Category Archives: Weather

Calamity without Forgiveness

By the looks of it, the end times have come. The sky is attacking the ground and everything using the ground as a foundation for the future, with a vengeance unmatched in modern times. Trees—whipped into screaming children attempting to … Continue reading

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About Things on My Mind

Americans may be more inclined toward arrogance than most, but they do not hold the franchise. I have witnessed displays of American and French and British arrogance, along with non-specific Arab arrogance during our trip thus far. I mention those … Continue reading

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Crack, Sizzle, the Sky is Alive

Half an hour ago, the NOAA weather radio awakened me with a loud announcement that a severe thunderstorm watch had been issued for parts of Arkansas, including Garland county, which is where we live. Moments after the announcement ended, flashes of … Continue reading

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Petrichor

There’s a word for the smell of fresh rain, an aroma that evokes memories of my childhood better than any other. The word is petrichor, derived from the Greek words petra (stone) and ichor (the blood of the gods), coined … Continue reading

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Opposites Attract

The clear, blue sky would be of no consequence to us if not for its contrast with low, grey, growling clouds showering us with rain and snow and hail and mist. A still, quiet morning is appealing in part because it … Continue reading

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Confusion Reigns

I awoke considerably later than usual this morning, having allowed myself to stay up later than I usually do. Once up, I wrote my daily “ruminations” post, then went back to bed. Less than an hour later, the weather radio … Continue reading

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Screaming Radio

Several times last night and in the wee hours of this morning, the screaming NOAA weather radio jolted us awake. First, around 9:00 p.m., came an announcement of the issuance a flash-flood warning for Garland County, where we live. Then, around 11:30 … Continue reading

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Spring in the Village

The unmistakable signs of Spring abound. White buds appeared on pear trees almost overnight. The blossoms of redbud trees, now just barely visible, show promise of a full-on show in short order. Daffodils sprout like weeds, their yellow flowers a welcome … Continue reading

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Fifteen Degrees

That’s what my computer claims the outdoor temperature is at the moment.  Fifteen degrees.  That is cold.  Down right frigid. No matter where you are, fifteen degrees is more than moderately brisk. Even if my computer is wrong and, instead, … Continue reading

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Snowerism and Icyness

Weather people are telling us to expect craziness.  Wild, unchecked, massively bizarre weirdness.  Snow and sleet and freezing rain and sprays of icy woofka. Every single county in Arkansas is under a winter storm warning. We’ve seen a lot of … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Winter

Cold weather is not my thing, but I do love the look of the fourth season!

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Ice Surfers

Our couch surfer guests arrived last night just after 8:00 pm, having driven in from Little Rock through freezing rain. They escaped the worst of the storm, but after they had been here awhile, it followed them to our house. … Continue reading

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Cold and Grey and Suitable for Soup

The morning is dreary and cold, with grey skies and, from what I can tell, light rain.  Last night’s forecast called for sleet and freezing rain this morning, but I don’t see evidence of ice, though I hear an occasional noise that … Continue reading

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Un poco más nieve.

For the second night, we had a bit of snow.  It’s bright and sunny this morning, making the overnight snow especially white and brilliant.

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For the Record: First Snow

When it was light enough to see outside this morning, I saw that we had a bit of overnight snow, the first of the season.

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A Different Vantage Point

Fall has arrived, with indications winter may not be far behind.  The forecast for the next several days calls for much cooler temperatures, with nighttime temperatures falling to just below freezing.  Yesterday, when I captured the image below, was the … Continue reading

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Shelter

Last night’s storms made me wonder what would be the best course of action if we were in the path of a tornado.  I have no idea where, in this house, to go.  Weather preparedness materials suggest finding a place … Continue reading

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In Lieu of Excitement

The cool front, promised in the early evening television weather forecast, did not arrive as predicted.  I had hoped to walk outside this morning to find markedly cooler temperatures, but was disappointed. When I looked at the outdoor thermometer a few … Continue reading

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Deep, deep dark

The power here is not dependable.  For the fifth time since we moved here in April, the power is out.  The last time was caused by human idiocy…a car careening into a power pole out of old-age wrecklessness.   This … Continue reading

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Sand and Such

The sanding began, but the weather said, “No.” I was no more than 30 minutes into sanding the deck with my newly purchased belt sander yesterday when the rain began.  It was light rain, but it was rain…not the time for sanding the … Continue reading

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Intense Weather

It seems the loudest thunder and heaviest rain may have passed.  I still hear thunder and I still see the sky erupt with lightning bolts and sheets of white-blue light, but it’s not as intense as it was ten minutes … Continue reading

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Settling In

On Saturday, we drove to Little Rock to have discussions at a branch bank about setting up telephone wire transfers.  We’re not confident that will be an option when we close on our house; another trip may be required to … Continue reading

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Distant Thunder

Bone-shattering claps of thunder, accompanied by brilliant flashes of lightning, awaken in me a sense of awe and wonder and appreciation for  the power of the natural world.  I can sit for hours watching wave after wave of thunderstorms pass, … Continue reading

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Chill

The remainder of my first cup of coffee has long grown cold, leaving me with the dilemma of leaving my desk to replenish it with another hot, satisfying brew or staying here and finishing my thoughts.  I am sure there … Continue reading

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Canadian Tomatoes and Kansas Grapefruit

Last summer, one of my brothers planted tomatoes.  The plants grew and produced blossoms, but the fruit never set.  He theorized the high temperatures, both day and night, might be to blame.  From what I’ve read this morning, he’s probably … Continue reading

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