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.
FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED ITS FORECASTS IN CAPITAL LETTERS.
But now that is about to change since in the age of social media, all caps is considered yelling! The only time capital letters will be used by the NWS will be in dire emergencies. This practice began in 1849 with the use of the telegraph which for many years had no smaller case option. Even when smaller case came in, the NWS stayed with all caps.
A massive dust wall appeared in the Texas Panhandle this week. This photo was taken in Stratford, a small town near Amarillo and where our son in law is from.
Amarillo ABC7 reported the rare phenomenon and attributed it to certain weather action that was moving in from Colorado. The high winds “brought in dust and dirt”. The dust storm moved in winds gusted more than 60 mph. The storm, according to the National Weather Service, threw dust about 2,000 feet in the air.
This story made me laugh last night, as if anyone would ever have thought this could happen after one of the biggest snowfalls in history hit the DC area over the weekend.
"Understanding just how much snow residents have to shovel, some local jurisdictions say they will wait a few days before issuing sidewalk citations." It's part of local law out there that snow must be removed in front of private property or face a ticket. But isn't it nice that the ticket givers will allow a few days break? Who'd have ever imagined anyone getting ticketed when they can't even get out of their own subdivisions?
Katie and Charlie are still boxed in, no plows in sight.
Katie and Charlie and the boys were settled in to the second day of being snowbound yesterday with no end in sight. The streets in their subdivision hadn't been plowed nor did it appear plowing would be done anytime soon. But, at some point in the day several boys in their neighborhood came by and shoveled their driveway enough that their car could get out whenever that time comes. How nice was that? The deep snow was just too much for one person to have accomplished.
Riley checked it out and Drew was still working in the background. I read a story on WTOP in Washington DC which explained why subdivisions and other areas where people live would be the last to get plowed. The process starts with the main arterial streets and highways so that trucks can deliver goods and services to local places. If the main roads aren't cleared then there is no point to leaving home because there wouldn't be anything you could do or anyplace to go.
I do know the Bailey's are very close to being out of food things and it would be so nice if they could get out at some point today.
This picture was taken by Katie at around 3 in the afternoon when there was one of those "hopefully the snow is over" kind of times. But no. Pretty soon it began snowing again and hard and wind. So luckily they were able to get the boys out one more time to run off some energy. You can just make out Charlie and Jake in the distance while Drew stopped to do something with a snow board. That shoveled area is the driveway. Hahahahaha. Charlie must have kept at it all day, doing it over and over. No way a car fits through that opening. But it might make a nice luge run.
Honestly, I've watched so much weather because of this blizzard, I half believe when I look out our window, I'll see tons of snow.
By 8 this morning Katie and Charlie and the boys had a ton of snow out in the Maryland side of DC, but that didn't stop them from getting out to shovel and let Riley the dog, who loves loves loves the snow, get a chance to play.
I'd say Charlie shoveled enough for one day.
Then Katie used a tree in the backyard to practice trapeze while the snow doubled as a net.
It's kind of hard to tell, but she's hanging upside down. Now that is crazy...