Man Needs Help with Hiccups! Leonid Meteor Shower First Recorded in US; Cold, Lousy Weekend Ahead


Rainfall Total Forecast Wed-Fri

Rainfall Total Forecast Wed-Fri

Look for a break in the rain for the first half of Wednesday but then we get another round by afternoon and into the evening when we even could see a few thunderstorms. Rainfall should be heavier than we saw on Tuesday but should taper off to general rain and showers through Thursday morning. Moderating temperatures and perhaps some peeks of sunshine on Thursday. The only real change is that the data now supports what it did last Saturday, which is the front comes through on Friday night instead of Friday morning. So, we move to at least the mid 60’s on Friday before some rain returns with the front Friday night. One thing that has not changed is the lousy weekend. Cloudy skies and low 40’s for highs. A few insignificant snowflakes can’t be ruled out for Sunday morning. Then, another blast of unseasonably cold air moves in the Monday night. Looks like a cold spell by the middle of next week.

Hiccups Not Always Funny

Hiccups Not Always Funny

HIccups! Everyone has had the hiccups for a brief time. It can be a cause for humor. But, its not funny at

Not All Remedies Work

Not All Remedies Work

all to have them for extended periods. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest recorded attack of hiccupping belongs to Charles Osborne. He was born in 1894 and began hiccuping in 1922. He continued to do so every 1.5 seconds until a February morning in 1990. The poor guy wasn’t able to enjoy his freedom from hiccuping for long. He died in May of 1991 as the holder for the awful record for continuous hiccuping at 69 years and 5 months. Let us hope that a man in our area does not suffer the same fate. He has been hiccuping for a year now and is desperate for a cure. Check out this story….24 hours after it aired, we received over 800 emails presenting good wishes and remedies. Perhaps he will be like Chuck Osborne and simply wake up one day in hiccuping silence. Let us hope it doesnt’ take 69 years! Here is the RAW VIDEO OF THE INTERVIEW WITH MILTON BETTS Good luck Milton!

Leonids First Recorded US Observation 1799

Leonids First Recorded US Observation 1799

On This Date in History: An American Astronomer was in the Florida Keys on a ship on this date in 1799 and he quickly wrote in his journal what he had seen. He wrote that the “whole heaven appeared as if illuminated with sky rockets, flying in an infinity of directions, and I was in constant expectation of some of them falling on the vessel. They continued until put out by the light of the sun after day break.” What he had seen was the Leonid Meteor Shower and it was the first recorded history of a meteor shower in North America.  The Peak for the Leonid Meteor Shower in 2008 is November 17.

Founder of Univ. of Arizona Tree Ring Laboratory

Founder of Univ. of Arizona Tree Ring Laboratory

What I find more interesting about Andrew Ellicott Douglass is that he was not the only Andrew Ellicott Douglass of note. His son was a college president and his grandson, also Andrew Ellicott Douglass, was the guy who developed dendrochronology. What is that? It’s the notion that one can count the rings on a tree to determine it’s age and determine periods of drought and abundant precipitation. He was trying to find a correlation between sunspots and climate. That is the same type of work that continues today, often by skeptics of the anthropogenic global warming argument. Not only that, but this guy was working with the famous astronomer Percival Lowell but apparently split with him when he was skeptical of the idea that Mars had constructed canals. Douglass lived until 1962….about 95 years old. That means he lived long enough to see the advent of the space age. Too bad for him he didn’t live long enough to see that he was right about the Martian surface.

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