Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Short Takes

Investigators begin inspecting EgyptAir black boxes.

Deadly heatwave and wildfires in the Southwest.

Angels block Westboro protestors at Orlando funerals.

U.K. prime minister warns Brits face “existential” choice in Brexit vote.

Trump says he doesn’t need GOP.

The Tigers lost two of three to the Royals this weekend.

Cleveland beat Golden State to win NBA championship.

Summer starts today at 6:34 p.m. EDT in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Short Takes

Police follow new leads in New York prison escapees.

Emmanuel A.M.E. Church reopened for services on Sunday.

United Airlines strands 250 passengers in Belfast after their flight was diverted.

Republicans tiptoe around Confederate flag.

23,000 celebrate summer solstice at Stonehenge.

The Tigers ended their losing streak in a big way yesterday by walloping the Yankees 12-4.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice

The sun has reached its southernmost point and will now begin its journey back north.

December Solstice 12-21-13

It’s the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, summer in the Southern.

Here in South Florida, the length of daylight varies by only about two hours between summer and winter, but for those of you up north, the long dark time is beginning to wane, even if the weather says it’s the bleak midwinter.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Seasons Change…

Traditionally — and when I say that I mean “back when I was a kid” — the Tuesday after Labor Day was the first day of school.  Now it’s the first day back after the first holiday of the school year, which started two weeks ago.

Based on what the folks on TV would have you believe, though, it’s the first real working day after the summer vacation that began the Friday before Memorial Day and it’s been all beaches and roadtrips and hot dogs and sunscreen ever since.  Now they’re all gearing up for cold weather and winter, and I’ll bet that when I get home tonight there will be a Christmas catalog from Harry & David in the mail.

Here in South Florida, the only difference between before Labor Day and after is that we note with trepidation the approach of peak you-know-what season next week.  Fortunately we’ve made it through the summer without any cyclonic disturbances coming ashore, and it’s been eight years since we’ve had a good — meaning bad — hit.  But there are still three months left in the season, so even when autumn arrives in three weeks and the season switches over from wet to dry in the middle of October, we’re still checking out the weather sites and wondering if Invest 98L is going to get a name and a place.

So for those of you in places where the seasons change radically, where the frost is already making an early appearance, where the aspens are already turning and the nights are getting longer, enjoy the inexorable change.  For me, I’m glad to see the late hibiscus bloom.