nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (nature)

This was just the regular hourly recording of conditions, not the max.



It's a lot of work to walk into 30+mph steady winds, much less when it's gusting over 40 mph.  It makes highway driving a little more exciting, too!

And you know how usually the wind dies down after sunset? Nuh-uh. It's still booming around the chimney. Probably won't die down until the cold front moves through tomorrow morning. (That's what's driving the thunderstorms in the forecast.)

nuranar: (Art Deco)
The wind is steady at 20 mph and gusting to 30. Driving on an east-west highway with a strong, gusty north or south wind can be an exciting proposition! When I'm doing over 70, the airspeed is already noisy enough that it's easy to forget the wind.  And then you drive under a bridge and the wind shear catches you by surprise. Or you crest a hill and wonder why the car seems to start bouncing. :p  But it's not really a problem until it gets higher than that. Then it's smart to be careful when driving around eighteen-wheelers. Sometimes they can't help fishtailing, or edging too far over the lane on a curve. That can make highway driving a little too exciting. ;)
nuranar: (choir)
Tuesday was a tied record at 79F. Yesterday was 80F. (Not a record or a tie.)

Today was 75F at 1 pm... then 60F at 2 pm.  Fifteen degrees in one hour. Wow!

Funny, it's not even a strong cold front; we won't get below 40F tonight. But it has been extremely windy for three days, with at least two Wind Advisories. Yesterday afternoon in particular it was gusting over 35 mph, with sustained winds alone over 25 mph. (Force 6-7 on the Beaufort Scale.)

Strong wind (not from a storm) at this time of year is usually associated with a cold front; the closer the isobars are to each other, the greater the wind speed. I suspect that the isobars were really compressed ahead of the front. And when the colder air finally arrived, it did so All At Once.

At least it's feeling a little more like winter. And there's significant rain predicted for the next 4 days.  Good thing it's not truly cold - Oklahoma is likely to be an icy mess.

Ick!

31 May 2013 03:27 pm
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (wind)
It's 90F already today (3 PM), and the heat index is 101F. Honestly, I'll be glad when it gets hotter. I'd much prefer 98F with 101F heat index - it's hot, but dry(er).

And the wind has been CRAZY all week.  It's been steady from the south at 15-20+ mph since Sunday, gusting to 30+.  Early Tuesday morning, some of the on-the-hour weather stations recorded gusts over 40 mph.  I took my wind chimes inside Monday night, not so much because they were noisy (they were, but I'm used to it) but because I was afraid the wind would break the clanger!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Regency winter)
1. Toad in the Hole for lunch. I tried it once last winter, and that was when I figured out that I really don't like sausage. I love meat, but I think it's something about the spices in sausage (any kind of sausage) that just don't do it for me. I had an idea last week, though, to try it with the "Li'l Smokies" cocktail sausages. Because I like those, and they're not just massive pieces of sausage anyway. And guess what - no spices at all! Just smoke flavoring. So I tried again and YUM! So filling, and lots of yummy flavor. It'll be nice when I get my herb garden started and can use fresh parsley and thyme instead of dried.

2. The wind, all day and night. I blather on about it long enough that it's probably clear, but I really like it when there's a wind. It just feels more alive and invigorating. Even when it's a hot wind, that's better than stillness.

3. Finishing a Christmas present! It's so pretty. :D

Wow.

19 December 2012 08:43 pm
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
That cold front? The one that was supposed to hit about midnight?

I was sitting in my sewing room (upstairs, west side), working merrily along, watching Dick Van Dyke, trying to get thestupidcaketobakethatwon't AHEM, and

WHOOM

and

WHOOO-OOOOM!!!*

Smart me, I checked anyway, and yep, northside shows trees swaying and leaves blowing and a definite coolness in the air that wasn't there at dusk. (77 degrees at 5 pm, and it's sat at 75 for 3 hours since then.)  I opened the window, just cause I CAN, and the wind is making lots of whistling noises at it goes by, but not getting in (much) Scratch that, it's gotten in and trying to wreak havoc with the mess on my cutting table.  It's still 80 in the sewing room, but it'll drop over 20 degrees tonight.


So for the record, the cold front has arrived!  And my cake still won't bake GRRR.


By the way, [livejournal.com profile] jordannamorgan, your package arrived! Wow, I had a ball unpacking it all! I need to get back to work and get the stupid cake out of the oven againbut more to come! It's all so lovely!



* That's the first gust of wind with the front hitting the house, if you haven't figured it out by now. ;)
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Regency winter)
I feel so drained... it's been a busy week at work. I'm having a hard time thinking right now.

1. Getting a lot done at work. Sure beats a busy day that doesn't accomplish anything. That happens all too often.

2. An unexpected evening to myself. I watched Dick Van Dyke and continued to play with some embroidery. Flossing, this time. ;) Pictures after Christmas!

The weather is being interesting. It has gradually warmed up since last week's cold front (low 20s), so yesterday was 79 degrees. This morning started in the low 60s, with the pavement drenched from dew and a strong south wind.  It's still gusting, and 78 degrees.  The wind is supposed to continue for the next day and a half, although about midnight tonight it's supposed to change to the north.  It's forecast to be steady at 25-30 mph, gusting to 50 mph! Yikes!

Christmas week actually looks unusally cold.  Usually Christmas Day starts chilly (just under freezing), and with clear skies gets into the 50s or more.  This year it'll be a chance of rain and high only in the mid 40s.  Not only that, but the whole week following won't get above 60.  We're going to a college football bowl game on Saturday - that will be an event to bundle up for!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (wind)
And now it's 44°. With 90% humidity and 20-30 mph wind, the wind chill is 35°.  My trench coat is DEFINITELY not enough. Brr!

Wow!

8 March 2012 12:48 pm
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (winter stormy)
Remember this?  16°F temperature drop in 1 hour by the clock.  Well, we've just blown through that.




Yep, that's 21 degrees in 1 hour, from 11 AM to noon.  Yikes!!!

Not only that, but after a night that barely hit 67°, with gentle south/eastern winds, we've gone to cold north winds gusting above 30 mph and cold blowing rain.  What a yucky day! Naturally, it's my busy day - work, then chiropractor, then dinner, then voice lesson, then choir rehearsal, then practice of two special ensemble pieces (partially via Skype) for the concert tomorrow night. *dies*  At least I dressed [mostly] practically. (I suspect I'll want my real coat instead of the trench...)

I knew it was supposed to be chilly with rain today, but I honestly did not expect anything this abrupt or extreme. Wow!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (hat)
First, Saturday was a crazy weather day. Let me explain:

2012-01-22 Meacham


To sum up:
* I started the day with fog and near 100% humidity, plus a steady south wind.
* By 12 noon the fog had disappeared, humidity had plummeted, and the wind was rising and shifting.
* By 2 p.m. it was 77°F with very low humidity, and the wind was from the southwest, steady at 31 mph and gusting to 45 mph. (!)*
* By 5 p.m. the wind was full from the west, still warm and dry, but the sun was dimming. The wind picked up a lot of dust southwest of us, and the western sky had a distinctly reddish tinge.
* By 6 p.m., due to the dust, visibility had dropped from 10 miles (a perfectly clear day) to 4 miles.
* By 8 p.m., the wind was from the northwest, still strong and gusty but dropping, and humidity rising once more. Temperature slowly falling.


So in one day, we go from warmish for January and wet (and windy), to quite warm and dry (and VERY windy), to very warm and dry and dusty (and still windy), to cool and damp (and still more wind). Honestly, I'm used to change, but this is one of the few days in which "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes" really seems to apply. As far as I can tell we had either two weather fronts move through or off, or one front and a dry line, in less than 12 hours. Even without precipitation, the wind directions and humidity changes are pretty clear.

* I had the windows open, because it was warm and I love the wind. I admit that 45 mph is a bit much inside the house! The only real casualty was a light bulb, when the wind blew one of my vanity lamps over and off the dressing table. The bulb didn't break, but the filament did.




Second thing - I've got so much to plan! I didn't make it to the DFWCG planning meeting on Saturday, but a terrific schedule for the year was decided on. Including a Dallas/Fort Worth area costuming retreat at the end of July! And speaking of that, I realized I need to send in my Costume College info if I'm doing that (which I really want to), and really plan out my costumes and sewing for the year. So a post on that will be coming up soon!

If I can ever manage to upload pictures, I've got lots of show of the house, plus the costumed tea the Guild had last Saturday, at which I met [livejournal.com profile] padawansguide for the first time in real life. :D 


As for my two minor victories: In the last week, I found two Somethings that had been inexplicably missing for months!  One was my two pattern boxes with ALL of my regular-small-envelope patterns. This includes all my modern stuff, most of my 1860s patterns, and nearly all of my vintage patterns. They went missing in the move and I couldn't find them anywhere.  I finally found them in the stack of boxes with school books and papers; someone had put them in a bond paper box, then stacked loose leaf papers on top, so just taking the top off the box made it look like a full box of paper. Yay!

The second find: All 9 paperbacks of C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner series.  When I organized and boxed almost all of my books last February (while iced in for a week), I set them aside because I'd acquired the next "trilogy" set (nos. 10-12), but wanted to re-read the whole series to refresh it in my mind. And somehow I lost track of where I put them! So despite intermittent, frantic hauling around and poking through the boxes all summer (in the heat of the garage YAY not really), I never did find them. And although afraid to look, Sunday on a whim I pulled out my boxes again and finally found them. They were all there! I have no idea how I overlooked them, but SO MUCH RELIEF. I was really getting afraid they'd been thrown away sometime. Nine paperbacks are a bit bulky to overlook for a year!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (hat)
First, Saturday was a crazy weather day. Let me explain:

2012-01-22 Meacham


To sum up:
* I started the day with fog and near 100% humidity, plus a steady south wind.
* By 12 noon the fog had disappeared, humidity had plummeted, and the wind was rising and shifting.
* By 2 p.m. it was 77°F with very low humidity, and the wind was from the southwest, steady at 31 mph and gusting to 45 mph. (!)*
* By 5 p.m. the wind was full from the west, still warm and dry, but the sun was dimming. The wind picked up a lot of dust southwest of us, and the western sky had a distinctly reddish tinge.
* By 6 p.m., due to the dust, visibility had dropped from 10 miles (a perfectly clear day) to 4 miles.
* By 8 p.m., the wind was from the northwest, still strong and gusty but dropping, and humidity rising once more. Temperature slowly falling.


So in one day, we go from warmish for January and wet (and windy), to quite warm and dry (and VERY windy), to very warm and dry and dusty (and still windy), to cool and damp (and still more wind). Honestly, I'm used to change, but this is one of the few days in which "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes" really seems to apply. As far as I can tell we had either two weather fronts move through or off, or one front and a dry line, in less than 12 hours. Even without precipitation, the wind directions and humidity changes are pretty clear.

* I had the windows open, because it was warm and I love the wind. I admit that 45 mph is a bit much inside the house! The only real casualty was a light bulb, when the wind blew one of my vanity lamps over and off the dressing table. The bulb didn't break, but the filament did.




Second thing - I've got so much to plan! I didn't make it to the DFWCG planning meeting on Saturday, but a terrific schedule for the year was decided on. Including a Dallas/Fort Worth area costuming retreat at the end of July! And speaking of that, I realized I need to send in my Costume College info if I'm doing that (which I really want to), and really plan out my costumes and sewing for the year. So a post on that will be coming up soon!

If I can ever manage to upload pictures, I've got lots of show of the house, plus the costumed tea the Guild had last Saturday, at which I met [personal profile] padawansguide for the first time in real life. :D 


As for my two minor victories: In the last week, I found two Somethings that had been inexplicably missing for months!  One was my two pattern boxes with ALL of my regular-small-envelope patterns. This includes all my modern stuff, most of my 1860s patterns, and nearly all of my vintage patterns. They went missing in the move and I couldn't find them anywhere.  I finally found them in the stack of boxes with school books and papers; someone had put them in a bond paper box, then stacked loose leaf papers on top, so just taking the top off the box made it look like a full box of paper. Yay!

The second find: All 9 paperbacks of C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner series.  When I organized and boxed almost all of my books last February (while iced in for a week), I set them aside because I'd acquired the next "trilogy" set (nos. 10-12), but wanted to re-read the whole series to refresh it in my mind. And somehow I lost track of where I put them! So despite intermittent, frantic hauling around and poking through the boxes all summer (in the heat of the garage YAY not really), I never did find them. And although afraid to look, Sunday on a whim I pulled out my boxes again and finally found them. They were all there! I have no idea how I overlooked them, but SO MUCH RELIEF. I was really getting afraid they'd been thrown away sometime. Nine paperbacks are a bit bulky to overlook for a year!

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