Blizzard of 2010 
This past Wednesday, we had out first true blizzard in ages. After getting significant snowfalls on December 18-19th, February 5-6th, and February 9-10th, the winter of 2009-2010 will be one of our snowiest in years.

For the first major snowstorm back in December, I had quite an adventure which left me and my car spun out into the median on a major US highway because I had two final exams on that Saturday morning. Also, my grandfather had a heart attack that day shoveling snow. He was left in the hospital for nearly two weeks.

The next major storm, which was just a week ago, had me racing home from school on a Friday afternoon in order to make it home before the snow started accumulating on the ground. I made it home at 4:30, right when the first flakes started laying on the side streets.

And the latest storm, a true blizzard, just happened a few short days ago. It started snowing on Tuesday afternoon, at about 4:30 again, and didn't stop snowing until about 4:30 the next day. By 1:30 on Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening classes were canceled, and at around 8:00 Tuesday night, classes for Wednesday were canceled (my first snow day since an ice storm in 2008). At about 4:00 pm Wednesday afternoon, they canceled classes for Thursday, because many of the roads in the area were simply impassable. On Thursday night, I had the pleasure of digging my car out of about 20" of new snow. Myself, and two others got it out from the snow in about an hour.

The forecast is calling for more snow on Monday into Tuesday, my roommate and I are taking his truck back to school instead of my car. Many of the side streets are still in very poor condition. On my drive home today, I had to be detoured around the side streets of a small town, and the streets were barely wide enough for two cars to pass.

I really hope spring comes soon...

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Hot, hot, hot 
Well, we may be off to our first heat wave of 2008, in June nonetheless. Both the National Weather Service and The Weather Channel are predicting high temperatures in the 90s on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.



Needless to say, I'm not looking forward to these very extreme temperatures because I have to work on three of the five days when temperatures are forecast to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If the past few days of 80-some degree temperatures are any indication, I'll be needing to drink lots of water, and will probably come home drenched in sweat. Oh well, at least I'll be making money while I'm doing it...

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Nice Day 
The weather today was absolutely fabulous. There as a nice westerly breeze bringing in warm air, and combining that with fair to clear skies, we officially hit 72 degrees at the airport today. The warm temperatures combined with trees blooming, was the first real "spring-like" we've had this year. I'm speculating that the nice weather was why so few people showed up to both my music and math classes today...

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Snow Day 
Well for the first time this year, the university is closed for the day due to inclement weather. With a combination of snow, sleet, and freezing rain falling, I can see why they decided to close. I had checked the school's website around 7am, and noticed that it still said classes start at 10am, but then my roommate was notified around 8:30 that the university was closed for the day, thus meaning no classes. I'm happy about this because I was scheduled to have an exam in my Global Environment class, but now the exam will have to be pushed back to Monday, giving me two extra days to study.

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Lunar Eclipse 
So did anyone go out and watch the total lunar eclipse that occurred tonight? I stood outside for nearly 40 minutes watching it, snapping a few photos, and shooting about seven minutes of video. I finally came inside after my hands and feet became numb from the 20F weather.

Here's one of the better photos I managed to capture of the eclipse:



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