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  • Florida Snow?

    Yup!  It could happen this weekend with temperatures certainly cold enough to support snow.  A lingering cold front will bring the moisture over central Florida, and more likely we’ll see a freezing mix of rain, sleet and or snow in the region (Orlando/Daytona) overnight into tomorrow morning.  Snow in Florida doesn’t happen very often – and thanks to Wikipedia, I can report it’s only happened a handful of times this century!  Check it out HERE

    Temperatures will warm up next week, but I can’t promise it will last very long.  Long range forecasts continue to show more cold on the way into February and March.  My bet is the groundhog will stay in his hole this year, and sleep through his report on groundhog’s day!

    Weather should be pretty quiet this weekend aside from the cold.  The west will see a system move though bringing some rain and higher elevation snow, and lake effect snow continues to fly over the popular snow belts, but other than that, we just have to keep cuddling this weekend!

    Is it just me, or has this been one of the longest weeks ever???  I can’t believe last week it was New Years.  It seems like it was months ago!  I am looking forward to a nice weekend in the ‘burbs with my little family!

    Have a great weekend everyone!


    (From the AP) : Two black-capped chickadees perch in a shrub in Olmsted Falls, Ohio Friday, Jan. 8, 2010. Another blast of winter weather is forecast to bring additional snow to Ohio’s lake shore areas Friday and into the weekend.


Hi everybody. Its been quite today. Where is JD? It's 30 today I think I should go get the bathing suit and suntan lotion out. Don hope you are feeling well. well I guess I'll go now since everybody is busy. Hope all are well.

January 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Clare and A.J. DeYoung

Hi Everyone, Hope you all are safe and warm, won't even tell you what our temps were this weekend, we may get some rain Wednesday that is always good for Southern California. Don....we are with everyone else in sending our prayers to you and we hope your healthy improves everyday of this year. Got a crockpot going with vegetable beef soup. JD...miss you and need those pics of Captain Sean. Clare and A.J. DeYoung

January 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm


Hi all !! It's 28 here and I can see some of the grass on the front lawn. Don my prayers are going out to you. Hope everybody is doing good. I didn't know JD was off today. Did I miss something . gotta go make some mac & cheese now hope all stay warm

January 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm


Don... Prayers for you...So glad that this is the last treatment for you..I know its been hell... Morning everyone else...and a hope for a good week... On to other things...No Janice today, Rick is in instead...

January 11, 2010 at 9:32 am

Margie Gacki

Hey Don, I'll be praying for you as you get your treatment. I hope the side effects aren't too bad this time. Take care, Margie

January 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

Don in Richmond

It's 18 here now. Suppose to have a high of 43 tomorrow. Tomorrow I have my last chemo treatment at 11:00 am. I then have to wait 4 to 5 weeks for the biopsy to be performed. I'm waiting for John Hopkins to give me the date. The coffee I'm drinking now will be the last liquids I have till 2 hours after the treatment. I'm really glad it's the last treatment. Really hate the first 24 hours after each treatment and sometimes even longer.

January 10, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Gwen in Mississippi

Evening everybody, Sorry I've not checked in earlier, but Sunday is such a busy day. Yep, it was cold again here today, but we did get above the freezing mark (around 35 I think at my house). It's supposed to be another cold one tonight...probably around 10 and then we'll start warming up a bit. Margie, that is funny that 24 is a "warm up". Woo Hoo....time to break out the bikini and the sun tan lotion....NOT!!! Don't have much else to contribute tonight. I'm really tired, so I'll check back tomorrow if I have time. Gwen ;)

January 10, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Don in Richmond

Thursday were expecting 51. Maybe the mounds of snow from the December storm will melt.

January 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm


Good SUNday morning from Blowing Rock... Bright sunny skies, still COLD but really nice and bright against the snow on the ground. And yes, we too are told that we will reach up to 40 -45 later this week. Boy, we could use the melt down. However the wkend brings us cold and snow again. It IS January! Happy Sunday! Joni

January 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Don in Richmond

Margie Hope your feeling better. I actually cooked out last evening.

January 10, 2010 at 11:55 am

Margie Gacki

Hey everyone, I have a funny story to share. The first part isn't funny but the ending is. I got up to go to church this morning and took a shower and had my breakfast but I really wasn't feeling well so I decided to go back to bed. Well, I got up about 10:30 and did some stuff on my computer before I went downstairs. When I went down a little while ago, I checked my thermometer and said to myself, "Oh, it warmed up nicely." Well--it's only 24 degrees outside! I guess since it was 12 degrees when I went back to bed, 24 seems pretty good. It's really sad when 24 feels warm! Actually, it probably doesn't feel too warm out there unless you're sitting in a car with the beautiful sun warming it up because it's still windy out--so far we've had a high wind gust of 20 mph. I noticed the long range forecast has some highs in the low 40's for us later in the week. I think if I see a 40 degree temperature I'll have to break out the sun tan lotion and my barbecue and have a cook out! I don't know how that will be since we still have a lot of snow on the ground, but I'm sure 40 will feel downright balmy. I'll have to check my weather diary to see when we had a high of 40. I know it's been weeks. Well, I hope everyone is having a great weekend and staying warm. I think I might have another cup of tea. Have a great day everyone! Margie

January 10, 2010 at 11:36 am


You are my Favorite Weather Women!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 10, 2010 at 12:09 am


Good Evening All. Another very cold day ....high today was 20..and single digits this morning. I just watched our local weather...saying we are getting the Lake Effect from Lake Michigan. Wow! We have had light snow for the past 2 days, which has accumulated to around 3 inches. It is very dry snow...kinda powdery. We are supposed to warm up next week in the 40's and 50's...can't wait for that. It will feel like Summer compared to the last week or so. Gwen...I had frozen water pipes in my old house years ago. But, thankfully I have never experienced that in this house. And when I lived in Illinois growing up, I never remember a problem with it either. Enjoy your girl coffee time ! :) Hey Margie, Don and Rolex, and the whole gang, enjoy the rest of the weekend. Deb

January 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Don in Richmond

Gwen There is a news article on the Drudge Report about the thousands of fish that died in Harbor Springs. The cold water and low tide were a deadly combination for the mullet. Is Harbor Springs near you? Margie Very interesting. Never knew that. You should be a science teacher. Thanks for the info.

January 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Margie Gacki

Hey Gwen, I'm glad you checked in. I've never had problems with my pipes freezing but there are plenty of people around here who have. It usually only happens when there are long stretches of really cold weather. I'm fortunate that there are a couple radiators in my basement that help keep the pipes warm. There used to be a bedroom down there so it's nice that it's heated, especially when I want to work down there. Hey Don, I realized I never followed up with your question about hot air rising and why it's colder at higher altitudes. I found some information from a couple different web sites: NOAA: Air in the atmosphere acts as a fluid. The sun's radiation strikes the ground, thus warming the rocks. As the rock's temperature rises due to conduction, heat energy is released into the atmosphere, forming a bubble of air which is warmer than the surrounding air. This bubble of air rises into the atmosphere. As it rises, the bubble cools with the heat contained in the bubble moving into the atmosphere. As the hot air mass rises, the air is replaced by the surrounding cooler, more dense air, what we feel as wind... Colorado State Univ: As a rising parcel of air moves into regions of lower pressure, it expands. And as it expands, it cools. The air has to do work to expand, and so its temperature must decrease—the only possible source of energy for the work of the expansion is the thermal energy of the gas. I'm out of space so I'll say goodbye. Have a great weekend all. Margie

January 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Gwen in Mississippi

Hey Margie, I did check in to see if anyone had been by today. I've been staying close in this morning. Not too sure what the temp got down to, but it must have been really cold. It has warmed up to 32 degrees now, so that's really nice. One thing I wanted to you ever have any problems with the water freezing in your house? I'm talking about the pipes freezing up. When the temps get down this low for several days, our water will freeze up if we don't leave it running slightly...usually just a fast drip. I've never heard anyone from the more northern states say whether that was a concern for them. These really harsh freezes for more than a day or so are rare for us. Hey Don, Yep, I like coffee too. I drink alot of it at work where (I guess) I need that caffeine boost. I tried the flavored coffee I got from a friend for Christmas, but I wasn't really impressed with it. I really like just plain sugar or cream. Hope you and Rolex are staying warm in this cold. Hello to anyone else that drops by. Guess I'd better get up and see if I can do something useful today too. Gwen ;)

January 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Margie Gacki

Good morning everyone, I don't know if anyone will check in today but I thought I'd say hello. It's a whole lot "warmer" in Cumberland than I thought it would be. The low was supposed to be in the teens overnight with a high of 25 for today. Well, it only got down to 23 and it's up to 28 now so we'll see. It's really sad when 28 degrees is warmer than previous days! Actually we had a couple days where it got up to the low 30's so that was a change. The wind is still blowing but so far it hasn't blown as hard as it did yesterday. I still don't think I'll go out anywhere. I have a gas fireplace but I've never used it. I don't even know if it's hooked up. I heat my house by natural gas and since my gas bill is already high, I'm not going to add to it. I have a gas hot water heater too, so that adds to the bill. Well, I better try to do something useful with my life today. I hope you all have a great weekend! Margie

January 9, 2010 at 10:41 am

Don in Richmond

Coffee is a vice of mine Gwen. I'm having the first 20 oz of 60 now before I go to sleep now. I'll have another 20 oz before taking Rolex to the park at 7:00 am and 20 more when I return. Caramel coffee? No thanks. The fireplace sure sounds nice. That would be nice. Wish I had one.

January 9, 2010 at 12:41 am

Gwen in Mississippi

Evening all, Been MIA for a couple of days as my work schedule has been extremely busy. We're hiring for this new contract our company has been awarded, and I do all new-hire orientations. I'll have to say that it's good to be hiring again...even though it makes my life pretty crazy when we're adding new people so fast. Oh, this is not one of those government handout, stimulus type projects. It's a real, privately funded industrial project. It's been going on for several years and (I'm being told) is the largest such project of its kind ever. Really good news for our area of the world. Yep, it's brutally cold here too! We're going to have several days that don't even get above freezing. Think I'll spend alot of time this weekend sitting by the fireplace with a cup of coffee. I may even try out some of that caramel flavored coffee I got as a Christmas gift. Hubby is gone to his hunting camp for a few days, so it'll be a good time to bring out the "girly" coffee. We didn't get any of the snow...just a few flakes here and there. I did want a snow day, but it just wasn't meant to be. Probably a good thing as there's no such thing as a snowplow in these parts. The wind has been pretty gusty here today too and that just makes the chill go through your clothes no matter how much you're wearing. Y'all stay warm! Gwen ;)

January 9, 2010 at 12:24 am

Clare and A.J. DeYoung

Hi Everyone....will try this again had it all typed and poof it disappeared into foreverland. Anyway hope you all warm up and have a wonderful weekend, we can't believe how fast time goes for us and we do nothing anymore...except Drs. and our Disneyland (walmart and sams)we don't know how we use to travel, work and keep up our home, now it seems like it Friday, Wednesday, Sunday and another week gone by. JB.....nope...Clare has me rooting for the Cubbies, cardinals are second and our local Padres are wayyyy down on the list....he loves those Cubs. JD.....wonderful Frida Happy Dance by the Lady In Red in front of the weather map with Jon Scott...we miss more Happy move like no other. Are 3 getting use to your new cozy home, we are so happy for you guys. Don, Margie, PJMan, Gwen, hope you all stay warm and cozy this weekend and thanks Don for that adorable pictures of the birdies.....we love our Hummingbirds each season. Clare and A.J. DeYoung

January 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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