Friday, February 5, 2010

Will Winter Ever End?

This winter sure seems to be dragging on and on, but it's not because of record snowfall, it's because every other day is cloudy and foggy. Northeast Kansas has had a rough winter season, and another storm will threaten the area late in the weekend. Looks like the heaviest snowfall will occur Sunday night or Monday with heavy accumulations possible. It's nice to have the moisture and at least it's not going to be heavy ice, right?

Someone in our newsroom told me about the weather ball in Michigan, so I had to check it out. Imagine one of these sticking up above your town's skyline. It would make it so much easier to see if something bad was approaching. The ball turns green if there is no change coming in the weather. It's red if, temperatures will be warmer, blue means colder weather in view, and if it's blinking, then rain or snow is coming soon. I like to think instead of a weather ball, we have Millie. Although she's missed a few winter storms, she seems to know when the severe weather will hit. And speaking of Millie, she has a Facebook page. Just search "Millie the Weather Dog" and you should see her picture come up. It's not something I set up; there is another fan out there that established a page for her, so add her as a friend if you think about it.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy the Super Bowl and the commercials. I'm going to root for the underdog, but in the end, I just hope the game is a good one and not a total blow out.


Anonymous said...

We live in Belle Plaine and the snow that was on the ground this morning(Monday) has all melted and the streets are just wet. We did not get the amount that fell in Wichita.

Anonymous said...

i grew up with the weather ball in Michigan, it used to be downtown where everyone saw it.

there was a poem that we used to say with it:

Weatherball red - warmer ahead
Weatherball blue - cooler in view
Weatherball green - no change in scene.

it was fun!

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