Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not February 5 History National Weatherpersons' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—February 5, 2015 Trust your Thursday is off to a great start. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote by Robert T. Ryan,  with a smile on your face, enjoying with some friends a chocolate fondue, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event like Valentines’ Day soon approaching, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.  You need only contact me for details.
       1. National Weatherpersons’ Day—honoring the contributions of persons who try and in many cases fail to predict the weather.
       2. Western Monarch Day—declared by the State of California on this day in 2004 to commemorate the migration of the Monarch Butterfly to California to spend the winter here, traveling over 100 miles a day—amazing animal.
       3. 2005 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 2005 as part of a 9 week run Let Me Love You  by Mario, a hip hop African-American singer.
       4. National Chocolate Fondue Day—great tasty way to fight the cold of winter.   
       5. Hammer Day—celebrating not that great tool to pound nails but the birthday on this day in 1934 of Hank Aaron aka the Hammer who with non steroid help hit 755 home runs in his career to break Babe Ruth’s record.  
On this day in
     a. 1917 in a less than stellar moment Congress over President Wilson’s veto passed the Immigration Act of 1917 banning immigration from almost all of south and southeast Asia.
     b. 1958 in another Cold War oops moment a B-47 collided in mid air with a F-86 fighter and had to jettison its hydrogen bomb off of Tybee Island near  Savannah, Georgia. Fortunately the bomb did not detonate but was never recovered.  
     c. 1976 the first cases of Swine Flu were announced.
     d. 1997 in a civil trial O.J. Simpson currently serving time in a Nevada prison was found guilty of murdering Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson.           
Reflections on weather forecasting: “Imagine a rotating sphere that is 8,000 miles in diameter, with a bumpy surface, surrounded by a 25-mile-deep mixture of different gases whose concentrations vary both spatially and over time, and heated, along with its surrounding gases, by a nuclear reactor 93 million miles away. Imagine also that this sphere is revolving around the nuclear reactor and that some locations are heated more during parts of the revolution. And imagine that this mixture of gases receives continually inputs from the surface below, generally calmly but sometimes through violent and highly localized injections. Then, imagine that after watching the gaseous mixture you are expected to predict its state at one location on the sphere one, two, or more days into the future. This is essentially the task encountered day by day by a weather forecaster.”  Robert T. Ryan noted broadcast meteorologist
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