Topeka, Tornadoes, and 1966

Coming up tomorrow on June 8, is the 44th anniversary of the Topeka Tornado which, as an 11 year old resident of eastern Kansas about 35 miles south of there, I remember vividly.

It also catapulted WIBW weatherman Bill Curtis into national attention as he urged locals, “For God’s Sake, Take Cover!!!

The weather cell did quite a bit of property damage in my hometown of Osage City, KS, but minor compared to the Capital City.

Why am I remembering this? I have no idea, except I’m thinking about ‘home’ a lot lately.


Audrey is in Germany for four weeks dissertating and I have sympathy for her having solo parent duties whilst I was in Tejas for a coupla weeks. Great Ghu, I do not know how single-parents (they are frequently typically single-moms!) do it.

Seven and a half years old is hard to keep up with, much less guide! (Herd? Keep from hurting themselves or you?) Blah, blah, youth is wasted on the young, etc.

We are going to go watch them feed the sharks at the Museum tomorrow as well as doing some piano practice and math drills. BTW, speaking of math and music, today’s NOVA looks interesting!

Some part of those sharks eating pianos or something should keep a therapist in new vacation homes and Jaguars some 30 years hence I’m guessing… (HHOS) Don’t worry, I’m a parent, it’s my job to implant those hereditary neuroses .

It is already way to GD hot here. Officially (as in, they admit to the figure) today it was 108°F (that’s 42°C to the rest of the world) with the promise that ‘summer will be here soon!’ Bah. This is not Groundhog Day, this is Groundhog Climate! Or something. That really didn’t have the ‘punch’ I had hoped for… Oh well, it’s hot. Again. Or is that, ‘still?’

“I know it couldn’t have been this hot last year because I would have moved away.”

Bzzt, thanks for playing, Mister Man. California has earthquakes, the Plains has tornadoes and *snow.* The Gulf coast has hurricanes, the rest of the country has *Winter*, and the Southwest melts your lead fishing weights in your tackle box into one big, ugly mass. You pays your money and takes your climatic medicine. March in the southern Mojave will be tempered by the harsh reality of July in the Mojave. Same goes for the Sonoran, except they have that humidity stuff when the Monsoons come. 6 of one… The snow-birds cheat by running away.

To complain is to cast your vote for survival. Yeah, that’s the ticket…

Don’t Tex with Mexas

Had some real old-fashioned Plains weather, not like that sissy Nevada climate stuff. Dark, ominous clouds that kept getting lower, with that yellow-green hail tint along with 50-60 mph wind gusts blowing strong rain horizontally with simultaneous lightning flashes and thunder in the clouds just above.

I was on the Interstate (I-820) in sw Fort Worth when all this came to a head and traffic stopped for a bit. I assume because their windshield wipers couldn’t keep up either.

And 20 minutes later the sun was out. This so reminds me of the weather growing up in eastern Kansas. 🙂

Snow in Las Vegas

For the second day in a row, no less!

This is looking west from Wright Hall on the UNLV campus about 3 p.m.

And this is looking east from Wright Hall on the UNLV campus, also about 3 p.m. It might not look like much snow to you, but just to the west, there were inches! INCHES!! Needless to say the usually incompetent Las Vegas drivers regressed even further. I counted 17 fender benders on the way home.

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North to Winnemucca

(with apologies to Johnny Horton)

I’m driving north tomorrow, from here in Las Vegas to Winnemucca for the Nevada Archaeological Association‘s quarterly board of directors meetings. Because of that, there will not be any substantial updates until Sunday evening-ish.

Actually, it should be a welcome respite from southern Nevada’s heat. Today’s max temp in Winnemucca was 106ºF.

Be well and hydrate extensively! [that means water!] 😉

It Is Even Hotter than CNN Says…

Whew. CNN has a story about how hot is is in the west and mentions that it is going to hit 116 in Las Vegas, NV, where we live. Here is a screen shot of the current readings [~1:00 pm] from the weather station at DRI, where I currently work.

[higher res screen cap here.]

117.7ºF at 12:50 p.m. It feels every bit of that. This is not unheard of, it is, however, pretty surprising each time it happens.

[update:] Just for fun (aka, humor me) go to the summary page for the DRI station for July 5, 2007. Scroll down and notice that the max air temperature was 120.0ºF at some point. I have never seen that.

Of course, we could be at Furnace Creek in Death Valley, the lowest point in the U.S. Their unofficial temp today was 128ºF.

No thanks.

Independence Day 2007 (USA)

In 1776, a group decided to separate themselves from the rule of what they (rightly) considered a despotic ruler. Periodically — but especially in the last 50 years — the ruling party apparently wishes it were not so. This is our current situation. It is time to restore the rule of law.

Common Sense, by Thomas Paine

But where says some is the King of America? I’ll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain. Yet that we may not appear to be defective even in earthly honors, let a day be solemnly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve as monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS KING. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other. But lest any ill use should afterwards arise, let the crown at the conclusion of the ceremony be demolished, and scattered among the people whose right it is. [h/t Digby]

The flag is flying from the front of the house and it should be a great day. It is supposed to unofficially push 118ºF (officially 112ºF) and it is already 110º (12:33 -0700 GMT) at the monitoring station where I work. The “panel” currently reads 113ºF, but that page is dynamic and is dumped hourly to the summary I linked to above.

Off to be independent!