Saturday, May 27, 2017

Severe Saturday Update

Did you miss the live update?  Here it is.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Severe Saturday

With many of you enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family this weekend, please have a way to receive warnings late Saturday into early Sunday.  A round of storms will be likely and some will be severe.

The amount of instability is categorized as "extreme".  There will be a lid on the atmosphere most of the day, but if a storm can develop, it will become severe rapidly.  The highest chance for development will be later in the afternoon and into the evening.

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Most of the state has a risk for severe weather.  The northwest half of the state has an "enhanced" risk with a "slight" risk further south.  An upgrade to a moderate risk is possible in later outlooks.
With large amounts of instability, wind and hail will be the main severe weather threats.  The threat for tornadoes will also be possible, but it's low.  There will be so much moisture in the air, storms will produce heavy rain and localized flooding could become an issue.
From  CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy), is extreme for northern and western Arkansas.  This is like the gasoline that fuels your car.  CAPE is an index used to measure the fuel for the atmosphere.  With values above 4000, that's extreme!
This shows precip over the previous 6 hours ending at 7PM Saturday.  Most of what you see over northern Arkansas will initiate after 4PM.

From 7PM to 1AM, heavy amounts of rain are forecast from the Euro across northern and central AR.  This is suggesting a large storm cluster will move southward.  Along the leading edge, high winds will be likely.
Between 1AM and 7AM Sunday, the storms should weaken and move south.  However, some could still be severe.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My Mom

It's Mother's Day and there's little doubt you're bragging about how much you love your mom, think she's the best, sets a great example, and provides unconditional love.  While I don't doubt that, I want to tell you why my mom is the absolute best.

In December of 1993, my dad woke up with chest pains.  Within a few hours he was on the operating table having quadruple bypass surgery.   While that surgery is a big deal, back in those days, it was an even bigger deal.  He came through it with flying colors and was home within 2 weeks.  2 days before Christmas, I found my dad nearly unconscious on the bathroom floor and noticed one side of his face was drooping.  I knew immediately he was having a stroke.  After he was rushed to the hospital, the doctors confirmed his heart threw a clot and caused a massive stroke on top of his brain stem.  He was in a coma for several days.  It didn't take long to understand the scope and severity of the situation.  He lost his ability to walk as the left side of his body was completely paralyzed, he couldn't talk,  and he could not eat on his own.  While he survived the heart attack and massive stroke, his life and and my mom's life completely changed in an instant.

For 9 years my mom took care of him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Think about what that means after your spouse can't do anything anymore.  She bathed him, fed him, put him in a wheel chair, got him out of the wheel chair, took him to therapy, doctors appointments, got him dressed everyday, made sure he received his medicines on time, took care of the house, paid bills, haggled with insurance... THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON.  My dad eventually passed away in 2002 after suffering from pneumonia.

Those painful 9 years she went through set an example I will keep for a lifetime.  If I ever need to talk to her about something, she's there.  If I ever need anything, she's there.  If I need her to take care of my kids on a moments notice, she's there.  Yes, she's my supermom.

Moms are the best and I know you have reasons why you think yours is the best.  My only advice is to tell her now.  Don't wait, it's Mother's Day.  Enjoy the time you have with not only your mom, but your dad as well.

Happy Mother's Day.

My parents