Did you see the light?

It’s getting really late, but I’m so excited I wanted to post an image. I saw my first Aurora Borealis / Northern Light tonight! No “Aurora chasing” trip into Canada without seeing anything . No, the Northern Light came all the way down to Maine right near our house: Not the most spectacular presentation, but nonetheless a dream come true :-)

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NOAA NWS – Experimental Graphical Forecasts

Air travel tomorrow made me look closer at the weather conditions in the Southern US. After going through some of my bookmarks, I discovered the CONUS Area Experimental Graphical Forecast from NOAA – NWS. This may be online for a while already without my knowledge (disadvantage of direct bookmarks and watching the weather channel), but this is top of the line weather viewing, imo. Click on one of the national areas to load a regional map, hover over the table on the left and instantly the data appears on the map. Scroll vertically through the table and you get everything for a time slot. Horizontal scrolling shows you trends. All of them for the next 5 days, including (!) wind speed & direction + wave height forecasts. A straightforward detailed 5 day US marine forecast has been on my request list for so long, it makes me jump up and down in my chair. Thank you NWS! Hopefully they get lots of positive feedback. I’d like this thing to stay around ;)

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Better keep warm in the NE

Tomorrow morning we’re going back to -10F (-23C) with a real feel of -27F (-33C). I think we’ll just stay inside ;) I cross my fingers that the building doesn’t run out of heating oil again the way it did last week! You may have noticed I said there has been no snow. Well, the weatherman said last night we only had 0.5″ this January compared to over 12″ on average. Small difference. Maybe king winter still packs a big punch, but right now the lack of snow is a problem for the winter sports.

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Arctic temperatures?

So, I walk to the car last Friday, thinking “it sure is nippy this morning!!” Inside the car I stare at a can of Mountain Dew left overnight in the cup holder – ready to explode. It expanded every possible mm, bulging 10mm at the top & 15mm at the bottom. Wow! It must really be cold. I fire up the engine, look at the overhead display and it’s a whopping -24C (-12F) !! This morning it’s “milder” with only -11C (13F) – Right! ;) – But, get this: Thursday & Friday we are looking at daytime high temperatures of -20C (-4F)! Yes, daytime high. Somebody left the door open at the North Pole. Better keep warm!

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Single digit temperatures ahead!

It’s 15F outside! Talk about a sudden drop in temperature :) The forecast reads 11F (-12C) tomorrow morning with a real feel of -4F (-20C). Not too bad. But, get this: on Mount Washington, NH it is currently -12F (-24C) with a real feel of -50F (-46C) because there’s 68 to 81 MPH (109 to 120 km/h) winds! I can’t imagine how cold that is But it does remind me of the movie The Endurance. British explorer Sir Shackleton and his crew survived for nearly 2 years through such unimaginable circumstances during their expedition to the South Pole on which they departed in 1914. It really gives a new meaning to exploring & adventure. Forget reality TV & survivor shows, 2 years on Antarctica that’s survival!

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No snow = 6th time on record

From the weather forecast: this year is the 6th time on record that there has been no snow yet. There is still hope as long as we’re not going for #1 this winter (hum hum), but eh, why o why is it that when we go somewhere there are these weather extremes or abnormalities in some form or another? Like the heat-wave that broke all records in Europe past summer – without air-conditioning! And before that the … ;) [ Can’t be coincidence! But then other people have this too so it must be conspiracy! ] … let it snow … let it snow … let it snow …

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