HURRICANE CHARLEY SLAMS FLORIDA - ON THE STEPS OF BONNIE. DOUBLE DISASTER.
Hurricane Charley devastated Florida on Friday with winds gusting over 170 miles per hour. Dozens of people are believed to be dead, hundreds are still missing.
This is the worst hurricane to hit Florida since the 1960s. It is believed that this hurricane WILL go down as more damaging than even hurricane Andrew.
Damage could top over 20 BILLION DOLLARS.
I said two weeks ago that hurricane season was about to EXPLODE. It has.
Three storms and three hits on the United States.
RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES CONTINUE ACROSS THE TRI-STATE AREA. PADUCAH HAS REGISTERED RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES INTO THE FORTIES!
I have never seen temperatures this cold during the month of August in this region. Especially the number of chilly nights. Very impressive.
The Summer of Record Cool Temperatures Continues...
Just returning from Birmingham, Alabama. I left for Alabama on Thursday and just got back in.
I will post a couple of photos later tonight.
Kristy and Jason are doing great down there.
Brett and one of his new workers (Neal) had lunch with us on Friday.
Went to a Nora Jones concert on Friday Night, with Kristy. :) We had a great time, the concert went by really fast though. The weather was actually chilly! :P Can you imagine...chilly in Alabama - in August!!!!
I think summer is pretty much over for this area, there will still be a few more hot days buttttttt I think this cool weather is going to continue moving in from the north. A couple of warm days, then cool again! Seems to be the theme of the summer.
Grandmother fell and broke her shoulder on
Thursday. She was taken to the hospital.
We should know more tomorrow, Monday.
We are leaving for Louisville on Thursday, for
mothers surgery - for her cancer. The surgery will be on Friday. So with all of that
said a busy week ahead.
I took some other photos but they did not turn out.
Grandmother is about the same today. She will have to go to the nursing home for about 2 weeks. This will help her to get her strength back. This will also help us because we will be in Louisville with mother. She is hanging in there though.
Tuesday, Chaos :)
Ok we are at stage 5 of complete and utter meltdown here. :) Just the place I love to be. :) I think perhaps I should go watch the sunset tonight, that might help :)
The Weather Library is coming along, dozens and
dozens of books, newspapers, and magazines on weather disasters.
Everything from the 1800s till the present day.
Grandmother is doing a little better. She will be released tomorrow, but will go into a rehab center for about two weeks.
Another meteor over Chicago, this makes the third of
fourth large one this year.
Published August 17, 2004 - WGN News
They're called bolides--flaming meteors that race across the sky at tremendous speed and explode. They aren't terribly common. Yet, such a meteor caught the attention of many around 1 a.m. Monday as it streaked above the Chicago area, initiating a sonic boom. The bolide was observed by an air traffic controller at O'Hare and by the pilots of incoming aircraft, according to FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory. Ground-based observers called police in Park Ridge, Norridge and Chicago to report the event. Area astronomers suggested the fiery meteor may have been part of the annual Perseids display, which peaked a week ago. But, it may also have been a piece of earthbound space junk or a "sporadic"--a single isolated meteor--added astronomer Dan Joyce, who says bolides can travel at speeds up to 150,000 m.p.h. 50-60 miles above earth, but slow and heat up as they enter the denser lower atmosphere.
GRANDMOTHER PHOTOS COMING SHORTLY :)
She will be in the nursing home for a couple of
weeks, to help her recover better.
So all in all grandmother is doing a little bit better. She has a long road ahead of her, I am afraid. We are going to try and do everything possible to get her up and running again :) She is a trooper.
Thursday, August 18th
OK, well today is the big day, we head for Louisville to take my mother for her surgery. I will be leaving with her and staying with her up there - until next week.
Deena and Dione will be coming up later tonight and will be staying until Sunday Night or Monday.
Grandmother is in good hands at the Nursing Home, with a sitter.
I have someone staying at my house while I am away to keep things in order there.
So all in all a busy few days ahead here, keep us
in your prayers. :)
OK packing up here...dealing with hospital drama. :) lI swear America needs some kind of health care program that helps people that don't have insurance. It is terrible. A country that can't even take care of their own people. Disgraceful.
6 p.m. arrived in Louisville safe and sound.
Friday, August 19th
Mother will have surgery today around 10 a.m. I will try and update the web page later this evening.
Grandmother had a fever yesterday evening when we called to check on her, so her infection might not be gone. We will call early this morning for an update. We have sitters with her though, so she is in good hands at the nursing home.
Going to rain here all day and back home as well it would appear. We need the rain so that is good news :) Cooler weather is on the way...again. We warm up a few days then another cold front arrives!
Lots going on...
Friday Night - 10 p.m.
Mother came out of surgery around 1 p.m. She was in the recovery room for two hours and then they put her in a regular room.
Her hospital address is
Baptist East Hospital
The surgery went well, she is in a lot of pain though. There were
no surprises during the surgery. We will know a lot more on Tuesday and
Wednesday as to future treatment.
Grandmother is doing ok down in Paducah. Jeremy, John and a few others went to visit her today. We did receive good reports from them.
Saturday, August 21st
Storms and rain moved through here last night, right ahead of ANOTHER cold front!!!! This has been a beautiful summer! I have never seen so many cold fronts during June, July, and August!
We are all headed out to the hospital now, so I will post some more updates later this evening.
Hope everyone else out there is doing ok.
She walked this afternoon...a bit shaky but she made it :)
It is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL day here in Louisville, temps are in the 70s. Just amazing weather, again. :)
Mother was sick tonight. She was having a hard time sleeping, they
gave her a sleeping pill and some more pain medicine. She is worn out.
Sunday, August 22nd
:) Beautiful day here in Louisville, the girls have gone to the hospital. I am staying here to fill out my immigration papers for Canada. My visa will expire on 9/11.
I will be heading to the hospital in a few hours.
Grandmother is doing better today.
Deena and Dione are back home, they made it safe and sound.
Mother is improving, she was able to walk around today.
Monday, August 23rd
Things are moving along up here in Louisville. Mother is slowly improving.
Will post a picture or two in a few hours, heading out to eat right now. Then back to the hospital for a bit.
Hey I tried...
So all in all not bad, perhaps the doctor will let her go home on Wednesday. That is the current plan at least! :)
So while mother was eating her hospital food we decided to go out to the river and eat dinner.
Raining here in Louisville this morning. BIG rains down in Illinois yesterday, 3-5 inches in some locations.
Watch the tropics again this coming week, we could see several hurricanes forming. Frances is the next one. This could be a large hurricane in a few days.
Canadians who have spent the summer asking where summer has gone, new satellite
observations show we're not alone.
Mother will be going home tomorrow. Mother will be staying at my house for awhile.