Posts Tagged ‘Winter Storm’

Random Friday Thoughts — November 24, 2017

I hope you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving and had plenty to eat.

With many out shopping or visiting with family, I’m not sure how many will check out my “Random Friday Thoughts”, but here they are.

CHRISTMAS CARD DILEMMA

I’m still one of those people trying to keep the postal service in business by buying 49-cent stamps and mailing out Christmas cards!

While I personalize each card, I started sending out a Christmas letter to recap my year for those that don’t follow me on Facebook or read my blog! (The horror!)

Last year, at the end of my Christmas letter, I shared the photo with Hillary Clinton and I wrote that it was “the highlight of the year” for me.

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And, I added, “Sadly, we all know how that turned out in November!  Regardless of how you voted, I was very dismayed.  But, I hope for the best for the U.S. and the world over the next four years.”

I thought that was diplomatic and it expressed my sadness.

However, I was appalled by a response from, I guess, a former “friend” and co-worker.  On the outside of the envelope, she wrote:

Christmas Card Dilemma

Now, I spent my only Maryland Thanksgiving with her and her husband.  She was my drinking buddy and my confidant.  I still considered her a friend even though at some point in 2016, she unfriended me on Facebook!

So, I was torn.  Do I not send a card this year?  Do I send a card and ignore the comment?

Or, do I send a card and say, “I was already living in a stronger ISIS-free America prior to the election.  As for a “new found security”, I wasn’t insecure.  When I’m in a large crowd, I’m aware of my surroundings, but I’ve never felt threatened or insecure.  But, as one of your LGBT friends, I feel more insecure of my future now –with the current administration — than I did prior to the 2016 election!”

What would you do?  At the end of the blog, I’ll tell you what I did. 🙂

STAMPS

By the way, I chose these fun stamps this year.

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I’M NOT IN THE MIDWEST ANYMORE!

As the winter season moves closer, I know I’ll miss the Midwest snow.  However, I won’t miss the bitterly cold air!

I smiled the other day when I saw this on an area National Weather Service Twitter feed.

Here in northwestern Florida, it only takes 2″+ of snow and/or more than 1/2″ of sleet (or a combination) in a 12-hour period for a “Winter Storm Warning”!

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Back in the Quad Cities, it would take 6″ of snow in a 12-hour period or 8″ in 24 hours and/or more than 1/2″ of sleet (or a combination) for a “Winter Storm Warning” to be issued!

GOODBYE, “AHS: CULT”

This season of “American Horror Story: Cult” was incredible.

While the subject matter — the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election — brought back many painful memories, it was presented pretty realistically (although the violence was highly over exaggerated for dramatic effect!).  There were things as a Hillary or a Trump supporter that you may not have wanted to hear.

So, as I say “thank you” Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for a great season, I want to share two crazy late season scenes.

TV reporter and eventual cult member Beverly Hope tells cult leader Kai Anderson what she thinks of him and his cult as she tries to break away.

BH: “Your promises are sh*t.  You’re a fake.  You don’t stand for a goddamn thing.”

KA:  “I’m standing up for millions of people who are finally being heard.”

BH:  “Nothing is bigger than your ego.  You don’t know what the f*ck you’re doing from one minute to the next.  You’re an incompetent guy — just another media whore.”

And, for this next one, I won’t set up the scene because I don’t believe in complete spoilers.  But, it was my favorite line of the season!

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Nasty Woman

And, how can I move on without sharing this hilarious one again from earlier in the season!

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WINTER FINALE — “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER”

With all of the craziness of the past 3.5 seasons, you know when you get a special warning beyond the typical “Viewer Discretion Advised” in the last 20 minutes that it’s going to be over-the-top!

Well, this winter finale had a W-T-F ending that you couldn’t tear yourself away from –even as you cringed!

Without giving it anything away, it was the most painful and heart-wrenching scene I’ve seen on television — maybe ever!

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This scene made the accidental deadly gunshot to the head and the blood spatter earlier in the episode register only as a “wow”.

“How To Get Away With Murder” returns on January 18, 2018.

NOW THAT IT’S THANKSGIVING…

Maybe people will be a little less touchy about seeing Christmas decorations and hearing all Christmas, all the time on the radio, now that they’ve had some turkey.

However, if you’re decorating this weekend and you live in Florida or in a tropical area, be careful with palm trees and lights! 🙂

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PRICIEST CHRISTMAS TREE

Last year, the Christmas tree at the Emirates Palace Hotel, a seven-star hotel in Abu Dhabi, was valued at $11.4 million!

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Emeralds, diamonds, and pearls enhanced the 43-feet high tree.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR KIDS

Since many of you will be heading out Christmas shopping, here’s an interesting tidbit:

“U.S. children make up just 3.1% of the global world population, but American families buy 40% of the world’s toys.”  (“Time” — March 23, 2015)

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JON STEWART SAID WHAT???

Former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart tells “Rolling Stone” in November 2014 about Fox News and Christmas:

“They truly feel the loss of absolute power is the same as persecution.  Like, watch them do their “War on Christmas” stuff.  It’s real, man.  There’s no bullsh*t.  They are in the middle of Rockefeller Center talking about “They won’t let us put up a Christmas tree!”  Meanwhile, they’re standing next to a 60-foot Christmas tree in a place with so much Christmas stuff up it looks like Santa’s balls just exploded.”

HOT JANUARY TELEVISION

Two highly anticipated television shows (at least for me) will be warming up my DVR in January.

Back in June, I wrote about the upcoming Ryan Murphy series, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”.

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The 10-episode series will premiere on January 17, 2018.

It stars Edgar Ramirez as Versace, Oscar winner Penelope Cruz as Versace’s sister, Donatella, Darren Criss (“Glee”) as Andrew Cunanan, the man that killed Versace, and Ricky Martin, as Versace’s boyfriend, Antonio D’Amico.

Here’s the official trailer.

And, the 10-episode eleventh season of “The X-Files” returns even earlier on January 3, 2018, on Fox.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully!

“WIND RIVER”

Jeremy Renner plays a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent who stumbles upon the body of an a teenager in the cold, wintry Wyoming tundra on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The woman’s death isn’t a simple case of hypothermia and frostbite.  The FBI is called in and rookie special agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) has to determine if this is a murder case.

Olsen is incredible in this very intense and, at times, brutal movie.

“Wind River” cost $11 million, but it went on to gross $40 million at the box office.

GRADE:  A-

A DIFFERENT “THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS”

I feature this very different version of the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” every year because it’s so funny.

I hope you find it humorous, too.

CHRISTMAS CARD DILEMMA — MY SOLUTION

I took the high road and I didn’t send a card.  I decided to vent and share my disappointment here.

If she hadn’t unfriended me on Facebook, I would have addressed it to her privately.

My thought is that if that’s how she approached the subject — on the outside of an envelope last year — her friendship isn’t worth 49 cents!

THAT’S IT

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

Anthony

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Second Biggest Snow of the Winter

UPDATED POST:  Monday, March 13, 2017, 3:27 p.m.

Here are some more snow totals:

7.0″ Lowden (IA); 6.9″ Davenport (IA); 6.9″ Anamosa (IA); 5.8″ Colona (IL); 5.1″ North Liberty (IA);4.8″ Moline (IL); 4.5″ Warner (IL);  4.5″ Park View (IA); 4.5″ Clinton (IA); 4.2″ Morrison (IL);  4.2″ Iowa City (IA); 4.0″ Charlotte (IA); 4.0″ Mount Carroll (IL); 3.5″ Clinton (IA); 3.4″ Walcott (IA); and 3.8″ Muscatine (IA).

At my house in Moline, I’m up to 5″.

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Monday, March 13, 2017, 8:13 a.m.

Snow and Fog

It took more than three months, but the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys experienced the second biggest snow of the season Sunday night and Monday.

Snowfall amounts, as of 7 a.m. Monday, ranged from around 2-6″ and when all is said and done, the final totals will be around 3-7″.

Snow Overnight

As is always the case, there could be an isolated higher total.

The snow will wind down later today and end by early tonight.

Sunshine returns Tuesday and Wednesday, but it turns rather cold.

By Wednesday morning, we’ll be waking up to lows in the single digits.

Warmer weather is on the way later this week and this weekend with 40s and 50s.

Anthony

Biggest Snow Since Early December

ORIGINAL POST:  Sunday, March 12, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

As of late Sunday afternoon, light snow is falling across central Iowa.

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Snow will spread into eastern Iowa this evening and into the Quad Cities and across the Mississippi River by 8-10 p.m.

The heaviest of the snow will fall late tonight and early  Monday.

I’m still good with my morning snow total forecast.  Some locations may be off by an inch or so.  But, if we get into that ballpark range, I’m good with the prediction.

Sunday Snotals Update

Much colder air will move in with the freshly fallen snow.  Lows by Wednesday morning could drop into the single digits!

Warmer weather returns by the weekend.

I’ll see you bright and early Monday on “Local 4 News This Morning” from 5-7 a.m. with the latest on the winter storm.

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Sunday, March 12, 2017, 5:23 a.m.

Moderate to heavy snow is on the way to eastern Iowa and northern Illinois later Sunday into Monday.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect Sunday evening and will run through Monday evening.

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The storm system that’ll bring us the snow is located over Montana early Sunday.  This clipper will quickly race southeastward to south-central Iowa by Monday morning and to near St. Louis, Missouri, by midday Monday.

Since the heaviest of the snow usually falls to the north of the low pressure system, the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys are primed for the biggest snow of season since early December!

TIMING

Light snow will break out across the Midwest today and spread into eastern Iowa by late Sunday afternoon.

This snow  will reach the Quad Cities and the Mississippi River by evening.

Snowfall will become moderate overnight into early Monday morning.  There will be periods of heavy snow around daybreak Monday.

By midday Monday, the heaviest of the snow should be south of us.  However, light snow will continue into Monday evening and end Monday night.

BIGGEST SNOW SINCE EARLY DECEMBER

This storm system will be the biggest the area has seen since December 4, 2016, our first snow of the season.

That day, 10.2″ of snow fell in Davenport, Iowa, and 7.8″ accumulated in Moline, Illinois.

In the three months since then, Davenport has only picked up 8.9″ of snow and Moline saw 8.7″!

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS

Here are my forecast snotals (“snow totals”) for Sunday evening through Monday evening.

So, just find your hometown and that’s how much snow you’ll be shoveling!.

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Again, the heaviest of the snow will fall Sunday night and early Monday.

I’ll have another update later this afternoon and let you know if anything changes.

Anthony

Major Winter Storm For Parts of Iowa

We’re down to the last week of January 2017 and we still haven’t had a measurable snow in the Quad Cities.

Our last sticking snow in the metro area was more than a month ago.  On December 17, 2016, 2.7″ of snow fell in Moline and 2.5″ accumulated in Davenport.

A winter storm moving out of the Plains today and across Iowa tomorrow will bring rain this afternoon.  This will be a wintry mix in our northern hometowns tonight and Wednesday.

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By Wednesday afternoon, as this system moves to the Great Lakes, we’ll see a transition to all light snow for eastern Iowa and northern Illinois, especially Wednesday night.

Accumulations in our northern hometowns, around Galena, Illinois, and Maquoketa and Dubuque, Iowa, could be around an inch or two by Thursday morning.

As it looks now, the Quad Cities might see a dusting or so of snow by Thursday morning.

However, if you’re traveling to Waterloo, Iowa, 3-6″ of snow will fall there.  A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

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A “Winter Storm Warning” covers much of northern Iowa, where more than 6″ of snow will be falling.  Parts of northwestern Iowa could pick up a foot of snow!

After this storm, colder weather is on the for the rest of the week into the weekend.

Anthony

Dangerous Wind Chills Tonight & Sunday

ORIGINAL POST:  Saturday, December 17, 2016, 1:12 p.m.

Good Saturday afternoon!

Two things to point out on this 1 p.m. update.

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The snow is closing in on the Quad Cities.

Also, ahead of the front that’s bringing the snow, we’re around 20°.

Behind this front, it’s already 0° across northwestern Iowa and the winds chills are around -15° to -20°.

We’re still under a “Winter Weather Advisory” until midnight Saturday for about one to three inches of wind-blown snow.

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Also, Saturday night and Sunday, as temperatures drop well below zero Saturday night and much of Sunday, the gusty winds will produce dangerous wind chills of -20° to -40°.

All of early Iowa and northern Illinois are under either a “Wind Chill Advisory” or a “Wind Chill Warning” from 9 p.m. Saturday through noon Sunday.

 

Brace yourself.

Anthony

Snow & Ice Likely Friday & Saturday

UPDATED POST:  Friday, December 16, 2016, 4:37 p.m.

Light freezing rain and light snow are already being reported across Iowa and Illinois Friday afternoon. This will make roadways slippery tonight.

After a break in the wintry mix later tonight into Saturday morning, a strong cold front blasts through the area early Saturday afternoon and temperatures crash into the single digits shortly after dark and well below zero into Sunday morning.

This front will also bring several hours of light to moderate snow and this is when we’ll see our main accumulation.  Unfortunately, it’ll also be blown around by strong winds causing driving nightmares.

Snowfall totals below are still on target.

I’ve also been talking about the dangerous wind chills that will rush in as the storm departs.

Here are the counties that will be under a “Wind Chill Advisory” and a “Wind Chill Warning” from 9 p.m. Saturday through noon Sunday.

It’ll feel like -20° to -40° during this time!

Be safe out there this weekend!

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:49 a.m.

The third weekend winter storm in as many weeks gets underway Friday and will last through much of Saturday.

Bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills follow Saturday Night through Monday morning.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect at noon Friday across our northern hometowns and for the rest of the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys Friday evening.  This advisory runs through midnight Saturday.

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After a quiet Friday morning, light snow will develop in our western and southwestern hometowns later this morning.  The snow spreads across all of the area Friday afternoon into Friday night and early Saturday.

It’s looking more likely that warmer air will be pulled into this system along and south of Interstate 80.  This will cause the snow to mix with and change over to sleet and then freezing rain.

Across our northern hometowns, it’ll stay in the form of snow.

We get a break from the snow and wintry mix Saturday morning, but snow will re-develop again by Saturday afternoon and last for about six hours.

This is when we’ll see most of our snow accumulation.  The snow ends by midnight Saturday night.

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The heaviest snow will be from Maquoketa, Iowa, to Mount Carroll, Illinois, northward.  Four inches or more will accumulate there.

Along Interstate 80 and in the Quad Cities, I still think 2-4″ of new snow will fall.

South of the Quad Cities from around Burlington, Iowa, to Monmouth and Galesburg, Illinois, an inch or two will fall, but they’ll also see some light ice accumulations.

BITTER COLD FOLLOWS

On top of the snow (and ice) accumulations, bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills return.

When you wake up Sunday and Monday mornings, lows will be around -10° in the Quad Cities and even colder to the north.

Once you factor in the wind, it’s going to feel like -20° to -40°.  It only takes minutes for frostbite to set in.

Highs Sunday will stay below zero to the north and near zero in the Quad Cities.  Southern hometown will rise to the single digits.

By the middle of next week, temperatures will rebound back into the 30s.

Anthony

Heavy Snow & Wind For Much of Iowa

For a week now, I’ve been talking about a big winter storm with its sights set on the Midwest.  I’ve been telling you to keep up on the latest forecast because some parts of Iowa could be picking up some heavy snow.

Now that the storm system is near Las Vegas, Nevada, Monday morning and will move to the southern Plains this evening and then to the Great Lakes by Wednesday morning, I’m pretty confident in forecasting mainly a rain event for the Quad Cities and most of Illinois and mostly a snow event for Iowa (except for the southeastern part of the state).

We’ll see a wintry mix late tonight that’ll change over to rain for the Quad Cities and much of Illinois Tuesday. By the time it ends Tuesday night, the rain will change back to light snow. Here’s how much snow may fall.

 

As you can see, this snow will more of a driving inconvenience for the Quad Cities, southeastern Iowa, and much of Illinois, with an inch or less of snow expected.  But, we could see anywhere from one-half to one inch of rain!

Just to the northwest of the Quad Cities, 1-3″ of snow may fall around Galena, Illinois, back to Maquoketa, Iowa.  Isolated 4″ totals are possible.

However, western and central Iowa may easily pick up 3-8″ of snow with a few higher totals.  If that wasn’t bad enough, there will be a lot of wind with this storm causing blizzard conditions.

Look at the warnings out of the Des Moines National Weather Service office.

 

The red indicates a “Blizzard Warning” and the fuchsia is a “Winter Storm Warning”.  It’s going to dangerous across much of Iowa Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Once again, the Quad Cities will be missing out on the big snow this time.

It was one year ago today that we picked up 13.8″ from a snowstorm that actually started out as rain!

Anthony