Thursday, May 12, 2005, 11:26 AM - MusingsI'm usually so busy working on weather related stuff that I am not affected by the weather outside my window. It's true that the spring color outside my window was very late but, last night dinner guests were expected for 6pm. It would have been lovely to sit on the west deck and enjoy the Sun about to set, but no----that May 8-15th forecast was correct and it was the strong wind that kept us inside. Bah! My sympathies to those who are affected by this cold spring more often than I.
Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 08:53 AM - MusingsThe birthday party for the 2yr old was to be held out of doors at noon on Sunday, May 1st. The tv forecasters on Friday said the rain would clear out by noon on Sunday. On Saturday, their forecast was the same. Sunday morning their forecast changed to clearing around 3pm....try 5pm.
I had mentioned to the Dad that Sunday was going to be wet but since I was only partially accurate for the family wedding date April 23rd, he proceeded to set up for outside. I would rather have been wrong because the back yard is so beautiful right now with a weeping cherry tree in full 'pink' bloom, however, a good time was had by all, indoors.
On another note - this southern New England (accurately predicted) chilly spring is becomming more and more annoying. Yet we have more unstable temps with only a few heat spikes to look forward to in May.
Friday, April 22, 2005, 09:29 AM - MusingsThe wedding day is tomorrow evening, April 23rd. Last year the bride was trying to select a good weather weekend anywhere from April to October. After much searching for a reception site, the bride decided on the weekend of April 23-24. I advised her that she might have a clear day on Saturday but not Sunday - neverthemind, the site for the wedding was wonderful and the ceremony could be held out of doors or inside.
For the past 10 days I have been looking at weather.com and accuweather to compare forecasts. Both websites changed their 10 day outlook 2 or 3 times. My forecast cannot change and has been up on my website for over a month and actually prepared in January 05.
Their forecast, plus the local RI mets had 2" of rain forecast a few days ago and this afternoon the rain, if any, is diminished greatly - to showers and windy conditions. Tomorrow we will know.
Thursday, April 14, 2005, 05:09 AM - MusingsWhen planning a wedding, usually the weather is on the minds of those involved. The wedding date must be selected a year or two in advance and just about everyone knows that there is no way to come up with a forecast so far into the future. NOT!
Even though I have had succes with forecasting for special occasions up to 2 years into the future, some closer to me just remain skeptical. Ah, oh well. The wedding is almost here....we'll all know soon.
Thursday, April 7, 2005, 11:49 AM - MusingsOver this past weekend April 3 and 4, we drove to New Jersey even though heavy rain was forecast here in RI. Starting out at 7am Sunday morning we were having good weather and then two hours out a call was made to my host (Ken Negus in Princeton NJ) to see if all was well there as the reports came in that flooding was taking place in NJ.
Ken reported that it was clear in Princeton, that they were on higher ground so we proceeded to drive on. The Sun was shining amidst some clouds and not a drop fell until we hit the New York border. It's such a pretty drive over the Tappan Zee Bridge and on the Garden State Parkway but we did encounter a heavy cloudburst for about 5 minutes - all in all a rather uneventful trip, despite what the tv forecasters were describing.
Of course I doublechecked my own weather charts earlier in the week and found no problem with driving down on the third. It is rather nice to report that all went well.
Princeton is a lovely town, prettier and more rarified than our local campus at Brown University - more ivy, I should think.