Game of shadows • Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil popped out to “see” his shadow this morning, predicting six more weeks of winter. But Buckeye Chuck (of Marion, Ohio) and Wiarton Willie (of Wiarton, Ontario) are predicting an early spring. I’m beginning to think these groundhogs don’t really know what they’re talking about.
I say we’ll see temperatures in the 40s for the rest of February here in the St. Louis area. (There’s a chance for rain this weekend.) (Photo by Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)
Broken records • When people awoke on Jan. 31, 1982, the only way around for most of them was by foot, preferably in high and heavy boots as seen in this view of Lindell Boulevard looking east from Newstead Avenue. The forecast had been for only 4 inches, but the storm stalled over St. Louis and dumped 14 and more inches overnight Jan. 30-31. The official record was 13.9 inches at Lambert St. Louis International Airport, but the National Weather Service said most of St. Louis and southwest St. Louis County had 18 inches or more.
Thirty years later, it’s possible the weather will again set a record: The National Weather Service forecasts a high today in the mid-to-upper 60s, and says a high of 68 this afternoon is possible. The current record was set in 1884: 67 degrees. (Photo by Bill Kesler / Post-Dispatch)
Pour excuse • Game 6 of the World Series was postponed until tonight due to the forecast for rain. First pitch is tonight at 7:05 at Busch Stadium; Game 6 tickets will be honored tonight. If there’s a Game 7, it will be played Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Busch Stadium. The postponement gave players an extra day of rest — 24 additional hours of recuperation, which could help those with injuries.
Golden days • “Normal” is the best guess for the coming winter. Officially, the annual National Weather Service outlook for the winter season calls for equal chances of average precipitation and temperatures. (An outlook is not the same as a forecast — just a best-guess of trends.) For now, though, we can enjoy the colors of fall.
If tonight’s game is rained out, Major League Baseball decides how the make-up is handled. It said if Wednesday’s game is rained out, the Game 3 tickets would be good for Thursday; Game 4 tickets would be Friday and Game 5 tickets would be Saturday.– There’s a chance for rain tonight, at about the same time Game 3 of the NLCS is scheduled to start.
Ack. It is sad outside.
WHO WANTS TO COME SNUGGLE.
Tomorrow will be mostly sunny. In the meantime, hot chocolate and a movie marathon sound great.
Mopping up • The full measure of Hurricane Irene’s fury came into focus Monday as the death toll jumped to 38, New England towns battled epic floods and millions faced the dispiriting prospect of several days without electricity. Landlocked Vermont contended with what its governor called the worst flooding in a century. Streams also raged out of control in upstate New York.
Gustnado May Have Caused Indiana Stage Collapse
After studying video footage and radar images from Saturday’s deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity suspects that a gustnado was a cause of the collapse.
“In the video, it appears that a possible gustnado traveled from left to right across the stage area,” Margusity said. “The video shows a swirl of dust coming across the stage, and it’s only when the swirl hits the stage that the stage actually collapses.”
Gustnado: A short-lived, ground-based, shallow vortex that develops along a gust front associated with either thunderstorms or showers