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Random Friday Thoughts — June 2, 2017

I can’t believe that it’s June already.

With Memorial Day behind us, it’s “unofficially” summer and it’s definitely feeling like it across the Florida Panhandle and it’s only going to get warmer and more humid!

Thank you for checking out my Random Friday Thoughts and have a great weekend.


Climate Change


My apartment is still not all set up, but all of the boxes are unpacked now. ¬†I’m really thinking I’ll have the walls decorated soon and I can share where I’m living with you.

Well, you’ve already seen my surroundings outside from my walks. ūüôā


Speaking of that, I had to move another killed duck — the dead duck count is now up to seven in my four weeks here! ūüė¶

As for work, I train on the morning and midday show next week and my official on-air start date is Monday, June 12th. ¬†This has been a long process with too many meteorologists on board, so I’m ready!


I mentioned the heat and humidity earlier and I already miss the Midwest seasons. When it gets warm there during the day, you know there’s usually a nice 20¬į temperature drop off at night.

We don’t get that here!

With the warm Gulf of Mexico so close to Panama City, it’s stays muggy and warm all night.

After¬†being here¬†three weeks, I finally broke down the other night and turned on the AC! While I know it’ll likely stay on until October, when it only dropped off to 83¬į in my apartment the other night, I knew it was time. ūüôā


In almost a month that I’ve been here, it’s only rained three times in Panama City — two were stronger thunderstorms and one was a pop-up shower event.

This cool lightning show produced storms to the east, but no rain here.


It saddened me earlier this week when I learned that Olivia Newton-John is fighting cancer again after being in remission for 25 years. ūüė¶

I know that she’s a fighter and that she’ll win again!

This photo is from May 30, 2014, when I saw her at The Flamingo in Las Vegas, Nevada!


Best of luck, Olivia, ¬†You’re in my thoughts and prayers.


I can’t believe that “Mamma Mia!” hit movie theaters nine years ago this summer.

The $52 million musical based on the music of ABBA is now of the biggest movies of all time.  It grossed $610 million worldwide.

I was over the moon recently when I learned that the sequel is scheduled to be released on July 20, 2018! ¬†I know where I’ll be on that hot and muggy Florida afternoon.

In the original, the beautiful Greek setting of the wedding sold me on visiting the country. ¬†Ironically, even before “Mamma Mia: ¬†Here We Go Again” was announced, I was already considering a spring 2018 visit there. ¬†It must be fate!

To the writers, producers, and the director, if Pierce Brosnan is back, please, please, please, don’t let him have too many musical numbers. ¬†His songs in the original were painful!!!!!!!!


The fifth season of the critically acclaimed Netflix series dropped this week.

After being down and out over the real 2016 presidential election, I can’t wait to see how the Underwood campaign progresses with Frank and Claire fighting for his reelection with Claire as the VP candidate!

Ironically, it sounds like Frank is lip-syncing my words and sentiments! ūüôā

P.S. ¬†Seven months later, I don’t really feel any better than I did on the night of November 8, 2016. ¬†It doesn’t help much to hear about all of the travesties of the real life world we’re enduring with #45 and with me living in a true “red state”.


I’m planning on watching the Kevin Smith-directed movie again this weekend. ¬†It was my 8th favorite movie of 2012.

It stars one of my favorite actresses, Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. Golden Globe winner John Goodman is also in the movie.

Warning:  This trailer contains violent scenes and very, very, adult language.

Here’s my original movie review. ¬†By the way, I gave it an “A” in early 2012.


Nicole Kidman!


I remember some of my dreams and some I don’t. ¬†The other night I dreamt that Nicole and I were hanging out as friends.

It’s been weeks now since I watched “Lion”, her amazing Oscar-nominated movie, and “Big Little Lies”, her HBO miniseries, so I don’t know what prompted the dream.

Maybe it’s time to have a Kidman movie weekend this summer: ¬†“Moulin Rouge!”, “The Golden Compass”, “The Hours”, and “Australia” (I have the last two, but have never watched them.)


The psychological thriller is creepy and there’s more coming.

The movie deals with “Dissociative Identity Disorder” or multiple personality and stars the incredible James McAvoy, whose character suffers from 23 “split” personalities.

The $9 million film has already grossed an astounding $278 million (I hope McAvoy is getting a nice chunk of change on the backside).

It was great seeing Daytime Emmy and Grammy Award nominee and Tony Award winner (“Cats”,¬†1983) Betty Buckley (“Carrie”) again in a movie.

There’s a surprise appearance at the end of “Split” that lets you know that this is a sequel to another movie and that both movies’ stars are back for the January 18, 2019 sequel called “Glass”.



While I’m still on the fence about whether I’ll be back for the eighth season of “The Walking Dead” in October, the series’ sequel, “Fear The Walking Dead” returns this weekend for its third season.

I can’t wait!

P.S. ¬†I know I’ll probably cave in and watch Rick and company’s return this fall. ¬†I just didn’t care for season 7 of “The Walking Dead”, which saddens me because it used to be one of my favorite series.


With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!


Christmas Travel Concerns

ORIGINAL POST:  Friday, December 23, 2016, 6:12 a.m.

Two days before Christmas and we have two weather systems that’ll create some travel problems for Iowa and Illinois.

The first system arrives today. ¬†With highs of 32¬į-37¬į, we’ll see a combination of rain and snow. ¬†Northern hometowns will see almost all snow. ¬†Along Interstate 80 and to the south, this wintry mix may change over to mostly rain this afternoon.


A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect this morning through 9 p.m. Friday. ¬†This includes Jo Daviess and Jackson counties. ¬†Snow accumulations there could be 1-3″. ¬†For the Quad Cities and along I-80, an inch may accumulate, but only a dusting is expected south.

If you’re traveling across northern Iowa today, 3-6″ of snow will fall there.

We get a break Saturday, but the next system starts moving in late Saturday night and early Christmas morning.  With dense fog and drizzle developing and temperatures near freezing, it could become rather slick early Christmas morning, especially north.


As the main system moves in Christmas afternoon and evening, it’ll be all rain because temperatures will warm into the upper-40s and 50s.

We could even hear a few rumbles of thunder Sunday evening.

The front will pass through Sunday night and bring rather blustery conditions with winds approaching 40 miles-per-hour or higher Monday with temperatures crashing throughout the day.

Christmas Outside

Happy holidays and be safe out there today and this weekend.


Snow, Hit Me, Baby, One More Time!

UPDATED POST:  Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 4:12 p.m.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect from 9 p.m. tonight¬†through 10 a.m. Thursday for¬†Cedar, Clinton, Louisa, Muscatine, and Scott counties in Iowa and Bureau, Carroll, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Whiteside counties in Illinois.

This wintry mix will not begin until well after dark with most of the accumulations coming after midnight into Thursday morning’s rush hour.

Snow Tonight

I’m still looking for an inch of snow to the southwest of the Quad Cities to around 1-3″ for the rest of the area. ¬†There could still be some isolated 4″ totals by the time the snow comes to an end Thursday morning.

Along with the rain and wintry mix that changes over to snow tonight, wind gusts up to 20 miles-per-hour will cause some blowing snow.


ORIGINAL POST:  Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 5:15 a.m.

After a nice, cold morning, our next snow maker is on the way this evening and tonight.

With highs today in the 35¬į-40¬į range, southern hometowns may start with rain or a wintry mix before it changes over to snow.¬† This will reduce snowfall totals there.

Generally, one to three inches of snow will fall tonight and early Thursday.¬† An isolated 4″ total is possible.

Snow Tonight

With temperatures above freezing tomorrow, the snow will start melting.

After another shot of light snow Friday night, warmer weather is on the way for the weekend.

Next week looks even warmer with some thunderstorms possible.  We could be well into the 60s by Tuesday.