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Random Friday Thoughts — March 23, 2018

It’s here!  Welcome to spring!

Spring Already

I know there’s still plenty of winter and snow in the forecast for some of you.  Be careful out there across the Plains and Midwest (Quad Cities, I’m looking at you!).

6″-12″ of snow could fall under the “Winter Storm Warning”!

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Thank you for taking the time to check out my random thoughts.

WEATHER’S “MARCH MADNESS”

If you’re following NCAA college basketball, there’s plenty of shattered brackets — thanks, Virginia!  Actually, I didn’t fill out brackets this year, but I’d never pick Virginia to become the first #1 seed ever to lose to a #16 seed!

Here’s a funny weather forecasting bracket that’s perfect for the Midwest (or any region that has quickly changing weather conditions)!

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THE CALENDAR SAYS WINTER IS OVER, BUT…

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LEAVE YOUR DOGS AT HOME!

I know pet owners take care of their dogs differently.

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When I had my golden retriever, most of my trips were by car so ABBA could go with me.  It never crossed my mind to take her on a plane.

United and Delta airlines are both under media and social media scrutiny over recent mishaps involving dogs — including one that died while being put in an overhead bin and three others sent to the wrong locations.

Okay, both airlines deserve criticism for not getting things right.  However, for as long as there have been airlines, there has been lost luggage.  So, why does misdirecting dogs seem so far-fetched?

The bottom line is that customers that put their pets on a flight know that something could go wrong and should take responsibility for mishaps, too!

A final note:  Earlier this week, United announced that it’s suspending the program of sending pets as cargo!

GOVERNOR NIXON?

While Oprah is pretty much shooting down gossip that she’ll run for president in 2020, “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon announced earlier this week that she’ll be running for Governor of New York!

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She plans to run in the Democratic Primary against current Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Nixon is the mother of three kids and she’s a strong advocate for LGBT rights and women’s rights.

While the bisexual Nixon is definitely vocal and an advocate and has every reason to run, I’m not entirely sold on the idea.

Plus, I don’t think she can beat Cuomo!

“THIS JUST IN” & “FACE THE NATION”

I just finished reading two Bob Schieffer books back to back, his memoir “This Just In:  What I Couldn’t Tell You On TV” and “Face The Nation”, my seventh and eighth completed books of the year.  (Yes, six of them have been news people!  The other two were from Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.)

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The CBS newsman comes across in this book just as he does on television — very likable.

I really enjoyed Ted Koppel’s “Nightline” and Mike Wallace’s “Between You and Me: A Memoir”, but this was my favorite.

Schieffer talks about his start as a college radio newsman, his time as a Fort Worth newspaper reporter, and getting to go to Vietnam to find personal stories about Fort Worth locals fighting that war.

He shares fun and interesting stories about his career in television and how the news business changed at the network.

Working the God awful hours of a television morning show (going into work while others are sleeping or coming home from the bars) is tough. I know because I’ve done it for years.

About that, Schieffer writes that former “Morning Show” anchor Sally Quinn said “it was only place she has ever worked where people talked more about sleep than sex” and Diane Sawyer summed it up as “being on Moscow time when everyone else was on New York time.”

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And, Schieffer shared this about former President Jimmy Carter and it proves that I may have one more thing in common with my idol, “Many of the reporters who covered him during the [1976 presidential] campaign were turned off by his blunt manner”.

I have been accused of having a “tone” and forgetting to sugar coat things for some people!

I highly recommend Schieffer’s “This Just In:  What I Couldn’t Tell You On TV”!

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“Face The Nation”, subtitled “My Favorite Stories From The First 50 Years Of The Award-Winning News Broadcast”, was a very informative and easy read at 227 pages with many great vintage photographs.

The book covered the show’s creation and topics ranging from McCarthyism in the 1950s to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and Vietnam in the 1970s to 9/11 in 2001 and much more.

Schieffer is such a great storyteller.

Here’s an interesting tidbit:  At the end of the book, there is a list of the people that appeared on the show the most times up to the book’s publication (2004).

Many of the people including Robert Dole (62), John McCain (51), Joe Biden (35), Patrick Buchanan (28), Joseph Liberman (27), and others ran unsuccessfully for president, yet several served as vice president!

“LOVE, SIMON”

LGBT icon and trailblazer Harvey Milk once said, “You gotta give them hope.”

The new romantic dramedy, “Love, Simon”, gives LGBTQ teenagers and young adults a lot of hope.

Nick Robinson is adorable as closeted high school student Simon Spier living in an Atlanta suburb.  He has a great family and a group of close friends at school, but he a “huge ass secret” — he’s gay.

Once another student comes out as gay anonymously on an online message board, Simon, as “Jacques”, starts a private correspondence with the student, “Blue”.

The two form a connection in the private messages, but they still don’t know who the other is in real life.  Simon wants to meet, but “Blue” isn’t ready.

The movie gives us three possible students that could be “Blue” and all three are cute and sweet and would be a great match for Simon.

However, something happens and that’s where the drama comes in!

I think the most hilarious scene in the movie is when Simon’s sexy dad (Josh Duhamel) is bonding with his son and he suggests they both sign up for Grindr.

By the way, Dad, Grindr it’s not Facebook for gays! 🙂

I loved the movie and the message it presents to youngsters and young adults (and their families).

However, as a realist and an older gay man, the movie was wrapped up a little too perfect even with the drama Simon experienced.

But, regardless of age, we all want a happy ending!

GRADE: B+

“SANTA CLARITA DIET”

I’m sick of “The Walking Dead”.  Season 8 will be it for me and I’m already counting down to the last four episodes.

I hate saying this because the first few seasons were amazing!

So, to get my zombie fix, last year I checked out the Netflix horror-comedy, “Santa Clarita Diet”.

One day, the lives of real estate agents Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore) are turned upside down when, for reasons unknown, Sheila begins to crave human flesh.

And, what’s a loving husband to do — he helps “feed” his wife!

It gets even funnier when their teenage daughter, Abby, finds out about it.

Here’s the trailer for season two if you’ve already watched the first season.

And, if you haven’t started, here’s the season one trailer.

The full season is now on Netfix.

P.S.  Olyphant, who turns 50 in May, is aging beautifully.  I’ve had a crush on him since “The Broken Hearts Club:  A Romantic Comedy” from 2000.

“THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI”

This drama was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Frances MacDormand won the Oscar for Best Actress and Sam Rockwell won for Best Supporting Actor.

Both performances were great!  Woody Harrelson was also up against Rockwell for Best Supporting Actor and he was fantastic, too.

Lucas Hedges (“Manchester By The Sea”) could equally have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor.  He’s always amazing.

The movie about a woman who buys three billboards criticizing police who haven’t solved the rape and murder of her daughter is powerful.

It deserved all of the acting gold, but after seeing it, it rightfully didn’t deserve Best Picture.

GRADE:  B

“THE STAR”

Christmas is only nine months away now. 🙂  Too early to start celebrating?

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This animated movie from last fall that brought in $62.8 million is now out on DVD.

“The Star” is an enjoyable film that tells the story of the baby’s birth.  (You know what baby I’m talking about.)

But, it’s pretty scary when you find an animated character sexy and it’s even scarier when it’s Joseph (of Joseph and Mary Bible fame)!

My favorite characters though were the camels Deborah, Cyrus, and Felix voiced by Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Tracy Morgan.

GRADE:  B

“THE STAR” TAKES ME BACK TO VEGAS

Watching that Christmas story took me back to one of my few highlights of a rather bleak 2017 — seeing Mariah Carey’s Christmas show in Las Vegas in early December.

She was gorgeous and sounded phenomenal and the show was 90 minutes of Christmas bliss with the music and the glamorous sets!

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“The Star” by Mariah Carey was my 20th favorite song of 2017 and when it played in the movie, I cried. 🙂

While Mariah’s “The Star” was nominated for a Golden Globe award, it didn’t get an Oscar nomination.

THAT’S IT

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

Anthony

Weekend Ice Storm Threat Building

UPDATED POST:  Thursday, January 12, 2017, 3:49 p.m.

Details on the potential late weekend ice storm are still coming together.  The specifics will likely change some more as we head into the weekend.

A “Winter Storm Watch” has been issued for late Saturday night into late Sunday night for many of the counties just to the south of the Quad Cities.

Right now that includes Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Lee, Louisa, and Washington counties in Iowa and Henderson, Knox, Mercer, Stark, and Warren counties in Illinois.

By the time we get to the weekend, I’m thinking that this “Winter Storm Watch” will be upgraded to an “Ice Storm Warning”.  Those warnings are already in place for parts of downstate Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma for the weekend.

Also, I think the Quad Cities will be included in future updates.

I still think parts of the area will see some light snow or a wintry mix Friday night, but the big event — possible significant icing — arrives late Saturday night into early Monday morning.

Be sure to join me Friday from 5-7 a.m. on “Local 4 News This Morning” for the latest information.

And, while I’m not working this weekend, you know I’ll have updates on my blog and on my Facebook page!

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Thursday, January 12, 2017, 5:50 a.m.

It’s been an interesting overnight and early Thursday morning with thunder and lightning, sleet, and freezing rain for hometowns south and east of the Quad Cities.

Several flashes of lightning moved through Knox County around 2-3 a.m. Thursday.

This brought a glaze of ice that coated roadways, sidewalks, and cars making for a messy morning commute.

This will move out quickly this morning and we could see some sun break through the clouds Thursday afternoon.

Our next disturbance arrives Friday night into early Saturday.  This one will bring light snow and light freezing drizzle.

For the past week or so, I’ve been telling you about a bigger storm coming late in the weekend.  That’s still on the way, but our computer models are still not agreeing on the path or timing of the storm.

With that being said, I still expect a wintry mix Sunday and Sunday night that could bring a dangerous accumulation of snow and ice.

By Monday, temperatures warm to around 42° and I’m forecasting the wintry mix early that morning to change to all rain during the day into the evening.

It’ll end as a light wintry mix Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Since there are still many variables with this late weekend storm this far out, plan on hazardous conditions later this weekend and keep up on the latest forecast.

Temperatures next week will be rather mild for January.  Highs will warm into the low-to-mid-40s.

Anthony

Election Day Weather Extremes

A cold front moving through the Mississippi and Illinois River Valleys today will bring some light showers or sprinkles this morning.

Sunshine quickly returns later this morning and for the rest of Election Day 2016.

High temperatures will reach around 60°, which is above average for this time of the year.

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The warmest presidential Election Day in the Quad Cities was 76° back in 1916 and 1964.  However, in 1892, the high was 31°.

77% of presidential election days had no measurable rain and snow is even more scarce.

98.4% of presidential election days have had no measurable snow.

Get out and vote!

Your Vote Counts

Anthony

Interrupting Your Weekend With This Weather Update!

SUNDAY UPDATE:  November 24, 2013, 7:52 a.m.

After waking up to temperatures in the single digits this morning, our weekend will end on a mostly sunny note today.  Increasing high clouds late in the day will lead to our next light snow event late tonight to the northwest of the Quad Cities and in the metro area and across northern Illinois Monday.

With today’s update, it now looks like snowfall amounts will be heaviest northwest of the Quad Cities, where hometowns from Galena, Illinois, to Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo, Iowa, may see 1-2″.

However, in the Quad Cities, only about one-half to one inch of snow will fall.

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South and east of the metro area, only a trace to less than one-half of inch of snow will accumulate.

The rest of Thanksgiving week will be dry locally.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Saturday, November 23, 8:27 a.m.

The weekend is here and if you’re heading to the outdoor festivities today to kick off the holidays in the Quad Cities, bundle up because it’s going to be blustery and cold with highs only in the 20s and wind chills in the single digits.

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Saturday morning, the low in the Quad Cities was in the upper teens, but just to our northwest around Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, Iowa, lows dropped even lower!

Tonight’s lows will be in the single digits for all of us with lows closer to zero in some spots!

If you joined me Friday morning on CBS4, I talked about a quiet weekend and travel week for Thanksgiving week.  Well, forecasts do change based on new data and you should always keep up on the latest forecast, whether you’re traveling or not.

With the strong northwesterly flow aloft bringing in this cold, Arctic air, any time there’s a little disturbance or piece of energy that drops in, you don’t need a lot of Gulf moisture to generate some clouds and light snow and that is the case for Monday now.

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This is a forecast map for precipitation percentages Sunday night into Monday night and you can see that there will be an increasing chance of seeing some light snow, especially Monday.

As it looks now, there’s enough moisture to support an inch of snow and an outside chance of seeing amounts push closer to two inches in some hometowns across eastern Iowa and northern Illinois.

Monday Gulf Storm

This NOAA forecast model Monday evening shows a developing storm along the Gulf of Mexico robbing us of the rich moisture supply and this will keep our totals low.

Again, this is not a big deal for us.  But, it’ll likely become our third measurable snow this fall season!

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So, don’t panic! 🙂

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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A Plea For Me To “Quit Destroying Our World”!!!

More than 381-thousand people live in the Quad Cities’ metro area and with our newscasts streaming live on the internet, potentially we could reach billions of people (ha! ha! — just sayin’), so it goes without saying that we’re bound to make someone mad. 🙂

I love when viewers choose to watch me for their weather forecast to plan out their day or weekends.  However, we can’t always please everyone and sometimes, we downright tick people off.  No, I didn’t interrupt someone’s programming this time to give them a severe weather update.  Let me share an email that we received this morning (and I’ll leave the typos in there) and my response.  It takes all kinds to make this a wonderful world.

From “Brett”:

“My tip is to let people know that the people involved in broadcasting news at wqad are not people who think before they speak. Any listener watching wqad should be aware of this, and be very careful what they listen to when watching wqad. For example, in this mornings 6:30am broadcast, the anchorwoman and the weatherman both made statements regarding the wonderful rain we have finally been receiving. The anchorwoman said”Rain, rain, go away.” The anchorman called for the rain to leave and the sun to return; planting those seeds of thought in all of your veiwers minds. Just last week your station reported that we were @10″ behind on rainfall for the year.
We need any rain we can get, as soon as possible, if we are to return any moisture content to the soil and subsoil. If we dont get it, we will have devasting effects on our food crops next year. This in return will lead to food shortages. Is that really what your broadcasters want to happen. I am working together with a group of people to bring back reality to our world. People like me veiw you folks are a microcosm of society. The majority of people are now acting on thoughts produced from a reaction to some emotional sequence(ie.:fear, anger, sorrow). The example of your broadcasters words this morning proves my point. Think! Stop planting bad seeds in the minds of your veiwers! The books “Think and Grow Rich”, and “The Secret”, both touch on the idea of thoughts creating reality. Have you read them? Thoughts are things! PLEASE, quit destroying our world with your lack of rational, reasonable, logical thought. Thanks. 🙂

My response!

Brett:

Since you live in a world of “reality”, here’s something that may come as shock to you.  The universe does NOT rotate around my axis or yours.  People listen to my forecast to plan their day or weekend, but they don’t hang on every word television people say.

Rebecca may have said what you are crediting her with and my response was about sunshine returning this weekend.  However, did you zone out after that when I said more rain is on the way Sunday night through Tuesday?  And, all through the morning show yesterday, I talked about much-needed rain would be falling the next couple of days and that would work to replenish the subsoil.  And, I did mention that while we are above average on rainfall in October, we’re still more than 9″ below average for the year.

Brett, the bottom line is that I live in the “real world” and in the scientific world of meteorology, I also know that the atmosphere is always working to balance itself out.  That doesn’t happen overnight and it may take years.

We’ve had flooding rains some months and droughts in others, but neither last.  Otherwise, we’d have deserts in the Quad Cities or we’d become an extensive of the Great Lakes and be underwater.  That’s reality.

I appreciate you taking the time to watch us and to respond.  I’m glad we have you to keep is in check with a “rational, reasonable, logical thought” process.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the rain today, Sunday night, Monday, Monday night, and early Tuesday.

Anthony Peoples

In 1985, Mr. Mister released the album, “Welcome To The Real World” and in 1990, Alan Jackson charted with “Here in The Real World”.  Maybe I should listen to them again and come back to reality.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Anthony

Some Television Viewers Have Tempers & Will Tell You How They Feel!

Guess what?  I’m not perfect and I never claim to be.  Luckily, for me, I have people to keep me in check even if they’re afraid to use their name or address for me to respond.  You can be more abrasive that way under the guise of anonymity.

Being a public figure, even on a local level, opens you up to scrutiny.  Most people are very nice and complimentary when you meet them in person or they say nothing at all and just smile.  However, many times when we do hear from people it’s not good.

While a reporter in Lubbock, Texas, in 1997, I was covering a story about a daycare center that was closed down for health violations.  My photographer and I were standing across the street from the building and a man started walking toward us cussing and making threatening comments.  I told the photographer to keep the camera rolling and the man tried to grab the camera.  I was standing between him and the cameraman and he threw me up against the car and walked away.  Of course, the incompetent photographer wasn’t recording and needless to say, he didn’t last long.

That was the only physical altercation I’ve had in my career.  Most of the negative responses come by email, phone, or mail.  And, most involve the weather!  People take their weather very seriously and if you miss a forecast or you interrupt their television program, you’re likely going to hear about it.  I had one man email me years ago that I should be shipped off to Alaska to learn to how to forecast weather!

Regardless of the advancements in forecasting technology, meteorologists are not God and we will miss forecasts here and there.  Some forecasters do this more often than others! 🙂  People don’t seem to realize that when you have an approaching storm, a minor change in the storm’s path will greatly alter a forecast.

This happened a couple of weekends ago with the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.  Computer models were generating some really impressive rainfall numbers.

While presenting this graphic on the air, we pointed out that this model showed 7″ of rain was possible in Kewanee, Illinois, but 5″ was more realistic.  We also mentioned that while this graphic showed 3″ of rain in the Quad Cities, 2″ was more likely.  This was just one computer forecast model’s prediction of how much rain would fall.

When all was said and done and the skies parted and the rain ended, some hometowns south of the Quad Cities pick up close to 3″ of rain, but most areas saw only a fraction of what was forecast.  This was definitely not a banner forecast!  That happens in weather sometimes and just like riding a horse, you fall off and you get right back up and try it again.

However, that really ticked off a “former viewer” and he or she sat down and crafted a nice kiss off letter.

I read the letter and I totally agreed with the person about the blown forecast.  However, my agreement diverged when he/she said that we’re no better at forecasting now “than the guys were in the 1960s”.  Countless lives and billions of dollars have been saved with the advancement of weather forecasting in the past 50 years.

And, I really took offense with the afterthought, that big old P.S.

My name is not Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel.  I don’t see every rain shower as a potential flood or every snowflake as the “blizzard of the century”.  And, I don’t tell you that every thunderstorm will produce a tornado.

When I present my forecast to the viewers that choose me for their weather, I do so with confidence and authority.  I’ll tell you how I think it will all play out and I’ll also let you know if there is some doubt with the forecast.  Weather can be fickle.  However, dear Mr./Ms. former viewer, I’m not a drama queen when it comes to my weather presentation.

This letter actually reminds me of  a scene from “Mommie Dearest”, the 1981 movie,  when Joan Crawford and her daughter are having a knock down, drag out fight.

Joan Crawford: “Why can’t you give me the respect that I’m entitled to? Why can’t you treat me like I would be treated by any stranger on the street?”


Christina: “Because I am NOT one of your fans.”

Anthony