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Solving A "Stone Cold" Crime
Remember The Flintstones? I used to "meet" them everyday after school in syndication on one of the local television stations in my hometown of Columbus. Looking back on the cartoon I see that it was a total ripoff of The Honeymooners but I still thought it was pretty good and think it's stood the test of time pretty well.
Because they were "the modern Stone Age family" I think it's safe to say that police in Sacramento are now hoping to solve a modern Stone Age mystery. Dave Downey, owner of World's Best Comics, recently had his replica of the "Flintmobile" stolen by some stone-hearted crooks. The car sat out in front of his comic book store and was beloved by his customers, especially kids.
I don't know how somebody steals such an item. An open-topped four seater rolling down the main drag in California's capital is sure to turn a few heads. And if it wasn't the getaway car it's still a life-sized copy of a vehicle that's immortalized in the catchy song from a classic TV program; loading that onto the back of a truck would have to raise a few red flags.
And what do you do w/ such an item? It weighs 200 pounds and it's pretty bulky. It's not like you can get it into your basement and turn it the highlight of your man cave. Even if you could this is the type of "one-of-a-kind" item that's kind of hard to explain. What are the odds that two people have giant prehistoric cartoon cars... one of which showed up just days after another highly publicized one disappeared? I can't answer that question beyond saying that they're not good.
I guess the good news is that it shouldn't be hard to catch the crooks. For one thing this item is pretty hot and will be tough to unload. Not only that but once a few suspects show up all police have to do is look @ their feet to figure out who did it. Seeing that the famous car was powered by a running Fred Flintstone I'd have to think that the crooks would have some major callouses on the bottoms of their feet.
All kidding aside I do hope someone returns Downey's car. He's even offering a reward: "a six-pack of Cactus Cooler", Fred Flintstone's favorite drink on the famed show. If you ask me that's not bad - of course I'd rather have the giant steak that causes the Flintmobile to tip over in the opening credits.
What Could Have Been The "Mistake Of The Year"
Time's "Person of the Year" has been decided and if you don't know who it is it's Pope Francis. I read the article about him Tuesday afternoon and it was very good. I don't know why but it seems like there's always controversy whenever this award is given out. I'm not going to get into a debate as to who should have gotten the honor but I will sound off on who should not have gotten it.
Miley Cyrus. Apparently she was in the running. Let me repeat that: Miley Cyrus was in the running. Yeah, it's just as unbelievable when you read it a second time. Reports say the singer was leading Time Magazine's Online Reader Poll as late as Thanksgiving.
I'm sorry but that's pretty sad. I understand that she's influential in the entertainment world but I have a hard time believing that she carries much clout in the actual world. Had she gotten the title that would in essence affirm the notion that the pop star was more prominent than Edward Snowden, the President and even the Pope in 2013. Sorry, she wasn't. This would further suggest that had either of those three "twerked" their importance would have skyrocketed through the roof. I don't see any of them doing that anytime soon; maybe break dancing... but not twerking.
Not to sound like an old person but this a sad indictment as to where we are culturally as a people. I saw the Video Music Awards performance and was appalled. That lasted for a few seconds. Then I felt a little sorry for the former teen idol; it looked like she was trying too hard. Almost as if she was doing everything she could to hang onto whatever fame she still had. She reminded me of the child who's grown out of the "adorable" phase and was acting out in classic "hey look @ me!" fashion... and she's still a kid herself ! (Only 20 @ the time of that infamous performance).
And I shudder to think about what her winning the prize would've said to the youth of the world. Probably something along the lines of, "If you act like a skank you'll get on the cover of a magazine that you don't need to be 18 to buy!" I'm glad that wasn't the moral of the story.
I guess @ the end of the day if Cyrus had won then it probably would've goosed sales for the issue. Of course I can't help but wonder if it would've also hit the magazine's subscription numbers like a "Wrecking Ball". I know I would've dropped mine if she'd graced the cover of my latest Time.
Your Forecast For The Week
Our workweek started out pretty slippery as about an inch or so of snow coated the area just in time for the morning commute. Not only that but it was below 20 which is when salt isn't as effective @ keeping the roads clear. As a result we saw a thin layer of ice in some spots and a little light snow on top of it. That's always a recipe for disaster in the Miami Valley.
As we head into the next few days we'll see more light snow on Tuesday afternoon.
A disturbance known as a shortwave trough will swing through the area providing just enough lift to provide some snow just in time for Tuesday evening's commute. We'll also see windy conditions @ the surface which means blowing snow will be an issue and that could lead to some problems as you drive home Tuesday evening.
Wednesday a ridge of high pressure is moving through and that will bring more sunshine to the area. We'll also see highs in the mid-30s and with the sun it should feel A LOT better than it has as of late.
By Thursday our high is drifting east and we'll bask in the "return flow" which means our winds will take a more southerly bend. As they blow in from the SW we'll see warmer weather and should touch the mid-40s Thursday afternoon. We'll also watch clouds increase through the day and could see a shower or two by day's end.
There's a better chance for rain on Friday and those rain chances continue into the weekend as a boundary stalls out over us. That will act as a moisture transport that will dump rain on us Saturday and Sunday before changing over to a wintry mix Sunday night. The sun returns Monday but it'll be cold.
I'm not really wild about this forecast. I like the snow - not wild about the cold, but love the snow. More than that I love snow on Christmas. We've had a snowy December thus far (right now the 7th snowiest on record). One would think that would give us a decent shot @ 1" of snow on the ground on December 25 (the definition of a White Christmas). Right now the chances of that aren't looking that great. The warm-up will melt some of the snow and whatever is sticking around late in the week will melt once the rain hits - we could also see some minor flooding issues this weekend.
The good news is that when we talk about extended forecasts there's a lot of uncertainty that's factored into the equation... especially in the winter when things can change pretty rapidly. That's what I'm hoping for right about now b/c I want a White Christmas - and I'm not talking about Bing Crosby's holiday classic, even though I'll settle for it. Fingers crossed.
Tracking Our Next Winter Storm
We've already gotten almost 8" of snow in the month of December and our next winter system is already here. As I type this flakes are flying across the Miami Valley and it's tough to see the Dayton city skyline.
Snow will fall through the overnight hours and a couple of inches are possible by daybreak. Snow will continue through the day but @ times we'll see a little bit of a wintry mix. And that's what's made this a tough forecast. Right now it looks like the rain/snow line will be somewhere around I-70 and US 35 which means it'll straddle the heart of the Miami Valley.
Having said that here's my forecast for the upcoming event:
Snow will fall through the night and we'll see a wintry mix starting to work in sometime around 10:00 or 11:00 A.M. in Butler, Warren & Clinton counties. By about 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. we'll have a wintry mix around and south of I-70 w/ all snow north of it and a little rain mixing in throughout the southern halves of Butler, Warren & Clinton counties. After that things will turn over to all snow and taper off through Saturday evening.
My snowfall forecast reflects the different types of wintry precipitation.
Obviously where we see a little more of a wintry mix or even rain (south of I-70) our snow totals will be a little lighter. Areas in the north will see snow throughout the event so that's why 4-6" (w/ a few isolated higher totals) are expected up in that area.
This is going to be a heavy, wet snow. That means it'll have a higher moisture content. This is good news for the kids and their snow forts, snowball fights, snowmen, etc. It's bad news for your back if you have to shovel, though so be careful.
As I mentioned earlier we've already gotten almost 8" of snow this month - @ the airport, where the climate records are kept. In a typical December we see 4.5". That means we'll be close to tripling our average December by the end of this event. Have fun and again be careful!
How Cold Is It?
The big chill has taken hold in the Miami Valley. If you've been lucky enough to stay indoors and avoid it just take my word for it. And even though it sounds like something the audience would yell to a comedian in the middle of his show to set up a punchline I'm happy to answer the question: "How Cold Is It?"
Thursday's high in Dayton only climbed up to the 20 degree mark. So to answer the above question in two words, it's freezing. Actually it's well below freezing but you get the picture. Let me put this cold into perspective.
Thursday's high of 20 in Dayton means it was warmer in Denver, Colorado; Casper, Wyoming; Billings, Montana; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and even Juneau, Alaska. Pretty crazy. So what the heck is happening?