Today is a big day. We have installation of our new Live Doppler 18 basemaps. This will allow us to zoom into every street corner and with the touch of the mouse highlight roads impacted by severe weather! We also have some incredible resolution views of areas like Ross-Ade Stadium and the Tippecanoe County fairgrounds. It certainly is our biggest day for our Live Doppler 18 since we got it in 2000. Hopefully tonight I can show off a little of what it can do to give you an exciting glimpse into the future. We will certainly need it by the second part of the weekend.
This weekend is also huge with Dancing in the Streets and the ZOO RUN RUN! It is hard to believe I helped to start the Zoo Run Run 5K family fun run and walk 6 years ago. It was an exciting idea brought up at our Zoo Board meeting and we made our dream a reality! This year we are expecting our biggest turnout ever and it includes a new and improved race route. It is a course that is much more walker and runner friendly with plenty of straightaways and most importantly it is 3.11 miles. It is Mike Prangley designed, tested, and approved. I have run it at least 6 times! If you are not in the mood to run, don't worry there will be plenty of walkers. It is more about families getting out there and having fun! But if you are a serious runner, it is an official course and it will be a great route. The T-Shirts look great and the free breakfast afterwards thanks to Bison food is one of a kind. You will also get free pool passes and the kids will be able to interact with the animals. I look forward to seeing you out there on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. at the race start. I put the little ad in above to help get fired up. Notice the goats out-ran me! They were actually running back to Mommy in the Arnett Clinic Petting Zoo.
Come join us for Lafayette's biggest 5K summer race! All proceeds go to the Columbian Park Zoo to help bring in new animals and exhibits and of course for the wonderful educational and outreach programs for kids. The talk of bringing penguins to the zoo are true. If you haven't been there in awhile you would be proud of how much it has grown and you need to meet Benny, the Zoo's new Wallaby. After the race you can go swimming and then come back to the Zoo and celebrate its 100 year anniversary. Columbian Park Zoo director Claudine Laufmann will have plenty of great activities for you and your family.
Other stories I am working on for today and tonight here on the blog and on the tube!
James Britton shows us the great shot of the moon off 350 South last night. It still had a yellow tinge to it even 2 hours after moonrise. It was an unusual tangerine color when it rose at 8:11 p.m. What do you think is causing this? Your hint is below!
The cicadas are singing and their song may be some good news for those that like colder weather. You can thank Diana Marion from Monticello for sending this picture in to try to keep everybody cool! Keep those cool thoughts! It will feel like close to 100 today with the humidity in the shade! OUCH.
Thunderstorms will erupt in our area for the first time in about a week this weekend after our 2ND DRY FRIDAY IN THE LAST 14 WEEKS! WOW! I am still not guaranteeing this....We have about a 5% chance of a pop up storm today. :)