SE LA obs Jan 3 2012... Short-lived arctic chill...

By: DocNDswamp , 4:47 PM GMT on November 11, 2011

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(No comprehensive update or review of 2011 stats yet, but needed to change the header to "something" more recent... which of course will be outdated soon, lol... As usual, updated info can be found within comments section)...

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Wed Jan 4 2012, SE LA Wx...

Expected warm up underway today with incr SE winds / humidity / dewpoints... Big contrast from yesterday when had amazingly low dewpoints across SE LA down to single digits many locations - one of the lowest was Slidell, had 2F dewpoint temp at 1 PM! Cold remained entrenched overnight, clear skies / light to calm winds, good radiational cooling lead to my 3rd light freeze of season and 10th frost, which was very thick... Temps fell quickly after sunset, this morn KHUM was colder showing a 28.4F low (but is really a range between 28.4F to 30.2F since it only reads whole degrees celsius), while my home thermo refused to drop below 31.5F, which I am certain can be attributed to massive urbanization / land-use change / habitat destruction surrounding my Bayou Cane, LA location above Houma...

Rather than compare to KHUM airport, a better comparison of this drastic temp difference is between readings at our Gray LA location, just 6-7 miles N of Bayou Cane, and to this point is still a truly rural setting in North Terrebonne (but not for long!)... Prior to excessive development in Bayou Cane, these two locations physical topography, lay of the land with mix of woods / adjacent open fields and no immediate proximity to a waterbody were identical... Last night was a good example of distinct changes that have been wrought - by the time I left there at 9 PM the Gray thermo was already trending below 30F, frost had begun covering the roof of the car and house, ice forming... Drove home within 10 minutes to find my home thermo at 39F - a full 10F higher - no signs of frost and it clearly FELT warmer regardless of whatever might nit-pick over the two thermometers accuracy!

In that matter, I'm certain the Gray thermo has a cold bias of 2-3 degrees - this morns low showed 24F - but accounting for that still reveals it's become several degrees warmer where development is altering the microscale local climate to a warmer state... It's often more noticeable on Winter nights under such conditions of calm winds / ideal radiational cooling than like wx conditions we had the previous night / morning before (Tue 3rd) - with widespread CAA and mod strong NLY winds mixing the boundary layer more homogeneously over the area and the lowest temp on both thermometers read near 30F yesterday... Nothing new of course, we've KNOWN the UHI impact for decades, guess my point is just that it's now GROWN to alter MY LOCATION noticeably over the very short timescale of a decade or two... So much for UHI being an "island", as fast as human footprint is expanding a better descriptive is needed to reflect today's reality...


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Tue Jan 3 2012 greetings,

Nice seasonally cold early January day under severe-clear skies, as dome of arctic high pressure edges across our region - noted climbed to 30.61" for highest sfc pressure reading *this year*, lol... Daytime temps slow rising, now into mid-40's at noon hr...

Overnight temps were slow to fall off as the initial cold air advection with this system was rather weak by "arctic" standards, but did fall to 30.6F low on my Bayou Cane home thermo to declare my 2nd freeze of season, albeit brief duration of about 2 hrs, not enough time for ice to form in my buckets... Seems a secondary surge of cold air got here near sunrise as I reached my low after 7 AM, much like Slidell hit their low of 25F then... Of course had another "WTF? / WUWT?" moment viewing KHUM airport readings which showed it, sigh, once again, bottoming out at an even 32.0F... Thanks, but no thanks, I prefer more precise reading than the span of a whole degree celsius - will assume might have shown a 30F reading had they dropped to -1.0C / 30.2F... But such is the case with the only weather station in Houma being "not up to NWS standards", or as described here at WU - "Averages and records for this station are not official NWS values", besides having frequently sporadic reportage issues...

N winds also held the temps up overnight and that combined with very dry airmass eliminated any frost chances... May be some tomorrow morn and low temps should be close to today's as Freeze Warnings remain in effect, "might" have better rad cooling here "if" E / SE winds don't kick up with the sfc high sliding EWD... Forecasting the low temp tonight is a crap shoot and very location dependent over SE LA, as I'd agree with KLIX NWS assessment in this morn's discussion on factors - "THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT...PROXIMITY TO WATER...AND LOCAL WINDS WILL CREATE QUITE A RANGE OF LOWS...SO THE DURATION OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES OVER A 20 MILE AREA COULD RANGE FROM 6 HOURS TO NONE."

We shall see and regardless, the moderating return flow warming trend will be underway tomorrow, some chance of shwrs Fri-Sat with next feature coming across...

Work calls, hey it's too clear / sunny to be inside... ;)
G'day!


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SE LA obs Dec 7 2011, coldest wx yet on 70th anniversary Pearl Harbor...

Wed Dec 7 2011... Cold, with Freeze Warnings...

70th anniversary Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
...a scant dozen years before I's born, us post-WWII baby-boomers are getting old!

Cold weather arrived / well-entrenched across our region... Actually the outlook mentioned last Friday - with couple days of highs struggling to get outta the 40's / widespread freezing across TX by this morn - appears close... Here yesterday, temp fell from 50's at midnight, stayed into 40's, windy and raw with cold rain shwrs / drzl, nasty overcast / overrunning conditions... And about par for course, minimal rain amts near 3/10ths" locally... (Sat: .02", Sun: none, Mon: .13", Tue: .28")...

Dipped to 37 between 8-9 AM at KHUM with clearing skies / strong but shallow-layered arctic CAA underway, slow rising into 40's now, might touch L 50's... but expecting a fast fall-off tonight, feeling a high confidence will see 1st actual light freeze tomorrow morn for coldest yet, mod-hard farther N portions... Earlier KLIX forecast had that low pegged at 35F (still saying that on TWC), latest from KLIX NWS now forecasting "low 30's" for Houma - Bayou Cane and I'll predict lower, expect to see near 29-30F at KHUM and my home thermo, and a colder temp reading would be less surprise than warmer... possibly with another frost, wind-moisture dependent - have observed 5 frosts so far this season... Unlike KLIX, KLCH forecasters are on the ball in posting hard and light freeze warnings across the SW / S Cen LA area...

Nice cool stretch of below avg temps ahead, reinforcing shot Fri, slow moderating warm-up into next week... and milder pattern might prevail going into Christmas... But overall, think December temps here likely to avg near normal, with equal chance of being slightly below or above... Rainfall amts? LOL...

Local November 2011 rainfall continued the overall dry trend - amts from 1.3" to near 1 3/4" from my 2 locations yielded about 3" deficit of the 4.55" November mean... Year to Date amts still running near 10" deficit locally... while Nov temps averaged within 1 degree range of normal.


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SE LA obs 11-11-11 - 1st Frost...

Fri Nov 11 2011 - Happy TGIF and cool wx Veterans Day greetings...

Hello!
Yeah, been a while... sorry to close the last blog abruptly but duties called, and remain far too busy to blog much, so just popping in to add a note or two here on our triple numeral date "11-11-11", Veterans Day... Nope, nothing much to report lately in local weather other than been stable, cool and nice, no earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, blizzardcanes, or subtropical storms here, and hardly any rainfall (no surprise), however that may change as slightly better rain chances appear possible over next week or so, and temps trend warmer...

Like it's been most of year, still well-entrenched in long-term drought conditions that quickly resumed as TS Lee departed early September... In fact, our typically dry October was even farther below average as only had a single rain day entire month when 1/4" to half inch amt fell locally on Oct 28 (.39" home gauge)... Probably one of the top 5 driest on record, but who knows since official records are no longer being maintained for Houma... So we're still sharing the regional dry misery with Texas and likely will continue for some time given the unfavorable long-term climate influences causing this - the warm AMO / cool PDO again combining with returning La Nina, although some short-term relief is possible for our region... Not an encouraging outlook ahead is it? IMHO, I see plenty evidence this pattern has more than less ruled since the AMO switched to it's warm phase in the 90's in how it's affected the usually wet immediate N Gulf coast region... Sadly, our pecan trees suffered badly from 2011's terrible drought as nearly all failed to produce any viable nuts (and now reflected at the grocery with bags selling near 10 bucks a pound!)... Lot of veggie crops were miserable failures, although have managed to get some local citrus - a bit smaller but still delicious satsumas and naval oranges... Only got a few of our Tamopan persimmons after discovering an unusual scoundrel was rapidly stealing them - nope, not the typical raccoon, deer, possom or birds might expect, but of all things never thought I'd see - a dang coyote! Guess he wanted something sweet to go with the rabbits, the coyote was able to climb a low limb to reach fruit above, unreal... Harvested the remaining dozen or less early before he cleaned 'em all! LOL, next year gonna hang water-filled orange balloons from the branches to thwart him... or offer him same fate as da cottonmouths got...!

On the bright side, temps have been very pleasant as Fall wx set in early this year - temperature data from CPC shows SE LA being 3-5 degrees cooler than average for both Sep / Oct... Notably on Oct 20 - and very early for such - Houma KHUM airport recorded 39F low and actually saw evidence of frost trying to form on a few roofs (not enough to call) that morn, certainly colder locations on the Northshore had frost that early date (with today likely being their 3rd)... The cool trend has continued into November up to this point - up to 5-9 degrees colder than typical across SE LA, although milder / more moist wx pattern appears developing, perhaps into Thanksgiving week if to believe recent GFS runs keeping colder air bottled up north...

Anyhow, was a beautiful Winter-like feel and view this "11-11-11" morn as confirmed our 1st widespread frost of season, rather light-moderate in crystal growth / thickness but full coverage... Low temp at Houma's KHUM fell to 32F (37F at home) for coldest yet, while some colder stations above also recorded their 1st light freeze (i.e. - 30 @ Slidell, 29 @ Tallulah in NE LA)... Alas, upper trough lifting out (and ripping STS / TS Sean out away from Bermuda), milder ridging to rebuild some as moderating zonal flow pattern takes hold...

Gotta run...
Happy TGIF and in honor of all our armed forces vets, a big Thank you!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOC, guess I have been hanging out on FB too much. Hope you have a very special fun day.
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Happy Birthday Doc! Hope you have a great one. Been a good weekend for me so far. Partied like I was 20 and am still alive so I guess there's something to be said for that. :)
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Good morning to you my Leo/Snake/Bro!!!

and a Happy Happy Birthday to you today!!!!


Wasn't it just yesterday we were discussing how we turned "double nickles" and now we are turning 59!
YIKES, We are aging!!!
But you always get to give the new age a 7 day test drive before I have to face it next Sunday!

What ever you are doing today I hope it is something fun!!!!


Happy Birthday!!!


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LOL.
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Aren't you glad you didn't try to analyze Debbie's track? lmao
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Hello my Leo/Snake/Bro!!!

I understand life gets so busy sometimes we don't have time for WU computer fun..
But just wanted to stop by anyway and say Hello.

I know you will come back soon.. the GOM is heating up!!!

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PS. da crab is back, you and sub still missing from the band :)
Jam session at at Aubie's on June 1st
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DooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooC!!!

Finn collapses from screaming and the shock of this early season start...

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Hello Doc my old Leo/Snake/Bro!!!!

WOW I have not been here in many months..
My life has been crazy lately!!!
but that is not news to anyone around here.

Hope you are having a really nice spring.

Just wanted to pop in here and wish you a

Happy St Patti's Day!!!!

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St Patricks Day Graphics
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Hi DocNDswamp,
Good to see you at DocM's every now and then. Hope life's treating you well.

:)
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Okay, back for a sec...

Hiya Skye, great to "see ya"!
Weather appears will cooperate thru tomorrow, but yeah, Saturday was a wet one here - when viewed larger scale, could see the draw off E Pac tropical feed linked somewhat with the deep ULL / SW flow aloft around our broad Carib ridge, lol, almost El Nino like!... Still waaay behind in rainfall, TX and W LA has been getting more - kinda like yours, rain had been drying up as reached here to mere drzl / light stuff, enough to make weeds / grass grow.. No doubt, our trees / subsurface soils badly needed a hvy rain... And wow, what a super progressive / zonal pattern we've been in for some time!

EDIT / PS - Skye you'd have loved that Reunion jam party, in fact could have used your talents as 'bout the only instrument we haven't had yet was a flute player!

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Yo Pat,
Yeah, the Houma E side parades were lost to the rain Sat aftn, but were run on Sunday here on west side instead along with regularly scheduled other ones - LOL, yesterday was a long day of maybe 6-7 hrs of constant parades... so, we haven't lost any parades completely to the weather, all good!

Hey man, that's awesome to hear your lil guy's jamming with Walter Wolfman Washington, know well who ya referring to! Yeah, I bet Jr's indeed having blast!

Let 'er rip, les bon temps roule, lol!
;)
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Mardi Gras is Tuesday, the rains had the Saturday Parades postponed, save for Endymion that rolled at 5:30 pm Saturday after the Squall line moved thru.





Thanx Doc, we have a Blast at Mr. Cottons B-day bash every year after the 3 Sunday Uptown Parades.

Jr. got to Jam again with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and is now officially his understudy too.

Have a Happy Mardi Gras down dere as well!!!!
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132. Skyepony (Mod)
Looked like some crazy weather for Mardi Gras. Was only a sprinkle here.
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And we love most every'ting local, bud, especially traditional heritage stuff dat makes Louisiana what it is!

Thanks for the report, Pat - love da pic of you and Deacon John!

Thanks for dropping by!
May you and family pass a great Mardi Gras, brother Pat!
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NOLA Mardi Gras report,,"very Local though"

MATTHEW HINTON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

Will Ferrell reigns as Bacchus XLIV for the Krewe of Bacchus parade on Napoleon Ave. in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, February 19, 2012.



Krewe of Bacchus 2012 photo's
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Happy Lundi Gras, Mon Feb 20!

Dang, a full month has passed since... since... well ya know...

Heya Miss Finn,
Hope all is well with you!
LOL, nahhh, no homemade smoked nutria yet... guess what happened? As soon as I filed a complaint with local govt over them, da nutrias flat out disappeared before wildlife control did anything! Kinda imagine they relocated back to the nearby retention pit... Ha! I told yas dem nutrias possess extrasensory perception, always one step ahead of me... Probably not the last I'll see of 'em...

Hmmm, your previous comment, oh yeah... Sure enough, we did get a decent rain on Jan 26, lol, had 1.56" amt - almost unprecedented (Texas been hogging the rain!)... THAT rainfall was our first "over one inch" amount since Sep 4th with STS Lee...

But we just got blasted with the nastiest weather day since both Jan 26 and Lee this past Saturday Feb 18th, great to alleviate the drought some, but ugly for everything else (like our annual Terrebonne Mardi Gras Reunion party that evening!)... Widespread 2-4" amts, I had 2.82" - and that's the first "over 2 inch rainfall" I've seen, once again, since STS Lee...

Oh - this might go down as the first February I have NOT recorded a single frost yet, although I did record a brief freeze a week ago, Sun Feb 12th with a 29.8F... but we'll see what happens by the Leap day 29th...

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Good thing I been busy getting work done during the dry period... I'm on my way in a bit to hook up a pump - the front section of our Gray LA property is again flooded, as always does where it can't drain off... Sad to note, particularly where I'd planted Bermuda grass seeds last month, totally underwater now! Yeah, not typical to be planting grass seed in January, and the ground temps have been bit too cold despite the warm air temps, but saw sev sprigs had come up... Sheeeesh, now being drowned! One extreme to other seems par for course, I'm use to it by now... And oh hell yeah, it's time to start cutting grass / weeds already... ;)

Funny thing with the early green-up / warm Winter - while a lotta trees / shrubs bloomed early, some of same species are still lagging behind or on near normal schedule, all depending where they're growing specifically - i.e, some Jap magnolias are just now flowering while the early bloomers already have leaves on... Same deal with swamp maples... And seeing same oddity / wide variability with azaleas - mine are just now budding on a norm time scale while a few elsewhere are full of flowers... Winter weeds / grass, forget about it - they'll grow whether it's in the teens or 70's here!

Ha!!! I did have a surprise with a sure sign of early Spring last week though - finished work after dark, came back to house to find a snake sitting on the driveway, apparently soaking up the warmth of da concrete... Was slow to move, wouldn't spook off despite me initially threatening him with a hoe and .44 magnum... Luckily (for him!) was a mere water snake, had to pick him up, toss it back toward the field he came from... Yeah, I know... ;)

Oh - that Terrebonne Mardi Gras Reunion party was a blast, despite the weather / lower attendance - at least the hvy rains ended by time it began... Started 2 years ago by classmates / friends reunited on FB, it's a super cool non-typical high school reunion as combines all classes from "around" '70-'75, and all local schools, but actually anybody is welcome... Ha! Lost my voice within 15 min trying to talk over the loud ass rock music, but I wouldn't have it any other way - heck, my strained vocal chords are so low, well, today I got my Barry White voice on... !!!

As always, the impromptu jam band was awesome with so many "sitting in" - all locals, all old friends, there's no shortage of superbly talented musicians in Houma or anywhere in South Louisiana! Playing all genres of music - Cajun Zydeco to blues / R&B / classic-hard rock well represented all night...

And good grief, I swear I had a dizzying hangover yesterday from da late night partying - despite the fact I didn't drink ANY alcohol!
Sheeeesh, can imagine how da others musta felt!
;)

But uh oh, Recuperating may hafta wait - got another parade tonight and Mardi Gras tomorrow! ... Right after I pump out a lil stretch of flooded low-lying property...

And that wraps up da Doc report for now -

Party on, Garth!!!
LOL...
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I smell smoke... making smoked nutria paté Doc? ;)
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Come on rain, come on, a little more to your East to give Doc a nice night! :D
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Hiya Shore,
Guess I took so long writing previous, I missed your post... Waving my flag / hands / paws back atcha, and I hear ya, may be a holiday, but outside workers gotta git it done regardless! Heading out too, trying beat next rain tease tomorrow...

Have a fine MLK day!
Cat yas later...
;)

EDIT / ADD - might not have read this as had posted at the end of your previous blog... but since speaking about birds, I'll repost here -

(Shoreacres blog, 112. DocNDswamp 12:36 PM CST on Tue January 10, 2012)

Saw y'all mentioned robins, and I can confirm same here, been seeing them about two weeks now also... And raptors... Saw another bird yesterday that rather surprised me when realized what it was, not so much the "what" since they are common sight here, as much the sheer size of it - in the cow pasture "next door", feeding on "something" was a HUGE bald eagle! I've seen hundreds of 'em, this was a GIANT, magnificent specimen... and since mice / snakes not out much now, and doubt he dragged a fish that far, more likely was eating another bird, perhaps targeted one of the robins... Hey, "da king" eats whatever he wants... Although I "think" the neighbor's cows are safe, if I ever see one flying thru the skies (sans tornado), I'm sure he'll be attached to an eagle!

G'day!
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Monday Jan 16, MLK remembrance day,

Weather as expected, warming with SE winds rather ripping at times 8-15 to over 20... Skies varying MC / PC / P sunny... Temp fell off to mid 40's last night, been warming thru 50's since midnight, climbing into 70's now... Rain chances back this eve / Tuesday w zonal flow cool front, brief 36 hr chill-down Wed-Thu before warm back abv avg again thru weekend, rain prospects by Fri w another weak feature passing across... The broad progressive, zonal flow defines the wx pattern thru next 7-10 day med range outlook, sans any deep trof / arctic air... more than less until perhaps last week of January, might end the month colder (or not!)... GFS does wind up a potent Winter system next week over Rockies / across the Midwest, so forth...

Mid-January Foliage Observations - saw a large Jap magnolia blooming yesterday, earlier than last two Winters but not unusual for deep SE LA - they're the first trees to flower anytime from mid-Jan thru Feb... Swamp maples continue their typical "never-stop" seasonal evolution developing pre-samara flower buds - it's typically a short period from leaf drop to reformation, would take a sustained cold Winter w cloudy days to slow this to a more dormant period, like did in 2010... Meanwhile plenty ground greenery with winter weeds like dandelions / burr clover growing, and the flowering golden ragworts ("pis-a-lees") have appeared this past week alongside canals / bayous / swamp edges to add some brilliant yellow color...

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Hello Miss Dragon-Lady-Bug,

Ahhh, ya know I considered eating dem ditch nutrias - "LOL, fresh meat on da hoof right off da porch!" - but not sure WHAT all dey been eating in da 'hood, i.e. rat poison, moth balls, etc everyone's put out trying to rid them... LOL, hasn't affected the nutria pups noticeably yet, but the meat might have, uh, "residuals"...

Thanks for da link to Wendy... I see I'm not the only one that's noticed the cat-face resemblance in owls... Dang I miss those nights fishing Lake Verret, accompanied by all dem fellow Who Dat Owls out night fishing as well... They sure raise a ruckus echoing thru the cypress when they're communicating with each other - not sure if they were saying, "Hey sweety, come fly over to my tree for a lil late-night adventure", or perhaps... "Hey y'all, dis guy's catching a boatload o' fish under the light, let's all join in"...

Often on many nights, would have 1 or 2 owls perch on the lightpole guidewire, get all rambunctious when I'd catch a fish and hold it up for their approval, kinda bragging to the owls what a great fisherman I was, lol... Then they'd show me how it's done with talons rather than tube jigs, scoop up a bigger fish than I, way over on that outer dim edge between light / darkness! So much for me trying to teach owls how to fish, lol... Yep, the sights / sounds of these magnificent birds sure add to the lovely aura of a night in da SE LA swamp!

Pass a great MLK day!
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Just trying to find some danged time to come by here and type out what I've been thinking since reading your posts! I'll just wave the flag right now, and be back tonight. Weather's too good to stay inside longer than lunch. ;)

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Don't know if you meander over to Bayou Woman's place on WP or not. If you don't, or haven't stopped by in a while, you might enjoy one of her recent posts, Who dat say who dat when I say who dat?
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Wassup, Doc?

Nutria stew on the menu shortly? There's some fine crock pot receipts running around online, iffen you're not too worried about roundworms.


OMIGOSH, Finn! I'd about forgotten that this was my year coming up. Yes'm, I'm a dragon lady. I even have the kanji inked on my right hip.

This is the first year of the water dragon since the year I was born. Hopefully, it will be a good one.
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Sun Jan 15 2012

Let the record show this morn observed 12th Frost of season, very thick with full coverage, appeared one of the heaviest yet... and I guess might say we had 6th Freeze, short duration / very light as KHUM showed low of 30.2F... However, it's another split decision to call as my home thermo dipped only to 32.2F... might have to notate it as "6th" appended with a "?" or a "*" due to the discrepancy from, yeah, a frickin' nit-picking statistical viewpoint of a few tenths degree variance... The KHUM reading (in whole degrees celsius) only indicates the low temp ranged "somewhere" between 30.2F to 32.0F... LOL, somebody let me know if ya ever see a 29F or 31F from KHUM... Truly, the hvy frost was more notable event today and did get colder than the NWS forecasted up 30's...

On that note - Experimented a bit earlier this Fall-Winter w home thermo sensor placement for best overnight exposure siting it atop my rain gauge post (open area, ~ 40" height), gives decent representation for low temp... Just for kicks this morn, moved sensor to frosted-over truck hood briefly and quickly dropped to 30F, lol... Hey, I had a solid freeze going there! But ya know such would be colder and I removed it (after about two minutes) before it hit up 20's...

Notable warm up underway under sunny skies, cool-mild temps, SLY return flow to kick in, downright breezy by MLK Monday w next chance rain (tease) by Tuesday...

And in sports, uh... Congrats to 49ers, beating our beloved Saints in a wild affair 36-32 yesterday after da black and gold made 5 too many costly turnovers in the game... Lot of credit goes to Niners strong defense but their offense made awesome plays to win too, like the last 9 seconds incredible TD! Wow what a shootout classic in final 5 minutes, back / forth with 4 touchdowns scored! Sad to be on da losing end as we finish season 14-4... Guess was just a bad week for Louisiana football, at least the Saints did put up a fight, nearly pulled off the improbable comeback, unlike that LSU embarrassment... and what the heck, football's winding down, only could have played a couple more games anyway...
;)
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Sat Jan 14th, local wx update...

Cool, sunny w streaks of thin cirrus, calm winds as sfc high dome edges across from west, pressure peaking at 30.44"... Slow moderating trend underway as should get into 60's this aftn...

On Friday, had my 4th Freeze, as home thermo recorded it's lowest of season yet at 26.4F w freezing duration of 3-4 hrs, while KHUM only dipped to 30.2F... Had no frost, although skies had mostly cleared, NW winds remained up slightly but primarily because was just too dry... The very dry air mass might also better explain why my thermo fell so low... Was a cold day, m sunny to PC with cirrus, highs mostly in up 40's, KHUM briefly touched 50F while NW winds were noticeable thru day... Dewpoints were into the teens area-wide, very dry...

Rather suspected would see role reversal between home thermo / KHUM w low temps from Friday to today, and did...

Today, recorded 5th Freeze and 11th Frost of season...
Freeze duration of 7 hrs via home thermo which fell to "only" 28.6F, while KHUM bottomed to 26.6F (via the wide-ranged celsius interpretation) which I believe is coldest they've had yet... Fairly certain the increased low level / surface layer moisture contributed to daily diff on my home thermo along with calm winds / UHI nearby... Harder to ascertain KHUM readings given it's crude range... Sure miss HUML1 station's dependable accuracy! Serves LSU right to lose to 'Bama as punishment for removing that Ag Center wx station last June! Truly was best weather station / pinpoint data Houma ever had...

Anyway, today's frost was mod thick but full coverage, was still evident in shaded areas till nearly 9 AM... Another "faux sneaux" look on this fine Winter morning... Very pleasant day ongoing weatherwise...

Swamp rat update -
Oh sure, got all the ammo / guns needed to eliminate 'em, should I decide to pull the trigger... came within split second of doing so yesterday a couple times... Even went to feed store, bought 5 lbs cracked corn to lure them into good spot to pop 'em - with relatively safe line of fire - put several piles out last night... But dammit, unlike a lotta "shoot-happy yahoos" I'm not into "murdering for sport", so as usual, been getting overcome with 2nd thoughts on killing an innocent animal just doing what comes natural, eating grass / digging burrows, all that... while I'm fully aware how extremely destructive nutrias are... Hell, wasn't their fault they were born into existence in our ditches / culverts, given that greedy "progressive" developers created this f'ing problem via the assholes-in-charge in the parish govt-planning commission that's rubber-stamping projects / avidly encouraging such callous, rampant destruction of animal habitat to occur in this fragile environment... One of two things is gonna happen, either the parish govt can come trap / remove 'em... or... if I do get frustrated enough to shoot 'em, I might... might just go drop the damn nutria bodies off at the doorsteps of the govt complex! How'd that line go? - "I'm mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore!"

Meanwhile, the neighborhood sparrows are ganged up bigtime in my yard, having a blast eating all that cracked corn today... Ha! Appears they're defending the new-found food treat, defiantly not allowing the nutrias near it... ;)

G'day!
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Hi Shore,
LOL, on those bonfire revelations... Hmmm, uhhhh, T-Doc tinks dere be lotta tru-nuff behin' da 'zagerations!

Yes, back to Winter a couple days!
Temps here actually were in mid-up 40's at midnight in the wake of the previous system, rising to near 60 before fast-moving arctic front came barreling thru... Gusty NWLY winds present and accounted for... Freeze Warnings up for tonight, should dip into up 20's again...

Been outside in the weather all morn, on "Neighborhood Nutria-Watch" since around 7AM... LOL, been staring down / sizing each other up with 2-3 of 'em, especially after I stung one earlier with the pellet pistol... Yeah, inadequate "tool" as suspected on these tough critters with thick hides / hard skulls... To paraphrase from "Jaws", uh... "we gonna need a bigger gun"! Was trying to avoid pulling out the more noticeably noisy heavier artillery, but next up - the .22 long rifle... Let's hope the task won't require a further upgrade to the even louder shotguns, or the hollowpoint armed .44 magnum or 30-06... Ha! Neighbors spoke with in agreement, encouraging whatever it takes to eliminate 'em considering how rapidly they're ripping up our lawns like miniature bulldozers...

Then again, didn't hear any neighbors offer to bail me outta jail either... Gosh, you'd think a little inadvertent collateral damage within the neighborhood, ya know - windows shattered, cars shot up, a kid or two wounded - would be worth it!
;)

Oh well, other work duties a'calling now...
Stay warm,
G'day!
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Well, weelll... lookie at you - still at 54 degrees! The front came through sometime in the night, and we're dropping now. It's 46, and we're not going to get much beyond 50, I suspect.

It's blowing right well, too. Galveston's at 32 mph with gusts to 43, from the NNW. I took down my wind chimes - they sounded like they were going to beat themselves to death.

I was reading about the levee bonfires this morning and found a really funny piece. It took about two paragraphs for me to realize it wasn't serious - by the time I finished, I almost wished it was. I think you'll enjoy it. Here's a snippet to whet your appetite:

According to Rachel "T-Girl" Fauntenot, spokesperson for the Lafourche Society for the Preservation of Cajun Traditions, "T-John" and "T-Boy" wouldn't know a bonfire from a refinery flare. I tell you for true, them Coonasses over by East Bank have got so many fires and explosions from those refineries that they have to light bonfires to make them feel at home when the plants turn down for the holidays.

;-)
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Tue Jan 10th,

Oh how familiar this is - strong looking frontal system drops hvy precip over SE TX / SW LA, then dries out in the short distance as reaches SE LA... what concentrated rain there was attached to it stayed over the Gulf coastal waters, split to the north into MS or is redeveloping to the east... Told someone yesterday aftn we'd likely see only 1/4-1/2" here and I waaay overestimated that! My tally? A barely worth mentioning .13" amt this morning... Skies are clearing currently and winds have shifted more to west, unless some wrap-around occurs (looking less probable), this will just be another tease for SE LA... January precip may be healthy over TX, but drought still reigns supreme here... LOL, congrats to Midland-Odessa becoming the Winter 2012 snow capital of the continental US!

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Hiya Shore,
Well, glad it didn't let ya down after all... and avoided the severe wx nearby, it sure concerned me as watched it shape up... Some very nice amts in area that badly needed replenishment across E TX / W LA, so overall good deal and much as was forecast modeled for over a week... To be honest, kind of satisfied I didn't get much rain yet to mess up my work schedule ahead, so for selfish reasons, a positive... On the negative side, I didn't get enough rain to slop up the field and give me a few days break from hard work, lol!!! Although I'm sure the burr clover and dandelions popping up everywhere had just enough rain to continue thriving...

Hello Finn,
Huh? No dragons???
Good thing komodos, crocs or gators don't fly and breathe fire!

As for the other two, well it appears the apocalypse came early for LSU and fans last night! Not a huge surprise that 'Bama won the championship, just hard to believe a team that was 13-0 could just fall so flat on their faces, look so inept as to totally implode in the biggest game of the season... :( Poor play, poor preparation, poor coaching, guess LSU thought they'd just cruise-control to a national championship after such an astonishing year... LOL, maybe something to this 2012 stuff, they looked unbeatable in calendar year 2011!

Was very painful / absolutely embarrassing to watch LSU stumble so horribly... Bama played 60 minutes of quality football, in solid control the whole time...
Congrats to Nick Saban and the #1 Champion Alabama Crimson Tide, well done guys!

And yet, I survived to blog another day...
;)
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Hi Doc,
Just a quick pop-in to say hi and wish you a great 2012. I have a feeling it's gonna be a good year... Chinese Dragon "enters" on the 23rd of this month and supposedly brings good things with it. However, dragons really don't exist, so maybe it's all just an illusion...

Hubby and I have been discussing 12-21-12. First we thought we'd fill a big RV with food, supplies, dogs and kids and take all kids with us and go for a two-week holiday somewhere up in the mountains like Colorado. Then we thought about it some more and decided we don't really want to live in a post apocalyptic world, so we'll just go sit on the beach and see what happens. If the Mayan calendar just ran out of space to write more, we'll come back home. If the world ends, we wont....

Watched football tonight, so sorry for LSU!
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Quick fly-by here. I'm still sitting around tapping my fingers on the desk, waiting....waiting....

We've had some showers, and some nice T&L about 1:45 a.m., but that's it. I can see the weather passing across Houston to the north, but here?
Haven't check the rain totals recently, but last I looked, it was .31". Pffffftttt....

Of course, if a choice had to be made, better the rain should fall over the watersheds. But would a couple of inches be too much to ask? At this point, apparently! ;-)

We'll see what the afternoon brings.

ADD: I got 2.77". Mall of the Mainland in Texas City got hit by a tornado, and Houston got street flooding. Quite a day!
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Mon Jan 9 2012...

More of same across SE LA this morn w abv avg warmth, SELY breeze, mixed broken deck clouds / sun as watch the real action shaping up over TX... SE TX needs the rain but severe wx warnings up and reports coming in of tstm gusts to 60 / wind damage, funnel clouds / poss tornadoes - several rotating tstms seen on radar last 2-3 hrs - and hail to 1.5" so far... also training hvy rain bands offering flood concerns... while snowing over W TX...

Slowly edging EWD as deep-layered low winds up, we'll be watching it reach S Cen / SE LA later tonight / Tuesday...

Stay safe friends!
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Sat Jan 7 2012 wx update:

Warm as temps rise into 70's after 50's low for another above avg January day, skies now m sunny / PC, WSW winds 5-12... after more dense fog overnight and a lil surprised to find the weak Cen Gulf disturbance brought .19" amt rain from lil cluster that came up after 5 AM, weakening after passed... but washed away the fog here... Next up, watching frontal boundary dropping down to stall over us or to N as lacks up support, leaving chance of spotty shwrs in place... Still on track for a more notable deluge possible Mon-Tue w nasty severe tstms then as potent closed-off mid-up low spawns a sfc low tracking into S LA... January rainfall here might actually accumulate close to normal with these low-latitude systems tracking across our region...

Nope, still don't see a Gulf blizzard shaping up yet... Might wait for February... ;)

EDIT / PS: Nutrias beware... came home last night with brand new high-velocity pellet gun, quiet enough to use in da 'hood without alarming neighbors... and it worked - was out "hunting" for them last night, none in sight! LOL... Nutrias must have developed ESP...

G'day!
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Good morning Miss Bug!

Oh I love it, "Augustus "Gus" T. McWhisker", what a fine name for your newest lil fella! Yep, knew wouldn't take him long to settle in, it's almost uncanny how quickly cats adapt to the litter box...

Don't know if will ever get to that point with Big Guy, (da road kitty formerly known affectionately as Lil Guy till he grew into big muscular cat!)... He's still up the road mostly but off on adventures "somewhere", some days don't see him, just leave food for him, but he has yet to simply walk to Mom's house so close nearby... I'm nearly certain he had an earlier trauma with coyotes on our property why he still hasn't come to the house - two of the other kitties dropped off at same period last January, the 1st batch, disappeared very fast...

And it does concern me as well, we already lost Spot's sister years ago to coyote pack... Been very busy for months now clearing out some overgrown habitat / trees destroyed by hurricanes, trying to eliminate or make less attractive some of the snake / coyote habitat... but that work is never done!

LOL, yeah, cats do know how to find us "soft-hearts" and endear themselves to us... Hmmmm, another "wow, does time fly" moment, reminds me Guy is near one year old now... Just checked my notes, he and his black-white brother (also disappeared) were the 2nd drop-offs last Jan 22nd, at probably no more than 1-2 weeks old...

Anyhow, great to hear from ya this morn, Bug... Big Guy waves a big white paw to new cousin Lil Gus!
Y'all have a fine weekend!
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Ca va, Doc.

(I can never remember the alt keystroke for that tail on the C or the whatever over the a!)

Augustus "Gus" T. McWhisker has settled right in. Took to the litter box with no further accidents after that incident the first day. Though he's still skinny as a rail, after a week of 'feeding up', he's putting on weight. His fur is getting shinier. He's no longer jumping and running, as Hubby and I come and go.

Right now, he's snoozing on my ottoman.

I think the little bugger planned all of this in advance of that cold snap. Hatched his plot to get himself ensconced inside with three hots and a cot, plus servants.
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Howdy Shore,
Yep, I'm watching next week's system a lot more than the meek, weakening lil disturbance coming across today which might bring a shwr or two... and chance scat light shwrs remain thru weekend before it arrives... Potent looking system w closed / cut-off low that deepens, slowly tracking from S TX toward TN Valley right over our region, could have our 1st severe wx outbreak with severe tstms / heaviest rain over TX-LA in some time totaling several inches by Mon-Tue... Models seem to be closer on timing (slower) and I'm sure a lot of folks here for the big BCS Championship game Mon night hope the worst is slower getting here... and looks might be all day Tuesday before it exits SE LA... Outlook appears turn colder - freeze-frost chance again, then we do it all over again the following week with another wet system over Gulf states.

I saw the TX pile-up on the news, similar to what happened last week on I-10 NOLA east... Had dense fog here overnight / this morn, previous morn just radiational ground fog after our rapid warm up... LOL, had same "fair weather rain" sprinkles / sky sweat yesterday too, just a few drops briefly... I know we need rain badly, but not real happy to see my outdoor work coming to abrupt halt, dang it I had made good progress on our property - once it gets wet in Winter, it'll stay wet, I'm screwed!

And, in the "What Next?" department - If the usual concerns weren't enough, got a problem at my Bayou Cane neighborhood lately - getting overrun with NUTRIAS!!! Damn things living in ditch culverts, when I drove up last night had 3 sitting there, eating my yard up!!! They already nearly dug up my mailbox last 2 days... Of course, never had such issues in the past before local over-development run them out of traditional habitat nearby, as usual forcing crap on long-time residents... One source of problem, a retention pond dug nearby behind Lowes has created habitat for mosquitoes / snakes / nutrias, created to (allegedly) alleviate flood issues from these large commercial developments... Yeah, that's our parish govt for ya, their answer to drainage problem from new development is building these damn pits everywhere!
Aaaarrrrrrgggghhhhhh!!!!

Oh well, always sumthin'...
Off to late lunch,
G'day!
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Hiya, Doc,

Looks like we're not quite done with the fog/fire/smoke business. There was another bad accident over by Port Arthur this morning. Of course, it didn't help that there were some idiots going 70 mph, but still... A 40-car pileup (give or take)is bad. I had checked around early this morning and didn't see any predictions or reports of fog - I guess it was the back end of that stuff that moved east.

Other than that, it's all good. I'm getting interested in rain chances at the beginning of next week. We got some sprinkles yesterday when the flow came back in off the Gulf, and it looks like a summer day here now - big, fat, puffy dark clouds. I just peeked at the satellite up above and thought, "Oh!" Maybe we won't have to wait until next week!

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Wed Jan 4 2012, SE LA Wx...

Expected warm up underway today with incr SE winds / humidity / dewpoints... Big contrast from yesterday when had amazingly low dewpoints across SE LA down to single digits many locations - one of the lowest was Slidell, had 2F dewpoint temp at 1 PM! Cold remained entrenched overnight, clear skies / light to calm winds, good radiational cooling lead to my 3rd light freeze of season and 10th frost, which was very thick... Temps fell quickly after sunset, this morn KHUM was colder showing a 28.4F low (but is really a range between 28.4F to 30.2F since it only reads whole degrees celsius), while my home thermo refused to drop below 31.5F, which I am certain can be attributed to massive urbanization / land-use change / habitat destruction surrounding my Bayou Cane, LA location above Houma...

Rather than compare to KHUM airport, a better comparison of this drastic temp difference is between readings at our Gray LA location, just 6-7 miles N of Bayou Cane, and to this point is still a truly rural setting in N Terrebonne (but not for long!)... Prior to excessive development in Bayou Cane, these two locations physical topography, lay of the land with mix of woods / adjacent open fields and no immediate proximity to a waterbody were identical... Last night was a good example of distinct changes that have been wrought - by the time I left there at 9 PM the Gray thermo was already trending below 30F, frost had begun covering the roof of the car and house, ice forming... Drove home within 10 minutes to find my home thermo at 39F - a full 10F higher - no signs of frost and it clearly FELT warmer regardless of whatever might nit-pick over the two thermometers accuracy!

In that matter, I'm certain the Gray thermo has a cold bias of 2-3 degrees - this morns low showed 24F - but accounting for that still reveals it's become several degrees warmer where development is altering the microscale local climate to a warmer state... It's often more noticeable on Winter nights under such conditions of calm winds / ideal radiational cooling than like wx conditions we had the previous night / morning before (Tue 3rd) - with widespread CAA and mod strong NLY winds mixing the boundary layer more homogeneously over the area and the lowest temp on both thermometers read near 30F yesterday... Nothing new of course, we've KNOWN the UHI impact for decades, guess my point is just that it's now GROWN to alter MY LOCATION noticeably over the very short timescale of a decade or two... So much for UHI being an "island", as fast as human footprint is expanding a better descriptive is needed to reflect today's reality...
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And a rockin' good Wednesday back at ya Shore!

Yes, a better selection!
Thanks, hadn't listened to Deep Purple in some time, particularly the newer lineup with guitarist Steve Morse replacing Ritchie Blackmore... think they're down to one original member now... Their unique sounds / songs are deeply etched in my brain from the late 60s' / early 70's period... ;)

Glad to hear the smoke was dispersed away from ya... I got my latest wood pile burned last night - very hot and relatively smoke-free - but saw somebody had a larger marsh fire burning putting out prodigious smoke to my west yesterday...

SE winds picked up here today, will have to be careful with any fires...
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Smoke's all gone. The wind came up about 2:30 or so and the last I saw, it was dispersing over Houston. I spent about five minutes thinking about the bad old days, when that kind of stuff hung around all the time - remember the old saying? "The air is always greener in downtown Paserdener" LOL

"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is good, but a little down-tempo and such. How about this, instead? ;)

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G'day Shore,

Was 'bout to fly off when saw your post... Well darn that's not welcome at all! And no, at least this fire wasn't my fault - I didn't get my wood pile burned yesterday, however by late this evening, well... hope mine doesn't reach ya!

And, uh... out of respect, I'll hold off linking a You Tube to "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"...

Seriously, hope they can get it under control somewhat. Fingers crossed y'all get some relief!

Catch ya later...
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Hiya, Doc,

It's a pleasant enough day here, were it not for the danged smoke from the fires in Jefferson County, etc. Apparently there are several burning around Beaumont. I watched the smoke bank all morning, and it finally arrived. Here's a pic from the news. It's bad enough to make my eyes burn, and visibility is really down - can't see even halfway to the ship channel. I'm hoping it'll blow out of here in a bit, but it's not moving fast and it's keeping low to the ground.

Other than that, clear and cool. The wind has laid nicely and it would be a beautiful day - if I could breathe! Hope the firefighters get a handle on things - or that they have and we're just getting the residual smoke.

Have a good one!
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Tue Jan 3 2012 greetings,

Nice seasonally cold early January day under severe-clear skies, as dome of arctic high pressure edges across our region - noted climbed to 30.61" for highest sfc pressure reading *this year*, lol... Daytime temps slow rising, now into mid-40's at noon hr...

Overnight temps were slow to fall off as the initial cold air advection with this system was rather weak by "arctic" standards, but did fall to 30.6F low on my Bayou Cane home thermo to declare my 2nd freeze of season, albeit brief duration of about 2 hrs, not enough time for ice to form in my buckets... Seems a secondary surge of cold air got here near sunrise as I reached my low after 7 AM, much like Slidell hit their low of 25F then... Of course had another "WTF? / WUWT?" moment viewing KHUM airport readings which showed it, sigh, once again, bottoming out at an even 32.0F... Thanks, but no thanks, I prefer more precise reading than the span of a whole degree celsius - will assume might have shown a 30F reading had they dropped to -1.0C / 30.2F... But such is the case with the only weather station in Houma being "not up to NWS standards", or as described here at WU - "Averages and records for this station are not official NWS values", besides having frequently sporadic reportage issues...

N winds also held the temps up overnight and that combined with very dry airmass eliminated any frost chances... May be some tomorrow morn and low temps should be close to today's as Freeze Warnings remain in effect, "might" have better rad cooling here "if" E / SE winds don't kick up with the sfc high sliding EWD... Forecasting the low temp tonight is a crap shoot and very location dependent over SE LA, as I'd agree with KLIX NWS assessment in this morn's discussion on factors - "THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT...PROXIMITY TO WATER...AND LOCAL WINDS WILL CREATE QUITE A RANGE OF LOWS...SO THE DURATION OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES OVER A 20 MILE AREA COULD RANGE FROM 6 HOURS TO NONE."

We shall see and regardless, the moderating return flow warming trend will be underway tomorrow, some chance of shwrs Fri-Sat with next feature coming across...

Work calls, hey it's too clear / sunny to be inside, lol,
G'day!

(EDIT: added above as a "soon-to-be-outdated" blog header update... what the heck... ;) ...)
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Hello Huri,
Pleasure to hear from ya!
Ah, you said it so well, marking a point in this ongoing cycle, but since we do - Wishes for a safe and happy 2012 back to ya! And, hmmmm, hope those pipes stay intact... yep, Tue night / Wed morn look coldest for you...

Stay well, gal!

Off I fly, will check back tomorrow...
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Happy New Year 2012 Doc,
And so we start another cycle, or rather just mark a spot in the continuing cycle. It was a beautiful day yesterday in the sixties with mostly light breezes but some hefty gusts. Colder today and expected to be colder tonight and even more colder the following day and night. I forgot to drain the pipes so hope that the plumbing in our "other" place doesn't get into trouble. As you are, but tilted 90 degrees, we often have weather systems to the north of us and weather systems to the south of us, living in the fringe.
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Mon Jan 2 2012,

On cue, Winter chill has returned for couple days over N Gulf region.. Polar air slowly edging in, fell to low 40's this morn, clear skies / low humidity / low dewpoints will cont to fall today... Light Freeze Warning in place here tonight as we'll see temps fall into 28-32 range for a few hrs, should reach 2nd freeze of season here (with the "below 32F" criteria)... down into mid-20's N shore... Appears on par with coldest SE LA had in December, but those to the east in N FL will see their coldest yet this Winter with broad area under Hard Freeze Warnings down into low-mid 20's and by Wed morn some coldest locations across FL panhandle "icebox" expected to drop into up teens... while signs of the moderating trend will likely already be underway over S LA Wed...

Nice thing about being centrally located like SE LA is - whether it's cold to west or centered to the east, we usually get a taste of it, but often avoid the brutal stuff... ;)

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G'day Shore,
Thanks! Wow, you've really dug deep into the earliest recorded Cajun music with those two! Seems a sad but not uncommon story about Cleoma, lived a musically rich but hard-scrabble life of those times, dying at an early age of 35...

Guess I better get a move on... some, er, more Gustav-destroyed tree processing work awaits my attention... If the temps don't fall as advertised tonight here, it'll be via moderation from a huge bonfire over N Terrebonne... ;)

G'day all!
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Never mind multi-tasking. I've been having myself a ball following some hints/information I got on my trip, and I've unearthed some real gems over on youtube.

This one of Cleoma Breaux and Joe Falcon is particularly interesting to me because I know I've got the tune on a CD somewhere - with different lyrics and no indication of its Cajun roots. While I go off and try and figure out what it got transformed into, you might enjoy listening!



ADD:
I found it. The song is called "Branson". It's a humorous song about the has-beens that end up playing the Branson stages. It's by the E-Flat Porch Band, on a 1998 CD called Porch Music.

They don't have youtubes or mp3s, and it isn't one of the selections you can listen to on their website. But it's the same tune.

They do have a bit of "Tore Down" on their page - it'll give you a taste of what they do. "Tore Down" sounds a bit like David Bromberg & Chicago blues, but they have a pretty wide repertoire.
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Happy New Year, Jan 1st 2012, friends!

Cold front passed around 9-10 AM and already have some minimal rain to measure this year, lol! Drier air / clearing skies evident, chill-down to follow...

Hope all had a fine New Year's Eve celebration to greet 2012 in... Was a smooth transition from my perspective, watched some on tv, outside enjoyed the sights and sounds of fireworks and flares, illegal they may be in Terrebonne but as usual defiant residents created a raucous rolling thunder of noise, lighting up the skies at midnight... ;)

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Hey Bug,
Congrats on the newest feline member!
He'll click on the litter box thing soon, esp since he's young... Prolly easier than if / when ever get Big Guy down to the house - he's closing in on a being year old this month, all outdoors... knows nothing about such proper manners! Spent some "quality" time last night offering love to him before I left there...

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Howdy Shore,
Keep passing the cooler air this way, I'll take it! Almost felt hot on Friday w highs mid-up 70's, leading to the SuperFog that night... lucky for traveling revelers, no fog issues last night thanks to wind... Outstanding multi-tasker you are - I could spend rest of year trying and remain disorganized, lol...
Enjoy the concert!

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Hiya Pat,
Back at ya, and a fine New Year's Day game we just enjoyed as Saints beat Carolina 45-17... and multiple all-time NFL records fell! Yes sir, ready for more coolth... and oysters to go with the cabbage / black-eyed peas at supper!

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AND - special message to Barefoot on "un-blogging",
Wrote a lenghty response, but email bounced back at me, so here's some of it edited down -

Hello Barefoot,

Well darn, got online to see if we all survived celebrating last night, and have to say, hearing you're considering leaving WU is disappointing news to start the new year! :(

Uh oh, wait a sec... please tell me you haven't defected... ya not hitting the pipe over at WeatherBong.com or whatever it is, eh?

Okay, didn't think so... and saw you tried offering helpful suggestions to a troubled blogger the other night, to no avail or little recognition for your efforts over at... (EDIT / Snipped my lengthy opinion relating to posting on Jeff's blog)

Ahhhh, saw you'd reopened your blog other day, noted your comments / intentions...

Dunno, maybe you're feeling a bit of post-holiday blues, or like me (or both), more real-life stuff taking priorities, but whatever the case, blogging does seem to run it's course after a few years and some time away to regroup, consolidate one's energy and outlook is a good choice... Heck after a bit, un-blogging is a necessity!

That said, I do cherish our long-standing friendship equally as ya know I respect / regard you highly and hope your leave of absence is a temporary one! Your posts are always a bright spot, informative and engaging... for that matter, if wasn't for a handful of old friends like you who are like sisters / brothers to me, I'd have dropped offline into the void myself long ago...

I'm saving your contact, but truth be known - I check or utilize my outside email less than I come to WU... and I do hope you read this response!

I'm wishing the New Year welcomes you in brighter spirits!
After all, the Mayan apocalypse is still several months away... and hope to hear from ya well before that date!
;)

Cheers, best wishes and love back at ya, Barefoot!

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G'day all, thanks for stopping by!
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Happy New years Day to you from us up here Doc..

May 2012 bring you Sunshine, Fair winds and a good eyrster' crop.

Get ready, as da "coolth returneth."
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Happy New Year, Doc! Our first frontal passage is in progress - slept with the windows open and a light, warmish breeze last night, but the good times are departing. The wind is up and I suspect the temps will start to slide this afternoon. We started around 58 at sunrise and have risen to 62, but I don't expect much more than that.

Enjoy the day - I'm planning to organize my entire life by 4 o'clock and then I'm heading into Houston for a free Bach concert on one of the city's premier pipe organs. Should be fun, and we'll probably find something to eat along the way. ;)
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Happy 2012, Doc!

You'll be happy to hear that I've adopted a stray.

Yep, starting the new year off with vet bills and litter training.

The as yet unnamed cat is young, healthy (except for being severely underweight) and already neutered. Very sweet and loving, unlike my last two. Still very skittish.

The big problem right now is the litter training. I'm hoping the light bulb will go off over his head soon. Hubby isn't going to put up with too many accidents, however sweet the cat is.

Sure wish I had a garage to start him, the food and litter pan off in. Hubby and I will just have to work with him.
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TGIF Fri Dec 30, 2 days of 2011 left!

Currently at noon hour - M sunny / PC with cumulus clouds about, temps rising into 70's on SE winds as is the low level humidity... Milder trend to end 2011 continues, and biggest concern next morn will be fog, which caused nasty fatal multi-vehicle pile-up I-10 east NOLA yesterday... Sheeesh, even with best wx, that stretch I-10 E NOLA is a fearful white-knuckle experience for me! Changes underway New Years Day with clouds / perhaps a few meek scat shwrs w slow moving system advancing EWD as we chill down... Colder blast likely during 1st week of new year, some hint of Eastern trof / ridge west set up, at least temporarily as the tropical SE ridge flattens some... Freezing temps poss over good part N Gulf region by Tue-Wed mornings, but nothing too drastic - likely on par with coldest we had in early December when I, uh, last updated da blog header on the 7th - and turning milder right after... Frigid arctic air remains bottled in Canada, no real indication the floodgates will open to spill too far SWD yet... Would think the arctic ice depth / extent should be exhibiting better growth this season than last two (esp Canada-Greenland) with the duration of positive AO / NAO we've seen, although trending near neutral now... That said, some arctic regions - Scandinavia in November, N Eurasia-Siberia recently have had warm ridging anomalies as per CPC 500 mb NH loop...

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Howdy Miss Barefoot,

Yep, overall still looks like decent wx to hold fer yer New Years celebrating, although I know you're on top of da local situation better than I! Other than breezy / turning colder, no brutal arctic assault, no blizzard nor tornadoes... Hmmm, no mention of any type precip this go-round... Uh oh, Louisiana drought conditions spreading westward again... ;)

Gotta fly,
Wheeeee, Happy New Years back atcha gal!
;)
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