Balm By Buck

Balm By Buck
Style your hair and moisturize your skin with natural products, not chemicals. Click the image to get to my Etsy shop.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Weekend happenings and looking ahead to shovel-able snow

Valentine's Day started off with work then a book reading at the library with Jessica Ralston.
Then a nap and finished off with some Swenson's with my valentine: Dawn.
Summer spent a few days at my parents, but picked up a bug and got homesick.  So we went back Saturday to pick her up and we tried keeping things low-key at home while she recovered.  Summer and Evan watched movies, like Pinocchio, here.
A cold start to the week and a mess is on the way.  Today we will have flurries and light snow with temps in the lower 30s most of the day. Clouds will stick around most of the day today along with a brisk breeze.  Clouds start clearing tonight with overnight low temps in the lower 20s.  A little early sun Tuesday then increasing clouds and highs in the mid 30s.  
Snow moves in Tuesday night and we will wake up Wednesday with snow showers and snowy roads.  Our temps will warm through the day and we will transition from snow to rain showers during the daylight hours.  So snowy roads in the morning will become slushy and wet for the afternoon.  A lingering rain shower or two possible Wednesday night, but it appears overnight temps should remain just barely above freezing, so wet/damp roads for Thursday morning.
How much snow depends on the temperatures.  How quickly we warm up will affect if we see an inch or a few inches. Be sure to check back into the forecast.
Mix of sun & clouds for Thursday and Friday with highs in the mid 40s.  We warm up into the 50s for the weekend with rain showers likely.  We may even give 60s a run for its money on Sunday.  Cooler air will race back in for the following workweek though. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, February 14, 2019

My Valentine's and your wintry weekend ahead...

I have said it before, I will say it again... I LOVE Google Photos! I go to bed early due to my early morning shift, so I miss out on the family hanging out.  But then I get a notification that Dawn took some photos so I get to wake up and see photos like this.  Love my three Valentine's!
Evan has started sitting up on his own.  So I am able to ride the stationary bike inside, with my foot injury, while he plays with toys.  It is exciting times in the Michael house!
I read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at Horizon Science Academy last evening. CHECK OUT THIS CAKE! One of the student’s uncles made this for the book. Amazing job by CAKES BY TIMBO!
River levels remain above flood stage in 8 counties across Central Ohio, so the Flood Warnings remain for today, but will start expiring later today as waters recede. Turn around if you encounter a flooded roadway today.

Today will be a pretty quiet day for Central Ohio. We start out cold with increasing clouds and a cool afternoon with highs in the upper 40s and a little breezy. Scattered light rain and possibly a wintry mix overnight tonight with lows in the mid 30s. Temps should be warm enough that most of this precip will be rain. Our temps stay chilly Friday with damp spots early from the early morning rain/mix, but the clouds part some midday and then return again later in the day. Highs near 40 for Friday, so cool and breezy. We will see another system passing by to our south Friday night and early Saturday morning. There could be some light snow accumulations in Southern Ohio, but the track has been keeping the snow away from Columbus. Most of Central Ohio roads will be fine Saturday, but some slick spots south early. Decreasing clouds Saturday with some afternoon sun and highs in the mid 30s. Then we have a third system passing by on Sunday with a light rain/snow mix during the daylight hours. With this system being so light, it will be more of an inconvenience than a big impact, if you have any plans. Snow looks to pass by across Northern Ohio and rain in Southern Ohio, so I-70 will be near the dividing line as if fluctuates with the rising and falling temps through the day. Stay tuned to the forecast this weekend for any adjustments to temps and possible precip type changes. Monday is quiet with a mix of sun & clouds and highs in the lower 30s. Another rain/snow mix returns late Tuesday and Wednesday. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, February 11, 2019

Doc: No running. Me: WHAT! Snow to rain to snow repeat coming

This will be one of my final runs for a while. It was in the rain, but I love running in the rain.  I have been running through some foot pain for a while.  I went trail running last May and landed on the front ball of my foot a couple times on some rocks.  I had on some cheap trail shoes and I regret that.  Better trail shoes have a ballistic rock shield in the sole of the shoe to protect from sharp blows to the foot.  Well... My foot became inflamed.  I saw my normal doctor and chiropractor.  Their advice worked temporarily, but was not fixing my issue so Friday I went to a podiatrist. 
So my foot was inflamed and swollen between the metatarsals and phalanges and normal walking and dress shoes all morning long did not allow the front ball of my foot the rest needed to recover.  So I have to lay off running a couple weeks and wear this thick felt pad under the arch of my foot to let the ball of my foot float and take the pressure off.  So far it has worked wonders and only had shooting pain once when I was barefoot. 
So now I am on the indoor bike stand and taking the time to pump some iron while I am at it.  So I am sore in new places and I think a couple weeks off will be good for me to love running in a new way.  
I had a fun time with Summer this weekend at the Hot Mikey's Takeover launch party on Saturday.  She had cheese pizza.
I had the kids all to myself Saturday night while Dawn was out with her mom and aunt.  I had to get Evan's 5 month photo and for some reason put the blocks on 36 months for Summer... When in reality, she is actually 44 months old.  My wife was like: uhhhhh why does it say 36 months?  I barely got any sleep the night before because we think Evan will be cutting teeth soon.  Oh well... The kids both looked at the camera for a photo... WIN!
Flood Watch for Central and Southern Ohio thru midday Tuesday with 1"-2" of rain likely and flooding possible.
The accumulating snow is done, but an early morning wintry mix possible followed by rain showers moving in from the south. The rain today will start in the south and slowly move north through the day and be widespread by this evening and stay widespread overnight into early Tuesday. Heavy rain is possible as well with 1"-2" expected so flooding in spots. The steady rain will become scattered on Tuesday and a cold front will pass later in the day and we transition over to pockets of wintry mix and light snow late Tuesday into early Wednesday. So a few light snow showers and flurries on Wednesday. Breaking things down a little more for the next few days: As far as temps... this morning we are starting out near freezing so the snow is packed into ice on the side streets and main roads, with salt, are in decent, wet status. As temps warm later today, and rain moves in, we will see the main road stay wet and side streets become slushy as the snow melts and eventually clears as more rain moves in. We will warm to 40 for the high today. Rain becomes steady tonight with a low of 37. The warm air pushes in more Tuesday with highs in the lower 50s with the scattered rain. We will fall into the upper 20s by Wednesday morning with the light snow and flurries then a high of 36. Our winds will pick up slowly Monday and Tuesday with brisk winds likely late Tuesday into early Wednesday. Thursday is our quietest day of the week with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid 40s. However, rain does look to sneak in here late Thursday and more rain likely Friday highs in the lower 50s. Sound familiar? Guess what is next. You guessed it! We turn colder, following the rain, and some light snow and flurries possible Saturday with highs in the mid 30s followed by a mostly cloudy and chilly Sunday. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, February 4, 2019

Crazy Ohio weather!

Yes, I went running in crazy cold temperatures, but I took all the necessary precautions.  I bundled up in layers and I told my wife that if I was not back in 30 minutes to check our neighborhood streets.  I made it back safely and the biggest issue was the frost freezing up in the breathing holes in my face mask.
Then we warmed up enough that Friday's snow was "sticky" on Saturday to make a snowman.  Summer named it Jordan.  I did not measure it, but it was at least 10 feet tall based on me standing next to it.  Summer loved it!
Then we jump to yesterday... we got to 57 degrees!  It was FANTASTIC out! 
I noticed that I have photos of Summer and Evan on my shoulders from the weekend.  This was from our Sunday morning trip to COSI. 
Summer had a fun time showing Dawn all the cool things at COSI.  I am glad we got to go and let Summer burn off some energy. 
Dawn and I were lucky enough to go see Hamilton last week.  I got lucky in a drawing and my name was pulled for tickets.  We had a fun date night and grandma came to bake cookies with the kids. 
Grab the rain gear! A dry start to your Monday with some patchy fog and sun early with cool temps. Increasing afternoon clouds with mild temps and highs in the mid 50s. Rain showers will arrive in the afternoon and will stick around for the evening. Cooler air will work in tonight following the rain and tomorrow we will see temps near 40 most of the day with a mix of sun & clouds. More rain likely Wednesday and Thursday and heavy at times. Rain totals for the two days could exceed a couple of inches so flooding is possible later this week. Especially with ice on some of the rivers potentially leading to ice dams. Stay aware if you live or travel near our area rivers. Friday we turn colder and we will transition to some wintry mix showers early Friday. Slick spots possible Friday and we stay cold heading into next weekend. Right now it looks like some sun & clouds Saturday then a wintry mix possible Sunday. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, January 28, 2019

Dangerously cold temps on the way...


Who is excited for the coming bitter cold?  More on that shortly...
I had a 3 day weekend with LOTS of errands done Friday, morning run with Columbus Westside Running Club, and deep cleaning Sunday. I had planned on running farther Saturday, but the trails were very icy so we all limited the group run to 5 miles. 
Lots of coffee needed this weekend.  We had guests Friday night, who became ill and headed home Saturday before they became more ill.  So Dawn and I deep cleaned.  Evan is about to start crawling so we wanted to really clean well.  We flipped the couches and moved lots of stuff to make the house less cluttered.  Not a fun task, but it is so nice when it is all done.
So yea, it is about to get VERY cold for Wednesday and Thursday. 
We have a crazy week of weather ahead... Today we will be breezy with building clouds and mild temps with highs in the lower 40s. Rain showers will start developing in the late afternoon and likely this evening. Cold air races in on the back side of the rain and we transition to snow by midnight, depending on location. Snow accumulations will generally be less than 1", but wet surfaces will turn to ice by Tuesday morning. Staying breezy Tuesday with some light snow showers and temps near 20 most of the day. Frigid air moves in for Wednesday and Thursday. A WIND CHILL WATCH has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday with wind chills between -25 and -35 possible with the coldest wind chills as cold as -40 possible. Expect this to be upgraded to a Wind Chill Warning as we get closer to the middle of the week. As far as the air temperatures, without factoring in the wind, we will have a morning low Wednesday around -3 with a high of 3 then down to -6 by Thursday morning with a high of 10. So dangerous cold, for the middle of the week, with frostbite possible between 10-15 minutes. A quick clipper system Friday could bring some light snow then we warm up more for the weekend. Highs in the mid 30s Saturday and looking dry most of the day then rain returns Sunday with highs in the mid 40s.
We may actually get into the 50s early next week!!! Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, January 21, 2019

Snow is gone, but VERY cold today. More rain/snow coming...


I wish I had a photo of me clearing the snow or spending time with family... but I shoveled when I got home and waking up at 1AM for 7 straight days wore me out.  I went down for a nap at 2PM when the kids did the same and I slept right until this morning.  So I missed the AFC/NFC championship games and more importantly: the total lunar eclipse.  I was heartbroken.  The final stages of the partial eclipse were still happening, so I did take up Summer to show her.  She wanted a telescope for Christmas, so I wanted to fuel her desire to appreciate science.  Anyway... I am back in the saddle again today and I THINK I will have Friday off later this week.  Above are the snowfall totals from the weekend event.  As expected, Northern Ohio saw the majority of the snow and Central/Southern Ohio eventually switched over to accumulating snow after the rain/ice. 
The clear skies and fresh blanket of snow has allowed the temps to plummet.  Winds are 5-10 mph, but cold enough for some dangerous wind chills and frostbite could occur in 30 minutes or less.
There is a Wind Chill Advisory through midday today.
If you did not shovel yet, I would hold off until later in the day again.  Not because of the snow blowing around, but because of how cold it is. 
So today: frigid and sunny. We have a few other weather events that could impact your week ahead.
Partly cloudy and increasing clouds later Tuesday with a high of 35. Rain moves in late Tuesday evening, but the daylight hours should stay dry. When the rain initially moves in Tuesday PM, there is a slight chance the leading edge could start as some freezing rain before we warm up more. Rain showers Wednesday with a high of 43, but falling temps later in the day will change the rain over to some brief snow showers later Wednesday. A few flurries and light snow showers are possible Thursday and Friday, but it doesn't appear to be much in the way of accumulation for Central Ohio for the end of the workweek. All models agreeing on another winter system next Saturday. With a high of 19 this will stay all snow... no rain. Right now accumulations look light, but we will keep an eye on it through the week. So stay tuned through the week and have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Morning snowy run, shoveling out & looking ahead...

So I had to dress warm to shovel the driveway before work... Might as well go for a midnight run while I was dressed for the cold... Fun times! Today is day 60 of my running streak.
Well the storm came, just as advertised! Deep snow to the north, reports of more than a foot of snow in our northern counties, rain/mix Saturday for Central and Southern Ohio during the day and transitioned to snow overnight with snow accumulations of 4" for most of Central/Southern Ohio. I would hold off on shoveling until later, if you don't have to go out today.  The winds will be so brisk that you will have drifting snow through the afternoon.  Bundle up because it will be a VERY cold day.
With the rain and ice, as expected, turning to ice last night and then over to snow... we have ice on the roads, hidden under the snow.  Use caution! Winds are still strong this morning, but will slowly ease up today. Winds will be out of the north, so east-west roads will see the worst of the drifting snow. Temperatures are in the teens now and stay there through the day with mostly cloudy skies. 

 Clouds clear more tonight and we may be able to see the lunar eclipse tonight. Total eclipse will be between 11:41 PM and 12:43 AM Sunday night. Bundle up!
Our temps tonight will likely fall below zero due to the fresh snow and clearing skies and wind chills as cold as -15 or colder by daybreak Monday.
More sunshine Monday with light winds and a high of 11, with light winds. Increasing clouds Tuesday with rain returning Tuesday evening. Rain overnight into Wednesday then a surge of cold air on the tail end of that system and could see an inch of snow. Much colder for the end of next week with some light rounds of snow possible Friday and Saturday. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Saturday, January 19, 2019

3AM forecast - Final update before the rain/snow/ice arrives

3AM Saturday weather update:

WINTER STORM WARNING for the Columbus metro area and Central Ohio through Sunday.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & FLOOD WATCH for far Southern and Southeastern Ohio through Sunday.

SATURDAY: Snow/ice/rain likely, all snow & windy late. High 34.
TONIGHT: Snow showers likely, very windy. Low 16.
SUNDAY: Snow showers, very windy, cold. High 19.
MONDAY: Partly cloudy, frigid. High 15.
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, PM rain to mix late. High 37.
WEDNESDAY: Rain/snow mix. High 35.

The day is here and we are not cooling off this morning, so we are adjusting the forecast accordingly. We have snow moving in for Northern Ohio, rain and ice along the I-70 corridor, and rain showers for Southern Ohio for the daylight hours today. As temps cool tonight the ice band will shift to the south and we all transition to snow showers this evening and overnight. With the ice line lifting a little more north it is going to take down the snow totals for Columbus and push more of the snow into Northern parts of the viewing area. Areas that stay all snow will see 5-8" of snow and pockets of 8+" possible, if not likely. Areas that see any freezing rain or sleet will see significantly less final snow totals. Once we do transition to snow then Central Ohio could see 2"-6" of snow later tonight, but areas that stay mostly rain will not have much time with the snow, so limiting that snowfall total to 1"-3" for Southern and Southeastern Ohio.

Temps fall very quickly tonight with wind chills near or below zero most of Sunday into Monday morning. Some of the wind chills could be as cold as -10 to -20 late Sunday. Blowing and drifting snow will be an issue for rural areas on Sunday with a high of 19. Clouds parting some Sunday night will allow temps to fall near 0 and then we will struggle to reach the mid teens on Monday with a mix of sun & clouds.

Another winter system, weaker, returns late Tuesday into Wednesday. Highs will be in the mid-upper 30s for the start of the week. With the warmer air, it looks to start as rain late Tuesday then transition to a rain/snow mix next Wednesday. Then more cold air returns later next week. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Back to the main page