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

Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Made It Through Another Season

It’s December 1.  That means that as of midnight (ET), the Atlantic hurricane season is officially over until June 1.

This is the ninth year we in South Florida have gone without a major hurricane.  The last one of any note here in Miami was Wilma in October 2005.  I am sure there are all sorts of meteorological reasons why we’ve not been hit while others have (e.g. Irma, Sandy), but whatever it is, I’m glad we can get rid of our stash of Dinty Moore and Nature Valley bars for a while.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Safe Travels

A lot of people are traveling today for the holiday — I know the office will be mere shadow of its usual self today.  Just in time for it comes a big winter storm along the East Coast.

Millions of Americans planning to take to the roads and skies for Thanksgiving face travel chaos because of a storm that’s forecast to batter the Northeast on Wednesday. Meteorologists said Tuesday that the nor’easter was likely to hit on a day when more than 46 million people across the nation were expected to journey 50 miles or more.

The nor’easter is expected to throw a variety of misery at travelers, from a slushy mixture and rain and snow and 30-mph winds in Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., to as much as 16 inches of snow in western Massachusetts. “Travel is not going to be a lot of fun for people trying to get to Grandma’s house on Wednesday,” said Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist at The Weather Channel. Major airports would be lucky to escape without significant delays, Roth said.

Good luck getting to New Jersey, Vikram.  My offer of an extra place at the table on Thursday still stands.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014