Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Godzilla vs. The Blob - no, it's about weather

I emailed the Vatican to see if The Pope could drop by Columbus.  I figured he would like to see a town that celebrates the guy that invented America.

They have not returned my email yet so there is still hope.
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I've been obsessing why Scotty lost (like my obsession with 911).  I think I've read 12 articles now and the media seems to be in agreement.  He did not lose by one BAD thing but thousands of tiny things.  Basically trying to out Trump Trump, being wishy washy and changing his views multiple times (in one week) and totally mishandling his finances of which he had a HUGE war chest (over $20 million) that got spent away and now he owes over one hundred thousand dollars and has no money. 
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I want to give a big thank you to the Columbus Police Department for their handling of the situation on Hibbard Street. We could have been in the national news but quick thinking of an officer in NOT shooting someone and instead using common sense and talking them down.  Bravo.

Man arrested after armed standoff


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WEATHER

While we are in this calming weather pattern there are a lot of things actually happening, it's just that we are reaping the benefits.

Going from west to east it's all starting out with THE BLOB. A patch of warm ocean that has been standing in the Pacific for a few years now causing the drought in California and generally the west and yes, weather geeks have been calling it The Blob for a while now for lack of a better term. It actually has it's own Wiki page

But, it's in a battle now with some major changes in the jet stream, that river of ultra fast wind above our heads that pushes storms our way. It's dipping DEEP into The Blob and scientists are interested to see what will happen.

Because that dip is "there" it's not "here". Remember the polar vortex?  That was a dip over us in winter. Those dips tend to last a while and if that dip is "there" the jet stream will stay north in Canada for a while meaning warm weather for us.  

In fact you do know that we are only about 6 degrees from our all time highs for this date and will stay this way through Sunday. 

Then there is the Godzilla El Nino thrown into the mix and the pros are wondering if this is the first indication that it is having an effect. Warm weather should last into October.  Monday it will cool down to only 6 degrees above normal.   There just is not anything to push any weather around. 

And then there is a cut off LOW off the coast of of the Virginia's.  A cut off low is a spinning system that somehow left the track when the jet stream moved north and it's just spinning around creating miserable weather on the middle east coast, nothing to push it anywhere so like a top it just spins and rains. 

So - the big question is will Godzilla finally move The Blob. For now - enjoy the calm warm weather, it's going to last a while and I don't THINK we will get a pay back this winter.

Canada senior climatologist David Phillips.  If that blob continues, if it stays warm ... and then you add to that El Nino, it may compliment each other and then it may be the year winter is cancelled. 


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Any brewers out there - My home brew club has recently had a few honors as one member came in 2nd place for his English Barleywine in the National Schooner Homebrew Challenge and another member is having his beer brewed by Mobcraft and you will be able to purchase it at Woodmans soon.

Also if you brew there is a new thing out by Northern Brewer. Canned Starter Wort.  Seems weird because you can make your own starter wort.  HOWEVER, this is actually cost effective, sterile and not messy!  As one member says " Instead of adding DME to an Erlenmeyer to make sterile starter wort, just pop open a can. Boiling DME is a well known cause of stove messes"

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New TV - I've watched 4 new shows. One comedy which I did not think I would like but it was actually pretty funny!   Life in Pieces was one I was going to miss but watched it and it was actually pretty funny. One of the few funny comedies on TV (I loath Big Bang Theory, any show that begs you to laugh because of an over produced WAY to loud laugh track is just fooling you into think it is funny, plus according to IMDB it's been going downhill since its 3rd season).  Then watched Minority Report and turned it off after 15 minutes.  Didn't like the actors and poor acting anyway.

Blind Spot was GREAT. Loved the show and the actors, did not make you feel you were watching bad acting. It's sort of like The Black List but I really liked the charisma of the characters. 

Watched Limitless and it was OK, I'll wait to see what the REAL show is like as opposed to the meet and greet show.   

BTW - DVRs are so handy!  

cheerio!