Very Interesting Weather Ahead: Don’t get too worked up at this point but it would appear that a worst case
scenario at this point appears to be an icy mess on Monday night and Tuesday morning and a best case scenario of at least some nice scenery. The NAM calls for freezing rain and/or sleet early Tuesday morning…and that’s as far out as the model goes for now. The GFS, the snow totals shown at right, shows freezing rain and/or sleet for Monday night but it goes out longer and turns it to snow earlier and then it continues snowing. The GFS wants to bring several inches of snow, especially just north of Louisville, by the end of the day on Tuesday. Now, we’ll still be chilly, but not as cold on Saturday and then a warm front lifts through on Sunday taking the mercury to the mid to upper 50’s in advance of the system diving down our way. That will help open up the Gulf a bit and draw up moisture, which is where we will get precipitation. In spite of the GFS optimism, its way too soon to be getting crazy and heading to the store for milk and bread. But, at this point, there seems to be some agreement for icy conditions of some type on Monday Night followed by some amount of snow. Potentially, it could be difficult and the situation should be monitored.
On This Date in History: In the early 19th Century, only about one in ten doctors in America had formal training. One guy was a bit different. Ephraim McDowell not only apprenticed to a doctor in Virginia, but he also had further study in Scotland. It was for this reason that two other “doctors” called him to help them deliver a pair of overdue twins. So, he left his home in Danville, Kentucky and went to the backwoods cabin to find Jane Crawford. McDowell quickly deduced that the two quacks had made a terrible diagnosis. The woman was not in labor but instead it great pain from a 22.5 pound ovarian tumor! Think of the lawsuit that would get today.
So, now McDowell was in a conundrum. If he did not operate, Jane Crawford would die. Conventional wisdom of the
day was that if he operated, she would die. I suppose the Dr. McDowell figured he had nothing to lose and the only chance for the patient’s survival was surgery. Word got out about the operation and some townsfolk were outraged. They surrounded the doctor’s office on December 13, 1809 and tried to beat down the door. Fortunately, it was more subdued inside, but not for Ms. Crawford who was to go under the knife without the benefit of any anesthetic beyond booze or opium. To take her mind off the pain, Mrs. Crawford sang hymns, much like Orel Hersheiser used to do on the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Crawford ended up with her own perfect game as 25 days after the surgery, she was prounced completely healthy and she lived another 32 years. Really incredible when one considers that at that time, no one had a clue about infection. No word on if anyone ever went to the other two doctors for a baby delivery. But McDowell became so famous, the medical center in Danville, KY is named for him; there’s a museum in his house that was designated as a historical landmark for you to visit with all sorts of information; and…his image was even on a US Postage Stamp.
Have you ever seen stories about people getting bedbugs at hotels? I had always thought that bedbugs were just some imaginary things that parents used when they said, “sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite!” But, they are real. And while they remain a problem in even a few of the nicer hotels in America, any reputable hotelier or flophouse concierge could solve their problem with an invention patented on this date in 1898. Well, thats what the inventor claimed.
His name was Frank M. Archer of New York City, where bedbugs have been prevalent for years. His great idea was to electrify a bed. He put pairs of electrical contacts so close together that any insect passing between them would close the circuit and get electrocuted. He surmised that the effect on the critter would be to “either terminate its career at once or make it seek other locations.” Other locations? Like where…the neighbors bed? He also suggested metal electrifed contact strips that could be attached to the bedsprings “which will so harass the bugs as to cause them to shun the bed entirely.” If you look at the size of the bed bug, Mr Archer would have to have his contact awfully close together to work. Furthermore, it seems like an electrifying nights sleep that may be worse than the bed bugs.