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Or in English a “Straight Line” vs. a Tornado or “Whirling Line”

Whoa! I had to fasten my seat belt for this one, and not only because the winds clocked in at a rapid 91 miles per hour!  El Derecho came on the scene faster than a Latin Lover meeting the girl of his dreams! Out of nowhere, it moved more rapidly than any storm I’ve seen, and wreaked havoc on  trees wh Read More>


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Have you noticed the size of the ice chunks, i.e. hail, falling from the sky?? I hope you haven’t been hit – I got caught in a hail storm once and the chunks of ice are extremely painful. My little dog and I were hiking in the mountains when a storm appeared over the horizon, before we could find shelter, the skies opened and all hail rained down.  My poor little dog got plummeted before Read More>


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The spring of 2012 is turning out to be a very interesting time in our country! The residents of Chicago are breaking out the sunscreen and bikinis, and the residents of Arizona are digging out from underneath snow packed roads, sidewalks and buried cars.

Blame it on La Nina and the Arctic Oscillation – the jet stream is dramatic this year. And, now a “serious” storm is crossing t Read More>


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The Importance of Emergency Preparedness

“Not if the tornado hits you, when the tornado hits you,” is a quote from Mike Seidel last Friday on the Weather Channel as devastating tornadoes ripped through the American Heartland. Entire towns were destroyed. It was truly a weekend of terror, heartbreak and tragedy! As of this writing, over 45 confirmed and possibility as many as 70 total torn Read More>


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Environmental Factors Call For Record Breaking Snowfalls

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Is your snow princess outfit ready? Those in the northeast were so lucky to have the first snowfall in October – note: the first snowfall EVER in Central Park in October - 2.9 inches is not exactly a light dusting. My Snow Princess outfit is a short white wool/silk blend dress with long wide slee Read More>


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Remember the woman wearing oven mitts, waist deep in water, cleaning out the street drain in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene? She was awesome!! A true ‘Hurricane Barbie’ and I wish I could find her and give her the “Best in Storm Award”. I’m pretty sure she was in New Jersey – does anyone know her? She recognized the city/county/state was tapped out of resources and jumped into he Read More>


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I was watching the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams last night and he turned to the weather; unfortunately the weather seems to be included in the nightly news much more often these days. Brian said, “I want you to take a look at this: a giant vortex over the mid-west, this is a supersize swirling lo Read More>


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Meteorites?!

Yes! Meteorites and falling space debris! We got through (I’d really like to say survived, but very tragically not all of us did) the earthquake, hurricane and floods. Now NASA has informed us that a huge defunct “giant” satellite, a 6 ½ ton climate probe, will plummet to Earth on Friday, September 23rd, or Saturday, September 24th. I know what you’re thinking, “When Read More>


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The bathroom started to shake and I heard a loud boom. The windows sounded like they were breaking. Did a plane hit my building? Then the rumbling continued, the paintings shook and stuff started falling off the shelves. An earthquake?!? But, I’m in Virginia!!!

I started quickly processing everything I know about earthquakes. Namely, that I didn’t expect it in this part of the world Read More>


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Or Any Hurricane for That Matter!

The Outer Banks vacation just got put on hold. Damn, I’ve been planning this all summer. Wonder if we should just go ahead and go….humm. Ken says it’s not worth getting stuck in a hurricane, and chances are enormous we won’t have water or electricity after it passes. I was so looking forward to hitting the beach with our new Voodoo Blue FJ Cruiser, and Read More>


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Hi, just want to introduce myself. My name is Barbie, and maybe you’ve never met me, or maybe you grew up with me, but you know who I am. I’m the fun loving, yet no-nonsense girl down the street who is eternally in love with Ken. They call me ‘Hurricane Barbie’ because I studied meteorology in college, I got a degree in something else (didn’t want to be Wendy the Weather girl you kno Read More>

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