Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Only 26F (-3C) today and at lunch time there was an hour of this wet snow/ice, which set in more steadily later in the afternoon. Xavi will be very disappointed he missed it, although not much accumulation except on surfaces like car windshields.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
in NYC this hour its 0 deg C, -6C in the wind, with a wintry mix of rain, ice and snow. They chose the right time to leave. Glad they arrived safely.
Posted by monica/paul at 8:34 PM
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hi! We believe it's hot and Christmassy in Sydney. Very cold here but no snow, although there is a storm tracking up the Appalachians that could bring some wet snow on Tuesday. Here we are this morning on the East River ferry coming back from a coffeee and egg and bacon roll at Toby's Estate in Williamsburg. It was 3 deg C, and -1 in the wind. Then this afternoon we went to the Lord & Taylor flagship store near Bryant Park for their Christmas window display, replete with fake snow. Xavi was fooled.
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Friday, December 21, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The unspeakably shocking incident last week has really inflamed the gun control debate. The Vice President Joe Biden (who is a fantastic straight shooter and probably single handedly salvaged Obama's campaign with his debate performance) has been put in control. This You Tube clip from 2007. shows there is some sanity in this country after all....
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Where has a year and half gone?? He went to the pediatrician today for his well baby check, and got a great bill of health - weight stabilized at 10kg as expected, on 30th percentile, 70% for height (32 inches), and head circumference 93%. Achieving all his milestones. Good news for him is there was a Hepatitis A shot today, then no more until he turns 4. "Il signorino" will be back in Sydney very soon - here's a sneak preview!
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
We are having another spell of mild weather with above average temperatures for December and no sign of snow at least until New Year's Eve, much to Xavi's chagrin. He forlornly says "snow?", "snowman?" each morning when he looks out the window. But it looks like we only have climate change in the USA, when you compare our weather with Milan (I guess they are well inland). http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/us/climate-change-threatens-ski-industrys-livelihood.html?hpw NEWBURY, N.H. — Helena Williams had a great day of skiing here at Mount Sunapee shortly after the resort opened at the end of November, but when she came back the next day, the temperatures had warmed and turned patches of the trails from white to brown. “It’s worrisome for the start of the season,” said Ms. Williams, 18, a member of the ski team at nearby Colby-Sawyer College. “The winter is obviously having issues deciding whether it wants to be cold or warm.” Her angst is well founded. Memories linger of last winter, when meager snowfall and unseasonably warm weather kept many skiers off the slopes. It was the fourth-warmest winter on record since 1896, forcing half the nation’s ski areas to open late and almost half to close early. Whether this winter turns out to be warm or cold, scientists say that climate change means the long-term outlook for skiers everywhere is bleak. The threat of global warming hangs over almost every resort, from Sugarloaf in Maine to Squaw Valley in California. As temperatures rise, analysts predict that scores of the nation’s ski centers, especially those at lower elevations and latitudes, will eventually vanish. Under certain warming forecasts, more than half of the 103 ski resorts in the Northeast will not be able to maintain a 100-day season by 2039, according to a study to be published next year by Daniel Scott, director of the Interdisciplinary Center on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. By then, no ski area in Connecticut or Massachusetts is likely to be economically viable, Mr. Scott said. Only 7 of 18 resorts in New Hampshire and 8 of 14 in Maine will be. New York’s 36 ski areas, most of them in the western part of the state, will have shrunk to 9.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Xavi wasn't too impressed by Santa when we went to get his photo taken at Bloomingdale's - needed a lot of encouragment. Also freaked out by the giant snowman when we went to buy a Christmas tree today, although he likes the tree once we got it home and decorated it. Maybe he'd be happier if we try celebrating Hannukah next year :)
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Sunday, November 25, 2012
"I lost how much???" Just got to walk up our street and there the great man is!
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Friday, November 23, 2012
Had a nice sunny day this year, and the fall colours are really peaking in the Park. Maximum got up to 10 or 11. Like 3 million others (and 50 million at home on TV), we went over to watch the Macy's Parade (Xavi's 1st), the "official" start to the holiday season. Xavi liked the spectacle, though doesn't recognize any of the characters. In the evening we went to our friends the Fogarty's (expat Aussies who took the plunge and became US citizens this year) for Thanksgiving Dinner. They have a fabulous apartment overlooking the East River and the turkey was very tasty.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Obama may have been re-elected overnight but more bad weather is the larger topic of conversation in this Democrat stronghold. Too bad if your home is still without power and/or flooded. The commute will be a nightmare. FYI, a nor'easter is a macro-scale storm along the East Coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada which gets its name from the direction the wind is coming from. This type of storm has characteristics similar to a hurricane, being a low-pressure area whose winds rotate onto land from the northeast. The precipitation pattern is similar to that of other extratropical storms. Nor'easters can cause severe coastal flooding, coastal erosion, hurricane force winds or blizzard conditions; these conditions are usually accompanied with very heavy snow or rain, depending on when the storm occurs. Nor'easters can occur at any time of the year but are known mostly for their presence in the winter season. Nor'easters can be devastating and damaging. We have been told to bring our furniture in off the terrace again. In the winter months, nor'easters bring extremely cold air down from the Arctic air mass. Nor'easters thrive on the converging air masses; that is, the polar cold air mass and the warmer oceanic air over the Gulf Stream. Current conditions (5pm): wintry mix of snow, rain and sleet, 0 deg C, wind chill -3 deg C, wind speed 25 km/h, baromertic pressure 1011.
Posted by monica/paul at 5:47 PM
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Thanks to Xavi, we have gotten into the Halloween thing a little bit more this year. But as you can see he isn't that into it, he doesn't like scary scenes and we did not go trick or treating. But we did go to the kiddie's Halloween party & parade at Bleecker St playground on Sunday and then the Halloween party today in our building. He did look cute in his Robin outfit, which we borrowed off a neighbor.