Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Loving My Eggs/Relief from Houston Heat/Tropical Update

Danielle dropped to tropical storm strengthen and is now back to hurricane status in the Atlantic. Still not looking like a threat to land. However, long range forecast models have diverged. So, I'll let you know if any land area becomes threatened. Further to the east, National Hurricane Center is giving disturbance 90% of becoming (Earl most likely) a tropical storm in the next 2 days. In the Gulf, a trough of low pressure is being given only a 10% chance of developing in the next 2 days.

In the tropical Pacific, Tropical Storm Frank looks like a non-threat for any direct hits on the west coast.

Big changes shaping up over the US as high pressure builds southward into Texas and then lifts northeastward over the weekend with trough invading the west. Very hot across southern plains and central US and southwest on Wednesday. But, many areas will be enjoying a big drop in the humidity. There will be some thunderstorms for the southwest, southeast and Ohio Valley.

Houston, say finally!!! Drier air arrives on Wednesday and that is going to make this heat more tolerable. Hit 102 (highest temperature so far this year) on Monday, 8/23 with explosive thunderstorms and high wind damage and then round 2 today, Tuesday, 8/24. So enjoy Wednesday through Friday. Then late Friday and into at least early next week, tropical moisture and there will be some storms as a trough of low pressure moves in from Gulf.

Let's do egg or huevo, pronounced HWEH-voh. Find out at least one grocery store which is claiming no worries with their huevos in the AND MORE section.

Working hard on the upcoming launch of the music CD for the first 3 volumes, and Volume 3, which will cover the alphabet (with words beginning with those letters), numbers 1 through 20 and colors. Have had a few of Sarah's friends checking out the rough draft of Volume 3 and they were glued to the set. Until it's ready for release, you can order my award winning DVDs, Let's Learn Spanish with Frank & Paco Volumes 1 and 2 on the shelf (in the education section) at Barnes & Noble stores or you can order them from http://www.frankandpaco.com, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.bn.com, http://www.bestbuy.com, or http://www.ebay.com/. Our ESL (English as a Second Language) version can be found at http://www.frankypaco.com.

Loving My Eggs
We eat eggs regularly. So you can be sure that last week when I heard about the salmonella outbreak, I checked mine immediately. We were okay (good thing as we had already eaten some from the carton). Anyway, just wanted to pass along that HEB had a sign up on Sunday that they do not purchase their eggs from the suspected source egg farms.

Katy High School Graduate Is Named Presidential Scholar
Congratulations to Ellen Liu, a 2010 graduate of James E. Taylor High School from Katy for being named a Presidential Scholar. Only 2 students from each state receive this distinguished title. For more on this amazing young lady who is a huge advocate for adequate education for all students, go to:
Thanks to my buddy, Leslie Williams, who wrote this article for the Chronicle.

First Ever National Flood Workshop to Be Held Here in Houston October 24-26
Take advantage of less expensive early registration fees by signing up the first ever
National Flood Workshop by the end of this month. And, there are special low rates for students. This is a super exciting event being sponsored in part by The John C. Freeman Weather Museum and Weather Research Center. Here is the link to the site:

Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks for the Fall
The good news is that Wednesday is 4 months until Christmas...thinking those cool thoughts and less than a month from the official start of fall. So, I'm checking out the latest 3 month temperature outlook (September through November) from the Climate Prediction Center and there is a large swath of high chances of above normal temperaturs from the southwest through Texas into the northeast. Precipation-wise looks like the northern plains and Pacific Northwest will have above normal chances for this same period. Bottom line...might be running that a/c come Thanksgiving Day if you are in Houston are one of the areas in that region I mentioned.

Drought Monitor and Outlook
Also at right are the latest figures...one of the drier areas in the US has been northern Louisiana, Virginia/NC and western Hawaii. Looks like some relief possible for northern Louisiana, improvement expected for Virginia and NC and persistence for Hawaii.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!
Cecilia Sinclair
Wonder Weather Woman

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