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Hibernation Open Thread

I won’t share the temperature range we experienced today for fear of being pelted with ice-encased snowballs by commenters living through polar vortex conditions. But by our standards, it’s chilly. Maybe that’s why this lazy fellow was reluctant to get out of bed this morning:

We don’t put clothing on our dogs. Maybe in some climates, it’s necessary. But I’ve always thought it would injure the dignity of an animal to clothe it.

Now I’m rethinking that. Perhaps my scorn for pet dress-up was due to the fact that, until recently, I’ve always had largish dogs. Daisy doesn’t seem cold in the least, but poor little Badger really does act like he needs a sweater.

Open thread!

A Little Florence Music

So here’s a bit of Florence + The Machine.

Everybody in North and South Carolina stay safe!

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Not Sure If This Is Penetration At All Levels Or Getting Schlonged? Florida Weather Edition!

That’s one well endowed weather map if you know what I mean. And I think you do…

Here’s the rundown from Earther, but to be honest, I was just looking for an excuse to post the strangely suggestive weather map tweet…

We’re still a few weeks out from the official start of hurricane season, but tropical cyclones don’t care much for regulation. That’s why there’s a small chance one could spin up off the Florida Panhandle this week.

A large, low pressure area filled with clouds and thunderstorms has developed across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, and it’s marching slowly northward toward the west coast of Florida. As it moves across warm Gulf waters and gathers strength over the next 48 hours, it has about a 30 percent chance of getting organized into a cyclone.

Over the next five days, those odds rise to 40 percent, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather Underground meteorologist Bob Henson told Earther that in all likelihood, any cyclone that does form would be classified a tropical or subtropical depression, with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less. But, he added, there’s a “small chance” of a named tropical or subtropical storm, one featuring wind speeds of 39—73 mph.

“I wouldn’t rule it out, it’s just on the lower side of the probabilities,” Henson said, noting that water temperatures are a bit marginal right now.

Regardless of how fierce the storm gets, Floridians are going to feel it. The entire Florida Peninsula could be in for heavy rainfall this week, with eastern Florida around Kennedy Space Center expected to see up to seven inches of precipitation. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing—central and South Florida are coming off a particularly dry dry season, with more than 30 percent of the state in moderate to severe drought as of May 8.

Stay dry!

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Mid To Late Evening Open Thread: The Crossdressing Attorneys Of Arendelle To The Rescue!

(Sort of) Queen Elsa to the rescue!

You’d expect to see this type of thing in Florida, not Boston, if Florida had blizzards.

Also, Crossdressing Attorneys would be the name of my neo-punk cover band if I had any musical aptitude whatsoever.


Stay frosty!

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This Is Only a Test

So, this morning, I’m having my coffee, catching up on the Snarkosphere, etc., when I notice an alert on my iPhone screen:

Never heard of a tsunami hitting the west coast of Florida, but shit, the world quit making sense a while back, so maybe? I clicked through to the Accuweather app, which had the little red exclamation point and the same message on the app screen: tsunami warning for my (low-lying, coastal) area.

I mentally reviewed the location of my husband and daughter (higher ground, both, insofar as there IS higher ground on this accursed peninsula) and started figuring out how to single-handedly catch and crate the chickens and then drag the dog and a crate of chickens up to the roof. Or perhaps chance fleeing in my car with the dog and chickens in the cabin with me? Neither seemed a good option.

But before putting either plan into action, I figured I’d better go straight to the horse’s mouth and make sure this warning wasn’t some Accuweather fuckery and that the U.S. National Weather Service was really predicting a tsunami right here in Cockroach Acres. Turns out, nah:

I appreciate getting severe weather alerts when an actual threat exists, just as I’m sure the folks in Hawaii are glad there’s a way to alert them of incoming ballistic missiles. But maybe we need to take a step back and rethink how these alerts are disseminated.

In Hawaii, perhaps it shouldn’t be possible for one person to fuck up and push the wrong button and send the population into a panic. And maybe the National Weather Service should work more closely with the weather apps that are authorized to push NWS alerts to make sure “this is a test” is part of the alert message when testing the system. Just saying.

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