How would we survive without you?
Observations by and for the vaguely disenchanted.
Risking the wrath of the whatever
from high atop the thing.
Don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain.
For after all, the best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If I were running the world, I would have it rain only between 2 and
5 a.m. Anyone who was out then ought to get wet.
-William Lyon Phelps
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is
ancient. It's called rain.
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain,
there would be no life.
Save a boyfriend for a rainy day-and another, in case it doesn't rain.
Some people walk in the rain. Others just get wet.
Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then
fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound.
Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three
together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start
all over again.
The best time to listen to a politician is when he's on a stump on a
street corner in the rain late at night when he's exhausted. Then he
-Theodore H. White
The drowning man is not troubled by rain.
The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing
was there a why and a wherefore.
-W. Somerset Maugham
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the
There are times, however, and this is one of them, when even being right
feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has
been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might
be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a
crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your
eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation.
-Hunter S. Thompson
Those who profess to favour freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men
who want crops without ploughing up the ground, they want rain without
thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its
Trouble will rain on those who are already wet.
We will never be an advanced civilization as long as rain showers can
delay the launching of a space rocket.
Apparently, Captain Marvel has arrived in Pittsburgh. (Twitter photo by @timbetler. Taken from USX, July 16.)
Tampa Bay, Florida waterspout, by Joey Mole
(From NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day)
We get an occasional heatwave, a tornado or two, some flash flooding and snow. According to NASA, the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida is arguably the most active area in the world for waterspouts, with hundreds forming each year. Some people speculate that waterspouts are responsible for some of the losses recorded in the Bermuda Triangle.
Most disappearances in our area can be attributed to PennDOT.
Widespread flash flooding in the Pittsburgh area this morning due to heavy rains.
We live in the Library Heights area of South Park Township, so we have no flood problems. But it's pretty much impossible to go anywhere. My wife couldn't make it to work this morning because all the main roads have major intersection flooding.
The video above shows Library station, the end of the line of the Port Authority of Allegheny County's light rail transit system. The tracks are under about four feet of water, and commuters retrieving their cars this evening are going to be unpleasantly surprised.
They're predicting more heavy storms this afternoon, so Pittsburgh readers ought to consider hunkering down for a while. If you live anywhere near a road with "Run" in its name (Saw Mill Run, Thompson Run, etc.) you can be certain you're going to be affected.
"Hey, we might be able to see the Northern Lights tonight."
"They're saying 8, but it may be as late as midnight."
"Cool. What direction do you look?"
"Uh... Northern Lights? I'm guessing north."
(Some sources are saying that due to a large coronal mass ejection on the Sun this past Thursday, that areas as far south as Pennsylvania may be able to observe the Aurora Borealis this evening.)
Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they
drown in every drop.
-Charles de Gaulle
Do not videotape your child in the bathtub. Do not name your child after
a Scandinavian deity or any aspect of the weather.
Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out
of ten people couldn't start a conversation.
-Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard
Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in
the emotional universe which he inhabits.
-Fulton J. Sheen
Friendship-A ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one
Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold
weather become frozen: even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
-Leonardo da Vinci
Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction
listen to weather forecasts and economists?
-Kelvin Throop, III
No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the
size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.
Running is a four-season sport. There is no such thing as bad weather,
only timid souls.
The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on
The weather is here, wish you were beautiful.
There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothes.
Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers.
When I get sick of what men do, I have only to walk a few steps in
another direction to see what spiders do. Or what the weather does. This
sustains me very well indeed.
You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
No matter how bad your Monday morning is, odds are you didn't have to wade through belly-deep snow in order to pee. There's about five inches of snow out there now and it's still coming down. Late March snows really aren't that unusual, and we get an average of 1.5" in April. And on May 9, 1966, we got 3.1 inches. So quit complaining.
I like dogs in snow pictures. Here Riley and Sassy try to figure out why I'm pointing that flashy clicky thing at them instead of rolling in the three and a half inches we got from yesterday's clipper system.
Actual set of random questions presented on the mobile version of the government's disaster assistance site.
In the case of New Jersey, the correct answer is "all of the above."
Random stuff, as we await the arrival of Sandy Frankenstorm:
God is so busy making sure women get pregnant, I don't know where He
finds time to make a hurricane.
Bill Maher: "You once called Mitt Romney the most intellectually
dishonest man in politics. Do you still believe that?"
Barney Frank: "I would strike the word 'intellectually.' "
-(Real Time with Bill Maher, 10/26/12)
If you are having trouble multi-obsessing over both the hurricane and
election I will be visiting my mom and will get some tips.
Bloom's Taxonomy defines educational objectives in terms of three core
domains: knowing/head, feeling/heart and doing/hands. These categories
are also useful in dating.
-The Covert Comic
How Not To Get A Picture Of Me.
Lesson 1: poke my girlfriend in the back at baggage claim and offer her money.
-Sir Patrick Stewart
There are few things more laughable than a political party that can't
get its lie together.
If they just called it 'Survivor: Evil/Dumb/Hot/People.' people would
start watching again.
Good thing Zooey Deschanel just sang the anthem cuz it's not like
Detroit has a rich and vibrant musical history to draw from or anything.
Detroit gave us Motown, Aretha, Bettye LaVette. But none of them has a
Fox TV show, so, hey, let's get Zooey Deschanel to sing the World Series
Romney promises Hurricane Sandy will not unfairly target rich people.
Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once and space is
what keeps it all from happening to you.
BREAKING: Weather Forces Romney to Shift Lying to Other States
However, we had them in the past and will probably have them in the future, so if you have a time machine, no problem!
Pittsburgh generally only gets remnants of hurricanes, but sometimes they do wreak havoc. The heavy rains and flooding from Agnes in 1972 and Ivan in 2004 come to mind. And we've been nailed by large cyclonic storms, like 1993's "Storm of the Century." But I don't think we've ever had to deal with a hybrid beast like this one, especially one with high winds over a sustained period of a day more.
As a public service, here's something to take your mind off the coming apocalypse: one of the dumbest- and funniest- movies ever made. Absurdist humor at its best.
Bob: I didn't know you smoked.
Nick: Just after sex, Bob. I'm trying to give it up.
Bob: Well, at least you don't smoke that much.
Nick: About a pack a day.
Bob: That'll kill ya!
Nick: Bob, it won't kill ya. But it will make you very sore.
(YouTube video: "Real Men" (1987) with John Ritter and Jim Belushi)
A nighttime view of Hurricane Isaac with city lights visible through the storm; from NASA's Suomi NPP satellite yesterday.
From KGB Report, seven years ago today:
Sunday, August 28, 2005
posted by KGB at 10:15 PM (permalink)
Wow. I've never seen a forecast like this:
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
413 PM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005
...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE KATRINA CONTINUES TO APPROACH THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA... ...DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED...
MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. AT LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL...LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL. PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.
HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.
AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.
POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.
THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE KILLED.
My kids were born in 1976 and 1977. The hottest day on record in Pittsburgh occurred in 1988; the coldest in 1994; the snowiest in 1993; and the rainiest in 2004. So you can tell grandma and grandpa to stick a sock in it when they start telling you about how extreme the weather was "back in the day"...
Too bad the Chicago area only had two horrific natural phenomena the other day- a snowstorm and earthquake. Throw in a third, like a tornado, and the SyFy Channel could have had another one of their abysmal Saturday night movies: "Snowpocalypse: Earthquake and Cyclonic Doom!"
If it's zero degrees outside today and it's supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?
Blizzard Warning for Fayette, PA
until 4 am EST, Thu., Feb. 11, 2010
Issued by The National Weather Service
6:44 pm EST, Wed., Feb. 10, 2010
... BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST THURSDAY...
A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST THURSDAY.
WIND SPEED IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE THROUGH THIS EVENING TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 40 MPH INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF THURSDAY. SNOW SHOWERS WILL ALSO CONTINUE. THE COMBINATION OF WIND... SNOW... AND BLOWING SNOW WILL DROP VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES.
AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT. THE HIGHER ACCUMULATIONS ALONG WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS.
IN ADDITION... TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS COMBINED WITH THE STRONG WIND WILL GENERATE WIND CHILL INDICES AT APPROXIMATELY 10 BELOW ZERO.
Well, at least there's no earthquake.