Friday, January 23, 2009
Car Washing Weather & Singing Robins Give Way to Winter's Wrath
Long lines at area car washes yesterday and for good reason! It was our warmest day since January 4th and our second warmest day of the year on Thursday.
It was a day we will all remember. The birds were singing and my weather watchers weren't just sending in the good news on how warm it was, but actual wrote me some poems. Check out Kandy Teel's poem above and notice I chose a robin background because I had several robin sightings across the area. As we get closer to Spring we will see more and more of our warm weather friends. Is this unusual? Well not really because there are many robins that do not migrate like they used to and Lafayette's true first sign of Spring is when we see those red-winged blackbirds. It was still exciting seeing the robins and folks taking advantage of the weather by taking nice long walks. You can see why with these weather watcher highs:
Compare and contrast the pictures above with what happened one week ago! Check out the vaporization experiment successfully done by Carol Goodrich with temperatures well below zero. Now that is an impressive cloud created by some incredibly low temperatures.
Things are going to change in a hurry today. You can still wash your car but I would do it first thing this morning our you could be frozen in your car and that would not be good with the weekend upon us! Do not be fooled by the warm start this morning. Take your heavy winter coat to work no matter how warm it feels. I will be back to tell you more about some shocking changes on the way which by Indiana standards are pretty impressive! I will also post the expected snowfall over the next week here shortly which once again shifted Indiana into one of the higher risk areas. The long-range models are still flipping like fish out of water but I know all of us will be ready no matter what nature decides to do next week!