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A Broken Record...
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!
That is exactly what I feel like... a broken record. The reason... the pesky Low over the Great Lakes hasn't moved much over the past few days. This has left us with clouds and cool temperatures. And these conditions will continue... at least for the first half of the week!
I always think it's cool to see such a pronounced ridge/trough pattern:
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Under the Low to our East... they are still experiencing really raw weather! My relatives in Ohio and Illinois have been complaining... it has literally been constant light rain/mist, chilly temperatures, and windy conditions. Yuck! So we don't really have it THAT bad, even though it's cool here. Eventually, that low will push farther East... and the warmer air to our West will be ushered in here. We should see 70s and 80s by the end of the week.
I know a lot of you have been complaining about the lack of severe weather... when we are in what should be one of the most ACTIVE months! I don't have news of approaching storms... but this is interesting... a list of the most tornado prone cities during the month of May:
The list above is put together by VorTek each year. It's an ongoing company-funded research study of tornadic risk assessment. They determine the rankings based on NWS data from 1950 through 2004. The ACF "Annual Coverage Fraction" represents the average fraction of land area within a 20-mile radius of the city disturbed by tornadoes during May for the 55-year period from 1950 through 2004. The "disturbed land area" represents the average number of acres of land within a 20-mile radius of the city disturbed by tornadoes during May for the same 55-year period. Here is a link to more on their research: VORTEK
There are quite a few Metro cities listed!
OK... last night I brought Mags to the station, and Keith King brought his dog, Murphy. Mags and Murphy played for HOURS... it was quite entertaining! Here is a look at the fun they had!
Do I know you?
Two tough dogs!
Murphy poses nice... while Mags keeps running around
They wore themselves out!
Good pals, just hanging out!
I know these aren't the best pictures... It is REALLY hard to get two labs to sit still!!!! :)
And just because this blog entry isn't long enough... I will add some MORE pictures!! These are from the Olathe Animal Hospital Open House held over the weekend:
At the event!
Gary and Breezy at work
Breezy's first trick.... SIT!
Mags gets a free ride!
Gary's new friend!
The pet trick contest winners!
Front: Mags & me... Gary, Stormy & Breezy...
Back: Jessi & Mary... thanks for the pictures!!
Posted by at May 14, 2006 4:44 PM
Hello - geez, this weather is so depressing, just like the garbage we had often in New England where I grew up. If it ain't gonna rain, then let it be sunny.
This has been a terrible May for interesting weather, and I'm not particularly needing severe, just some thunder, to make me happy.
But, it doesn't look particulary good, even into Friday with the Gulf as tight shut as a submarines water-tight doors. After that, according the the NWS discussion (for what it is worth), perhaps a stalling front, more moisture etc...might (and I stress MIGHT) do something, but so far out, who knows?
All I know is this weather is ridiculous - mid-May and we can only struggle into the 60s F? Give me a break!!!
Bring back the sun, even if it's gotta stay dry.
BTW, I guess Gary's gotta be happy in one way, as this garbage perfectly fits into his pattern - that stupid Ontario Low has formed once or twice before in this awful pattern, and he has been on the mark - unfortunately!!! :)
Here's something from Taunton, Mass.:
LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE COMPARING THE CURRENT FLOOD SITUATION ON THE
NORTH SHORE TO THE OCTOBER 1996 FLOOD. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS SITUATION WHICH MAY EVEN BECOME WORST TONIGHT. RAINFALL
AMOUNTS ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE MAY EVENTUALLY REACH 15 INCHES IN
SOME LOCATIONS BY DAYBREAK ON MONDAY. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED IN
THIS AREA SO PLEASE FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY LOCAL OFFICIALS.
MODEL CONSENSUS...INCLUDING GFS AND LOCAL WRF...KEEPS NOSE OF LLJ
POINTED TOWARD E MA...MAINLY NE MA UNTIL ABOUT 15Z MONDAY...AND THEN
FINALLY LIFTS IT N. ADDITIONAL RAFL TOTALS FOR NE MA FROM 18Z SUNDAY
TO 18Z MONDAY EXPECTED TO BE 2 TO 4 INCHES WITH SPOT AMOUNTS OF AT
LEAST 6 INCHES. ANTICIPATE STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS BY 18Z MONDAY TO BE
GENERALLY 10 TO 15 INCHES NE MA AND 5 TO 10 INCHES SURROUNDING
PORTIONS OF SW NH...CENTRAL MA AND SE MA. BOS ITSELF WILL LIKELY
EXCEED 10 INCHES BY 18Z MONDAY.
THE FLOODING ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE WILL BE PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS
AND LIFE THREATENING. THE GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS HAS ALREADY
DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE NORTH SHORE AND EVACUATIONS
ARE OCCURRING ACROSS PARTS OF THE REGION. CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
TO BECOME WORST TONIGHT.
* OCCASIONALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO FALL ACROSS THE EASTERN
HALF OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND THROUGH AT LEAST MONDAY
MORNING...ESPECIALLY ACROSS NORTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS AND SOUTHERN
NEW HAMPSHIRE WERE A SERIOUS AND LIFE THREATENING FLOODING WAS ALREADY
* ADDITIONAL RAINFALL OF 2 TO 4 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS IS
EXPECTED FROM BOSTON AND INTO THE NORTH SHORE TONIGHT. THIS WILL
MAKE THE LIFE THREATENING FLOOD SITUATION WORST. TRAVEL IS NOT
RECOMMENDED TONIGHT AND IF EVACUATIONS ARE ORDERED BY LOCAL
OFFICIALS PLEASE FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS.
* STORM TOTALS MAY REACH 15 INCHES BY MONDAY MORNING ACROSS PORTIONS
OF THE NORTH SHORE.
We ran a story on the NE flooding tonight... hard to believe they have that much water!! As you posted your comment, I posted pics of Mags & Murphy. Let me know what you think!
Posted by: StormDog at May 14, 2006 6:38 PM
We love the pics of the labs. We are also lab lovers having three black ones in our life. They are a challenge until about two years old. Then they will turn into the delight of your life.
I have heard they keep the puppy energy anywhere from 1-3 years. Mags is usually very CALM around our house, but the minute we go someplace exciting... watch out! :) What do you guys give your labs to chew on to pass the time? Mags is really picky about rawhide... she only likes the flavored ones...
Posted by: Diane at May 14, 2006 7:10 PM
Jamie - Love those doglets - especially the one with the fangs!!! "Look at them snappers"
Haha! That's my favorite one, too!! :)
Posted by: StormDog at May 14, 2006 9:32 PM
It seems like you all have so much fun together and with your pets! I love to see that!
Which one of those dogs won the pet trick contest?
We definitely have a good time around here, and out in the community! The dog on the far left won. Zoe "played dead" when she was "shot"... very cute!!
Posted by: sara at May 14, 2006 9:50 PM
Great pictures! The two dogs look like they could be related. Also, love Gary's blue tennis shoes! =) That tornado-prone list was really interesting, I love blogs with unique info like that. BTW, you asked another blogger what their dog chews on, my dog loves pig ears!
Mags and Murphy are SO cute together! We have given Mags pig ears before, and she likes them, too!! But she is done with one in under 15 minutes... so they don't last very long! :)
Posted by: happy penguin at May 15, 2006 12:16 AM
Looks like next week is when the low pressure[s] leaves the GL region. I expect middle of next week to begin the fun again.
I am expecting some thunderstorms next week. We have some nice showers today.
Posted by: Scott at May 15, 2006 8:34 AM
At Petsmart on SMPkway, they have these hard long bones (wish I could recall the names) that our lab LOVES. They are not rawhide, but she carries it around and chews on it for hours. It is the only chew thing that lasts any length of time; hers last about 3 months. They have a flavored one also.
I will look for them! Let me know if you remember the name! Thanks!
Posted by: Jeri Correll at May 15, 2006 2:29 PM
What does (did) Baron our black Lab like to chew on? I think it would be easier to name the things he did NOT like to chew on. Nothing! He chewed our garden hose, door facing, two by fours, chainlink fence, and when nothing else was available, his dog house. But he grew out of it and became a model dog so there is hope.
Thanks for the giggle :) Mags hasn't gotten that bad into chewing... hopefully she never will! :) The worst she has shredded is HER pillow... at least it wasn't a couch pillow!
Posted by: Diane at May 15, 2006 6:16 PM