Down to 19 tonight, then springlike

Moses Malone (r), elated. Like, the happiest he's ever been, and that's his face.As of today - Sunday, 3/22/15 - there are 53 days of school remaining.  (Not that anyone is counting.)

Really cold tomorrow morning: down to 19.  Monday 3/23 will be sunny and breezy with highs around 40.  (It's also Moses Malone's 60th birthday.)

Haywood Nelson as Dwayne Nelson in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama, "What's Happening!!"Tuesday gets a little milder: high in the mid 40s with sunny skies and calm winds.  

Wednesday gets up to 50, but is mostly cloudy with a few showers in the afternoon and evening.  It's also Aretha Franklin's 73rd birthday.  She is the Queen of Soul.  When I was little, I would pronounce her first name as "Urethra" and then giggle madly.  Alright, I still do.

3/25 is also the 55th birthday of Haywood Nelson (Dwayne from "What's Happening!!").  Here is the entirety of my exclusive interview with Mr. Nelson:

Monsoon: What's happenin'?

Mr. Nelson: Hey HEY hey!

Monsoon: You are turning 55.  Do you enjoy getting older?

Mr. Nelson: Uh-UH!

Monsoon: I enjoyed you in the series "What's Happening!!"

Mr. Nelson: Hey HEY hey!

Monsoon: Good talk.

Mr. Nelson: Uh-UH!

Vicki Lawrence (l) with Tim Conway and Carol Burnett.Thursday is rainy and even a little humid with a high of 62!  Windy, too.  So that's a swing of 43 degrees between Monday morning and Thursday afternoon.  ("That's how you get sick," my Nana would say.  She would also say, "He doesn't know his ass from a hole in his ass," so it was a mixed bag with her.)

Birthdays on Thursday: James Caan (75), Bob Woodward (72), Diana Ross (71), Vicki Lawrence (66), Martin Short (65), and Keira Knightley (30).

Breezy, chilly, and variably cloudy on Friday with a high of 41.

Vince Vaughn as Wes Mantooth in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.Next weekend looks seasonably nice: high of 43 on Saturday, near 50 on Sunday.  Sunny and dry both days.  And Saturday is Vince Vaughn's 45th birthday.  And Kate Gosselin's 40th!  So Happy Birthday to the pride of Berks County!!  (Note: if someone knows her, please tell her that I would be delighted if she'd grant me a birthday interview.  Seriously!)

Getting up to 70 (!) by April 1st and 2nd.

Stay tuned for updates!

Monsoon

Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 07:21PM by Registered CommenterMonsoon Martin | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Friday update - Thursday 3/19

Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for the northern and western suburbs of Philadelphia as well as Berks and the Lehigh Valley.

I think even in the places where mostly snow falls (mixing only briefly with rain in the afternoon), we're going to get 2-3 inches at most.  (Estimates of up to six inches of accumulation are overstated, I think.)

Snow begins by 7 or 8am, continues on and off throughout the day, then drops off starting around 7 or 8pm (then ends by midnight).  I think the accumulations are mainly on grassy surfaces.  The roads will be a bit slippery initially (maybe up to about 10am), but then should just be slushy and/or wet.

Chance of delay Friday, 35.66%

Chance of cancellation Friday, 27.31%

Chance of early dismissal Friday, 11.94%

Wyatt Earp, age 47. He lived a hard life.It's the 167th birthday of Wyatt Earp, whose eclectic employement history includes stints as a pimp, mining speculator, boxing referee, sheriff, bouncer, shepherd, turnip farmer, and inventor of the iPad.  Remember the Gunfight at the OK Corral?  Back in the early 1880s?  That guy.  He died 86 years ago.

So then it still gets warmer on Saturday: high 40s to 50, so all the snow melts.

Stay tuned for updates!

Monsoon

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 09:01AM by Registered CommenterMonsoon Martin | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

This crap about Friday.

So it's going to snow.

The vernal equinox at 6:45pm on Friday 3/20.  At that moment, spring begins.  And at that moment, it will be wet snowing / raining and it will be 34 degrees.  It is a cruel, prickish joke that Mother Nature is pulling.

Snow begins about 6 or 7am Friday, spreading into the area from the southwest.  Snow continues on and off until 3 or 4pm, when it mixes with rain.  Precipitation changes back to snow before ending round about midnight.

Accumulation: an inch or two, mostly slush on the roads; the bulk of the accumulation will be on the grass and whatnot.  The onset before dawn (when paved surfaces are at their coldest) could impact the morning commute.  The sun angle and surface temperature will generally prevent travel issues in the afternoon and evening.  We may see some slippery spots reemerge during the late evening.

A side note: it is kind of, really, awfully depressing to be talking about snow on March 18th.  *sigh*

Chance of delay Friday, 19%

Chance of cancellation Friday, 9%

Chance of early dismissal Friday, 37%

Saturday will start cold (32 degrees at dawn), but temperatures will rise rapidly: 40 by noon, 50 by 6pm.  So any snow that accumulates Friday will melt Saturday.

And then Sunday is windy and cold again, much like today (Wednesday 3/18).

Here's something, though.  Friday is Ovid's 2058th birthday.  (He died 1998 years ago, though.)  He wrote the Metamorphoses, which is a super-long poem that chronicles historical stuff and is known to have inspired Dante, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Stephenie Meyer.  In that work, he said, "Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you."  So that is profound.

Ovid, pensive.

Stay tuned for updates!

Monsoon

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 07:44PM by Registered CommenterMonsoon Martin | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

The vicissitudes of mid-March...

Hey there - just a brief forecast about the coming week.  Some of you have been hearing about the potential for wintry precipitation on Friday, so here's the straight dope.

Note: the origin of this phrase comes from betting on the ponies.  When stimulants had been given to racehorses (that is, they had been doped), gamblers wanted to know about it.  The term "straight dope" started as a phrase describing what had been given to those poor animals, then came to mean the (very salient) information itself.

But, as always, I digress.

David Hasselhoff has been cast in Sharknado 3, due out (on Syfy) this summer. It's apparently set in Washington, D.C. and features Mark Cuban (the outspoken billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner) as the President and Ann Coulter (the hatemongering right-wing pundit/columnist/she-devil) as the Vice President. Whatever. Hasselhoff!!!

Tuesday 3/17 begins with a few showers and overcast skies, reaching a high in the mid to upper 50s by early afternoon.  Then temperatures fall, winds kick up, and we get a few degrees below freezing by early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday looks windy and colder with highs only in the upper 30s.

Thursday is partly sunny and a bit milder with highs in the mid 40s.

Precipitation moves in late Thursday night into Friday.  Surface temperatures will be above freezing, but cold air in the upper atmosphere could bring us some wintry precipitation.  Right now I'd say we get mainly rain with a bit of wet snow (melting on surfaces) mixed in.  We'd really need snow to fall heavily to accumulate at this time of year, and this won't be heavy.  I think it's no big deal.

Chance of delay Friday, 17%

Chance of cancellation Friday, 3.75%

Saturday gets milder (high in the low 50s) but is breezy and overcast generally.  A few rain showers are possible overnight into Sunday.

Colder, then: highs in the 40s and lows around freezing on Sunday and Monday.  And Tuesday.

Stay tuned for updates!

Monsoon

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 08:36PM by Registered CommenterMonsoon Martin | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

A very little bit of freezing rain possible in the AM...

So the National Weather Service has put out an advisory or whatever, and I thought I should comment on it.

That is what could happen:

Overnight temps get below freezing, and light freezing rain showers between 2 and 6am would create an icy glaze on roads and sidewalks.  And people would be like, "Do de do, spring has sprung, I'm not fully awake, but here I go to work--shit, I'm down."  And they would fall on their asses.

Or toodling along to work in the drizzle and like, "Ah, balls, case of the Mondays, blah--shit, ice."  And then your car skids.

Happy 44th birthday on Monday to Emmanuel Lewis, who played the title character in the 80s sitcom Webster, which was a truly terrible show that I nonetheless have inexplicable nostalgia for.The thing is, though, I don't think any of this is going to happen.  

Chance of delay Monday, 22%

Chance of cancellation Monday, 0.0075%

And then Monday ends up near 50 with partly sunny skies.

Overcast with a little rain on Tuesday.  High again near 50.

Wednesday and Thursday look mostly sunny with highs at (or just above) 50.

Rainy Friday, but no frozen precipitation.

We may even see the sixties next week (the 16th to the 20th)!  And then we can all say it's too warm, where is spring, and crap.

Stay tuned for updates!

Monsoon

Posted on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 08:29PM by Registered CommenterMonsoon Martin | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint
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