On This Date in History: Everyone should know that today my two cats, Nit and Wit, turned 14 today and that the day marks the 201st anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. In years past, this would have been a holiday but Congress decided that we had too many holidays and so when they decided to give everyone the day off for Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday, they felt like that they had to eliminate one. So, they took Abe’s birthday and General Washington’s birthday of February 22nd and combined them to form President’s day which falls between Abe’s and George’s birthdays. But, February 12th not only marks Abe’s birthday and Nit and Wit’s birthday, but also a couple of other notables were born on this date.
President Clinton got a rebirth of sorts on this date in 1999 and again this year. The former president is recovering very nicely after going home on February 12, 2010 following a scare. On the previous day, he was rushed to the hospital after suffering from chest pains. Doctors discovered a heart problem and quickly inserted a couple of stints. Everyone keeps saying that our healthcare system needs to be fixed but, the fact that this procedure is relatively routine and Mr. Clinton went home the next day illustrates that the health care in this country is top shelf. It’s the payment system that has flaws. Anyway, it’s hard to say if Mr. Clinton is more grateful today or on this date in 1999, when his impeachment proceedings ended in an acquittal following a Senate trial and subsequent acquittal. Remember, impeachment is the charge, not removal from office and, like Andrew Johnson before him, President Clinton lived to fight another day in the White House, much as he is doing now as a goodwill ambassador teaming with George W. Bush to help bring relief to Haiti.
On this date in 1934, basketball great Bill Russell was born in Monroe,Louisiana. Bill Russell played for the Boston Celtics for 13 years and won 11 championships. He even won as player-coach. He was a 5 time league MVP. He is credited with changing the game with his defense so his offensive statistics,while impressive, will not be found at the top of too many all-time categories. The league did not count blocked shots when he played but there is little doubt that, if they had, he very well may have been the all-time leader, even today. His defense was so great that he was able to be more than a match for the great Wilt Chamberlain. But, a little recognized fact regarding Russell is that he was not the number one pick in the NBA draft. The Rochester Royals had the first pick but chose another player because the owner wouldn’t pay the $25,000 signing bonus that Russell was demanding. Boston’s pick was way down the list so they traded two very good players to the St. Louis Hawks for the second draft pick. The Hawks went on to win the NBA championship that year but they handed the Celtics a dynasty that would last more than a decade.
Then there is an old favorite, Ben Cartwright. He was the patriarch of the family that featured 3 sons from different mothers. When Adam left to travel the world, a hired hand took his place, Candy. Of course this is all fiction as I”m speaking of the TV show Bonanza that aired on NBC from 1959 to 1973. If I recall, Bonanza was promoted heavily because,in the early days, it was one of (if not the first) prime time show in color and NBC wanted to promote NBC color in conjunction with its new peacock symbol. Canadian born actor Lorne Greene was born on this date in 1915 and, while his character was ficticious, Greene said that he based the character on a real person: his father.
While Greene was a star in Earthquake with Chuck Heston and later starred in Battlestar Galactica, which was a far stretch from his days roaming about the Ponderosa, it was a vehicle to introduce him to a whole new generation of young Ameircans. Personally, I always liked the way that he, Hoss, Little Joe, Adam and later Candy always seemed to be in Virginia City bailing out Sheriff Roy Coffee, whom I think is tied with Sheriff Micah Torrance of Northfork as the worst sheriff in the old west. In Micah’s case, it was always Lucas McCain who was coming to the rescue. Where would Micah be without “Lucas-boy” or Virginia City be without the Cartwrights? Where would America be without “Pa” who lived in our living rooms as the stern but kind, Ben Cartwright on Bonanza.
Weather Bottom Line: We are going to get snow. The question is how much? That’s a good question. I’ve seen on TV anywhere from 2 inches to 8 inches. I would say that the former is more likely than the latter but the truth will probably be somewhere in between. Now, I must say, I don’t see how we did it, but we nudged to 33 for a few minutes on Friday. The sun should be absent on Saturday and Sunday and Monday so I don’t see how we get above freezing on those days, but like before, if we do it won’t be by much or for long. Early Saturday morning there may be some light snow showers or flurries. No big deal but it may be enough in some areas to create some slick spots Saturday morning.
Now, this next guy is a little clipper system. Typically, an “Alberta Clipper” is an area of low pressure that forms in Alberta, Canada and then moves pretty quickly down through the flow. It usually moves quickly and since it originates over the land, doesn’t have a huge amount of moisture to work with. The heaviest snow associated with a clipper is in a relatively narrow band just to the left of the track of the low. So, the trick will be the track. There are no models that take this low north of Louisville so that is why I know we will get some snow. But, if it tracks too far south, then we get a little. If it comes just right, then we get heavier snow. There is no way to know for certain. Some models want to have the narrow band of 4-6 inch totals down around E-town. Others put it over Louisville. I’ve seen some try to bring up to 8 inches by the time this is all over with on Tuesday or early Wednesday but its tough to get that much snow out of a system like this.
The idea for the bigger totals would be an inch on Saturday, 1-2 inches on Sunday and 4-6 on Monday. I say nonsense to that. We will probably get well below an inch on Saturday and the snow doesn’t get going again with the clipper until Sunday night. I would think the most anyone gets would be 3-4 inches on Monday with perhaps a total of an inch for Monday night through Tuesday into Wednesday morning in the form of snow showers or flurries. I don’t see how we get above freezing again until Thursday in advance of another system that may bring some messy rain/ice/snow for the end of next week. But, we’ll deal with that later.