Thursday, January 15, 2009

Frigid Conditions for Plane Crash/Weekend Forecast/Science Fair

That US Airways plane crash was really something...thank goodness everyone got out okay. The temperature was about 20 degrees when the crash occurred and it was breezy--felt like single digits. So, it was an extreme situation that turned out amazingly well. The human body can succumb to hypothermia very quickly. If it is even as warm as 50 degrees outside and you are wet, you can die of hypothermia. So, this was a very dangerous scenario indeed (of course the fact that the pilot had the skill to land the plane on top of the water was miraculous too).

It really is cold across the northern plains, in the northeast and across the Great Lakes States and New England. The low this moving in International Falls, Minnesota was 42 below zero--tieing the old record from 1972. That should send a shiver down your spine!!! The chilly air will be locked in place across this same area for a few days...with a slow moderation. It won't be a fun week to be up north and northeast.

Friday highs in the northern Maine will be in the negative single digits. There will be a few snow showers around the Great Lakes and the northeast. A shower or two is possible in Florida and south Texas.

Houston will be chilly with a high near 50. Overrunning clouds will try to move into the area and that would make it even colder. There will be at least one more freeze tonight (Thursday) into Friday. On Saturday--an increase in temperature with highs in the low 60s and Sunday, after morning lows in the 40s, highs will top out in the middle 60s.

Let's do pilot or piloto, pronounced pee-low-TOE. The piloto did an amazing job of landing the plane on the water. Of course, that pilot probably had lots of training and education that enabled him to do his job so well-even in an emergency.

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Speaking of hypothesizing--I had the privilege of judging a science fair today at Lexington Creek Elementary. The science coordinator there, Harriet Mantini, is doing amazing things!!! Hands down, this is the best science fair I have ever judged and believe me, I've judged a lot. Nearly every child had a hypothesis, well executed experiment and conclusion. I always learn a lot at these fairs. Would you believe that cheddar cheese gets moldy faster than swiss, mozzarella or white American? Now you know!!! And don't water your plants with milk--they'll die and turn moldy! Yuck! Good work, science fair students at Lexington Creek!

Happy Friday everyone!
Cecilia Sinclair
Wonder Weather Woman

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