Thoughts, observations, sea stories and ideas from a former sailor and lifelong rancher
Friday, March 20, 2020
Wuhandromeda Strain Edition Two
On the morning of March 19, 2020, despite all the good thinking, hard work, and can-do attitude of the upright ape-lizards inhabiting my part of the world, the local upright ape-lizard community found itself suddenly and desperately fighting against a catastrophe no one wanted to believe would ever come.
It was the last day of winter. Spring was scheduled to arrive with the vernal equinox at 9:49 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
And the horror of a blizzard suddenly appeared, heralded only by a week's routine weather forecast.
When I asked the elderly checker (age 49) at the grocery store if she was ready for the big storm, she rolled her eyes and said, "Oh please. Spring blizzards are like cake and ice cream.
And they are.
At 0530 local on March 19 I was outside and rejoicing in the beauty of heavy fog and 40-degree temperatures.
You may have seen this poor mylar balloon in a previous video here. Nature is cool.
Nature is majestic!
The glacier! It's meltinnnnggg!
What's better than this?
I am jacked!
I am blessed!
The chickens are jacked and blessed!
At 1530, 10 hours after the foggy predawn video was taken. the blizzard had arrived. It was strangely identical to what used to be called a snow storm.
At 1730, a full half-day after the foggy predawn video, the blizzard had ended.
At 2000 there was still a hint of light in the sky and the blizzard had not returned.
And at 2149, spring arrived with the Vernal Equinox.
Be well and embrace the blessings of liberty.
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Both my wife and I woke up around 0300 hrs. this morning; she just went back to bed to try to get back to sleep. I, on the other ( gripping ) hand am drinking coffee and on my computer ( duh, how else would I be writing this? ). She has to get up by around 0800 hrs. to start her commute to work. ( As her office has decided to have most of its people work from home [ those who can ], her commute is about 10-15 steps from bed to her home office. Sure beats the hour and a half commute of when she had to go to the firm's offices in downtown Portland. Anyway, here I am at 0337 hrs. typing away at my computer keyboard. Which is a long-winded way of saying that I will watch your videos later this morning, when my wife is up and working. I am sure that all this is TMI. But I try, or am trying, or something.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the post.
Paul L. Quandt
P.S.: I'm looking forward to seeing the chicken videos.
Yes, the time hack on my comment shows 0443 hrs., but that is your time, here it is still before 0400 hrs.Delete
The chickens recently told me that they would continue to lay their eggs on Chicken Standard Time and I would just have to get over it. It's just gone 0730 here. Glad your missus can avoid the commute!Delete
Thanks for stopping by and commenting Paul! Say hi to Kristen.
Saw earlier in the day I-80 is closed Wyoming line to North Platte. I spent time this morning chipping 2" of ice off my vehicles. The one thing I miss about my old place was the carport.ReplyDelete
It was closed a long time. Lots of ice I guess; it was very wet then wet snow then air temps dropped way down. Lots of ice everywhere this morning. Springtime in Nebraska!Delete
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I guess I coulda warned you that I had ice on my windshield on Tuesday morning.ReplyDelete
I doesn't seem all that serious here, though.
You never know where the weather is going to go or what it's going to do after it leaves your neighborhood. This time of the year we can have thunderstorms or blizzards, and sometimes they are combined. All part of the adventure.Delete
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76 here yesterday, 51 today, low of 34 tonight... No wonder people are getting sick.ReplyDelete
At least it's not boring. It'll soon be way too hot. ;-)Delete
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After taking a nap, ( those of us who are unemployed old coggers [ nowhere to go and all day to get there ]), I have watched your videos. Two comments re the videos: 1) who says that chickens are dumb clucks, they know to stay in where it's warm and not out in a " blizzard ", and 2) wx forecasters likely get less grief from other people if the weather is not as severe as forecast than the other way 'round.ReplyDelete
Kristin says " hi " back at ya.
P.S. Do you ever watch your video after they post? At the end, there are a number of offerings of videos, which, if all were watched, would consume days. I watched one about ' ghost planes ', most sad, but I'm glad I saw it.
I've concluded that the chickens are very, very, chicken-like. They do stuff the chicken way, which often puzzles me and looks "dumb" from my perspective, but I'm not a chicken.Delete
The forecasters could do a lot more and forecasting if they stuck to that and didn't try to manipulate potential feedback. But they are not chickens, and I am not a forecaster.
I see those sometimes and I often wonder how the algores decide what to promote. It doesn't always make sense. Sometimes I waste time chasing the suggestions but usually not.
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