December daily Weather, Tis the Season

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

It's a beautiful day here;
55.4 F / 13.0 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 100%
Dew Point: 55 F / 13 C
Wind: 0.0 mph / 0 km/h from the NNW
Wind Gust: 3.1 mph / 4 km/h
Pressure: 30.27 in / 1024.9 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 7.0 miles / 11.3 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Please come by with your pictures and your daily weather.
Sidney

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Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Another gorgeous sky photo, Sidney!
We have blue sky here too, Sharon,--Hooray! Be sure to take a pic of your moose antlers when they arrive LOL

Here's our sunrise this morning:

edited to say I forgot to send the photo! Be right back with it and the forecast LOL

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Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Current conditions as of 7:55 am CST

Partly Cloudy
Feels Like: 44
Barometer: 30.28 in and steady
Humidity: 70%
Visibility: 10 mi
Dewpoint: 35
Wind: ENE 2 mph
Sunrise: 6:57 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm
High today supposed to be 65 and they took the late afternoon/evening rain out of the forecast, too.

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Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Here's that tree this morning with the sunrise behind it.

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Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Hi Gang!
I quick stop to say we're off to start expanding the Plantroom!
I made some fasteners out of heavy steel angle iron at work yesterday.
One of our maintainance guys suggested it.
I pulled the metal out of the scrap dumpster.
That will mount the corner post to the concrete pier we poured last weekend.
It will rest on a 1/8" thick piece of Stainless Steel.
It's nice having a machine around that will cut 1" thick metal! lol!
All I need to do is drill a few holes and we're off!
It's a bit colder than I'd like (30) but hey w/ tomorrow's heat (55) comes the rain.

Ric

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

nothing like FREE, is there, Ric! LOL Good luck with the Plant room today! We're supposed to get up to 65 today and lots of sunshine. Yeah, I know--I'm gloating! LOL

(Zone 3b)

What beautiful skies all around the country these past few days; again, here, too.
Thanks, Sidney for a great starter pic.

17*; mostly cloudy; highs to the teens/20's
sunrise 9:45 set 3:44 loss of 3m40seconds
Dyson~~cute little kittys; wouldn't think the fluffy one would be such a "wildcat"..
Deb~~hope that gauge starts looking better; winter is nearly 1/2 over; maybe April showers are in store.
MySharona~~we're looking forward to the antler pic:))
Ric~look forward, too, to the progress.

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Balotesti, Romania(Zone 5a)

OMG,what wonderful skies! Here's one from me too,couple of days ago,sunset.
Good weather today,sunny and temps got up.
Adina

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KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Cold, windy and wet. The freezing rain went north of us about 50 miles from what I understand so we just got the rain. Ocassional sprinkles thruout the day.

Creek a few miles from my house.

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(Zone 3b)

Adina~the sky in Romania is gorgeous, too. Don't you just love seeing the similarities:)) the world over?
Pepper~~sounds a bit unpleasant today::) Freezing rain is never a good thing..but, the creek looks great. Is it frozen or just still? The reflections are beautiful.

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Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Joey Congratulations on acing the test! Thats great! And I think its hysterical about Jack licking JW too cute!
Sidney Pretty pink sky! Did you get the phone?
Marsue Your sky looks like molten gold!
Ric How did the work go in the plant room? Keep us posted.
Kiska WOW - Check out that sky just gorgeous!
Adina The sky pics have been amazing today! So pretty!
Pepper Hopefully your day wasnt as nasty as predicted. Pretty creek. I like the reflections as well

63.9 F / 17.7 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 73%
Dew Point: 55 F / 13 C
Wind: 2.0 mph / 3.2 km/h / 0.9 m/s from the NNE
Wind Gust: 5.8 mph / 9.3 km/h
Pressure: 30.30 in / 1026.0 hPa (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 25000 ft / 7620 m

Tonight
Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s inland...upper 50s coast. Northeast winds 5 mph.

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Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Congratulations on the A, Joey!! :-D I love baby giggles... :-) I should find the picture of my little bunny practically eating the ear of my sister-in-law's beagle puppy... (rummaging in the My Pictures file...) This was a few years ago. Every time Snoopy barked Katie would laugh and laugh and laugh... LOL

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Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Weatherwise, it's been a great day. It was sprinkling just a little a bit ago, though, so maybe we're going to get some rain this evening. My dh is at a arcade game convention (video games and pinballs.. http://www.arcadecenter.com/ if you're curious) this weekend, selling some of his huge collection of game manuals. The bunnies and I drove out to see him last night (we met him there after he got off work with 7 crates of manuals and assorted other things so he could set up his table) and this afternoon (with lunch, since a hot dog there costs $4 and don't even get me started about the $2 3-ounce sodas.. grrrr) Driving is not my favorite thing to do, and driving 35 miles across busy Houston is enough to turn the rest of my hair gray. Blech. So we're glad to be home. :-)

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 4:11pm CST (44 min ago)
Temperature 75 F 24 C
Dew Point 64 F 18 C
Humidity 69%
Pressure 30.00 in 1016 mb
Wind Speed 16 MPH 14 kts
Wind Dir S 170
Ceiling 3600 ft 1097 m
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Heat Index 78 F 26 C
Current Conditions Cloudy
6 hour min temperature ending 11:53am CST : 63.0F / 17.2C

Another bunny and beagle picture..

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KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

I took the pic a couple of weeks ago. I went driving around and just took pics of the area.

Nothing is frozen right now. It's not cold enough for it. Maybe tonight we might get a light frost but that should be it.

A skyline pic.

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Sochi, Russia

Pep, Hi! Here is me!

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Hi George, nice to meet you.

Updated: 3:51 PM PST on December 01, 2007
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
53 F / 12 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 50%
Dew Point: 35 F / 2 C
Wind: 8 mph / 13 km/h / 3.6 m/s from the WSW


I was on vacation. Did you all miss me? ;-) I took 143 pictures, so consider yourselves forewarned. Oh, yeah, where did I go? Flagstaff, Arizona.

Here is my contribution to the sunsets gallery. Probably the closest town to this is Winslow Arizona. It's pretty close to the middle of nowhere.

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

It was snowing in Flagstaff when we left this morning. This is the first time I've seen snow falling in over 15 years.

Updated: 4:56 PM MST on December 01, 2007
Observed at: Flagstaff, Arizona
Elevation: 7011 ft / 2137 m
35 F / 2 C
Clear
Humidity: 82%
Dew Point: 30 F / -1 C
Wind: 20 mph / 32 km/h / 8.7 m/s from the SW
Wind Gust: 34 mph / 56 km/h / 15.4 m/s
Pressure: 29.70 in / 1006 hPa (Falling)
Windchill: 24 F / -4 C

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KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Hi George!! Send us some of that snow!!

Kelli, you definitely were missed!! Love the sunset!!

Currently 58* outside. Tomorrow's high will be 41* and will drop down drastically from there.

wind advisory in effect until 9 pm cst this evening
The NWS in pleasant hill has issued a wind advisory, which is in effect until 9 pm cst this evening.
Strong south-southwest winds of 30 to 35 mph and gusts to 45 mph are expected early this evening, mainly west of a line from mound city missouri, to carrollton to boonville. The strong winds will subside by mid evening, diminishing to 15 to 25 mph and gusts to around 30 mph.
A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 30 to 40 mph, or gusts ranging from 45 to 57 mph are expected. Winds of this strength may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use extra caution until the winds subside.

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Currently: 58F Cloudy
Currently: 14C Cloudy
Wind: South at 33 MPH
Humidity: 80%
Dewpoint: 52F
Barometer: 29.56 inches and falling

Wind: South at 53 KPH
Humidity: 80%
Dewpoint: 11C
Barometer: 1001 millibars and falling

Sunrise: 7:18 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm

Sochi, Russia

Pep, sure I will, when it comes again! Alas...

Georgetown, SC(Zone 8a)

George: Looks like you were enjoying that snow!
What a beautiful series of sun rises and set . Wonderful!
Kelli: Looking forward to your AZ pics.

Tonight
Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday
Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. East winds around 5 mph... becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the evening...then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Not as cool. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

37 and Rising.
It's warmer now than when we were working.
We had the Chiminea fired up all day.
Amazing the amount of heat they put out.
It should hit 55 tomorrow w/ Rain starting around 10AM.

We had a few sprinkles or sleetles today actually.
Here's todays agenda.... sorry if it's too much info but I know Sidney, and a few others, like the details.....
Tthe hard thing about Post and Beam type construction is getting the posts in ...
and in right.
Since this is an expansion and attaching to the House we only had to get one post in.
As it's the corner post that will be holding the header for a 10' sliding door and a 3' walk-in door..... it had to be set in perfectly.
I knew it would be a long process.
We first broke out the form from the pier and backfilled w/ tamped gravel and dirt.
I put a new pressure form around the top of the pier as I was afraid the new concrete would break out from the pressure of the anchor bolts.
It did crack a bit but no biggie.
Then I finished drilling out the mounting brackets I cut yesterday.
Then we mounted the Stainless Steel bottom plate to the 4 x 6 post.
This keeps the wood from contacting the concrete keeping it from rotting and the termites out.
All this took 3 hours....

Then we dry fit the post and marked the bracket holes on the pier.
Drilling the concrete and mounting the brackets actually didn't take too much time.
Our neighbor Jon stopped over to see how it was going.
I grabbed him to help level the post as I anchored it to the brackets.
It leveled up perfectly to the lines and is solid as a rock.
Soooo now we have the final, and most critical, piece of the addition done.
It was very time consuming and doesn't really seem to be worth two 1/2 days worth of work.
But the concrete pier and post are IN!
The rest is just cutting and nailing.

Here's the pier and the brackets and plate I fabricated
Ric

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Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

And the finished post.

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Sochi, Russia

We all have to think of " THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW" ! LOL.

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Here you can see the amount of additional room we'll be getting in the Plantroom once we are finished.
This is shot from the Plantroom and shows the Sketter netting we still need to get taken down..........
It will take us from 9 x 13 to 9 x 20 so 63 or so square feet.

As you can see we'll also be about 5' from the Hot Tub instead of 12'.
A BIG difference when it's 20 F outside!!!! LOL!

Ric

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Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

George Nice to meet you!!
Please you and our friends up north keep your snow for a while.
Maybe till February..... LOL!

The dreary yard today.
Ric

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(Zone 3b)

hi George~~love the snowy scene; the trees look wonderful.
Deb~~showers in the forecast:) great. Is the blossom recent? Sure looks beautiful.
Marylyn_TX~~too cute~~ complacent puppy, too. Glad you made there and back ok...city traffic would not be fun....
Pepper~~love the view of the trees; what are the ones with the "plume" at the tops?
Kelli ~~ sure look forward to the pictures and narration you'll post. Did you like the snow?
M2K~~congratulations, too, on the math test. I can just picture Jack/JW enjoying each other:))
Ric~~how nice to have so much finished; the precision pays huge dividends..It's going to be so much more room;
Sunset/sunrises sure brightens the long dark. (either mine or yours)
Nearby farmland..taken earlier; same today.
Kiska

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Rocky Mount, VA(Zone 7a)

Ric - you are killin me but the yard is fantastic.
45 and I hope it rains here soon.

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Hey, I'm gonna send all my snow your way now!! :~p

Sochi, Russia

Ric, Kiska and ye' all! We'll try to save some snow for generations to come... Lol

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

And come early Spring .....
we will save some Flowers for when you are all covered in White.... lol!

Ric

Sochi, Russia

Let's call it a deal!

L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Kiska, yes, I did enjoy seeing the snow. I also enjoyed knowing that I could go away from it. :-)


Today's series of photos is from the Petrified Forest National Park.

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

This is called Agate House. It was built out of petrified wood some time between 1050 and 1300AD.

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(Zone 3b)

I like your deal, too, Ric:))
Dark, 18* w/stars out at 6pm. Sunset was 3:44pm. No wind, no snow, just frosty white.
Kelli~great to be able to choose, cold or no cold:)) We were at South Rim GCanyon about 3 years ago in late November, there was frost to scrape off the rental car the next morning; sure surprised us.
At the feeder yesterday.
Kiska

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Cute woodpecker. :-)

Most mornings we were in AZ, the temp was in the low 20s, but the dew point was so low that there was no frost. Let me tell you, until yesterday, it was a new dimension in dry out there - much worse than what I experience here. My nose was so irritated that it would bleed. (I've got the worst sinuses.) That doesn't happen to me here.

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

This is called Agate Bridge. It is a petrified log that spans a gully. Back in the 1930s, the park service put concrete under it to hold it up so it looks pretty hokey now. What was cool about this place is that I found a shard of Indian pottery from about 700 years ago.

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Pronghorn! My favorite hoofed mammal

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

colorful petrified wood

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Many of the logs look like they are still wood.

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