Christmas Eve Heavy Snow Event

12/24/14 – I wanted a snowstorm for my birthday, and my birthday just happens to fall on Christmas Eve. I got my wish! ..well … sort of. The medium range computer models (GFS and ECMWF (aka the EURO)) were both showing the potential for a big storm system to impact the Great Lakes region around Christmastime. The only issue was, how much warm air would advection would impact the outcome of this system. The models trended pretty well through the medium range, but by the time the model runs were in the short range, it was anybody’s guess as to what would happen. The GFS, NAM, ECMWF, GEM, and others were flip flopping all over the place. Everything from all rain, to rain to snow, to an all out snowstorm with some models predicting anywhere from 6 to 14 inches of snow. The NAM was the one that remained most bullish in regards to snowfall. There really was no pinning down a forecast until about 3-6 hours before the snow … Read More…

A Christmas Tree Story

This is a story about a Christmas tree, and his new lease on life. Originally, we weren’t going to have a Christmas tree this year due to some of life’s circumstances. A Christmas tree is a symbol of Christmas cheer. All lit up and decorated with garland, ornaments, and more. The thought of not having one was rather sad, and to be honest, depressing. But this week, something changed. I stumbled across a small Christmas tree. This poor little guy was trashed, without a home, missing a leg, and had nobody to love him during the Christmas season. So I rescued this tree, brought him home, plugged him in, and to my surprise, he lit up brightly! There were a couple of burned out bulbs, but that was it. Easily fixable. Certainly no reason to be left out in the cold alone. I searched and searched for his other leg, but could not find it on the first day. So we tried improvising. Trying different methods to sort of give … Read More…