Ending April On A Better Note

By: masshysteria , 1:44 PM GMT on April 02, 2012

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METHUEN, MA WEATHER FOR MON., APRIL 30, 2012:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind around 8 mph.

HIGH POLLEN COUNT: 10.00 OUT OF 12.00 (FOR MAPLE, CEDAR, JUNIPER AND ELM).

Tonight: A chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 42. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


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METHUEN'S DAILY 7-DAY WEATHER FORECAST - COURTESY OF NOAA's NWS: MON. APRIL 30, 2012 TO SUN., MAY 6, 2012

Today: Sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind around 8 mph.

Tonight: A chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 42. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: Showers likely, mainly between 7am and 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 52. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night: A chance of showers, mainly before 10pm, then a chance of drizzle after 11pm. Areas of fog between 7pm and 8pm, then Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 43. East wind between 3 and 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A chance of drizzle before 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: A chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday: A chance of showers before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.




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54. Proserpina
12:45 PM GMT on May 01, 2012
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53. Proserpina
1:28 PM GMT on April 30, 2012
Good morning Mass, good to hear that April is leaving in a nicer way than it came in.

We have a cloudy day, not a ray of sun. But it is warmish and that's a good thing. Hubby is scheduled to play golf tomorrow but I have a feeling that he will not play as we are supposed to get some rather heavy storms tomorrow. I think that I will gather my roses and some of the Iris and bring them in. I might as well enjoy them inside rather than have them be destroyed by heavy rain.

Yesterday we celebrated my husband's birthday by going out to dinner and we are planning to go out to lunch during the week to keep the celebration going. I am keeping busy with a little painting, reading, treadmill walking, and just lolling around. Koko is lolling all day long!

Have a good week.
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52. masshysteria
4:51 PM GMT on April 28, 2012
Good Afternoon Everyone!

It's been a very busy past few days, so I haven't been able to respond to friendly posts below or circulate around the blogs.

What erratic weather patterns we've experienced these past couple of weeks! We've gone from a record-breaking summery feel of 91F degrees, in mid-April, to now overnight freeze warnings due to lows of 32F or below! Thankfully, this cold snap looks to be short-lived, as next week's forecast shows a possible return to daytime highs in the 70's towards the end. Can't wait! This month, April flowers, then showers, came before May ever had a chance to do its normal flora and fauna bidding. Thus far, local flower beds, etc. don't look too affected by last night's overnight freeze and, hopefully, they'll continue to thrive, in spite of more freezing lows to come. Will the real spring and summer weather please stand up? LOL!

We continue to be hampered by drier than normal weather conditions and remain, since a week ago, approx. -5.76 inches below normal rainfall for this time of year. Naturally, potential fire hazzard warnings remain in place until Mother Nature helps to get us back up to speed.







Plap ~ Hope your weekend and week ahead is grand! Glad that May arrives on Tuesday and hope that, this year, better, warmer and much safer weather will accompany the upcoming months or seasons! There's been too much weather-related devastation occurring nationwide in the past few years! So depressing!

Shore ~ So nice to hear from you again! I, too, remember the days (early 70's) when just starting out as a well-trained secretarial novice in the medical field. By the early 80's, to my amazement, my title suddenly changed to that of Administrative Medical Assistant. I found out, too, that some good natured, well-meaning higher-ups on Capitol Hill had also set aside a yearly date for our bosses to honor us. LOL! Quite honestly, whether one is called an administrative assistant or not, these now politically correct modern-day labelings seem more to do with clever rouses, that deflect attention away from the sub-standard pay, limited benefits, guff and the ever-increasing workload that usually come with it. Let's face it, neither male nor female administrative assistants, etc. can survive on inflated titles alone.


I leave you all today with a Youtube vid of an excellent remix of songs by Snow Patrol singing (Chasing Cars) mixed with Sting's (Every Breath You Take) from the movie, "Just Go With It." Seems apropos today.

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51. shoreacres
12:51 PM GMT on April 26, 2012
Gosh. After all those years I spent doing secretarial work! If I'd just hung on, I could have been an administrative assistant!

Sending sympathies re: the allergies. This time of year, when our wind shifts to the north, it's miserable. I got up this morning and had watery eyes to beat the band - not just a little weepy, but like someone had turned on the faucet! I had to take a benadryl and wait a little so I could drive without tears running down my cheeks!

Have a good day - hope you're back to a nice, polite spring now. The back and forth this time of year is always "such" fun!
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50. plapman
12:13 PM GMT on April 26, 2012
Good morning Mass.
Enjoy the day.
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49. masshysteria
3:34 PM GMT on April 25, 2012
Good Mornin' Folks!

This, now three-day, brisk weather pattern has been quite the reality check for us spoiled folk of MA! No fun returning to the piling on of heavier clothes or turning our thermostats back on again! It looks to be lasting for a couple more weeks. BOOO! Earlier this am, I also happened to see that the far western portions of our Commonwealth have freeze warnings in place! Sure hope it doesn't make its way due East!!! BRRRR! Some of our local, earlier than normally bloomed flowers, (daffodils, crocuses, etc.), or those usually seen in mid to late May, remain remarkably sturdy despite our confusingly strange up and down spring season. I think May's going to produce quite a further conundrum for many avid gardners.

Well, hope that the Boston Bruins hockey team keep their playoff chances alive this evening. There's not much else to be currently enthused about regarding our other local sports teams, so it would be nice to have something positive to talk about. Sadly, I no longer hold any faith in our Red Sox baseball team overcoming all the off season firings and changes. It's resulted in a very apparent lackluster new start. Their new manager, Bobby Valentine, should have remained permanently retired or on ESPN! How I miss those old glory days, former manager and players of yore!

Plap ~ I hope that your suggestion of wood chips laced over or near the burners of your gas grill (?) doesn't gum up the works. I do know that it's hard enough to keep the bottom of our grill clean from all the drippings of cooked foods. PLEASE DO CHECK ALL LABELS OF INGREDIENTS TO THOSE LIQUID SMOKE PRODUCTS!! I'd much prefer experimenting with safe marinades for added taste than with some of the older now dangerous methods of yester-year. It's definitely your call, but hope all turns out well!

P.S. For those of you who have Administrative Assistants (or what we used to call secretaries), please give them, at least, a small token of appreciation today, as it's ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS DAY!

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48. plapman
11:53 AM GMT on April 25, 2012
Good morning Mass.
I'll have to pick up a package of wood chips and lace them over the burners. The have a smoke flavored liquid to coat he meat with but I'll have to check the label to see what kind of chemical the add to it before I use it.
Enjoy the day.
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47. RobDaHood
6:49 PM GMT on April 23, 2012
Hey Mass!

Like you, we got quite a good soaking but no major problems.
Glad it worked out good for you. Now we'll watch and see what strange stuff happens next.
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46. masshysteria
6:18 PM GMT on April 23, 2012
Good Afternoon NEw, G/G and All ~

Last night, we were definitely lucky to have dodged the more serious elements resulting from this Nor'easter! Despite some winds howling and rains thrashing, in the light of day, there appears to have been no damage to any neighborhood property or miserable power outages.

Currently, our yards seem a lovely lush green, skies appear to be brightening and the temps hovering in the 62F degree range. Despite the week ahead bringing more seasonably cool, intermittently rainy weather, it's a small price to pay, I guess, for finally overcoming this very lengthy dry spell.

I'm sorry to hear, though, that the western portions of NY and PA experienced nearly a foot of damaging heavy wet snow! What a horrible contrast to the earlier periodic summer-like weather felt by some of us over these past few weeks. I heard that there have been many resulting power outages and tree damage, etc. in these areas. Hope that the days/weeks ahead will bring about the ability to rectify them, along with a better rationing of sun to rain, return to warmer temps and a continued lower pollen count! Today our pollen count is rather nil at 1.10 out of 12. Last week's 11.80 out of 12.00 really gave our eyes and noses a continual run for the tissues.

Have a decent Monday everyone and hope to catch you later. Stay warm, dry and well.
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45. GardenGrrl
5:58 PM GMT on April 23, 2012
Lol about the allegies. Hope you got the wet stuff and not the frozen stuff.
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44. NEwxguy
4:44 PM GMT on April 23, 2012
afternoon,Mass,I measured almost 2 1/2 inches outside my house,such great rain,to help a little with our drought.Thankfully we were on the warm side of this storm,unlike western Penn, and western upstate NY.
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43. masshysteria
6:27 PM GMT on April 20, 2012
Good Afternoon to those of you who are lurking about the WU blogs today!

Currently, we have beautifully warm, sunny weather going on today, but with an exceedingly high pollen count of 11.80 out of 12.00! Sneeze and Wheeze! We're really feelin' the effects this year!

Our much anticipated Sunday into Monday downpours can't come too soon for the parched lawns, gardens and woodlands surrounding us. I can't ever recall such a lengthy dry spell around here or when our last real plentiful rainshower occurred. It must have been quite a few months now. Our unseasonably warm dry winter certainly didn't help our current circumstances, either, but it sure did alleviate the strains of the monthly fuel bills. Let's hope that by the end of next week, we'll finally have regained normal rainfall levels for this period, eliminated the need for daily fire hazzard alerts and be able to put the allergy medication back in a drawer! Our noses and eyes could water an entire garden right now. LOL!

May you all have a decent remainder to this Friday and have a great weekend!
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42. masshysteria
5:17 PM GMT on April 19, 2012
Quoting NEwxguy:
Mass,
You are so right about his impact on our generation,if you were any kind of tv viewer from the late 50's until now,he had such a major impact on what you watch.From American Bandstand to the pyramid game show,to New Year's Rocking Eve,to Bloopers.
So many good memories from our age of innocence.Some might say naive,but things weren't so bad when we look back.


Hi again, NEw!

Did you know that Dick Clark also created and produced another mid-sixties (1965 - 1967)dance/entertainment show called, "Where the Action Is?" It used to come on daily in the late afternoons or well after school got out. If memory serves me right, it also introduced the musical group, Paul Revere and the Raiders, as well as, a singer (and a co-producer of the show) named, Steve Alaimo, Both of these acts were considered regulars on the show. Locally known singer, Freddie (Boom-Boom) Cannon had a hit singing its theme song when introduced in '65. I can also still envision the show's regular go-go dancers doing the boog-a-loo, watusi or other top dances of the day while either in the background or sides of big-named singing groups or an individual performer. LOL! Truthfully, this enjoyable show went off the air way too soon!



PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS - KICKS:



EVEN THE KINKS PLAYED ON WHERE THE ACTION IS IN 1965:




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41. NEwxguy
3:48 PM GMT on April 19, 2012
Mass,
You are so right about his impact on our generation,if you were any kind of tv viewer from the late 50's until now,he had such a major impact on what you watch.From American Bandstand to the pyramid game show,to New Year's Rocking Eve,to Bloopers.
So many good memories from our age of innocence.Some might say naive,but things weren't so bad when we look back.
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40. masshysteria
3:04 PM GMT on April 19, 2012
Good Morning (((Pros))), NEw and All!

Well, it's another chilly, brisk morning outside, and I realized too soon that I forgot to reset my livingroom's thermostat to come back on last night. At least, the sun's now slowly warming things up inside and out and our daytime highs should near a warmer 70F degrees by afternoon. I'm still pining for our unusually premature hot summer-like days to return, but it appears we must wait, at least, a few weeks longer. Thankfully, May's only less than a couple weeks away! HOO-RAY!!!

Quoting NEwxguy:
Mass,such sad news to see an entertainment icon Dick Clark pass on. He was such a fixture in our generation.So many TV memories that were brought to me by this man.


NEw ~ Thanks for your post, yesterday afternoon, concerning the legendary Dick Clark's passing. Unfortunately, I was out with my hubby running errands, so I didn't learn about it until snapping on the TV around dinnertime. You're not alone regarding all the fond memories that he and American Bandstand still hold for many of our generation. I can recall, at the age of 5 or 6, tuning into this program daily so I could learn all the latest rock 'n roll dance steps. I was a dancin' fool from a very early age and desperately wanted to keep up with all the latest moves. LOL! It's sad how jaded many have become since that time or how the innocence of those days has seemingly given way to severe public scrutiny. Nevertheless, I'm so thankful we, baby-boomers, got to grow up in this era and how it has left some of us with very fond, fun recollections. Sadly, there doesn't seem to be any current substitutions out there who have the same calibre of talent as those legendary TV newsmen, hosts or entertainers of yesteryear. Truly tough acts to follow!

I guess, all one can truly say about Dick Clark is that he led a life well lived, facially belied his years, provided us with much TV entertainment, was quite an astute businessman and left behind an indelible mark on the TV industry and viewers during his time on and off camera. ~ RIP ~

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39. NEwxguy
9:09 PM GMT on April 18, 2012
Mass,such sad news to see an entertainment icon Dick Clark pass on. He was such a fixture in our generation.So many TV memories that were brought to me by this man.
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38. Proserpina
3:58 PM GMT on April 18, 2012
I saw in the news today that you would have rain today as well, I guess not. We too could use some rain to revive our plants and to lessen the fire dangers.

So what is new in MA? I was impressed by the three soldiers who walked in the Marathon with knapsack and full military uniform. Did this feat make the news in your area?

Take care and stay warm, don't put away the sweaters yet! :)
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37. NEwxguy
3:57 PM GMT on April 18, 2012
Hi,Mass,I actually had to put on a spring jacket this morning.I was in that summer mood with short sleeve shirts and no jacket when taking prince out.I guess a little early to get into that mode.I may even try to get out and gold tomorrow,suppose to get back to the 70's.
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36. masshysteria
3:29 PM GMT on April 18, 2012
Good Morning All ~

Boy, we certainly woke up to much more of a spring-like reality this am, with overnight lows having dipped into the upper 40's and daytime highs expected only to reach the low 60's by mid-afternoon! The past few days were such a treat, i.e., experiencing much earlier than normal, mid-summer-like temps such as our record breaking high of 91F on Monday. In spite of prevailing low humidity and lack of precipitation keeping us from breaking much of a sweat, it certainly hasn't helped the recent daily potential for fire hazzards. Hopefully, our local weekend forecast, for heavy rainfall this Sunday and well into Monday, will finally give us much needed relief! I think I can withstand a few days of gloomier, chillier, rainy weather as long as it can seriously help rather than hinder us all!

Rob ~ Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blogsite today and, most especially, personally reaching out to me by WU mail! Glad to know all is going well with you, and all is okay with our mutually dear friend! Hope we all get to hear from this person on the WU blogs again sometime in the foreseeable future! Sorely missed around here!

I guess parts of Florida are also experiencing drought-like conditions - per Gamma's blog. Sorry that I haven't been able to keep up with everyone lately but, naturally, I sure hope we all can get much needed relief with a safe long soaker real soon!! Best wishes, good buddy!

Plap ~ I guess we both have lucked out, when it comes to having found just the right partner in life to have kept us on the straight and narrow all these years. LOL! Fortunately, it didn't take a brick on my head to wake up and realize that life can't always be one big party. It's a pleasant eiphany to learn one can have fun socializing without the inclusion of alcohol. Plus, at my age, I need to keep what memory cells I have left intact. LOL!

Hope everyone has a safe and pleasant Wednesday in store!


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35. plapman
12:26 PM GMT on April 18, 2012
Good morning Mass.
Like you I quit the party time when I was still in good shape. It seems that the older you get the longer a night of late night( early morning partying) the longer it takes to heal the next day. :) The Queen played a big part in the end of all night parties, when she found out we were expecting #1 daughter she told me it was time too grow up and and settle down.
I hope you don't go from record highs to cold like we have. Weather patterns sure are strange this year.
Enjoy the day.
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34. RobDaHood
12:45 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
Looks like our rainy season may start this week.
Hoping for a soaker before the lightning.

Sending you a WUmail.
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33. masshysteria
7:36 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Good Afternoon Tony and NEw and All!

Checking in for a moment while still experiencing an absolutely gorgeously sunny, warm day outside. So glad that, at least, two of us here are enjoying such a gift. Sorry that you, Tony, are caught up in more seasonably chillier temps at the moment, but hope some of this summery-type weather miraculously makes its way up to you real soon!

It's still hard to believe that we're only in mid-April with temps reaching 82F today and 91F yesterday. I keep thinking of the refrain to the theme song of the old movie, "Rocky Horror Picture Show", or namely, "Let's Do The Time Warp Again!" Our only other wish, however, would be that some ample rainfall will finally make its way here (by this weekend, perhaps?)to stomp out this lengthy drought causing such critical fire hazzard warnings. Well, April isn't over yet, so there's got to be some decent precipitation due in our horizon. Fingers crossed!!!

Hope those of you living in the warmer parts of Mass. today are able to partake of some of this real weather treat before much chillier, more seasonal temps return by nightfall. At least, there are no signs or forecasts for any overnight frost or freezes to arrive for quite some time. I'm so done with any of the elements resembling winter!

New ~ So happy to hear that "Prince is doing much better" despite all the medications he's presently taking. I fully realize how much of a beloved family member he is, rather than just a pet. May such good news continue for as long as possible! Glad you, too, found the opportunity during your lunch break to enjoy some of the absolutely glorious weather outside! WHOO-HOO! Wish such days could last forever with our nightfalls bringing us enough rain! LOL!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!
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32. NEwxguy
5:42 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Hi,Mass,another Red Flag day,I really don't remember so many days like this.I did get out at lunch and what a top 10 day.This is perfect weather warm and low humidity.
So Prince is doing much better,although he's on so much medicine,we have to write out a schedule now for his doses,but it is such a relief for us to have him back to almost normal.With his heart condition we will just have to be careful this summmer with the heat and keep him in air conditioning as much as possible.
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31. plapman
12:31 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Good morning Mass.
Enjoy the day.
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30. masshysteria
6:59 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
APRSWXNET Methuen MA US, Methuen, Massachusetts (PWS)
89F Clear
Humidity: 27%
Dew Point: 51 %uFFFDF
Wind: 6 mph from the West
Wind Gust: 13.0 mph
Pressure: 29.94 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 86F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 9 out of 16
Pollen: 11.80 out of 12 - YIKES!!
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 114 ft

Congrats to Kenyan marathon runners, Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop as the male and female winners of the 2012 Boston Marathon held earlier today. Due to the record high temperature, many runners, including some of the former top contenders, had to drop out near Kenmore Square or earlier to seek either hospitalization or immediate medical attention due to cramping, etc. It's apparent no times were broken in this race only the souls of some of its runners.

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29. Proserpina
3:16 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
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Here is a little spring gift from VA to MA

Warm hugs friend.
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28. masshysteria
1:01 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
Good Morning All and Happy Patriots Day for those of you living in or around Boston, MA today!

...Click for Boston, Massachusetts Forecast

"Today marks the 237th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, let us remember the patriotic fervor that drove our fledgling colonies to rise against tyranny -- to sacrifice their homes, their property and their lives -- so that we may form a more perfect Union.

May the light of liberty shine brightly throughout the world!"


Additionally, the annual Boston Marathon begins shortly. Participating runners, who come from our local towns/cities, other parts of the U.S. as well as a variety of nations, should be experiencing a most challenging 26.2 mile run today. The record breaking temps of (approx. 88F degrees) expected in Boston by 2:00 pm, could pose quite serious medical threats due to heat and dehydration issues. God Speed!



Link to Live Local Streaming of the Boston Marathon via boston.cbslocal.com

Another link to safe site of Boston Marathon Status

As stated in my blog header, once again, we're under Red Flag warnings for potential fire hazards due to no substantial rainfall having fallen these past few months. Please use all necessary safety precautions and think twice before lighting any matches. Local METS have reported that, quite possibly, this upcoming weekend (Apr. 21 - 22nd) could produce essential heavy rainfall for much-needed relief. Naturally, our local long range forecasts can change rather quickly day to day, so it still remains to be seen. Fingers crossed!

In closing, my prayers go out to the five Oklahoma victims of that vicious tornado that swept through their county a few days ago. The increasing amounts of weather-related devastation from the South on up through the mid section of our country (especially Salina, Kansas) is truly mind boggling! May relief come soon!

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27. RobDaHood
8:34 PM GMT on April 13, 2012
Mass,
All the quakes this week had a lot of us worried.
Held my breath as I clicked until I found no significant Tsunami risks. Unfortunately I read a headline today that said it actually increases the risk of a killer quake in the region.

Still pretty active.

Anyway,
I'm gonna go light on the computer this weekend and read a book instead. Have a good weekend!
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26. masshysteria
2:46 PM GMT on April 12, 2012
Good Morning All!

Well, it's nice to see a normal shade of color return to our weather hazard map this morning. I've become so used to seeing Mass. lit up in reds with accompanying fire hazard warnings. Nevertheless, we're far from being out of the woods just yet. Today's expected spotty slight showers, plus those forecasted over the next day or two, are far from what's needed for safe levels. Hopefully, before month's end, we'll receive a few plentiful dousings without an accompanying t'storm to possibly ignite the tinderbox.

I was quite saddened to learn of the approx. 8.6 R/S earthquake that effected Indonesia the other day. Blessedly, there was no subsequent tsunami to further devastate. These poor people were severely hit in 2004 by a previous earthquake/tsunami that killed an unfathomable number of people (240,000) at that time!

It's scary to think of how often these devastating disasters are occurring these days. Glad that tsunami warning systems have been developed, in and around most of these earthquake/tsunami prone countries, to hopefully spare as many lives as possible. Unfortunately, the difference remains between the timing of these two usually hand-in-hand major disasters.

Plap ~ Great to hear from you and hope your "La Prairie" days continue to be enjoyably productive ones!

Rob ~ Great hearing from you, too, and hope you're able to find the time from these hectic days to check in with us once in awhile. I'm always glad when I'm able to return the smiles, support or favors given by close WU friends like you and others. We all need it from time to time.

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25. plapman
2:10 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
Good morning Mass.
Enjoy the day.
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24. RobDaHood
1:57 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
Good Morning Mass!

I am way overdue stopping in for a hello.
Glad to read the family stuff has quieted down for the moment.
Big emotional drain that can sap one's energies.

Wanted to say thank you for the kindness, support, and pretty images you share around the blogs. It is appreciated.

Wishing you a really great day!
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23. masshysteria
3:34 PM GMT on April 10, 2012
Good Morning All!

(((Briar))) ~ Thanks for your kind words below. You're right about Mother Nature and our yearly luck of the draw when it comes to wild weather patterns. I'm just grateful that we haven't been hit with some of the baseball-sized hail or tornadoes recently found in the southern regions (OK, TX) of our Nation. I'm sure enough April showers will eventually come our way, even if delayed till May. In the meantime, we'll be keeping a watchful eye on things and hope for the best.

Thankfully, my M-I-L and F-I-L problems have abated for awhile. It's just sad to observe or be confronted with some of life's harsh realities as one grows old. We can only take one day at a time and make the best of it.

Hope you're on the mend from your delicate surgery and better days and weather will be ahead to comfort all of us.

NEw ~

Quoting NEwxguy:
So off to a rough start this morning here on WU.First I am logged out,which I always stay logged in.When I try to log in,I log in under Newxguy1947.Ok send off an email to support.Then I find I can log in under a different email address I use to use and log into Newxguy,but then it won't let me add a new blog entry,just doesn't get added,so finally I just kept using the blog I had started yesterday.
I wonder who I angered in WU?


From NEw's blogsite today:
Quoting NEwxguy:
Nope,I can't start a new blog for a new subject.It disappears into the WU blackhole


Hi NEw!

Not sure if you're using WU's newer website over the old one, but lately many people have been complaining of various glitches and lack of corrections on the newer one. I've found much more luck using the Classic website to post things these days. If you're already using the Classic website, then I guess you're out of luck until a WU tech rep decides to respond. SORRY.

Just in case this is useful, I'll link you up to the classic WU format. LINK TO CLASSIC.WUNDERGROUND.COM
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22. NEwxguy
1:53 PM GMT on April 10, 2012
So off to a rough start this morning here on WU.First I am logged out,which I always stay logged in.When I try to log in,I log in under Newxguy1947.Ok send off an email to support.Then I find I can log in under a different email address I use to use and log into Newxguy,but then it won't let me add a new blog entry,just doesn't get added,so finally I just kept using the blog I had started yesterday.
I wonder who I angered in WU?
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21. BriarCraft
9:37 PM GMT on April 09, 2012
I would gladly send some of our excess Pacific Northwest rain your way. Through all of March and so far in April, the west coast has been cut off from the rest of the lower 48 by the jet stream. We continue cooler and wetter than normal while the rest of the country gets sunshine and warm weather. Sometimes, Mother Nature just isn't fair.

Glad you had a nice dinner with DH and FIL yesterday. I do hope the situation with MIL is resolved satisfactorily soon.
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20. masshysteria
7:53 PM GMT on April 09, 2012
Hi NEw!

Glad you've enjoyed that adorable bunny pic, taken by HopeinHim on Palm Sunday, and posted on the Wunderground Photos (AC PIC) for our collective enjoyment! I, too, enjoy viewing baby animals in cute natural poses.

Well, so far so good, on the fire hazard front today. It's a tad overcast right now with the sun struggling to gleem through every now and again. Thankfully, the earlier winds have died down to a complete lull and hopefully will remain that way for as long as possible.

Our current wx conditions are as follows:

APRSWXNET Methuen MA US, Methuen, Massachusetts (PWS)
52F
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 48%
Dew Point: 33F
Wind: 7 mph from the NW

Earlier Wind Gust: 24.0 mph
Pressure: 29.50 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 4 out of 16

Hubby and I are really feelin' today's strong pollen count seepin' in from the outside! Sneeze and sniffle!

Pollen: 9.80 out of 12


Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 7500 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 114 ft

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19. NEwxguy
4:24 PM GMT on April 09, 2012
Hi,Mass,that is such a cool pic.I love pics of baby animals when they curl up together,kittens,puppies,so a wild life show the other night where two polar bear cubs were all snuggled up sleeping together.
It is really windy out there,never thought we would be praying for rain so much,the last couple of years have been so wet.You living so close to brush,lets hope everyone is careful with any cigerettes or any kind of spark that would ignite the brush.
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18. masshysteria
2:30 PM GMT on April 09, 2012
Good Morning Everyone and thanks so much for all your lovely Easter wishes posted over the weekend!

Thought I'd transfer my Easter wishes to you, originally posted in my blog header, to this comments box, in response to all of yours below. Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend! If I missed anyone's blog site last week, please forgive me, as I remain in the middle of a sort of juggling act at home and forget where I left off posting online.

Nevertheless, hubby and I had a wonderfully peaceful holiday weekend, mostly at home, and had my father-in-law over for a nice traditional Easter dinner. I particularly enjoyed a much needed nap after the two of them left to visit my mother-in-law. I've been so exhausted these days.



Thought you'd also enjoy this adorable bunny pic, POSTED JUST ABOVE, by HopeinHim on April 1st
and also found in Wunderground's AC photo gallery this past week.. It seems so fitting for this Easter Sunday and for springtime in general. Click on the bunny pic for a direct link to HopeinHim's photo and ENJOY!


Now, regarding our current critical weather conditions around here, we remain on high alert for potential fire hazards today due to our continuing excessive dry spell mixed with this afternoon's expected gusty winds. In spite of our temps remaining seasonably cool, about mid-fiftyish in the daytime, wind gusts of nearly 40 mph are to expected to arrive later today which could fuel any created sparks causing severe brush fires, etc. Sadly, this week's forecasted light precipitation won't be enough to quench our very parched woodlands. It also appears that there's no real replenishing rainfall in sight for, at least, the next ten days or more! Naturally, we are all keeping a wary eye outside for any possible problems seen in our yard or neighborhood.

Hope you all remain safe, well and that the weather in your particular area or neighborhood will be pleasantly kind!

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17. GardenGrrl
10:25 PM GMT on April 08, 2012
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16. OGal
6:03 PM GMT on April 08, 2012




Happy Easter to you too Mass. We are watching Serena win one more time then we are off for a little while. After getting home we plan to have a nice dinner off the grill.... yea. Just so you know stuff is still falling out of my trees. Normally we are finished by this time of year. My raking career is still going on.

Hope you and hubby have a nice Easter afternoon.
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14. juslivn
4:08 AM GMT on April 08, 2012
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13. Skyepony (Mod)
3:52 AM GMT on April 08, 2012
Happy Easter!

Hope you have a great spring.

♥ that April May she Come tune:)
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12. Alleyoops
3:22 AM GMT on April 08, 2012


HAPPY EASTER DEAR MASS. SPECIAL BLESSINGS GOING OUT TO YOU AND YOUR DEAR FAMILY....BIG HUGS
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11. Proserpina
1:23 AM GMT on April 08, 2012
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10. Bogon
1:22 AM GMT on April 08, 2012
Happy Easter, Mass. May the E-bunny bring you your heart's desire!
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9. seflagamma
12:47 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
Good morning Mass,


Have a Blessed and Happy Easter Weekend!
Hallelujah Egg image
Easter Christian Graphics
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8. masshysteria
4:20 PM GMT on April 06, 2012
Good Afternoon Everyone!

To those Christian WU friends of mine, I'm ...




NEw ~ Sorry to hear that the timing of the new window installation is kind of cramping your style right now. Cramped quarters really can bring out the truth in close relationships n'est pas? LOL! Time seems to be slipping by rather speedily these days so, hopefully, all those new windows will be in and providing economical comfort before you know it.

I wish that the timing of our summer-like weather, over a week ago, had arrived at a more suitable time .... like, this Easter Weekend and the week ahead, but beggars can't be chosers. Fingers crossed that by Patriots Day, Monday the 16th, warmer weather will return for those marathoners, spectators and the rest of us more fragile Mass. citizens who would enjoy warmed up bones! LOL!

Well, it appears, weather-wise, much of Mass. remains in fire risk status, so folks let's not throw caution to the wind. For those of you who live in or near these effected wooded areas, please dispose of any loose lying, easily flammable branches, brush, etc. in your yard and keep your garden hose(s)at bay. An ounce of prevention ... and all that.

Have to run now, but hope that everyone has a most safe and pleasant (holiday or not) weekend ahead!
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7. NEwxguy
3:16 PM GMT on April 06, 2012
GM,Mass,Happy Easter to you and yours.May all your easter eggs bring health and happiness for you.
Our room is plastered now and I will probably paint the ceiling this weekend and then we will move back into the room.The windows we are replacing won't be in for several weeks, and we're tired of being cramped in one room.
Looks to be a cool and somewhat wet period of weather for at least the next week.I kept saying back when we basking in the summerlike weather,Mother Nature will correct itself,and she sure has swung the other way.
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6. masshysteria
5:29 PM GMT on April 05, 2012
Good Afternoon Everyone ~

Yesterday, portions of a once heavily wooded Brimfield, MA (which is also one of the Central Mass. communities hard hit by the devastating tornado last June 1st) battled a serious outbreak of brushfires spanning over 40 acres. Unfortunately, this large community has never been privy to the installation of any fire hydrants, so those who were fortunate to rebuild after the tornado are now faced with another scary scenario due to the many dead tree limbs, stumps, brush, etc. left behind. It took nearly the entire Brimfield fire department, many firefighters from the State of Mass. and neighborhoring Connecticut along with the National Guard to tackle this mess. It presently appears to be reasonably under control.

Brimfield is located next to the visible Sturbridge, MA, which is found just above Southbridge on the lower left hand corner of this map.

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5. Proserpina
3:56 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Hey, let's hope that the fires will not actually materialize. So many warnings and bad weather happenings all over. It would be nice to have some weather peace for a while. We can hope, right?

Take care Mass.
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4. masshysteria
2:10 PM GMT on April 03, 2012
Good Morning Everyone!

APRIL 3, 2012 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOXXY! HOPE YOU FIND THE TIME TO CHECK ONTO YOUR BLOGSITE TODAY TO PERUSE ALL WONDERFUL WISHES FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY! BIG HUGS!

...............................


Plap ~ I perfectly understand how difficult it can be for people, who are without disabilities, let alone with, to try and decipher complicated instruction manuals of those disassembled products, produced in foreign lands, and then sold over here to us naive folk. It's so utterly ridiculous! Big hearty kudos to you for the time, patience and stamina it takes to successfully figuring out these complicated issues! People have much to learn from you! I only hope that your amazing success in assembling your new grill gives you many many safe years of delicious meals!

(((JUS))) ~ Thanks so much for stopping by and posting your well wishes. I've become so redundant in my apologies to everyone for not posting more but, unfortunately, it just can't be helped. We're currently in crisis mode concerning my mother-in-law's nursing home and Medicare. Hopefully, the attorney hired over a month ago will help straighten out this mess or she will be ousted in less than 60 days. Understandably, we're shaking on the edge of our seat, as there is no way she can return to her home given her severe medical deterioration and the frailty and deterioration of her 90 yr old husband, my father-in-law. PRAYERS UP!!

WEATHER-WISE TODAY:

We continue to be on high alert in most of Mass and New England due to many months of exceedingly dry weather creating potentially severe fire hazards. This certainly doesn't bode well for those of us living in or near wooded areas, so we're keeping a close watch outside.

Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
431 AM EDT TUE APR 3 2012

CTZ002>004-MAZ002>021-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>0 07-040845-
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-
EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-
WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-CHESHIRE NH-
EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-
EASTERN KENT RI-BRISTOL RI-WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-
431 AM EDT TUE APR 3 2012

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM EDT
THIS EVENING...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHERN
CONNECTICUT...CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS...EASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS...NORTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS...SOUTHEASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS...WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS...SOUTHERN NEW
HAMPSHIRE...NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

PLEASE LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR GO TO WEATHER.GOV ON THE
INTERNET FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING HAZARDS.

RED FLAG WARNING.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

FIRE WEATHER CONCERNS WILL CONTINUE FOR MOST OF SOUTHERN NEW
ENGLAND DURING THE LATE MORNING INTO THE EVENING HOURS FOR THE
REST OF THIS WEEK AND INTO NEXT WEEKEND. DUE TO A LACK OF
APPRECIABLE PRECIPITATION...COMBINED WITH BREEZY CONDITIONS AND
LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WILL KEEP CONDITIONS ELEVATED. STAY TUNED TO
LATER FORECASTS.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

$$

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