April 12th Big Wind Day

If you have ever experienced a hurricane or tornado you have experienced a big wind. These are not often a very pleasant thing to go through. Big winds are always destructive, when I lived in Illinois I remember seeing the destruction the tornadoes brought to the farms there and now living in Florida, it’s the hurricanes. Both are bad, I am not sure which is worse. The Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire measured a wind that set the record on April 12th, 1934 of 231 mph. Now that’s a big wind! I am not sure exactly how you celebrate a big wind. Most are something you don’t really want to celebrate unless it’s having survived one.

How to celebrate – Celebrate not having a Big Wind! Get your kites ready. Botl down anything you leave outside.

January 22nd National Come In From The Cold Day

There are so many things to do in the cold, snowy weather… skiing, sledding,skating, building snowmen… but one of the best things is coming in from the cold to a nice warm fire and maybe a cup of hot cocoa.


No matter how warm you dress yourself, no matter how many layers of clothing you put on the cold always seems to find a way in. You can even get worse sun burns from the snow than you can in the middle of summer on the beach.


No matter how much fun you are having snow, like sand, seems to get everywhere and of course, when it starts to melt, it turns into water. As that water starts to cool again, it gets really, really cold and then what was fun gets to be suffering.


And sometimes you get caught doing everyday things when a snow storm hits. You could be at work, shopping or even out to visit friends. You have that long walk to the car, bus or train in icy conditions no one wants to be out in. But there is hope!


Sitting in front of a roaring fireplace, drinking a hot cup of cocoa, and being with heart-warming friends make it all worth while.  It almost makes it worth going out just so you can go back in.

How to celebrate – When you get cold enough outside just thinking about what you’ll do when you go in is warming! Make sure you have a warm fire going for those coming to visit you. Always have cocoa, coffee or tea on ready, ready to warm up those who need it… coming in from the cold.

December 3rd Skywarn Recognition Day

The first Saturday in December is Skywarn Recognition Day. This year that happens to be December 3rd. It’s something that touches us all and most of us don’t even know it existed.


All across the United States amateur radio operators participate in an early warning system to let others know what they see in the sky and the weather that might be expected to follow. It is vital that this communication takes place, so important that the National Weather Service relies on these operators to keep them informed of what is coming, and in some cases, what has happened.


They call themselves the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and are very proud of the information they send along the way, and well they should be. They are Public Service Volunteers, an army of men and women that do all they can to let others know what they might be in for, weather wise, and send out warns about hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, fire, high winds, anything that might threaten someone else. They often are in the middle of the storm themselves, transmitting as long as they have the power to do so.


If you would like to know more about them or possibly find out how you can help you can contact them via this site. Though the operators have been around for years they were not celebrated until 1999 when the National Weather Service created the day of recognition. We owe them more than you can begin to imagine, they should be thanked and celebrated by everyone.

How to celebrate – See if you can become one of the Operators yourself! Find out if anyone you know is one of the operators and thank them for their service. Contact N.O.A.A. to see what else you might do for them.