I want my Shrimp! This is great and also silly at the same time. So, this lady goes into a fast food place and orders extra shrimp with her fried rice. She claims that she didn’t get her shrimp. She argues with the manager and calls the cops demanding her extra shrimp. Here’s the story with audio of the call for your amusement.
On This Date in History: Wilmer McLean was a Virginia grocer. He probably did fairly well at his craft. But, he didn’t have much luck when it came to real estate. See, he had a patch of land not too far from the nation’s capital. The first major conflict of the Civil War was known as the Battle of Bull run and it took place on McLean’s land. Not only that, but Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard thought that the McLean house would make a good headquarters, so he comandeered it. The land was ravaged by the warfare and the house took a beating as a Union cannonball came crashing through the kitchen.
After the battle, McLean hung on but gave up a year later when the entire episode was repeated during the Second Battle of Bull Run. McLean picked up his family and moved to a small town some miles away.
After a couple of years, McLean thought he’d made a good move until this date in 1865. See, Generaly Ulysses S. Grant had gotten General Robert E. Lee to abandon Petersburg and Lee’s army was on the run until finally, Lee sent Colonel Charles Marshall to find an appropriate site for a conference between the two army’s commanders near the small town of Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia which was some miles from the old McLean house. The first person that Marshall came upon was none other than Wilmer McLean. McLean first steered the colonel to an abandoned house with no furniture in it. Colonel Marshall quickly dismissed the idea. McLean felt like it was all but inevitable that the war had reached out and grabbed him again so he offered his home.
On that afternoon, General Robert E. Lee signed the articles of surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant in the front parlor of the McLean home and effectively ended the Civil War, though some skirmishes would go on for several days. Now, this was a pretty historic occasion and the soldiers on hand knew it. They wanted a piece of history. Union General Edward O.C. Ord gave McLean $40 for the table at which Grant had sat. Another Union General, either Philip Sheridan or George A. Custer, got a good deal by acquiring the table at which Lee sat for just $25. At that point, McLean figured he needed his furniture and brought an end to the impromtu rummage sale. But, less honorable individuals would have none of it. Chairs were broken up, upholstery ripped and the parlor was torn to pieces as if another cannonball had ripped through. Once again, Wilmer McLean had been touched by Civil War history…and his house took a beating. Maybe he should have moved to Texas.
The selling of the Grant table for more than the Lee table reminds me of when I lived in Birmingham. I once went into an art store. On some shelves were busts. Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest went for $500. Robert E. Lee and Jesus Christ went for $550. Bear Bryant? He went for $600! Yes indeed, it’s the bible belt and they love Robert E. Lee and Jesus, but you better not schedule a church social when Alabama football has a game!
Weather Bottom Line: The weather situtation looks pretty much on track. We still have a lead short coming out for Thursday and Friday. Earlier I had made mention of this and thought it looked like trouble a week ago. But, I kinda backed off as I got swayed a bit by the SPC assessment, plus the main bit of energy for the latter part of the weekend looked like the real thing. But, as the week progressed, the indecies started coming back up for Friday and now the SPC has jumped on board by putting us in a slight risk. What we have is two chances. First a warm front comes through early Friday morning. That would be one chance for strong storms. Then after a break, the cold front comes through and we have a second chance. The GFS has backed off somewhat on its wild indecies but they are still impressive for the afternoon while teh ETA remains less enthusiastic. My guess is that our biggest risk will be hail and gusty winds with hail more risky with the warm front. Now, everyone has been pooh poohing the main energy and I have to tell you that the vertical profile indecies look pretty pedestrian for Monday. But, when you look at the map, I’m not sure why the indecies are not more enthusiastic. I’m not analyzing this that closely but, if the indecies are so bland, there must be some items missing whether it be CAPE or shear or the proper veering…perhaps there is some dry air or warm air aloft messing things up. It appears to be all of the above as simply we get some cooler air for the weekend following the lead short and there simply isn’t enough time for the atmosphere to reload. I still am a little curious as to how the second part shakes out. We’ll just have to wait and see but I can’t ignore that the data does not support anything worthwhile on Monday. So bottom line is risk for storms late Thursday night or early Friday and then again Friday afternoon with cooler weather for the weekend.
DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1216 PM CDT THU APR 09 2009
VALID 101200Z – 111200Z
…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM PARTS OF THE OH AND TN
VALLEY SWD INTO THE CNTRL/ERN GULF STATES AND EWD INTO THE
AN AMPLIFIED BUT PROGRESSIVE LARGE-SCALE PATTERN WILL BE MAINTAINED
OVER THE CONUS THROUGH THE DAY TWO PERIOD. THE PRIMARY FEATURE OF
INTEREST WILL BE MID/UPPER-LEVEL LOW WHICH WILL GRADUALLY WEAKEN AND
EVOLVE INTO AN OPEN WAVE WHILE TRANSLATING EWD FROM THE OZARK
PLATEAU AND LOWER MS VALLEY TO THE MID ATLANTIC COAST BY SATURDAY
MORNING. AS THIS PROCESS OCCURS…LATEST MODEL GUIDANCE SUGGESTS
THAT AN UPSTREAM VORTICITY MAXIMUM/JET STREAK WILL ROTATE THROUGH
THE MEAN TROUGH BASE ACROSS THE TN VALLEY INTO VA/NC FRIDAY
AFTERNOON INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. THIS ERN U.S. WAVE WILL PRECEED A MORE
INTENSE TROUGH WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY FORM INTO A CLOSED SYSTEM OVER
THE LOWER CO VALLEY INTO NRN BAJA AND THE GULF OF CA.
IN THE LOW LEVELS…SURFACE CYCLONE NEAR THE CONFLUENCE OF THE MS/OH
RIVERS AT 10/12Z WILL DEVELOP ENEWD ACROSS NRN KY AND SRN
WV…EVENTUALLY REACHING THE DELMARVA BY 11/12Z. ATTENDANT COLD
FRONT WILL PUSH EWD THROUGH THE TN VALLEY AND GULF STATES TO ALONG
THE MID/SERN ATLANTIC COASTS BY SATURDAY MORNING.
…OH/TN VALLEYS INTO THE CNTRL/ERN GULF STATES AND EWD TO THE
EML/STEEP LAPSE RATE PLUME OBSERVED OVER THE SRN PLAINS THIS MORNING
WILL BE ADVECTED EWD INTO THE REGION WITH WSWLY AIRFLOW
REGIME…ALONG SRN THROUGH ERN PERIPHERIES OF MIDLEVEL TROUGH.
WHILE WARM SECTOR BOUNDARY LAYER WILL NOT BE OVERLY MOIST /I.E.
DEWPOINTS IN 50S OVER KY/TN TO LOWER/MID 60S OVER THE GULF
STATES/…THESE STEEP LAPSE RATES COUPLED WITH GENERALLY COOL
MIDLEVEL THERMODYNAMIC PROFILES WILL YIELD MLCAPE APPROACHING
1000-1500 J/KG OVER THE TN VALLEY/CUMBERLAND PLATEAU…TO 1500-2000
J/KG OVER THE CNTRL/ERN GULF STATES.
TSTMS /SOME SEVERE/ ARE EXPECTED TO BE ONGOING FRIDAY MORNING WITHIN
ZONE OF DEEP ASCENT AHEAD OF SURFACE LOW OVER PARTS OF THE LOWER OH
AND LOWER MS VALLEYS…AS WELL AS WITHIN WAA REGIME FARTHER E ACROSS
PARTS OF ERN TN/AL/NRN GA. THE FORMER ACTIVITY WILL LIKELY INCREASE
IN BOTH COVERAGE AND INTENSITY BY LATE MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON
ALONG/AHEAD OF COLD FRONT FROM CNTRL KY/MIDDLE TN SWD INTO AL AS
STRONGER FORCING/HEIGHT FALLS ASSOCIATED WITH SECONDARY VORTICITY
MAXIMUM ACT ON DESTABILIZING AIR MASS.
GIVEN THE STEEP LAPSE RATES/MODERATE INSTABILITY AND DEEP-LAYER
SHEAR RANGING FROM 30-40 KT INVOF SURFACE LOW OVER KY TO 50-65 KT
INTO MS/AL/GA…ENVIRONMENT WILL BE QUITE SUPPORTIVE OF EMBEDDED
SUPERCELL STRUCTURES CAPABLE OF VERY LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS.
CURRENTLY…IT APPEARS THAT THE GREATEST TORNADO THREAT WILL EXIST
ACROSS MIDDLE/ERN TN INTO NRN PARTS OF AL/GA AND PERHAPS AS FAR E AS
WRN SC FRIDAY AFTERNOON INTO EVENING. HERE…REINTENSIFICATION OF A
SWLY LLJ WILL OCCUR IN RESPONSE TO ABOVE-MENTIONED…SECONDARY
VORTICITY MAXIMUM RESULTING IN NOTABLY STRONGER LOW-LEVEL SHEAR
/I.E. 0-1 KM SHEAR APPROACHING 30-35 KT/. SHOULD FUTURE NUMERICAL
GUIDANCE AND OBSERVATIONAL DATA CONTINUE TO SUGGEST A SIMILAR
THREAT…A MODERATE RISK MAY BE REQUIRED IN SUBSEQUENT DAY ONE
PRE-FRONTAL CLUSTERS/BANDS OF SEVERE STORMS WILL CONTINUE FRIDAY
NIGHT EWD THROUGH THE CNTRL/SRN APPALACHIANS AND PIEDMONT…
EVENTUALLY INTO THE COASTAL PLAINS. WHILE INSTABILITY WILL TEND TO
DIMINISH WITH TIME…A STRONGLY SHEARED KINEMATIC ENVIRONMENT WILL
CONTINUE TO FAVOR EMBEDDED SUPERCELL AND/OR BOWING STRUCTURES WILL
THE THREAT FOR DAMAGING WINDS…HAIL AND PERHAPS TORNADOES.