Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Even More Pleasant Weather/10 ounce versus 12 ounce beer/In Defense of Pluto

Tropical Depression #16 formed today in the western Caribbean...this is not the remnants of Tropical Storm Matthew which has brought deadly mudslides to Central America. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting that this storm will be drawn northward across Florida, back over the Atlantic and then into the Carolinas (which have had very heavy rain recently). Models and ensembles are all in fairly close agreement. T.D. #16 will probably become Tropical Storm Nicole on Wednesday.

Another new disturbance in the central Atlantic has a 10% chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next 48 hours.

In the eastern Pacific, there are 2 areas of disturbed weather with a 10% chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next 48 hours.

On Wednesday, just a few areas of the country will get wet...eastern seaboard (including Florida), western Great Lakes, and southern California. Ridge of high pressure will bring more 100+ readings to part of the southwest and 90s all the way up to Medford, Oregon. L.A. will only have highs in the 90s after it's all time record heat on Monday. The eastern 2/3 of the country will be pleasant with highs in the 60s, 70s and 80s and comfortable levels of humidity.

Tuesday began in the 50s for most of the Houston area. Houston will continue to be very pleasant into the coming week. In fact, a reinforcing shot of cool and dry air will arrive Saturday. And there will be plenty of mornings in the 50s and highs in the low 80s starting on Saturday.

Let's do planet or planeta, pronounced plah-NAY-taah. Do you miss Pluto as a planeta? I've got some thoughts on the matter in the AND MORE section.

Volume 3 DVD of my award winning education series, Let's Learn Spanish with Frank & Paco, will be released soon. A CD of music from volumes 1 through 3 will be released at the same time. Volume 3 will cover the alphabet (with words beginning with those letters), numbers 1 through 20 and colors. Until it's ready for release, 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.

My poll, on how far the Houston Texans football team will go, is closed. 40% said they thought they will make the playoffs. 20% said they will make the AFC Championship. 20% said they will make the Super Bowl. And 20% said they will win the Super Bowl. Thanks to all who responded.

My new poll is on the planet Pluto. Do you think it should be reinstated as the
9th planet? Thanks in advance for answering.

Pluto-9th Planet or Not
Unless you've been under a rock or a small planet, you probably heard that back in 2006, Pluto lost its status as the 9th planet of our solar system. I was devastated and grieve to this day. It was one of the platforms of my childhood. How many solar systems did I build with 9 planets...how many models did I see with 9 planets...how many science fairs did I attend with dozens of 9 planet solar systems? And the name Pluto...it was just perfect for a tiny little 9th planet at the end of our solar system. Everything was right in my world and in my solar system. The loss of that 9th planet Pluto shook me to my core. Well, recently I was excited to see that the New Horizon spacecraft (launched in 2006) has only 5 more years until it passes by Pluto and makes some observations. I thought finally this dear little planet will be vindicated and claim its rightly place in the planet hierarchy. But alas, it looks like even New Horizon can't save it. Upon further investigation, I learned that Pluto is one of what are believed to be more than 40 dwarf planets. So, if we were to be fair, we would have to induct those other 40+ dwarf planets onto our list, including the asteroid Ceres and Pluto's moon Charon. Ceres is actually larger than Pluto. Okay, let's say we just took in the top 3 dwarf planets (that we know of). then we would have 11 planets. Nahhhhhh...you can't go home. The damage has been done and Pluto has been permanently demoted to dwarf planet. I'll revisit this topic when New Horizon reports back in 2015. Don't worry...the time will fly.

10 ounce versus 12 ounce beers
My nephew Taylor (of legal age by the way) just told me that his friend from Louisiana told him about 10 ounce beers which are the only size sold where he lives in Louisiana. Well as I had never seen this, I was quite intrigued. He said that his friend prefers it...saying that you can drink 10 ounces fast enough that it is cold the whole time. But that last 2 ounces in a 12 ounce...well it just gets warm and yucky. Others say it just tastes better. And some people just prefer the feel of the more slender can. Bottom line, they'll take the 10 ounce beer even at the same price.

So, I started checking this out and it turns out this size got popular in St. Mary's County Maryland in the 50s. Today, it is popular around New Orleans, in one other county in Maryland, in parts of Mississippi, in St. Mary's County Maryland, Puerto Rico and a few places in Texas. And get this--all of Budweiser's 10 ounce beers are made in Houston. (But I've never seen one--not that I shop for beer a lot...but I think I would have noticed ha ha).

Anyway, here's the link to the story in Gazette.net.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!
Cecilia Sinclair
Wonder Weather Woman

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