Sunday, March 6, 2011
I downloaded a new app for my Android phone, OruxMaps. I have been hunting for a program like this for a long time coming, to actually show elevation. I started "tracking" my phone when I left the house and let it go until I got into work. I happen to live in a fairly hilly location and, as you can see in the picture, I got a steep grade to climb to get to work. You may ask, who cares.... well when you are riding around on a one cylinder moped, you want to take a flat grade of roadway. The steep hills are killer on a newly rebuilt engine. I need to take it easy on the moped for a while, so I am trying to find a route to work that is quick and contains as few hills as possible. While it was cool to see what the program did, I have to throw out the data because I drove way out of the way because of the flooded roads.
Most of the rivers have crested, or will overnight, so the water will slowly be going down over the next few days. We will drop below freezing tonight so watch out for slick spots in the morning. We will see plenty of sunshine to start the workweek, but rain still looks to arrive late Tuesday night and last into early Wednesday. The rain only looks to be around 1". Considering we just saw 2-4", anything is problematic, but at least it is much less than what we just saw. Partly cloudy and mild to finish off the workweek with only a slight chance for rain next weekend. Well, time to get ready for the 10PM news. Have a good one!
Andrew Buck Michael