Monday, April 9, 2018


Its Monday, potential storm starts Thursday night, I am not even sure if the low has made it onshore yet, lets look at the forecasts!

Weather Service - Might have a storm
Weather Channel 9-16"
Accuweather 11.2"
Wunderground 5-24"

I will keep this updating, I have found that Accuweather numbers will vary considerably,. even after the event happens. The others do similar things.  So far it seems like everything likes to roll just south of us, I would not be surprised if this does too.

Tuesday!  Lets see how things have changed...

Weather Service Too far out, check back later, but the first part of the hourly forecast shows 2.4"
Weather Channel 7-14"
Accuweather 12.6" (was up to ~17" earlier in the day)
Wunderground 9-16"

Wednesday Morning...

Weather Service Still too far out, but chance of 4" somewhere
Weather Channel 1-3"
Accuweather 3.2"
WUnderground 1-3"

Should be noted that GFS is showing 16" and CMC is showing 8"

As of 8am GFS is now showing 4"


The storm is going south

Weather Service 2.9"
Weather Channel 1-3"
Accuweather 4.4"
Weather Underground 1-4"

Its Friday, the first band is running south of us again, lets check on those forecasts...

National Weather Service 7.3"
Weather Channel 3-5"
Accuweather 15"
Weather Underground 4-8"

Its Saturday morning, the storm was supposed to hit last night (nothing has happened yet, just some flurries).
National Weather Service 8.1"
Weather Channel 5-8"
Accuweather 7.8"
Weather Underground 6-11"

So what actually happened? 12.3"!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Will this winter never end?

Before you start going off on a rant about how this disproves global warming, it doesn't.  There is a difference between weather and climate, and the additional kinetic energy of a warming atmosphere make anomalies more likely, not less likely.

But at the same time I wish I could get the boat in the water, I am sick of winter, it was warming up nicely and now it seems to have stalled for the moment.  I am sure that if we looked at the weather charts the reason for the local warming hiatus is something really simple like a jet stream that happens to be stalled in a position whereas the air masses that are rolling over the northern tier of the United States are coming south from the arctic instead of north out of the gulf or over the Rockies from the Pacific.

The other aspect of this is that the storm tracks generally follow along the jet stream, most of the storm systems as of late have been drawn south of us, but as the worm turns they are going to be drawn over the top of us.

There is another storm forecast to hit the area on Thursday-Saturday.  Personally I am hoping for rain over snow.  It would be far more beneficial to get a half an inch, or a slow inch of rain over the region that six inches of snow.  A half inch of rain would melt most of the remaining snow and kick start plant growth.  As a side effect the increased plant growth absorbs more of the sun energy, especially over a fresh white blanket of snow, and keeps the surface warmer at night.  It never really warms up here until the leaves pop out on the trees.

I want it to warm, but thanks to the big lake, even after it has warmed up in other areas, often as close as 15-20 miles away, it will remain cold in Duluth.

Until the cycle finally breaks, then summer can begin, and the beach walking and general insanity can begin.

I plan on being on the boat ball summer, or at least as much of the summer as I can stand.  The goal is to get used to being on the boat so that eventually I can sail away.  I imagine that I am going to upgrade to an even larger boat before I run away to the Caribbean, but that is on the list of eventual plans.

Oh well, I have burned enough of the morning writing this, it is reasonably warm outside and I think I want to go and haul some firewood about.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Trump tower fire!

Why do they have a dumpster on the 50th floor?
Image stolen from Fox News, considering how much Fox has stolen from me I don't feel bad.

Big Bird!!! And projects

Mostly photos...
 I need to find some led bulbs for these fixtures...  It is on the list.
 I have three of these kerosene lights, but they really should have tops on them...  I might ask and see if they are hiding in a garage somewhere.
 Big Bird, up on land for the winter.
 Right after pull out, but before it snowed (about two days later).
 Right before pull out, but after the sails came down.
 Right after purchase, just before first cruise!
 Charlie at the helm (not my kid).
 With the wind in  my hair...
No wind cruise around park point, with these hooligans!

Future Boat Names

This should be an evolving post, and I apologize in advance for my google translated Latin.  But here is a list of potential sailboat names...

nusquam ad sumptus magnos faciendos

-going nowhere at great expense

And the hunt goes on...

Its spring, I am antsy, I want to get on the boat, I want to get a new job.  Maybe even find someone with similar thoughts on cuddling.  I have been entertaining myself working out in the greenhouse.  It is kind of nice, even if it is 20 degrees outside, it will still be 60-80 degrees in the greenhouse!  We are thinking that next week we will be planting everything and making sure the heat is on so it does not get too cold at night.

I think I am going to take some pictures out there today, so everyone can see what I am working with.  Not that there are a lot of people following the blog, but I am hoping that eventually all of my shit-posting will add up to something!

I have officially separated from Facebook.  I still have a twitter, but there is no personal information attached to it.

It is almost firewood season.  I am pondering taking some time today to run around and grab a couple of truckloads of logs from down the street.  The wood is all seasoned and should be good this year, at least good enough for fall firewood.  And never say no to free cords of firewood.

That is all for now.  I will see if I have more for later.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Jesus returns!

Jesus has made his triumphant return!  After nearly 2000 years JESUS is back!
April Fools!