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Lightning Achievement Unlocked!
I've been hoping for years to get a lightning photo. Any photo would do - I just wanted to capture a lightning bolt.

Tonight was the night. And I'm glad I wasn't out for perfection or I'd never have gotten the shot. I was in the car at a traffic light with my cell phone. So yes, it's not the best quality, but I'm really happy to have done it!

Lightning Bolt Over Suburbia...
5/8/2024 9:11:26 PM
Snow Day

Here's the album on Flickr.

Hey, we had some snow last night! And some ice.

Is it ever a snow day for people like me who work from home? Sadly, no. I have a lot to do today. More on that later...
3/5/2015 11:45:30 AM
Here Comes The Snow Again...

The snow has started to fall at the Manor. The forecast calls for 1-3 inches. We'll see what we get...

2/27/2015 10:52:28 AM
The Big Melt
The temperature on the front porch thermometer just now hit 32F, so I think we'll get some sustained temperatures above freezing today. At any rate, we're seeing sunshine for the first time in days, and that's contributing to substantial ice melt. Paul ventured to the office today, and after the lunch hour I plan to go out and grab a few food items. 

Pictures, of course!

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Ice Storm
Well, the promised ice storm did arrive. We still have power, but there are over 250,000 without. Temperature on the front porch right now is 26.2F, and although the precipitation has stopped, the roads are going to freeze over again once traffic lets up. At least at this point the precipitation for tomorrow night is out of the forecast, and it should get into the upper 30's on Sunday. Tonight, though: 16F. Brrr!

So here are some pictures:

12/6/2013 11:11:38 AM
A Case Of Cold Feet
Why yes, I have been out taking pictures in the snow. Why do you ask?

Cold Feet

12/26/2012 12:00:57 PM
It's No Dream...
Snow. On Christmas. In Texas. 


And here we are, half an hour later:

Texas Weather
We had some interesting weather blow through North Texas today. And no, I didn't get a thing done at all, between snapping pictures, watching the radar, and calling relatives.

There's some really dramatic video at our local NBC affiliate of tractor trailers being thrown a couple of hundred feet into the air. 

Here's video of a 4/3/2012 4:30:08 PM
Nasty Weather
The stuff has hit. I grabbed a couple of pics of a funnel cloud trying to organize to the east of us:



Fortunately nothing seemed to come of it. Just some interesting clouds.

Just heard some thu...
3/19/2012 6:21:54 PM
Monday Mumblings Watches The Storms Roll In
Looks like our first serious round of storms for the spring is on the way. This view to the northwest from the side of the house was taken just a few minutes ago:


Still a mixture of dark clouds and sunshine. Yet, while there has been a report of a tornado in Grapevine (that would be in the DFW Airport area for those not from around these here...
3/19/2012 3:49:32 PM
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Lightning Achievement Unlocked!
5/8/2024 9:11:26 PM

Snow Day
3/5/2015 11:45:30 AM

Here Comes The Snow Again...
2/27/2015 10:52:28 AM

The Big Melt
12/10/2013 12:47:31 PM

Ice Storm
12/6/2013 11:11:38 AM

A Case Of Cold Feet
12/26/2012 12:00:57 PM

It's No Dream...
12/25/2012 1:45:27 PM

Texas Weather
4/3/2012 4:30:08 PM

Nasty Weather
3/19/2012 6:21:54 PM

Monday Mumblings Watches The Storms Roll In
3/19/2012 3:49:32 PM

"Cool" Is A Relative Term, Yet...
8/7/2011 6:16:27 PM

Monday Mumblings Has An Excuse Note
8/3/2011 2:25:54 PM

I Stepped Outside And...
7/26/2011 11:11:08 AM

What a Difference A Degree makes
7/19/2011 2:54:30 PM

As Another Round of Storms Move In...
5/22/2011 6:09:00 PM

Storm Clouds Rolling By
5/20/2011 2:20:43 PM

Monday Mumblings Watches the Clouds Roll In
4/25/2011 2:48:13 PM

Before the Rain...
4/19/2011 2:50:12 PM

A Hail of a Storm
4/14/2011 9:09:56 PM

The short thaw
2/5/2011 11:20:06 AM

And yet MORE snow!
2/4/2011 10:51:16 AM

More snow!
2/4/2011 9:35:50 AM

Before I hit the sack, have a snow picture!
2/4/2011 12:59:51 AM

Weekend Assignment: Brrr!
2/3/2011 10:49:25 PM

Rolling, rolling blackouts..
2/2/2011 1:42:20 PM

Snow Day!
2/1/2011 9:22:14 AM

1/9/2011 2:31:38 PM

Slippery When Wet
9/8/2010 3:02:46 PM

If You Don't Like the Weather...
3/23/2010 2:20:47 PM

A White Sunday
3/21/2010 10:56:13 AM

We're in the Record Books!
2/12/2010 9:36:06 AM

Last Snow Picture Tonight - Promise!
2/11/2010 9:32:09 PM

Measuring the Snow
2/11/2010 8:30:50 PM

Obligatory Snow Pictures
2/11/2010 4:13:10 PM

A Few Snow Pictures
12/24/2009 3:31:46 PM

A White Christmas Eve.
12/24/2009 3:05:42 PM

The Rain, it Raineth
7/8/2009 5:23:03 PM

After The Rain
6/29/2009 11:59:24 AM

Interesting Sunset - With Green Sky!
6/12/2009 10:22:59 PM

1/28/2009 10:37:44 AM

Monday Mumblings, Icy Edition
1/5/2009 10:25:31 AM

Icy Morning!
12/16/2008 10:31:29 AM

Here Comes the Rain
9/13/2008 2:43:31 PM

Storm Update
9/13/2008 12:13:05 PM

Today's Texas Weather
9/12/2008 2:24:53 PM

An Aerial Tour of Galveston Island
9/12/2008 1:42:01 PM

The Edge of the Hurricane
9/12/2008 11:57:01 AM

Fast Weather Update
9/12/2008 8:37:27 AM

Weather Update
9/11/2008 5:14:35 PM

Making a list...
9/11/2008 10:07:41 AM

This Just In...
8/18/2008 9:06:16 PM

Official high today:107F
8/3/2008 7:50:36 PM

Man, it's hot!
8/3/2008 3:26:47 PM

The rain, it raineth
7/8/2008 8:34:45 PM

Monday Mumblings - Tuesday Edition
5/27/2008 1:27:44 PM

2008 Challenge Week 21
5/27/2008 12:45:44 PM

Not the best shot of the rain...
5/14/2008 10:45:49 PM

One last round of rain...
5/14/2008 10:29:19 PM

Well, That Was Fun...
4/17/2008 10:00:11 PM

We're Fine, Thanks
4/10/2008 8:52:20 AM

Here Comes the Rain
3/30/2008 7:45:19 PM

The Rain, it Raineth
3/18/2008 12:11:09 PM

So much for the storm...
3/6/2008 10:16:03 PM

Watching the winter weather move in
3/6/2008 3:24:07 PM

The rain, it raineth
3/6/2008 11:03:50 AM

I have just guaranteed the weather won't turn bad
3/5/2008 10:11:28 PM

If you don't like the weather here...
2/14/2008 9:03:40 AM

Time to go stock up...
2/13/2008 5:09:19 PM

8/16/2007 9:15:02 PM

Wet, wet, wet!
7/11/2007 9:03:14 PM

Building an ark
6/28/2007 9:09:00 AM

Rainy afternoon
6/13/2007 1:37:12 PM

It's pink!
6/4/2007 9:10:49 PM

Auntie Em! Uncle Henry!
6/4/2007 8:06:19 PM

Weekend Assignment
5/3/2007 7:38:38 PM

Storm pics
5/3/2007 2:12:21 PM

Big storm! More fun with phone solicitors!
5/3/2007 10:14:16 AM

Doing okay...
4/13/2007 7:25:25 PM

4/13/2007 5:13:24 PM

I'd promised another entry...
4/3/2007 10:47:40 PM

Here comes the rain again...
3/13/2007 4:49:50 PM

Must be sweeps month
2/13/2007 10:40:11 PM

2/2/2007 10:31:33 AM

2/1/2007 4:30:51 PM

Still cold...
1/17/2007 1:04:33 PM

1/17/2007 8:25:25 AM

Monday Mumblings
1/15/2007 11:55:29 AM

Gues we'll get some ice after all
1/14/2007 9:03:49 PM

8/27/2006 4:50:47 PM

We'll take any rain we can get!
8/12/2006 10:46:04 AM

Making the Transition
3/21/2006 11:02:49 PM

Picture o' the day
2/2/2006 10:02:00 AM

12/8/2005 11:30:00 AM

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