Saturday, December 21, 2013

Possibly not a nice weekend (Editied Monday AM)

Edited Monday morning to update weather
We did get some light icing over the weekend, and it hasn't stopped yet.  Our neck of those woods could come sometime today.  Other areas were much worse off than ours, but we did a thin coat of ice primarily as a result of some rain or freezing raid overnight Sunday.  So on this next to last day before Christmas, those of you who must go out to work or shop should exercise caution and take it easy.  Give yourselves a little extra time, especially this Monday morning.
It's hard to believe, isn't it, that this is the last weekend before Christmas, 2013.  Unfortunately for us here in Maine, and in a large portion of the whole country for that matter, we're in for a lousy weekend.  Ice, snow, rain, freezing rain will disrupt that final weekend for shopping before Christmas and travel for millions who use this weekend to get to Grandma's house for the holidays.
Our little section of Maine is looking at an "iffy" weekend.  The weather reports don't seem to really know on this Saturday morning just what kind of weather we'll be getting here.  Freezing rain, which would make travel treacherous, seems to be the major consensus here along the immediate coast, which is where I live.  Or, we're told it could be just rain.  Not very far inland, only a few miles and perhaps as close as my Fearless Friend lives, ice could be terrible situation.
What's the difference between freezing rain and ice, you ask?  In a word, severity.  Ice has the potential of being much more destructive as it makes trees, wires, etc., very heavy and often causes them to break and fall.  Freezing rain, which also can be dangerous, tends to disrupt the roadways more than anything else.  Of course, most ice starts out as freezing rain.
As I understand it, both begin very high up when warm weather is passing over cold weather at the earth's surface and produces rain.  Whatever happens this weekend, we are told the travel and weather conditions are going to be simply awful, and it could last right into Monday morning.
Way up in northern Maine, snow, a whole lot of snow, will be the interrupter.
Whatever happens where you live, use extreme caution if you head outside and don't forget to occasionally check on your neighbors, especially the elder ones.
I, for one, am especially happy this weekend as all our family shopping has been completed and our presents are wrapped and patiently awaiting Wednesday.  And my wife Sandra should be home from her Saturday job well before all the weather starts later today, Saturday.
Our yard no longer looks quite like the picture below as it is snow covered from this month's storms, but just before the winter weather set in, Our Golden Mariah and her new playmate puppy, Brandy, our daughter's newest addition, were having a good time outside.  Mariah looks puzzled trying to figure out what the puppy could possibly find more interesting than Mariah's big ball.

This is another of my computer's desktop slides.
Hey!  It's now 8:02 on Saturday morning.  Do I see the sun adding more puzzle to the weekend forecast?  I think I do; I think I do!
I hope you have a safe and trouble free weekend as you and your family prepare for a Very Merry Christmas.
P.S.  BTW...I'm having some error message problems with Blogger.  Please excuse any mistakes, especially formatting ones, until I can figure out how to fix them.

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