Sunday, March 18, 2018

A rare Sunday post!

Phil Kelly got the stomach bug and I filled in yesterday and today on the weekend morning show.  And who would complain when you get to work with these lovely ladies! 
We are not done with winter just yet. We had a tiny bit of snow earlier this week and yesterday, but the little bit of snow is nice because it melts so quickly.
We are just barely under the season average for snow for the season... but we are not done yet.
Friday I did a dramatic reading of the Wizard of Oz at Easton Town Center.  They have an adorable Wizard of Oz play area for kids.  Summer had a lot of fun and it was hard to get her to leave for her nap.
Not a lot of running for me this week.  I was sick earlier this week so took a day off. Then Thursday my MCL sprain really flared up so I pulled the plug halfway through my speedwork.  I am taking the weekend off and trying to get back out this week if I feel fully recovered.  No need to exaggerate an injury  I did make something I had been wanting to do for a while.  I found an Etsy vendor that makes custom dog tags so I made this tag with the back having contact information.  Since I don't run with my phone normally or any ID, I wanted to make sure I was a little covered in case anything would happen.  I braided it out of paracord just in case I need about 8 feet of rope.
Sunday looks to be the pick day on the extended forecast, so get out there and enjoy the afternoon! Mostly sunny today and cold early, but warming into the lower 50s. Tonight a few clouds start moving in and increasing clouds for Monday with highs back in the 50s with winds picking up. Rain will sneak into Southern Ohio late Monday evening and leave early Tuesday morning with this round of precip mainly overnight and to the south. The sun will try to break out a little during the day Tuesday then another round of rain late Tuesday and that will transition over to some snow Tuesday night into early Wednesday. The current projected track of this system is to our south so the heaviest of the precip will stay mainly south of I-70. Some early rain/snow on Wednesday then sunshine returning by Thursday. Still early to talk about specific snowfall totals because the timing of the switch over from rain to snow is still about 72 hours out and the track is still bouncing around a little on the forecast models. That being said, parts of the area will see no snow and other areas could have pockets of a few inches of snow or more, so stay tuned. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, March 12, 2018

Made it to day 101, winter isn't over yet

I spent some time in Cleveland recently and went out for a run to meet Dawn and family at breakfast.  Most of the run was through the neighborhoods, but I had to stop to check my map when running through a park.
Then I looked over to my side to find a family of deer staring at me.  Breakfast was GREAT after that nine mile run.  It was my final run with my run streak.  I ran every day since Thanksgiving, but as my miles ramp up before my Cap City Half and Mohican Trail Marathon I need to observe my rest days and actually take days off. I wanted to reach 100 days and once I got to the 101 mark I pulled the plug. 
But of course I am not done running all together... Summer and I had a GREAT run last week.  I ran through parts of Hilliard that I have not been on running and it was a great day. 
Yesterday I converted our bicycle trailer into a running chariot. Since I need to do a lot more trail running, for the trail marathon in three months, I am getting creative. I was given a bike trailer that is really nice a couple years ago. It only hooks up to one of the mounts for the bike. By using the mounts on both sides and only spending about $20 at the hardware store, I was able to convert this into a running chariot. But no modifications to the trailer, so I can put it on the bike in seconds still. I also found an inexpensive chest harness online, used to pull weight sleds at gyms. The only problem with that, is that there is more bounce than if I am holding the poles with my arms. I would need to figure out some sort of spring attachment between the poles and harness.Either way the thing that I love about the trailer is that is enclosed with a mesh cover, so Summer can take along a few toys or snacks and be completely content.
A mix of sun & clouds today thanks to a strengthening Low to our south that is heading out to the East Coast to become the next Nor'easter. As this storm turns up the coastline it will cause Central Ohio to see some spotty wintry mix and snow showers later today, tonight, Tuesday, and early Wednesday. Pockets of light accumulations are possible, generally less than 1". The Nor'easter will also draw in colder air from the lower 40s today to the mid 30s on Tuesday and Wednesday. Once this storm moves out we will have more sunshine and milder temps for the second half of the week. Some rain looks to return toward the end of next weekend with mild temps. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Well... That was weird.

So apparently my last post from a few days ago didn't actually post... so here goes again...
The rare warm February weather has been GREAT!  Summer and I have been out for runs on the trail and around the neighborhood. 
The downside has been the melting at the skiing destinations.  Dawn's boss needed to go to Pittsburgh to pick up a vehicle.  He was going to tow it back, but decided to make it a fun trip and asked if I wanted to join and go skiing before coming back.  The group's experience is WAY better than my experience.  Either way, we had a fun trip visiting Holiday Valley in New York.
Yea... Summer and I got to spend a lot of time together outside lately.  
On Friday I was asked to be a model for a charity fashion show to raise money for Girls on the Run at their Sneaker Soiree. 
So I dressed up for the start of the event, wearing my running shoes, then changed into my fashion clothes. Here is Dawn and me. We had a lot of fun.
The warm weather has also brought a lot of rain and made running fun. No running through the moving water, but this part of the trail was in between two wetlands and not moving.  GREAT way to wash off all the mud on my trail shoes. 
Grab the rain gear! River levels on their way below flood stage and should stay there with only light rain on the way for today. Today we are starting out a little milder. Spotty midday rain will become a little more widespread this afternoon and evening with scattered rain showers. Scattered rain will continue overnight and early Thursday. The cold front is looking to swing through a little earlier. This could trigger a few storms in the afternoon before the cold front swings through around the evening commute and temps will fall quickly late Thursday as winds pick up. With the cold front coming through earlier, a wintry mix is expected Thursday night with little to now snow accumulation. Most of the flurries will be out by daybreak Friday then colder and slowly clearing. Cooler and mostly sunny for the weekend then another round of rain returns later Monday into Tuesday.

Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Snow is back, but not for long!

The past few weeks have been a tease of spring.  We warm up and melt the snow... then it returns.  I have to admit... I have been running in the cold snow.  Slushy snow, not so much.  
I signed up for a trail marathon in June and Summer has been studying with me on learning more about trail running techniques. 
Back to snow... before it all melted I wanted to do some skiing.  I asked Dawn's brother if he wanted to join me and we hit the slopes.
This was the final photo of the day.  My muscles were starting to get tired and I was getting a little sloppy with my cuts.  The freezing rain glazed the surface and hills that were not used as much were very icy.  When I hit the bottom of this hill I was going 32 mph and I couldn't get my skis to cut into the ice to slow down so I went careening down the hill.  Fun times! Nothing broken. 
Warmer temps on the way! Today we will start out with sun then more clouds by the afternoon with temps climbing into the lower 40s. Cloudy & chilly tonight then rain starts working in later tomorrow. The rain for Wednesday will be scattered and light and mainly later in the day with temps reaching the lower 50s. Warmer on Thursday with more rain showers on and off through the day. Heavier rain expected later Thursday into early Friday morning as colder air races back in for the end of the week and start of the weekend. A few snowflakes may mix in, on the back side of the rain, early Friday, but little to no accumulation is expected at this time. Fairly dry weekend with chilly temps Saturday and a little milder on Sunday.

The long term forecast models do not have any snow for the next couple weeks. We may go the rest of the month without any big snows.  BUT... March is when we historically can have big record snows.  So we are in the clear for a while, but we don't have the all-clear just yet. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, February 5, 2018

Running updated and more snow on the way

Running has been going VERY well lately.  I had speed work on Thursday, meaning faster pace for a set distance, and ran 3 miles the fastest I have gone since high school.  So things are going very well.
This weekend was great to hang out at home and around Columbus.  We went out to Rooster's on Saturday and we had a blast.
We had more snow overnight and the snow that melted yesterday turned to ice underneath.  Which gave me a great chance to try out the tread on new trail running shoes I found out super clearance. A little snug, but they gripped the ice well.

It was enough ice and snow to cause a lot of schools to delay or close today.
But man! What a great sunrise today! On to the forecast... Very slippery roads for Monday morning. Melting on Sunday left the roads damp and overnight light snow has turned that to ice hidden under some light snow.
Mix of sun & clouds for Monday and staying cold. More clouds later in the day with more light snow overnight with another 1-2" of snow by daybreak Tuesday then mostly cloudy. More snow moves in Tuesday night and early Wednesday.
Southern Ohio will warm up for a wintry mix. Here is a look at the model breakdown...
We are generally looking at 2-5" of snow with this round, however there are two exceptions: 1. areas that see the wintry mix will see less snow and 2. areas near the wintry mix, but stay all snow could see higher snow totals in pockets.  Technically this Low will not form until later tomorrow, so it is hard to pinpoint the exact rain/snow line this far in advance.  We have a few pieces of energy coming together for this to form for Wednesday.

Cold and partly cloudy on Thursday then the models are not consistent heading into the weekend. They do agree that we warm up more into the mid-upper 30s. The American GFS brings in another round of light snow on Friday, but the Euro is keeping most of that system in Southern Michigan. They both back off on the amount of precip on Saturday, but they both bring in rain showers on Sunday. Stay tuned for updates for our midweek system and what is coming next weekend as we nail down more of a definitive outlook. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hello! Back from a short break!

I have not posted on here in a while... but I am back.  Work has been very hectic lately and I took last Thursday and Friday off to rest up and hit the reset button.  I started off the morning Thursday with a run, coffee and a book, then breakfast and quality time with Summer.
Thursday afternoon I took Summer back to see her great grandma.  Grandma Jean ALWAYS has candy.  Then we went back to my parents' farm and spent some good time with them catching up.
Friday I took Summer to the Columbus Zoo.  We had a BLAST! The otters thought Summer had food and came up to the glass and were playing around with us. 
Friday night we drove out to Cambridge, Ohio. Our good friends live in Pittsburgh, so we occasionally meet up in the middle and let the girls play while we catch up.  It was a great trip.  Sunday was cleaning around the garage and house.
Increasing clouds today with a wintry mix starting around midday and that will transition over to some light spotty afternoon/evening snow showers. By midnight snow will move out and accumulations will light with up to 1" possible and higher totals to the north. Mostly sunny for Tuesday and colder with highs below freezing.
We warm up more for Wednesday with more clouds. Another rain/snow mix Thursday then colder and light snow Friday. Dry and cold Saturday followed by more snow showers on Sunday.  Sunday looks like our best chance of getting some real accumulations of snow and all of the models are agreeing at some light to decent accumulations.  Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, January 18, 2018

From Spring... back to winter... then back to spring!

Remember last Friday?  That was nice! I ran early in the morning because I knew it would change fast...
Then like a flip of the coin... we are back to winter.  We did some sledding and tubing.  Our sled isn't the best so the tube seemed to be better for us.
At the top of the hill Summer would get a little scared and once she yelled "I hate you," but she loved it while going down. 
All-in-all, we had a blast!
So before we went sledding I had to Google "best sledding hills" and found a couple sites, but I wanted to see a list and map... soooo... I made one! Here are some of the best ones that I could find:

Alum Creek Park North 221 W Main St, Westerville, OH 43081
Antrim Park 5800 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43235
Ballantrae Park 6350 Woerner Temple Rd, Dublin, OH 43016
Battelle Darby Creek 8465 Alkire Road, Galloway OH 43119
Big Run Park 4201 Clime Road Columbus, OH 43228
Blacklick Woods 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Blendon Woods 4265 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43017
Blues Creek Park 627 Fontanelle Road, Ostrander, OH 43061
Clinton 301 W. Pacemont Rd. Columbus, OH 43202
Delaware State Park 5202 US Route 23 North, Delaware, OH 43015
Fryer Park 3899 Orders Road, Grove City, OH 43123
Gallant Woods Preserve 2151 Buttermilk Hill Rd, Delaware, OH 43015
Glen Oak Park 7126 Blue Holly Drive, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Glenwood Park 1925 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43223
Goodale Park 120 W. Goodale St.Columbus, OH 43215
Griggs Reservoir 2933 Riverside Dr. Columbus, OH 43221
Highbanks 466 US Rt 23 N, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Huntley Bowl Park 6199 Huntley Rd.Worthington,ÿOHÿ43085
Kenney Park 5201 Delawanda Ave. Columbus, OH 43214
Olentangy River Parkland 600 W Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington, OH 43085
Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Schiller Park 1069 Jaeger Street, Columbus, OH 43206
Scioto Audubon 400 West Whittier Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Scioto Park (Leatherlips Park) 7377 Riverside Dr, Powell, OH 43065
Sharon Woods 6911 Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, OH 43081
Sycamore Creek Park 500 Hereford Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147
Walnut Woods Metro Park 6716 Lithopolis Road Groveport, OH 43125
Whetstone Park of Roses 3923 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214
Whitehall Community Park 402 N Hamilton Road, Whitehall, OH 43213
Wyman Woods Park 1520 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Isn't it amazing to see the different scenes, here in Ohio?!?! 
So I was asked to be a "model" for a Sneaker Soirée.  It is to raise money for Girls On the Run for Central Ohio.  I had to go get "fitted" for my clothes and can't wait to help out. 
At least the Sneaker Soirée will be inside... I have been doing the Frozen Feet Streak where I have to run at least 1 mile outside until the middle of February.  It is a group of 700+ runners trying to collectively run the miles from Dayton, Ohio to Seoul, South Korea for the Winter Olympics.  
Another cold morning with wind chills near zero. Plenty of sun today and warmer temps this afternoon with highs near 30. Some of the snow and ice will melt on the pavement today, but, with temps falling into the teens tonight, there will be new icy spots with refreeze. More sun & warmer Friday and we warm up even more by Saturday with clouds returning. A few spotty showers later Saturday, but more rain likely Sunday and Monday with temps warming into the 50s. Our temps fall quickly for Tuesday and Wednesday with highs back in the upper 30s. So not quite as cold next week. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, January 12, 2018

Fog to rain to freezing rain to sleet to snow to winds... ALL TODAY!

Can't pass up these warm January temps!  I went for a two mile run this morning and it was foggy, but FANTASTIC! 
So here it comes... Want a video of my forecast? Well here you go!
Here comes winter, after a brief visit of spring. There is a Winter Weather Advisory along I-70 and north and a Winter Storm Watch for Southern Ohio for today and tonight. Today we will have patchy dense fog in the early morning with rain showers moving in for the morning commute. We will transition over to freezing rain around noon or shortly after. Then we transition to sleet about an hour or two after that. Then we turn cold enough for snow by the evening. It is starting in Western Ohio so they will see the transition a little earlier and Eastern Ohio will see the transition a little later today. Ice accumulations could reach up to 0.1" and Southeastern Ohio could see up to 0.25" of ice followed by snow. The I-71 corridor will see 3-6" of snow on top of the ice and 2-4" for Northwestern Ohio and Southeastern Ohio, by daybreak Saturday. Snow will be done by daybreak Saturday then much colder. Winds will stay brisk today, tonight, and Saturday with wind chills overnight and for the weekend near zero. Another round of light snow Monday with 1-2" possible. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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