We told you all week that it we’d get to the low to mid 50’s on Wednesday and that part of the equation seems to be true. Now, the rest of the story looks on line as well which means that today’s mild conditions will change abruptly following some rain overnight. Funny thing is, we are saying “mild” conditions when in fact, the average high for this date in 49 degrees so we’re not too much better than we should be…it’s just been pretty chilly and now we probably won’t even get to the 40’s until Monday. Our rain overnight has a decent chance of changing to some reasonably insignificant light snow. I say “reasonably” because the air and ground temperatures at the surface will be above freezing so it won’t accumulate. However, it could be falling when many of you are going to work so it may be a nuisance. There may be some minor accumulation later in the day to our east from Lexington to Ashland, but nothing too extreme I should think. Won’t be a nuisance to me because I will be in bed asleep. And perhaps I should hibernate and hope I paid the gas bill because mid to upper 30’s is a bit much this time of year.
On This Date In History:
The British could have used Control’s Cone of Silence. By this time in 1777, General William Howe had his army occupying Philadelphia. When his headquarters proved too small, he commandeered an upstairs room across the street at the Darragh home. The story is that Mrs. Lydia Darragh, a nurse and mother, would eavesdrop on the conversations and sew her notes into her coat lining. She would then pass the notes on the colonials. On December 2, she found out that Howe was planning an attack on General Washington’s army nearby. She sewed the message into the lining and went through British lines saying she was getting flour. She passed on the information to Lt. Col. Thomas Craig who forwarded the information to General Washington. When the Redcoats marched toward Washington’s position, they were surprised to find the Continental Army facing them down. A three day event of skirmishes made Howe return to Philadelphia to think up another plan….presumably from a new headquarters.
On this date in 1954, Senator “tailgunner Joe” Joe McCarthy was condemned for his snooting about for communists in the government. An ironic twist to the story not typically told; many historians now suggest that there were in fact a number of communist influences in the government. Maybe if McCarthy used honey to attract flies instead of…well….you get the point.
On this date in 1942, Enrique Fermi produced the first nuclear fission chain reaction in
Chicago. The place? Under the grandstands of the University of Chicago football stadium. Fermi’s work led directly to the development of the atomic bomb and later nuclear power. Thing is, Fermi wasn’t exactly certain that the reaction could be controlled and many physicists were concerned such an attempt would result in an uncontrolled reaction which would mean an explosion….as in an atomic explosion. I don’t think that the Bears were playing for that day or they may have had two potential disasters in one stadium.