March 14, 2010

At the Absence of Photographs Café...

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... I hope you can satisfy your expressive urges. We came to New York City for the weekend, and I had visions of traipsing around taking lots of interesting photographs, but it's been pouring rain here:
A combination of driving winds and intense rains left nearly half a million customers without power, was blamed for three deaths, and created serious obstacles to traveling distances both short and long around the New York metropolitan area on Saturday.

Gusts of more than 60 miles per hour also fanned a severe fire that destroyed historic homes on the Jersey Shore and knocked buildings to the ground.

The drenching came after a period of temperate relief from a winter marked by several blizzards dubbed “snowmaggedons.” But a different type of biblical reckoning came to mind as the National Weather Service predicted that at least two to four inches of rain would fall before the end of Sunday and had the area on a flood watch.
Ah, well. Back to Madison.

48 comments:

AllenS said...

According to the Mayan calendar, we're all supposed to die December 21, 2012. I wonder what the weather will be like that day.

rhhardin said...

Ohio dog looks east to see if the rain has an end.

Jeff with one 'f' said...

Some great exhibits at the ICP:

http://www.icp.org/site/c.dnJGKJNsFqG/b.732135/k.D880/Museum.htm

lucid said...

This is record-setting rain here--non-stop and very heavy for days. Still continuing, though a bit lighter at the moment. Definitely ad ay for NYC interiors.

But no nice shots out the window?

vet66 said...

Makes one wonder if the Goreacle has milked all the money he can from climate alarmism? Can we blame el nino and la nina for the demise of AGW?

Junk science is the hallmark of democrats - Gore, Edwards, Boxer, Waxman, et al, as they bombard society with the latest designer bogey man du jour.

traditionalguy said...

There is no place like home.

dbp said...

Hopefully you can get out: My flight yesterday from Puerto Rico was diverted from Newark to Boston.

Johanna Lapp said...

It only rains on weekends in NYC -- it's like Camelot in reverse. It'll be sunny and 59 degrees Tuesday through Friday here.

ricpic said...

According to the Mayan calendar, we're all supposed to die December 21, 2012.

Just made a note to myself to launder my underwear on the 20th.

El Pollo Real said...

Water vapor being the ultimate greenhouse gas, more rain is actually consistent with AGW, or any kind of GW for that matter. Cooling off mechanism and all.

El Pollo Real said...

Living in California, and knowing which way the wind blows, youse guys are in for much more rain for a while.

El Pollo Real said...

@Althouse: Photographs you couldn't take are not as sad as photographs you took but then failed to keep hold of somehow.

wv: "eurness" cute dat

El Pollo Real said...

And sorry for the incorrect use of the ol' gerund-didn't mean to obfuscate! ;)

wv= "evermort" (quoting the maven)

Almost Ali said...

Spend the day at the Metropolitan.

F said...

My family and i lived in Douala, Cameroun for 2 years. Douala gets about 160" of rain a year, mostly in July and August. The first year we were there it started raining 24/7 the last day of July and stopped September 3rd (my daughter's birthday). Now THAT's rain. Of course people who live in Douala expect it and NY does not. I blame Bush. F

Lem said...

Let us take refuge with president Obama's message at times of trouble and pain.

Its Bush's fault.

cumulus gorebus said...

Good men through the ages tryin' to find the broiling sun
And I wonder still wonder who'll stop the wet stuff

HKatz said...

That's part of the magic of NYC. It subverts your expectations.

Scott said...

Welcome to my stomping grounds, Ann and Meade. I'm getting cabin fever from this stupid rain. Boyfriend is off doing stuff in Brooklyn today. I can't decide if I want to work on music, or read, or go out to Jersey Gardens Mall and hang out with the hoi polloi. At eny rate, enjoy your ill-timed stay.

Scott said...

Oh, if you have the time today: Good cheap Japanese grub made by real Japanese people at Ennju Cafe, 20 E 17th Street off of Union Square, between 5th Ave & Broadway.

Lem said...

I seem to remember something of a pledge that before a vote the health care bill would be up on line for people to examine.

Do democrats intend to keep their promise.. or is this baby so ugly they are not going to let anybody see it?

HT said...

There's that accursed NYT again. Love. Hate. Eyeballs.

Jason (the commenter) said...

Would it have killed Althouse to take a picture of some pie?

chuck b. said...

Everyone's been to NYC. Have you thought about a weekend in Savannah? You'll need to pick up a couple extra SD cards.

raptros-v76 said...

The rain also made flying into New York impossible yesterday. Tried to get home for spring break yesterday, and every flight to the northeast got cancelled. I like it here in Austin, but I'd like to go home for a bit.

victoria said...

It's going to be 75 here today, and sunny. 82 tomorrow.

Vicki from Pasadena

El Pollo Real said...

It's going to be 75 here today, and sunny. 82 tomorrow.

You have spoken too early. That time is not yet. That glorious weather is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the plains and Eastern seaboard. Lightning and thunder require time; the light of the stars requires time; good weather, like good deeds, though done, still requires time to be seen and heard. This weather is still more distant from them than most distant stars--and yet they have done it themselves.

ALP said...

I grew up in western NY State...in and around the R.O.C.

Now I live in the southern end of Puget Sound.

The difference in rain between the two regions is dramatic. Puget Sound provides endless gentle rain. NYS provides more dramatic rain.

I miss watching dramatic thunderstorms while sitting on the shore of Lake Ontario. Nothing like a good bolt of lightening over a Great Lake!

Titus said...

Your salary is in the Wisconsin State Journal today Althouse.
For some reason I thought you made more than that and I am a little disappointed.

AllenS is hot.

bagoh20 said...

"Ah, well. Back to Madison. "

Here in L.A., we are forecast for a week of beautiful sunny 70 degree days, peaking at 80 on Tuesday.

California is a beautiful state in those aspects out of the reach of the government. The state budget on the other hand is forecast to be well below zero for the foreseeable future - a man-made financial ice age. I'm planning to pursue my bliss going Gault in the most beautiful state in the union as it returns to the bronze age.

Big Mike said...

When you get back to Madison can you give us a clue as to what's going on in your senate race? Realclearpolitics displays Wisconsin in the royal blue of "likely Democrat," Rasmussen shows Thompson leading by 5 percentage points, and now Glenn Reynolds links to a poll that has Thompson ahead by 12 points -- and over the 51% mark that essentially assures election.

I realize that it's a lo-o-o-ng way to November, but I'm a little confused -- has Thompson even formally entered the race? I was under the impression that he hasn't.

ironrailsironweights said...

Gusts of more than 60 miles per hour also fanned a severe fire that destroyed historic homes on the Jersey Shore

How awful, think of all the displaced Guidos!

Peter

kentuckyliz said...

Titus, you post that provocative tidbit and don't provide the link?

Naughty boy.

Tres apropos - the document is called the Redbook. More than just the school color, reflects the commie politics of the People's Republic of Wisconsin.

My very bright niece wants to go to Wisco for undergraduate.

kentuckyliz said...

Dang! Close to $16k per month, for 9 or 10 months per year? Nice gig if you can get it.

Ann Althouse said...

"Your salary is in the Wisconsin State Journal today Althouse."

Remember, that's a 9 month salary.

Lem said...

The MLB minimum salary for the 2009 season was $400,000.

They play baseball for about 9 months if you count spring training and the playoffs.

Big Mike said...

@Lem, it's harder to hit a big league curve ball than to teach a classroom full of L-1s.

Or is it? Suddenly I'm not so sure.

Lem said...

"Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer."

Ted Williams

Trooper York said...

I love running around like a chicken with it's head cut off.

Ted Williams

MamaM said...

Regarding salaries: fabulousness is subjective, so is disappointment.

Kirby Olson said...

The state bird of NY state is the bluebird.

The state bird of Wisconsin is the robin.

The state flower of NY state is the rose.

Can anyone name the state flower of Wisconsin?

MadisonMan said...

Thompson is not in the race. Favre has not yet re-un-retired. Both things will be the subject of much speculation.

Q: Which North American Country had its warmest and driest winter this year?

A: Canada!

MadisonMan said...

State Flower: I thought it was the violet, but wasn't sure. I looked it up. I was right!

bagoh20 said...

State flower: The Wood Violet (Titus disgusticus)

virgil xenophon said...

But the good perfessers salary doesn't incl medical or pension bennies--so Ann baby isn't doing half bad--especially considering tenure (no job loss risk) and all the on-site cultural/athletic bennies a college campus brings--not to mention outside speakers, concerts, art exhibits, etc., which come stumbling thru. And as someone raised on a college campus as a child of college professors, I should know...

MadisonMan said...

Monday after Springing ahead is a killer.

Freeman Hunt said...

Monday after Springing ahead is a killer.

Nap-taking three year olds agree.

MadisonMan said...

It takes my dog a week to adjust his schedule. But it's worse in the Fall, when he's ready to go out an hour too early.