Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cold Morning

At 5:38 a.m.:

Miami Weather 02-20-15I think this is the coldest temperature I’ve seen in Miami.  I know; it’s a lot worse up north.  I’m not complaining about the cold personally; I’m from the Midwest and I grew up with subzero temperatures and piles of snow.  It’s a reminder that Florida — even as far south as Miami — can get cold, and that technically we’re not in the tropics.

The cold does have an effect on agricultural interests, so a freeze up in the citrus belt or the vegetable belt will effect the price of your orange juice or at the salad bar.  Plus, all the snowbirds who came down to escape the cold air will wonder why they paid all that money to shiver on the beach.

This is supposed to be the last morning of this current cold wave.  The temperatures are expected to bounce back to normal later today.

Miami Forecast 02-20-15See you on the beach.

Short Takes

Germany says nein to Greece’s proposal to resolve its debt crisis.

President Obama calls for expansion of human rights to fight extremism.

Wal-Mart to pay $10 an hour minimum wage.

Superbug — Nearly 180 people may have been exposed to a deadly virus at a hospital in Los Angeles.

A first for Texas: a same-sex couple were granted a one-time-only marriage license.

Brrrr — Cold wave strikes the Midwest and East Coast.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Short Takes

Egypt strikes back at ISIS in Libya.

Danish officials say they have arrested two people in connection with an attack at a freedom-of-speech event over the weekend.

A train carrying crude oil derailed in West Virginia; several hundred people evacuated.

The government is intervening in the labor dispute that has slowed shipping at West Coast ports.

Now it’s ice — The Southeast and Northeast brace for more bad weather.

6.8 earthquake hits northern Japan.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Short Takes

The blizzard in New England isn’t over yet.

Americans among those killed in a terrorist attack on a hotel in Libya.

A lot of people, including President Obama, showed up to pay respects in Saudi Arabia.

Consumer confidence is at its highest rating since 2007.

Mormons try to balance marriage equality and the right to discriminate.

Obamacare cost estimate keeps getting smaller.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Big Snow

Yeah, I know, you don’t need to hear anything about a big blizzard from a guy in Florida, but I hope that those of you who live up there in the snow zone are safe and warm.

I spent enough time in the snowbelt to know that blizzards are no joke; they should be taken as seriously as the tropical cyclonic events we get here in Florida, and in some places, the results can be just as devastating.  So be careful out there.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

Warm Thoughts

8 Beach

This is not to lord over anyone the fact that it is going to be in the 80’s here in South Florida today.  It’s just an appreciation of nice weather, and that’s my definition of it.  Some people like it when it’s cold; warm weather makes them miserable, especially if it’s too humid.  That’s fine; to each his/her own.

I’ve lived in all kinds of climates; from the north woods of Michigan to the high desert of New Mexico and places in between.  For now — and likely for the future — I like the permanent summer of South Florida, and if you think I’m mocking you snowbirds with the sunny forecast, remember that next August when it’s a mild 78 in Minneapolis and I’m down here schvitzing like a racehorse in 90% humidity.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014