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Helping Others and Protecting Your Family.

Helping Others and Protecting Your Family.

I noticed City of Forsyth work crews installing this new warning siren yesterday and it made me think about all the suffering caused by tornado’s this spring.

I hope everyone has helped the victims in whatever way you can. This is a good time to check your weather radios. I noticed the “replace battery” message on mine today. I am looking forward to some rain in the next few days, just nothing severe.

What a sight!

I hope you got up early enough to see the pass this morning and enjoy a few minutes outside. It was one of the best I've seen, It was right on time at 5:59am. The vehicle was reflecting so much light it was very easy to spot. In case you didn't know, as the ISS – Shuttle complex passed overhead at 18,500 MPH, there were two astronauts on the outside, as spacewalk # 3 was underway. If you missed it, there will be more opportunities later this week.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Neither.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Neither.

One of the few remaining opportunities to see the ISS and a Space Shuttle pass over middle Georgia, while docked, happens early Wednesday morning. With a maximum elevation of 73 degrees, 90 degrees being directly overhead, it should be an easy target to spot assuming we have a clear sky. It will rise above the horizon in the Southwest at about 5:59am and transit to the Northeast going out of view at about 6:03am. In the past, I've noticed up to about a four minute delay from the predicted time so don't give up to soon. Since completion, the ISS is the brightest object in the sky. Remember, brightness does not mean large. It will appear about the size of a star with steady movement. If you see blinking navigation lights, keep looking, you are most likely seeing a high altitude aircraft. You may notice slight variations in brightness as the vehicle surface and large solar panels reflect sunlight at different angles, but it won't blink or twinkle.

On a Positive Note.

WOW! If I were looking for a bright spot to talk about today it would read “At least there was a breeze blowing.” Of course, with a temperature of 98 degrees in Forsyth at 5:00pm the breeze felt like a blow dryer! At least we have been having cooler mornings to enjoy coffee on the porch.

On a different subject, I went outside at about 1:15 this afternoon and noticed an unusual aircraft condensation trail originating South of Forsyth. It appeared as if the aircraft was traveling vertically and it was leaving a dark smoke trail in addition to the white con-trail. Did anyone else notice it?

More Deadly Tornadoes

There was another round of deadly tornadoes…this time in the Midwest.  National Weather Service meteorologists will survey the damage and determine just how strong the twisters were. Missouri seems to be the hardest hit, yet there were also reports of tornadoes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Oklahoma. More details will be unveiled in the coming days.

The last round of deadly tornadoes hit the South at the end of April. It is the largest tornado outbreak in the history of the United States and has been labeled the 2011 Super Outbreak. While tornadoes spun up in 7 different states, Alabama was the hardest hit. The damage was catastrophic in the cities of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. There were 340 fatalities from April 25th to April 28th. For a more formal write-up on this outbreak, check out NOAA April 2011Tornado Outbreak.

Do I hear Glenn Frey Singing?

The heat is definitely on! I spent most of the afternoon at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins. On they way home the car thermometer said it was 98 degrees. I checked the temperature at home and it was 96 at about 6:00pm.

Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan.

If you are like me, you have both inside and outside chores. This is the time of the year to plan which chores to do when. At 6:30pm it was still 90 degrees outside. Early morning and late evening are my times to work outside. Tomorrows plan: morning grass cutting, afternoon laundry & house cleaning, and evening weed eating.