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A writer and a tropical muse. A funky Lubavitcher who enjoys watching the weather, hurricanes, listening to music while enjoying life with a sense of humor and trying to make sense of it all!

Monday, January 07, 2013

That Time of Year.. January Thaw & Playoffs & Russell Wilson & Wondering on Ice Storms

Yeah, it's that time of year here.

January thaw, though to be honest it's not really a thaw if there isn't anything to thaw out...

The snow is not in the Eastern Part of the US anywhere near Hurricane Country. As a matter
of fact, the snow is all in Russia and Europe where they are having an intense winter the likes
of which only Jim Cantore could love. Can't you see him now...standing there in front of the
Kremlin all dressed up like he's Omar Shariff in Dr. Zhivago passionately describing the size
and feel of each snow flake that falls as he is half buried in snow listening intently for any signs
of Thundersnow?

Around here it's sunshine and moonshine and no snowflakes to be seen anywhere.

Miami is warmer than usual. The Carolinas are basking in a moderate winter and I have a few
flowers outside on trees that usually don't show color until early Spring.

Is this an illusion or is this all there is as Peggy Lee used to sing?

Not sure.

There are numerous forecasts showing that the next system moving across the nation will push
some frigid air towards the middle of the country and parts of the Piedmont and the next system
after that will have a chance of being the real thing.

Looking back in history doesn't really tell us the whole story unless we look at the details. 2005
brought an unexpected Ice Storm to the Raleigh area, yet if you read a review of that winter it
was indeed warmer than usual with mucho rainfall in some areas and drought in others and
very little snow.

Now, if you lost several of your favorite trees and went for a week without power, you would not remember that winter kindly.

All it took was a half an inch of rain turning to snow and ice that fell exactly during rush hour in Raleigh to turn an expected normal winter day into a day to remember. <---2005 p="p" summary="summary" winter="winter">

Looking back to 1998 which was the year after the El Nino from Hell It was a transitional sort 
of year that brought us a lot of hurricanes and a wicked Ice Storm over the Christmas 
Holiday to North Carolina.

Another discussion on a quiet winter... not so cold, click on the link above and read for yourself.

That's sort of like a saying 1992 was a quiet Hurricane Season..except for Hurricane Andrew.

Okay, it's obvious I am dreaming of an Ice Storm and not saying it here locally to people 
as they don't rightly take kindly to me mentioning the Ice Storm that took out part of 
their roof when they lost their Pear Trees..............

So, I'm mentioning it here.............

2002 is said to have been the worst Ice Storm in the Carolinas, many wax poetic
about it sounding a lot like Edgar Allan Poe.

Worst ice storm in years devastates the Carolinas
Despite round-the-clock repair efforts, 
more than 1.8 million customers remained without 
electricity Friday in the Carolinas as ice-laden 

The icy aftermath of the storm Wednesday and Thursday — which many in the Carolinas compared to recent hurricanes for its scale of destruction — proved worse than the storm itself. And across the East Coast, snow and ice snarled air travel and kept children home from school.

Keep reading at the link above...usually when you see a man in a bucket truck 
it's some sort of trouble or a possible stalker, but we won't go there here............

Back to 2002... it was WARM.  Yep, consistent with the other years mentioned 
when Ice Storms affected the area rather than random snow.

"December 2002 ranked as the 21st warmest December in the 1895 to present record."

Check out the Youtube videoes for a look at winter weather: (oh look Oklahoma got some too...)

NC: (2002)

Funny part about warm winters is that they can bring that one storm that comes 
out of the blue and when you are expecting another day of rain with temperatures 
in the upper 30s...something changes and it changes fast and suddenly the timing
is off and the rain turns into snow...or ice.

Will it happen this year? 

Don't know.. just know I am not getting the snow I was hoping I would get... 

And, am wondering if this set up can produce an Ice Storm event later in the winter... 

Meanwhile, the sun is shining in through the window on the back of my neck and I am warm despite the cold temps outside.

A day like this can be quite an illusion. From inside it's blue and beautiful and sunny.

The thermometer is actually hovering around 60 degrees and
I am thinking they really blew the forecast or it's just an illusion.

Note...forecasts get blown or this is a case of a mini-climate effect going on here in the
cul de sac.

My APP says it's 49. The high is supposed to be around 51 (which should be late in 
the day) and yet the thermometer which is usually correct on my deck shows 60 degrees.

My husband says it's because the sun is shining on it and it's metal and it's
close to the house but.... that's the same sun that shining on the nape of my neck
and I know one thing.. I'm not going to be wearing my new winter coat today.

What does a Miami girl know about buying a winter coat? Obviously not much.
My purple (bordeaux) coat keeps me warmer than the one I bought with the fur hood
and trim which looked much warmer.

I have this coat in "bordeaux"

It's a really HEAVY coat and feels really WARM and I have barely worn it this winter.

Last Friday  night while walking home from a beautiful meal at a friend's house 
for the Jewish Sabbath... we hiked through the short cut, through the woods almost 
a mile in temperatures in the 30s I wore my WARMER COAT which it turns out 
LOOKS warmer but is in fact not as warm. 

My husband explained that the coat above has more WOOL in it...  Oh...

It looked warmer... it wasn't warmer... 

I froze my you know what off despite the nice zipper and fake fur...

So, it seems I'm still in a learning curve period here where I understand that if the
thermometer was moved to the front porch facing probably would be in the 
upper 40s not hovering around 60.

So far the winter has been mild. A few cold, cold nights. Mostly mild with what seems 
frequent rain and this pattern of cold = dry and warm = rain.

As for the El Nino Predictions... I'm watching how it plays out.

I'm predicting that Seattle could be better than previously thought and their 
bargain basement priced Quarterback is one heck of a team leader and an over achiever 
who was over looked while other quarterbacks were taken in the first and second round
allowing him to fall to the bottom of the third round. 

He out performed RG3 who had a hard day yesterday as did Andrew Luck whose luck 
ran out against the Ravens.

Oddly, all the headlines are about the losing quarterbacks and not the winning quarterback.

So, basically the quarterback who fell to the third round of the draft is making 
it to the second round of the playoffs in his rookie season as his highly touted 
contenders will watch from the sidelines.

Now THAT was a busted Draft Forecast...

This man plays with all his heart... runs, throws and commands the field and doesn't give up. 

Great game yesterday...two great games.

So, sometimes the experts are wrong and forecasts are just that... a prediction that 
never comes true.

Here's what some experts have to say about El Nino and what is left of the Winter of 2013.

So...watching football and weather and enjoying both ... 

I'm here... just nothing super tropical to talk about and nothing overly exciting weather wise
as well... waiting on some real winter weather ;)

Besos BobbiStorm

Ps...enjoy this really fun old video of the day that Dan Marino was drafted an even though 
he was drafted at the bottom of the first round he was not expected to be the star that he

Some fun football facts:

In 1991... Brett Favre was picked in the 3rd Round after he was passed over and Seahawks 
took Dan McGwire as their first round pick and the 16th overall pick of the 1991 NFL Draft. 
Then after Miami passed on him the LA Rams took Todd Marinovich before choosing Brett Favre...not their best decision...

Want more fun football facts?
What were the names of the quarterbacks chosen BEFORE Dan Marino?
John Elway #1 pick by the Colts
Todd Blackledge #7 pick by Kansas City
Jim Kelly taken #14  by the Buffalo Bills (Kansas City passed on Jim Kelley...)
Tony Eason #15 pick by New England, boy did they regret not taking Marino..
Ken O' Brien #24 pick by the New York Jets who also passed on Dan Marino
Dan Marino #27 pick by the Miami Dolphins who took a "gamble" on him...

Think how many games the Fins played the Jets and the Patriots over time and the Jets
and Patriots wished they had taken a chance on Marino....

Tom Brady was picked in the SIXTH ROUND of the 2000 NFL Draft... 

Tom Brady was the 199th player picked in the Draft. In the same round that New England 
took a chance on Tom Brady... the Miami Dolphins picked a Defensive Tackle from 
Arkansas-Pine Bluff before taking a chance on Tom Brady who was drafted later in that 
sixth round. The Fins spent most of that decade trying to draft defensive linemen... 

Anyway, not to get down on the Fins... but... 198 players were picked BEFORE 
Tom Brady, six of them quarterbacks... 

Who were those quarterbacks?

  • Chad Pennington, Marshall - Drafted by the New York Jets in Round 1, Pick 18.
  • Giovanni Carmazzi, Hofstra - Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in Round 3, Pick 65.
  • Chris Redman, Louisville - Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in Round 3, Pick 75.
  • Tee Martin, Tennessee - Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 5, Pick 163.
  • Marc Bulger, West Virginia - Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in Round 6, Pick 168.
  • Spergon Wynn, SW Texas State - Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in Round 6, Pick 183.

  • Read more:

    So, you see... it's not just weather forecasts that don't pan out and it seems that at least 
    for the season of 2013... Russell Wilson was a better pick than both Andrew Luck and RG3...
    now who saw that one coming?

    The team that picked Russell Wilson.

    Again... Besos Bobbi


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