Friday, February 10, 2006

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Finally, the Mid-Atlantic gets a storm they have long deserved, and if all goes as planned, even Richmond, NYC and Boston will get into the act. Thus, I am naming this Big Kahuna # 1 for the 2005-06 winter. Let me just issue my storm grade forecast for accumulations and leave it at that for now. From south to north...

Richmond, VA: 4 / Charlottesville, VA: 7 / Martinsburg, WV: 8
Baltimore, MD (BWI): 6 / Dundalk, MD: 5 / Towson: 4 / Elkton, MD: 4
Malvern, PA: 7 / Philadelphia, PA: 8 / Bucks Co, PA: 7 / State College, PA: 1
Ocean City, NJ: 10 / Rutgers Univ: 8
Central Park, NYC: 11 / Hartford, CT: 12 / Providence, RI: 13 / Boston, Logan Apt: 11
Woburn, MA: 14

I may add or update these numbers Saturday morning.

It is nice to see that a forecast I made some 15 days ago is coming to fruition, even if it was short on details. I realize that many viewers have long given up on checking this site because of the persistent lack of posts, so thank you to the both of you, whomever you are...for continuing to check back from time to time. I'm sure those of you who do check are tired of the apologies and just want to see a forecast. I knew that adding a child to one's family might slow me down at home, but it has had the effect of virtually halting all efforts to interact with the outside world once we go into the 4PM to 10PM realm. I know many of you are parents or have worked with youth extensively and have been through all of this so much you could even design a website and offer parenting advice. But nowadays, with a wonderful little baby girl clinging to my shoulder gazing into my eyes, it is just about impossible to do much else at home in the evenings aside from caring for and spending time with my three ladies. I have been skeptical of this storm since the beginning, and am still for several reasons, but I don't have the brainpower to explain it all right now.

So here's my solution, which seems to be working thus far:

1. I have limited time in the early AM to actually write a post, all I can do is review my maps and data at home on the high speed line. When I used to post, from 6-6:30 to 6:45 am last year is now the time I am with my first daughter getting her breakfast and ready for daycare, so I have to be off the computer by 6:00 AM.

2. When I get to school, I usually have a few minutes during my email checks of my planning period, which I am blessed to have first period. This enables me to do all of my computer work, grading, lesson planning, copies and other crisis management tasks before students walk in. This is also my most productive time of the day and when I can most quickly write a forecast.

3. Here's where you come in. I send out the forecasts on an email distribution list (just started doing this the week of Feb 7 so it is new). I am embarrassed to say we haven't checked our HOME email account in days.. too busy with family. But I check school email at least 10 times a day. If you or anyone you know wants to get an instant update that is not going to be blocked by a filter (as blogspot and typepad are), then do this:

SEND A REQUEST TO ME AT: that you want your name and address added to the distribution list. I can do it in a flash and then we'll always be connected. I promise that you and your emails will not be ignored or overlooked. What you can't do is start corresponding with me on school email, as that will slow down my ability to focus on my job and could be interpreted by the school as personal use for which I can be penalized. My administration appears supportive of this approach and the email updates I send are right to the point.
I will continue trying to post to this site, and unfortunately I may let the typepad site go for now until summer. But if you don't add yourself to the email list, you may never see an update again! If this site goes silent for long periods of time, it means that family responsibilites have bumped everything to the bottom of the list, and forecasting is usually the first to go.

So I hope I can win you back with the email idea, and we'll try to resurrect the special community we once had going on here. Enjoy the storm and I'll post again soon when I can. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Mr. Foot

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

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(or rather, feeding, burping, changing diapers...)

Trying to post a forecast while feeding an infant and typing with one hand.
More details after the children are asleep.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS OF ADDING BABY TO THE FAMILY MEANS THAT WEBSITE POSTS WILL ONLY OCCUR WHEN THERE IS STRONG POTENTIAL OF A SIGNIFICANT STORM EVENT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. My normal evening forecast activities have been usurped by the needs cute little bundle of waving legs and arms known as Kaselyn. Until Mrs. Foot and I get a handle on how to handle getting the two of them in bed on time, do not expect any regular updates on this site UNLESS there is a major storm brewing.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and thoughtful emails of late.

Sincerely, Mr. Foot