Monday, May 18, 2009

Indiana Gets Taste of Florida this Week and Florida is Swamped with Rain & Flying Turkeys


You have heard of it raining dogs and cats, but even BJ Prangley is amazed by it raining turkeys in the Jacksonville and St. Augustine areas today. The Prangley family pet did not move much from this mat throughout the day as the relentless rain pounded the area with one to three inches of rain!


What a day! First off....I just have no idea how stay at home Moms pull it off for not a few weeks, but years! I got up today and have been busy ever since. I have barely had time to brush my teeth but don't worry I did and so did Lauren. I just wanted to say I appreciate all stay at home Moms and Dads and even though my situation is temporary and challenging its rewards are far greater than I ever realized.

Being here, helping with homework, driving kids to practices and extra-cirrucular activities, cooking dinner, and doing a lot of things I have missed out on during the evenings has been a real wake-up call. I did not know what I was missing. How did my wife pull it off alone all these years in the evenings after a full day of work? I think she really is Super Woman! I do not think my kids will let me go back to work at this point, but I told them we will just all enjoy this time together while we can. It has just been nice to take a step back and see life from a different perspective and it has been a great experience for me, no matter how much air I am gasping for.

There have been plenty of funny moments. I did get to see how my family responds to big storms and it was quite interesting. I did not have to run into work yesterday during some vicious storms for the first time since the mid-1990s. My family did receive an "A" but they did do a little bit too much worrying. I taught them to stay calm....calm....and used my calm television voice and it seemed to work which made me feel great. We had 55 mph wind gusts and a shelf cloud rip through our neighborhood but everybody stayed safe and sound and they would not let me near the windows with all the lightning and I was not allowed to leave their side. So we had a TV with Live Doppler radar on and I did a continuous update for my family and explained what to look for on radar. I did not worry about anybody missing their Wheel of Fortune or going over on commercials and it was refreshing! They gave me an education on just what is going through a typical familys mind during these storm events. This could help me immensely in the future that is for sure! What I have learned over the past two weeks is that running a marathon is great but being there for your family and managing the household from the crack of dawn until the kids are asleep is a much bigger accomplishment. Now I have not looked at many weather models today, not with all the cooking, cleaning, vacuuming, and other errands going on but I will find a way and am doing the best I can. Thanks for your patience.

I am going to go run my five miles and pump some iron and then I will be back to talk about the big nor'easter impacting Florida which in essence will help build a huge high pressure in the Midwest bringing some of Lafayette's nicest weather of the entire Spring. I will be back to track temperatures in the Midwest. Could the models be underdoing daytime highs? Absolutely! Also, who could see close to 10 inches of rain here in Florida! We are not just talking gully washers but enought to bring the turkeys out of the woods and trees! The turkeys are out here in St. Johns County in the middle of our neighborhood roads! GOBBLE, GOBBLE! My wife tried to snap a picture but the turkeys were too quick, especially after they heard the Prangley peanut gallery in the mini-van scream with delight after seeing them. The wind was also picking up and the turkeys were having trouble getting off the ground to find shelter in their tree nests! This was quite a sight and there is something about Florida. I will never forget getting calls about flying frogs before my first weathercast ever back in 1995! Now this! The excitement is just beginning.

We already have 2.5 inches at the Prangley house in St. Johns. We are just getting started with flooding and beach erosion looking to be problems throughout much of the week! I will be back....for now it is time to run like a wild nor'easter and a Dayton Tornado.....at this point I will probably look more like one of those turkeys I ran into but at least I never, ever give up, no matter what! I will check back soon. In the meantime watch out for flying turkeys, which is better than flying trees!


23 comments:

Justin said...

LOL Mike! That is great you letting all the stay at home moms and dads know that you appreciate them! I know that my family has a few (SUPER) people that is for sure! ;)

We do have some wonderful weather coming to Lafayette, this week! Can't waite!

Justin In Lafayette Indiana.

Anonymous said...

What a great post, Mike! I can just picture your family from your description. Was so funny the kids not letting you get near a window. I am glad you appreciate your wife so much. SAHMs are sure enough Super Woman. Julie is blessed to have you home to help out.

We are enjoying blissfully beautiful wx here right now. Clear blue skies, temps just right, who could ask for more? Glad to hear the drought in FL is getting some relief. I have an online friend in severe wx groups from JAX.

Sending love from the northland,

MA in REM

Anonymous said...

Oh how I wish others (Men that is) could be in my shoes for a few days LOL!I am a working mother plus do all the chores and lawn upkeep! I sleep good at night that is for sure!

Beautiful day! air smells fresh, a nice breeze, loving it!

Last year at this time it was HOT, I was working up a sweat walking my 4 miles around the school track!

Teri in Indiana

Ana Banana said...

Lafayette's loss is Jacksonville's gain!! Aren't we lucky to have Meteor Mike with us here in Florida!?!
Grateful to hear your appreciation of the Stay-At-Home Mom! More dads should "gasp for air" on a regular basis! It truly is a blessing, you just have to remind yourself of it...frequently...
I have never seen anyone happy that it rained on their birthday... leave it to Mike, apparently.... and now it seems the rain continues on past your b-day... I guess, 40 is a big one!!
Enjoyed your blog,
Ana in Jacksonville, Florida
P.S. Ana spelled this way is the Spanish spelling. Anna spelled with 2 nn's is the German spelling.
Just a little F.Y.I. for this storm!(?)

Anonymous said...

Looks Indiana a few days ago, I bet we get rain on race day:-(

Hey all Indiana bloggers, It is wonderful to be in contact with Mike again, do miss you Mike, but we need to post on Chads blog at WLFI, he is our new local met. He has done a great job being his first week.

Dont forget him, he need your support, I and think Mike would agree!

Bobbie said...

I think Chad needs to support his bloggers and then maybe they will start supporting him !!! On the "Prang" blog , every one was helping each other, giving info and pics for every one to see. Safety and info for everyone. !! It isnt suppose to be about an EGO!! We know who gets paid and who doesnt. So I think EVERYONE should play nice and get along!! Make it a happy place like Mike had and then maybe bloggers will go back.

Bobbie said...

Hey Mike !!!! We miss you !!! I read the blogs ALL THE TIME !!! Yours and Justins. I was just reading Justins till I found your again! We all had to rely on Justin during the last big storm. Chad wasnt on the tv.. Well his voice was , but not him. All I kept thinking was " WHERES MIKE?" There was always a comfort in seeing you there during all the storms. I knew then everything would be ok. It makes you nervous when your weather man isnt in front of the screen giving the weather,but already in his "safe spot" for all you know.. I know he is new...just saying I like the way you did things a lot better.!! And as you can tell most of us still dont want to let you go. You are way more than a weather man to us. You are our friend to.

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