Saturday, January 31, 2009

How About that Sunshine! Lafayette Breaks Freezing for 1st Time in 7 Days!

All streaks must come to an end and in this case Lafayette's frozen tundra streak of 7 days at 32 degrees or below is over. You can thank all of that sunshine and just think if we did not have that snow pack out there we would have been pushing 50 in some areas. But that is okay our high of 35 feels more like 50 in that warmer sunshine. If you notice we have a higher sun angle out there to work with so if you are walking the dog or taking a nice walk the middle 30s this time of year does not feel nearly as cold as it did back in early January. I am going to walk the dog and check back with you.

An update on tonight and Sunday....it looks like it will turn breezy and that will keep the patchy fog and freezing drizzle away and it looks like good travel weather for Super Bowl Sunday. We will still have to be ready for a few areas of blowing and drifting snow as the wind picks up tonight and tomorrow. The north-south roads will be impacted most. The good news is the warmer temperatures and sunshine did help put at least a crust on the snow. So I do not anticipate roads to be nearly as bad as what we saw on Thursday and Friday. I still have to give you my pick so stay tuned. Will the Cardinals shock the world? Nobody picked the Cardinals this year so it would be earth-shaking and in this year of the earthquake for Lafayette it may have been a sign.

61 comments:

Mary said...

St RD 38 is drifting pretty bad between Mulberry and Dayton at least 3 slide off's in the last hr. Be careful if you are out and about today.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info Mary..I hear many county roads are bad thoughout the state due to the blowing and drifting..

Anonymous said...

I want you want we all want a blizzard you scream i scream blizzard. Go Cardinals

Anonymous said...

anyone have good superbowl munchie recipes to share? I do the same thing every year, taco dip with chili and cheese..looking for something else..that would be filling and easy.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Strong, sustained winds are causing significant blowing and drifting of snow, especially on rural roads.

The roads most impacted are those running east-to-west, said Mark Kirby, director of Tippecanoe County Emergency Management. Some stretches of county roads are being reported as totally covered by blowing snow.

Kirby said county highway trucks will be out this evening to hit some of the area's trouble spots.

The Level 3 advisory is the least restrictive level and only warns the public to be careful of potentially dangerous conditions. The travel advisory status will be reevaluated on a daily basis.

Anonymous said...

We are having hot dogs with chili and cheese along with nachos!

Oh we also picked up a few cheese balls! Not really a recipe but good food!We may find more to go along with it! Can't wait!

Superbowl Sunday I heard is the next day to Thanksgiving that people go all out with food!

YUMMY! LOL.....

Justin.

Anonymous said...

This is good finger food and nice change from reg popcorn Cajun Popcorn

1/2 quarts popped popcorn*
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon lemon pepper

Pour butter over warm popcorn. Combine remaining seasonings and sprinkle over popcorn; toss to mix. Bake in 300*F (150*C) oven for crispy popcorn.
Makes 2 1/2 quarts.

*1-ounce of unpopped popcorn kernels (2 tablespoons household measure) makes approximately 1 quart of popped popcorn.

Anonymous said...

This is yummy
Baked Artichoke Dip


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Serving: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes





1 box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (or 1 cup chopped spinach)
1 14 oz can quartered artichoke hearts, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 package cream cheese, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/8 tsp pepper




1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine all of the above ingredients and place in baking dish. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes and serve with crackers.

I add hot crushed red peppers to mine.

Teri

Anonymous said...

SIL told me N/S roads are bad as well as E/W. Sounds like a good time to blog! OR...curl up with a great book which I am gonna do. Got my food ready for Sunday...hubby, NOT Super Bowl, LOL....enjoy all! I personally will be glad when football is over, at least off the main channels. There is a golf channel...should there be a FB chanel as well??? JK!!

MA in REM :-)

Anonymous said...

After football the NBA is still playing...Seems like an eternity for their league. College hoops Yay NBA hoops Nay!!!

Anonymous said...

After football the NBA is still playing...Seems like an eternity for their league. College hoops Yay NBA hoops Nay!!!

Anonymous said...

Pretty breezy day today seemed to pick up this evening... Was out taking pics and the sun felt warm but the windchill was pretty chilly.Got some great pics!!! On another note I saw that the W and E roads were drifting coming home this evening so becareful driving this evening.

Richard

Anonymous said...

Richard the winds are really picking up again,

I spoke with a frind who is getting some good drifts on the county road he lives on..Things are not bad in town, but all that melted is starting to re-freeze. Did you spot any eagles today? you should share your photos on the blog.

Teri in Laf

Anonymous said...

I took a total of 94 shots of 3 eagles today. They were feasting on the remains of a deer carcas. Also got a few of them in flight. I will be sending Mike more pictures of the eagles. I previously sent some to Mike last week but the weather kind of interupted possible blog pics. He will have more Monday when he goes to work.

Richard

Anonymous said...

Richard: Your pictures must be terrific!!!!

I traveled from Rochester to New Buffalo, MI. Then I came home and went to Royal Center in Cass County. I had no trouble with blowing/drifting roads until I came to SR 16 in Cass County. It was horrible. At least the sun was shining.

F/C

Anonymous said...

the recipes look yummy that you all posted.. keep them coming I have a gang to feed

thanks

Anonymous said...

Mike,
I sent you some more Eagle pictures.

Richard

Anonymous said...

F/C
I am just an ameature with a big heart for photography. My eyes tell me I do quality work but others may see different. Believe in what you do and do not take criticism to heart. I dont have the best of best of cameras on the market but I have a pretty decent one they serves me well.

Richard

Anonymous said...

Canon S5 IS is what I use.

Anonymous said...

William, I wish I had a decent camera. I love to take photos. I hae a old Cannon power shot G2 that just went on the blink:( Did me well while it lasted.

Teri

Anonymous said...

Sorry about that I meant Richard. gee.

Anonymous said...

not much blogging going on to night

Anonymous said...

Still staying with my prection.

Pitsburg 28
Arizona 10


Richard

Anonymous said...

Still staying with my prection.

Pitsburg 28
Arizona 10


Richard

Anonymous said...

hate when this double posts

Anonymous said...

Go Cards, yea!!!

Anonymous said...

What time does the game start?

Anonymous said...

Superbowl Starts at 6:00pm!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

thats what I thought but was not sure Thanks Justin

Anonymous said...

St rd 18 in white county is Horrible.It has drifts all over. Definately would not travel on it if it can be prevented. JMO

Amy in Brookston

Anonymous said...

Richard, Have you ever been to the pot holes...beautiful place to photograph

Tero

Anonymous said...

341 to st rd 32 4 wheel drive only
just came across the scanner.

Richard

Anonymous said...

Yes been there several times, done some senior pics there!

Richard

Anonymous said...

recently done some photos below Wmspt waterfalls.


Richard

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Mike Prangley's game formula is based on toal snowfall amounts from last yr up to the superbowl vs this years total snowfall before game time? LOL


Richard

Anonymous said...

As of 10:45 p.m. 1-31-09 Fountain County has issued a level 1 warning for all county roads.

Richard

Anonymous said...

I have not been to the pot holes for a few years, do they still allow hiking? I love the little waterfall there..I have several photos.

Teri

Anonymous said...

Im sorry meant as of 10:00 p.m.

Richard

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the road reports,,I knew it was getting bad but WOW, how long is this wind to last??

Anonymous said...

Yes potholes is open yr round :)

Anonymous said...

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Montgomery County Commissioners have issued a travel advisory. They are asking residents to stay off the roadways Saturday evening.

Tippecanoe County is under a Level 3 Travel Advisory. Emergency Management Director Mark Kirby says strong sustained winds are causing significant blowing and drifting of the existing snow. He said it is causing problems in the rural parts of the community. Kirby says the conditions on the roadways are expected to get worse as the temperature drops. Indiana State Police say many accidents have occured on State Road 28. Police urge drivers to use caution on the icy roadways.

Anonymous said...

This is from Mikes blog.
" We will still have to be ready for a few areas of blowing and drifting snow as the wind picks up tonight and tomorrow. The north-south roads will be impacted most".

Richard

Anonymous said...

Yes and we could see some freezing fog tonight, Seems like something every weekend for ever!

Anonymous said...

All be safe, stay off the roads if you can.

Night all.

Teri

Anonymous said...

Mike stated in his blog that the breezy air will keep the patchy fog and freezing drizzle away. :)

Anonymous said...

Staying home. have a good night

Anonymous said...

Justin?
Are you caught in a snow drift? Your awful quiet tonight.

Richard

Anonymous said...

Drove from Newton county to Laffy today on US 41 and 52. No problems at all. The wind made the car shudder a few times but the roads were clear.

Anonymous said...

I just checked the road reports, and most are drifting, snow coverd and slick.

Anonymous said...

I am truly ready for warm weather. Hope Mike has that in a Looooooooooooong forcast.

Anonymous said...

Nope I'M here just reading what you all are saying :-)

I did just talk with a friend in Fountain County and she said the snow was blowing all over!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

roads are not in good shape especially the rural areas. I would hate to adventure out on 28 E towards Lafayette from Attica.


Richard

Anonymous said...

10:55 p.m. Warren County is now under a level 2 warning.


Richard

Anonymous said...

Roads still drifting (N/S) in Tipton Co. We did manage to get to 32 today....and it is 32 now....

I think we get a 2 week break from winter....then from Feb 15 on through the end of the month...28th this year....could be rough!

I still HOPE....and I must officially predict....Arizona will win.....by 6 pts.

Chris in Tipton

mjr said...

Out here in Stockwell roads are BAD!!! Three cars stuck outside my house in the past 2 houra! 450 E was getting pretty bad when I came home from town at about 8:00pm. 900S is drifted shut also.

Anonymous said...

Good morning!

Hope all stayed safe last night. Winds have finally calmed.

A Beautiful sunrise starting. It almost looks and feels like spring out there:-)

Enjoy your Super Sunday!

Anonymous said...

okay drum roll, its your turn Mike for the winner of the Superbowl, and scores!

Anonymous said...

It does feel like spring out there this is great weather for Football!lol..... My current temperature is at 36.5*.

I'M ready for the game!

Everybody have a good one see ya later!

Justin.

Anonymous said...

up to 38* where I am, lovely!!!

Anonymous said...

Mike or other bloggers can you give an explanation of what changed in the weather system to take out the storm and bring us warmer than predicted temperatures this week. I am mainly curious and not pressing any negative views here. Since we were talking about a perfect storm coming together what happened to stop it? Just wanting some insight to the change so we can increase our meteorological knowledge.

Mike, We appreciate your spirit and teaching us about these things. Hope you enjoy your Super Bowl weekend and can get to this after you come back to work on Monday.Go Cardinals (gotta root for the Edge)

Anonymous said...

THIS IS WORTH READING. NOT TO PUT A DAMPER ON AL THE GREAT FUN OF THE GAME..JUST FOR SOME WHO DO NOT KNOW:

Super Bowl ads reflect tough times in US
18 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) — On Sunday when Americans settle down in front of their televisions to watch American football's Super Bowl, many will be hoping to put their worries about the fumbling US economy on hold.

But it's going to be hard.

The reminders are everywhere, including on the screen in the form of the Super Bowl ads, which rival the game for entertainment value.

Although companies have stumped up a record three million dollars for 30-second Super Bowl ad slots, the ads reflect the woes of the US economy.

Gone are American car manufacturers like General Motors, Ford and Chrysler; in are Japanese and German cars, like Honda, Toyota and Audi.

Federal Express will not be running an ad this year, and have said "specifically that it's an economic issue," said David Shoffner, a spokesman for Pavone, the advertising company that since 2004 has hosted the Spotbowl.com website on which Super Bowl-watchers can vote for their favorite ad.

Cost-cutting measures, including a 20 percent salary cut for Federal Express chief executive officer Frederick Smith and a hiring freeze, have been put into effect at the shipping company which is struggling with what Smith has called "some of the worst economic conditions in our 35-year operating history."

Taking out a three-million-dollar ad would not have sat well with those measures, even if the commercials reach a huge audience.

"The way a lot of companies justify paying three-million dollars for an ad is by saying -- look at the numbers. The viewership of the game compared to the investment is relatively low compared to other advertising opportunities," said Shoffner.

"Take the Oscars: you pay less for the Oscars but you're actually paying more per viewer than during the Super Bowl," he said.

A 30-second television ad in the Academy Awards in 2007 cost 1.67 million dollars -- about one-third less than the same spot in the Superbowl. Forty million people watched the Oscars that year, less than half the 90-million-plus who watched the Super Bowl.

Last year, a record 97.5 million people in the United States switched on their tellies on Super Bowl Sunday last year to watch the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots.

It was the third year in a row that the game's US TV audience exceeded 90 million viewers.

Around the world, an estimated one billion people watched last year's championship game, according to the National Football League (NFL).

Half of those who watch the Super Bowl in the United States tune in specifically for the adverts, according to a report in Advertising Age in 2005.

Nearly six in 10 Super Bowl viewers say they talk about the ads at work the day after the game, while fewer than half talk about the game, a survey published in Advertising Age showed.

"Even in 2009, facing the worst economic mess in almost 80 years and at a cost of 100,000 dollars per second for commercial time, the Super Bowl is proving to be attractive to advertisers for two simple reasons," John Lord, a professor of marketing at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, said.

"The game still delivers the biggest audience any advertiser can reach in one fell swoop and the association with America's biggest sporting event puts your brand or company in a positive context," he said.

That could be one reason why Cash4Gold, which buys jewelry from Americans who are strapped for dollars and then melts down the precious metal and sells it on, has taken out an ad in this year's Super Bowl.

Cash4Gold's Super Bowl debut ad features two well known Americans -- Ed McMahon, who for years was the sidekick to the popular late-night talk show host Johnnie Carson, and MC Hammer, the musician behind "U Can't touch this" and other hits -- who have fallen on hard times.

McMahon faced foreclosure on his California house last year and Hammer filed for bankruptcy in 1996.

Cash4Gold's business doubled last year compared with the previous year as Americans sold off the family jewels to try to stave off financial ruin.

"The Cash4Gold ad is a sign of the times," said Shoffner.

"It would be a little tacky in any Super Bowl but it's especially tacky with the way the economy is," he said.