Hello Spring Tuesday, Apr 27 2021 

Spring

the awakening                        

of tulips in bloom.

the morning hymn

of doves in chorus,

the light, fragrant whiff      

of bright hyacinths,

the gentle caress

of fresh, warm breezes

the vibrant colors

of young life anew.

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God is Love

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Tornado Season Monday, Apr 8 2013 

Tornado season is upon us, and although there are people who are intrigued by these violent rotating columns of air, most of us hope never to experience one up close.

Tornadoes may strike without any warning, but some of the signs that indicate the possibility of a tornado are a dark, often greenish sky; large hail; large, dark, low-lying clouds, particularly if they are rotating; and a loud roar like a freight train.

A tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible. You should listen closely to instructions by local emergency management officials.

A tornado warning indicates that weather radar sighted a tornado and you should seek shelter immediately. This shelter is preferably away from windows and in a basement. If this is not possible, look for an inside space protected from falling and blowing debris. Residents of mobile homes are advised to go to a nearby shelter facility, if time permits. It’s also advisable to designate a place to meet family members in the event you are separated.

Tornadoes are very unpredictable but here are a few averages of interest:

  • The U.S. typically has about 1,200 tornadoes every year.
  • Peak season for the Midwest is late spring through early summer.
  • The average speed of a tornado is 30 mph.
  • Most tornadoes move southwest to northeast.
  • Tornadoes typically occur between 3 and 9 p.m.

For more information, go to:

http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/tornadoes/

©2013, Mary K. Doyle

Nothing to Sneeze About Monday, Apr 1 2013 

The sneezing has started. The long-awaited hope and beauty of spring may appear late in coming to the Midwest, but I already feel it is in full swing.

According to my Zyrtec ap, tree pollen is at medium level. Flowering trees are beginning to bloom and they are some of the worst offenders of allergies. Their pollen carries in the wind for miles.

Here are a few precautions to help lessen the effects of outdoor allergens:

  • Avoid parking under trees.
  • Cover up with a light jacket and slacks to keep pollen off of your skin.
  • Wash your hair, face, hands, and any exposed skin after being outside.
  • Remain indoors on days you feel particularly affected.
  • Talk to your doctor about allergy medications.
  • Try rinsing your nose with a neti pot. Many find it helpful, but it is recommended to use distilled or boiled and cooled water with it to avoid tap water that may contain bacteria.
  • Dust and vacuum your home often to remove airborne allergens.
  • Don’t plant shrubs, trees, and plants close to your home.
  • When you are really uncomfortable, consider relocating for a day or two.

©2013 Mary K. Doyle

Summer in the Spring Saturday, Mar 17 2012 

March is typically rainy and dreary in the Midwest. We make the best of it by getting together with friends and family, readying the yard for spring plantings, and moving our heavy winter clothes to the back of the closet. We also celebrate any chance we can. Perhaps this is one reason why we love St. Patrick’s Day. In Chicago there are two St. Patrick Day parades; one on the North Side and one on the South.

But this March is unlike most. It’s actually 80 degrees and sunny today. The kids are out playing and the barbecues are smoking. No need to escape to a Florida beach this spring break.

There are some who worry about the ulterior motive behind such a gift. Will the weather progressively heat up roasting us by June? Will it suddenly turn cold again, killing off the early buds? And the bugs are already out. Will we be totally infested long before we usually bring out the fly swatter and insect repellent?

I’ve decided not to dwell on such thoughts. Today is a glorious day, and I’m going to enjoy it.

©Mary K. Doyle

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