Monday, March 31, 2008
March Out Like A Lion as Storm Serena Arrives
It is great to be back from the Nation's Capital! Thanks for holding off the storms until I got back. March came in like a lamb and it certainly is going out like a lion! I finished the marathon in 4 hours, 1 minute, and 11 seconds which I am very proud of. It was a personal best for me. My previous record was a 4:06 at the Indianapolis Marathon in October. Thanks for inspiring me during my D.C. marathon! I finished all 26.2 miles and I did run an 8 minute mile for you on mile 17.The best part of the trip was spending time with wife and daughters and yes the cherry blossoms were gorgeous. You can see all of my better halves above. This was the view from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It was extra special since we all know that Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home was right here in Indiana! It was also where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous " I Have a Dream Speech." I wish I could go on more but weather has to come first....I am tracking storm Serena tonight with showers and thunderstorms. I think 40 to 50 mph winds, lightning, small hail and heavy rains will be our main threats. The best chance for severe weather will stay well south of the area. Stay safe tonight and remember your lightning safety rules. Get used to seeing a lot of this on the air tonight!
It is amazing how much more we can see as these storms are coming through the area. Clarks Hill, Linden, Mulberry, and Frankfort all had some loud crashes of thunder this evening but thanks to Precision 18 I was able to warn these areas well ahead of the storm and made sure they all prepared for plenty of lightning and heavy downpours. That is exactly what happened. Precision 18 can literally see through these storms which will go a long way into preparing us for the heart of our severe weather season. I will have more tomorrow here on the blog about why Indiana is the most tornado-prone state in the country. Yes, even more so than Oklahoma! We did not have any severe weather tonight but be ready for an active period starting most likely later next week.
More pictures and stories of my Washington, D.C. trip will be posted here ASAP.....