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.
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.
Don't know yet whether St Louis will get as vicious a storm as the local weather people are warning, but I do know I would not want the job of helicopter reporter this morning.
Lightning wind rain
On another front, a man in Union Mo is trapped in his car after the wind dropped a tree on it, also another tree fell on his house. Makes me go to the window to see what kind of tree my car is parked under.
Last night brought storms and tornadoes to the midwest, Oklahoma and Arkansas were hit hard. This kind of thing is almost predictable this time of year. Tragic and horrible.
The Missouri Bootheel got 7.9 inches of rain while we got 2.5 inches. While we had lots of lightning and some loud thunder crashes, the rain was a good soaking rain rather than a damaging downpour. I can tell this by looking at all the flowers we planted over the weekend, none of them have been flattened, torn or flooded out.
But in April, you just never know how or where the worst of the storms will hit and it pays to be prepared and know how to take cover. More storms possible late today/evening.
You're driving down the interstate and look in the rear view mirror to see a giant two story tractor trailer cab bearing down on you. Another one is on your right side and a third is in front. Such is life on the highways these days, sharing the road with way over-sized trucks. I say this a lot, I admit, but since January there have been so many truck incidents/crashes/blow overs that it pays to give them lots of room.
They are much too big and their height and length makes it much easier to blow over in a high wind or sudden wind shift. Today was another one of these and it shouldn't be a surprise that these big trucks have this happen.
You just don't want to be right next to these guys or just in front because they can't always stop quickly or behind them for that matter. This was on I-70 east of Kansas City and it appears the driver is ok. Good for that, but what about the next truck? Too big too fast too overloaded.
And as if on cue, here is a video made by IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider advising us to use caution around the big trucks.
So many theories on why this winter was so cold in most of Europe and the US. Here's the latest guesstiment and one which seems fair.
The extreme cold weather observed across Europe and the east coast of the US in recent winters is due to to natural, long-term variations in sea surface temperatures, according to a new study published in Environmental Research Letters.
The researchers from University of California Irvine show that the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) phenomenon — a natural pattern of variation in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures that switches between a positive and negative phase every 60-70 years — can affect an atmospheric circulation pattern, known as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), that influences the temperature and precipitation over the Northern Hemisphere in winter.
Here it is March 25 and St Louis has had a dusting, a light dusting, of snow overnight and most likely a bit of a surface freeze. While watching the morning local news we learn that this bit of weather has caused accidents everywhere. The video of backups is unreal, even more than when we had bigger winter storms.