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Flooding Rains, Thunderstorms, & Snow All In One Day!

UPDATED POST:  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 3:33 p.m.

That last round of thunderstorms has now pushed us up to 1.28″ of rain since midnight at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois.

Our monthly precipitation total now stands at 2.82″.  That means this is now the 10th wettest February on record in the Quad Cities, in addition to the snowiest February on record and one of the coldest Februarys on record!

UPDATED POST:  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 5:19 a.m.

Our first thunderstorms of 2014 moved through the area early Thursday morning.

Morning Radar

More showers and thunderstorms will move through the area through early Thursday afternoon.  Some of the storms to the east of us this afternoon may contain hail.

We could see another one-half to one inch of rain, especially from the Quad Cities south and east.

It’s a much different story across Iowa today.  Heavy snow, up to 10″-12″ in some locations, is on the way.  Here are the latest advisories.

Iowa Advisories

The red you see in Iowa is a “Blizzard Warning”.  The purple is a “Winter Weather Advisory” and the fuchsia is a “Winter Storm Warning”.

Illinois Iowa Advisories

Closer to the Quad Cities, the problem today will be potential flooding and wind.  The tan-colored area is a “Wind Advisory” and the maize color is a “High Wind Warning”.

Winds late this afternoon and tonight will blow out of the west at 20-50 miles-per-hour.

We’ll also see light snow that will become blowing snow and reducing visibilities.  Most locations will see little, if any, accumulation around the Quad Cities.  Up around Dubuque, Iowa, we may pick up 1-2″.

Be safe out there this afternoon and tonight.

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 4:17 p.m.

The next 24 hours will feature a little bit of everything, so it should satisfy all:  sunshine and 40°+ today, heavy rain and thunderstorms tonight, and snow, howling winds, falling temperatures, and blizzard-like conditions Thursday afternoon and evening!

Iowa and Illinois, brace yourself!  You know what they say:  “If you don’t like the weather in the Midwest, wait 15 minutes and it’ll change!”

First off, take a look at the advisories for Illinois and Iowa and then I’ll try to sort it out.  And, thank you to the Quad Cities and Des Moines National Weather Service offices for these easy to read maps.

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First off, the green indicates a “Flood Watch” from 3 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday.

Rain and a few thunderstorms will move across eastern Iowa and northern Illinois later tonight and Thursday morning.  Rainfall amounts could easily top one inch.

This rain falling on the frozen ground and the melting snow from the past couple of days will cause considerable runoff and there’s nowhere for the water to go!

Here are the forecast maps at 6 p.m. Thursday from both the GFS and the NAM.

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Both basically show the storm moving right over the Quad Cities during the evening.   This means we’ll stay in the warmer air longer and have a shorter window of snow.

So, late in the day Thursday, temperatures will crash and the rain will mix with and quickly change over to snow as the winds start howling out of the northwest at 20-40 miles-per-hour (mph) with 50 mph gusts possible.

Accumulations in the Quad Cities will be around 1-2″ before the snow ends late Thursday night.

South and southeast of the Quad Cities, an inch or less of snow is possible.

Northwest of the Quad Cities, 2-3″ may accumulate.  However, it’s not the amount of snow that is the problem.  It’s the combination of wind and snow that will reduce visibilities off to the northwest causing blizzard-like conditions.

Since this storm is developing out in the Rockies, there could be a shift.

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Make sure you check the latest weather forecast Thursday morning before heading off to work or school.

I’d greatly appreciate it if it’s “CBS4 News This Morning” from 5-7 a.m that you choose. 🙂

Anthony

Severe Weather Threat Increases Sunday

It finally feels like spring across the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys.

After hitting 90° Tuesday in the Quad Cities, we reached 82° yesterday, and highs of 80° or better are expected through Monday of next week.

And, while we’ve had plenty of rain, 13.05″ since March 1, 2013, which is 8.45″ above average, we really haven’t seen much in the way of severe weather.

However, that could be changing.  Showers and thunderstorms are possible tonight and Friday, but by Sunday night and Monday, Iowa and Illinois could be seeing some strong to severe thunderstorms.

7am Sunday - 7am Monday

The map with the red shading is for 7 a.m. Sunday through 7 a.m. Monday.

7am Monday - 7am Tuesday

And, this map with the purple shading is for 7 a.m. Monday through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Each colored shading indicates where there is, at least, a 30% chance of seeing either damaging winds, large hail, or tornadoes.

Of course, the fantastic CBS4 weather team will keep you updated with the very latest on this severe weather threat.

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By the way, Iowa just set the record for the longest period, 356 consecutive days, without a tornado.  The last tornado touched down on May 24, 2012, in Fayette County, in the northeastern part of the state, near the Wisconsin and Minnesota borders.

Anthony

Random Friday Thoughts — April 26, 2013

Happy Friday!  The last weekend of April 2013 is almost upon us.  I hope you have fun plans.  Since the weather is going to be nice, I hope to get outdoors and prep some things for spring planting.  Last weekend in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Ray bought several plants that we’ll be putting in the ground.  I hope they are hearty because I don’t trust this Midwestern weather!

Fort Dodge Plants

Old Farmer’s Almanac says to “plant trees and shrubs while it’s still cool and wet”.  Ray and I did just that two weeks ago with a couple of trees.  Gretel and I really want a cherry tree and we saw a nice one last night, so maybe we should get it.

Although I have to work Saturday afternoon and evening, I still plan on getting out and enjoying the very nice weather this weekend and maybe even mow the yard for the first time this season.  All of the recent rains have really greened up the lawn and the grass is growing.  By the way, don’t expect to see me on the air Saturday.  I’m only there as behind the scenes support for our new weekend meteorologist, Kyle Kiel, who is making his Quad Cities’  and CBS4 debut.  Check him out!

Even though we have a few days of mostly dry weather in the forecast, this April is already going down in the record books as one of the wettest Aprils on record in the Quad Cities.  And, we still have four more days to go and rain is expected Monday and Tuesday.  (This graphic was from earlier in the week.  We now stand at 7.21″, since we’ve added a whopping 0.01″ more!)

Wettest Aprils

ANOTHER REASON TO WATCH CBS EARLY IN THE MORNING

Other than joining me for your latest Quad City weather forecast Monday through Friday from 5-7 a.m.  on CBS4 and to get live updates during the national morning show from 7-9 a.m., national publications are telling you why you should check out Norah, Charlie, and Gayle on “CBS This Morning”.

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“Broadcasting & Cable” recently commended the show for being a “bright spot” in the morning.  And, affiliates like mine, CBS4, are happy, too.   Chris Cornelius, the chairman of the CBS affiliates board, told the the group at a recent gathering in Las Vegas, “We’ve got a wonderful advantage in that we do [hard] news in the morning.”

It’s working.  While those other two national morning shows are fighting each other for number one, mediabistro.com just reported, “The big winner again is “CBS This Morning” which, while still trailing by two million viewers, is up +24% in viewership vs. last year.”

Up 24%!  Incredible!

DO YOU THINK ABOUT DYING?

Normally, I’m a care free kind of guy that always looks and plans for the future.  I rarely think of dying except in mid-February when my mother’s birthday and the anniversary of my father’s death comes around (February 14th & 15th) and in early November around the anniversary of my mother and grandmother’s deaths.

However, lately, I just get a weird feeling that the hereditary curse of my father (brain cancer) and grandfather (colon cancer) is catching up to me.  I know I’m getting older, but I’m noticing more and more aches and pains internally that I didn’t have before.  I know it could very well be from the lack of sleep with my new position at work.  Is three or four hours enough sleep to thrive on during the week? 🙂

I saw this on someone’s Facebook page the other day and it got me to thinking even more!  Luckily, if I were to die tomorrow, I don’t share four of those regrets:  I definitely have the courage to be true to myself (#1), I express my feelings (#3), I do a relatively good job staying in touch with my friends if they want to (#4), and I allow myself to be happy (#5).

The only regret that I have is #2, working too hard in life.  But, short of winning the lottery, how do you get around that one?

Dying Regrets

“I’M TOO SEXY” FOR THIS COUNTRY

After that buzz kill random thought, let’s lighten the mood.  “Out Traveler” is reporting that three men have been kicked out of Saudi Arabia because they were “too handsome” and that women “might fall for them.”  Seriously!  One of the men is actor/poet/photographer Omar Borkan Al Gala from Dubai.

Too Sexy

Now, you can thank me for getting that #1 hit from 1991 by Right Said Fred stuck in your head for the day!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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I LOVE FOOD, BUT NO THANKS!

My friend, Joan, always teases me that many of my blogs and posts have to do with food.  Yes, I love food.  I love talking about it, posting pictures of great culinary treats that I make, and restaurant entrées or buffets that I’ve sampled.  However, I came across an entrée in a past “Boston” magazine food review that I had to say, “no thank you” to and turn away!

Fish, no thanks

I’ll just have the fish and chips, please!

BEY BEY BEY

There is no doubt that Beyonce is gorgeous and hot.  Okay, there are a couple of pictures that you can argue about and I want to share  one of them with you!

She’s now less than two weeks into “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”, her new 65-date, three-leg concert across Europe, North America, and South America.  While some are surprised that the concert doesn’t feature any new music (her new album is due later this year), one thing that is definitely turning heads is the costumes.

This one has me saying “Bey Bee” (baby)!

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And, this one has me saying “Bey BOO!”

Bey Boo!

You go on with your bad self!  Lady Gaga and Madonna, watch out, Bey has gone “Boobie-liciuous”.

AWESOME SURPRISE FROM HELEN REDDY

Last month, I blogged about finally getting to see one of my childhood idols, Helen Reddy, in concert in St. Charles, Illinois.  As you already know, back in the 1970s, she was one of the biggest pop stars in the world.  In 1992, Helen gave up touring and started enjoying life and doing whatever she wanted.  Luckily, for her fans, she decided that she wanted to tour some more this spring.

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Although I didn’t get a chance to meet the 71-year-old singer after the show, her great fan club president and Facebook page administrator, Jim Keaton, made my day recently.  Look what he got me!

Helen Reddy Autograph

Jim and Helen, thank you very much!

CHRISTMAS IS ONLY EIGHT MONTHS AWAY!

Too early to think about it?  I don’t think so considering we had just snow flurries in the Quad Cities last weekend!

While Christmas is still eight months away and I have no desire to even think about what to buy people this Christmas, I already have the first new Christmas album on my list to buy.

Erasure

Erasure, the new wave/dance band from the 1980s, is recording a Christmas album that is expected to come out in November or December!

While the duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have dominated the Billboard Dance charts with 21 hits, 15 of which have made the Top Ten, and two reaching #1, they’ve only charted with three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100:  “Chains of Love”  (#12, 1988), “A Little Respect” (#14, 1988), and #Always” (#20, 1994).

Since this isn’t my Flashback ’80s hit, I’ll share “Always” from 1994 with you since it has a wintry, holiday feel to it.

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Three years ago this week, we purchased two “King Winter Hawthorne” trees for our front yard.

Interestingly enough, we didn’t have to convince Miss ABBA and Gretel to help us dig the holes for the news trees.  ABBA thought it was fun because she got to dig in the yard without getting reprimanded and Gretel pretended to be a ghoul rising up out of a grave!  The trees have done very well in the three years since we planted them and I can’t wait for the new leaves to sprout out so I can share a new picture with you from this spring to show how they’ve grown.

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And, this awesome photo is from April 28th of last year.  I wasn’t lucky enough to “catch” the lightning streak.  I had to cheat.  I recorded a video and was able to capture frames from the video.  Nevertheless, it’s a cool shot.

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PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK

Why not have another dose of Erasure?  I met the band briefly when I was a writer for “Fox News Chicago” when they were on the morning show about ten years ago.  They even signed my VHS copy of “Erasure Live!”

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The synthpop band first charted on the U.S. Dance chart with 1985’s “Who Needs Love Like That” and first topped the dance chart in 1987 with “Victim of Love”.

When I was a club disc jockey in the 1980s, “Oh L’Amour” and “Sometimes” were two of my favorite Erasure songs.

MY FINAL “THE FOLLOWING ” THOUGHT BEFORE THE FINALE

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“The Following” season one finale is Monday night at 8pm Central on Fox, that other network!

Have yourself a great weekend and thank you for checking out my weekly random Friday thoughts.

Anthony

Should You Trust Those Almanacs For The Forecast?

We’re almost three months into the new year and I’m sure some of you might be looking over your “2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac” and wondering if the temperature and precipitation forecasts are accurate.

The “Almanac”, which has been published since 1792, claims an accuracy rate of 80%.  But, is it really.  As I was spring cleaning at home, I came across the 2011 edition.  I looked through it to see if there was anything I wanted to save before recycling it and I decided to check the forecast and see how correct it was for eastern Iowa and northern Illinois.

Almanac

When I started checking the “Almanac” forecast to the actual weather for that year, I was very lenient in grading.  I didn’t even check the detailed forecast for actual dates for those months because there’s no way to forecast that far in advance!  I just checked the monthly temperature and precipitation forecast.

For temperatures, the “Almanac” was 42% accurate.  For instance, it predicted December 2010 temperatures to be three degrees above and the month ended up 5.3° below average in the Quad Cities.  Many other months were off the mark.  However, in September 2011, it predicted that temperatures would be four degrees below average and that’s how it turned out!

As for precipitation, the forecast trends were more accurate.  The “Almanac” was 75% accurate!

I always find it interesting to read the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” and the “Farmers Almanac” (published since 1818), but if you really want to trust the forecast, you have to watch the CBS4 weather team! 🙂

Have a great day!

Anthony

Yes, More Snow! But, Leave The Groundhog Alone!

AFTERNOON UPDATE:  Saturday, March 23, 2013, 2:52 p.m.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect at midnight tonight and runs through 7 p.m. for the following counties in Iowa:  Des Moines, Henry, and Lee, and for the Illinois counties of Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren.  For Knox and Stark counties, that “Winter Weather Advisory” runs from 1 a.m Sunday until 1 a.m. Monday.

As for snow amounts, I think based on the latest information that we should shave about an inch off  the totals from the Quad Cities northward and about 2″ off the totals in the far south.  That still means about an inch north to about 1-3″ in the Quad Cities and along Interstate 80, and about 2-4″ south.  Isolated higher totals are still possible.

Have a great rest of your weekend.

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:23 a.m.

I’m a firm believer that people (even politicians) can change or, at least, educate themselves to see both sides of an argument.

Earlier in the week, I got on the bandwagon with many others of blaming our late season cold and upcoming snow on Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog, that made his forecast February 2nd that we’d see an early spring!

It’s gotten out of hand.  There have been calls for him to be brought up on criminal charges, he’s wanted dead or alive, and there are even pictures on Facebook that he’s been attacked and injured!

Groundhog

I apologize for blaming him for our weather misfortunes:  In the Quad Cities, this March, our temperatures have not even hit 50°once and are running 8.3° below average, and, as of this writing, this is the sixth coldest March on record in the metro area and those records go back to the late-1800s!

Now, the madness has to stop!

Rodent

Phil is right.  He was never trained to analyze weather charts, satellites, radars, and learn the physics of the atmosphere.  How dare humans take this cuddly little critter and put so much pressure on him!

As a meteorologist, I’ve blown a forecast before and I’ll do it again.  And, with that being said, there are other meteorologists that blow every storm out of proportion and every snow event becomes the “storm of the century” and every spring thunderstorm develops tornadic potential.  Do people hold those forecasters to the same ridicule as Phil?   No!

But, I’ll say that it’s pretty bad when you make only one forecast a year and you’re wrong.  That doesn’t do much for your forecasting accuracy!  It’s either 0% or 100%, so you can’t afford to be wrong.  You just have to hide out again for another year!

So, with that being said, let’s ease up a little on that Pennsylvania rodent and talk about the snow potential here in eastern Iowa and northern Illinois tonight and Sunday.

As of Saturday morning, a “Winter Storm Watch” goes into effect later this evening for counties just south of the Quad Cities.  I do expect this “Watch” to become a “Winter Weather Advisory” later today and for the aerial coverage to expand northward.

Here’s the bottom line:  Nice weather is expected today with mostly sunny skies giving way to increasing clouds from south to north.  Highs will make it to 35°-40° far north, 40°-45° in the Quad Cities, and 42°-47° in the far south.

A rain and snow mix will develop later this evening across the south and progress northward.  With the relatively mild day and warm ground in the south, snow accumulations will not begin until later tonight.

Snow will fall tonight and most of Sunday before winding down Sunday night from southwest to northeast across the area.

My snow forecast totals (or “snotals”) have not changed from when I first brought them to you Friday morning on “CBS4 News This Morning” (and for those watch us, thank you).

As with any winter storm event, there could be a few isolated higher totals.

Enjoy your weekend and make the best of this snow.  For those that are ready for spring, this could be the last snow of the season.  For those that want the snow, it might not be. 🙂

For Phil’s sake, I hope it’s the last snow.  I can’t keep blogging in his defense if real spring weather doesn’t arrive soon!

Anthony

Random Friday Thoughts — March 8, 2013

Happy Friday to you.  The weekend is almost here and I hope you’re looking forward to it.  We’re heading to Fort Dodge, Iowa, for a quick weekend trip to see Ray’s family.  But, I thought I’d share some of my random thoughts with you.  After you check out mine, let me know what’s on your mind today!

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS

It’s that time of the year that we “spring forward” and lose an hour of sleep.  Normally, I don’t think too much about it.  But, that means that I’ll be losing a sacred hour of sleep.

With my new work schedule, Monday through Friday from 2-10 a.m., that means I get up at 1 a.m.   As you may recall, when I was on the morning show before for two years, I was always sleep deprived.  However, getting only three or four hours a sleep a day didn’t bother me too much.  I hope that’s the case now.  Or, I hope I learn to take a nap in the afternoon.

MY FIRST WEEK ON-AIR AT CBS4

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After a week of training with CBS4 chief meteorologist Andy McCray during the week of  February 26th, I made my debut as the morning meteorologist this week and I had a blast.  It’s been fun getting back into the television weather forecasting game and hanging out and getting to know my new morning co-anchor Meredith Dennis.

During that week of training, I also got to hang out with evening news anchors Steve Long and Chloe Morroni (and sports director Jay Kidwell).  What a great group of people!  I’m definitely looking forward to being a part of the CBS4 news team and to working hard to help show the Quad Cities what they’ve been missing by not watching CBS4.

That brings me around to saying a very big thank you to all of my friends, near and far, for the overwhelming support and kindness you’ve given me over the past four months.  I appreciate you traveling down the new road with me and I hope that you wake up with me every weekday morning! 🙂  Again, thank you.  You’re amazing.

Here’s the bio on the website if you haven’t seen it:  http://www.whbf.com/story/21448259/anthony-peoples

WINTER, WHERE IS SPRING?

Snowfall Update

Check out this cheesy little graphic I made at home Tuesday afternoon after our second big snow in as many weeks.  Typically, I wouldn’t refer to a 4-inch-plus snowfall as “big”, but the last two winters in the Quad Cities have been pretty dismal when it comes to snow.

In the winter of winter of 2011-2012, we only saw 16.9″ of snow.  The average seasonal snowfall in the Quad Cities is 31.6″!

Before the snowstorm last week and the snow earlier this week, we had only picked up 10.7″ of snow from December 2012 through February 17, 2013.  And, then “Old Man Winter” found us in the Quad Cities.  The four-day storm (February 26- March 1, 2013) dropped 9.4″ and then we picked up 4.1″ this past Tuesday.  That means that 63% of this snow that we’ve seen this winter fell in just 16 days in late February and early March!!!!!

This is from Tuesday.  Snow is so beautiful!

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT — WINTER VERSION

HelpPraying For Snow Winter Storm Humor

And, this one is for Ray since he’s the squirrel, oops, bird  feeder at our house.  I love this!

Bird Feeder

HEALTHY EATING 2013 — IT HASN’T STARTED YET!

Ray and I haven’t set a date to get on the ball and shed those winter pounds.  I think when the weather improves and I get to work in the yard, I’ll get motivated.

Now, in a perfect world, i.e. a fantasy world, this is what I’d look like after getting back to healthy eating and working out.  Oh, and if I had a personal trainer, I was 25 years younger, and did nothing else, but work toward that goal!

My Goal

WHAT I LEARNED (ABOUT FITNESS) BY WALKING ON THE TREADMILL

As I’ve stated several times, I’m really far behind on reading some of my magazines.

In regards to my upcoming health regiment, I learned from the June 2011 “Men’s Journal” that drinking alcohol, whether wine, beer, or liquor increases the chances you’ll make bad food choices and it could disrupt your sleep schedule.  Robert Oexman of the Sleep to Live Institute says that while you may fall asleep faster, “as alcohol is metabolized by the liver, it’ll disrupt your sleep in the middle of the night.”

So, if you must drink alcohol, Dr. Bob Arnot suggests that you drink wine.  “Both red and white wine have zero score on the glycemic index, which rates how much a food or beverage raises your blood sugar level.  Elevated levels of blood sugar cause insulin responses that can set off a cycle of hunger and weight gain.”

Franzia

Note to self:  Buy several boxes of Franzia Chillable Red, Fruity Red Sangria, and White Zinfandel!

BACKYARD LANDSCAPING

My friends, I need your input as we head into spring and the planting season.  In the past, we’ve always had a little garden in the backyard with tomatoes for Miss ABBA, along with some peppers.  Last year, without Miss ABBA, I planted some tomatoes in her memories, along with a few pepper plants, and wild flowers all in the same area.

ABBA's Memorial Tomato & Flower Garden September 2012

What should we do this year?  Plant tomatoes, just flowers, or grass in that area and let it become part of the yard again?  Decisions, decisions, decisions!

FACEBOOK FLASHBACK PICTURES

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On March 13, 2011, Gretel and I became superheros with powers that allowed us to flight over the Centennial Bridge!  And, look at the amazing strength a then 9-year-old Gretel had to lift me up!

Who says that all green screen magic comes out of Hollywood?

PEEPS’ ’80S FRIDAY FLASHBACK

Canadian Corey Hart only scored two top ten hits in America.

In 1985, he took “Never Surrender” to number three.  That one will be featured in the future, but it was this first hit, “Sunglasses At Night”, in 1984, that made it up to #7 that captured my attention and provided me with my second entertainment crush as a teenager and young man.  John Schneider (Bo Duke, from “The Dukes of Hazzard”) was the first!

OF COURSE, YOU KNOW THAT ONE, BUT I BETCHA DON’T REMEMBER THIS ONE….

When I first moved back to Chicago in the summer of 2002, I fell in love with the band, Lasgo, while hanging out at Roscoe’s.

Lasgo is a Belgian trance trio with Evi Goffin as lead singer.  While the band scored a Top Ten hit in Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United Kingdom with their first release, “Something”, the song became their only Top 40 hit in America on Billboard’s Hot 100, peaking at #35.

They had other huge club hits in the U.S. with “Alone”, “Pray”, and “Surrender” (which topped the Billboard dance charts in 2005).

A FISH TALE???

Back to “Men’s Journal” and what I’ve learned.  This has me more startled and scared than intruiged.

In the July 2011 issue, the magazine says that “tuna often contains the most mercury” because they “are bigger and live longer than most other fish, with more time accumulate toxins”!  It goes on to state that while you shouldn’t give up eating tuna (except bluefin), you should limit the amount you eat.

The article says you shouldn’t “eat sushi tuna more than once a month” and “it’s best not to eat canned tuna more than once a week”!

Fish Toxins

And, finally here’s a shocking statistic the magazine shared:  “25% of tuna sushi tested in 20 Manhattan establishments had illegal mercury levels”.  Remember, this was in the summer of 2011 and it may have changed now!  Thanks, but no thanks.

With all these random thoughts, I could go on and on like Celine Dion.  However, I’ll save some for next week.

Have a fun Friday and a great, rainy weekend!

Anthony

Upgraded to a WINTER STORM WARNING

Happy Monday afternoon!  Quickly, I want to thank everyone that got up bright and early this morning to check me on CBS4 and for passing along nice comments!  I appreciate it.

For those that read my blog, all weekend long I was calling for 6″+ of snow as a starting point and I should have stuck to my guns.  It now appears that we’re in for another round of big accumulating snows later tonight and Tuesday.

The “Winter Weather Advisory” that was to go into effect later tonight and for most of Tuesday has been upgraded to a “Winter Storm Warning”.

Those far southern counties that didn’t have some form of watch or advisory are now under a “Winter Weather Advisory”.

Here are NOAA’s GFS forecast maps for 6 a.m. Tuesday (top left), noon Tuesday (top right), and 6 p.m. Tuesday.

What I want you to notice are a couple of things:  the low-pressure system over Kentucky is a very slow mover keeping the snow around our area all day!  And, the darker green colors indicate moderate to heavy, wind-blown snow!

That is why I’m increasing my snow totals.

Forecasting winter storms is exciting because Mother Nature likes to throw you a curve ball from time to time.  This is also why I wish I had stuck to my initial forecast from the weekend of 6″+ because many across the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys will easily see 6″+ of snow before it ends early Tuesday night.

The bottom line is that everyone will see moderate to heavy snow later tonight and Tuesday.

Our Next Snow

Check out my friend and colleague, Andy McCray, on CBS4 this evening at 5, 6, and 10 for the very latest on this winter storm.  And, of course, check me out tomorrow morning beginning at 5 a.m.

Now, I’m off to make dinner, spend time with Ray & Gretel, and watch “The Following” at 8 p.m. and then go to bed to get up at 1 a.m.

Anthony

Breaking News…. I’m Returning To Morning Television Weather!

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My friends, I told you I’d let you know as soon as I could.  I can now tell you that my vacation is almost over!

As you know from our friendship, I loved waking up very early in the morning and bringing you the first forecast of the day and I look forward to doing it again beginning Monday, March 4, 2013 for CBS4 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Friends, go to their Facebook page and “Like” them as a thank you for me.

Thank you CBS4 for welcoming me to your team.  I am thrilled to be back to television and forecasting.

Anthony

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