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A front coming through on Tuesday is pretty worthless except for what happens down the line. We get clouds and then sunshine in the afternoon. On the tail end of the front in the central Rockies, an area of low pressure will form and start progressing our way. Clouds will increase late Wednesday with rain overspreading the area on Thursday and carrying through Friday with rain chances tailing off on Saturday. The window for about 60 hours of good, soaking but not excessive rain will be wide open. We’re nearly 3/4″ behind in rain for the month and have been running a deficit for each of the months since June. So, don’t complain about the crummy end of the week.
Gimme Back My Ball, Lady! There are always the scenes from movies about kids playing ball and the ball going over the fence into the mean old man’s back yard and he won’t give it back or he has a mean dog or something and the kids try to find some ingenious way to get it back. Well, the real thing happened in Ash, Ohio. A bunch of kids were playing football and it went over the fence. It landed in an 89 year-old woman’s back yard and she refused to give it back. So, what clever manner filled with all sorts of fun-filled hijinx did the kids use to get their ball back? One of the kids’ father called the police and now the old gal faces petty theft charges. Good use of police and judicial resources, eh? Click Here for the Story
On This Date in History: In America, it is said that sport has become a religion. When I lived in Birmingham, I went into an art store and saw a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest for $550. The busts of Jesus and Robert E. Lee went for $600. If you wanted one of Bear Bryant, you had to let go of $650. Now, in a number of churches you will often find stained glass windows. They can be quite beautiful and often depict scenes of religious significance. Sometimes a church may devote a section to the history of that particular church or something else related to the community. I’ve seen one Episcopal church with a whole series of windows showing the progression of the early history of the United States. But, I have never heard of a stained glass window devoted to the holiest of activities in America: sports.
Well, on this date in 1951, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral unveiled their stained glass window devoted to sports. In 1924, the daughter of the Episcopal Bishop of New York became enthralled with the Olympic games of that year. She somehow talked her father into devoting an entire window to…”the glory of sport.” Now, that may be a stretch regarding the term “glory” as it relates to divinity so it was no doubt a tough sell when trying to raise funds to install the grand window at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. So, who better to turn to than famed sports writer Grantland Rice. So, Rice did his best of persuasive prose when he wrote, “One of the main objects of both (sports and religion) is to build up the spirit of fair play, square dealing and clean living.” That argument seems a little thin to me.
Apparently it took a little more than hyperbole to raise the cash because the original
design was altered. The modern sports figures captured in glass were shrunk to just a small area with the larger depictions reserved for biblical “athletes” like Elijah and Samson. To cap it off, the window was dedicated to Saint Hubert, who is the patron saint of hunting. Try to think of what sports figures of today would earn a place in your devine stained glass windows. I bet that NASCAR fans would insist upon Dale Earnhardt.
Tropics: Invest 91 As I recalled yesterday, I had mentioned some time ago that if Tropical Depression 16 hung around long enough, then the odds of it turning north would increase. The remnant of TD 16 did not go to the Pacific across Central America but instead hung out in Guatemala for a time and then over the weekend re-emerged in the northwest Caribbean. Yesterday, the National Hurricane Center determined that this feature would move back west. By Monday, the storm was generally stationary. Now, the determination is that it may be drifting west. However, the latest spaghetti model still reveals that there are a number of models that want to pick the storm up and move it north and then northeast toward
Florida. There are fewer machines that claim a westward or even southwestward trajectory. While the latter is unlikely, climatologically speaking this time of year storms from this point of origin have a northern or northeastern favored direction. Climate is just an average so it can’t be taken as gospel and I suspect that the climate portions of the mathematical equations used for the computer models are influencing the solutions since other parameters are probably pretty weak and this would be the cause for the deviation from what had been forecast earlier by the National Hurricane Center. Lately, their verbiage has been a little less commital and for good reason….my notion still holds. The longer it hangs around, the greater the odds that eventually it gets caught up in a more climatologically favored route. Nothing is imminent nor even probable at this point….its just worth watching.
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 200 AM EDT
TUE OCT 21 2008
FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC…CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO… 1. AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE DRIFTING WESTWARD OVER THE GULF OF HONDURAS CONTINUES TO PRODUCE DISORGANIZED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM IS NOT EXPECTED DUE TO PROXIMITY TO LAND…BUT LOCALLY HEAVY RAINS ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF HONDURAS…GUATEMALA…BELIZE…AND THE YUCATAN PENINSULA DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. ELSEWHERE…TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.
$$ FORECASTER BERG