Monday, March 19, 2012

Great St. Patty's Weekend

I married into an Irish family and they know how to do St. Patrick's day right. It started Friday night at a fish fry at the West Side (of Cleveland) Irish-American Club. I felt like the odd one out with tan(ish) skin and darker(ish) hair. We had a blast and in the pub, attached to the hall, they were having karaoke. Dawn's mother sang a couple songs before we went home. Saturday morning we headed to downtown Cleveland with an estimated 500,000 people. The parade lasted over two hours long and there were bag pipes around every corner. It was complete electric and everyone was having a great time. We left downtown around four o'clock and we were exhausted so it was a fairly early night for us. Dawn and I did watched an overnight thunderstorm that lasted for quite a while. Sunday was laid back and we washed the cars before hitting the road back to Dayton. There was a storm pushing through Columbus just after we drove through and I kept my eye on it. Sure enough, it went tornado warned as I was getting into Dayton... and I could have been chasing it if we left half an hour later, oh well.

The records keep coming to us in 2012. We tied the record of 73 on Saturday, and broke the record of 77 yesterday with a high of 78 in Dayton. The next few days we look to break the record with a high of 79 today, 82 tomorrow, and 81 on Wednesday. We could see a few spotty showers or storms later today, but then we dry out. High pressure takes over tomorrow and we stay dry until the end of the week. There is a huge cold punch across the Western Plains, but the cold front is very slow to move into our area. By next weekend we will be talking about highs in the 60's and rain especially late Friday and Saturday. Until then, enjoy the warmth and have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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