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.
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.
This story in the Riverfront Times is so true, at least for this past weekend with its mild temperatures and sun.
"After a winter full of polar vortices, frost quakes and far too many snow days, St. Louisans are itching to feel the sun on their skin -- and to get those salt stains off their cars.
Patios, playgrounds and public spaces were packed Sunday, despite the temperature staying slightly-cool at around 55 degrees."
It was stunning to see lines of cars looking like airport security lines as they snaked forward and back, down and around waiting for their turn in the wash bay. But, even more evident was the surge of people outside yesterday, walking, biking, walking and strolling. On this campus it was an endless parade of people we've never seen before coming through singly, in groups, with dogs, all enjoying being outside without freezing.
We couldn't always see kids, but we could hear their voices as they played outside. And, Fox2 News had a report last night on the large numbers of people who headed into garden centers. Which is really rushing things-the soil is icy cold with a muddy top layer. Way too early to be planting anything even pansies. But, for those with zoysia lawns, it is a good time to aerate and power rake.