Category Archives: Weather

Hello, Ike

Rain this morning, as the remnants of Hurricane Ike make their way north after stomping on Texas the other day.

No thunder or lightning that I’ve noticed, just a strong, steady downpour.

Don’t need a pool to go swimming

NOAA reports that as of 4:00pm, the temperature in Champaign was 89°, and the dewpoint was 79°.

Usually a dewpoint that high means some heavy weather is on the way, but the current radar is quite empty of excitement.

Coolth

Strangely cool today: the high was only 75°.

It’s been a nice break from temperatures in the 90s.

Today’s weather

Rain this morning, then the sky cleared and the temperature shot up.

At 4:00pm, it was 87°, dewpoint 72°. Given the conditions, it was probably unwise of me to walk two-thirds of the way home from work, but that’s what I did. (It always makes me cackle a bit when I catch the bus for home closer to home than where I catch the bus to work….)

Just now, thunder rumbles outside. Jennifer reports frequent lightning. (I’m too lazy to look out the window, myself.) Radar shows a thick band of ugly weather, coming at us from the west.

We’re in for a noisy night, I fear.

Scorcher

NOAA says:

TODAY
MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 90S.
LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS EARLY IN THE MORNING
BECOMING SOUTH 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE LATE
MORNING AND AFTERNOON.

It may be cheaper to take the bus to/from work instead of driving the Explorer, but it’s not always more comfortable.

Rumble

Occasional thunder, all morning: a small knot of thunderstorms is wandering slowly southward across the county.

Not much rain, though.

Incoming

Radar shows a line of storms – which extends, roughly, from Sault Ste. Marie to Amarillo – coming in from the northwest.

The current forecast says the storms won’t reach Champaign until tomorrow afternoon, but it looks to me like they’re ahead of schedule.

Jake’s first swimming class – tomorrow morning – may be rained out.

Chop

Hot today: sputnik reports 89°, NOAA says 88°.

Did a little yard work this morning: moved the sandbox & bench into the recently-reseeded play area, washed off the patio all the mud and worms that had been lurking under the sandbox all this time (euww).

And then I brought out the clippers and pruning saw to do battle – once more – with the weed tree growing against the back fence. I cut it down a few years ago, leaving a stump just a few inches high; it grew back, and was a good nine or ten feet tall again.

It’s about an inch tall now. That ought to keep it at bay for a while.

Hot

Today’s forecast calls for highs in the lower 90s.

The walk to the bus is going to be…interesting….

Rainy day

Thunderstorms rolled in around 5:00am this morning, and made for a soggy wait at the bus stop with Jake. (It could have been worse: Clay county was under a tornado warning at 7:00am, but here we just got rain.)

Today was Jake’s last day of first grade. (And only an hour long, too: most likely to qualify for one more day of state funding, rather than to serve any academic purpose.) How the time does fly.

A second line of thunderstorms rolled in an hour or so ago. Jennifer, Jake & Sam all got rained on, according to a few text messages that popped up on my phone.