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    How About That Weather, Huh? 2020 Edition

    Boy, talk about a storm yesterday!
    We had what was called a derencho, which is wide-spread wind damage event caused by severe thunderstorms. The line of storms which raced through the Go City area was over 200 miles long. According to the NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, the derecho tracked about 770 miles in 14 hours (this one got its start in southeast South Dakota and eastern Nebraska during the morning). It hit us out in the western suburbs about 3 PM Central time. We had a burst of strong winds, about 67 MPH according to the news on TV, accompanied by driving rain. After about 15-20 minutes the wind subsided somewhat, but it was still blowing strongly as the rain continued. It finally moved out of the area, going out over Lake Michigan and into northwestern Indiana, but not before causing some damage and knocking down power lines throughout the area. We still don't have electricity in our neighborhood; the only reason I'm on-line right now is because we have a natural gas-powered generator that automatically kicks in during a power failure. And the earliest Commonwealth Edison says power could be restored to our area is 3 PM Friday the 15th! So we'll just have to put up with listening to the generator running right outside our windows for the next four days.
    We were lucky - no damage to our house; and the power outage was caused by a tree falling & taking down a power line a quarter mile east of where we live. So it's more of an inconvenience to us than anything else. Other folks around here weren't so fortunate. There were news reports of folks in the city whose cars were crushed by falling trees, and I saw some news clips of trees that had landed on houses as well as falling across streets and blocking them.
    But at least the humidity's been reduced - enough that we could switch off the AC last night (after the storm had passed through) and open up the windows.

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    Wow, TWD. That's intense. Fortunately, it's been very quiet here in DFW area. Just hot.....
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    Yeah, the power came back on for us at 9:30 yesterday morning, so our generator is now silent once again. And it's so nice to look out the windows at night, and see lights on in other houses and the streetlights glowing. On Monday and Tuesday nights, the only illumination for our neighborhood was from the moon after it rose late each night.
    But the heat is building back up in Go City once more, so we have the house buttoned up and the A/C switched on. I'm going to do my weekly grocery shopping tomorrow instead of Saturday since it'll be 90 then.

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    I lost my A/C yesterday. Just stopped cooling completely. Finally got a technician out today. It looks like the valves in the compressor failed. Bummer. But the system is the original one that came with the house, and it's 24 years old. So I can't really complain too much. My choices are going to be replace the compressor, replace the entire outside unit, or replace the entire system. The technician will call back with the pricing tomorrow. In the meantime, it's 90 degrees in the house and I've got three fans going on me. It's going to be hard to sleep......
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    Rainy and cool here today.

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    Mostly sunny and nice here in Go City right now. High temp's supposed to be only in the low 80's, so we have the A/C switched off and all the windows open. Getting a nice breeze in through the windows, too. But by the weekend, we'll have the A/C back on since it'll be in the low 90's then (just in time for when I go grocery shopping on Saturday...).

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    We had some thunderstorms move through the area about 6 AM local time. I know, because I was awakened by a prolonged clap of thunder. After going to the bathroom & checking the open windows for rain coming in, I went back to bed for a while. It's stopped raining now, and the sun's playing hide-and-seek in the clouds. The Weather Channel website says we could get more rain here around 8 PM.

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    Rained over night, got fairly warm and after tomorrow it is supposed to cool off around the Arch

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    Typical Florida weather--hot during the day with occasional evening thunder-boomers. We won't see cool weather until about the last week in October--first week in November.

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    We've had an early cooldown up here in Go City. Thunderstorms last night & rain showers throughout the day have lowered the temps into the mid-60's, where they'll stay through the end of the week. And what with the sun setting earlier now that September's here, the overcast skies seem even more gloomy than usual.

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