On This Date In History: On This Date in 1981, President Ronald Reagan got a goldfish. On March 31, Reagan had been shot by would be assassin John Hinckley, Jr. Reagan received numerous well wishes from many Americans but one was perhaps the greatest. Ten-year-old Barney Bullard of Albany, New York sent the president a goldfish…via the US Mail! And you know what? It got there alive and intact in its water-filled plastic bag. The note attached said he included “a companion, a goldfish named Ronald Reagan II. Just feed him daily every morning and he will be fine.” Ron the fish became known as the “first fish” and was placed in a tank affixed with the presidential seal. Ron II lived happily in the White House for over 3 years.
On April 8, 1974 Henry Aaron saw a 1-0 pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing that was too good to pass up. “The Hammer” deposited the pitch over the 385 foot sign in left field at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium for his 715th homerun of his career, passing legendary Babe Ruth. The ball was caught by Atlanta relief pitcher Tom House in the bullpen. House promptly returned the ball and Aaron struck the famous pose you see above. The Braves won the game 7-4 with Ron Reed getting the win and Buzz Capra the save. But the day belonged to one of the most humble, yet proud athletes of the era. Aaron was not flashy. He never hit 50 homeruns in a season. He was just consistent for a long time. He is still at or near the top of many of the biggest batting records. He did a commercial for Brut aftershave once in which he said “On the field, I let my bat to do the talking. Off the field, I let my Brut do the talking.” He was and is very classy. When Barry Bonds was chasing his home run record, Aaron was supportive at first saying he chose to believe Bonds. Then the tide turned and Hank seemed to not believe him anymore but he never said so. He declined to come stadiums to be on site when Bonds broke his record. He simply said that he was busy and too old to be going from stadium to stadium. Then, he did record a video that was played at the stadium, congratulating Barry Bonds in spite of the mounting evidence against Bonds. As usual, Aaron said nothing but his actions spoke volumes. In my book, “The Hammer” is still the homerun king.
Weather Bottom Line: As expected, we are coming out of the bucket and Wednesday is a lovely day. Thursday, the big storm starts coming out of the west and ejects a lead shortwave. The bulk of the severe weather should be to our South though some leftover t’storms may come through our area late Thursday into early Friday. But the best chance will be a second event on Friday afternoon. The SPC has come on board with this scenario and has included our area in the slight risk for Friday through Friday night. The 6Z GFS is again very bullish with a CAPE of 1531, LI -7.3, Total Totals 63, SWEAT 510 and SHOW -5. These indices are not nearly as aggressive on the ETA. My guess is that we will probably be in between with strong storms possible and high winds and hail being the biggest threat. If the GFS is correct, then we’d see some isolated tornadoes but, so far, the GFS has been consistently overly aggressive in its solutions. The main storm deposits most of its energy way south of us and I see no indication of anything on Monday other than rain and a few t’storms,at this time.
DAY 3 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0228 AM CDT WED APR 08 2009
VALID 101200Z – 111200Z
…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS OVER A LARGE PART OF THE OH/TN
VLYS SWWD INTO THE DEEP SOUTH…
MID-LVL WAVE LOCATED OVER THE MID/LWR MS VLY EARLY FRIDAY WILL
DAMPEN OVER THE APLCN MOUNTAINS FRIDAY NIGHT AS THE NEXT IN A SERIES
OF UPR SYSTEMS DIGS INTO SRN CA/DESERT SW. SFC LOW ATTENDANT WITH
THE LEAD TROUGH WILL MOVE ALONG THE OH RVR FROM SRN IL TO SRN OH BY
00Z SATURDAY BEFORE REDEVELOPING EAST OF THE VA MOUNTAINS BY
SATURDAY MORNING. TRAILING THE LOW…A CDFNT WILL MOVE SEWD INTO
THE CAROLINAS BY SATURDAY MORNING…BUT BEGIN TO STALL OVER DIXIE
AND SERN TX.
…OH/TN VLYS AND THE DEEP SOUTH…
AT LEAST ISOLD SVR TSTMS WILL BE POSSIBLE EARLY IN THE PD ACROSS
PARTS OF THE MID-SOUTH AND LWR MS VLY…ALONG/AHEAD OF THE SFC
LOW/CDFNT. THIS ACTIVITY SHOULD BEGIN TO WEAKEN AND MOVE ENE DURING
THE MORNING. PRE-FRONTAL PCPN-INDUCED MOISTENING AND STRONG LLVL
MOISTURE TRANSPORT WILL LIKELY DESTABILIZE A LARGE REGION AHEAD OF
THE ADVANCING UPR SYSTEM DURING THE AFTN. SFC-BASED TSTMS SHOULD
INITIATE BY MID-AFTN…ESPECIALLY ALONG THE TRACK OF THE STRONGEST
HEIGHT FALLS…NAMELY FROM ALONG THE OH RVR SWD INTO THE TN VLY.
THOUGH THE MID-LVL SYSTEM WILL BE WEAKENING WITH TIME…PRESENCE OF
MODEST WLY MID-LEVEL FLOW ATOP 30 KTS OF WSW H85 FLOW WILL PRODUCE
SUFFICIENT SHEAR FOR ORGANIZED STORMS WITH LARGE HAIL…DMGG WINDS
AND PERHAPS TORNADOES. THESE STORMS WILL MOVE QUICKLY ENE TO THE
CNTRL APLCNS OVERNIGHT…POSSIBLY AS SMALL-SCALE LEWPS/BOWS GIVING
AT LEAST ISOLD SVR WIND PROSPECTS TO THE E OF THE MOUNTAINS INTO SRN
FARTHER S…LARGER SCALE SUPPORT BEGINS TO WEAKEN THROUGH THE
AFTN…BUT PERSISTENT LLVL MOISTURE FLUX AND RELATIVELY COOL
TEMPERATURES ALOFT WILL FAVOR ISOLD-WDLY SCTD TSTMS ALONG THE
TRAILING PORTION OF THE CDFNT FROM MIDDLE TN SWWD INTO LA. SRN
FRINGES OF STRONGER MID-LVL FLOW WILL EXIST ACROSS THE REGION AND
CONTINUAL FEED OF STEEP LAPSE RATES FROM THE WEST WILL CONTRIBUTE TO
ORGANIZED STORMS WITH LARGE HAIL…DMGG WINDS AND A TORNADO OR TWO.
THIS ACTIVITY WILL ADVANCE QUICKLY ENE TOWARD PARTS OF THE CAROLINAS
OVERNIGHT. IT IS UNCLEAR HOW QUICKLY THE LLVLS WILL MOISTEN THAT
FAR NE…BUT THERE WILL BE AT LEAST AN ISOLD THREAT OF SVR STORMS.
TAIL-END OF THE FRONT AND SEABREEZE WILL LIKELY BE IMPETUS FOR ISOLD
TSTMS AS CAP IS BREACHED ALONG THE SERN TX CST ON FRIDAY AFTN/EARLY
EVE. ROUGHLY 40-45 KTS OF VERTICAL SHEAR AND H5-H7 LAPSE RATES OF
7.5-8 DEG C PER KM WILL RESULT IN VIGOROUS UPDRAFTS/ROTATION WITH
LARGE HAIL THE MOST LIKELY THREAT.