Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Could this weather get any better?!?!

Loving this spring weather! We all have been enjoying the beautiful weather outside before the heat of summer arrives.  

I worked over the weekend, but when I got home Saturday we worked on Dawn's Mother's Day gift. The last few years I got take-home wine and canvas kits for Dawn and Summer to do. Evan was 2 last year and insisted on helping. Dawn really loves doing it and it is a great memory. I think the business closed up since last year, so I had to get creative. I bought some canvases and sketched the state of Ohio split up on the four canvases and then drew the word HOME on the state. Each person got three colors to paint the letters, state, and border. We started the letters and the state, but we need a second coat on those and then doing the outside colors. We may finish that this coming weekend.
Good Tuesday morning! Mostly sunny and beautiful today. The morning temps are in the mid 50s and we warm into the mid 70s this afternoon. More clouds tonight and temps dipping into the mid 50s again. Mostly cloudy Wednesday with scattered showers and storms likely. Highs will struggle to warm into the lower 70s as rain moves in and cools us off. Severe weather is not likely for Central Ohio, but Southern Ohio could see a few stronger storms. Thursday we start with patchy fog then some sun followed by a chance for few isolated showers or storms. We start warming up on Thursday, lower 80s. Friday we will have a big push of heat and a high of 89. There is a slight chance for a stray shower or storm, but most of us will remain dry and partly cloudy. A strong cold front arrives later Saturday, so we warm up again into the 80s Saturday before the cold front arrives. Scattered showers and storms look to arrive during the second half of Saturday and we could see some stronger storms later Saturday. Some of the rain may linger into the early hours of Sunday. Cooler air for Sunday and Monday with highs back in the upper 60s. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Final big run before a bigger special run, storms this weekend

I spent yesterday morning logging as many miles as I could while balancing parenting. I woke up early and ran a little more than 7 miles around the neighborhood before the kids woke up. Then I took the kids to preschool/school. Then I went to Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park for another 14 miles. This is my final big push of miles because I am going to start tapering now and cutting back on my miles before Memorial Day. 

You may remember the story of Nick Ashill in 2017. He is a professor from New Zealand and he was running across the country to raise money for pulmonary fibrosis, lung disease. He ran all the way from the Pacific Ocean and on his way to Coney Island, but was hit by a car in Madison County, Ohio. He had more than a dozen surgeries at Ohio State University Hospital before getting back on his feet. He has been training to come back and finish the run. He will be returning to the scene of the accident on Memorial Day and running the 35 miles to the OSU Hospital before continuing to the East Coast. I will be running the 35 miles with him that morning and doing LIVE short interviews on Good Day Columbus throughout the morning. Then I will be putting together another news segment for later in the day. So I will be resting up my legs for that long run. 
It has been a hot week, but Evan has been fighting a cold. We kept him home on Wednesday from school and he didn't mind hanging out with dad. I put up the hammocks to try to encourage him to rest instead of running around the backyard.  
Be prepared for some storms this weekend. The chance of severe weather is pretty low, but it is possible.

The best chance for rain will be early Monday morning. 
Good Saturday morning! Warmest weekend of the year(so far), is here! Today we will have partly cloudy skies and humidity will be a little higher than it has been all week. We will see isolated showers and storms popping up today. We have already had a couple spotty showers pop up, so there is a chance of rain any time today. The best chance for rain will mainly during the afternoon/evening when we warm up into the 80s. We will stay humid and hot for Sunday with morning temps in the lower 60s and then warm into the mid 80s. The chance of rain is a little lower during the day tomorrow, from a 40% chance of rain today to a 30% chance Sunday. Partly cloudy and hot will sum up Sunday for most of us. Then the chance of rain goes up more Sunday night and Monday morning with a cold front triggering a line of showers and storms. Due to the timing of the cold front (late-night into the early morning) the threat for severe weather has been downgraded to a Marginal Risk for Central Ohio, which on a scale of 0 to 5 puts it at a 1. So be aware there may be strong storms, but widespread severe weather is not likely. A few lingering showers possible Monday as cooler air pushes into the area with a high temp around 73 on Monday. Then we get a break from the heat. Mostly sunny Tuesday with a high of 72. We warm to 72 again on Wednesday with increasing clouds and then more rain returning late Wednesday and early Thursday. Temps warm into the upper 70s on Thursday then mid 80s on Friday. So we have a little dip coming early next week before we return to a summer-like pattern. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Beautiful Mother's Day weather rolls on...

Hopefully everyone had a fantastic Mother's Day! The weather turned out AMAZING! Summer had a dance recital at a park and thankfully the rain was all gone and there was plenty of sun.

Saturday we went up to Cleveland for a family gathering and it was actually sunny there too, but cloudy and light rain in Columbus. The opposite of normal. Summer really has taken to baseball! 
And now... the nice weather rolls on.  I spend so much time outside I have been trying to be more aware of taking care of my skin. You will see me in bucket hats a lot more often. I did a 5 mile run yesterday to Evan's preschool. 
The garden is starting to come alive and I am excited to put in the rest of the plants later this week once we finally dry out. So far, only the cold crops like lettuce, peas, broccoli, strawberries, and sunflowers have popped up from seed. Planting tomatoes, peppers, onions, and zucchini later this week. Maybe some watermelons or pumpkins too. 
This morning we are starting in the upper 50s and then we will warm to around 80 with mostly sunny skies and a few passing clouds. Tonight there will be some rain & storms trying to move from Lake Michigan into Indiana, but not expected to work its way too far into Ohio. We will see additional clouds tonight and for the start of Wednesday, especially to the west. So partly cloudy on Wednesday with morning low temps in the upper 50s and a high around 82. Mostly sunny for Thursday with highs pushing into the mid 80s. A few more clouds Friday with similar temps. Saturday our humidity will start creeping up and we will have about a 40% chance for scattered showers and storms later in the day. Highs in the lower 80s on Saturday. More scattered showers and storms on Sunday with highs in the upper 70s. Monday we cool down into the lower 70s with some lingering rain possible, but drier air moving back into the region. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Checking in, it's been a while! Weather Folklore debunked...

It's been a while. Life has been so busy that sometimes I wonder where the time went. I also have been in this weird funk with social media lately and so many people sharing so much of their lives all the time. I love seeing what is going on with friends, but some people just share EVERYTHING. That isn't me. This blog was initially meant to be a snap-shot into the big things going on, but not everything. And it is special to me because I know some people check in on here. Like my grandma said she would read it a lot to know what was going on with me and the family. So I want to start writing a little on here more often. I do like going back to see the highlights of all that has been happening. So I am going to do a brief catch-up and try to be more consistent with the highlights. First off... as you can see above, family is all doing well. I mentioned how it seems like there isn't enough time in the day and I try spending as much time as possible with the kids while they are this age because they are growing up so fast. We went to a Columbus Clippers game last week and had a blast.

Dawn and I went to Las Vegas to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We had a lot of fun just being two kids in love. We pushed the trip back about 8 months once the COVID restrictions were dropped and we could enjoy Vegas a little more.
I did go for a long run while I was out there and ran up to the top of Frenchman Mountain. If you are in Vegas and look to the East, it is the highest point of the ridge. 
It was a beautiful morning run. But man, that was a STEEP climb up and down. Then a pretty flat run all the way back to the Strip. 21 miles for the trip. I got dropped off by Uber on the east side so it wasn't a 34 mile run. 
Not everything stays in Vegas... Came back home and ended up getting COVID a few days later, so likely caught it on the tail end of the trip or coming home. Vaccinated and boosted, but the booster was about 6 months ago. So I worked from home during the quarantine and thankfully only had mild symptoms. Dawn also caught it, before me, but the kids already had it in January, so they were immune. I set up the studio in the garage and it worked out pretty well. A little cold because the garage is not insulated or heated. Nice to have this as an option, but a week at home made me miss the studio at the station a lot. 
Glad I made it back to work by April 28th. It was Take Your Daughter/Son to Work Day and Dawn dropped off the kids for 90 minutes before school. They had a lot of fun and loved the break room because I let them pick out a snack and bought them the gummy bears they wanted.

I have still been running. This was from a snowy training run at Mohican State Park in March. 
I was back to Mohican a few weeks ago for Forget The PR 50k race. It was a fun, warm day running around the state park.
Mohican is gorgeous and I highly recommend checking it our, if you have never been.
I have been also doing some running with Summer too. She is almost getting too fast for me to run with her now. I may need to dust off my bike to be able to keep up with her now.
It has been a while since we have seen the sun, but there is a lot of sun on the way eventually. Today we will be mostly cloudy with a few peeks of sun. We are cool this morning with temps dipping to around 50 and we will warm to 67 this afternoon. Rain showers will arrive from the west later today. The chance of rain goes up in the late afternoon into the evening. Scattered showers overnight with a few rumbles of thunder possible. Friday looks to start off with rain in the morning then a break in the rain midday followed by more scattered storms popping up in the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center now has the Southern half of Ohio in the Marginal Risk for severe storms, so on a scale of 0-5, this would be a 1. So a low chance for a few isolated storms becoming severe on Friday. The scattered showers will linger into the overnight hours and Saturday morning. Highs around 69 on Friday then we will be behind the system on Saturday for a cooler high of 63. Staying mostly cloudy on Saturday as the rain slowly leaves through the day. Sunday, Mother’s Day, is still looking nice with partly cloudy skies and a high of 69. We warm into the mid 70s on Monday with mostly sunny skies. We stay mostly sunny through the middle of the week with high temps climbing into the low-mid 80s. 
Right now, it looks like we are done with frost for the Spring. So that means our main three weather folklore sayings in Ohio:
❌Foggy days in August = Snow days for winter ❌Three snows after forsythia bloom ❌Thunder in February = Frost in May on same day.

Maybe next year... Have a good one!

Friday, March 4, 2022

Rocks and Roots 50k, DONE! Warmer temps on the way!

I ran the Rocks and Roots 50k and it was a very interesting day...
It started off with sheets of ice, but then turned muddy as we warmed up. It was a long 32 hours...
And I did take a tree to the face once it started getting muddy. I was turning a corner on the trail and my feet went out from under me and tried grabbing on to the tree... 
The good news is that it has warmed up enough lately to get outside more often and I have been enjoying going on walks with Evan in the sun. Warmer temps to come!

Make sure to have the coat this morning! Our temps are starting off in the lower 20s and we will see a lot of sun today helping to warm us into the upper 40s, then more clouds later in the day. Light winds out of the southeast. More clouds overnight with a warm front and there is a slight chance for a spotty light shower tonight or early Saturday. Morning lows on Saturday in the upper 30s. We will see early clouds Saturday then more sun with temps soaring into the lower 70s and the first time hitting 70 since Oct. 20, 2021. It will be breezy on Saturday with winds out of the southwest 10-20 mph. More clouds returning Saturday night. Scattered showers Saturday night and Sunday morning. The rain breaks up more later in the day as sunshine tries to come out. We will only drop to around 60 for the morning low Sunday with the scattered rain. A few rumbles of thunder possible, but not anticipating any severe criteria weather. So there will be some opportunities to get out Sunday as well and enjoy some warm temps because after the morning rain the chance of rain is lower for the second half of the day. High around 70 again on Sunday. More heavy rain likely Sunday night and Monday. Right now the chance of severe storms does not look likely, but heavy pockets of rain with a few rumbles of thunder from time to time. The heaviest rain looks to be in the morning on Monday. High temps in the mid 50s on Monday. The rain kicks out to the east Monday night and early Tuesday, but as temps fall Monday night we could see some snow trying to mix in with the rain by Tuesday morning. Right now it looks like we will not see the transition early enough for any accumulation likely. Highs in the mid 40s on Tuesday with decreasing clouds in the afternoon. Partly cloudy on Wednesday and highs in the lower 50s. A few more clouds Thursday with a slight chance for rain and highs in the mid 50s. It does appear that we will turn very cold again by the following weekend so be sure to take advantage of the mild temps this weekend and next week. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Trying to enjoy the snow and ice while it is here...

Summer and I enjoyed some time sledding on our recent snow. I even blew up the innertube, but that typically happens for the last big snow of the season. So we will see. I hope we have one more big snow to enjoy some time sledding, but time will tell. Anyway Summer and I had a blast on the hills. Evan is not a big fan yet of sledding, so he was taking a nap.
Here is an updated to my last blog about building a built-in entertainment center. Things have been coming along, but I did not get it done before our ice/snow storm. I ended up having to park outside while the garage was the "work area"
All-in-all it was a pretty reasonable price to build a lot of this using pieces from Ikea. I did build a platform to raise it all up off the ground a little bit. The TV looks pretty small in the middle there now. I am going to let it stay there for a few weeks to settle before trimming out the edges. Everything is locked into the wall tight, but just in case there is any settling. 
On to my next project... A good friend saw a free snow blower on the curb, while they were walking. They took it home and called me up. I am going to do my best to get it running again. Been a while since I worked on small motors, but I love a good challenge. Time to bust out all my moped tools for some fun!
I did go running at Clear Creek Metro Park over the weekend. Some trails were normal with just dirt, leaves, and sticks. 
Other trails were extremely dangerous. The north slopes were still ice chutes. They had a lot of sleet and ice a week before and we did have one day of melting and light rain to solidify the ice. It was a slow 4 hours on the trails, but it was good practice on what to do if put in a race situation similar to this. I did buy some crampons to strap on to my shoes with metal spikes to dig into the ice. Wish I had them on Saturday. 

Cold morning with calm winds. Temps are starting off in the lower teens and we will warm to the low 40s this afternoon with partly cloudy skies. Tonight temps stay in the mid 30s for more slowly melting. Winds pick up out of the south on Wednesday and that will help push our temps into the upper 50s. We will start the day partly cloudy and become mostly cloudy. A few rain showers possible, to the northwest, late Wednesday, but most of the area will remain dry. More rain Thursday. Rain will be persistent a lot of the day and rainfall likely around 1”, which could lead to some flooding issues because the ground is still frozen with lots of ice. Cold air races in fast Thursday evening and we may change over to a wintry mix and light snow on the tail end of the system. The majority of the event will be rain and the ice and snow will not last nearly as long as the event two weeks ago. We will keep an eye on timing of the change-over, but right now any ice and snow accumulations look to be light compared to the rain. A few snow showers early Friday morning then become partly cloudy with highs around 30. A weak clipper will swing through the Great Lakes on Saturday and there is a slight chance for a few snow showers or flurries Saturday, mainly north. Highs in the mid 30s on Saturday. Sunday will be mostly sunny and we warm to around 50 by the afternoon. Monday we warm into the upper 50s with partly cloudy skies. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Update on our winter storm

I was busy yesterday starting to build our new entertainment center built-in. But I built the platforms to raise it up a little and attached it all together. Today I am going to try to finish the bookshelves and the mantle going across the whole top.  The goal is to get all the garage cleaned up so I can park back in the garage before the snow and ice.
Looks like a rainy day to try to wrap it up. Temps will be in the low-mid 40s all day today with rain arriving by midday. Temps fall fast tonight and the rain will change to freezing rain and snow through the night and day tomorrow. 

The temps are looking a little colder tomorrow and that has shifted the snow totals and ice totals a little farther south.
Here is a look at the ice totals for Thursday.
This is also a look at the snowfall totals by midday Friday. 
Here is a more detailed write-up for what is on the way... We are cloudy with temps in the lower 40s and our temps will only warm into the mid 40s today with a cold front moving through this afternoon. The cold front will bring rain showers by midday and we will see rain through the afternoon and evening. Colder air starts moving in from the northwest this evening and the rain briefly will change to ice then snow. Overnight that ice line will make its way to the I-71 corridor from Cincinnati to Columbus to Cleveland. The ice will continue to expand towards Southeast Ohio by daybreak with ice from I-71 corridor down towards Southeast Ohio. North & west of the I-71 corridor we will have snow through the day tomorrow and that snow will slowly work its way to the southeast as well. So we will all likely see some ice as we go from rain to snow, but the heaviest ice potential has shifted a little farther south, into Southern Ohio. With the southern shift in the heaviest ice that also means that our snowfall totals have shifted south a little more. The snow continues Thursday night and wraps up Friday morning. NW Ohio will see 7-12” of snow by midday Friday. From Cincinnati to Columbus to Youngstown, the swath will see 3-8” by midday Friday, then lower totals for Southern/Eastern Ohio due to a longer duration in the ice. Keep in mind that a 1° or 2° shift will adjust the snowfall totals.

Once the snow ends on Friday the focus will be digging out and also staying warm. Thursday the temps will fall slowly through the lower 30s into the 20s, but by Friday we will have high temps in the lower 20s. Friday night we anticipate temps below zero with clearing skies. Saturday will be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 20s again. More sun on Sunday and warming to the lower 30s. Clouds return on Monday with a slight chance for flurries or light snow with highs around 30. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Winter Storm arriving soon!

Had a great long run with my buddy Mike on Saturday. It was 4 degrees when we started with a light breeze. He had a beard that was covered in ice to keep his face warm. I had to resort to covering my face. Clear and cold morning... but that is NOT what is on the way for us later this week.

A developing winter storm will move in for the second half of the week.
Winter Storm Watch for all of Ohio thru Friday morning. Some counties have started upgrading to the Winter Storm Warning. Rain Wednesday changing to ice and snow for Thursday into Friday.
Rain moves in Wednesday and starts transitioning over to snow in NW Ohio by Wednesday night. Then that transition area widens for icing near the I-71 corridor on Thursday with snow NW and rain SE. The transition area of ice moves SE Thursday evening and we all transition over to snow Thursday night and early Friday. The whole system gone by midday Friday then turning much colder.
Thursday is the tricky situation. Cold air will funnel in near the ground while it will be warmer above us.
So the transition line will become wider for freezing rain and sleet (ice pellets) This icing area will generally go from Cincinnati to Columbus to Youngstown and some of the heaviest ice looks to be just a little south/east of that line. So during the day Thursday we will have ice along this line with rain in S/E Ohio and snow still falling in N/W Ohio. Accumulations of ice could be upwards of half an inch, which would coat powerlines and trees. Add in some breezy winds on Friday and there is potential for power outages by Friday. The icing line continues to drift very slowly towards S/E Ohio Thursday evening while Central Ohio goes from ice over to snow. By Friday morning the snow is wrapping up and moving off to the east. 
Northwest Ohio will see the heaviest snow with 8-12”+ likely. But areas that see prolonged icing will see significantly less snow. There will be pockets of warmer or cooler air, so take the forecast with a grain of salt because 1 extra hour of sleet will result in 1” less snow. Following the ice along the Cincinnati to Columbus to Youngstown there could be an additional 3-5” snow and S/E Ohio seeing even less snow because of the prolonged rain then ice and by the time the cold air arrives for snow then most of the system is moving off to the east and out of here, by midday Friday.
Friday and Saturday will be very cold with highs in the lower 20s and morning low temps around 0. Skies will become partly cloudy later Friday into Saturday. We will also have a brisk breeze out of the north to drive wind chills even colder plus give us the potential for power outages with the icing. Sunday we start warming back into the mid 30s and a slight chance for a few flurries Sunday night into Monday.

Stay tuned to the forecast adjustments because if the colder air arrives faster or slower then it will adjust where the heaviest icing will occur and impact the snowfall totals greatly. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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