I was so incredibly touched today when I read Kim Klassen’s posting on her Friday Finds blog. The generosity of many who call her friend was revealed when she shared her secret obsession and the possible fulfillment of that obsession very, very soon! The dream she has been waiting for during these long 8 months away from home is about to come true. You MUST read it…so go here to Friday Finds and see for yourself…and while you’re there look at her amazing Friday Finds photo!!
As to myself…the above story brought tears rushing to my eyes and goosebumps at the incredible thoughtfulness of strangers who know each other only through the cyberspace that surrounds us. I have many such friends with whom I share more than I do with my ‘real-life’ friends. Sometimes the anonymity of the internet lets us be who we really are.
Who I am is an about to be 65yro medicare recipient. Even though I live in an old body, my spirit stopped aging at 18 so that I am still amazed and excited over the simple things in life. Like this picture of my dearest and best cat…Sebastian or Sebby as he prefers to be called. He loves to lay on the back of the sofa and when he hears me coming, he’ll turn around backwards for a chin scratch. This time I grabbed my iPhone and snagged my beautiful boy just before he gave me a fierce yawn!
Now as to the goosebumps…yes, that story of Kim’s gave me goosebumps and rightfully so. But I fear that I may be living with a case of ongoing goosebumps over the next several weeks if the following forecast is correct. And this guy is usually right on. He works for NO pay and his forecasts are far, far better than any one of the local forecasters ever deliver. As usual I fear he may be spot on!
|FRIDAY – JANUARY 17
A tranquil holiday weekend with temperatures near normal will be a prelude to what could be a rather severe two week period of winter weather starting next Tuesday, January 22nd. Computer guidance has been hammering the idea of an overall upper air weather pattern featuring extremely high amplitude with ridging along the west coast of North America all way to the north pole and a deep trough over the eastern half of the U.S. Indications over the last two days are that blocking will develop near the northern Atlantic and connect with the west coast ridging effective trapping fiercely cold air across central and eastern Canada and the U.S.
If all of this plays out, the 15 day period from January 22nd to February 5th has the potential to be one of the coldest prolonged winter periods in many years. Initially, the flow will be dry such that precipitation chances will be limited and on the light side. There is some potential in the Jan 22/23 time period before the pattern becomes more favorable to add storminess to the extreme cold. The time periods around Jan 25/26 and Jan 29/30 look like the most likely candidates for storm potential.
To give an idea about the degree of cold anticipated….between January 22nd and February 5th, it is likely that the temperature will be below freezing during the entire period with the possible exception if a storm passes overhead or to our north providing a brief warm-up. The majority of high temps during the period will be 25 degrees or lower. During that 15 day timeframe, we are likely to see 5 to 7 of those days with low temps of 10 degrees or less. If we get substantial snowcover, there could be multiple days around or below zero particularly between 1/28 and 2/2.
All in all, prepare for a period of some very harsh winter conditions. Updates will follow as specific storm threats come more into focus.