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#SOL20: Unfortunately/ Fortunately


Unfortunately:

It is past the middle of October. October weather is fickle. Sometimes the first snow has fallen before Halloween. More often than not, the first “measurable snowfall” occurs much later.

This warning yesterday was not unexpected. Last week the ten day forecast showed snow . . .

for Thursday . . .

NOT for Monday.

This tweet also showed up in my weather alerts but I dismissed it. Not my problem. Not my part of the state. (Little did I know that it would be a part of my “What on Earth Should I Write About” slice today.)

A snow squall. We had just discussed this in a Twitter group last week when there were snow squalls in Canada. Words, meanings, and application.

Snow squall in Iowa on October 19, 2020. Ironic?

Straight across Iowa. Straight across I-80. The line typically between ice and snow.

The same line that the derecho followed in August. Every other month weather occurrences. Two months and nine days apart. Freaky!

Fortunately:

North of me,

Knock on wood,

Not my part of the state.

An hour away.

Sigh of relief and thankfulness.

Weather changes . . . How do they impact adults? How do they impact students, families and communities? How do our reactions contribute to our own physical and mental security? How are we REALLY coping with all the stresses in our lives?

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#SOL20: A Single Hour


Let me be perfectly clear.  I’m lucky I live in SE Iowa.  Out of range.

Yes, it was black out. Yes, I watched as the wooden chair tipped over and was pushed across the deck. Then another chair twisted in the wind as it toppled over.  The glass-topped patio table danced three feet across the deck. I watched the plants in pots in plant stands topple over. Living green leaves attached to skinny branches were driven into the ground like darts and soon dotted every square foot of the yard. Dead branches looked like Tinker toys as they fell from the trees.

Wind, yes.

Scary, yes.

Life-threatening, no.

Loss of electricity, no.

Damage to homes, no.

I’m lucky.

Our area was lucky.

Others not so much.

A derecho hit Iowa last week.

A tornado with category two hurricane force winds.

Little notice.

Folks now living in tents. No electricity. No food. No water. No showers. No internet. No phones. No air conditioning. No fans. No light. No electricity.  No viable homes.

Day 6 . . . 90,000 without power.

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Day 7 . . . 63,000 without power.

Day 8 . . . over 30,000 without power.

  • Linemen working night and day.
  • Debris that must be removed.
  • Crews from as far as Canada are on the ground providing assistance.

And yet many are existing in tents. 20,000 fed, Covid-safely, yesterday.

3,600 seconds later . . .

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Early estimate: 10,000,000 acres of crops look like this. Ten million acres.

2020 . . . the year that just keeps giving . . .




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#SOL19: Day 29 SOLSC


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Day 29

Rise and Shine

Walk the narrow line.

Check out the view

What is there to do?

Two days ago the temp was 72

Tonight the forecast includes snow

and wintry mix with winds that will blow.

How will the rest of the week go?


I fear March may yet go out like a lion . . .

The uncertainty of wintry possibilities

Makes for a leery traveler.

But maybe it will reduce that TBR pile.




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#SOL19: Day 26 SOLSC


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What will the weather be?

Do we celebrate the possibilities? 

Or bemoan the results?

(Totally beyond our control like many other things in our lives – personal and school.)

From Enchanted Learning . . . Weather words that begin with “S” . . .

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Wednesday’s predicted high is 69 degrees. 

Snow is predicted for Friday night. 

Which prediction do I want to be correct? 

How will I celebrate on Wednesday?

How does the weather pendulum impact student learning?




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#SOL19: Day 14 SOLSC


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UGH!

Will the weather make it two in a row? 

Hope?

Disappointment? 

Which will reign?

Cyclone bomb in Colorado? 

Winter has not been following a predictable pattern . . .

What’s next?

What will happen . . . ?




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How do you REALLY feel about cliffhangers? 

Have you identified the characters?  setting? possible solution? 

You will have to stay tuned for the solution!

#SOL19: To Celebrate or NOT!


Embrace it!

Be joyful!

Enjoy it!

It’s inevitable!

It’s only mid-February!

More snow coming tomorrow!

We’ve had 16 snow/winter storms that have been names.  That means 16 storms that have affected two million people or more.  So they are NOT just local storms.  They don’t fade out after “the big dump”; instead they hang around trying to create new records for the longest snow, the coldest snow, the deepest snow, and the dubious

The Most Snowfall in the Winter!

We now equal the Fifth Snowiest winter in the history of winter records.  More than 40 inches of snow.  A lot of snow.  Snow that looks pretty . . .

for maybe the first five minutes.

Snow,

Snow,

Go away!

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Snow that might be enjoyable in the right company:

snow people

snow kids

snowy kids

snow shoveling kids

snowy grandkids.

Snow,

some days pretty,

some days annoying,

often creating travel hazards.

Snow,

almost daily

bracing

for the deluge.

Snow,

white

pretty

and endless.

Snow,

a challenge

to navigate

on foot or on wheels!

Are you celebrating this wintery “white stuff”? 

Or are you ready for it to end?

What’s your current take on the weather?




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#SOLSC17: Storm Saga


The storm damage reports continue.

The story began yesterday here.

One local school here and here.

Relocating for the remainder of the year

F2 Category

Winds at approximately 120 miles per hour . . .

“Update: We will be using the Seymour Care Center and the Methodist Church to finish out the school year.

Care Center: 3yr old preschool -12th classes

Methodist Church: Vocal, Band, and Family Consumer Science classes (students will be bused to these classes)

There will be no school through Friday, March 10th. We will keep you posted if we have to add more days.

We would like to thank the our community, all emergency personnel, and surrounding communities and schools for all of your support and prayers. We will need volunteers when we are able to start moving classrooms to the Care Center.

Again we will keep you updated as we know more.” Source

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How do you measure hope?  

How do you measure pride in your community?

How do you show your strength?

How do you measure resiliency?

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#SOL16: March Challenge Day 9 – Stormy


The weather every five minutes! The meteorologist on the TV stands in front of a green screen and points to the radar picture to show where and how soon the weather will change.  Fancy gadgets, big words, and timed intervals display the details about where, when and how much precipitation is expected.

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But I have my own personal meteorologist.  Gadget-free. Screen-free.

Her nose is pressed quietly against my knee.  Her body lays across my feet.  If I recline my chair, she is totally under it. All. Thirty-five pounds.  Quiet. Hidden.

Three minutes after nose touching and I hear the first clap of thunder.  I could have counted the seconds.  She is that accurate.  Mya is the second black lab, who has had us as her people, who is absolutely terrified of storms.  But 100% accurate.  She should be paid for her career in meteorology.

The rain is soft and gentle, a cleansing spring March rain.  But the thunder continues and Mya huddles under my chair. Unseen, unheard, sheltered from the thunder.


 

Process:

Mya as a meteorologist was on my list of possible slices.  The thunder as I fell asleep last night, sealed the topic.  This morning I drafted in WordPress and then looked for a picture, (Mya has not given her permission for pictures to be posted), previewed, revised, tagged and posted. (35 minutes)

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Spring? Winter?


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My favorite picture from Facebook yesterday was this:

 

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Saturday –

80 degrees and sunny –

Washed the car

Ran errands

Went for a walk

Sunny, bright and cheery

Enjoyed the weather.

 

Sunday –

60 degrees and rainy –

Revised class on moodle

Set up grade book

Selected learning activities

Dreary, dark and gloomy

Sent emails

Made lists.

 

Monday –

33 degrees and snow on the ground –

Dog would not go outside

Warmed up the car

Drug out the winter coat

Found gloves

Cold, bone-chilling and windy

Sent “snowy picture” to kids.

 

Tuesday morning –

Full moon and currently 26 degrees –

Predicted high in the 40’s.

 

Iowa

Weather

Wait a day,

Wait an hour,

Wait a minute,

It WILL change!

 

What will tomorrow’s weather bring?

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Is your spring weather unpredictable?  Warm?  Sunny?  Meeting your expectations?

 

 

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