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Monday, October 19, 2009

Close Call

I wake up this morning to the phone ringing. It's an unknown (860) number which means, it's work calling. Great. I would rather hear my fog-horn of an alarm clock then wake up to a work-related call. I thought for a second about ignoring it. Why are they interupting my sleep? But I answered anyway, trying to sound as awake as possible.

"Hello?"

"Hi Rachel, it's Ken Margolfo." I have no idea why my assignment editor still feels the need to tell me his last name.

"What's up?" I asked, still trying to sound as awake as possible. My alarm was set for 8:30 AM but most "adults" wake up earlier than this...Or so I'm told.

"I'm just trying to find out when you're coming into work." Ken asked concerned.

"10:00 AM...my usual time," I replied. I was supposed to do the FOX61 Midday News for Joe Furey but an hour preparation would be more than enough time.

"Yeah, it's 10:20..." Ken probably heard my heart beating through the phone. I hung up, brushed my teeth, and threw on the nearest business suit. Reaching for my glasses, they snap in half...icing on the cake because guess what? I walked out with them anyway. (Please note: no mention of brushing my hair, because there was no time for that) Thankfully I did the weather the night before and there were no major changes to the forecast. I got in at 10:35 PM, did my makeup, set up the show and was live by 11. By the end of the midday news, I was only awake an hour. AWESOME. Better than coffee!

Here's the funniest part...even though I didn't shower and I probably smell. Even though my hair is crinkled and gross, even though I am wearing broken glasses... everyone ends up noticing (and laughing) at my socks before anything else. My wicked witch socks are a result of getting dressed in 3 minutes. Sorry.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Semptember Stats

For my fellow weather geeks: Here are the monthly statistics for last month. It's really October? Time to bring out the sweaters and scarves! I LOVE fall. Below average rainfall last month is already causing the leaves to change in color. It should be a beautiful display this year. Here is the DEP fall foliage report. It's a little early but you can use it in the coming weeks.

Warmest Temperature: 84 on 9/5
Coolest Temperature: 38 on 9/20

Avg. Maximum Temperature: 73.5, 0.8 degrees BELOW normal

Avg. Minimum Temperature: 50.7, 1.4 degrees BELOW normal

Avg. Temperature:
62.1, 1.1 BELOW normal

Precipitation: 1.78”, 2.35” BELOW normal

Number of Days with Fair skies: 6
Number of Days with partly cloudy skies: 16
Number of Days cloudy: 8

Number of Days with a T-Storm: 0
Number of Days with Heavy Rain: 1
Number of Days with Rain: 4
Number of Days with Light Rain: 5
Number of Days with fog: 11
Number of Days with Haze: 1
Highest wind gust: 31 mph