Tuesday, March 9, 2010

From the Weather Deck in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Hey there! It's been awhile since I've posted, but I've been too busy laughing at how wrong the weather people can be! I don't like to brag, but I can be more accurate than these guys.

For example, last Thursday, they said it would rain on Sunday and the percentage was something like 70%. I told my owners that it would not rain, as 10 days is too far in advance to predict the movement of anything around here. Sure enough, the percentage kept getting lower and lower. It never did end up raining that day. In fact, it never smelled of rain.

It may not be that bright out here today, but it is nice and warm out here and the snow is just going to keep on melting! Should remain decent enough tonight. I don't smell any rain currently, so I think we might be in the clear for tonight. I haven't been to other areas of the state, so I can't speak for them. Where I am, even though it's cloudy with a chance of sun, it looks as though we're going to stay rain-free. I'd say dry, but there's so much snow melting that it won't be dry in places.

Of course, they weather people are saying it's supposed to rain all week - we'll see about that. I'm somewhat skeptical about that....

On Deck for tomorrow: Pictures and the answer to, "Do I smell rain in the air?"

Saturday, February 13, 2010

From the Weather Deck

Peanut GalleryIt's the Peanut Gallery here with today's weather report from our perch on the porch in Oak Creek, WI.  

It's another bright and sunny day today.  It's quite nice if you're out in the sun, and can be chilly if you're in the shade, but it's definitely warm enough to melt snow and ice!  Even though you can't tell by this picture, we're no longer covered in snow! 

It looks like a good day to disc golf, just watch for thin ice and developing water puddles because they could solidify later on when the sun goes down and it gets cold again!

Friday, February 12, 2010

From the Weather Deck

Scary ScarecrowScarey here with today's weather update!

Happy to report that there were blue skies and warm weather out here today.  Okay, warm compared to previous days.  It was warm enough to melt the snow and the planter snow level has gone down some.  The ice that was on the drive way and car has melted off and dried up for the most part.

Here's the last image of the planter at the end of the snowstorm:Planter in Snow 4

And here's one from just now, at about 4:30pm on Friday, after the snowstorm:
Planter in Snow 5

If you look at the closest one only, you might try to argue that the loss of snow was due to salt, but if you look at all three, you'll see that there's been the same amount of snow loss around all three, and the farthest two didn't have any salty snow near them, which gives you proof that it was very warm here the past two days, with today being warmer than yesterday.

Of course, the night will still be chilly, but not quite as bad as it has been.

The Skeletal Barometer believes that the thaw process will start in about four weeks. Now we may experience some drops in temperature in that time, so be prepared.

How can I be sure? Well, the air felt crisp and clean as opposed to sharp and damp, a sign that spring is around the corner.  Just remember, March is always said to go in like a Lion and out like a Lamb, and this will be the case this year.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

First Edition

Welcome to the First Edition of 
Skeletal Barometer!  

The problem I have with all of the weather channel reports (especially the local ones) is that they are not current at all during the night.  

How do I know?  Well, it shows that it is snowing where I am right now (1 am).  I just opened the front door and looked out, and while it feels damp, it's not snowing.  The snow appears to be done for the moment.  In fact, at around 11pm, the pains I had been feeling seemed to have passed.  If they return, then I'll know it'll be snowing again.  We'll see. 

I love it, in Vancouver where the Olympics are being held the expected temperature is 47 and rain!  Here we are in Wisconsin with cold temps and lots and lots of snow!  Guess we would have been the better location for Winter Olympics this year, huh?  Not to mention the fact that we already have an Olympic size training facility for skaters - The Petit National Ice Center as well as a host of ski hills and stuff.