Really quick trip to Phoenix underway. I’m giving a paper and chairing a session at a conference tomorrow and then back to HSV Wednesday morning.
I got a convertible rental cheaper than a compact. Score.
Big ass fountain and awesome park. Score.
If anyone is interested in autographed copies of my presentation, “Integrated Localized Cooling using Piezoelectrically-Driven Synthetic Jets” … Yeah I didn’t think so.
Four hours to assemble and the top drawer won’t close.
Snow last week. Tornados tonight.
It’s 68 degrees now. I am wearing a jacket because this morning it was cold. Last week we got 5 inches of snow. Possibility of tornados later this week.
For those who asked, he is stuck in the hotel another night but this time he isn’t sharing with Wayne. I find this unfortunate for my entertainment value but good for him.
The latest European models show 10-15” for us next week, but those models are most likely inaccurate. I’m totally cool with that much snow as long as we have time to prepare.
We don’t have enough salt or sand trucks for anything but the major overpasses and I don’t know anyone that has snow tires. Plus what usually happens is the snow melts on the road and refreezes leaving a layer of ice on everything.
What happened in Birmingham yesterday was the forecast was wrong. People were being told to expect nothing, then it starting coming down and you had a rush of people at 10am trying to pick up kids, get home, etc. My facebook is filled with people sleeping in their cars, school or workplace. This makes me want to order a futon for the office. You know, solely for disaster preparedness…
Yesterday we were under a Fire warning (while it was snowing). Today it’s a red flag warning. Which to me means “don’t go in the ocean”.
So this is what happens when it snows in Alabama. Huntsville didn’t really get anything, but Birmingham got a couple of inches.. and the forecast was for less than an inch. I know people that are sleeping at work or had to abandon their cars and walk, and people (like Patrick) sharing hotel rooms with strangers. Atlanta is just as bad but they had a little more warning. The roads are covered with ice.
Back to black day 2. It’s not that bad.
16 degrees (feels like 2) + snow flurries and we are under a fire weather watch?
There is a taco truck in front of my office.