What's up WU?

By: WatchinTheSky , 5:34 AM GMT on August 06, 2012

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Sept 27 Thursday morning.

Come on WU forecasters, Monday Oct 1 will be 109 and Tuesday will be 118 in Escondido!!!

Awesome, I am all for breaking records once and a while :)
Screen shot is a little? hard to read, 'control +' to enlarge fonts in browser helps!




Sept 15 Sat afternoon,

105 yesterday, 104 today - getting a little old, this weather is! (would Yoda say that?)
Unfortunately WU says the whole next week will be flirting with 100. Burnt to a crisp.....


Sept 12 Wed morning,

Yesterday's weather caught all the prognosticators off guard, coastal clouds ran all the way to foothills and kept temps 15 degrees cooler than predicted (sweeeet!), topping out at 75.

Now to make up for that, I see WU is calling for 109 on Friday - get out! get off my cloud!

35 degree warmup in 3 days.




Aug 31st
Seems like the monsoon season is fairly active in the southwest except for my neck of the woods. Sure there are nimbus blooms over the San Diego county mountains and even rain that sometimes reaches the mountains from the desert, but it looks like another summer with no rain at home. Humidity is up and due to the lack of the usual strong onshore breeze, temps are up - especially at night when it is less desirable. I did get a fair photo of an evening thunderhead as the monsoon tossed me a small bone!


Hope some visitors enjoyed the large vulture taking a sip in the bird bath video a friend took. Still cracks me up looking at it!
I should figure out how to have the video screen show up in the blog (like BC) in stead of the link text.
Aug 20th

A friend of mine sent me a link to a video he took of a birdbath on his back patio. I think he needs a bigger birdbath! Vulture in the Birdbath Link. I need one of those in my backyard too!

(Sometimes it loops between the bird bath and a night video of 'Kitty' going by his front door), this is a YouTube setting, autoplay.

Aug. 5 - Rover on Mars, Awesome..

Aug. 7 - Can't wait for Curiosity to start doing some 6 wheeling and sending back photos. A Link
to NASA and a cool photo from an orbiter catching Curiosity on the way down.
Here is a Link showing both orbiter view of Curiosity with chute and onboard camera catching final decent.

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48. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:24 PM GMT on October 12, 2012
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47. calpoppy
3:45 PM GMT on October 09, 2012
You have a good chance at that wet stuff that falls occasionally from the sky!
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46. PugetSoundPost
10:43 PM GMT on October 07, 2012
No frost for us yet - Briar is getting colder than us at night. But we sure have had a long streak of sunshiny weather - people can't hardly believe it! Mid 70's recently again and clear blue sky. So, sorry to say, no rain anywhere around that we could possibly send down to you! Mr. PSP and our new SIL took a nice hike in the Cascades yesterday - trying to take as much advantage of this unbelievable weather as we can. It is bound to run out sometime - possibly at the end of this coming week with rain maybe sneaking in. Until then, lovin' the sunshine!
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45. WatchinTheSky
6:29 PM GMT on October 05, 2012
Hi BC and sp - we have moderated for the last several days. No frost here for sure! But last night was 59 (wohoo) and although it is supposed to be 88 today, I think mid 80s is more like it with low 80s for the weekend and at least early next week.
We had 3 or so days over 100, so it was plenty hot, but nice now. Some rain would be nice!
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44. sp34n119w
10:54 PM GMT on October 04, 2012
So, how hot did it actually get? Not too bad, I hope!
Our high today was about 75 degrees. Toldjaso ;)
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43. BriarCraft
10:42 PM GMT on October 04, 2012
First frost at my place yesterday morning. Second frost this morning. Does that constitute a trend?

I also saw on the Weather Channel this morning that North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota got their first snow of the season. That seems early, even for them.

Right now is about the hottest part of the day and I see you've got a comfy 82F. Not bad, huh?
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42. sp34n119w
8:33 PM GMT on September 29, 2012
Your forecast now looks a little more reasonable, lol, but still plenty hot! At least it won't last long and the wind speeds won't be so bad. Oh, wait. They have you in the nineties all through next week while we will be in the seventies. Maybe you don't need to go so far as Washington ;)

For the next few days it will be ten to fifteen degrees cooler here (SP) than there (Escondido). Hot enough. I'm going to try to enjoy it just in case it's the last blast of summer.
Hope you find plenty to take your mind off the heat!
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41. BriarCraft
7:12 PM GMT on September 29, 2012
#35 looks more like a forecast for western Washington and certainly bears no resemblance to that alarming forecast front and center in your header. Maybe Mother Nature will decide to average the two forecasts and give you something better. Hmmm. Probably too much to hope for.
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40. WatchinTheSky
10:45 PM GMT on September 28, 2012
WxWyz - Dagmar is another topic, for sure! We tend to watch most of the locals and try to judge who is reading reports and who is interpreting data. I think most of the local TV weather folks seem to have too much community interest spots on their schedule to spend lots of time with the data, at least down here.

SBK - I heard that down here! Mrs WTS is way done with the hot summer and I am not far behind :) Sounds like your fan may get a good workout Mon - Tues.

cal - When is that cool down coming :) I thought maybe this last week as the beginning, but now heat is back, and it's not really a Santa Ana, just a massive high over us instead of AZ.

Hi PSP - getting western Wa envy again looking at your temps :)
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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39. PugetSoundPost
3:08 PM GMT on September 28, 2012
Hi WTS! No 90's, 100's or even 80's here! But our lovely, mild weather is continuing. Clouds are increasing here today as a weak little system will clip us - for the first time in a long time now! In fact, a bit of drizzle has just begun. But a rebound will begin by later tomorrow. Temperatures are showing a gradual cooling next week - down from low 70's that we have had to perhaps staying in the 60's, but good periods of sunshine are still in the outlook. It has been such a gentle glide into fall for us this year. Can't imagine so much heat for you at this time of year! WU, with mostly NWS information, is a great source for us.
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38. calpoppy
12:11 PM GMT on September 28, 2012
Wu has the NWS forecast in the scientific discussion. It also has nowcasts from the NWS that I find very useful in my area. I still find WU to be the go to place for me on weather.

A cold front may be on the way to cool us down :)
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37. SBKaren
2:39 AM GMT on September 28, 2012
We, Seal Beach, right on the coast are predicted to be 97º by Monday. I'm pre-screaming .... aaaaaaaaackkkkkkkkkkk!!!

I really like our CBS weatherman, Josh Rubenstein, he's pretty right on. I befriended him on FB to get all the forecasts and here is what he posted about an hour ago:

I am prepping my forecast for tomorrow...and it looks like a significant off-shore flow headed our way. Timing on this event looks like late Sunday through Tuesday. 90s and 100s downtown...over 100 in the valleys. Expect dry conditions with high fire danger.

We purchased a super fan for our living room and it has been used daily, except for the last 3 days. Good thing I didn't put it away!

I'm with you. I always refer to WU as my brother's weather station is attached and feeds to WU. It's the Seal Beach location that is 1/4 mile from the beach, and my brother lives around the corner from me, so I know it's accurate!
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36. WxWyz
9:13 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Wow, that's down right sad! TV weather is another forecast medium I don't put too much stock in. Although I'd believe just about anything Dagmar Midcap wants to tell me ;)

There are so many micro climates here I think North County gets lost in the shuffle. When they give "Inland" temps it's generally for a Ramona to El Cajon line which is usually much warmer than we normally see here in the "Coastal Inland Valleys". And I've seen the NWS tweak temps a half dozen times a day, too. But that's forecasting. It's an hour by hour process and changes with just about every model run.

Mid 100's for Escondido by Tuesday is a good possibility. I just can't see it going any higher. And they've been down playing the moisture from the south with pretty much every new discussion. No mention of precip at all in the current forecast.
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35. WatchinTheSky
8:49 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Hey WxWyz, you're right about a local source and a nice feature of WU is the many pws reporting for a fairly realtime check on what's happening. I've had NWS San Diego bookmarked next to WU just for comparison for a long time. But close to the source is not always on top of the details, I have to grin at the 7 day local inland forecast from 10News website today. Someone has to proof check the data.

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34. WxWyz
8:29 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
WU is like an NFL replacement ref. The NWS is the real deal, so why settle for less and get botched calls? I don't get the logic. I'll take my chances with the organization that's been around since 1870. WU? That's for photos and blogs...and that's a stretch.
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33. calpoppy
5:59 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Every week we have a 60% chance of rain for the next sunday, and then 40% chance on a thursday or friday then gone. I think there is a glitch in the system! Or they partaking in the weed I found in my clients yard! Lol!
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32. BriarCraft
7:12 PM GMT on September 19, 2012
I see you've got 86F right now. That's not so bad. We had 88F for a high yesterday. You've got the best weather of the year, IMO, coming up soon. October and November are maybe the nicest months of the year in your area. Warm but not hot days, seldom any marine layer, cool nights.
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31. SBKaren
2:09 AM GMT on September 18, 2012
Thanks for the link to the park....I know for sure that it will be at least October before we go.

I'm with you......it's just too hot.

On Friday, I missed my lunchtime lap swim, so I decided to go in the evening. I drove since it would be dark by the time I drove home. The temperature reading in my car said 93ºat 6:22PM.

I'm so over this heat. It was much better today (Monday), but I thought to myself many times, today is what I would have considered a hot day in Seal Beach.

I want our 70s back!!!
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30. WatchinTheSky
4:23 PM GMT on September 17, 2012
OK, a break in the weather, 60 last night and upper 80s to low 90s for the week. May not have to move to Washington.
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29. WatchinTheSky
11:31 PM GMT on September 15, 2012
I'm moving to west Washington!
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28. sp34n119w
9:41 PM GMT on September 14, 2012
"WU says 104.5 at 1:50PM (but it only fells like 99 :)"
hahahaha
We can both be grateful that our heat generally comes with low humidity but, I dunno, that's pretty darn hot!
Just checked to see if you'll be getting the "cool down" on Sunday, too. Seems you will - all the way down to 100! Sheesh. Stay in the shade!

Love that "chill envy", Briar :)
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27. BriarCraft
5:40 PM GMT on September 14, 2012
I know you like it toasty, but 94F at 10am is a bit much, don't you think? No wonder you said the temps at my place are killing you. You've got chill envy.
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26. WatchinTheSky
3:28 PM GMT on September 13, 2012
Hey WxWyz, yeah, 109 seems a bit out of range but they seem to be sticking to it. The WAP is about 2 miles line of sight south from me, so what they get I get. Extremes in the weather always catch my eye, and the 109 is in that direction. 103, 109, not liking either much.
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25. WxWyz
12:03 AM GMT on September 13, 2012
109??? Highest number I saw anywhere in North County for Friday is 103 at Wild Animal Park, the usual hot spot. Not sure where you saw the 109 but current trends, though higher than morning runs, aren't that high.

Oh, I see, you got the numbers from WU...say no more...unless it's NWS, I ain't buying it!
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24. WatchinTheSky
10:12 PM GMT on September 12, 2012
I'm giving the WU predictors chance to change their minds!
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23. calpoppy
8:00 PM GMT on September 12, 2012
109! Say it ain't so!!!!
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22. sp34n119w
12:37 AM GMT on September 12, 2012
Since I've been lurking and not commenting for quite awhile ...
Vulture in the bath was fantastic - made me laugh and wonder how often that happens.
I, too, like the fountain very much and am glad to know you made it - that means maybe I could have one, one day!
I especially like the pic of the oriole looking kind of sideways at the hummer on the fountain, followed in comment 16 by the gang staring down the hummer invading their space. That's a great capture!
'k. Sorta caught up, there.
Hope all is well for you away down south :)
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21. BriarCraft
8:46 PM GMT on September 11, 2012
Thanks for putting the How To in my blog. I gave a recommend for folks to come over here to check out what we're talking about.
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20. BriarCraft
9:22 PM GMT on September 10, 2012
Oh my!!! I love that collage in #14! Even more, I love the bubbling fountain that set the stage for it. Is that your own creation? Or maybe you found it ready to go somewhere? I want one, too!

Knowing all the feathers and gunk that I clean out of my lowly bird bath, you must have a pretty serious filter system to keep the pump from plugging up.
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19. WatchinTheSky
11:12 PM GMT on September 04, 2012
Hi Karen! 59! Funny, but I can only wish - so far. I think we got down to 63 once a few days ago. And you are right at the beach!

Here is a link to a map view of the Park - Map - you may have already been checking it out. I 'work' at the very top of the map, along ways from most of the animals, but, the hike to African Outpost is nice visually and there are snacks/drinks there if needed. Lion Camp is in that area and cool also. Hard to believe, but we don't get to the 'main section' of the Park very often.
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18. SBKaren
1:00 AM GMT on September 04, 2012
We actually hit 59º the other morning. It didn't stay there long. I can't quite remember which morning it was, and it could have been because I'm getting up earlier because I'm back to work. But I remember how lovely it felt!
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17. SBKaren
12:59 AM GMT on September 04, 2012
Hi Karen, I 'work' most Saturday mornings at the Park in the Cal native plant gardens at the far north east corner of the Park. No pay but plenty of benefits! It's about 5 acres divided into about 5 plant zones, I share the Riparian area with a friend. It is also very close to where the ZipLine launch is, I'm sure you will be doing that - right?

I'm thinking, and right now I'm just thinking, that we might take our grandsons in a few weeks. We're having them for the weekend while their parents get a weekend away. Not sure yet. Otherwise we'll go on a Monday or Friday.

I would LOVE to go on a zip line. I've been on one before, a couple of times, at a Girl Scout camp. The hardest part of the zip line I went on was just jumping off the ledge where we sat before we started. It was a long way down! But the exhilaration of flying through the air more than made up for it!

If we go on a Saturday I'll let you know. Do you have any recommendations while we are there?
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16. WatchinTheSky
4:01 PM GMT on September 03, 2012
Hi cal, Really enjoying your Alaska blogging, ready for more pics! I figured you must be getting some nice thunder storms - based on the radar lately :) Cooling a bit here overnight also, no 50s yet. Still high 90s, I hear it is supposed to cool soon?
I had my 'willows' in a one gallon and a couple months ago the roots were coming out the bottom so I put them in their final location in the back yard. One is branching a bit, probably the one that is a keeper. My maroon and whites one are still blooming (a little).
Hope you, and all of WUville, have a good Labor Day! Speaking of - here is Labor Day breakfast in the backyard.
This was the big weekend for PSP and family, hope it was great.
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15. calpoppy
6:54 PM GMT on September 02, 2012
I really like your birdbath! It seems to attract the hummers. We have had a huge increase in hummers, we now have well over 20!!!

We had some crazy T-storms with a incredible amount of lightning. Lots and lots of cloud to ground, at work one lightning bolt hit a power pole, I saw the lightning and heard the thunder and a loud pop at the same time.

Enjoying the cooler weather, morning temps in the high 50's for us, very nice!!!

Have a good work week, Oh, did you plant out your desert willow seedlings yet. I am waiting on fall, I only started 3, and will only keep one. Maybe next year we will be able to see if the flowers are truly larger then others!
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14. WatchinTheSky
6:14 PM GMT on September 02, 2012
Hi BC - Sometimes commercials are duds, sometimes they hit a home run, and it's funny what brings them back to mind!

September means the end of oriole season here :( I have only seen a male and female over the last couple days. I suppose it also means beginning of Devil Winds and potential fires for us. Hopefully this year is an off year.

Morning activity in the backyard lately -

One of the last orioles and a hummer




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13. BriarCraft
11:25 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
Thinking of needing a bigger bird bath, my mind went back a few years to the Taco Bell Chihuahua ad where he needed a bigger box. Sometimes, I just can't help myself.

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12. WatchinTheSky
9:57 PM GMT on August 21, 2012
Hi Karen, I 'work' most Saturday mornings at the Park in the Cal native plant gardens at the far north east corner of the Park. No pay but plenty of benefits! It's about 5 acres divided into about 5 plant zones, I share the Riparian area with a friend. It is also very close to where the ZipLine launch is, I'm sure you will be doing that - right?

That turkey vulture in the bird bath is so Cool! That view is north, San Gorgonio, San Jacinto mountains in the distance.
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11. SBKaren
1:07 AM GMT on August 21, 2012
WTS - do you volunteer at the park?

Laguna is a bit south of us but a very beautiful place! We actually honeymooned there - if you can call it that. That's a story for another time!

*Modify - that vulture is HUGE! Your friend has a GREAT view!!!
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10. WatchinTheSky
7:12 PM GMT on August 15, 2012
Hi SBK! Being a 'coastie', I think you would enjoy October much more :)
The Saturday crowd was down quite a bit last week (3 or 4 days into our 100 degree streak), I think people were at the Zoo!
To may toe, To ma toe - Wild Animal Park, SD Zoo Safari Park - I still call it Wild Animal Park half the time!

Was close to your neck of the woods yesterday and will be again Thursday. Daughter is opening a boutique in Laguna Beach the end of the month and a neighbor and I are supplying elbow grease to get the store ready - shelves, racks, cases. Even working, it was much cooler than home :)
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9. SBKaren
11:25 PM GMT on August 13, 2012
Hi WTS - I'm ready for some cooler weather too! I just got a Living Social deal for the Zoo Safari Park and didn't realize that it is the Wild Animal Park. Hubby and I have never been. It's a $21 deal, and here it is:
Pay $21 for one adult park entrance and one Africa Tram Safari (regularly $42).

Is that a good deal? Maybe I should jump on it, as long as I don't have to go in August :-)~~~~


Never mind - decided to jump. It's good through December 22 of this year. Maybe we'll go in October!
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8. WatchinTheSky
10:36 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Hi BC! They do have summer hours (out by 9:00) and they don't do summer concerts anymore :(
We do try to get out to the Park (at least that part still works!) for a couple evening strolls. The crowds are much reduced and there is some musical entertainment - Steel drum band and such for 20-30 minutes.

Looks like you are having some pretty nice weather, maybe a bit a warmup by Friday? The warmup here needs to go away! It's been almost a week close to 100 and not cooling below about 70 overnight since the humidity is up a bit. Our local electric utility will pay volunteers 250$ a year if they can disable home AC units weekdays noon to 6 if the 'grid' is stressed. We earned a bit of that last Friday :(
We rarely use our AC (effort put in cooling the house overnight) but when it does not cool and is a bit humid, the effort does not go too far.

Can't wait to see the next road trip pics! Have fun.
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7. BriarCraft
7:10 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
A little friendly nagging works sometimes. See, I'm not the only one who liked your hummer photo.

Does the Zoo Safari Park (jeez, I hate that name!) aka Wild Animal Park still have summer evening hours with live music? Do you ever wander over to enjoy? I used to enjoy going at least a couple of times every summer. That also was about the only time there was real evidence that tigers really do live in Tiger Territory.
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6. WatchinTheSky
6:33 PM GMT on August 09, 2012
Hi BC - you're awesome ;)

Your sample pic looks like a snow covered mountain in the distance! Particularly refreshing with our temps lately, 96 at 11:30AM...
Off to check out the link to more photos!
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5. BriarCraft
12:29 AM GMT on August 09, 2012
I found another page at space.com with a slideshow of 37 photos.

Here's a sample:



I think it's just amazing how clear the photos are. I remember the first photos from the moon and you couldn't really tell what you were looking at most of the time.

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Attn: WTS followers: There's a really good photo of hummers that shows in WTS's Recent Photos at right. I can't believe it still needs one more rating. Come on, WUfolks, just click on it, okay?
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4. WatchinTheSky
10:59 PM GMT on August 06, 2012
Hi GG - cool for sure, and thanks about the hummers!

PSP - I stayed up as well, had to see that it made it safely! I had the same thought (almost!) about capturing the event on video. They should have had a camera on the sky-crane to film the decent. All that animation is fine and all - but video!

calpoppy - pics for sure! I think Oppy and Curiosity should meet up! Oh No - poor orioles :( ours are still hanging around, course so are the bees! I thought for sure this year I would come up with a good bee solution, maybe next year.

I need to go back and add a bit to the blog, I was too tired last night but had to put in my 2 cents!
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3. calpoppy
7:42 PM GMT on August 06, 2012
I can hardly wait for the color pics!!!!!


Bees have attacked our oriole feeder, one of the perches have fallen off. So oriole season is over for us :((((
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2. PugetSoundPost
2:41 PM GMT on August 06, 2012
We watched the landing "live", considering the delay, and it was pretty cool to think about photos coming in from Mars! Too bad they didn't have a camera man stationed there to film the landing! lol!
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1. GardenGrrl
10:01 AM GMT on August 06, 2012
Yeah Buddy! It's so cool.

(btw, great hummers)
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