Archive for August 2014

"What do you say to a girl wearing truth serum?"

"What do you say to a girl wearing truth serum?"
Welcome to our first-ever combination ChicagoNow/hypeorlando Blogapalooz-Hour!   “Write a letter to someone or some entity with whom you have had a disagreement”   Dear Entities of the perfume ads— I don’t know why I’m writing you really, since you won’t be reading this anyway. My image  is not acceptable. You do not recognize it.... Read more »

Let's talk about the weather

Even as I write this, the storms have passed already–The National Weather Service issued this warning – 000 WWUS83 KLOT 261550 SPSLOT SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL 1050 AM CDT TUE AUG 26 2014 ILZ006-014-261615- COOK IL-LAKE IL- 1050 AM CDT TUE AUG 26 2014 …STRONG STORMS MOVING ACROSS THE NORTHERN CHICAGO... Read more »

Flash Friday Forecast

How’s your basement? Thursday night and Friday morning the entire Chicago area had waves of torrential rainfall. It was especially heavy  on the southwest side of Chicago and the South and SouthWest Suburbs. Midway Airport  had 4.5 inches–the most in 86 years. Here are the rainfall totals from 7 pm Thursday to 7am  Friday from... Read more »
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The Other Side of Blogging--Other Blogs I Like to Read

The other side of writing is reading, and you dear readers, are part of this blog I write, about weather and other things.  Words are the bridge that connects us. Thank you for reading! This blog is part of a community of blogs here on ChicagoNow. Today, I would lke to share with you  some... Read more »

Take a break--take out the garbage

Taking out the garbage can be humbling and enlightening.  There is always something to surprise me.  Is that a traffic helicopter overhead?  Sometimes there’s a mourning dove,  and  blooming daylilies.  Now, there are the rising plumes of the autumn grasses. Maybe there are some yellow mulberry leaves, a cicada shell, light on a spider web.... Read more »

Cat Nights Begin

Cat Nights Begin
When the Dog Days end, Cat Nights begin.  The Old Farmers’ Almanac tells us  Cat Nights begin on August 17. According to Irish legend, witches could change into a cat  and change back to human form 8 times. On the 9th time, on August 17, they could not change back–hence the expression, a cat has... Read more »
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Holy smoke! Fire clouds?

Holy smoke!  Fire clouds?
While Chicagoans  are experiencing very pleasant weather, wildfires are raging in California, Oregon and Northwest Canada. The fires are  producing  more than clouds of smoke and ash. They are causing astonishing cloud formations called pyrocumulus clouds. They are also known as “fire clouds. ” Fire clouds  are similar to the classic  cauliflower-topped cumulus clouds, but the... Read more »

Supermoon--and Perseids--August 10

Supermoon--and Perseids--August 10
There’s a big sky show coming August 10.  The Perseid Meteors will be making their appearance  with a bright full moon. The full moon of August 10 is one of the three super summer moons–July, August and September. All three are popularly called supermoons and mark the moon’s closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.... Read more »

Country Air --- a Flash Friday Fiction

 Country Air --- a  Flash Friday Fiction
My Dear Charlotte– Didn’t I  promise you a letter?  This old-fashioned form seems to fit the mood of this place. Besides, there is no internet access, here!  I am writing you in the library, on an  enormous table, surrounded by bookshelves, white curtains billowing in the  breeze. How can I describe this strange  house under a... Read more »
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