In Oak RidgeDecember 12th, 2012 at 1:39 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
My mother, wife and sister are at the All Girls Junk Jewelry Exchange (hope you can understand why I passed on that one). Last night, we attended the Oak Ridge H.S. Orchestra concert. They had 167 high school musicians on stage at the same time. The concert was a solid 90-minutes with lots of Christmas/Holiday songs…inc. 3 from Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the Hallelujah Chorus at the end with everyone standing up. That all started when King George decided to stand during that piece, so everyone else followed him. My mother does not have a computer (she’s 93 years 5 months today) and no wi-fi. I did turn on my computer Tues. night and about half an hour later, the power cord died, so I went off this AM to find another power cord. Right now, I’m in the local McDonald’s, where they have wi-fi. Some older gentleman just came in. He was in panic mode. He had lost his wallet. Someone had turned it in and everything was still inside. Most people still are honest. A boy about five just came up and started talking to me. I guess I just look like the friendly grandpa. Gas averages about $3.07 here in Oak Ridge. I found a place at $3.05. Driving down from Georgetown, Kentucky it was mostly cloudy and cool. They picked up a lot of rain from Ohio southward. We say some standing water in the fields in W. Ohio. The lady at the desk at the motel in Georgetown said she had over 3″ of rain in four days and the creeks were full. There were several places where small waterfalls were cascading down the rock cliffs on the side of I-75. I think the car thermometer is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Going from the lowest valley in SE Kentucky to the highest point on I-75 in NE Tennessee, the temperature dropped from 37 to 30. That was around 3 PM. The highest mountains were cold enough to get freezing rain (the day before we drove thru) and it was very cool to see the tops of the mountains glistening when the sun came out. We found a local radio station playing bluegrass and gospel Christmas songs. You should have heard the commercials. There was one for Moon Pies, another for fruit cakes and one where an excited woman proclaimed that this Saturday (THIS SATURDAY!) was the first day you could buy a whole hog for $335 – all cut up and “ready to feed ya yer meat ’til the end of winter!” They also have candy cigarettes here, like we could buy back in the 50s and 60s. We stopped at Renfro Valley to get a piece of fried apple pie and to say “hi” to Pumpkin the cat. A retired lady runs a gift shop in a real 100+ year old log cabin there. The cat’s always been there when we stop (usually twice a year) and it loves to follow you around and be petted. It was a stray they found there and it just craved attention. My sister here has 6 cats and 2 dogs, all rescued animals and she works to find homes for stray animals. It’s partly sunny and pleasant today…maybe mid 40s. You can see forever. I can easily see the wind turbines on a hill 15 miles to the north. They have holly bushes and trees here, with green leaves and red berries and the pansies (see pic.) will flower all winter (here in December the average highs are low 50s, average low in the low 30s). It’s my wife’s birthday today, so we’ll have a little celebration tonight.
They had another 5.3″ of snow at S. Ste Marie, where they have 9″ on the ground with 8″ on the ground at Newberry. There’s 5″ of snow cover at Lake City and 4″ at Houghton Lake (see Houghton Lake webcam). Here’s the snowman cam from near Gaylord, the webcam at Krupp’s Resort at Twin Lakes (the lake’s frozen over), and the reindeer cam. The temperature was -1 at Doe Lake in the U.P. this (Weds.) AM.