On This Date in History:
On This Date in 1962, Jeffery Gordon Riley came into the world. Since that time he has come to be known as Flood Water, F-Water, Floods, F-Ditch, F-Dip, effrey and just plain F. Jeff Riley is a lot of things…and one of those things is a good friend to all who are fortunate enough to be able to call him a friend. Happy Birthday F.
A few years ago, Snow White and I were walking from Papa Johns Stadium and some event,,,probably a football game. We were walking back to the car and crossed the railroad tracks. Well, we were supposed to do that but I decided it would be faster walking the tracks. I started walking down the tracks and Snow White stopped, telling me to come back that it was against the law. Out of the darkness came a figure. It was a Pinkerton Man! Pinkerton Security provides the security for the railroad and he wrote me up. Snow White was right again.
Well, on this date in 1875 the Pinkertons got it wrong. The Pinkerton Detective Agency had been on the trail of Frank and Jesse James when it was hired by the railroads to catch the train and bank robbers. It was not an easy task. See, the James gang also had members of the Younger family and both the James’ and the Youngers had lots of friends and family in Missouri. Many of their relatives and friends had been partial to the Confederacy during the Civil War and considered the big railroads to be nothing but a bunch of Yankees. The same was true of the Pinkerton Agency.
Now, the men of the Pinkerton Agency were not too fond of the James Gang. Seems that one of their men, John W. Witcher, was found with a bullet hole in his stomach and much of his face eaten off by hogs. They thought for sure the culprits were members of the James Gang. Now, the Pinkerton
Agency must have let their animosity for the James’ get to them because, even though they weren’t entirely positive that it was the James Gang who killed Witcher, they went after them anyway. They had heard that Jesse and Frank often returned to their home. So, the Pinkertons waited until the sun went down and surrounded the James home. They threw some smoke bombs or flares into the home. To there suprise, there was a huge explosion. Jesse and Frank’s young half-brother was killed and their mother had her arm blown off. When the smoke had cleared, the Pinkertons found that Jesse and Frank were never there. Guess they should have knocked first.
After their keystone cops episode, the Pinkertons backed off a bit but they kept up the pursuit. They never got Frank and Jesse. Instead, Jesse was shot in the back of the head in 1882 by one of his own men, Bob Ford, who collected the reward money. Frank turned himself in shortly thereafter but no jury would ever convict him. He remained a law abiding citizen until his death in 1915. As for his mother…she had quite the cottage business. Tourists could come by her house and for a small fee, they could here of how the nasty railroad men and their disgusting Pinkertons persecuted her poor, innocent boys. Bet that performance was worth the price of admission.
Weather Bottom Line:
Well, there is some consensus regarding the snow. But, things have flipped somewhat. Before, the GFS was going bonkers with snow for Monday night and Tuesday and the NAM was less enthusiastic. Now its the other way around. The 00Z Mon NAM wants to throw out about 7 inches of snow from after midnight on early Tuesday through midday Tuesday. Then it wants to toss out about .75″ of freezing rain or sleet before it goes back to snow late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. The 18Z Sun GFS only wants to throw out less than an inch of snow and then freezing rain and sleet on Tuesday with some rain then back to the frozen stuff and ending with a little snow. Now, the 00Z Mon GFS has more like 6 inches of snow from Louisville north with the snow total rapidly decreasing to nothing for the extreme southern part of the viewing area. The Canadian and ECMWF
models both seem to prefer less snow and more sleet or freezing rain. What makes some sense is that we get some snow…say 1-3 to 2-4 inches… on Monday night and Tuesday morning before we get a fair amount of time as sleet and freezing rain. The low track would tend to push the warmer air up over the top and mess up the snow profile. Further, the one model that has it being all snow or is the most bullish on snow is the NAM and it’s been a poor performer so far this winter, in general. Bottom line remains that Tuesday morning drive to work should be interesting. We are under a Winter Storm Watch Monday Evening through Tuesday.