May 14th, 2011 at 4:22 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
The atmosphere remains unsettled, which means rain will be possible for Sunday into the first part of the week, at least.
May 13th, 2011 at 10:34 am by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
This afternoon will find an increase in the chance for rain. The temperature will remain warm. From Sunday through Tuesday, there will be a chance for rain and cooler.
May 12th, 2011 at 4:28 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather
This is the time of year when we really start to notice those bothersome bugs, mosquitoes, gnats, flies, ants and all sorts of other bugs that fly or crawl around and disturb us. This year, we’re being warned to expect a higher than average number of ‘stink bugs’. Bugs tend to come out in the evening and darkness hours. Most of them don’t like bright light. To combat these pests, you may want to use bug spray, make sure any standing water on your property is removed (if possible), dump out trash can lids and old tires. These are places where bugs like to hang out until they launch their attacks on humankind. So do what you can on your own property to help keep the bug population down. Otherwise, you’ll be in for a very buggy summer. (more…)
May 8th, 2011 at 4:32 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
Our rainy pattern continues with an increasing chance for rain by Monday afternoon into Monday night.
May 7th, 2011 at 3:55 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
Mother’s Day is shaping up very nicely. We’ll look for sunshine and a high of 74 degrees. Mom deserves that, doesn’t she?
May 5th, 2011 at 11:23 am by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, WTHI Blog
If you get up before dawn, you’re in for a real treat. Just look to the east any morning and look at the breathtaking view of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, plus Uranus and Neptune if you have a small telescope. Planetary alignments have sometimes been though to bring on good luck or bad luck, depending on your point of view. Personally, I just enjoy the rare view. So, if you’re up before dawn, gaze east and look for six planets of our solar system. It’s a great view and also a good opportunity for amateur photographers. Enjoy! Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope.
May 4th, 2011 at 3:20 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, WTHI Blog
With news of levee failures near Lawrenceville and Prairieton, as well as in Daivess County, there is renewed debate on the role levees play in flood control. Just recently, the Army Corps of Engineers blew a levee along the Mississippi to save the little town of Cairo from disastrous flooding.
The purpose of a levee is to artificially control flooding rivers and big streams. Some are agricultural levees, built mainly of earth. These levees typically protect farmland from flooding. Urban levees are constructed to protect towns and other financial interests such as malls and housing developments. These levees can be earthen, concrete or steel.
The debate stems from the question of whether levees serve a useful purpose or whether the rivers should be allowed to flood naturally. It is, by the way, this natural flooding that helped create the rich farmland we find along the rivers. While levees do help control flooding, a levee failure can lead to even more catastrophic damage. Perhaps this is because, people with interests along the levees feel a sense of security, which can be false.
I’ll leave it up to you as to whether you think levees are a good idea or not. Perhaps the words of Mark Twain can be of help. (The Mississippi) “cannot be tamed, curbed or confined…you cannot bars its path with an obstruction which it will not tear down, dance over and laugh at. The Mississippi River will always have its own way, no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise.”
May 1st, 2011 at 4:35 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
It appears May is picking up where April left off. Rain! The threat for rain isn’t as great as is was last week, but any rain at this point is certainly unwelcome. Perhaps the latter part od May will bring us sunshine and drying conditions!
April 30th, 2011 at 4:34 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
Another front is moving toward us, and that will bring us the possibility of rain and gusty wind. Scattered thunderstorms are possible. Between midnight Saturday and Monday midnight, we could get another inch of rain or so.
April 28th, 2011 at 10:33 am by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
After days and days of rain, we can look forward to Friday and Saturday as being rain-free. There will be another chance for rain on Saturday night, so be prepared for that. Local flooding will continue due to the continued threat for rain this weekend.