Tag Archives: temperatures

There’s hope

Everyone is talking about the weather.

It doesn’t matter where you live — it’s snowing or icing, and the temps are dangerously low. Everyone is being told to stay indoors.

It’s for our own protection.

tulips2015Yet in the midst of all this cold, a few bulbs can flourish in just a few inches of water.

In three days, I have watched them go from simple green stems to three visible blooms (and a hint of more to come).

Makes me believe that spring is more than just a groundhog’s shadowy promise.

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Advantage, Federer

Noshikori and Cilic in Monday night’s US Open Men’s Final?

Tennis fans are in shock.  (I include myself.)

But I would guess most perplexed are the organizers of the US Open themselves.  They wanted Roger Federer in that final game and, I contend, gave him every advantage to get there.

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Just take a look at his schedule:

  • Aug. 26th — Round 1, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Aug. 29th — Round 2, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Aug. 31st —  Round 3, last match of day session, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 2nd — Round 4, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 4th —  Quarterfinals, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 6th —  Semifinals, rain delayed to early evening, Arthur Ashe

If he were the #1 seed, or the #1 player in the world, you could argue that Federer was given more night matches due to his position.  But Djokovic occupies both of those spots, and he played primarily day session matches — was even scheduled in Louis Armstrong one afternoon.

If organizers cite TV ratings as justification for the schedule,  I call foul.  Federer was able to march through the draw without being forced to endure court temperatures over 100 degrees like every other player….

And that’s an unfair advantage.

 

Oops, there it is

Meteorologists — they rarely get it right, and they’re never held accountable.  From time to time, we’ve probably all felt that way.

Well, there’s one weather team that is putting their forecasts through a daily ‘accuracy check.’

Alabama’s 13, the NBC station in Birmingham, has the motto ‘where accuracy matters.’ And it’s a challenge their meteorologists are taking seriously.

At the end of each forecast, they display the day’s actual high and low temperatures head-to-head with the predicted temperatures.  Correct predictions get a big green fact check; misses rate a negative red.

It’s not like they can do much about it at that point, but I appreciate their willingness to showcase the egg on their face.

Bless their hearts.