Friday, April 19, 2024

Turning Cooler, Rain Clearing Out By Monday

Saturday (High 67, Low 56): Mostly cloudy and cool. Widely scattered showers are possible. 

Sunday (High 58, Low 47): Overcast and cold. Numerous showers are possible.

Monday (High 68, Low 40): Mostly sunny. Staying cool.

Tuesday (High 73, Low 39): Sunny. 

Wednesday (High 75, Low 48): Mostly sunny. 

Thursday (High 78, Low 51): Mostly sunny.

Friday (High 80, Low 54): Partly cloudy. 

Staying Wet This Weekend But Cooling Off/Sunny Skies Return for the Workweek

FORECAST:

Friday (High 80, Low 63): Partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible. 

Saturday (High 70, Low 56): Partly to mostly sunny and cooler. Widely scattered showers are possible. 

Sunday (High 57, Low 46): Mostly overcast and cold. Numerous rounds of showers are possible.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK:

Monday (High 66, Low 40): Sunny. 

Tuesday (High 75, Low 43): Sunny. 

Wednesday (High 77, Low 50): Mostly sunny. 

Thursday (High 79, Low 52): Mostly sunny. 

READING TEA LEAVES:

Friday April 26th through Sunday April 28th (High ~80, Low ~60): Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/thunderstorms. 

Thursday, April 18, 2024

T'Storm Warning


 We may see a few more storms like this through the evening, but this warning was issued for the size of the hail, not even for possibility of wind damage.  


3:59 PM - There is another strong thunderstorm over Northwest Huntsville that may produce gusty winds up to 30 mph or so and some smaller hail, like pea-sized. That is well below severe limits. And there is a thunderstorm in Lawrence County (Tennessee, not Alabama) that is behaving itself. 


4:03 PM - For storms like this, you don't have to take tornado-level precautions. Basically just stay inside, away from windows or anything electrical, and you'll be fine. I wouldn't try to drive through them though. Even quarter-sized hail, gusty winds, and lots of lightning would be enough to make me want to pull over somewhere and let it pass. 



4:07 - Now a special weather statement has been issued for Northern Blount County, affecting places like Blountsville and Strawberry. Most of any storms we get this evening should stay below severe limits, and the hail in this Cullman County storm just barely made it there. But it did verify with some pictures I saw scrolling social media. That storm up across the TN state line is not only staying below severe criteria but looks more like a shower at this point, not even seeing lightning with it now. 



4:12 - This storm definitely verified with some severe hail as it moved through Dodge City. But just to be clear, the wind gusts are expected to stay about 30 mph with this. The warning was issued purely based on the size of the hail. 




4:15 - And let me just go ahead and eat my words! Trees and powerlines have now been reported down in Hanceville by emergency management. Mentioned in the update to the warning, now expecting wind gusts up to 60 mph. So this storm is worth watching as it moves northeast. So I'd try to get away from windows in a house, better if you are on the lower floor. If you've got trees around, might want to move to a smaller space like a hallway just in case one were to fall. It's tougher for them to collapse the walls than in an open area like a living room or kitchen. 



4:20 - And that storm is up to Holly Pond now. The one moving through Huntsville is staying below severe limits. 


4:28 - As the storm moves up toward Arab, only wind gusts up to 40 mph and pea-sized hail are expected. So this Severe Thunderstorm Warning is being replaced by a Special Weather Statement as the storm tracks Northeast. 




4:31 - Going to drop real-time weather coverage since these thunderstorms are fairly isolated and none are severe anymore. 

4:37 - Most of the news I find depressing and pointless to comment on. But I did see a lovely story from WBRC/FOX-6 in Birmingham today. 

I really think the world would be a better place if there were more women with this kind of gumption. If it was up to me, the cheating husband and mistress would be the ones arrested. That guy should count himself lucky he only got shot in the leg, it was easy to fix. And that other woman was not a victim at all. Standards have become so upside-down. And if you look at that woman's mugshot, any guy who was cheating on her had to be an idiot anyway. 

Lest anyone think I've become a feminist, I fully supported Johnny Depp over Amber Heard. So as usual, both sides of popular debate are free to hate on me. I find it fun. 

Glad the weather calmed down enough to speak of more pleasant things. Some country music might hit the spot this evening . . . 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

ALC043-182130-

/O.NEW.KHUN.SV.W.0029.240418T2041Z-240418T2130Z/


BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

National Weather Service Huntsville AL

341 PM CDT Thu Apr 18 2024


The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a


* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...

  Central Cullman County in north central Alabama...


* Until 430 PM CDT.


* At 340 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Dodge City,

  or 9 miles south of Cullman, moving northeast at 20 mph.


  HAZARD...Quarter size hail.


  SOURCE...Radar indicated.


  IMPACT...Damage to vehicles is expected.


* Locations impacted include...

  Cullman, Hanceville, Good Hope, Holly Pond, Dodge City, Baileyton,

  Eva, Garden City, Phelan, and Walter.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...


For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a

building.


&&


LAT...LON 3405 8692 3431 8675 3431 8670 3418 8655

      3415 8659 3412 8660 3412 8663 3409 8666

      3408 8669 3409 8669 3408 8670 3405 8668

      3406 8671 3403 8670 3403 8672 3397 8678

TIME...MOT...LOC 2040Z 233DEG 18KT 3404 8683


HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED

MAX HAIL SIZE...1.00 IN

WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED

MAX WIND GUST...<50 MPH


$$


GH

Messy, Unsettled Pattern Through the Weekend/Sunny and Cool Going Into Next Week





FORECAST:

Today (High 82): Partly to mostly sunny with an isolated shower or thunderstorm possible during the day. Numerous showers are possible at night. 

Friday (High 80, Low 63): Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible. 

Saturday (High 70, Low 55): Partly to mostly cloudy and turning cooler. Widely scattered showers are possible.

Sunday (High 58, Low 49): Overcast and cool. Numerous rounds of showers are possible. 

EXTENDED OUTLOOK:

Monday (High 67, Low 42): Mostly sunny. 

Tuesday (High 74, Low 44): Sunny. 

Wednesday (High 78, Low 50): Mostly sunny. 

Thursday (High 79, Low 54): Partly cloudy. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

 Hey peeps, just a quick note to say the weekend is looking wet, unlike when I last had time to write up a forecast.

Very low chance of an isolated strong storm today through Friday, but overall it just looks like regular rain and thunderstorms, the strongest part of this storm system staying well to our North up around the Great Lakes. 

Just to brush over things, showers and storms are likely at times today with a High near 78.

Tomorrow any showers or thunderstorms should stay isolated, with a good bit of sun along with the clouds. The High in the lower 80's, morning Low near 60.

As we get into Friday, more of a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms again, about 40% rain chance, High near 80, Low in lower 60's. The Storm Prediction does have us in a marginal risk for an isolated thunderstorm reaching severe limits between now and Friday, but this is a very, very low risk that I'm not worried about.

As the front pushes through Saturday we'll drop to about 70 degrees for the High, down in the 50's again for the Low, rain chances staying scattered, about 30%.

Then the last wave of this system will increase our rain chances Sunday back to at least 50%. We'll see a High near 60 and a Low only in the upper 40's.

After that it looks sunny with Highs in the 70's and Lows back down in the 40's.

By next Wednesday it should be back to 80 or so for the High, Lows rebounding to 50's. If we can rely on the model trends, looks like we may actually stay mostly sunny and dry into the following weekend. But this time of year, best to keep a check on it every two or three days, because weather patterns can change a lot faster than they do in the summer. Just letting you know things are looking pretty good at this point. After the periods of rain through this weekend.


Saturday, April 13, 2024

Mostly Sunshine and Warm Temperatures, Some Scattered Rain Midweek Before a Cool Snap

FORECAST:

Sunday (High 80, Low 50): Mostly sunny. Low humidity.

Monday (High 82, Low 54): Mostly sunny. Cool in the morning, warm in the afternoon. 

Tuesday (High 81, Low 59): Partly to mostly cloudy. Widely scattered showers/thunderstorms are possible at night.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK:

Wednesday (High 78, Low 62): Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers/thunderstorms.

Thursday (High 80, Low 61): Partly to mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/thunderstorms.

Friday (High 74, Low 58): Partly to mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of lingering showers.

Saturday (High 70, Low 50): Partly to mostly sunny. 

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Sunshine Returns Tomorrow, Warmest Weather of the Season Arrives Next Week

FORECAST:

Friday (High 67, Low 44): Sunny. Cool and breezy.

Saturday (High 76, Low 43): Sunny. Mild.

Sunday (High 80, Low 49): Sunny. Warm.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK:

Monday (High 81, Low 53): Mostly sunny. 

Tuesday (High 83, Low 58): Partly cloudy. 

Wednesday (High 82, Low 63): Partly to mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/thunderstorms.

Thursday (High 83, Low 62): Partly cloudy. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Unsettled Pattern Through Thursday, Heavy Rain and Strong Thunderstorms Possible Tomorrow

Wednesday (High 72, Low 58): Rain and thunderstorms likely. Rain may be heavy at times, and some storms could produce strong winds, approaching severe limits. 

Thursday (High 66, Low 55): Partly to mostly cloudy and breezy. Scattered lingering showers and thunderstorms are possible. 

Friday (High 67, Low 45): Mostly sunny. Cool and breezy. 

Saturday (High 76, Low 43): Sunny. 

Sunday (High 80, Low 48): Sunny. 

Monday (High 81, Low 56): Mostly sunny. 

Tuesday (High 83, Low 61): Partly cloudy. 






As we approach 3 PM skies are mostly cloudy in Cullman. The temperature is 57 degrees. The dewpoint is also 57, making the relative humidity 100%. Winds are out of the Southeast at 8 miles per hour, with gusts up to 14 mph. The barometric pressure is 30.08 inches and falling. Visibility is 10 miles. 

Jasper is overcast and 59 degrees, also a relative humidity of 100% there. Winds are out of the Southeast at 7 mph. The pressure is 30.07 inches and falling. 

We have perfect visibility at all three of these sites, but Haleyville is also overcast. It is 58 degrees, same dewpoint, 100% relative humidity. Winds are SE at 13 mph, gusting to 17 mph. The pressure is 30.07 inches/1017.3 millibars and falling. 

We basically have a mass of rain moving through the region today ahead of a low pressure system centered out in Texas, a few thunderstorms in the mix. Areas to our West do have some risk of severe thunderstorms today. 




The big weather news that brought me back here a day or two early is that the Storm Prediction Center has outlooked a part of the Southeast region for a Moderate Level 4/5 Risk for severe thunderstorms tomorrow. 

It's important to understand that this does not affect North Alabama or up into Tennessee. But down there along the Gulf Coast, mainly in Southern Mississippi, but also including much of far Southwest Alabama, some risk for widespread damaging winds and tornadoes is expected. 


Up this way, we only have the basic level 2/5 risk for severe thunderstorms, the main threat being damaging wind gusts, only the basic 15% risk for that around here. And as you get up into Tennessee, the risk drops off to 5% which is in the marginal level 1/5 category. 


We will have to keep an eye on things tomorrow, but I think our greater threat would be for isolated instances of flash flooding. I personally think if we see any severe thunderstorms, that will stay isolated. The storm mode is just too messy. Expecting a High of about 72-73, morning Low of about 58-59. 


Then on Thursday, that front will be slowly moving out of the region. We'll have scattered lingering showers and thunderstorms. If we were to see any become severe, I think it'd be limited to Northeast Alabama, or maybe around places like Winchester in Tennessee. The SPC does have marginal severe thunderstorm probabilities for those areas on Thursday, but I don't feel like they are worth posting here. I think our local severe weather threat is going to play out as even less than what they are outlooking. Expecting a High more toward the mid-60's Thursday and mid-50's for the Low. 


We'll be high and dry again by Friday. We'll see mostly sunny skies, a High in the upper 60's, the Low in the mid-40's. We're not going to see another freeze this season, doubt we see any more frost either. Probably no more of that until about October or November. We'll still be breezy on Friday though, so that will make it seem colder, at least in the morning. 


Then Saturday with high pressure strongly centered over the Southeast we'll see sunny skies, the Low in the mid-40's but maybe even dipping into lower 40's with good radiational cooling, the High in mid-70's but maybe edging into upper 70's. Great day if you need to get something done outside that you've been putting off, if you are fortunate enough to have the day off work. For many, this is the day they actually work the hardest. So don't believe the stereotypes . . . 


On Sunday that high pressure will be moving off to the East but still in control of our weather, so plenty of sunshine, a High near 80, Low near 50 or at least upper 40's. Air will stay really dry during this period, so great radiational cooling conditions overnight. 


Then we could see a few clouds come back by Monday, but overall a mostly sunny day, High near 80 again, Low rebounding to about the mid-50's. 


Then by next Tuesday, we have our next weather system centered out in Nebraska, not close enough to bring us any rain yet, but enough to bring some clouds back to the forecast, a High in the lower 80's and a Low rebounding to about 60 degrees. 

I started to show model guidance for tomorrow's severe weather potential, but it is such a big mess that it doesn't feel worth it. The NAM is showing a later timing so that it's basically and overnight event into Thursday morning. And even there, the parameters are looking marginal overall for severe weather. So just going to throw in a reminder of the SPC forecast. 



As for the really organized threat for significant severe weather tomorrow, it is focused from about Mobile and Biloxi up to about Jackson, MS. 



Aroun here, we have that 15% basic risk for damaging thunderstorm winds, a few of us in the far Northeast only have the marginal 5% probability. 


The threat for large hail with this system is not expected to be much at all since the unstable air is expected to be lacking. The strong wind dynamics are expected to be able to overcome this, although like I said above, I remain skeptical, like if this threat really plays out in the Tennessee Valley, I think any instances of severe will stay pretty isolated. If I was drawing the maps, I'd put us all in North Alabama under the same marginal threat levels as they have well up into Tennessee. 


This 5% tornado risk is your typical risk for isolated tornadoes that you see with many severe weather events this time of year. Notice almost all of Tennessee and parts of Northeast Alabama are only under the 2% minimal tornado potential. My personal opinion is that this is going to be a minimal-threat event for all of us in North Alabama. And I agree with the SPC outlook for Tennessee counties. Even for damaging winds, I think the threat is likely to stay isolated around here. I'm showing you what the experts say but also admitting my personal opinion, which is that our threat for any organized severe weather up here is going to turn out to be very low, even lower than what these official maps show. 



I'm a little more concerned about the potential for flooding issues on some roads or more likely around bodies of water through tomorrow, maybe early part of Thursday. And even that will probably stay isolated. But it is more plausible with this synoptic weather setup than an organized threat for severe thunderstorms. 



Average rainfall totals over the next seven days should be between about 1-3 inches. Lowest totals probably on the Tennessee side, highest totals probably in Northwest/West Central Alabama. 

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Pleasant Weekend Other Than Some Frosty Mornings, Good Bit of Rain Next Week

FORECAST:

Friday (High 62, Low 34): Sunny and lightly breezy. Cool in the afternoon, cold in the morning with some frost possible. 

Saturday (High 65, Low 35): Mostly sunny and cool. Cold in the morning with some frost possible. 

Sunday (High 73, Low 40): Mostly sunny and warmer during the day. Then isolated rain is possible at night. 

EXTENDED OUTLOOK:

Monday (High 76, Low 54): Partly to mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/thunderstorms.

Tuesday (High 71, Low 58): Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers/thunderstorms. 

Wednesday (High 72, Low 59): Partly to mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers/thunderstorms.

Thursday (High 69, Low 61): Rain showers likely - thunderstorms possible. 

PRONÓSTICO:

Viernes (Máxima 62, Mínima 34): Soleado y ligeramente ventoso. Fresco por la tarde, frío por la mañana con posibilidad de algunas heladas.

Sábado (Máxima 65, Mínima 35): Mayormente soleado y fresco. Frío por la mañana con posibilidad de algunas heladas.

Domingo (Máxima 73, Mínima 40): Mayormente soleado y más cálido durante el día. Entonces es posible que llueva aisladamente por la noche.

PERSPECTIVA EXTENDIDA:

Lunes (Máxima 76, Mínima 54): Parcialmente a mayormente nublado con un 30% de probabilidad de lluvias/tormentas eléctricas.

Martes (Máxima 71, Mínima 58): Mayormente nublado con un 50 % de probabilidad de lluvias/tormentas eléctricas.

Miércoles (Máxima 72, Mínima 59): Parcialmente a mayormente nublado con un 40% de probabilidad de lluvias/tormentas eléctricas.

Jueves (Máxima 69, Mínima 61): Es probable que llueva; es posible que se produzcan tormentas eléctricas.

NOTES:

We did have a couple tornadoes in North Alabama Tuesday. The longer-tracked tornadoes that produced injuries stayed well to our North and South this time. 

Last night marked the anniversary of the April 3-4, 1974 tornado outbreak. The only similar event we have good records of is the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. The Weatherbrains podcast did two shows with people who lived through the event, one with meteorologists and one with ordinary people who survived it. 

DISCUSSION:





It has been mostly sunny and breezy in the Tennessee Valley today, those winds now out of the West/Northwest. The High in Cullman looks like it was 61, or at least that's close enough in case it were to warm back up before sundown. The Low this morning was 39. Huntsville also got up to 61 this afternoon after a morning Low of 43. Nashville is at 54 as of 3 PM, the High so far today, had a morning Low of 47. The farther North you go, the more the cloud cover, and even that is sporadic. Humidity levels are low and air pressure is on the rise again. 



Tomorrow we have Northwest flow aloft, and that upper-level Low moves into New England, where they will continue to have snow. Down here, our weather will be influenced by that High down in the Gulf of Mexico. The winds should settle down a little, only lightly breezy during the day tomorrow. We'll be sunny with a High of about 61-62. The morning Low will probably average about 35 in the region, which means a lot of places will likely see frost. I'd give it another week before planting any crops that are sensitive to that. 



We'll stay mostly sunny on Saturday with a High in the mid-60's, Low in the mid-30's. Again could see frost in the morning from these temperatures. 



Another cold front will be coming in our direction on Sunday. We might see widely scattered rain by night, but the day should stay dry, just mostly sunny skies, a pretty good temperature jump as you see the winds aloft shift back to the Southwest direction. We should see a High in the lower 70's and a Low of about 40 or so. 



Sunday night into Monday, that front does move into our region. Monday is the day of the Solar Eclipse, by the way. I doubt the viewing will be good around here, even if you've got those special glasses. Monday will feature a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. This is in the extended period, so will start giving percentages. High in mid-70's and Low in mid-50's. 



Then Tuesday has the look of one of those overcast days with periods of rain showers, maybe isolated thunderstorms in the mix across the region. High should be about 70 or so, the Low in the upper 50's. Going to cap the rain chance at 50% here though instead of thinking 60% and just saying "likely". 



Then for Wednesday, with this messy, slow-moving system with a Low down there around New Orleans, trending toward another 50% chance of rain forecast here. High should be in lower 70's, Low near 60, maybe upper 50's again. Kind of a tough call, going to look over at least one more day's guidance before reviewing it all and estimating the overall trend of this system and how to break it down day by day. 




The GFS has that Low swinging right through Alabama on Thursday. 


The ECMWF shows a slightly more Northerly track for it, but it is still a wet look for us. 

With this much uncertainty, an unsettled mess next week, going to refrain from posting a 10-Day-Outlook up top. But will glance at the model guidance out to 10 Days here, for whatever it may be worth. 

Thursday looks rainy, could see a few thunderstorms, High near 70, Low near 60. 

The way this overall picture looks, I think the best estimates are a 30% chance of rain for Monday, a 50% chance for Tuesday, a 40% chance for Wednesday, and then Thursday I'd put the probability at 70% at least, so will just say "likely" for that, even though it is the last day of the extended period. 

Now let's peek beyond that if we dare. 



Looks like clearing skies on Friday, mostly sunny, with a High still around 70 or so, Low dropping back down to lower 50's. 

Both the GFS and ECMWF show strong high pressure over the Southeast on Saturday the 13th. So we would have sunny conditions and expect a High roughly in the mid-70's, Low down near 50 or maybe even dipping into upper 40's because of the drier air, great radiational cooling if this model guidance turns out to be reliable. 

And then on Sunday April 14, that High should be shifting off into the Atlantic. We should stay mostly sunny, High in the upper 70's, Low rebounding well into the 50's with that strong return of Southwest wind flow from the Gulf of Mexico. 

Please remember that forecasts beyond seven days can be notoriously unreliable, even in boring seasons like summer. (Last summer wasn't. But most years, it gets boring.) In the most active month of the Spring season, it is just about worthless. Which is why I'm not putting it up top as part of the official forecast, with the disclaimer that it is "reading tea leaves". Not this time. 

If you care enough to read this discussion, you're smart enough to know it is fine to look at general trends out to mid-month like this, but you can't take a specific forecast to the bank, not even close. 




As far as severe weather chances, there is a Marginal 5% Risk for the Plains on Sunday. 

And then there is a Basic 15% Risk for the Ark-LA-Tex region on Monday and Tuesday. 

Beyond that, the Storm Prediction Center has not outlooked any severe weather risk areas for the following days. And while we have to watch any system this time of the year (peak month for severe weather around here), nothing about this setup makes it look likely to me that we will be dealing with any stronger thunderstorms. A lot of it may just be rain without a lot of thunder. It wouldn't hurt to keep an eye on it, considering the time of year, in case anything were to change in this messy/unsettled pattern next week. Check on the weather every day or two. But nothing leads me to believe we'll have those kinds of problems. We got off really easy with this last severe weather setup, and Bobby Boyd (former Meteorologist in Charge of NWS Nashville, now retired but a frequent weather tweeter) was the only one who gave reasons that really sounded satisfactory to me. He compared the special balloon launch on April 2nd of this year to the one he launched on April 3, 1974 (which did turn out to be a tornado outbreak - about as bad as it ever gets) and what parameters were different. It gets into a lot of details that are too technical for me to rattle off, off the top of my head here. Follow him on social media, especially Twitter/X, if it interests you. Or take the next Weather101 class on upper-air soundings, scheduled for April 16. If they don't mention it on their own, you can ask about it. Usually the meteorologists who do these classes are very friendly about taking questions and answering them thoroughly. 


We may see a good bit of rain this next week. Average totals could get up to two inches or even three inches, the higher totals expected across Northwest Alabama, closer to the surface Low. 

Since the weather looks calm at the moment, I'm taking at least a few days off this blog, maybe more like a week or so. Other things require my attention that are a lot more important. Everybody enjoy the calmer weather, if you are so inclined, or just be grouchy like my dear cat Salem, who always finds a reason to bite me at some point during the span of a day. Usually it is playful. If you do actually bite someone because you insist on being grouchy in more pleasant weather, well . . . I disclaim any responsibility for how you use your canine teeth or incisors. And I hope you at least have a good reason. 

There was one story that did crack me up lately. It was not so amusing how the guy behaved once they got him into custody, but the reason the man was arrested made me laugh out loud, even though the story popped up along with all the severe weather info on Tuesday this week. This guy in or near Nashville just started shooting a gun randomly in town, like in the street. And when the cops finally got him to admit it, and asked him why, he said that he'd just gotten divorced, and was so happy that he had to fire off a few shots to celebrate his freedom. The police officers did not share his celebratory attitude, and they took him on in. But that has such a Tennessee flavor to it. Some country singer should write a song about that. It would be a little more cerebral and interesting than most modern country music. Johnny Cash might switch to a punk rock label and fire a gun in celebration of his freedom from ultra-commercialism, if somebody like him was alive to hear what's on the radio now. I think he was already getting tired of it. He covered Nine Inch Nails and Simon and Garfunkel on his last album, among others I can't remember. Oh yeah, he covered a Sting song too. And I thought they were all great. Meanwhile, if someone like Blake Shelton were to cover "Folsom Prison Blues", I would turn it off within the first ten seconds. I'd honestly rather hear the damned Sponge-Bob Squarepants theme songs than that. Or maybe even that horrendous Barney the purple dinosaur that one of my brothers used to watch. When some girls in my extended family saw him on YouTube, they were appalled that anything like that was ever on television and that any kids watched it. He said something about the kids coming up to play with him in the treehouse, and one of my cousins said, "I think I would push him OUT of the treehouse!" And she's actually a sweetheart, like she wants to be a vegetarian, one time we had to stop her from trying to save a chipmunk that was being killed by a dog. But she found that giggly dinosaur to be beneath contempt. 

And that's how I feel about bro country trying to cover the classics. Those guys are not worthy. Not that I've ever been opinionated, about music or anything else . . . 

These things are more fun to gripe about than the serious issues in the world that nobody has any clear solutions to at the moment, no matter how loudly they pretend to. Tacking those is above my pay-grade here. I have mused on them a little on a website that actually paid something. But it requires a lot of thought and time. When just talking about the weather, I like to clown around about things that people can laugh about, and are free to disagree with me, without their blood pressure spiking at least twenty points. I guess somebody might be offended by my laughing at that divorced guy's method of celebration, but hey . . . check out some other sites, I guarantee you, you'll find a lot more to be pissed off about on the internet. Scroll Facebook or Twitter for five minutes, and you'll forget all about this blog post. 

Come to think of it, there are even people who love to focus on the worst case scenarios of what the weather could do, and some of them speculate beyond even 10 days. So you can probably find someone expecting a catastrophic tornado outbreak before we get to the end of May. And I've already heard about some people predicting the end of the world on the day of the solar eclipse. (That's only four days away, folks. Say yer prayers.) You'd think these people never had to read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain when they were in school. (Now that I think of it, that's one I read on my own, out of curiosity. Ditto with the Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn stories. The original books without all the abridging and pictures were great, hilarious, even with the old-fashioned writing style.) And I have to give kudos to Rick and Bubba for debunking such absolute foolishness on their show lately. I get a wide range of YouTube suggestions thrown at me, and that was one of the better ones. Even if my personal preference is for a cranky old writer like Twain mercilessly making fun of people being superstitious about an eclipse. These guys are appealing to the modern hipster religious crowd. More power to 'em. They're still pretty funny, even if they are far too kind to the people spreading this tripe. 

Ah well . . . see you in the funny papers. If any of you read this and go shooting a gun to celebrate your divorce, or go biting someone . . . the Salem cat will send reptilian humanoids to stare at you disapprovingly for your literal interpretation of the obviously facetious. Don't worry, they only give the anal probe to South Park characters. Because Salem is a fair man. And is not into torturing people (well except his owner to an extent). But if these reptilians can glare even half as fiercely as my buddy can, trust me, you do not want to be on the receiving end. 

So I suggest you only bite into food, keep any use of firearms responsible, and enjoy the better weather, even if the rain next week could be sort of a drag. Even if you wish the aliens would abduct me so you never have to read another mess like this.

Turning Cooler, Rain Clearing Out By Monday

Saturday (High 67, Low 56): Mostly cloudy and cool. Widely scattered showers are possible.  Sunday (High 58, Low 47): Overcast and cold. Num...