Friday, July 10, 2009

Heat Advisory/Poll Results/New Poll/Tropical Storm Carlos


Tropical Storm Carlos formed early today in the eastern Pacific. It is forecast to move west (away from land) and become a hurricane. Will watch it. Atlantic basin is quiet.

Much of the country will be hot this weekend...lots of 90s and 100s across the southern states and into the Intermountain Region. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s for western California and northern plains and northeast. Look for severe storms in east/southeast and western Nebraska. See figure at right.

Houston is hot and humid and there is a Heat Advisory through Saturday. There have been no 100 degree reading for five days but it has been close. With the ridge high and flat, it will be hot and humid for the next week or so. Rain chances are very low but an isolated storm or too could pop each day.


Let's do butterfly, or mariposa, pronounced mar-ee-POH-sah. Do you know the difference between a mariposa and a moth? Check out the And More section for the answer.

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My poll on ideal vacation spots is closed. Only one answer was allowed. 36% said they would like to go to a nice beach. 27% said they would like to got to the mountains. 9% would like to go on a cruise. 9% would like to go to Disney Land or Disney World. 9% would like to go to Europe. 9% would like to go to another country not in Europe. 0% said they would like to go to the desert, a lake, or other. Thanks to all who participated.

Someone I know is considering trading in their old SUV for a qualified fuel efficient vehicle and getting a big tax deduction. Are you considering this? Thanks in advance for answering.

One of the nicest surprises on our trip was the 80 mph speed limits in west Texas. After we came down Hwy. 285 from Santa Fe, New Mexico, it was super thrilling to see that sign after we got on I10 at Fort Stockton. I did not even know that there were any 80 mph speed limits in Texas. It was 80 mph until we got to Kerrville. Well, going that fast, I had a very hard time getting a picture of the speed limit sign...we just kept zipping by it. And I was taking a picture with my phone--2 megapixels resolution. But trust me, it was there.

Speaking of Fort Stockton...very soon after we got on I10 heading east, we starting seeing the giants...there were even more than we had seen between Abilene and Lubbock.

We are home now...actually got back on Thursday. Drove 1050 miles in 2 days...most of it in one day. We starting at 7 am (8 am central) in Los Alamos and made Bandera, TX at 8:30 pm. Not bad considering we had several stops.

Remember how I told you we went to the botanical garden in Albuquerque. They had some fun/interesting information tables. That is where I learned the difference between butterflies and moths. Butterflies fly around during the day. Moths are active at night. Butterflies wings are up in the air. Moths' wings lie down flat.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cecilia Sinclair

Wonder Weather Woman

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