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Tornado reported in Western Washington

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service confirms the winds that damaged industrial buildings in western Washington, including a Boeing factory, were a tornado.

Meteorologist Johnny Burg says a team from the Weather Service office in Seattle went to the scene Monday and certified the tornado, based on eyewitness accounts.

The tornado at 7:20 a.m. tore a hole in the roof of the Northwest Door factory at Frederickson, halting production of garage doors.

The tornado also caused minor damage to the nearby Boeing factory and cars in the parking lot. Boeing says work has resumed.

The winds topped a weekend of record rains from a wintry storm in the Northwest.

Is is blustery where you are? Here in Spokane we're battening down the hatches and clicking our ruby red shoes.

Cutline Contest — 5.22.13

About 100 people supporting the Myrtle Beach Tea Party protest at the Internal Revenue Service office in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Tuesday. Tea party activists held rallies outside federal buildings across the country Tuesday to protest the agency's extra scrutiny of conservative groups. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan)

Tuesday Winner — Nic/10 likes: "The python is introduced to three University of Florida staffers, otherwise known as Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner" You can see Tuesday photo + 14 cutline entries here.

Winter arrives, and with it joy in chaos…

Good morning, Netizens…

 

It's here! It's here!

 

After nearly a week spent forecasting doom and gloom about winter snowfall coming and destroying most lifeforms in the Pacific Northwest, the snow actually began arriving, bringing with it winter, just yesterday. Almost immediately the streets began more closely resembling skating rinks than public thoroughfares. Before anyone construes that I am casting aspersions on the good character of Spokane Public Works Department snow removal technicians, much less our new Mayor, it typically takes a few days of snow piled hock-deep on the middle of our street before I begin growling to myself.

 

We haven't gotten that far YET. We have a few people who haven't learned (or remembered) how to drive on snowy roads. A four-wheel-drive does not automatically give you the right to drive at ludicrous speeds on icy streets anytime of your choosing. There is a law for that: it is called gravity, and you might do well to heed it before driving too fast on the roads today.

 

Egads, it's winter. Finally. Now everybody can quit bitching about how we haven't had any winter weather.

 

Dave

First snowfall hits Spokane region…

Good morning, Netizens…

 

I knew, as soon as I crept forth from my bed this morning, that during the early morning hours, some of that wretched snow would fall. Both my wife and I suffer in later life with what I call “weather joints”; whenever the weather is going to change, particularly if it involves moisture in any form or at least a change in the barometric pressure, our joints remonstrate with us about it, more often than not in advance. We both have known this weekend was going to be a meteorological “busy” time, with several weather fronts moving through the area.

 

An old shoulder injury and a faulty kneecap both were taking front row seats as soon as I hit the deck, muttering such inanities as, “Here's a little pain to start you on your way, Sunny Dave” and “You deserve this, you know!”

 

Our overnight half-inch snowfall contribution wasn't all that much, although the gusty winds last evening contributed its fair share of downed trees, power lines in the streets and general mayhem, most of which appears to have been repaired overnight. Areas of the South Hill and the outlying areas of Spokane appeared to have been hit the hardest, and although we in the near north side did not appear to have lost power not even once. The one positive note about last evening is that all the leaves from our pair of aspen trees that hadn't already hit the ground did so, and the leaves that had fallen were neatly moved into the neighbor's lawn, thus negating the need for us to rake leaves. Good move, Mother Nature, and thank you!

 

Today is the first day of the annual Fall Folk Festival, but this year, unlike nearly a decade in the past, neither of us nor our granddaughters will be in attendance for a remarkable number of reasons, a few of which I will elaborate upon at another time in the near-future. The Fall Folk Festival is a good show and it's still free which matters a great deal, even here in budgetary-challenged Spokane.

 

Of course, our Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, has announced to the news media that she is retiring by January. All things being equal, you will pardon me if I rebut her comments with an admonition for her not to let the door out hit her in the butt. Of course, as always, your opinions and ideas are worthy. As I always say, it's another day in paradise! Try to ignore the snow.

 

Dave

Wind Splits ‘Shawshank’ Oak Tree

An oak tree outside Ohio's Malabar Farm State Park in north-central Ohio played a key role in the the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption. The tree was hit Friday by straight-line winds that split it down its rotted middle and took out one side. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Bob Downing)

Question: Which one of the films based on Stephen King's novels or short stories is your favorite?

APhoto Of The Day — 11.17.10

Strong wind tousles Sheila Werth’s hair Tuesday as she takes pictures of the sun setting across Cook Inlet in Kenai, Alaska. The National Weather Service reported gusts exceeding 40 miles per hour at the time. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, M. Scott Moon)

Top Cutline:

  • 1. “..I can see Russia with this cam” — Pecky Cox.
  • 2. Sheila decides it is not Werth it to try to get a picture, as it takes a really Kenai to get a good shot in weather like this — JohnA.
  • 3. “OK Alaska, smile and say ’breeze’” — Formerly Sandpoint.’
  • HM: BrentA

Mr_Bloggy Has Seen The Wind

Mr_Bloggy (re: Dustin: Me hates wind gusts): Mr_Bloggy is a student of the Linguistic Relativity or Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis in which our language, semiotics, encoding, affect how we thing. So, in other words, wind isn’t wind isn’t wind. There are many types and words for wind. Mr_B will spare the careful and diligent reader his (Mr_B’s) encyclopedic vocabulary and instead focus on Mr_B’s most notable winds vis a vis an analysis of contextual mobarity.

  • 1 The Cold Winds of Retribution: (see: Karma and ancient Mongolian tribal jurisprudence) Mr_B grows positively dewy eyed and may instantly lapse into an alpha brain wave state of drooling and spit bubbling bliss imagining what awaits Dick Cheney one day for his sheer, violent evil. Rest of comment below.

Friday Quote

Photobucket Photo of Thomas Edison with electric car “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” - Thomas Edison We thought that was kind of funny thing to say at the time. Especially from the guy who invented the wasteful incandescent light bulb. Sheesh. Just before he passed away in 1931, Edison said the above quote to automobile titans Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. And here we are, flirting with disaster, “peak oil” and finally coming to terms with alternative energy.