Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Weather on the go, running with Summer, sun on the way

I went out to Kinetic Climbing and Fitness last week and we used their green screen to do the weather on the wall... 
It was a LOT more challenging than it looked.  I have a lot of respect for people that enjoy climbing.  My forearms were on fire for the following days. Trying to hold on and rotate around to deliver the forecast.
I went to Pittsburgh over the weekend for a golf outing with a friend.  So I had to get my 19 mile run in before leaving.  So Thursday Summer and I went on a long run out in Hilliard. 
It is weird starting a long run in the middle of the day because a lot depends on how you fueled up in the morning and I didn't get the proper calories/carbs in the morning for the run, but I did find some gummies to help.  Summer wanted to stop at the playground so I did, so she could burn off some energy.
I also found these in the diaper bag too and they were SUPER clutch! I forgot that I tossed them to Dawn during the Cap City Half because I didn't need them.
Well... We finished the first part of the run.   It was a solid 13.1 mile run with Summer.
She behaved so well that I told her I would get her some ice cream.  I took a few sips so it would not spill and enjoyed a blue raspberry slushy myself.
Well... that dairy was a bad idea.  I got an upset stomach from being so hot and had cramps for the final 6 solo miles while Summer napped.  But at least my weekend was free!
Back in the saddle yesterday and notice the sweat dripping off my hat.  I am being smarter about protecting my skin from the sun this year.  No need for any skin ailments any early than needed and I spend a LOT of time out in the sun.  Notice the garden in the background... it is off and doing very well.  
How about those storms?!?! More storms on the way today, but likely not quite as strong. Morning lingering showers are moving east. Just some spotty showers through midday today then more showers and storms popping up this afternoon. This rain will move southeast later into the day. Marginal Risk for a few isolated storms to become gusty with hail for Central, Eastern, and Southern Ohio later today and tonight.

As rain moves out, clouds will start to break up some overnight. We remain partly cloudy tonight with some patchy fog for overnight into the first half of Wednesday. More afternoon sun Wednesday with humidity dropping. More sun Thursday and Friday as temps start warming back up.

Warm and humid for Memorial Day weekend with scattered showers and storms. I would not cancel any outdoor plans, but be sure to keep an eye on the radar for the holiday weekend. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sold the motorcycle, trail running, storms today

So long old friend... I lucked out and find a gem of a bike a few years ago.  Minty 1981 Honda Hawk CB400T that was garage kept for 31 years because the original owner bought it and rode it for 600 miles then forgot about it in his hanger.

That bike and my Puch Maxi will be my favorite two bikes of all time.  Both were a blast to ride, but the timing felt right to sell the bike and focus on family.  Far too many drivers continue looking at their phone than the road so my safety and well-being is at an all-time high at home with a family that depends on me being there with them.  Life outweighs the risk, and if I want to go for a spin then I know where to find the bike and take it around a block or two.  Plus this allows for more room in our garage for bike trailers and other fun stuff for Summer.
So from two wheels to two legs... I only did one 3 mile run last week during the week as I was still resting up from a few injuries.

I did go out and do a 14 mile run with some friends on Saturday morning and I feel WAY better now, so back into the swing of things as I only have 4.5 more weeks until the Mohican Marathon!
Storm Prediction Center has expanded the Slight Risk for most of Central Ohio now and Enhanced Risk for Eastern #OhioWX. Gusty winds are main threat.
The latest HRRR model bringing some storms into Columbus between Noon and 3PM today. Other models are having this fizzle out some and staying more north. Regardless... stay alert today!
 
So this stationary front is not going anywhere, but it is showing some patterns to help with the forecast. Based on the past few days, there have been nocturnal or early morning storms about 40-70 miles north of the front, then during the afternoons/evenings there are diurnal storms about 20-30 miles south of the front.... Leaving I-70 to US30 fairly dry over the past weekend. So today we will have a (weak) Low in Kansas ride along that front towards Ohio and lift the stationary front a little farther north today, allowing for temps to warm back into mid-upper 80s and a better chance for rain in Columbus. I am upping our PoPs to 60. Central, Northern, and Eastern Ohio is in the Slight Risk for severe storms with gusty winds as main threat for any severe storms. Marginal Risk for the rest of Ohio.
Tomorrow the stationary front will start north then a (weak) cold front from Canada will be absorbed into the stationary front and push the stationary front into more of Southern Ohio. This extra lift of the front moving over us, rather than stationary, could lead to a better chance than not of storms for Tuesday afternoon, so going with a 70 PoP. Marginal Risk for severe storms for Southeastern Ohio.

Then for the rest of the week... This could also lead to some nocturnal or early morning rain on Wednesday, so I am going to leave Wednesday at a 40 PoP and same for Thursday, but afternoon showers/storms will mainly stay farther south. If the front stays to the south then temps stay a little cooler, near 80, & the best chances of the rain will be mainly in the late night to morning, rather than the afternoons. The front then starts to lift back north on Friday and stays farther north on Saturday and Sunday allowing for warmer temps. With the front lifting north and allowing for more afternoon/evening storms, I am going to go with a 60 PoP for Friday and the weekend. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, May 7, 2018

John Bryan State Park, Let Me Run, Warm-up coming!

My parents wanted to have Summer visit a few days last week so I dropped her off with them and explored John Bryan State Park.  
I also ran through Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve.  The shoes were cheap trail running shoes from Meijer.  I REALLY regret this.  There is a reason why certain running shoes cost more and it is because they are designed to take a beating... These $20 yellow FILA shoes might be great for hiking, but not actual running... and running several miles, at that.
Out with the old and in with the new.  I found a great deal on these Brooks Cascadia 11s.  They even have a ballistic rock plate in the bottom of the sole to protect your feet for technical trail with roots and rocks.  That being said... I am taking it easy this week and no trail running.
We took the weather on the go this week with a mobile green screen.  It was a lot of fun running between some of the weather hits and getting commuters passing by on their bikes.
Saturday morning I ran 18 miles with a couple friends and ran into more friends along the trail.
Follow that up with planting all the flower beds and garden.  I spent about 6 hours planting everything on Saturday.
Sunday was another early morning with the inaugural Let Me Run Columbus 5k. I was asked to be the Grand Marshal and I am very honored.  Let Me Run is a running program for elementary and middle school boys to get them active and teaching them life lessons like respect and so much more.  I released all the schools one by one and then I got the chance to run myself.
I had to stop to give a high five to Summer and Dawn, who came out for the run.  It makes my heart melt when I see them along the course supporting me.
I was the tail end of the runners and Mason here sprinted the final stretch and beat his father and me.  What a great day to get out and enjoy some time with the kids.  They will be doing another session in the fall, so if anyone is interested, let me know and I can get you in touch with getting this added to your school. 
We will start the morning damp from some of the late Sunday rain, but dry for the day ahead with a mix of sun & clouds and mild temps, as we warm into the mid-upper 60s. Tonight we will have partly cloudy skies and Columbus will likely bottom out in the mid-upper 40s, but outlying areas could see some patchy frost for Tuesday morning. Mostly sunny with a few PM clouds Tuesday and warming back into the lower 70s. Partly cloudy and in the upper 70s for Wednesday. Thursday will be wet with scattered showers & storms. Friday and the weekend will also have the slight chance for some isolated rain.
Much warmer for the weekend. I think that once we get through tomorrow morning that we are good to go with planting anything you would like in the garden or flowerbeds. I jumped the gun just a little bit because I live so close to the Columbus Metro area, but outlying areas still should wait another 36 hours.  Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, April 30, 2018

Summer on TV, Cap City Half, big warm-up coming!

Thursday was Take Your Child to Work Day.  I didn't know it until I was at work so I texted Dawn to see if she wanted to bring Summer in for a forecast.  Summer helped me with one of the forecasts and was very shy, but we had a lot of fun.
Saturday was the Cap City Half Marathon and I was pumped for this race. What a race! Didn’t get as much sleep as I would have liked, but woke up and did my thing: coffee and granola bar.
Got down to the race area with 90 minutes to swap into different shoes and tried to stay warm with the Columbus Westside Running Club. My peeps. ❤️
 I did a quick interview with our TV station before the race (like 9 minutes before, 😬)
This actually turned out to be a good thing because I saw one of the faster runners from our run club and found him in the corral with just a couple minutes to spare. Mac and I used to run together every weekend, but he is the leader for the local chapter of Black Men Run and when the Westside changed their weekend runs to Saturday Mac already had a group then. So I ran with him today. We came out hot and kept it going. I had a TON of energy and probably talked so much he wanted to slap me. He told me a couple times to pull away and he would be fine, but I stuck with him and it was a comfortable pushed pace.  There were times I wanted to tell him to ease up for myself, but I kept with it and we pushed each other.  I got a second wind about 10 miles into the race. Toward the end I asked if he had any gas left for a sprint and he said the final hill was all he had left then he insisted that I take off for the final stretch so I did. I kicked it up a notch to sprint to the end. The only other Half race I completed, without weather black-flagging the course, was 2:01:32. I have had some training runs better since, but no race. I finished with 1:39:32. 22 MINUTE PR!
Also picked up my new favorite hat.  I spent the rest of the day napping followed by a celebratory dinner with my run club.
Sunday I did a quick run to loosen up my legs then mowed the lawn.  I am selling my motorcycle so I changed the oil in that and took it for a short spin around the block.
And then tried to enjoy the beautiful, tad chilly, afternoon.  What a beautiful day, and today will be even better!
A cold start to your Monday with frost, but that will clear out quickly with lots of sun today and warmer temps. Sunny with highs near 70 today. The winds will slowly pick up later today and stay brisk tonight through the middle of the week. More sun Tuesday with highs near 80 and high temps stay near 80 for Wednesday and Thursday. Scattered showers & storms possible late Wednesday followed by more showers & storms Thursday and Friday. Dry for next weekend with highs in the lower 70s. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Running Earth Day, Planting Forecast, fun with Summer

 
Yesterday Summer and I got our run in just before the rain rolled in.  It's been a damp night and morning so far and it is going to stay that way... More on that in a little bit.
 
Had a fantastic final run with the Columbus Westside Running Club on Saturday. Going to miss these peeps. This was the final group run before the Cap City Half next week. Then the group is officially taking a little bit of a break besides the few of us doing more races coming up, but this does give me the opportunity for more time in the woods on trails before the Mohican trail marathon.
We did our monthly bike/running trail cleanup today as well after the group run. Pretty solid Saturday morning.
Rain steady most of the day today, especially early. The rain breaks up some later in the day and becomes scattered. Scattered rain will stick around tonight and the first part of Wednesday. Rain will generally be light and temps remaining cool today, tonight, and Wednesday. More sun on Thursday as high pressure builds. Clouds return Friday with some scattered rain possible as a cold front swings through later in the day. Decreasing clouds for the weekend with warming temps thanks to all the sunshine
Feel free to click the image above, but this is the GFS forecast for surface temperatures the next 16 days.
This is what I am going with for our next 10 days.  Still staying below normal through the end of the month, but we warm up more next week.  
I have had a LOT of questions about planting the garden or plants outside... We will warm up next week, but frost is still possible this spring. As far as a hard freeze... none on the horizon, but can't rule it out.
So I give planting outside a yellow light for hardy plants, but you may want to hold off on tender plants. Planting in pots is a great way to get a jump start on a juicy tomato, that way they are mobile. Keep sheets ready to cover plants or be ready bring them inside, if needed. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fishing with Summer, up & down temps and up for a while now...

Last Thursday and Friday were great, weren't they?!?! We hit 78 on Thursday and 82 on Friday.  I took Summer hiking and fishing.
The only fish we caught was the rubber one that was tied to the end of her line so she could practice reeling in the big ones.  Nothing was biting, but we did have a fun time enjoying the warmest days of the year so far.
I also mowed the grass for the first time this year. Some spots I barely cut anything and other spots were super thick and lush.  This next mow should be more consistent. 
Then winter weather returned.  We had a few days this week with some light snow and flurries. 
But yesterday we waved goodbye to winter.  I think there is a 95% chance we are done with the snow for the rest of the season.  SO LONG!!!
We warmed up quickly yesterday and cleared out and we went from snow in the morning to sun in the afternoon.  It was a great day for a run. 
Mostly sunny & mild today, but we do have a chilly start, so you will need the jacket early then you may not need that this afternoon with plenty of sun. Tonight we will be mostly clear and chilly with patchy frost. A few high clouds will move in for Saturday and Sunday, so partly cloudy with temps near 60 both days. These clouds will be part of a Low Pressure system tracking across the Southern United States over the weekend and then graze us with rain early next week. We warm up more Monday and some rain may sneak in here by the evening. More rain likely Tuesday and Wednesday with mild temps and highs in the 60s. Rain holds off though until late Monday or Tuesday, so a great weekend on the way! Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

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