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Hint of rain

By: biff4ugo, 11:40 AM GMT on April 23, 2008

More beautiful sunny weather for the next three days but at least there is a forecast for showers 5 days out in the unrelyable section of the forecast.
It seems like more than 3 days out is still just a guess and quite likely to change.

Idea for the day: Give federal tax exemption to retailers that sell 100% US finished goods.
They do so much for our economy in terms of employment that they need a substantial encouragement.

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Happy 'Earthday!

By: biff4ugo, 12:14 PM GMT on April 22, 2008

Today is Earthday and all the comics got together to note it's passage. Google has a fun rock graphic. there are inspiring video's on the weather blog. Nice job everybody. We even have GREAT weather here today.

Hope it is peaceful where ever you are.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=photos&sid=awdfghRMQCNE

Updated: 12:47 PM GMT on April 22, 2008

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Bold new global statistics analysis!

By: biff4ugo, 3:50 PM GMT on April 21, 2008

Global econonmic and health statistics in an amazing graphical presentation

Presentation
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/92



You try it
http://www.gapminder.org/world/

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When the cats away, the rain goes with it.

By: biff4ugo, 1:10 PM GMT on April 21, 2008

the Lakes were up 2" of their 22 inch deficite before I left for the water resource conference. When I came back, all the lawns are withering, no rain forecast in sight. Did someone forget to order the rain again???

Engineering
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXBL6bzAR4&eurl=http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/

A cat study.



The need to gear up for the future
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMcfrLYDm2U

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Spring in Florida

By: biff4ugo, 12:13 PM GMT on April 18, 2008

The indicators of spring I see in north central florida. Leaves sprouting on bald cypress. dogwood and redbud blooms,crepe mertles are no longer pruned sticks, ants wake up one day, termites swarm like smoke from old stumps.
Some years we get cedar waxwings swarming the holly berries but not every year, I used to note the return of purple martins at grandmothers house but she passed last year. This year I noticed when the mergansers left the pond at work to head back north.

-----------------------------Quote on the spring website
When the daffodils begin to bloom it is time to plant peas
When the blossoms of the apple tree begin to fall, plant your corn seeds
When dandelions are blooming plant beets and carrots
Plant potatoes when the shadbush flowers
When elm leaves are the size of a penny plant kidney beans

Updated: 12:15 PM GMT on April 18, 2008

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Switch to Fish

By: biff4ugo, 2:14 PM GMT on April 17, 2008

Wow,
After a month of conferences and travel and birthday events.. My health care folks swaked at my weight and bloodwork.
I know just how this Osprey feels.

I also figured out that over 4.5 million gallons of rain falls on headquarters roofs each year, and 2/3's of that is available for rainharvesting. Harvesting this water not only lowers stormwater discharge and potential flood volumes but provides a non-potable water resource to replace the stressed groundwater resources.
It is a win-win-win-win situation!
The water isn't removed from the ground that helps fight salt water intrusion.
The water isn't treated with chemicals the lawns and toilets don't need. that saves the cost of creating the chemicals and their effects on the environment once distributed.
The water doesn't have to be piped from the city to our headquarters which saves energy and infrastructure wear.

Wow, all that from a rainbarrel/cistern!!!!

This is just what Florida needs for it's population growing pains on it's birthday!

We need to look into even more LID(low impact development) techniques!

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Rain is good

By: biff4ugo, 12:04 PM GMT on April 09, 2008

Finally we got three good days of regular rain, (one very good). And the lakes are starting to respond. All the lakes have risen a quarter to half a foot. They have two more feet to go, but if the clouds keep conveying the Gulf water too us, we stand a good chance of getting a chunk of that back and keeping the ET to a minimum.

Nice animated ice link on Dr. Master's blog today.

Birthday is rolling around soon!

Updated: 12:05 PM GMT on April 09, 2008

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81 61 Thunderstorms ALL WEEK

By: biff4ugo, 11:51 AM GMT on April 04, 2008

It almost looks like the forecast got stuck with the same forecast all week. It is practically Irish weather but I'm not complaining. We need rain till the groundwater deficite is no more. (with rizing demand, that could be A WHILE!)

Dr. Masters April Fools was great, I fell for the NPR B-Flat symphony joke.

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Rain Rain hip hurray, Rain

By: biff4ugo, 12:02 PM GMT on April 01, 2008

It was a great weekend for Kids, no Foolin!
Got to play with cousins at Mom's for Thom and My early birthday party (she is snobirding back to Conneticut for our real birthdays) And two new friend brought their little girls over for dinner. when they sang and danced for us, it melted my heart. So precious.
On the weather side, it got too hot for me to sleep yesterday night but then I woke up around 3am and was happy to have covers. The dog that was pushing me out of bed so she could stretch out and cool down was snuggled into a ball. It was obvious a front had come through but I didn't know it was comming. Now the weather forecast has gone from a week of partly cloudy sun to rain, rain, thunderstorms, and rain.

Since I just planted grass seed to patch my lawn that was burt by weed killer. I am happy for the rain. The weedy clover that is the only green left, is happy for it too.

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