Saturday, January 29, 2011

Where is the sun?

When moving to Ohio I really didn't think the weather would be all that different from Minnesota, with the exception of warmer temperatures.  Turns out I underestimated the ability for a great lake to the northwest to keep Ohio under a near constant cloud all winter!

We've had very little sunshine this season.  Northwest winds pick up that lake moisture and keep the clouds rolling through.  I really appreciate those strong highs that bring Minnesota and the Upper Midwest cold but sunny days through the winter.

Even though those highs bring cold FRIGID arctic air with highs not even reaching 0 degrees, it helps to prevent the seasonal affective disorder I can feel taking effect on me here!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Latest Obsession.

I got the chance to get to know a little bit about local singing duo, Harmony.  Jodi and Dale Ann are sisters that are trying to make it big... all the way to Nashville in the country music scene.  I'm a big fan already and can't wait to hear more from them.

Good luck to the Burden sisters!  Check out the story I did about them HERE on YouTube!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Is it spring yet?

I've already broken down and bought gardening supplies for this growing season.  We've had two days above freezing this year so far.  That little burst of warmth has already triggered my spring fever.

In talking to Tim DeHaven this past week, of DeHaven's Home & Garden Showcase here in Lima, I found out that the best time to start plants indoors is mid-February around here.  That gives me a month left to wait.

I was wandering around Big Lots a few days ago and couldn't resist a starter "greenhouse" that has 72 individual mini planters and comes with a clear cover to create that greenhouse effect.  It's the size of one normal plant pallet and is made of that same flimsy black plastic.  It's just divided into individual sections.  Love it!

Now I need to decide what seeds to buy...
  • Flowers
  • Snap Peas
  • Hot Peppers
  • Butternut Squash
  • Herbs
There's much more to come on that list... I better have a big garden plot this year!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Why I Like Freezing Rain.

Freezing rain can be down right dangerous.  That's obvious.  Slippery sidewalks and roadways aren't the ideal.  But it happens so rarely that when it does, it seems special.  Just the right mixture of atmospheric conditions is necessary for the freezing rain.  A little colder in the upper atmosphere and it's snow.  A little colder in the lower atmosphere and it's sleet.  A little warmer and it's rain.

Today's brief period of evening freezing rain reminded me of that.  I feel the same way about hail or record breaking temperatures.  Does anyone else feel that way?  I just like witnessing unique weather and it seems to me that freezing rain is just that.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

What's Next?

Uh oh, a new invention just might put me out of a job! :)

I stumbled across this TIME article that highlights a new product... toothpaste that changes flavor depending on the weather.  I guess there will be no need to flip on the TV or even look out the window!  I hope we will still have some loyal TV watchers...

Check out the article here... The Toothpaste That Changes Flavor Depending on the Weather

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Seal of Approval.

As in most professions, there is a certain standard to which meteorologists attempt to achieve.  For us weather geeks on tv, its the American Meteorological Society (AMS) seal or the National Weather Association (NWA) seal.  In my opinion, the AMS is a bit more prestigious.  The NWA seal is more for weather broadcasters who so not  hold a meteorological degree.

Darren Maier, has had his AMS seal for several years now and its a process that Kyle Adams and I here at WLIO are beginning.

To achieve your AMS seal there is a written test as well as an on-air test.  The written test is comprised of 100 random questions on everything from hurricanes to rainbows.  The on-air test involves submitting samples of live weather segments to pros in the business for critique.  They make sure you know what you are talking about and give accurate and beneficial information to the viewers.

The hard work that it takes to call oneself a "sealed" meteorologist will be well worth it.  In many larger television markets, its a requirement for employment.  Achieving the AMS seal is one of my major goals for 2011. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Woop Woop!

Check out this TIME article naming the University of Wisconsin teh coolest school in America...

Proud to be a Badger!

The Most Buzzed About University? Wisconsin

Practice Makes Perfect.

I've been filling in for Darren for a while now and I have noticed what a difference it makes in my work when I get to forecast and deliver that weather content on a daily basis.  Normally, my meteorologist days come only on the weekends.  During the week I magically turn into a reporter.

Having 5 days in between those weather days without the practice of just talking about what's going on and really focusing on the forecasting is such a long break.  Saturday always feels a little rough.  And then just when I'm back in the swing on things Sunday nights, it's time to put on the reporter shoes again.

I've really appreciated this extended opportunity to be Darren for a while.  Tomorrow, everything goes back to normal.  I am ready for a little "weekend" relaxation involving some Entourage DVD's.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Is it March Yet?

Our New Years Eve here in Lima was anything but winter... a high temperature of 61!  It's too bad that didn't stick around.

The smell of spring was in the air.  All the snow melted.  And I was ready to start my vegetables and flowers for the garden!  I guess one month of snow and cold is enough for me.  I'm ready for fresh, homegrown produce, the farmers markets, patio dining and everything else the warmer seasons have to offer.

I can't wait!