Tuesday, January 25, 2011

February through April Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks/The Big Move

Chilly this Tuesday across the Great Lakes and northeast with highs in the teens and 20s. There will also be snow around northern Minnesota, the Great Lakes and over to Boston. There is a slight risk for severe storms in Florida through the overnight hours.

Houston, the sunshine will return today, but it will be breezy and chilly. Into the weekend, lows will be in the 30s and highs will be in the 60s (starting Wednesday). Look for a light freeze in outlying areas Wed., Thurs. and Fri. mornings. Clouds return Saturday will some rain beginning Saturday night and continuing through Sunday. There will be lingering cloudiness and some rain through the middle of the coming week.

Let's do move out or mudarse, pronunced moo-DAHR-say. It is time for us to mudarse of our house. Find out why in the AND MORE section.

We have released our Volume 3 DVD and Volumes 1 through 3 music review CD for Let's Learn Spanish with Frank & Paco. We have a special at our web site. Buy the bundle--Volumes 1 through 3 and get the music review CD for FREE!!! To take advantage of that offer, go to our web site:


You can also find my award winning education series, 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.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. P.S. THEY MAKE TERRIFIC GIFTS!!!

New Poll
My new poll is about the economy...do you think it is really getting better? Only one answer is allowed. Thanks in advance for participating.

Meteorology Meeting in Houston
The Houston Chapter of the American Meteorological Society will have its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 31st at Saltgrass Steak House at 20241 Gulf Freeway in Webster. Dinner will be at 6:00 pm and the meeting will be at 7:00 pm. The topic will be "Hurricane Ike and Some Comparisons" presented by Lance Wood, Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service.

How to Find Out What It is Like to be a Sheriff
My buddy Leslie Williams, Houston Chronicle writer, sent me this link to one of her recent articles--it's about a program where kids can ride along and find out what it is like to be a sheriff. Here's the link and thanks Leslie!

New Climate Outlooks and Drought Maps
I have posted at right the latest Feb. through April temperature and precipitation outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center. Much of the south is expected to have above normal temperatures with below normal precipitation. The west coast and western Alaska are supposed to have below normal temperatures. The Rockies and Great Lakes into Ohio Vally are supposed to be wetter than normal.

Drought is expected to persist for much of Texas and southern states. New drought will develop for a part of Nebraska and into northern Texas and westward to Arizona. Drought problems should improve in parts of Hawaii.

3rd Annual Groundhog Gala at Rice Hotel Feb. 2, 2011
It's almost time for the 3rd annual Groundhog Gala which will be held again at the Rice Hotel's crystal ballroom this Feb. 2nd. There is expected to be a huge crowd this year. So, it will be quite the event!

I'm Moving to Austin and Some Observations and Tips
My husband recently took early retirement. Congratulations Gordy!!! As he takes over a lot of our duties with Sarah, I have taken a full time position with Guaranty Bank. My brother is actually the one who pulled me in...I will be his Production Partner to get mortgages processed. Much of his business is through the Austin/San Antonio corridor and he has been super busy. I think it is because that is one of the economically healthier places in the country and a lot of people are moving there for that reason. Once we are settled, then Gordy is going to begin one of the new ventures he has been considering. BTW, if you know someone who loves variety and has good people and computer skills, they are looking to replace me. So let me know!

Being employed in the business sector is a natural for me. I am hoping that I will get to use some of what I learned from my MBA program. I have also worked in the business sector before--accounting firm, banking, and most recently as a law clerk. By the way, I want to thank my dear friend Marilyn for letting me work part time at Griffin and Griffin law firm. That has been a super fun job and I have learned so much!!! Gordy and I are very grateful for these last 2 years.

So, you can imagine that we have been very busy with trying to sell our house. And, it looks like we finally have. We have also purchased a home in the Austin area.

Our realtor, Susan Greer, with Coldwell Bankers has been phenomenal. She always uses a stager. So, after we thoroughly decluttered, the stager came in and made our house look like a model home. Gordy was amazing with painting and fixing up the house. It really did look brand new.

In the process of decluttering/staging, I learned the following:
-I took 7 large boxes of clothing out of our master closet. Neither Gordy nor I missed a thing. Obviously we had way more than we needed.
-We decided to move our bathing operations to a smaller secondary bath and leave the master bath clean and neat...this proved quite valuable when we were having to clean up and get out within 30 minutes
-Get some new range top burner trays and put those in for showings and use your old ones when cooking. It was an amazing face lift for the range top...looked brand new. When we did take the time to cook, I just put the old ones back in. That way I didn't have to worry about messing up. After dinner and dishes, I just popped the new ones back in.
-Eat dinner together at a table with the TV off. We had gotten into a terrible habit of eating in front of the TV. What a blessing it was to be forced to eat at the table. We sat and visited and rediscovered each other as a family. We have decided to keep this up after we move.

So, my dear friends, I am going to be very busy. But I will try to post as often as possible. I will also keep my ties with the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. I will always love meteorology.

Have a great week!
Cecilia Sinclair
Wonder Weather Woman

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