Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Around here our 36 hour rain totals were just about 4 inches of a soaking rain. Not all of it fell at once, but at intervals so water got down to the roots of many plantings. Much needed and appreciated.
That's the forecast for today and maybe tomorrow. Actually, as bad as this sounds when you couple the temperature with the humidity, we can't really complain here in St. Louis this summer. We've had an almost perfect summer and only a few uncomfortably hot days. It has been like living in Michigan without a lake.
But, I'm headed out to the backyard in Collinsville to hack back much of the overgrowth which has risen up this summer. At least until noon.
We really need a nice rain, the grassy areas have turned brown: gray and prickly dry over the past two weeks. But listening to the local weather reporters has me scratching my head. There is a rain front ahead of St. Louis which seemed a sure thing for last night and today, but now we wake up and learn it's slowly sliding south of us. Sometimes these fronts slide north. It just means we miss the rain.
Often the explanation is that the air over St. Louis metro is too dry for moisture above to turn to rain. Now it appears that the air is too moist.
There is no agonizing over the 90 degree weather coming this week after the summer we've had. If the hot weather shows up beginning July 22, that's something of a miracle summer. We've been blessed this year with one of the nicest summers in a long time. It is amazing, though, that even with the moderate temperatures the lack of rain has turned the lawns to a crunchy gray. The lack of moisture wrecks a landscape very quickly.
Next week January and February's hated Polar Vortex is going to return to the midwest. But this time it will be welcomed with open arms as temperatures won't get much above the mid 70's. There are some, especially those who have vacations planned along Lake Michigan won't appreciate the chilly air up there, but for us in St. Louis, mid 70's in July will be outstanding.
Just a reminder of how one thing can mean something in January and February and quite another in July.
I've said this before, but after yesterday's late afternoon storm, it's worth mentioning once again. The storm began moving into the St. Louis area around 4-ish and shortly after that the local news stations began breaking into programming and updating viewers on how strong it was, where it was heading and around what time it would get to whereever. It just so happened that Channel 5-KSDK-pre-empted most of the Belmont Stakes, a race which was the third leg of the Triple Crown and featured California Chrome who was a favorite to finally be the first horse since 1978 to win the Crown.
2 KSDK weather people,Cindy Prezler and Chester Lampkin, told viewers they would show the actual race but that they were staying on air until then because of the seriousness of the weather. And that is what happened. When they said they'd show the race, that's is all they showed, no preliminaries, no post race. As soon as the winner (Tonalist) crossed the finish line, Cindy and Chester were back. Viewers never got to see any interviews or replays or explanations of what happened to California Chrome. This led to a lot of anger by many who took it out on the two weather people on Twitter.
Some of the Tweets were really angry ones before, during and after the race, some were funny, some were supportive. But needless to say, they heard from people even up to this morning.
They apologized but were not sorry because their job was to keep us safe and to let as know immediately what was up with the weather. I told Dale I bet my blog stats would be filled with people looking to find out how old Cindy Preszler is. And that is what happened. I'm not sure why Cindy being on air a lot for breaking weather causes people to search for her age, but it never fails. 3 pages of blog visits were filled with Cindy Preszler and her age.