough that you believe it!

BAD FEELING ABOUT SOCHI GAMES

Months ago, I blogged my support for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi (Russia).

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Now, with more and more talk about the threat of terrorism and the recent bombings in Russia, I feel more uneasy.

Of course, the reason for my initial call for a boycott was over Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government’s anti-gay laws and his empty assurances that gay people will not be mistreated during the Games.

I guess this teenager, Pavel Lebedev, getting tackled and detained for holding up a rainbow flag doesn’t count because the Olympics haven’t started yet!

Seriously, it’s a flag, not a weapon!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Winter

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SNAP, SNAP, MISS LABELLE

“All these little heifers who can’t sing are called divas.”

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Whatever you do, don’t call R&B and pop legend Patti LaBelle a “diva”!

“That word is used so loosely that I don’t even consider myself a diva.  I always considered myself a woman who sings her heart out and who gives 120 percent. ‘Diva’ is a word that I wouldn’t wanna call myself because it’s so loosely used. It’s not cute anymore.”

Ms. LaBelle went on to call today’s pop stars “a hot mess”.

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LaBelle:  “Well, for opera singers, and for ladies who earned it, but that was way, way back when. Now you can look up to them, but you might not see what you wanna see. A hot mess! People who are doing it and doing it with about 40 people on stage with them to hide their pitifulness—that’s not a word, but you know what I mean.”

For the record, Patti LaBelle has scored 24 Billboard R&B hits as a solo artist and 10 more with Labelle.  However, on the Billboard Hot 100, she only had 3 solo Top 40 hits:  “New Attitude” (#17, 1985), “On My Own” (#1, 1986, with Michael McDonald), and “Oh People” (#29, 1986).

“THE FOLLOWING” SEASON 2 PREMIERE

Fox’s “The Following” kicked off its second season last Sunday night and it was incredible.  It also scored the highest ratings ever coming after the NFC Championship football game.

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Creepy, murderous “followers” of serial killer Joe Carroll are still out to honor him and kill for him.  However, now his loyal group has to contend with copycat groups hellbent on violence and they even have Carroll masks.

Carroll Masks

Emma, one of the Carroll’s followers and lovers from season one, is back and was rather subdued in the season two premiere.  And, while I love the character, her punk look has to go!

The Following - Sam Underwood

My favorite new character in season two is Luke played by English actor Sam Underwood.  You might remember him as the protegé of “Dexter” in the Showtime series’ final season.

Sam Underwood -- Dexter

Without giving away any real spoilers, Underwood was amazing and made creepy, sadistic, and sick look sexy.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of Underwood in “The Following”.  However, because no one is safe on this show, except maybe Kevin Bacon’s “Ryan Hardy”, I can’t say how long Underwood will be on the show.  But, Emma survived all of last season!

And, what makes Underwood, the actor, even cooler is that he “favorited” one of my tweets earlier this week!

Sam Underwood Tweet

If you missed the season two premiere, Fox is airing it again Monday night (January 27, 8 p.m. ET) before an all new episode.

KE$HA HEALTH UPDATE

As I blogged two weeks ago, pop star Ke$ha checked herself into rehab for 30 days for an eating disorder.  She’s being treated at a facility outside of Chicago.

Kesha and Mom

Ke$ha’s mom, songwriter Pebe Sebert, tells “People” magazine, “I’ve watched my beautiful, self-confident, brilliant daughter be berated and ridiculed for her looks and weight to the point that she almost died.”

Sebert goes on to add, “The doctors told me her blood pressure and sodium levels were so low, they’d never seen it that low except with someone who’d had a heart attack or stroke. They said it was a miracle she hadn’t already dropped dead on stage.”

If you or someone you know is fighting anorexia and/or bulimia, please contact the National Eating Disorders Association at 1-800-931-2237 or check out their website, http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

OBESITY MORE OF A PROBLEM THAN MALNUTRITION

As I was reading an old issue of “Eating Well” magazine (June 2013), I learned that in 1990, malnutrition ranked as the top health risk around the world and being overweight was down at #11.

Obesity

A report by the Global Burden of Disease, made up of 500 scientists in 50 countries, now states that for the first time, being overweight is now up to 6th place and malnutrition has dropped to 8th place!

HEALTHY EATING UPDATE

We’re still doing well on our healthy eating choices and walking.  I’ve now lost 5.6 pounds , so far, in January and Ray is down 4 pounds.  We’re still treating ourselves one cheat meal (i.e. buffet) each week and we’ve cut back on the potent potables.

By spending more time on the treadmill, I’m keeping up on my magazines and I just completed my third book of 2014!

ARMISTEAD MAUPIN’S “TALES OF THE CITY”

Although I read “Tales of the City” twenty years ago, I’m re-reading it again, along with the following eight books in Armistead Maupin’s series.

Tales of the City Book

Maupin started the series in the “San Francisco Chronicle” in 1976, after moving to the city in 1971 for a job at the Associated Press.

Armistead

“Tales of the City” is about a group of young people living at 28 Barbary Lane, a complex of apartments owned by Anna Madrigal, an older, eccentric landlady, who loves her marijuana and is harboring her own secrets.

The series focuses on the funky culture and “alternative lifestyles” of San Francisco, starting out in the 1970s.  The tenants are straight (Mary Ann and Brian), gay (Michael), bisexual (Mona), and asexual (Mrs. Madrigal).

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the miniseries that debuted on PBS in the United States giving them their highest ratings ever (at the time) for a dramatic series.  It stars Olympia Dukakis as Mrs. Madrigal and introduces us to future star Laura Linney.

Tales Miniseries

It’s still one of my favorite miniseries of all time.  I watched it for the first time as, in early 1994, as I was getting ready to make my big move to Chicago from small town Kentucky, just like Mary Ann Singleton did in the series from Cleveland to San Francisco!  And, I was just as naive as Mary Ann, too, twenty years ago!

If you lived through or if you love the groovy 1970s, you’ll love this series.

The final book in the series, “The Days of Anna Madrigal” was just released.

“THE X-FILES”

I’m getting all melancholy again as I near the end of “The X-Files”.  What?  Yes, I know that the series ended its nine-year run in 2002, but I’m watching it again.

The X-Files Season 9

While I’ve seen the entire series, Ray never saw it.  So, we’re binge-watching all 202 episodes and the two feature films.

We’re down to the last 13 episodes.  SPOILER ALERT, Ray!  I hope that I find the series finale more exciting this time than I did the first time!

“I’M A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY”

Dave & Sugar, a country trio, racked up 16 hits on the Billboard Country charts from 1975-1981.  Eleven of those songs made the top ten and three topped the chart.

I don’t know if I moved on from them after their first hit because I don’t remember the other 15 songs.  However, I loved “Queen of the Silver Dollar”, their debut song that only reached #25.

THAT’S ALL

While I have many more random thoughts, I don’t want to exhaust you.  Have a fantastic weekend and thank you for checking our my blog.

Anthony

“August: Osage County”

My apologies go out to Amy Adams (five time Oscar nominee with no wins, so far) and Jennifer Lawrence (three Oscar nominations and one win, so far).  Both blew me away in “American Hustle”.

I was pledging my support for them to win until yesterday when I saw “August:  Osage County” with fellow Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep and Best Supporting Actress nominee Julia Roberts.

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Watching this downer of a movie, I can fully understand how Streep picked up her 18th nomination (three wins, so far) and Roberts got her fourth nomination (one win for “Erin Brockovich”).

The material in this movie adapted from the Tracy Letts’ play is heavy:  suicide, oral cancer, infidelity, incest, and inappropriate sexual misconduct with a minor.  However, the acting was incredible.  In addition to Oscar nominees Streep and Roberts, it also stars past Oscar nominees and winners, Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, and Abigail Breslin.

You have to see this movie!  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and most of all, you’ll want to scream, “Eat the fish, bitch”!  (If you haven’t seen the movie, that’s dialogue from a pivotal scene.)

GRADE:  A

Re-posted from  “Random Friday Thoughts — January 17, 2014

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/random-friday-thoughts-january-17-2014/