On This Date In History:Hernando De Soto was promised the governorship of Florida by the King of Spain if he explored and settled the land at De Soto’s expense. No one else had ever been successful doing it but De Soto gave it a try. Now, the Spanish were pretty lousy at foraging for food and so if the Indians didn’t give them any, then they went hungry. In 1539, De Soto landed near Tampa Bay with 622 men and other supplies, including 13 Spanish hogs. They were going to breed the hogs along the way and use them for food in case of emergency. Pigs are also great snake killers so they may have served a duel purpose. Even though the men got hungry, De Soto refused to allow the pigs slaughter, forcing the men to even eat the dogs before they touched the pigs, which grew in number to 300. On This date in 1541, De Soto crossed the Mississippi River with his pigs. He was the first white man to see the “Big Muddy” but he found no treasure. So he returned back across the river, pigs in tow, much disheartened. By 1542, De Soto died. He probably got malaria around the swamps of the river that he discovered. The pig herd had grown to over 700 and with their benefactor six feet under, they were quickly auctioned off. However, many Spanish pigs escaped and mated with the wild pigs native to the land. The result may have been this:
This boy in Alabama in May 2007 shot this wild pig of over 1000 pounds measuring over 9 feet from snoot to tail. The boy used a .50 caliber pistol! The Spanish pigs are characterized as small range pigs with prick ears, heavy coats and long snouts. This “Monster Pig” or “Hogzilla II” has some of those characteristics. Here is more about it:
On This Date in 1886 A new and exciting drink was sold in Atlanta, Georgia. It was made with Coca, which is the derivative of cocaine. It proved quite popular. It is known as Coca-Cola but the formula was changed long ago. I’m just not sure when the slogan “have a coke and a smile” was coined….perhaps shortly after the first one was sold!
Keep in mind that the effects and ramifications of cocaine had yet to be revealed. As time went on, company began decreasing the amount of coca derived ingredients that were in the drink but not all the way. They were determined to keep enough in because the name was derived from the incredients of the coca and elements of the Kola nut. By the turn of the century it was down to about 1/400th of the drink and by 1929, it was completely out of the drink. But,when John Stith Pemberton first invented, the properties of the coca plant were quite exciting. It had been learned that natives of Peru for centuries had chewed it and it seemed to aid digestion, extend life and act as a stimulant. When it was turned into cocaine, it was seen as a wonder drug. Cocaine and opiates were common remedies for such routine conditions such as insomnia and toothaches. You could even get mail order coca wine from Sears! But, when the social problems associated with such rememdies became apparent, Congress in 1906 passed the Pure Food and Drug act and the door to the corner drugstore was partially closed.
Weather Bottom Line: The sun broke out Thursday late and the temperatures moved higher. It was a pleasant afternoon. A wave will be running up along a stalled front that will bring a chance of rain early Friday. There is some different views from the models with the GFS hinting at some potential strong storms but I doubt that will be the case given the timing. So, I’d just plan on morning rain Friday. That guy moves along and then another chance of rain comes along as a warm front approaches late Friday. The cold front comes through behind it and clears by early afternoon on Saturday. Now, the vertical profile parameters from the GFS go bananas on Friday evening. That’s not too unusual as it tends to be pretty aggressive. But, while its not as enthusiastic, the OOZ NAM kinda goes along with it with some pretty strong veering and elevated capes as well as a fairly decent SWEAT index among other things. While the SPC has the severe risk for us from Friday morning to Saturday morning just southwest of our area, do not be surprised to find that they change might change that risk area during the day on Friday. From my chair, it seems like a fair bet for at least some interesting storms Friday night. The rain should end around midday on Saturday. We end up in the low 70’s on Saturday afternoon and somewhat cooler on Mother’s Day.
DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1233 PM CDT THU MAY 07 2009
VALID 081200Z – 091200Z
…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM OK AND VICINITY EWD INTO
THE MID MS/TN VALLEYS…
…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS ERN PORTIONS OF NC/SERN
BROAD CYCLONIC FLOW AT MID-LEVELS WILL PREVAIL ACROSS THE CONUS THIS
PERIOD…WITH SEVERAL SMALLER-SCALE FEATURES MOVING THROUGH THE
FAST/GENERALLY WLY FLOW. THE STRONGEST FEATURE — MOVING ACROSS THE
N CENTRAL CONUS — WILL DRIVE CYCLOGENESIS OVER THE UPPER MIDWEST.
ELSEWHERE…A SURFACE LOW WILL LINGER OVER TX…WITH A BAROCLINIC
ZONE EXTENDING NEWD TOWARD THE MID MS VALLEY REGION THROUGH THE
…OK AND VICINITY EWD INTO THE MID MS/TN VALLEY REGION…
ONE OR MORE MCS WILL LIKELY BE ONGOING AT THE START OF THE PERIOD
ACROSS PARTS OF KS/OK AND THE OZARKS — WHICH SHOULD PERSIST/SHIFT
EWD THROUGH THE DAY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE VEERING/EWD-MOVING
LOW-LEVEL JET. WITH SOME DESTABILIZATION OF THE MOIST LOW-LEVEL
AIRMASS THROUGH THE DAY AND WITH FAVORABLE SHEAR ACROSS THIS
REGION…THREAT FOR HAIL AND/OR LOCALLY-DAMAGING WINDS WILL LIKELY
ACCOMPANY BOTH THE ONGOING STORMS AND ANY CONVECTIVE REDEVELOPMENT
NEAR ASSOCIATED CONVECTIVE BOUNDARIES.
FARTHER W DURING THE AFTERNOON…DAYTIME HEATING OF THE MOIST
BOUNDARY LAYER BENEATH A PLUME OF VERY STEEP MID-LEVEL LAPSE RATES
WILL RESULT IN VERY STRONG DESTABILIZATION FROM ERN OK SWD INTO NERN
TX…NEAR AND S OF A WARM FRONT EXTENDING FROM A NW TX SURFACE LOW
ENEWD ACROSS OK. ISOLATED STORMS MAY DEVELOP WITHIN THE WARM SECTOR
DURING THE AFTERNOON — BOTH NEAR THE WARM FRONT AND POSSIBLY INVOF
LEFT-OVER CONVECTIVE BOUNDARIES. HOWEVER…THE LACK OF AN
APPRECIABLE FEATURE ALOFT SUGGESTS THAT CAPPING SHOULD GENERALLY
HINDER CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT — ESPECIALLY S OF THE RED RIVER.
WITH MODERATE/VEERING FLOW ACROSS THIS REGION…SHEAR WILL SUPPORT
SUPERCELLS — AIDED IN INTENSITY BY THE STRONG INSTABILITY. THUS —
VERY LARGE HAIL WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH ANY STORM WHICH CAN DEVELOP
DURING THE AFTERNOON…ALONG WITH LOCALLY-DAMAGING WINDS.
OVERNIGHT…AN INTENSIFYING LOW-LEVEL JET AND RESULTING INCREASE IN
WARM ADVECTION WILL FUEL MUCH MORE WIDESPREAD — BUT LIKELY SLIGHTLY
ELEVATED — STORM DEVELOPMENT ACROSS OK. DEGREE OF INSTABILITY AND
AMPLE SHEAR WILL SUPPORT A CONTINUED SEVERE THREAT THROUGH THE
EVENING AND INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS…WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING
WINDS REMAINING THE PRIMARY SEVERE THREATS. WITH MAIN SEVERE
POTENTIAL LIKELY TO BE SLIGHTLY-ELEVATED AND AFTER DARK…IT APPEARS
THAT SEVERE POTENTIAL WILL REMAIN BELOW MODERATE RISK THRESHOLDS.
…CAROLINAS/VA AND VICINITY…
A SERIES OF SMALL SHORT-WAVE TROUGHS MOVING THROUGH FAST WLY
MID-LEVEL FLOW FIELD WILL RESULT IN ANOTHER DAY OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS VA AND THE CAROLINAS AND VICINITY. GIVEN
FAVORABLY-SHEARED/VEERING FLOW WITH HEIGHT AND MODEST
INSTABILITY…THREAT FOR HAIL/DAMAGING WINDS AND PERHAPS AN ISOLATED
TORNADO OR TWO DURING THE AFTERNOON IS EVIDENT — PARTICULARLY
ACROSS VA/NC AHEAD OF A FEATURE MOVING INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION
LATE IN THE DAY.
A STRONG MID-LEVEL TROUGH CROSSING THE NRN PLAINS WILL SUPPORT
SURFACE CYCLOGENESIS/FRONTOGENESIS OVER THE MID MO VALLEY
REGION…WITH THIS SYSTEM THEN SHIFTING ACROSS THE MIDWEST/OH
VALLEY/UPPER GREAT LAKES REGION THROUGH THE END OF THE PERIOD.
WHILE STRENGTHENING MID-LEVEL FLOW WILL RESULT IN DEEP-LAYER SHEAR
BECOMING INCREASINGLY-FAVORABLE FOR SUSTAINING ORGANIZED/SEVERE
CONVECTION…GENERALLY-LIMITED INSTABILITY IS FORECAST ACROSS THE
WARM SECTOR /MIXED-LAYER CAPE GENERALLY NEAR 500 J/KG/. EXPECT
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP DURING THE
AFTERNOON NEAR AND AHEAD OF THE DEVELOPING LOW/FRONT. GIVEN THE
DEGREE OF SHEAR…A FEW SEVERE STORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HAIL AND
LOCALLY-DAMAGING WINDS WILL LIKELY EVOLVE…BEFORE AN OVERALL
DECREASE IN CONVECTIVE COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THROUGH THE EVENING.