Posts Tagged ‘Weather’

The weather up north seems frightful

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Down here in Georgia, the weather has been slightly chilly and quite rainy. From what I’ve seen from the Weather Channel and elsewhere, the whole East coast north of this state (from South Carolina on up) has recieved a huge winter storm, however. Lots of ice, sleet, and snow has covered up everything, especially in the Boston area.

I wonder what the conditions will be like for the drive back up I-95 in a few days.

What are the conditions like where you are?

I’m dreaming of a wet Christmas…

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

The forecast for Cambridge calls for snow this Christmas. I’m not in the Northeast, however.

Over southern Georgia, year after year, the atmostphere wishes for a snowstorm. Temperatures near the land have a different thing in mind and typically tease the residents with a not-cold-enough — yet chilly nonetheless — briskness causing the precipitation to be sleet and/or freezing rain. It happens each Christmastime, outside of a snowfall miracle (which typically happens once a decade, on average). This Christmas seems no exception to the norm. Today, the day before the big day, very cold rain pelted down as I made my way to pick up last-minute gifts just minutes before every store in the nation closed. Tomorrow’s weather will be more of the not-too-pleasant cold showers, no doubt.

In related holiday news… while driving towards southern Georgia, major plan changes (family stuff) caused us to take a non-typical route. Heading through Atlanta (and, thus, Macon as well) instead of I-95, a meeting of some of the locals was arranged. Yes, that meant driving over to meet Trae (who has a spiffy new website design) and family on the-day-before the-day-before Christmas. It was great to see Trae, Mary, and their kids again. We had pizza and brownies and talked a while before I headed to Savannah.

I’m really tired thanks to bouncing all around the country with travel lately, so it’ll be nice to get some rest for a few days. Sleeping in is good.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Shocking photos

Saturday, June 26th, 2004

Marc Laidlaw in Redmond, Washington took an up-close picture of lightning as it hit a tree during a recent thunderstorm. He was in his backyard at the time, but jolted out of the area when the bolt struck a tree nearby. There’s a picture of the damage done to the tree, too.

For more lightning photos, check out Striking Images, Skyfire, WV Lightning, Mike Theiss’ storm photos, and

Also, be sure to check out Lightning photo tips too, if you’re interested in taking pictures.

Photos: downtown Raleigh and the first signs of spring

Monday, March 15th, 2004

Yesterday, when taking pictures (and enjoying the wonderful warm weather), I first visited the downtown area of Raleigh and later went to the arboretum to see if any plants had decided to sprout. Below, you can find the remaining two sets of photographs from this past Sunday afternoon.

  1. snapshots of downtown Raleigh
  2. the first signs of spring

(The second one has lots of really neat pictures.)


Slip and slide, airline edition

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Brent, Tammy, and I flew back Monday after two previous flight cancellations. The flight was plagued with turbulence most of the way back, especially once we were nearing Raleigh. We also couldn’t see anything for much of the duration in the air as we were traveling in clouds most of the way.

Our landing, however, was the big deal. We were barely over the runway when visibility returned. Everyone was staring out the windows to see what was below. Underneath us was the landing strip, but directly above the runway was a thick layer of solid ice.

People were panicking — there were a few screams and a several people’s hearts raced as we made our approach. The aircraft touched down to the start of a bumpy landing, only to be followed up by a long slide as the plane lost control and began rotating towards the left as we slid down the icy runway. After it started sliding sideways, it began to roll to the left as well. People were panicking even more.

Thankfully, the pilots were able to regain control of the plane and set it upright and straight, but in stopping, we continued to skid with loss of control.

It was very a very stupid thing for American Airlines to fly (and land) in those conditions. Our plane almost crashed thanks to the airline’s irresponsible decision to fly in such severe weather.

I’m glad we all were fine after such an event. I know for a fact that several people on that plane were earnestly praying, and I’m glad that our prayers were answered with a lucky landing (we were very close to a crash).

Flight or frightful weather?

Monday, January 26th, 2004

We were rebooked for the 1:30 pm plane leaving today. It was also canceled. We have rescheduled for a later plane, but it looks as though there’s a strong likelihood that it too will be canceled as well, which would mean that we would have to be here another night. There is a chance that this later plan may not be canceled, but the weather conditions in RDU look frightful.

For what it’s worth, AccuWeather’s map of flight delays is interesting… I wonder how accurate it is, however.

Stuck in New York

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

A large ice storm moved in to the Raleigh area, so the airport is closed until further notice. This leaves a few of us who planned on leaving tonight (Sunday) stranded in New York city. The weather is supposed to continue for the next couple days and move up here to New York. When it is done in North Carolina, the snow is supposed to fall here. We may not be home until Thursday.

Of course, things may work out somehow where we could be flying home tomorrow. We shall see.