Friday, July 22, 2011

77 degrees at 6 o'clock

"The heat wave continues today, though it will not be as dangerously hot as it was yesterday. An exceptionally mild start to the day, with overnight lows only bottoming out near 80! This afternoon, we'll climb into the low 90s with some humidity still in the air. Another dry, sunny day. Partly cloudy tonight with overnight lows in the upper 60s.

A hot start to the weekend, with highs on Saturday approaching 90 degrees. Cooler by Sunday, with highs in the mid 80s. Both days are expected to be dry with a mix of sunshine and clouds.

A cold front arrives late Monday into Tuesday with widespread thunderstorms. Temperatures settle back into the 80s for the middle of next week. The heat may return again by the end of next week."

Yesterday, at 4:00, in Hanover.

4:15, on Main Street.

The paving crew must have been as glad that most of the work on Berrill Avenue has been completed as are motorists, who are turning the street into the village's newest speedway!

Benefiting most of the heat? Corn!


Were it not for my self-imposed rule against publishing photographs of children, I could have taken dozens of pictures, yesterday, of youngsters - and even some grownups! - running through sprinklers and splashing in wading pools! Perhaps today I'll stop and join them!




January 21.


Have a good weekend, everyone, and

KEEP as COOL as you can!



The air-conditioned Waterville Public Library
is open today

from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m

Next Tuesday's Travel Movie: "Into the Wild."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

"We're Havin' a Heat Wave"

It's Garbage Day

72 degrees at 6 o'clock.

From WKTV; "An excessive heat warning has been issued for Oneida and Madison Counties for 12-8PM Thursday. A heat advisory is in effect for Herkimer, Chenango and Otsego Counties.

The hottest day of the year, and possibly the past several years today. Hazy, hot, and humid, with high in the mid 90s. Combining the heat and humidity (the heat index), it will feel like 100°+ this afternoon across the urbanized areas. Check below for current heat index values. An isolated thunderstorm is possible this afternoon too.

Muggy tonight, with overnight lows only in the upper 60s. Another hot day tomorrow, with highs near or over 90.

A hot start to the weekend, with highs on Saturday approaching 90 degrees. Cooler by Sunday, with highs in the mid 80s.

A cold front arrives late Monday into Tuesday with widespread thunderstorms. Temperatures settle back into the 80s for the middle of next week. The heat may return again by the end of next week."



The old "WICKS" thermometer on my back porch nearly reached the 100-degree mark, but it was definitely cooler out in the countryside beneath an old maple tree on Sally Road where there was even a nice breeze.

The alpacas at the Timlake-Tilbe "menagerie" south of the village and those at Rancho Cerritos north on Route 12 have all been sheared!

Hay, in bales or rolls, lie in fields all around the countryside.....

........ or ride down roads on their way to the barn.

Coneflowers bloom in meadows .............

............... and pink Joe Pye Weed and purple Vervain in wet ditches.

The village seemed to be sleeping, and although there were a great many vehicles around the park, there seemed to be very little activity except at the cold drink tent!




  • Stay inside in air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have an air conditioner, use movie theaters, malls, libraries and other public places that are cool. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Drink plenty of water – do not wait until you are thirsty. Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar because they will dehydrate you.
  • Eat light meals. Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
  • Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. The same advice is good for adults too.
  • Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours and stay in the shade when possible. Try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours when it is cooler.
  • Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car.
  • Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area. Bring your pet indoors where it is cooler when you can.


Open Thursday from 2 - 8 p.m.

Special Event on Friday

Storyteller Robin Bady!
11am | Ages 3-8

Come play pretend with Robin as she tells stories, sings and plays her guitar. You're sure to have a fun time!




As the "Heat Advisory / Warning Map" above seems to indicate,
I'm going to "head for the hills."

Monday, July 18, 2011

R. I. P. Daniel Rockwell



We're having a "warm spell."

Today is Garbage Day

and it's 70 degrees at 7 o'clock.

(The blogger is running very late, today, because it took 16 innings - five hours and 44 minutes - for the Redsox to win last night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays 1 - 0.)




Click image for current radar.

WKTV's forecast: 'Warm, humid, and unsettled today. A cold front dropping in from the northwest will bring with it the chance for thunderstorms today. The first round arrives this morning between 8-10am. A chance for additional storms later this afternoon. High temperatures in the lower 80s. Muggy tonight with lows only in the upper 60s. Less humid but still warm Tuesday with a return to sunshine. The high humidity and hot temperatures come back starting Wednesday. High temperatures Thursday and Friday approach 90 degrees or better. Hot weather stays in the forecast through the weekend.


Luellyn C. "Lou" Pierson, North Brookfield

1933 - 2011


It was super-warm over the weekend, so I opted to keep cool and not battle crowds and traffic and parking uptown at "Field Days" events. In fact, I plan on continuing that routine for the next several days. Back on Thursday.

Until then, here are some "Things to do."


Fresh Sweet Corn is now available to Mosher's, east of Bouckville! (Get there early!)

More Fresh Sweet Corn coming to Savicki's on Wednesday.





"Travel Movie Series" continues at the

Waterville Public Library at 6:00 p.m.


(Click the image for more information about "Outsourced.")




11:00 - 7:00

followed by

Favorite Oldies

sung for you by Joe Falk and the Historical Choraleers
with special guest Mary Beth Sigmund.



"Save the Date"


Aug 13 from 9-2



Jody Hildreth

whose photograph, "Nesting Ruby-throated Humingbirds,"
was named Overall Winner
in the Environmental Defense Fund's Summer Photo Contest.


8:44 a.m.

Thunder and lightning.

But we surely do need the rain!

Have a great day, everyone!