Monday, December 28, 2015

Winter is here.

Here is what I think is going to happen - this will be MOSTLY a sleet/freezing rain event with snow mixed in just to make it pretty.  There are 3 things going on.  An arctic blast from the north, above the cold air is a warm conveyor belt of very humid, warm air and above that a powerful jet stream.

How all of these play together is what is making this a tough forecast.  There is a ton of moisture all mixing together in different layers and then add in some really fierce wind!   I think sleet will be the biggest player with a few inches accumulating but all beginning with snow as the arctic hits first and then the overlapping warm air hits.

Should be interesting - get the salt out.  VERY windy!!   I have my weather station updated every minute.  We shall see when my wind anemometer freezes up today!  Is there an over under with timing of the stoppage?  Over Under 4PM.   I say . . . . . .UNDER when freezing rain freezes my instruments.

KWICOLUM2

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I watched a show on Netflix called "Somm" and what you need to go through to become a Master Sommelier.  I worked at a few higher end wine shops in my life and thought I knew my way around wine (at one point in my life) but OMG!!   These guys do a blind tasting and can nail down where a wine was created and the year.  That is the easy part.  They need to learn EVERYTHING about wine. Such as be able talk about each of the 3000 different varietals in Italy and why one is different then the next.

On average only 5 a year pass the testing.  Very interesting show and very humbling.

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Here is something interesting with the economy.  Big box stores saw a dip in sales with the internet taking over.  But something that has happened is that big box stores had to hire tens of thousands of warehouse workers and those workers are higher paid then the people that work inside the boxes.

So instead of hiring low paid retail they had to hire higher paid warehouse employees. Good for the overall economy.  I think buying stock in delivery companies might be a smart thing.

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I watched "Elizabeth" this weekend staring Cate Blanchett - fascinating and I had to go look up Elizabeth I.  WOW - what an awesome Queen. The daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII.

What a totally cool woman.

I also watched a new SciFi Network show called The Expanse which is a space opera from the books of James S. A. Corey and am blown away.  Excellent show and knowing the SciFi Network they will probably cancel it it's so good!  But I'm along for the ride as long as it's on.  You can get it on demand.

https://youtu.be/8X5gXIQmY-E


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Raise your hand if you broke your wrist on a hoverboard.  I didn't but it seems ERs are packed with injuries!  WHO KNEW!!!

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Remember Trump?  He has been touting that wages are too high and we need to lower the minimum wage.  Well - it seems he has changed his mind over the weekend and now says wages are too low after Bernie Sanders broadsided him saying his followers, mostly uneducated and lower paid people would like more money and it would be better for him to change his mind.   He did.

Bernie said  ""Look, many of Trump's supporters are a working class people and they're angry. And they're angry because they're working longer hours for lower wages. They're angry because their jobs have left this country and gone to China or other low-wage countries,"" 

Bernie talks and Trump listens.  I think Bernie is trying to steal some of Trumps people.

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Be careful out there!