On This Date in History: Its raining cats and Frog Eggs? On this date in 2003, hurricane Isabel moved up the New England coast. It had strong winds and very heavy rain. In Berlin, Connecticut, there were reports of it raining frog eggs. Investigators confirmed the occurrence. Trouble is, frogs don’t lay eggs in Connecticut at that time of year. The scientists best guess is that the storm picked up the eggs upon landfall in North Carolina and carried them 500 miles to the Nutmeg State. No word on what “expert” you are to call if you have frog eggs falling from the sky; biologist, meteorologist or frog chef.
Jim Is Dead On this date in 1881, President James Garfield died. He was shot a few months earlier by a disgruntled (love that adjective) supporter who had hoped for a good patronage position with the new President. So, he got mad and shot the President at a Washington train station on July 2, just 4 months after Garfield inauguration. The bullet lodged near the Presidents spine and he eventually got weak and died. Today, many medical professionals suggest that had he been up and gaining strength, he would have lived with the bullet in his body. If McCoy had been there, he might have said, “you’re dead, Jim.”
Nyet on Mickey On this date in 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was locked out of the Magic Kingdom. Khrushchev was on his extended tour of the United States prior to a high level meeting with President Eisenhower. The authorities decided that a Khrushchev visit to Disneyland would attract large crowds and they couldn’t guarantee his safety so he was barred from visiting Goofy, though he had met Shirley MacLaine earlier in the day. Naturally, Khrushchev saw it as a capitalistic plot against his fun and was quoted to have said, “And I say, I would very much like to go and see Disneyland. But then, we cannot guarantee your security, they say. Then what must I do? Commit suicide? What is it? Is there an epidemic of cholera there or something? Or have gangsters taken hold of the place that can destroy me?”
Weather Bottom Line: I just did a quick look-see at the data. I have to usher at church this morning and I have my fantasy football to attend to. We got our rain this morning but it wasn’t as dramatic as the GFS was advertising, for most people. The National Weather Service is putting out a map that says 24 hour rainfall through this morning. But, it doesn’t specify what day or through what time. Assuming that the map was indeed updated, The GFS had said over 2 inches between 4am and 10 am for Standiford Field. Well, it would appear that the airport got less than an inch and Bowman got something like a bit over 3/4″ of an inch, which is what I had at my house and my sunflowers are happier for it.
But, the map indicates some cooperative stations received between 2 and 3 inches in Bullitt and Shelby counties. So, one might say that the GFS had a better handle than the NAM. With that in mind, the GFS wants to take the big trof with a huge shortwave coming down and retrograde it somewhat to the Rocky Mountains. The NAM is similar. It’s like its a cut-off low. Now, this pattern would suggest that we will have a pattern to support somewhat unstable conditions for a few days so a threat of rain would be in the offing. Perhaps higher on Monday than the rest of the week provided that the wrap around from the low moving to the northeast on Sunday is pokey enough. Now, the Canadian model wants to have that trof move out toward the middle part of the week and the GFS wants to move it out toward the end of the week. That would tend to move the much cooler and drier air into the region then. It makes some sense and so I suspect that at some point over the next 7 days, we will get that cooler air that was being hinted at for the first part of the week…just shifting it out a few days. The only wrinkle would be if that trof out west simply lifts north. But, this time of the year we start becoming more active and I would expect that the trof will be moving. The question is when. So the bottom line is to expect passing rain or t’storms today. It may be interesting to see what happens as a warm front comes through and then the parent low. Yesterday, the SPC had a 5% chance for severe weather here and today they got ride of that. Nothing has really changed to get rid of the 5% and that’s probably a pretty decent assessment. Other than that, expect periods of cloudiness for the next few days. Temperatures will be held down in the afternoon and there will be a threat of scattered showers and storms. I will be humid so I wouldn’t think that the overnight lows will be all that cool. Then toward the end of the week, a front comes through and increases rain chances again followed by much cooler air.