Seven days left....
Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.
Correction and apology for not mentioning Minnie Elliot's awesome cherry pie.....it lasted all of 20 minutes at the lunch for Wanda Cary's after service lunch on the 8th.
As always there is good news and bad news...
First, the not so good...
About 20 years ago, I had a USAF Reserve assignment to the Lancaster County Emergency Managment Office. One of the responsibilities of all EMA agencies is to prepare for extreme weather. Periodically we attended workshops with other agency people to learn more about nature's ways of making human life miserable. At one of the workshops, a UNL climatologist informed us that while averages of temperature, snowfall and rain were changing slightly, the extremes (highs and lows) were getting further apart, daily as well as yearly. In other words, although fewer blizzards might occur, the snow depth would be greater; winter low temperatures were lower and summer highs were higher; rain would be heavier during thunderstorms, but there might be fewer storms. For example, according to Accuweather, Alvo's temperature on Monday the 14th ranged from a high of 55, dropping to 27 overnight; Tuesday the 16th (as I type this) the high is precicted to be 29, dropping to 15 overnight; on Wednesday (Newsletter Day) it's supposed to be sunny and 30.
On a day when water freezes, it's hard to accept that the earth is warming up - however, here's a NASA graphic that shows what's happened globally from 1957 to 2013.
The temperature range is from blue, representing -2 degrees C (28.4 degrees Fahrenheit) to dark orange representing +2 degrees C (35.6 degrees Fahrenheit). What this shows is that as of last year the average annual temperature was above freezing for most of the land on this planet.
Here in Nebraska, the rains over the weekend just stopped the soil moisture loss, but weren't enough to reverse it.... the percentage of abnormally dry land is the same as last week. If you know an effective rain dance, start practicing.
Now the better news - this week will see days stop getting shorter......YES!
|Days until Alvo's Party||Date||Sunrise||Sunset||Sun hours||Days until Winter/Spring|
|171||Wednesday, December 17, 2014||07:44 AM||04:59 PM||9:15||4|
|170||Thursday, December 18, 2014||07:45 AM||05:00 PM||9:15||3|
|169||Friday, December 19, 2014||07:45 AM||05:00 PM||9:15||2|
|168||Saturday, December 20, 2014||07:46 AM||05:00 PM||9:14||1|
|167||Sunday, December 21, 2014||07:47 AM||05:01 PM||9:14||89|
|166||Monday, December 22, 2014||07:47 AM||05:01 PM||9:14||88|
|165||Tuesday, December 23, 2014||07:48 AM||05:02 PM||9:14||87|
New moon at 7:37 PM on Sunday, December 21st.
Great news for the Editor's family.... Welcome!! Curlee Brazell III, or as we will call him - Trip - the first baby for our nieee Micole and our nephew-in-law Curlee II. Trip was born on 12-13-14 at 3:51 PM and was 6 pounds 1 ounce and 19 inches long. We are proud great aunt and uncle to him and all his second cousins (getting too many to count). Glad he was born before Christmas Day....
More Christmas trivia - these are presented as useful - you decide....
Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees from dyed goose feathers. - Maybe from died geese
The total number of gifts given in the '12 Days of Christmas' would add up to 364 gifts. - Not even touching this one.
Oklahoma was the last state in the US to make Christmas a legal holiday in 1907. - Not touching this one either.
Each year there are approximately 20,000 “rent-a-Santas” across the United States. “Rent-a-Santas” usually undergo seasonal training on how to maintain a jolly attitude under pressure from the public. They also receive practical advice, such as not accepting money from parents while children are looking and avoiding garlic, onions, or beans for lunch. - Do not let your kids read this one.
Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the US.