Intro Post

Oct 21, 2009

Greetings and welcome!

The past few years I have tried a lot of different software to try and keep this page stable through the hundreds of thousands of hits that it sees in a year.

Joomla! was a huge disaster, taking 6 weeks to set up only to have the hosting company loose my site and the past month of back ups.  It sucked archiving posts, and putting pictures in posts was only slightly easier than giving birth to a Freightliner.  Pure garbage. That was 07-08.

For 08-09 I tried an open source program called Komposer. Again disaster, when it couldn’t manage such an intense page and it started spreading my text boxes and links in a random fashion.

Being a sucker for a bad time and always trying to be better, I am trying WordPress. It is a pre-season experiment that may or may not stay. It depends on how stable it is, how well it fits my needs, how much you guys use the comment feature for good and evil, and your input on if you like it or not. I have seen it survive high volume blogs.

At the moment my time demands are beyond insane, so I could only sneak away for a few hours to get started on the set up. For now it is what it is.

Let’s get to the real matter at hand.. SNOW.

We have a double low pressure system that started with rain last night. Thursday we should get a little break. Round two comes about Friday. That is the one that is causing all of the excitement.

The second storm is expected to track far enough south and have enough cold air that we could see a heavy snow event Friday/Friday night for Northern Wisconsin. No one is brave enough to hit us with numbers yet, but they are concerned. With a lot of leaves still on trees, a big wet snow could rip down a lot of trees and branches.

Anyway, here is a copy n paste from the NWS..

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI
507 AM CDT WED OCT 21 2009

WIZ005-010>013-018>021-030-212245-
VILAS-ONEIDA-FOREST-FLORENCE-NORTHERN MARINETTE-LINCOLN-LANGLADE-
MENOMINEE-NORTHERN OCONTO-MARATHON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...EAGLE RIVER...RHINELANDER...CRANDON...
TOMAHAWK...ANTIGO...KESHENA...WAUSAU
507 AM CDT WED OCT 21 2009

...A SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL POSSIBLE FRIDAY INTO FRIDAY NIGHT ACROSS
NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...

LOW PRESSURE ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS WILL MOVE TO NEAR CHICAGO
FRIDAY EVENING...THEN INTO NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN FRIDAY NIGHT.
THIS SYSTEM COULD BRING A SIGNIFICANT HEAVY SNOWFALL TO NORTH
CENTRAL WISCONSIN.

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BECOME WIDESPREAD ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN
BY MID DAY FRIDAY...THEN CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. THE SNOW MAY
BE MIXED WITH RAIN AT TIMES ON FRIDAY. THE SNOW WILL THEN DIMINISH
TO SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS SATURDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 6
INCHES OR MORE ARE POSSIBLE IN A FEW SPOTS NORTH OF A MERRILL TO
IRON MOUNTAIN LINE. THE HEAVY WET SNOWFALL COULD CAUSE TREE LIMBS
TO BREAK AND CAUSE POWER OUTAGES.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA SOURCE
FOR THE LATEST UPDATES ON THIS POTENTIALLY EARLY SEASON WINTER
STORM.

$$

ECKBERG

Here is a map from the HPC...

102109a

And the forecast for Friday evening that they are worried about..

102109b

Based on what I am seeing there, it could be 3-6, maybe more for people north and west of here.

I like that we are in a stormy pattern, and that the storms are actually hitting here. We really don’t want a snow storm this early, at least not a heavy one. As mentioned above, there are still a lot of leaves on the trees, and a heavy snow would be snapping trees all over the northwoods. Think widespread power outages for days.

The snow that we had about a week ago actually started bowing trees down, and that was just under an inch.

Beyond that I am so madly busy with web sites, trying to get ready for winter, and learning some intense new software that requires a lot of coding (Dreamweaver CS4 and Flash), I haven’t had much time to deal with pre-season snowmobiling events and stuff as much as I would like to. I will keep hammering away and hopefully improve my presence here in a few weeks.

In the meantime, leave me a comment and let me know if you think this is a good idea.

Thanks and have a good fall!

RJB