I smelled warming soup and cough drops, yeah I'm sick and this is not good timing because I start subbing on Monday.
I felt a cold north wind bringing something like winter for Christmas. Shut up, 56* IS TOO cold. It's supposed to get down to 42* overnight, you try doing that with no insulation in the walls. Hopefully the power stays on.
I tasted cafe au lait at Sound Cafe after the food co-op meeting. I think I have creases in my fingers from folding so many co-op brochures and it's about time I read Uncle Tom's Cabin.
I heard WWOZ, all New Orleans, all the time, and Mr. Okra driving down the street with his fresh fruits and vegetables. Yay for fresh oranges and cantaloupe and the continuation of New Orleans traditions. I think snacking on cantaloupe during a Saints game brings them good luck.
There are Christmas lights on the shotgun houses and the palm trees. Farms in North Carolina ship us our Christmas trees. Being from the chilly not-so-far-North, it's strange to be getting ready for Christmas when it feels like spring. Most of my Christmas shopping is done, small local gifts since it all has to fit in my luggage on the 23rd, nothing from the mall.
Right now I'm wearing shorts and looking forward to tomorrow afternoon's Saints game. I even have a Saints santa hat.
...WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...
THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
LOW PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP OVER TEXAS TODAY. THE LOW WILL MOVE NORTHEAST INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY ON TUESDAY AND INTO THE OHIO VALLEY TUESDAY NIGHT. MEANWHILE...A SECONDARY LOW WILL DEVELOP EARLY WEDNESDAY OFF THE COAST OF THE CAROLINAS AND MOVE UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. THE COMBINATION OF THE TWO LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS WILL SPREAD A VARIETY OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION INTO THE REGION FROM MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY.
THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT WINTER PRECIPITATION CONTINUES FOR THE MID ATLANTIC TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT. LATEST INDICATIONS CONTINUE TO SUGGEST WARM AIR A FEW THOUSAND FEET ABOVE THE SURFACE WILL BE DRAWN INTO THE SYSTEM TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT...CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR A SIGNIFICANT FREEZING RAIN EVENT AS SURFACE TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN BELOW FREEZING.
AT THE TIME OF PRECIPITATION ONSET... LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW WILL DOMINATE OVER NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA...THE EASTERN PANHANDLE OF WEST VIRGINIA... THE POTOMAC HIGHLANDS AND LOWER SOUTHERN MARYLAND. PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING IN THE HIGHLANDS AND SPREAD EASTWARD. THE PRECIPITATION TYPE IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE OVER TO SNOW AND SLEET TONIGHT. ON TUESDAY...SNOW AND SLEET WILL CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN OVER MOST AREAS BY THE AFTERNOON. OVER LOWER SOUTHERN MARYLAND...FREEZING RAIN MAY CHANGE OVER TO ALL RAIN LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.
SNOW AND SLEET POTENTIAL OVERNIGHT MONDAY INTO TUESDAY COULD TOTAL ONE TO TWO INCHES BY TUESDAY MORNING IN THE POTOMAC HIGHLANDS WITH AROUND AN INCH EXPECTED ELSEWHERE. TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT...SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF FREEZING RAIN ARE LIKELY ACROSS MOST OF REGION. TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST TO REMAIN BELOW FREEZING FROM MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LOWER SOUTHERN MARYLAND.
THOSE WITH TRAVEL PLANS...DECISION MAKERS...AND PLANNERS SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR FORECASTS FOR UPDATES. ACCUMULATING FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL PROBLEMS AND POWER OUTAGES.
It is NOT allowed to snow until my plane leaves for New Orleans via Chicago. If Maryland goes without more than an inch of snow at a time all winter then gets a major snow on the one day I need it not to snow, then I will be ticked. Not that I can actually do anything about it.
How much snow does it take to ground an airplane?
UPDATE: As of Wednesday, February 14th at 10:30 pm, I am leaving Friday at 6:50 am from Reagan National in DC and arriving in New Orleans at 10:55 am. That's the earliest the travel agent could get me out of this frozen mess of snow, ice, sleet, and freezing rain. My consolation is that it's gotta be warmer than this in New Orleans during the winter so this'll likely be the last winter storm I have to experience since UNO received my application on Tuesday.
Girl's Night my house is going very well-we went out to dinner at the Fat Cat Cafe in Westminster (I got hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream and cajun pasta), bought a plastic plant at Target for the green elephant gift exchange at the holiday party tomorrow evening, and now we're watching The Breakfast Club. Yay,
Yay for giving my first winter storm presentations to YMCA afte-school programs yesterday. It's good to be back in the swing of things. So that's 2 yesterday, 2 today and one tomorrow. After that, hopefully volunteers will start inundating me with offers to give presentations, thanks to the note Judy put in the latest emergency services newsletter. That'd be awesome. The more presentations I can get covered, the more of a chance I have of being able to be deployed to a disaster response operation sometime after the B & A 1/2 on March 5th.
In other news, I made a huge batch of my favorite brought-from-home lunch yesterday-creole red beans and rice. We seem to go through a lot of chili powder and cumin and onions in my house...wonder why? Now let's see if I have that recipe memorized...test time!
I'm rather imprecise when I make this-the more spices the better. Just be sure not to burn the onions or it doesn't taste so good.
Ice storms are yucky. That's all I have to say.
Okay, so now I'm just rambling. I need to find some work to do.
Why on earth do we get worked up about innocuous forms of weather when there are much bigger things wrong with this world?
I guess I'm feeling a little cynical right now, but mostly just amused.