Thursday, December 30, 2010

Weather Beacon...

We are having a bit of a heat wave around here. Yesterday it was 37 degrees and today it is supposed to be in the low 40's. Consequently the snow, it is a melting fast. Much to Zack's dismay, might I add.

Last night when he got out of the car he looked at the ground and he said in his most sad four year old voice, Mom... why can I see the grass? Why is the snow melting? That isn't even fair!!

Then this morning, while Jim was getting him ready to get in the shower he mentioned to him that it had not gotten below freezing last night and that even more of the snow had melted. He didn't believe him and demanded to be held up to the window. So Jim picked him up and out of his mouth squeaked the most pathetic.... "Why??"

You would have thought that the world was ending. His favorite song right now is frosty the snow man and in his words... there isn't even enough to build a snow man and that is not even fair!! (I have a feeling this could become a catch phrase in our house.)

On my way to work this morning, I was looking for the weather beacon to get an idea of what to expect today.

In Des Moines there is a weather beacon. It is basically a tall tower with colored lights that is supposed to give you a quick glance at what the weather will be. When I was little I learned a poem about it:

Weather beacon red, warmer weather ahead
Weather beacon white, colder weather in sight
Weather beacon green, no change is foreseen
Weather beacon flashing, precipitation is on the way

I know... the last line just kills the whole rhyming thing. Don't judge, I didn't make it up, I just recited it.

Anyhow, as I looked for the weather beacon this morning I noticed something strange. The tower was dark. The tower is NEVER dark....

Apparently this weather has the weather beacon all confused too. Perhaps it just gave up and will turn back on when the weather drops back to what it's supposed to be again. :-)


kbreints said...

I learned that rhyme when I was little too-- though I did not live in Des Moines, my mom grew up here and used to say that little rhyme all the time. But when she was little she added, weather beacon down, tornado came through town.

Kelly said...

I think you are right with the poor weather beacon being confused...I think it ended up being 65 yesterday, and now freezing rain, and people sliding all over!

I always look for the weather beacons direction when I haven't watched the news...it's usually right.

Anonymous said...

To restore your faith in rhymes..I believe it is weather beacon flashing night or day, precipitation is on the way

Anonymous said...

Yep, it's "weather beacon blinking night or day, precipitation is on the way."

Adam and Rikki said...

Its, "weather beacon flashing day or night, precipitation is In site"

Adam and Rikki said...

Its, "weather beacon flashing day or night, precipitation is In site"