Friday, October 22, 2010

On the road again....

Millie and I traveled to Southeast of Saline schools to talk with the 1st graders about weather (of course) Millie went in and barked at the counselors to let them know she had arrived (I never seen her do that before).

We had a great time, as we always do, hearing stories and answering questions about weather and of course, the kids expect that Millie will do some crazy tricks. They are disappointed when I tell them she doesn't do any tricks, but they still want to pet and squeeze her. She's a good sport about it.

We'll be off from school talks for a little while, but back at it again in the middle of November. Maybe by that time, we will have had a little rainfall. Even the best chances for rain lately have been duds. I wish I could change it, but for now, we'll just keep waiting.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Clark Davidson Elementary Visit

The 1st graders in Goddard were treated to a visit from Millie Tuesday. We had been invited to do a weather talk and review the water cycle with the kids. As always, they had some great stories about weather and some great questions. I always do a short quiz, putting pictures of weather measuring instruments on the board, and have them guess what we are looking at. They do an excellent job, and I always walk away amazed at how smart some of the kids are. Millie was very intrigued by the radiosonde, which is the device that I'm holding up for the kids. It is carried up by the weather balloon and measures temperature, pressure, humidity, and is tracked to see what the wind pattern is like in the atmosphere. Millie thought there was a milk bone in there, but she couldn't have been more wrong.

I'll be at East High School on Wednesday for a career fair, so we are staying very busy this week.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sunday's double rainbow

Here is the rainbow that developed in southcentral Kansas Sunday evening before sunset.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Headed to Goddard

Millie and I will be back out on the road doing a school talk in Goddard on Tuesday. I hope to have some pictures to post soon as I'm sure we'll have a great time. We are speaking with the 1st graders at Clark Davidson Elementary school.

It was so great to finally get some rain this weekend, as the farmers have nearly finished up planing wheat and it will help getting it watered in. We have just finished off a two week stretch of dry weather, and hopefully we'll get more moisture soon. A strong cold front will be blasting through the central US this week and it's not likely to produce much moisture, but we will be in for a big cooldown and maybe the first frost for some by Thursday morning. Have a great week.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Welcome to October

Here we are launching into our first week of October and the weather has been a real treat. It's not so good if you're needing moisture, but farmers are happy with the dry stretch as they finish up planting next year's wheat crop. There will not be much in the way of rainfall this week as we have one big system on the east coast, and one on the west coast, and right down the middle of the country, it should be rather quiet.

The sunny days and cool nights are perfect when it comes to optimizing the fall color around Kansas. Assuming the trees have had enough moisture, we should have some spectacular colors here in a few weeks. I've already seen several trees around town starting to change, and it won't be long now before we have an abundance of color. If you send me your fall pictures, I'd be happy to share them on the blog. Have a wonderful week.

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