Monday, April 06, 2020

Pike County Forecast -- Monday, April 6, 2020

Good morning, Y'all.  It's a pleasant 56ºF on the Farm.  The relative humidity is 96% with the wind out of the South at less than 5 mph. As usual, Hampton is a couple of degrees colder and the visibility is 10 miles.  And it's another simple forecast.

Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
(Forecast void in Rabun County)

According to the Forecast Discussion that puts us about 7-12 degrees above normal. But it looks like that's the way it will be until Good Friday.  Speaking of which, it's a good day to till up a place for your tomato plants -- assuming you have any to plant. I don't think you want to risk going out this week for them.  But Amazon does deliver.

Rain on Tuesday -- maybe.  Y'all be safe.

Don Brown
April 6, 2020

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Eastern Towhee

Nikon D7200 — Nikon 200-500 F5.6 ED VR
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Pike County Forecast -- Sunday, April 5, 2020

It's a pleasant 57ºF on the Farm.  The relative humidity is 73% and the wind is out of the NW at less than 5 mph.  ATL is reporting Mostly Cloud with a scattered layer at 15,000 and a broken layer at 20,000 feet.  Be still my beating heart.  Could it be?  Three good sunrises in a row? But enough about my weather.  Here's yours:


Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.

There will be some rain down South...there might be a thunderstorm in the mountains...but we're all good.

Enjoy your day.

Don Brown
April 5, 2020

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Should Have Brought My Pole

A fish adds to the reflection of another beautiful sunrise on the lake.

Nikon D7000 — Nikon 18-300mm F6.3 ED VR

Kind of wild it's the exact same exposure as yesterday, huh?

©Don Brown 2020

Sunrise on the Right

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Pike County Forecast -- Saturday April 4, 2020

Uh oh. The data link to the Farm is down.  What do we do now, Ollie? Oh well.  It's 51ºF in Hampton. The relative humidity is 95% and the wind is less than 5 mph from the SW.  By the way, it's 61º up at the Big Airport with overcast skies.  Not to worry, it's supposed to be a nice day.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Radar shows some showers in the North Metro area but nothing  down here.  You can see tomorrow's (late?) rain coming on the surface map. Not much more to it than that.

I hope you all stay safe and enjoy the day.

Don Brown
April 4 , 2020

Friday, April 03, 2020

Stupid Weatherman -- With Audio

Nikon D7000 — Nikon 18-300mm F6.3 ED VR
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Stupid Weatherman

Months ago, maybe a year or more ago, I started posting the weather forecast for my wife on Facebook.  It was the first thing she'd ask me after I got back from the lake every morning.  And she lives on Facebook so I figured it'd just be easier.  I check the weather every morning, way before sunrise.

Well, everybody else started reading the thing.  I had around a dozen or two reading it on Facebook.  Then I was trying to quit Facebook (good intentions) so I started putting it on my blog every morning.

This morning I wrote; "But I always want to know more.  What kind of sunrise will it be?  Not much of one, evidently.  ATL is showing clear skies. (No fog there either.)"

Stupid weatherman.  Y'all should get a better one.

Nikon D7000 — Nikon 18-300mm F6.3 ED VR

©Don Brown 2020

Pike County Forecast -- Friday, April 3, 2020

It's 40.9ºF out at the Farm with the Dew Point at 40.6. Hmm...fog maybe?  I haven't got there yet.  The relative humidity is 98.6% with the wind barely there from the SE.

Nope.  No fog. Visibility is 10 miles at Hampton.  It seems like it's always colder there (38º).  It's going to be another simply-beautiful day.

Sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. 

A pretty picture of the surface map and we're done.

But I always want to know more.  What kind of sunrise will it be?  Not much of one, evidently.  ATL is showing clear skies. (No fog there either.)  And SunsetWx says I need to be in South Alabama.  I think not.  Pensacola I could handle.

Don Brown
April 3, 2020

Thursday, April 02, 2020

The Shift Towards Green

The shift towards green continues each day on the lake. The maples are budding and pushing off their seeds and most of the blooming trees are already done.  So, of course, Mother Nature gave us a little shot of cold this morning.  We made it down to a delightful 35ºF.

Nikon D7000 — Nikon 18-300mm F6.3 ED VR

©Don Brown 2020

Pike County Forecast -- Thursday, April 2, 2020


Well lookie there. 37ºF down on the Farm. The relative humidity is 97% and the wind is barely there but it's from the North.

You have to love the beautiful days, they're so simple:

Sunny. A high of 70º.  Wind below 10 mph.

Enjoy the day.

Don Brown
April 2, 2020

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering. -- COVID-19 Tracker

I can't imagine why you'd rather look at this site here than look at it full screen at John Hopkins' own site but they offer the html code so here it is. 


Don Brown

April 1, 2020

Pike County Forecast -- April 1, 2020

It is a lovely 44ºF out at the Farm. The relative humidity is 69% and the wind is out of the NW at a bracing 15 mph. There will be some people freezing to death this morning, in their short and flip-flops, cursing Old Man Winter for reminding them he's not done.

You can tell it's going to be a beautiful day because the forecast is so simple:

Sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 

Yes, that is a little windy.

Don Brown
April 1, 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Our World Has Changed

Donald G. McNeil is the doomsday reporter for the New York Times. Okay, actually:

"Donald G. McNeil Jr. is a science and health reporter specializing in plagues and pestilences. He covers diseases of the world’s poor, including AIDS, Ebola, malaria, swine and bird flu, mad cow disease, SARS and so on."

I've heard him a half dozen times on The Rachel Maddow Show and The Daily. This time he was on Fareed Zakaria's Global Public Square. I like him. Perhaps he's a kindred spirit. You should watch this section. Especially around the 8 minute mark.

"We're gonna have to think about getting enough calories, perhaps for the next year, until a vaccine is here."

I haven't looked at my 401k (actually it's a TSP account) since COVID-19 hit. What's the point? Even if it was all in gold, you can't eat gold.

Our world has changed so drastically, it might take us a while to wrap our heads around it. I suspect it's important to wrap faster.

Don Brown
March 31, 2020

Pike County Forecast -- March 31, 2020

It's a pleasant 56ºF out at the Farm with the relative humidity at 78%.  The wind is calm.  The robot at Hampton says it's overcast but the humans at ATL tell me it's 7,500 overcast and 8,500 overcast.  Something will have to change if I want a decent sunrise.

Yikes!   Batten down the hatches.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible before that thing gets here but it's the thing you want to know about. Somewhere around 2 PM the weather people are expecting a line of thunderstorms to push through along with the cold front.  Some storms could be severe. And, there's a slight risk of an isolated tornado.

It other words, it's Spring in Georgia and  it's going to come up a bad cloud this afternoon.  If you're from around here, it's life.  If you're not, it's a little scary.

I'd check on the radar again at lunch and see what the weatherperson has to say at Noon.

Oh yeah, the high today will be 65ºF and as soon as this thing blows through (oh yeah, it'll be rainy and windy) the wind will blow, the skies will clear and it'll get cold tonight.  In the 40s. It's called a Cold Front for a reason.

Don Brown
March 31, 2020