Monday, November 30, 2009

Hurricane Season comes to an end.

Well today marks the end of the Hurricane Season for 2009.  A pretty quiet year, if I would say so myself....  Only eleven named storms, as you can see below...  and only three of the storms were even a Cat.  Pretty quiet year in the Atlantic, however the Eastern Pacific was twice as active as the Atlantic.   There were a lot of factors playing into the lack of storms to our east, a lot strong upper level winds, and slightly cooler than average water temperatures.

Atlantic named storms for 2009:
1Tropical Depression ONE 28-29 MAY 30 1006 -
2Tropical Storm ANA 11-17 AUG 35 -
3Hurricane-4 BILL 15-24 AUG 115 4
4Tropical Storm CLAUDETTE 16-18 AUG 45 -
5Tropical Storm DANNY 26-29 AUG 50 -
6Tropical Storm ERIKA 01-04 SEP 50 1004 -
7Hurricane-3 FRED 07-12 SEP 105 958 3
8Tropical Depression EIGHT 25-26 SEP 30 1008 -
9Tropical Storm GRACE 05-06 OCT 60 986 -
10Tropical Storm HENRI 06-08 OCT 45 1005 -
11Hurricane-2 IDA 04-10 NOV 90 2

Back home, we are keeping an eye on the storm system coming from the south, which will be arriving Wednesday into Thursday.  Yesterday the models were showing that the storms system would be bringing cooler air in sooner, and resulting in the first possibilites of accumulation snow this season.  The models have slowly been trending toward the warmer temperatures lingering a little longer, and resulting in more rain, before the initial switch over to snow.  The latest models are showing the switch over to snow overnight Wednesday night and currently showing a very light accumulation or possibly just a light dusting.  The difference between one and two degrees can mean the difference between the rain/snow transition being bumped a few hours one way or the other.... Needless to say, on the back side of this storm, we will see our coldest temperatures of the season, and making it hard to even get above freezing for Thursday and Friday.  It is a touchy system, and as always I will be on here daily with a blog update on it... Until then, take it easy and have a good one!!

25 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Beautiful Day!!

What a COLD morning today, my weather station, in Sidney, showed a low of 25.5 this morning!!  BRRRR!!  I stayed in bed most of the morning and enjoyed a little peace and quiet while watching several episodes of LOST.  Things warmed up this afternoon with all of the sunshine and southwesterly winds.  By the afternoon, temps were in the 50's so I walked over to the park and shot some hoops.  It was a little breezy and that is my excuse why so many shots didn't get into the hoop.  Most of my shots were right on as far as aim, but the distance was a little touchy, most of the time it hit off the back of the rim and came right back to me...

Tomorrow looks to be a lot of the same as today, at least to start the day.  We will see more clouds and rain arrive for later Sunday.  The entire game, Cleveland @ Cincinnati, should be dry and sunny.  Hopefully the Browns can get a second win.  Back to the weather, we will cool things down for next week, especially late into the week... Highs looking like they will be in the mid 30's.

Oh yea, forgot to mention, I was at the entire Coldwater football game last night, where they secured their spot in the game for State.  The state game is this coming Friday, and as of the last I heard, I will be making the trip to the Canton area for that.  I look forward to seeing another high energy game like last night.  It was amazing how much time the Coldwater QB had in the pocket..... He could have taken a phone call while waiting to throw the ball, seriously.  Great game Cavs!!  Best of luck!!

27 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Morning!!!

Early morning for myself, filling in for Mike Terwilleger who is getting ready for the Feast of Giving.  I did the weather last night at 10 and 11, tried to sleep at the station, but just couldn't, maybe to excited for the holidays... who knows.... haha...    Anyways, I will be down at the Dayton Convention Center joining Mike and Jeff later this morning, and excited to see all the thousands of people coming out for the festivities.  I will be there for the morning, then heading up to my grandmother's for another great thanksgiving dinner.  I cant wait for her famous sweet corn.

An update on our current weather system bringing us a chance for flurries.  The clouds cleared away this morning which allowed temps to plummet to the freezing mark for parts of the area.  We should stay dry for the rest of the morning and early afternoon.  Currently tracking a band of moisture by Chicago now that will be swinging our way for this evening.  If it holds together and does not lose its moisture, that will be our best shot of seeing flurries this evening.  The computer models are showing it holding together and it arriving around 5 PM or so.  With the temperatures so cold because of the clear skies, we may actually see a few more snowflakes than rain drops in the mix.  The pavement over the ground will be pretty warm and the snow will melt almost instantly, but keep an eye out on the bridges and overpasses, where it will get icy first.  The flurries will linger through part of the night, and into your Black Friday morning.  I will be back in all morning tomorrow to keep you up to date if you are heading out for any great deals.  Time to get ready to do the forecast, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!!  Hope to see you at the Feast of Giving.

29 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


So last night I started something that is going to be hard to stop, LOST.  I am a huge fan, and it was decided last night to pop in the DVD from season one in preparation of the final season coming in early 2010 on ABC.  The show is so amazing and so horrible at the same time.  While watching it you sit there on the edge of your seat while Jack, Kate, Sayid, and the other 47 original survivors try to cope with life after crashing on the island.  You sit in complete silence and bogglization of the mind.  Then when the commercial comes on, you are like, WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON!?!?!  You complain about how lost you are and how you have five new questions since the last commercial break and how you hate the show because you have no idea what is going on.  Then as soon as the commercial ends, you wave your hands and yell at everyone to shut up because its back on.  The cycle will continue forever; its a complete and definite love-hate relationship.

So an update on the flurries heading our way.  We are tracking a few light rain showers moving in from Indiana currently.  We could see a few light showers early on Thanksgiving, but the afternoon should dry up a bit, then a few flurries possible as we head into the evening tomorrow night.  The flurries might mix with a few rain drops on Friday, but if you are heading out Friday morning, bundle up for wind chills that feel like the upper teens at times.  If you aren't a fan of snow, don't worry, there will not be enough flurries of snow to really cause too many problems; it should be melting away just about as fast as it falls.

30 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Foggy morning.

Busy morning for me today!!  We has some pretty thick fog and actually a Dense Fog Advisory for most of the Miami Valley, mainly to the North.  Anyways, Dawn already took the day off because she has ten vacation days she has to use up before the end of the year.  So she came along with me as I did reports on the foggy conditions.  We first started out in Sidney then up to Anna were visibilities were just under a mile at both locations.  We then started heading to southern Darke County where the first delays started coming in.  Minster was on the way and things weren't very bad there, about three miles visibility. Versailles was next and visibility was about a half mile or slightly under,which was bad enough to warrant a two hour delay.  Ansonia was next, and the fog had started lifting and we had about two or three miles visibility, so we pushed on to Greenville.  It was pretty easy to see the fog lifting in Greenville, the cell phone towers could be seen for the first one hundred feet off the ground, then instantly disappeared into the cloud deck, showing how things slowly were lifting. From there we went to Arcanum, which had the worst visibilities of the morning.  It was about a quarter of a mile if not lower at times, so easily the worst conditions of the morning.  Needless to say, I was pretty tired after all of that reporting this morning, but it was a lot of fun doing reports from all the communities on the weather.

So an update on the first taste of winter we are going to get later this week.  Right now it looks like we will see a few light rain showers tonight and early tomorrow morning.  Then things will continuously be getting cooler as we head through the day tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday.  We will still see a break in the rain tomorrow afternoon, but rain should start back up on Turkey Day.  The rain on Thanksgiving will be very light and widely scattered.  By the time we head into the evening, we could see a few flurries mixing in.  By Friday morning, looking like all flurries switching to a rain/snow mix for Friday afternoon, then drying things out for the weekend.

Time to do some laundry, have a good one!!  31 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, November 23, 2009

Using my imagination...

So, as I have told you on here, my neighbor has Christmas decorations he has been collecting for years and years, so I basically decided I just have to accept having the "other" house on the street.  However, I did get pretty innovative.  I had three strands of lights left, still in the boxes, and I was trying to think of the best way to use them.  So I decided to try and make a Christmas tree in the front yard.  I took a five foot PVC pipe, put it into ground standing up and ran the lights up at an angle to it is in the shape of a cone... 

So an update on our chances to get snow later this week.  The latest models keep trending on less precipitation.  First off, let me say this, there will be no accumulation with this system, the ground isn't cold enough yet, and there isn't enough moisture with this system.  The cold air will not arrive until late in the day on Thanksgiving.  Until then, we could see a light rain shower Tuesday night, and then again Wednesday night and into Thanksgiving.  These will be pretty light showers.  Then things will get cold through the day Thanksgiving, so the warmest temperature will be early in the morning, and continue getting colder as the day progresses.  Once we hit the late afternoon and early evening places like Mercer County could see the first of the flurries.  It may not be until early Friday morning before places to the south, like Clinton County, see any flurries.  These will be light flurries and at most, although we could see a light dusting on cars, grass, and mulch.  Friday a few rain drops and flurries can be expected, switching back to all flurries on Friday night and maybe lingering a little into early Saturday morning.

Be back on tomorrow with another update, until then, have a good one!! 32 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Browns can't catch a break!!

So it was just another unfortunate day for the Browns.  They did actually look like a real team today, and scored several touchdowns, but then again, they were playing the Lions.  The Browns defense seemed a little lax today and did not seem to play as tight as normal.  We did finally get the ball moving on offense, so hopefully they will learn how to do that the rest of the season.

So an update on the winter storm coming this week.  Still looking like we could see a flurry or two early Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, but the best chance will be later that night and into Friday.  Here is how the week looks to shape up...  We will see a slight chance for a stray shower for Monday, but that wont cool us down too much.  Our first punch of cool air will come Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  This will be bringing a chance for rain showers, but we should dry things out for Wednesday afternoon.  The second punch of cold air will come then on Thursday.  The rain should start late Wednesday night and, like I said, maybe a flurry or two mixed in with the rain that morning, turning to on and off rain showers for Thanksgiving.  The rain looks to be pretty light, and then that evening we could see it switch to a light wintery mix and then to almost all snow flurries on Friday morning.  Friday during the afternoon we could see a few rain drops mix in before finishing things off Friday as flurries.

With the ground still very warm, no snow will be sticking to the pavement, and at best, we would see just a dusting on the grass or mulch in our yards.  Regardless, it should definitely kick up the holiday spirit, especially for those going shopping on Black Friday.  Unfortunately I will be working and doing the morning show.  Well, I guess its not that unfortunate, I love doing the morning show with Kylie and Pete.  I normally am laughing the entire four hours we are doing the news because its a good time.  However, I think we will have to spice things up that morning so we can get the feeling of all the craziness that will be going on with all the shoppers.  I haven't been out shopping on Black Friday for a few years.  Hmmmm....

I will be back tomorrow with an update on the approaching snow. Anyways, 33 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Go Buckeyes!!

So I will say this about today's game, if Tate Forcier played as well as he normally did, today's game might not end up the same way.  It was the worst I have seen him play all season long.  As to not gloat and hurt Michigan's fans' feelings anymore, all I will say is GO BUCKS!!

So, on the horizon it looks like we will be getting our first "taste" of winter weather on Thanksgiving.  I hope you all have your ice scrapers, especially those of you heading out to the sales on Black Friday.  Things, right now, to be a wintry mix later this week, switching over from rain to the mix sometime Thanksgiving and maybe even a mix still lingering into Friday.  With these winter systems it always is very touchy to predict what kind of precipitation will be falling because the freezing temperature is 32.  If you happen to be just slightly above or below that, it will mean the difference between rain and snow, respectfully.  I will keep an eye on the situation all week and be back for updates.  Have a good one!!

34 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I have been upstaged....

So as I was heading into work today, my neighbor was out putting up his final decorations for Christmas...  I know I mentioned him before, but his lights have been left off as he slowly has been putting them up the last few weeks, and today he really brought out all he could... Dawn called me and said she could see a glow in the sky when she got off the highway in Sidney.... There is little I could do to match his decorations.  There were years and years of constant collecting of decorations.  I think I counted about 5 or more Santas, about 6 or more Frostys, and a lot of reindeer.  I think the only thing I could do to match it is to actually have real life reindeer in my yard.  Don't know how Dawn would feel about that.  But regardless, I am glad I have neighbors who are completely in love with the holiday spirit. 

On a separate and completely unrelated note, I am going to Althea Harper's family's home tonight to be there to see if she won Project Runway.  The viewing party should be a lot of fun, too bad I didn't know sooner I was going, I would have tried to be a little more fashionable, than just a shirt, tie, and sweater vest. Best of luck Althea!!

Sweater vests---I am a huge fan of them.  I have been told I look like Mr. Rogers because of it, but I still like them.  They add a little class when wore properly and also add a little suave to someone's appearance.  I think Althea should come out with a line of sweater vests and call them Buck Vests. I am literally laughing out loud here in the newsroom.  But I think that it will be huge hit!!!  That is one thing that will be on my Christmas list.

Anyways, got to get ready to head out the door.  36 days left!!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving is right around the corner...

So, Thanksgiving Day is less than 7 days away!!  Man does time fly!!  I love Thanksgiving because it normally involves going to my grandmother's house in Arcanum and enjoying her feast she prepares only three times a year.  It is a lot of fun and pretty quiet because there are only about twelve to fifteen of us all together.

This year, I may be a little late due to the Feast of Giving at the Convention Center that morning... I am sure my grandmother will keep it warm, or at least make me a few plates of food.  Grandmothers never let their grand-children go hungry... EVER!!  But I am excited about the Feast of Giving because it sounds like a lot of fun.

So I need to talk about the Browns.... normally a team coming off a bye week will do pretty well.... I cant tell if the Browns did well or not.  Lebron James said he could play for them... wouldn't that be a sight to see.  I really am getting depressed as a Browns fan because they just cant seem to do ANYTHING on the field offensively.   I guess we will have to wait to see how the rest of the season goes, and then see how management reacts to our poor season.

37 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Not for the sqeamish....

So if you do not like the sight of blood or anything of the such, you may want to skip to another entry.... I happened to do a little damage to my right pointer finger.

This actually happened last night.  It was a normal night, getting ready to go on-air, and putting on my makeup.  I was reaching in my bag to get my foundation.  For those of you who didn't know, yes, we have to wear makeup because if we didn't the lighting would make us look like a ghost, and a glistening ghost, at that.  So I was reaching into my back and I couldn't get this small glass bottle of foundation in the bottom because my finger was being blocked my something... So I pushed harder and put more weight behind it.  It turns out I was pushing against my razor, and the razor's plastic blade cover had fallen off.  Needless to say, I had a lot of "red stuff" coming from my finger.  So much, in fact, that I couldn't even see the actual cut.  So I cleaned it up, and then bandaged it up as well as I could. 

Then I got home and my finger was still throbbing at 1 AM, so I took off the bandage.  Luckily the pressure from the bandage cut off the bleeding, but apparently I didn't only cut my skin, but I had pushed so much, it sliced my finger nail.... not just grazed it, but cut clear through it and sliced the right third of my finger nail.   Needless to say, it hurts, A LOT!!  No pills or pain medicine, not really a big fan of medications.  There really isn't anything to sew up, so I just make sure I keep it clean and got to wait and see if the nail will heal itself or just have to wait until it grows all the way out....   Oh, and yes, I took the razor out of the bag...

On a lighter note, great weather today!!  Most of us seeing nice dry, all be it, cloudy weather.  But at least it was still in the low 60's.  We will only be topping out in the mid 50's at best next week, with rain as well, so I hope you got out and enjoyed it while you could!!

Have a good one!! 40 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Men like flowers too...

Especially if they are roses and you are in any way associated with the Ohio State Buckeyes.  We knew we didn't have a shot at making it into the National Championship after losing to USC and Purdue, so next best thing..... Rose Bowl.  I didn't get to watch much of the game, only a little bit of the end when I got into the weather center, but good game from what I saw.

It looks like we will be seeing a big change in weather coming up... It has been unseasonably warm the last few weeks and sunny for the most part.  It looks like there will be a system to our west for the next week.  We will be seeing a lot of clouds the upcoming week.  The system looks to be brushing up against our western counties as of right now, but the models keep trending it farther eastward...  If it keeps with that trend we could see a better chance of rain, but as of right now, only about a 20% chance, at best, for the next few days straight.  Western counties should be seeing the best chances of rain.

Time to get ready for the ABC News at 11, or as soon as the ND/PITT football game is over...

Have a good one! 41 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chirp, Chirp, Chirp....

Good early morning!! I am all alone this morning, Buckeye is at the groomer this morning.  He was a little nervous but the kind groomer gave him a little better treatment since he can't see anything.  That gave me a free morning to go for a good run.  Dawn called and said that fog was super thick north of Sidney on her way to Lima, but here in Sidney it was sunny, and very frosty.  It took me about fifteen minutes to get all the frost of the windows when I was taking Buckeye downtown.  I cant remember ever seeing frost that thick, ever.
Anyways, she said she even saw a few flurries getting squeezed out on her frosty, foggy commute.

Anyone catch me at the Sugarcreek Bird Farm?  The birds did not like the camera.  Paula, the owner said they saw it as some sort of danger and boy did the birds start getting loud when I entered the room with the camera!  They would act very sly and slowly move as far away from the camera as their cages allowed, and then started getting pretty loud.  It was pretty fun though, and the birds were actually a lot friendlier than what I thought going in because by the time I was leaving they were walking up to me on the ground to check out my shoes.

Anyways, I just got done with my morning run and now cooling off and getting ready to jump in the shower, but thought I would jump on here and check in.  Well I hope you have a great day!!

43 day left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ever went spelunking?

So it seems like its been a while since I have been on here.  I haven't been around a computer in a long time, or so it feels.   I was pretty busy last week doing some extra work and such.  Friday was a fun day with it being the first week of high school playoff football.  I went to the Trotwood game and watched Trotwood really lay it on.  Then Saturday,I watched some NCAA football before heading down to do the weather.  We have had such GREAT weather the last few days it was hard to stay inside.  So then Sunday, I was assigned to get highlights of the Bengals game and also get post game with the players.  It was a very unique experience to be right there with all of these world class athletes, Rey Maualuga even came up and gave me a high five.

So then Monday finally came, which is my Saturday.  Dawn and I normally don't have the same day off, but luckily we did this week, so we went to Ohio Caverns and went spelunking through the caves which was a fun little 2 hour excursion. Then we came back and ate lunch at The Spot.  The onion rings and Big Buy are a perfect combo!! Then we went and played basketball at the park right across the street from where we live.  We were horrible,especially with the wind. We tied in two games of HORSE.  Then we went back and watched V for Vendetta.  If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it.  We finished off the night by going to Wal-Mart because it is the cheapest place to get Buckeyes food.  We also got a timer for the Christmas lights, and two snow shovels for what I hope is a snow-free winter, haha.  No, I'm kidding, I love snow!

Today, I didn't do a whole lot because I forgot to tell you, I threw my back out sometime  I think it might be the Bengals game because we had to carry about 75 pounds of gear about a mile to and from the stadium.  Anyways, today I got out of bed and could hardly walk.  Every time I would put one foot in front of the other it would shoot a shot of pain up my back.  So I took a few Motrin to try to help it and decided that exercise would help.  Having that said, Buckeye and I just got back in from going to the park.  I let him off the leash and ran around after him for about fifteen minutes.  Then I punted the ball up into the air for about thirty minutes.  Jon Scott, my old friend would make fun of me for that.  He always said he didn't understand how I would play tennis against a wall by myself of practice on my soccer skills alone, but trust me, if you can catch a horrible punt that goes about sixty feet into air wobbling every which way, it will help you down the line.  Haha, anyways, time to clean up a little bit and get ready for work tomorrow. Have a good one!!

Oh yea, real fast, Luke Marshall, my friend went with the Colts.  I figured this would happen because his wife is a Colts fan.  He tried to throw me off by putting on a Browns coat at first, then his wife stormed off, and he came back a few minutes later wearing all Colts apparel.  Mocking my team was not appreciated, LUKE!!

45 days away!!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Friday, November 6, 2009

Playoffs are here...

And so the playoffs begin, at least for high school football.  I will be going to the Trotwood game tonight and am very excited that the weather will be decent,with warmer temperatures and the best part: DRY!!  It has rained the majority of the seasons games, and thankfully, that wont be the case tonight.  Also covering playoff girls soccer tomorrow afternoon with Wayne playing against Centerville.  I covered the games on Wednesday night, and I really think it will be a close came.  It seemed like Centerville was more of a persistent team with many shots on the goal more often.  Wayne however was very high paced, and when they broke free and started heading towards the goal then it was light speed ahead and hard for the defense to keep up.  With all of that said, I will be shooting highlights the whole game and am very excited to see who wins, and who moves on to state.

So I mentioned my friend, Luke, is deciding who his new favorite team will be today.  I along with some friends think we know who he is going to choose.  He has narrowed it down to three teams: Bengals, Colts, and Browns.  He used to be a Bengals fan, and then stopped a few years ago.  Now he is married and his wife is a big Colts fan.  The reason he said he needs to decide is because right now he doesn't have an official favorite team and he needs to settle on a team put his full heart behind for the rest of his life.I will be sure to update you on his choice and his reasons.  While I wouldn't be surprised with any of his decisions, I am interested in seeing who his long-term choice will be.

It is crunch time for my fantasy team.  This week I am playing Nathan Baker's team and he has been on a roll.  My team last week was barely beat out, thanks to Aaron Rogers putting up a few last minute touchdowns against my team.  The majority of the league is all tied in the middle with records, so we all are fighting to make it to the playoffs in the coming weeks.  The toughest choice I have had the last few weeks is starting either Favre or Romo. It seems that when Romo should do good, he doesn't and the same with Favre.  Luckily I got a solid ground game, but my WRs are pretty weak with the exception to Reggie Wayne.  Anyways, good game this week, I will keep you updated on that as well.

I hope you got to see the story I did on Paranormal Activity.  The movie has been given so much hype lately for being made for such a low price.  A lot of people are saying that it is the scariest movie they have ever seen, however a few disagreed.  I guess it depends on your scare trigger.  Anyways, if you missed the story on-air last night, check it out.  Hope you enjoy it.

OH!!!  By the way,so my neighbor here in Sidney started putting up his Christmas lights and as much as I like Christmas, he completely out did me so far.  He even put up the decorations for his neighbors place at his duplex.   I talked to Dawn, and this was her idea of what we should do instead.  While I thought it was funny, I didn't laugh  So I got to try to plan out what to do, I mean I still have extra lights in the garage, and I cant be outdone.. Dawn would disagree and tell me to just do her idea, but I love Christmas too much to mock someone during the most spirited season of the year.
49 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

All systems are go!

So as I mentioned in my last blog, I had to mow the grass on Monday, in November.  Not a problem, just kind of a letdown that it isn't cold enough yet for the grass to stop growing.  But it wasn't a big deal and actually it was kinda fun because I raked all the leaves to the back yard, and then proceeded to shred them to pieces in the mower so that way it would help fertilized the grass for next season.  Now when you look at the back yard, you can't even tell that ALL of the leaves from the tree are still there They filled all the cracks in between the grass and such, and hopefully they appreciated the gesture for next seasons growth Who are we kidding?  Its grass!

Then Monday afternoon, I made a video about the Browns and their history in Cleveland.  My friend, Luke, is deciding on what team he is going to go with as his new favorite team for the rest of his life.  I knew many of my other friends would take a very persuasive path and try to pressure him.  By being pressured into a certain decision, is that really the best way?  Told him the Browns aren't your normal team and they are hard to just jump on-board with.  They have a very rich and painful history.  While they were the first undefeated and untied team in professional football history, only matched by the '72 Dolphins, they also have had a lot of heartache.   So anyways, I made the video for him, and others, to learn a little about the Browns.

Tuesday morning was met with a lot of laundry and cleaning.  For some strange reason Buckeye HATES the vacuum.  Even when I take it out of the hallway closet, he can hear the sound of the plastic wheels and me taking the cord off of the side. He just starts running around in circles barking until he loses his voice.

Needless to say, I try to vacuum as fast as possible to end the pain and torture, for both of us.  It is so funny though, because as you know,he cant see anything, but he can smell the dust on the vacuum that it tossed up last sweeping, and he knows when it is time to start howling away for ten minutes.  Maybe it has something to do with the vacuum being loud for him or whatever, I dunno, but he gets through it.

Then Tuesday afternoon was filled with lots of planning and construction.  As I mentioned, Dawn bought me a weather station and we have been debating on the best way to actually mount it to get accurate readings. So we decided to try to mount the appropriate sensors, above the peak of the roof to not let any of the nearby obstacles to interfere with the rain and wind readings.  The temperature and humidity sensor was then mounted lower, under the shelter of the building during peak heating hours.  The entire setup is about thirty feet high or so and took a little handiness to assemble because it came with no directions because every weather station is built and designed for that environment.  So I went to Lowe's to get all the proper parts and such. Only to realize one of the PVC elbows was actually threaded, so I had to return to exchange it.  Silly customers don't put the pieces back in the right boxes, but then again, I guess I should have made sure it was the right piece as well.  Anyways, I spent the afternoon cutting, gluing, and assembling. I had to wait until Dawn got home from work to mount it, so I had someone else to hold the tower while I screwed it up.  It was a cold night up on the roof trying to do that, but finally it was collecting data!! I could have tried mounting it just to the roof, but decided to run the PVC to the ground to take the weight off the house, and only use the house as a stabilizer.  I am very pleased with it, and should be streaming data online soon.

Have a good one! 51 days left!!

Andrew Buck Michael

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