Check. Col Maybury (with the coolest job title ever), space reporter from the Maitland Mercury in Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, noticed my Venus -Jet photo on spaceweather.com and emailed me for permission to use it in his Sky Watch column . The column was published today and Mr. Maybury sent a scan of it.
One of my other resolutions was to have the first bird sighting of the year among the folks in the southeast Michigan birding community. At 10 minutes after midnight I was on my outside round at work and spotted a Mallard swimming in the 40 degree water. Check. Oops, it seems Paul Cypher stepped out of a New Years celebration at the Fort St. Brewery at 12:06 AM and saw a Robin fly by, possibly spooked by fireworks. He blogged about it on his website http://birdsbrewsandblither.blogspot.com/ . Paul, you win this year but remember I work midnights at Ducks on Demand.
In the morning I got a photo of the Mallard after half an inch of snow accumulated on its back.
Everyone nods in agreement at the statement "People forget how to drive when it snows", but if you ask the right questions you'll find that it has two exact opposite meanings to two different type of people. In meaning one, the emphasis is on 'how to drive when it snows' and people who forget 'how to drive when it snows' don't drive cautiously. In the second interpretation the emphasis is on 'People forget how to drive'. This version is spoken by the folks who complain that it took forever to get somewhere because everyone was driving too slow. Because they 'forgot how to drive'. Exact same words two completely different meetings.
Which meaning do I subscribe to? Put it this way, I never saw a car spin out because it was driving too cautiously but yesterday I did see a driver spin out because he forgot how to drive when it snows.
Last night I bought a new indoor/outdoor weather station. My wife set it up and here is what it looked like during this morning's cold weather.