The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15



Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Brrr...

So... round one of the cold is just basically a preview, a much less intense preparation for us of what's to come. Yes, I realize that some places in the continental U.S. this morning, dealt with 50 below zero (!!!) temperatures, while I shivered over my approximately 31 degree temps this morning (I really need to install my NEW weather station), as I hunkered inside the doorway of the house waiting for Mini-Dew's school bus. Yes, I realize that in the temperatures that Minnesota and the Dakotas are dealing with that you can be dangerously frost-bitten in minutes of exposure... Frankly, I find that unimaginable. Check out these current wind chill temps... bearing in mind that they were colder before the sun came up... I just love the little notation at the top... "only values below 40 degrees F are shown"!!! EEEK. Just about the entire country is covered in color. I am amazed by the actual edge of the clipper... where there is a range of 37 (wind chill) degrees between one side and the other of the clipper. Can anyone find the clipper??? Look deeper into the area where the clipper has had its impact, though... NEGATIVE 48 DEGREES!!! YOWZA!

Being that it's a clipper (fast moving system), we should see the DRASTIC change in temperatures very quickly...

In fact, for south Georgia......

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A HARD FREEZE WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL DROP BELOW 26 DEGREES FOR TWO OR MORE HOURS LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND THROUGH DAYBREAK FRIDAY MORNING.

A HARD FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES BELOW 26 DEGREES FOR 2 OR MORE HOURS ARE POSSIBLE. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION (there go all the pretty flowers).
The big question that everyone seems to want to know is... Will it S#@W?! As insane as it is to wish for such a thing down here, they seem to ask me with a touch of excitement in their voices... Well, the answer to those folks is... so sorry, doesn't appear likely. Gee darn...The system coming our way will be extremely dry boosting fire dangers, but not carrying any likelihood of precipitation. That's not to say that it's impossible, just highly unlikely. That's pretty much the story through Georgia. Cold and s#@wless.

As this ferocious system works its way down, try to stay warm. Keep your spirits up, and THINK SPRING!

Have a happy day!
~Dewdrop

6 comments:

  1. Wow! 17F in your neck of the woods for Friday Night, eh? We are only looking at 24F here in Dallas tomorrow night, then a *slight* warm-up. Insane as it sounds, I'd love to be up in Minnesota shooting some of the wintry scenery right about now, maybe somewhere in the Arrowhead region near Grand Marais. :D

    ReplyDelete
  2. Got that right, Ken... sounds insane to me! lol

    ReplyDelete
  3. How interesting all your figures are.
    We're in the deep freeze, but not as bad as some others. Right now it's 5º. Even with that temp you don't want to be out very long. Thankfully tonight there isn't much wind.
    My snowfall total for this area is 146.5" this season. More snow than in quite a few years. Actually its probably normal for us. The skiers are thrilled.
    More lake effect snow coming tomorrow and Friday. Oh joy!
    B.

    ReplyDelete
  4. my sister lives in Minnesota where the -40 is by Lake Superior on your map. Not too far from Embarass where I think it was the coldest in the lower 48 when we woke up this morning. Right now it is -9 with the wind chill of -25 here in Marquette and it is just after Midnight and it is only suppose to get colder up here. Yikes!! but they cancelled school for tomorrow so I guess we dont have to go outside....Carrie

    ReplyDelete
  5. I was looking for info on just what an 'alberta clipper' was as it is going to get very cold here (near Buffalo) NY and I have always been interested in the weather. By Friday the windchill's could be minus 30 which is kind of unusual for us. That and the lake effect snow has really kept the snowplows busy.
    --Michelle--

    ReplyDelete
  6. I agree that this photo is awesome, Dewdrop! GREAT capture. ;-)

    ReplyDelete

Dew comment, please...