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.
It's zero degrees at the moment which leads to all kinds of physical angst. But one good thing may come out of this prolonged frigid weather and that is the harm it may be doing to all the destructive bugs which invade lawns and gardens in the summer.
The longer it stays cold and the deeper the frost gets into the ground the fewer insects like fleas, beetles, aphids, scale insects and spider mites we'll see. This is good news for dog owners and rose bush planters and vegetable gardeners. If true, farmers will need less insecticide and make their crops cheaper. It is one natural phenomenon which should be fairly observable this coming season.
Because people come to this blog in droves with the age old question: "How old is Cindy Preszler?" She was 49 in 2009 so if you're one of those who keep wondering, she either is or will soon be, 55. The weather event we're having currently is bitter cold which followed snow on Monday. Sub zero temps for tomorrow morning. This extreme weather means Cindy is a constant on channel 5 doing St. Louis weather. I guess she just looks so good, never changes, and this makes people wonder about her age.
One year she came to Collinsville and did the weather from the Italian Fest. I was working the souvenir stand back then and we always gave the visiting weather people a t-shirt. Her staff person told us it had to be a very small one because Cindy "is very tiny."
The odd, random things we remember. I also remember the year Dave Murray came to the Italian Fest and brought his wife and son. They stayed long after he finished the weather reports and walked around Main Street much of the evening, eating and talking with anyone who wanted a word with them. Very cool.
Bob Richards also did his Channel 5 weather report from the Italian Fest and he was there several years in a row. Then, sadly, he went out one day and committed suicide by flying his plane into the ground out at Spirit of St. Louis airport. .....the things we remember.
It took until February 16th to get some snow in these parts, unusual but rather nice after last year's Polar Vortex. The seminary took a snow day, cancelled classes, but that didn't mean no one was here. Students were out shoveling snow, the maintenance guys got in and were moving snow in all kinds of ways.
Students have a lot of energy and agility to get things cleared fast.
Dale and Ferdie stopped to watch.
Here's Kirt from environmental services using a leaf blower
Back to it.
The manager of the campus maintenance department, Nathan, talks it over with Dale.
All kinds of vehicles plowing
Dale did more than chat, he got busy clearing our sidewalks
It's a pretty change of pace kind of weather, but hopefully this will be the last of 2015's snow.
Last night every weather forecaster was predicting St. Louis would be seeing its first real snow of the year with totals between 6-10 inches. Now as the morning has moved on, the predicted snow numbers are falling with some as low as 2.6. There are computer models and weather maps and each says something different.
You just never know here in St. Louis, but we're ready. Have people been hitting the grocery stores? I don't know but probably...yes.
Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow out in Gobblers Knob, Pennsylvania this morning to predict the long range weather and it looks like 6 more weeks of winter. The poor guy just did not seem interested in choosing a scroll. The two guys in top hats had a table with two scrolls on it and Phil was supposed to grab one with his paw or mouth. He wanted nothing to do with that so the men made something up. Since when did Phil have to pick up one of two scrolls with the long range winter weather forecast written on it? When did the seeing his shadow thing go away?
But this forecast is for Pennsylvania not here in St. Louis. St. Louis has their own groundhog who should make an appearance later today.