Weather Journal

Written by Kim Knoth


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Day #1. February 24, 2006, 10:25 a.m.
One of the first sunny days of the year.

Day #1
Date: February 24, 2006 (Friday)
Time: 10:25 a.m.

This morning at 10:25 when I awoke there was not a single cloud in the sky. Today was one of the first days of the year that the sky was completely clear. Although the temperature was a still a mere 30 degrees or so the sun was shining and the sky was a bright blue. I stepped outside to take a few photos of the sky. I saw quite a few people already awake and outside enjoying the early spring. The weather influenced my mood as I am sure it influenced those people already up and about, so I took a few photos and went about enjoying the sunny sky.

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Day #2
Date: February 25, 2006 (Saturday)
Time: 3:36 p.m.

Today I woke up at 9:30 a.m. The sun was shining again, but my mood could not be influenced by it today... And I was on my way to the bank this morning... Upon leaving the bank this afternoon, I was in a slightly better mood. The sun was still out and the temperature was rising slightly. Although it was only expected to reach 36 degrees today. I decided to take advantage of the nice weather because as we Michiganders, Michiganians or whatever people who live in Michigan are called know; nice weather can soon change to crummy weather. Just as quick as crummy weather can change to pleasant weather. My boyfriend and I decided to take advantage of the weather by going for a hike. Although the sun was out and the temperature was rising the wind was blowing, and as we learned in class we have a protective layer of body heat surrounding us, and when the wind blows it feels much cooler because our protective layer of heat is being blown away. This is called the wind chill factor. So as we left for our hike at 1:00 p.m., we made sure to pick a heavily wooded area to help block the wind, minimizing the wind chill factor. We hiked through the woods on some trails and soon decided the trails were too boring and we made our own trails. We came to the edge of the forest and where there once was a golf course there now was a growing subdivision. We hiked for two hours or so and eventually found our way back to his truck. By this time the wind was dying down and the sun was becoming less and less direct. We drove home after ending another sunny day.

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Day #3
Date: February 26, 2006 (Sunday)
Time: 1:17 p.m.

As I woke up at 9:00 a.m. for church this morning, to my disappointment the sun was no longer shining. As all good things must come to an end, the sun was gone and the clouds had returned. The weather was cool as I reached church at 10:30 this morning and it was still cool as I returned to my boyfriend's truck at the end of the service. Around noon, I decided that I would take today and use it as a homework day because I did not feel much like being outside. I accomplished quite a bit of homework today, and I also used today to clean my apartment, so I guess not all bad comes from a cloudy cold day.

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Day #4: February 27, 12:18 p.m.
A cloudy February day in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Day #4
Date: February 27, 2006 (Monday)
Time: 12:18 p.m.

This afternoon as I woke from my slumber at the crack of noon I looked outside and like yesterday the sun was not shining, and on top of that the temperature had fallen over night. The sky was filled with clouds and the frozen ground as well as tree branches and the tops of bushes had a light dusting of snow covering them. I went about my day, and as I did so the snow slowly melted away, but the temperature and cloud cover remained the same. There were flurries on and off all day, but the snow did not stick to anything. This photo was taken this afternoon, but represents what the whole day looked like.

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Day #5
Date: February 28, 2006 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:03 p.m.

Alas! Today was a sunny day. Although the temperature was only 32 degrees according to the Drakes Party Store sign. The sun was warm and I actually drove with my car windows down to the post office today. Which by the way I was not aware until recently that the price of stamps went from 37 cents to 39 cents at the beginning of the year. I purchased my $7.80 book of stamps rather than my $7.40 book of stamps, and went on my way. I enjoyed my relaxing day and did not really do much now that I think about it. The weather was nice but other than taking a short walk today, I did not take advantage of the weather very much. I will share with you though that as I approached my apartment building’s parking lot around 11:00 p.m. this evening the strong aroma of skunk surrounded me settling deep within my nostrils. I thought, "Oh, Good. I can get inside and escape this fume." But to my surprise the smell was still strong in the stairwell as well as in the hallway. I figured once I got into my apartment I could escape the smell, but yet again to my surprise the smell was in my living room, as I occupy the first apartment. As I entered my room I was pleasantly surprised to find the smell of skunk no longer existed, but now I was introduced to a new smell: my roommates horrible coconut lime verbena body spray. I just can't win.

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Day #6. March 2, 2006, 12:32 p.m.
A cold March afternoon in Michigan.

Day #6
Date: March 2, 2006 (Thursday)
Time: 12:32 a.m.

I woke up at 11:00 or so this morning. I turned on the weather channel to see what the expected forecast was. Apparently the roads were pretty ice this morning, but by the time I woke up the temperature had reached a point where the ice began to melt. Freezing rain is forecasted for later this evening and most after school events are cancelled for area high schools. Currently the temperature is 30 degrees Fahrenheit and there is light snow. The photo to the left represents what this afternoon's weather was like. As the day progressed the snow melted, but the temperature remained cool. Throughout the day the temperature never exceeded 34 degrees, and the expected temperature for this evening and overnight leading into Friday morning is 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Day #7
Date: March 4, 2006 (Saturday)
Time: 5:49 p.m.

Today when I woke up in St. Johns, Michigan I stepped outside to see what the weather felt like. There was a light dusting of snow on the corn fields, but that had accumulated a few days ago. It felt cool, so I checked the weather and it said 36 degrees, but due to the wind chill it felt like 29 degrees. I left St. Johns around 3:00 p.m. to make my trip back to Kalamazoo. As I drove I noticed the snow was becoming less and less until it finally diminished near Battle Creek, Michigan. I also noticed the bright sunny sky in St. Johns was becoming partially cloudy as I drove back home. Once I arrived back at my apartment, I stepped out of my car to find a slight wind, partially cloudy skies and a cool temperature of 35 degrees, but to my delight there was no snow. As the evening progressed the temperature fell slightly and the wind picked up a bit, but for the most part it felt like the average early March evening.

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Day #8
Date: March 5th, 2006 (Sunday)
Time: 8:02 a.m.

I woke up at noon today and when I looked outside it was cloudy and looked similar to yesterday's weather. The temperature was near 40 degrees for most of the day. The temperature began to fall shortly before evening church service at 6:00 p.m. After service ended I walked to my car to find a light dusting of snow settled on it, and snow falling from the sky. I removed the snow from my car and made my way back to my apartment. On my way I drove past Drakes Party Store and looked at their sign. It said the temperature was currently 35 degrees at 7:13 p.m. I kept an eye on the weather for the remainder of the night, but not much change occurred. The temperature remained between 32 degrees and 35 degrees, and light snow showers continued throughout the evening. Around 9:00 p.m. the snow began to stick. It was a heavy, wet snow that continued accumulating throughout the night.

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Day #9. March 6, 2006, 10:11 a.m.
Snow covered trees and walk way.


Day #9. March 6, 2006, 10:14 a.m.
Snow covered vegetation.

Day #9
Date: March 6, 2006 (Monday)
Time: 9:47 p.m.

Today I woke up at 6:30 a.m. I began my first day of classes after spring break. On my way to my 8:00 a.m. class the weather took a drastic change from what it was like earlier in the week. The light snow that began to fall last night had settled on the ground, tree branches and roof tops as I made my way to class this morning. The temperature remained in the low 30s and high 20s for most of today. The skies were cloudy, but cleared up later in the evening. The top picture was taken around 10:00 a.m. after my 8:00 a.m. morning class. It was taken crossing the bridge located over Howard Street. You can see the snow covered walk way as well as cloudy skies and trees dusted with heavy snow. I also thought the second picture represented this afternoon's weather well, with the snow falling and settling on the trees and other vegetation. After making my way home and taking a short nap I started on my way to my noon class. The snow was wet and heavy and had began to melt due to the warm ground. The perfect consistency for a snowball fight. A few friends and I decided to take advantage of the perfect packing snow before it melted, so we had a brief snowball fight before my class. On my way to class the snow was still falling but it had let up slightly. Once my class ended around 2:00 p.m. the snow had stopped accumulating and there was about 3 inches on the ground. As the day went on the snow on the pavement and rooftops began to melt, but for the most part the snow on the ground stayed. As evening set in the sky became clear and some stars were visible, but the temperature still remained chilly throughout the evening.

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Day #10
Date: March 7, 2006 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:29 p.m.

Today at 8:15 a.m. when I checked the hour by hour forecast on my computer it seemed to be right on: weather.com forecasted sunny skies and a high temperature of 46 degrees for today. I looked outside and found blue clear skies. The sun was shining and that played a large role in melting the snow that had fallen yesterday. The reason the sun was able to melt the snow today turning yesterday's crisp clean snow into today's melting gray slushy conditions was because the sun angle changed. In December 2005, January 2006, and even early February of this year, the sun angle was not in a position on the earth’s surface that allowed the snow to melt. But now in early March due to the earth's rotation the sun angle is in a position on the earth's surface that allows for the melting of snow. As the day went on the temperature never reached 46 degrees, but the high was in the 40s Fahrenheit. Around 2 p.m. the temperature reached 41 degrees Fahrenheit. There was very little if any wind today, so the temperature did not seem too cold. As the day continued the skies became more and more cloud filled until around 4:30 p.m. when the skies were completely cloudy. The sun was trying its best to peak out, but with no luck. As the evening approached the temperature began to decrease. It reached a low of 29 degrees Fahrenheit and remained partly cloudy throughout the late evening hours.

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Day #11. March 8, 2006, 4:16 p.m.
A cloudy late afternoon in March.

Day #11
Date: March 8, 2006 (Wednesday)
Time: 11:34 a.m.

I woke up this morning to find most of the snow had melted. This created muddy wet conditions. As the day wore on the sun came out and the temperature began to rise. The temperature was 47 degrees Fahrenheit at around 11:30 this morning. It reached a high of 49 degrees Fahrenheit in the late afternoon. The temperature felt much warmer because my body is used to much cooler temperatures. The skies became mostly cloudy after 2:00 p.m. The picture above was taken just before 4:00 p.m. today. It represents what the weather looked like, but the photo is not a good representation of what the weather felt like. I think the photo makes the temperature of today look cooler than it really was. As evening set in rain was predicted, and light showers started around 9:30 p.m. Then as 10:30 p.m. approached a thunderstorm developed. I watched the lightning and rain for a little while before going to sleep. Around 2:00 a.m., I was woken up by a loud clap of thunder. But by 2:30 a.m. the storm finally died down.

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Day #12
Date: March 9, 2006
Time: 5:19 p.m.

As I stepped outside to walk to my first class at 9:00 a.m. this morning the rain from last night was still present. It was just drizzling, but the storm from the previous night made for a damp dreary morning. The sky was overcast, but the temperature was expected to reach 58 degrees Fahrenheit this afternoon. The current temperature at 10:07 a.m. is 55 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a nice change from the cool weather we have been experiencing. Around 1:00 p.m. today the temperature reached 59 degrees Fahrenheit, exceeding the predicted high around 3:00 p.m. The temperature cooled off to 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The rain was on and off all day. But I do not think the weather was too terrible compared to the snow and cool temperatures that are normal for this time of year. As the night went on rain showers continued and the temperature gradually fell.

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Day #13
Date: March 10, 2006
Time: 9:55 a.m.

Today as I woke up around 9:30 a.m. the temperature was 39 degrees Fahrenheit. It had cooled off a little bit over night due to the rain. The skies were cloudy, but are expected to become partly sunny later in the day. As this afternoon went on the temperature rose slightly, but never reached 48 degrees Fahrenheit. The evening was relatively calm with winds from the west-southwest at 10 miles per hour for most of the evening, and mostly clear skies with just a few clouds present. Around 9:30 p.m. the temperature reached the low for this evening of 37 degrees Fahrenheit. The skies remained clear all night and there was very little wind, so the temperature of 37 degrees Fahrenheit felt like 37 degrees Fahrenheit because there was no wind chill to make the temperature feel colder.