SE LA obs Jan 3 2012... Short-lived arctic chill...

By: DocNDswamp , 4:47 PM GMT on November 11, 2011

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(No comprehensive update or review of 2011 stats yet, but needed to change the header to "something" more recent... which of course will be outdated soon, lol... As usual, updated info can be found within comments section)...

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Wed Jan 4 2012, SE LA Wx...

Expected warm up underway today with incr SE winds / humidity / dewpoints... Big contrast from yesterday when had amazingly low dewpoints across SE LA down to single digits many locations - one of the lowest was Slidell, had 2F dewpoint temp at 1 PM! Cold remained entrenched overnight, clear skies / light to calm winds, good radiational cooling lead to my 3rd light freeze of season and 10th frost, which was very thick... Temps fell quickly after sunset, this morn KHUM was colder showing a 28.4F low (but is really a range between 28.4F to 30.2F since it only reads whole degrees celsius), while my home thermo refused to drop below 31.5F, which I am certain can be attributed to massive urbanization / land-use change / habitat destruction surrounding my Bayou Cane, LA location above Houma...

Rather than compare to KHUM airport, a better comparison of this drastic temp difference is between readings at our Gray LA location, just 6-7 miles N of Bayou Cane, and to this point is still a truly rural setting in North Terrebonne (but not for long!)... Prior to excessive development in Bayou Cane, these two locations physical topography, lay of the land with mix of woods / adjacent open fields and no immediate proximity to a waterbody were identical... Last night was a good example of distinct changes that have been wrought - by the time I left there at 9 PM the Gray thermo was already trending below 30F, frost had begun covering the roof of the car and house, ice forming... Drove home within 10 minutes to find my home thermo at 39F - a full 10F higher - no signs of frost and it clearly FELT warmer regardless of whatever might nit-pick over the two thermometers accuracy!

In that matter, I'm certain the Gray thermo has a cold bias of 2-3 degrees - this morns low showed 24F - but accounting for that still reveals it's become several degrees warmer where development is altering the microscale local climate to a warmer state... It's often more noticeable on Winter nights under such conditions of calm winds / ideal radiational cooling than like wx conditions we had the previous night / morning before (Tue 3rd) - with widespread CAA and mod strong NLY winds mixing the boundary layer more homogeneously over the area and the lowest temp on both thermometers read near 30F yesterday... Nothing new of course, we've KNOWN the UHI impact for decades, guess my point is just that it's now GROWN to alter MY LOCATION noticeably over the very short timescale of a decade or two... So much for UHI being an "island", as fast as human footprint is expanding a better descriptive is needed to reflect today's reality...


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Tue Jan 3 2012 greetings,

Nice seasonally cold early January day under severe-clear skies, as dome of arctic high pressure edges across our region - noted climbed to 30.61" for highest sfc pressure reading *this year*, lol... Daytime temps slow rising, now into mid-40's at noon hr...

Overnight temps were slow to fall off as the initial cold air advection with this system was rather weak by "arctic" standards, but did fall to 30.6F low on my Bayou Cane home thermo to declare my 2nd freeze of season, albeit brief duration of about 2 hrs, not enough time for ice to form in my buckets... Seems a secondary surge of cold air got here near sunrise as I reached my low after 7 AM, much like Slidell hit their low of 25F then... Of course had another "WTF? / WUWT?" moment viewing KHUM airport readings which showed it, sigh, once again, bottoming out at an even 32.0F... Thanks, but no thanks, I prefer more precise reading than the span of a whole degree celsius - will assume might have shown a 30F reading had they dropped to -1.0C / 30.2F... But such is the case with the only weather station in Houma being "not up to NWS standards", or as described here at WU - "Averages and records for this station are not official NWS values", besides having frequently sporadic reportage issues...

N winds also held the temps up overnight and that combined with very dry airmass eliminated any frost chances... May be some tomorrow morn and low temps should be close to today's as Freeze Warnings remain in effect, "might" have better rad cooling here "if" E / SE winds don't kick up with the sfc high sliding EWD... Forecasting the low temp tonight is a crap shoot and very location dependent over SE LA, as I'd agree with KLIX NWS assessment in this morn's discussion on factors - "THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT...PROXIMITY TO WATER...AND LOCAL WINDS WILL CREATE QUITE A RANGE OF LOWS...SO THE DURATION OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES OVER A 20 MILE AREA COULD RANGE FROM 6 HOURS TO NONE."

We shall see and regardless, the moderating return flow warming trend will be underway tomorrow, some chance of shwrs Fri-Sat with next feature coming across...

Work calls, hey it's too clear / sunny to be inside... ;)
G'day!


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SE LA obs Dec 7 2011, coldest wx yet on 70th anniversary Pearl Harbor...

Wed Dec 7 2011... Cold, with Freeze Warnings...

70th anniversary Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
...a scant dozen years before I's born, us post-WWII baby-boomers are getting old!

Cold weather arrived / well-entrenched across our region... Actually the outlook mentioned last Friday - with couple days of highs struggling to get outta the 40's / widespread freezing across TX by this morn - appears close... Here yesterday, temp fell from 50's at midnight, stayed into 40's, windy and raw with cold rain shwrs / drzl, nasty overcast / overrunning conditions... And about par for course, minimal rain amts near 3/10ths" locally... (Sat: .02", Sun: none, Mon: .13", Tue: .28")...

Dipped to 37 between 8-9 AM at KHUM with clearing skies / strong but shallow-layered arctic CAA underway, slow rising into 40's now, might touch L 50's... but expecting a fast fall-off tonight, feeling a high confidence will see 1st actual light freeze tomorrow morn for coldest yet, mod-hard farther N portions... Earlier KLIX forecast had that low pegged at 35F (still saying that on TWC), latest from KLIX NWS now forecasting "low 30's" for Houma - Bayou Cane and I'll predict lower, expect to see near 29-30F at KHUM and my home thermo, and a colder temp reading would be less surprise than warmer... possibly with another frost, wind-moisture dependent - have observed 5 frosts so far this season... Unlike KLIX, KLCH forecasters are on the ball in posting hard and light freeze warnings across the SW / S Cen LA area...

Nice cool stretch of below avg temps ahead, reinforcing shot Fri, slow moderating warm-up into next week... and milder pattern might prevail going into Christmas... But overall, think December temps here likely to avg near normal, with equal chance of being slightly below or above... Rainfall amts? LOL...

Local November 2011 rainfall continued the overall dry trend - amts from 1.3" to near 1 3/4" from my 2 locations yielded about 3" deficit of the 4.55" November mean... Year to Date amts still running near 10" deficit locally... while Nov temps averaged within 1 degree range of normal.


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SE LA obs 11-11-11 - 1st Frost...

Fri Nov 11 2011 - Happy TGIF and cool wx Veterans Day greetings...

Hello!
Yeah, been a while... sorry to close the last blog abruptly but duties called, and remain far too busy to blog much, so just popping in to add a note or two here on our triple numeral date "11-11-11", Veterans Day... Nope, nothing much to report lately in local weather other than been stable, cool and nice, no earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, blizzardcanes, or subtropical storms here, and hardly any rainfall (no surprise), however that may change as slightly better rain chances appear possible over next week or so, and temps trend warmer...

Like it's been most of year, still well-entrenched in long-term drought conditions that quickly resumed as TS Lee departed early September... In fact, our typically dry October was even farther below average as only had a single rain day entire month when 1/4" to half inch amt fell locally on Oct 28 (.39" home gauge)... Probably one of the top 5 driest on record, but who knows since official records are no longer being maintained for Houma... So we're still sharing the regional dry misery with Texas and likely will continue for some time given the unfavorable long-term climate influences causing this - the warm AMO / cool PDO again combining with returning La Nina, although some short-term relief is possible for our region... Not an encouraging outlook ahead is it? IMHO, I see plenty evidence this pattern has more than less ruled since the AMO switched to it's warm phase in the 90's in how it's affected the usually wet immediate N Gulf coast region... Sadly, our pecan trees suffered badly from 2011's terrible drought as nearly all failed to produce any viable nuts (and now reflected at the grocery with bags selling near 10 bucks a pound!)... Lot of veggie crops were miserable failures, although have managed to get some local citrus - a bit smaller but still delicious satsumas and naval oranges... Only got a few of our Tamopan persimmons after discovering an unusual scoundrel was rapidly stealing them - nope, not the typical raccoon, deer, possom or birds might expect, but of all things never thought I'd see - a dang coyote! Guess he wanted something sweet to go with the rabbits, the coyote was able to climb a low limb to reach fruit above, unreal... Harvested the remaining dozen or less early before he cleaned 'em all! LOL, next year gonna hang water-filled orange balloons from the branches to thwart him... or offer him same fate as da cottonmouths got...!

On the bright side, temps have been very pleasant as Fall wx set in early this year - temperature data from CPC shows SE LA being 3-5 degrees cooler than average for both Sep / Oct... Notably on Oct 20 - and very early for such - Houma KHUM airport recorded 39F low and actually saw evidence of frost trying to form on a few roofs (not enough to call) that morn, certainly colder locations on the Northshore had frost that early date (with today likely being their 3rd)... The cool trend has continued into November up to this point - up to 5-9 degrees colder than typical across SE LA, although milder / more moist wx pattern appears developing, perhaps into Thanksgiving week if to believe recent GFS runs keeping colder air bottled up north...

Anyhow, was a beautiful Winter-like feel and view this "11-11-11" morn as confirmed our 1st widespread frost of season, rather light-moderate in crystal growth / thickness but full coverage... Low temp at Houma's KHUM fell to 32F (37F at home) for coldest yet, while some colder stations above also recorded their 1st light freeze (i.e. - 30 @ Slidell, 29 @ Tallulah in NE LA)... Alas, upper trough lifting out (and ripping STS / TS Sean out away from Bermuda), milder ridging to rebuild some as moderating zonal flow pattern takes hold...

Gotta run...
Happy TGIF and in honor of all our armed forces vets, a big Thank you!

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294. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:19 AM GMT on January 27, 2014
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293. DocNDswamp
6:53 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Hiyas Bug and Linda,
In a nutshell - Nope.. a big nada here in this part of SE LA, neaux sneaux just as it appeared on nearly all model runs prior, esp with location of critical thickness projections / warm nose aloft 900-800 mb w temps above freezing remained as biggest influence my area. Moisture wasn't the problem, more than sufficient, but for example the 850 mb chart on the 12Z analysis / soundings showed still had a small anticylonic (weak leftover high) feature over N Cen Gulf just to our SSE, pumping SW winds / warmth right over Terrebonne / SE LA yesterday morn (!)... even as NE winds were below and at the sfc. Deep cold air advection came to a halt before we ever had a chance for snow or even much sleet. A much different story just to my NW where New Iberia / Lafayette, etc all were into 20's with snow... I could have driven for 45 minutes on Hwy 90 yesterday and seen the sneaux! Another typical tease... "Rare snow in the Deep South" my ass! Let it snow HERE and I'll show you truly rare, significant snow! Seriously media? It snows along that same corridor about every 2-3 years or so...

I've seen this countless times from the warm marine Gulf moderating influence affecting SE LA - draw a line from Morgan City to New Orleans, snow above / rain below. Very disappointing - just cold rain with temp stuck at 33-34F, barely any sleet briefly mixing in, immediate local area did not even reach freezing temp at surface until near / after sunset last night, when finally had mixed precip - freezing rain / frz drzl, some sleet... quickly developed ice coating / icicles for a few hours, then as precip ended the temps rose above freezing to 34F by midnight last night, all melted! Sheesh... Did briefly drop back to 32.5F but generally rising temps thru pre-dawn, plus, dense fog formed early this morning. Into L 50's now, skies clearing / sunny w mix of cirrus.

Could make a new blog on the "whys", but might take more time than I care to devote anymore... then - as has happened lot over last several years - time will pass, whole event goes past relevance, and with my generally ticked-off mood over it all, just forget it... which is a large reason this blog hasn't been updated! LOL, or I could post what I just said above as good enough for a blog... ;)

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Miss Bug, sorry ya got smudged up in here, but it's all about perception... see, I'm having difficulty accumulating any wintry precip, esp the nice fluffy flakes, so thought I'd just let the dust pile up over this blog into huge drifts... so, jis think of it as brown snow... a'plenty! ;)

Of course, you're right tho... Perhaps might start up a new blog on, oh I dunno, maybe climate change since few other bloggers address the subject on Wunderground. ;) Soon as figure where to begin without getting banned... stay tuned.

Wow, that really sucks, the power outage.
Hey now, I been trimming back our pecan trees since November, got a ton of limbs just right size for firewood if ya want?

Anyway, thanks for stopping by, Bug.
Stay warm! Remember, it's still January, Spring warmth will envelop us soon enough... Looks like another shot cold next week, then would not be surprised if E US warms some going into Feb with trof digging into the west or at least intermountain west for a change. Just maybe California might eventually get some rain. Hope so if I gotta see that damn warm tropical / subtropical ridge build back while I still want Winter!
;)

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G'day Linda,
Hmmmm, this sneaux-less stuff for us immediate coastal residents has gotten really old, hasn't it? Bring back Feb 1895 and we'll show them "yankees" in Baton Rouge and College Station what a real snow storm looks like!
That event was so weird, it remains one of most puzzling in weather history... although have seen a few that were more coastal focused than inland. Now going on 9 years and 1 month since had a measurable snow worthy of picture-taking here, Christmas 2004.

The lure appears a medium or deep-diving crankbait, but might or not be a true Rat-L-Trap, as most of those are best known as lipless (with exception), attached along the back ahead of the lure's modeled dorsal fin... Lot of crankbaits do have rattles inside tho... Rat-L-Traps are most popularized by bass fishermen, adaptive to several species of course, fresh and salt... In years past, I've even caught sac-a-lait (crappie) with Rat-L-Traps when schools were in open water, on edge of cover or suspended in deeper water. LOL, as for the "eye", I once bought a crankbait with battery-powered glowing red lights for eyes. Like this blog, just gathered dust - too scared to use, afraid it would snag down deep / lose it...

Have a good 'un!

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292. palmettobug53
3:04 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Cool looking lure. It does appear to be looking at you, doesn't it?
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291. Thoughtsteader
2:57 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Doc! Heads up! I see over at beell's that you may be in line for what we didn't get yesterday - sneaux!

The way I figure it, if we're going to have to put up with the cold, we might as well get something pretty to go along with it. Well, or something that tastes good. I was listening to the duck hunters this morning, and it sounds like some of them had fun yesterday, despite it all.

I didn't have a clue that some people shoot sandhill cranes, too. When I hear "crane" I think whooping crane, and of course shooting one of those is going to land you somewhere with three squares and a cot, or empty your bank account. But in fact people do hunt sandhills (bag limit: two) and from what I heard this morning, you do their breast on the grill just like you would a steak. My, my.

Now for the question of the day. Can you tell me what kind of lure this is, and what it's used to catch? It's a rattletrap, I know that. And from what I can tell from Uncle Google, it's got a medium lip. When I found it, it had two rusty treble hooks hanging off it.

It does have a bit of a "look" in its eye, doesn't it? ;)
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290. palmettobug53
12:31 AM GMT on January 23, 2014
Hack, cough.....

Son, one these days you just gotta clean house and put up a new entry. Nothing fancy. Just something not so dusty!

Saw you pop up over at beel's.

I see you had the same routine I had, the other week. Except my appt got cancelled. (After I went to all the trouble of dressing for the occasion!)

SCE&G, in their all knowing wisdom, decided to do rolling blackouts, without warning, because of the drain on their system due to the cold.

Believe you, me, there were some P.O.'d customers. Esp the ones that were in the middle of serving breakfast.

We're back in the deep freeze again. For us, anyway. Lows tonight will be somewhere around 25F. Lovely.

Well, spring has to come sometime. At least, that's what they say.

Who the heck are those "They" people, anyway? lol
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289. DocNDswamp
6:38 AM GMT on January 06, 2014
Hey Bug,
Sorry didn't see your post earlier, just checking in this eve...

Yep, spent time finishing preps here today w arctic blast making steady progress, initial front's thru, temps steady falling. Hope your appt goes smoothly on Tuesday - sounds like great exercise if dressed for it, lol. Good luck.. and avoid da ice!

By coincidence, also gotta drag Mom to Dr's appointment tomorrow w coldest of arctic air mass arriving, highs in 30's / w chills in teens - not my favorite choice either! Of course, during previous such frigid intrusions I've worked outside in it, or been out in da boat tempting fate and hypothermia, so... ;)

Very well appears will be coldest for many including the Gulf South - esp here by Tue morn - since at least Jan 2010 (22F), Dec 31 2000 (21F) and perhaps Feb 4 1996, last time Houma had an "official" reading in the teens (19F), as we might get down in 17-20F range. And just above here, low-mid teens expected. Historical weather for sure, problem being Houma no longer has an official wx station to record the event properly, the KHUM arpt not meeting NWS certification standards.

Nonetheless, curious how cold my home thermo will dip to - coldest it's read last few years was 20.8F, Jan 10 2010.

Recent newspaper article stated Houma record low Jan 7th was 22 in 1970, ref period used started 1930... We've been colder these upcoming dates but seems actual historical record means little these days --
17F - Jan 6 1924
16F - Jan 7 1924

Hey now, maybe I oughta put up a new blog entry on this cold stuff... or sumthin'... LOL, one thing tho - this event DOES match my old header, for it will be a "short-lived arctic chill" here.
;)

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288. palmettobug53
5:33 PM GMT on January 05, 2014
Hiya, Doc! Glad to see that you're still around. I was afraid I'd be talking to myself. Not that that is unusual; I do it all the time.

Gearing up for some frigid weather here the next couple of days or so.

We're not getting out of the 30's Tuesday and wouldn't you know? I have an appt that day over at the main campus and have to walk over there. I'll be bundled to my eyebrows and above!

Well, I don't HAVE to walk but it's just not worth the time and trouble to go get my truck out of my parking lot, circle around on all our one way streets to the parking garage over there, find a parking space and then have to PAY to get out. It's only about 4 blocks on foot and less than 10 minutes, from my office to my audiologist's office. It would be 10-12 blocks and 20 minutes or more, to drive. AND HAVE TO PAY TO GET OUT OF THE GARAGE!
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287. DocNDswamp
2:52 AM GMT on January 02, 2014
Bug, Happy New Year back atcha!
LOL, no chance setting fires with stuck subtropical jet, steady light rain / drzl and 45F last night... but fireworks were abundant none the less - more lol, just as wrote back in comment #262 a year ago!

Wow, 2013 really gone in a blink, eh?

And thanks for the Christmas greeting -
Hope your holiday has been enjoyable, Miss Bug!

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Barefoot, thanks for da greet - my, that's quite a spritely step you Oklahomans have! And for the classic Rathborn linky... reminds me, rode about Xmas eve gawking at the lights / decorations again - playing on radio was 1939 Christmas Story w Lionel Barrymore... glorious nostalgia... ;)

Hope your Christmas was a merry one too!
PS: send more arctic air southeastward after you've had your way with it... models suggesting coldest of season (and perhaps since Jan '10) a'coming. Silly Euro - a few runs hinted at up teens here, I'll believe it when I feel it!
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286. palmettobug53
5:54 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Happy New Year, Doc!

I hope you had an enjoyable holiday and that you didn't set the place on fire last night with fireworks! lol
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285. palmettobug53
5:02 PM GMT on December 25, 2013
Merry Christmas, Doc! I hope Santa has been good to you folks and that you have a blessed day with family.

Miss seeing you about the blogs but hope that the coming year treats you right.
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282. DaveFive
6:07 AM GMT on November 09, 2013
Hello DocNDswamp, I'm Dave from San Jose, CA. I like your 2012 information blog. The weather in San Jose has been sunny & dry since April.
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281. palmettobug53
12:49 AM GMT on October 10, 2013
LOL... I know what you mean, Doc.

Back in my 20's, I could party half the night, get a few hours sleep, get up, go to work, then go right back out and do it all over and over again, easy peasy.

Now? Just can't do it anymore. Gettin' old, I suppose. Best to leave all that rowdiness to the young'uns and let them deal with the mornings after!

I do like your sunset photo, Doc. Very nice.

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280. DocNDswamp
8:32 PM GMT on October 08, 2013
Good day friends,
2nd day in row of gorgeous cool Fall severe clear wx, same lows 56 arpt, 59 at home, 54 at Mom's rural location... 78F high so far. Loving it.

Hey Bug!
LOL, nah I didn't try the festival's signature "tea" drink, still alcohol-free now over 4 years - wasn't a "drinking problem" per se, was bothering my stomach some, but mostly - just got tired of alcohol making me feel tired! Alcohol is one heluva sorry excuse of a recreational drug, lol!!!

Anyway, wow, did we get lucky w weather - next 3 days after that festival it rained solid, near to over 4" across area... then da Karen threat... Hoping it holds nice this weekend - another great music festival upcoming, Voice of Wetlands...
Best to ya!

Hiya Finn!
Hey, I was hoping no one remembered, lol... Admittedly, the step into the 60 age group has been disturbingly self-confrontational, provoking lot of thought reflecting life, regrets, ya know usual, "what could have been" now I've reached this point, blah, blah, blah... perhaps more memory loss would help that, lol! Nah, I guess there's still "what could be". If only known was gonna live this long, I might have... BS, I am what I am - happy still alive... ;)
Great to hear from ya, love back atcha!

Hello Shore!
I know you're enjoying the cool down as much as I am, Fall such a refreshing change... very similar to 2009, running a bit late, and tropics same. Fair trade if it holds, n'est ce pas? ... ;)

Thanks for the stamp info, I wasn't even aware! Seems were introduced last year. Excellent choice by USPS, that's one of Clyde's older, most well-known images, a Kodachrome shot sometime around 1979-80... I have a post card size of it, bought long ago. And give lot credit to CC for the inspiration (as well, the 30's-40's FSA photographers before us).

Got a chuckle one day when we ran across each other, felt an ultimate compliment as 1st thing he said was, "my, that sure is a long tripod ya got there!", seeing how I incorporated PVC pipe to extend the legs to a length of over 11 feet, just right to sink into the shallow waters of SE LA, stabilize while I shoot from da boat's deck... I could see the wheels turning in his head, lol... Back in day of slow transparency film, and difficult (to impossible) to attain long exposures / sharp images, resorted to lot tactics - like crawling in the water with da gators, etc, bracing against available trees, limbs, waterproof housings to outright sacrificing cameras or tripods to get the shot. Far easier today w faster digital / in-cam image processing, most folks have no clue of the overwhelming struggle demanded by swamp photography in capturing such from a boat. LOL, and my efforts were just to satisfy a (albeit serious) hobby, capturing the scenery while enjoying fishing. But oh, so satisfying when all came together!
Darn, I miss doing both... ;)

Of cypress swamp sunsets here's one of my contributions -


Lake Palourde, Winter Sunset, Dec 9 2000

Thanks again, Shore, and great day to ya!
Work calls...
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279. shoreacres
1:19 AM GMT on October 08, 2013
Hiya, Doc! I just had the neatest/weirdest experience. My current post over at WordPress is about the post office: history, and so on. So, I'm chatting with a reader about the fun of buying special stamps, and I decide to go to the USPS website to see what's on offer.

Lo and behold, I found some state stamps, and there was Louisiana's. I looked and looked at the image, and enlarged it, and thought, "That looks like Doc or C.C. Lockwood's work." Sure enough, it's Lockwood's photo of Flat Lake.

I'm sure you must have known all about it, but it was news to me. What a wonderful thing. Now I'm going to have to order a sheet of those stamps, just because!

Hope all's well. The windows are open here, and it's just beautiful. Looks like we have 2-3 more perfect days before the humidity heads up again. No complaints here - we'll take what we can get!
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278. LakeWorthFinn
5:44 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
Gosh Doc, I missed your birthday - and everyone elses for the past few months too. Nothing personal - except what's personal is my loss of memory of these things. You wanna know what awaits you on this 60s decade... more memory loss. Then again, more peace of mind, because everybody I love knows I love them and I don't hafta remember to remind them of that. Phew. I'm 63 and looking forward to retiring so I don't have to remember things I still must... like going to work, haha...
How did we survive those "lazy CRAZY HAZY days to reach the 60s? I think someone/something/somewhere kept an eye on us... Nothing short of a miracle may I say!
Glad we did.... and glad to see all you beloved survivors here :)
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277. palmettobug53
8:35 PM GMT on September 30, 2013
Sounds like a nice "Do."

Bayou Blackberry Tea? I hope you didn't imbibe too much of the official festival drink and wound up, unclaimed, at the lost and found booth last night. lol

I'd have been knee deep in the food, drink and crafts!
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276. DocNDswamp
5:44 PM GMT on September 30, 2013
Hey Miss Bug,

Wow, that's great to hear... er, wait a sec.. that's your line! Glad the surgery went well, helped restore your ability. I bet it is a major change, an awakening of sorts.

'Bout same here, usual routine. Did let most work duties go by wayside this weekend, took in the Best of the Bayou Fest downtown Houma. Quite a nice one, plenty food, art, 2 stages of non-stop music, free admission (!), saw bunch old friends... Sort of a smaller scale NOLA Jazz Fest, all genres music to tickle the ears... and weather was great. LOL, all required of me was take time to do so, drive 2 miles into Houma, walk right up!

Yeah, still lurking, post infrequently here / there... LOL, in one week seems the value of my comments went from the dean's list to about as insightful as Flounder / Bluto (Animal House) antics, so...

Anyway, great you dropped by, Bug!
Best to ya!
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275. palmettobug53
4:15 AM GMT on September 30, 2013
Ca va, Doc?

Thought I'd dig you up from the depths and give you a holler.

Saw your name mentioned by one of the featured bloggers recently. Been meaning to stop by ever since, as I had proof you were lurking about.

Doing OK here. Just had the second surgery so should be hearing in stereo soon.

Having some issues with understanding speech without lip reading but other than that, I'm really happy with the results, so far. Been hearing things I haven't heard in years.

As well as a few things I could do without.

Had no idea the stupid microwave kept dinging away, once the heating cycle was finished, until you either removed the item or hit 'reset.' Annoying as heck!

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274. DocNDswamp
4:20 AM GMT on August 13, 2013
Thanks, appreciate the greetings, WU friends - Hope all of you have been well! LOL, how the (insert expletive) did we ever survive (insert daily toils / risky activities) to reach the age of 60?

Gams, thanks, the "new age" day one went okay... similar to back in the day when I was a young sport of 59, so looks promising, lol! Ready to welcome you to the club... Hey, the Key West vacation / celebration plan sounds great, enjoy Leo / Snake / Sistah!

Shore, just wishin' was a fishin' about close as I get.. although bet I could point out a couple prime spots to lure a few within that fine pic you offered. Lesseee, not that I'm counting, ahem, but it's now been 4 years, 7 months and 16 days since last trip... ;) And darn right, they can keep moaning on lack of tracking fun on Jeff's as far we're concerned, right?

Bug, that sounded sweet to my ears, thanks!
Nahhh the dogs prolly heard a siren, that's all...
I'm hanging in, usual daily trials and tribulations, pop in occasionally to da blogosphere. More importantly - hope YOU are okay, recently learned ya went thru some issues. Healing wishes to ya gal!

Beell, thanks... yeah that's me lurking.. and trying avoid getting slurped down the sinkhole, lol! Sheesh, thought becoming featured guest on Swamp People was an embarrassing fate...
Best at ya, bro!

And (Chinese-speaking) Finn... sorry didn't see your post earlier, thanks!

PS: a bit late but Birthday Greetings, Storm Junkie!

Hmmmmm, now wonder if skies will clear off enough to see a Perseid or 2 tonight... was up late last night, saw 12... although if mosquitoes lit up like fireflies, could have truly been spectacular view!

Later!

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273. beell
2:44 AM GMT on August 13, 2013
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I always think of this picture when I think of you.
Happy Birthday, Doc!
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272. palmettobug53
10:57 PM GMT on August 12, 2013
Ah, jeeze. I think my singing set some dogs howling.

Sorry 'bout dat.
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271. palmettobug53
10:55 PM GMT on August 12, 2013
Hey, Doc!

Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuu
Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuu
Happy Birthday, Dear Dooooooc
Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu

And maaaany moooooore!

What have you been up to and where the heck have you been? Dang it, we miss you!
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270. shoreacres
8:26 PM GMT on August 12, 2013
Ooooohhh! And a song for you, too!

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269. shoreacres
8:13 PM GMT on August 12, 2013
My goodness - you and Patti are young 'uns! I hope you're having a wonderful day - any chance you're off wetting a line? Surely do hope so!

If I'm lucky, Ma Nature will deliver the gift I requested for you - a season with no nasty storms. I suppose an absence of landfalling 'canes will leave the chorus over at Doc Masters' moaning and groaning, but in my family, the kids didn't always get to choose the entertainment. ;)

Happy birthday, and wishes for a great upcoming year!

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268. seflagamma
2:59 PM GMT on August 12, 2013
Good morning My Leo/Snake/Bro !!!

You did not think I was going to let your blog not be on directory on this very important day did you?


Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!!!

Yelp it is that time of year again when you and I get one year older.
And the gentleman that you are, you run our new age around the block for about 7 days before I have to give it a spin.

And Whoooo Boy, this year we both turn the big 60!!!

Wonder if the 60's will be good to us? I'm sure they will.

Hope you are doing something fun today and NOT Working!

Happy Birthday to YOU
Happy Birthday to YOU
Happy Birthday, Dear Doc,
Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!


Enjoy!!!

Gams

your Leo/Snake/Sis!!!!

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next Sunday hubby and I are headed to Key West to see what kind of trouble I can get into for my 60th next Monday! Hope no stormy weather creeps up and ruins the trip... surely any new systems can old off until we return on Aug 22nd!

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267. LakeWorthFinn
3:16 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
(((Doc))) just saw you comment on Dr. Masters blog. It was wunderful to hear from you - though my chinese weather language is not very good yet... ;-)
So good to know you're here!
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266. LakeWorthFinn
4:55 AM GMT on June 06, 2013
Evening Miss code and Doc! I miss you both and hope that you'll drop in soon - even if it's just to learn some Chinese... ;)
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265. code1
4:57 AM GMT on March 08, 2013
Finn is "just a'follin ya Doc & us". God's speed Finn, take care of you & yours. See u on flip side as you can lady. Our atmosphere is awaiting your safe return our friend!
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264. DocNDswamp
4:25 AM GMT on March 08, 2013
Hiya Finn!
Glad you made it over safely, enjoy the visit!
Hey, it's just a short hop / skip / jump across from Finland into the Norwegian Sea if need take a dip to warm up - same Gulf Stream waters that passed by you off Florida coast is now delivering it's warmth into the Arctic... albeit slightly cooler... ;)

Best to ya!
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263. LakeWorthFinn
3:37 AM GMT on March 08, 2013
Frozen hugz from Finland! Had to fly here to remind meself what paradise feels like - when you're away from it...
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262. DocNDswamp
4:02 AM GMT on January 02, 2013
Merry New Year, lol!

Bug and Shore, thanks for the fresh greetings!
Hope you both enjoyed the Eve festivities and 2013 sails smoothly, treating you well... Sheesh, well smooth or not ya know it's gonna fly by, with us or without too! Reasonably healthy and marginally / sufficiently prosperous enough to avoid poverty sounds as good a plan as any!

Shore, I saw radar indicated a ton of rain fell just below ya on / near Galveston... And yes to your guess on the ibis feeding habits, seen same on sev occasions... Oh, Rich and Famous this year? Why, that's a given - I've already transferred accounts / made reservations to mingle amongst my bejeweled jet-setting peers in Monaco! Yeah, that's me written all over it... ;)

Anyway, a relatively peaceful, tho hardly quiet Eve it twas here, that is after watched LSU lay it's annual turd on primetime... Clemson learned well from Alabama, just hang in / stay close, shove it down LSU's throats in last couple min when counts... :( .. Good thing "Animal House" was re-running elsewhere to keep me smiling...

By the tick of midnight once again, Terrebonne residents made mockery of our highly-unpopular fireworks ban, as night sky lit up, lol... Tho distinctly also heard a few firearms ring out in sync as well, incl perhaps an AR-15 or two (which have quickly sold out since.. well, you know..)... or perhaps, was simply a semi-auto .22 mixed with firecrackers sparking my imagination of what a war zone must sound like... Either way, the frowned-upon use of firearms to celebrate usually confined away from town - cops ignore fireworks or offer minor warning, but will determinedly haul one's ass to jail if foolishly shooting a gun near pop areas!

Weather was non-issue for last day 2012 - temps rose from up 30's night before to L 40's by midnight on, into 60's by last night's celebrations, m cloudy but no rain although a S breeze kinda whisked away the fireworks displays...

Had a little rain with the front late aftn - about .27" to start 2013 off... Some question how much more will see next couple days with front stalled over / limping around the area and sev disturbances / weak lows riding along it in the (cursed) SW flow aloft, but prev forecasts of near-deluge less likely... From my point of view, sure wish one of these trofs would be MAN ENOUGH to truly shunt away that damn resilient deep-layered warm Greater Antilles ridge! But.. it's there, having developed over past few weeks, doing it's Winter-moderating thing over the Gulf region, just as I expected...

And... there I go, again... ;)
Later!

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261. shoreacres
2:11 AM GMT on January 01, 2013
Oh, Doc - I wish we could catch some of that rain on its way across the state. It's been gloomy and damp all day, but I wouldn't think we've had more than a quarter inch. I thought I'd give it until morning before I look, just so I don't get too depressed. ;)

However! My ibis are back. The whole herd was across the street again late this afternoon. Now that I think of it, the first time I saw them there, we had had a quarter inch of rain, too. I'm wondering if the moisture doesn't either soften the soil or draw insects up - or both. They were feeding heavily on something, and happy as could be. It was so gray and gloomy that I didn't even try for more photos, but I did hang out on the edge of the flock and listen to them "talk" for a while. So interesting. They're not particularly skittish, which surprises me. I'm glad.

Happy New Year to you - maybe this will be the one when we get rich and famous! LOL

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260. palmettobug53
2:08 AM GMT on January 01, 2013
Currier and Ives

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.

~ Ellen Goodman

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
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259. palmettobug53
2:06 AM GMT on January 01, 2013
Currier and Ives

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.

~ Ellen Goodman

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
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258. DocNDswamp
5:44 AM GMT on December 31, 2012
Well Hi there Barefoot!
Ahh, that last sneaux worked out well for ya, 1" amt sounds fine to me! And without the blizzard hazard part...

Yes indeed, rain's the word next few... Surely rain or snow is welcome up your way (and more into Plains / Midwest the better). Plus, really been a while since saw such rarity on Del Rio TX radar... as took a gander lil while ago... Wow, sure hope that reaches our WU blogger, lessee, think his handle is "bohonkweather" somewhere near San Antonio and 'bout as parched / desperate as gets when he posts in Jeff's blog...

LOL, yeah I can still spare to send whatever rain happens elsewhere, reached my quota back in August, even tho we've hardly had any since Sep... but not real keen on the possible sev inches might get Tue-Wed, and muddy propects - our soil doesn't dry out easily in Winter.

Heee haw, and happy New Years!
;)
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256. DocNDswamp
5:01 AM GMT on December 31, 2012
Surely a wet outlook ahead here to begin 2013, but last day 2012 looks fine / milder trend for SE LA as bulk precip should remain to our west - nice to see some rain today / night over parts of TX where needed, lol, wish they'd keep it there!

Howdy Bug,
Glad that last storm didn't cause you serious issues too. Yes, the winds, most notable... lol, ya know I had to share it with you! And hey, appears Santa delivered well among da Bugster clan, there ya go! Sheesh, the mechanical maintenance stuff sounds familiar - changing out hydraulic hoses / fittings on a tractor lately while my old truck still awaits it's turn... always sumthin', never get caught up...

Hiya Wabit,
Yes, but again just a light freeze here (3rd) with 31F low and 6th frost... as fortunately the clouds thinned out after midnight, allowing temps to fall off last night - already missed outta 2 other freezes (or frosts at least) when had decent CAA, but clouds either held on or returned after had cleared / kept temps up... LOL, I'm probably one of the few hoping for hard freeze here! Anyway, was m sunny today (50F high) but clouds increasing again tonight, quickly fell into up 30's after dark, now rising L 40's... I've 'bout had my fill of this "SW flow aloft" stuff lately, although the sunsets have been colorful with those mid-up clouds...

On the positive side, good to see Pac / Gulf moisture trying get to places that need it... Hey, your snow prospects looking up with this next system!

Oh, and... Happy New Years, all!

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255. whitewabit (Mod)
4:39 AM GMT on December 30, 2012
Doc .. looks like your going to get cold down there tonight !! did you break the freezing mark ??
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254. palmettobug53
6:20 PM GMT on December 27, 2012
Glad to hear that you weathered the storms OK.

We came through with no problem. Lots of leaves, gum balls, twigs and branches strewed hither and yon.

It was windy as hell, though. I had thought I would get out, potter about the stores a bit, take the truck for an oil change, etc, etc.

One step outside and I changed my plans immediately. Opted to cocoon inside, play on the computer, watch TV and see how much of an inroad I could make with the leftovers.

Did the PEP Boys run this a.m. and got the oil changed. Had them eyeball wiring, tubes, hoses, etc and make sure nothing looked like it was getting ready to self destruct.

I might run out again shortly. I've a couple of things on the "To Get" list for the drugstore/grocer.

Santa was very nice to both of us. I got the printer I wanted. My old printer is fine; it just won't plug into my lappy. I found one at Target for 29.00. A Hewlett Packard bubble jet. I don't print all that much at home, so something basic (and cheap) was all I needed. I wrote down the make/model and told Hubby weeks ago, "GO GET IT NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT." This time, he listened! lol

Hubby got shirts, a couple of books, slippers and a giant bag of M&M peanuts.

I got scented body wash, soap, a watch and some socks. I only asked for a couple of pair of knee socks; he got me six. Another example of his "If one is good, more is better" philosophy. Oh, well, they'll get used.
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253. Skyepony (Mod)
4:31 AM GMT on December 26, 2012
NWS was keeping the severe weather north of I-4, well north of me earlier today, looking at it tonight I think I'll watch it.

Thanks for the well wishes..
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252. DocNDswamp
4:19 AM GMT on December 26, 2012
Skye, thanks, and wishing same - Merry Christmas holiday to you and family! Hope the storms pass by you without harm too... Was a rather awesome view as those rogue cells developed under warm, sunny skies ahead of the squall line - just humongous towering cumulus, hinting rotation! I admit, got a lil anxiety for a while... ;)
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251. Skyepony (Mod)
3:57 AM GMT on December 26, 2012
Nice to see you come out of the weather alright today. Merry Christmas!
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250. DocNDswamp
3:50 AM GMT on December 26, 2012
Wabit, Bug, Shore and Ylee - thanks for dropping by, offering thoughts and greetings... Hope each of you and families / friends enjoyed Christmas!

Wabit, lol, I might attempt a resolution for that healthy new year!
Thanks a bunch, m'friend and back atcha!

Bug, yes I've been guilty as charged of Eve day gift shopping, however this time was just for mundane food supplies. LOL, hope you received what you hinted Santa for! And yeah, was nice to take Mom out viewing the lights, a simple and easy gift to accomplish, once I pried her away from the house!

Shore, ya know there's an odd, almost adrenaline thrill to procrastinating shopping, resulting as a winner or a fool depending on what the vultures have left behind! I hope you got a little rain, cause it looked like it flew outta TX pretty fast this morning. And thanks for the flock of ibis - hey, some of those look familiar... ;)

Ylee, many thanks for the greeting, friend!
Indeed, that the nastiness slipped past me ruckus-free made Christmas merry after all!
All the best to you!

Anyway, weatherwise, all good here locally after a warm (mid-70's) and very windy Christmas, equally sunny and stormy... gladly, more bark than bite from "Euclid" although things are a bit strewn about (like most of region) after S winds ripped all day 20-30, gusts to 40 or so... Had plenty radar return threats and warnings to keep on edge, especially around 2-4 PM of cells developing ahead of main squall line, but strongest storms lifted farther away... and there's plentiful storm damage reports, sadly it was miserable for many folks. The storms with the squall line offered up a great CC / upper air lightning show with streaks filling the sky, then raced thru w little impact... Also little rain to report, less than 1/4" at either gauge.

Oh yeah, guess should mention, Santa was extremely generous here - not one or two, but behold, my huge stocking was overflowing with thick lumps of coal! And a note, something about diamonds if I try hard enough... ;)

G'nite!
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249. shoreacres
8:24 PM GMT on December 25, 2012
It's not looking too festive over your way. I just saw the tornado warning for Lafourche and St. Charles. Sure do hope all that mess gets through without causing any real trouble.
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248. Ylee
9:39 AM GMT on December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas, Doc! Hope the nastiness passes you by!

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247. shoreacres
3:21 AM GMT on December 25, 2012
Happy Christmas Eve, Doc! Glad to see some traditions endure. My Daddy always was trotting off about 4 pm on the 24th, just to see what was out there. If I recall, he came home one year with what turned out to be his favorite shotgun. Ah, well. He probably got Mom some perfume or something. She wasn't too mad at him, I suppose, because she always cleaned the game he brought home.

I'm done with my running. I went into Houston to do my visiting this afternoon, went to a little local carol service this evening instead of planning to go back into Houston tomorrow, and am otherwise settled in to see what's going to develop, weather-wise. Everyone seems pretty much in agreement that we'll get something. I've pulled my breezeway plants back into sheltered spots, and likewise the ones on the balcony.

You'll never guess who came strolling across my yard last week. I decided that Santa can keep his reindeer. I'll press these guys into holiday service! Greetings to you and yours, and best wishes for a safe, secure and happy holiday!

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246. palmettobug53
10:15 PM GMT on December 24, 2012
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May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
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245. palmettobug53
9:19 PM GMT on December 24, 2012
You and my Hubby are two peas in a pod. He came home early today, nipped into the loo, then back out. "I'll be back after a while." I know perfectly well he'd put off his Christmas shopping until the last minute.

I gave him a 'Wish List' weeks ago, with about a dozen suggestions. Along with strict instructions that he was to choose just a few things from the list, not buy them all. He did that the first time; freaked me out to no end! lol

I also reminded him that it was not necessary to buy anything at the fancier, most expensive stores. There's a reason there's a Target and a Walmart.

Lord knows what he got me. Sometimes, by pure luck, he hits it on the nail. Others, I have no idea why he got me what he did. I don't let on, though. I smile and exclaim much satisfaction over whatever he gets me. Then, I have to figure out what to do with it!

I'm sure your mom enjoyed the drive to see the lights. Mama and Daddy used to do that at least one night after supper during the holiday season. It is something I always enjoyed. I haven't done it in years, mostly because of Hubby's work schedule. Even when he doesn't have to work the next day, he crashes early. I wouldn't care to have him nod off at the wheel and demolish someone's Christmas yard display!

Anyhoo, I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
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244. whitewabit (Mod)
7:55 PM GMT on December 24, 2012
Doc .. Stay safe down there with these storms ..

Stopping by to Wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year !
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