Friday, October 10, 2008

Soaring Eagles & Biting Beetles Take Over the Lafayette Sky


This guy was sitting in a corn field (10-6-08), I'm guessing about 100 yds. from the road. I just happened to be driving by on my way back from a job on Manson Colfax rd. He was about 2 miles east of US 52. I looked over and did a double take, and sure enough, there he was. So I backed up and took this picture of him (see attachment) I had to zoom all the way in. This is the first time I've seen one this close & plain as day, outside of a zoo! Very surreal. This is a big bird! He must have had a hankering for some field mice :) Have a great day!


This is the bald eagle taking flight! Awesome!

Pete Wargo

It doesn't get much better than this! I think Pete's cool pictures sums up our incredible pattern. Normally I track clouds and storms, but in this pattern it is all about the eagles and temperatures taking flight. Here come the 80s once again! There have been a few complaints....but not because of the weather! Check out a friendly e-mail from my weather watchers Charlotte in Monon.


Mike,
THE ASIAN BEETLES ARE HERE IN FORCE! FIRST THE PIRATES NOW THEM . OH WELL IT WAS STILL A NICE DAY. HAVE A GOOD EVENING. CHARLOTTE

These Asian Lady Beetles were attacking me out back when I was doing my weather teases for our main shows yesterday. There were so many of them you could actually grab them out of mid-air. I had Alex the beetle man hold them while I took their picture! Thanks Alex! Luckily, these beetles were not big biters like the ones that found my neck! They are always a sign of unusually warm autumn weather here in Indiana and they also bite usually during our first couple of early Spring weather snaps after cold winter weather. Normally these ladies are out telling us we are having true Indian Summer, but this year of course we have yet to have our first widespread frost and hard freeze so it looks like our beetle crop this year will be stronger and last longer.


I will have more on these good bugs gone bad tonight and why some folks have to vacuum them out of their homes! Also, check back to see if we will set any records and oh yes.....SNOW trying to move our way for Halloween! Have we ever had snow on Halloween? I will answer this question tonight on the news and here on the blog. Check out the big flip in the pattern heading our way for Halloween above! This is the pattern I expect to evolve....we have been talking about an early snow here on the blog for a few weeks in November, but we can't count out October just yet for producing what I call white gold! Niccole, our evening anchor was joking with me about changing her costume after this forecast to the abominable snowman. I told her she was too kind of a person to be a scary monster but it would be fitting for a pattern that could take a CHILLING change. I can see it now....kids will be saying treat or snow this year instead of trick or treat. You better have the treats ready because it could be quite cold. I on the other hand will have both ready for them in the forecast if this forecast verifies. A lot still has to happen for this to verify but I had to put this forecast out there to make sure you do not regret not taking advantage of this great outdoor weather while we have it and the fact that all the meteorological teleconnections, analogs, and models are screaming something big for us in the 3 to 4 week range! Tom Harmeson our Chief Videographer took a picture of the woolly worms that just seem to get darker and darker.


It was also great hanging out with Justin New our weather blogger extraordinaire! He has a great future as a meteorologist. I showed him a few things I look at and his eyes lit up! I think he is ready for another big winter of blogging! Justin and I came up with an idea of giving all of our other weather bloggers a chance to have a station tour and maybe even a cookout. I will brainstorm this idea with management and try to make it happen. Have a great Friday!
Last but not least..tonight is also Dancing with the Stars at the Grand Ballroom at the University Plaza Hotel in West Lafayette. I cannot thank my dance instructor Samantha Roth enough for bringing me along. I had no dance experience coming into this thing and over the last month I have come a long way. In some ways it was more challenging to me than running a marathon. I had to come out of my shell so to speak and tonight I will be ready to RRRRRRRRRRRRRUMBA!! I will have pictures coming your way that is for sure. I like to laugh at myself this should do it!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

HI Mike, thank you for posting the pic of my dog, Tyton. He is a happy fellow today, being able to romp out side as he wishes.

He will not stay out for long, for he loves his cozy spot on our, or should I say "his" sofa:) He is a weather dog in a way, he lets me know when storms are near, and He loves the snow:(

A friend of mine just called and was excited about the sky he was seeing on his drive home this evening. He saw Sun Dogs! Something he has never heard of, sorry I missed out!

All enjoy this beautiful weekend! And have fun dancing Mike:)

Teri in Laf

Anonymous said...

You have a very cute dog Teri Is tyton, a black lab? I love labs they are sooooo beautiful!!!!!

He look's like a big bear! :-) Cute

Have a great evening bloggers.

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Justin, Ty is a lab cross. He spent most of his puppy life, living at the HS. When I saw him it was love at first sight, also his number was up:(((, So I took him in:) He was so funny at first, never really felt the grass on his feet, let alone wet grass LOL!

Yes he does look like a big bear, now you will know, what I mean when I post my dog was on my lap during t-storms. He is a big boy and I have another, a gal just as big who is frightened of storms as well. So I have both sleeping with me or on me during storms,
When we had the earthquakes, both dogs jumped on my bed, so I did not feel earth move just my bed shaking from them LOL

Teri in Laf.

Anonymous said...

Ya I don't like seeing dogs or cats locked up in a cage other then when they have to go to the vet! My Rat Terr, Dobby I got down in Indiana he was locked up in a cage for 4 months poor little boy! You see the adds on tv for the HS, and you feel sorry for all them!

Glad you saved Tyton,

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Sorry typo..... I meant Indianapolis...

Justin.

Anonymous said...

Yep Justin it is awful, I used to work for the HS and still have bad dreams, however its not the HS fault that there are so many unwanted pets!

Glad you saved your little guy. My other dog was found in a dumpster, she was only 2 weeks old, I bottle raised her, so as Mike stated they do think of themselves as humans.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I felt a sharp bite when I walked in the house this evening. It was one of those beetles... ouch!

Anonymous said...

Ouch, darn little beetles. There are a few on the south side of my house

Brow said...

Yeah what the heck are those little tiny black biting bugs?! Some say they are baby beetles, but I think they are some kind of flies.

I can't wait to see if we get some snow on Halloween. :)

Anonymous said...

Those little black bugs sure do have a powerful bite! I was told they come from the fields during the fall

Anonymous said...

Hey bloggers.

We have some light rain if any on the way for tomorrow Rainfall amounts of around a Trace to a Tenth of an inch possible (Tuesday)morning then it should start to clear up for a nice day! Our more heaver rain to come will be on Wednesday where we could see a total rainfall amount of around a Half of an inch possible. We could use a little rain I think!!!!!

Mike I hope you post some pictures of you danceing I'M sure you did GREAT!!!! We Bloggers would all love to hear about your RRRRRRRRRRUMBA!! :-)

Justin.

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