Start out at my house, the weather is fine and the weather report says fine, but

@writersedge (22579)
United States
November 14, 2009 12:51pm CST
then I drive half way to the next town and the fog starts out with 1 mile visability. Then a few miles down the road, 50 feet visual. Then one foot in front of me by the time I'm almost two the school. Happened two days in a row. The first day, I went by the turnoff to the school I was going to and ended up in the next town. Had to find a safe place to turn around and go back. The second day, I really, really watched to make sure that I didn't go by the turn off. All the while, the guy on the radio is saying, "Bright and sunny today with a high of 40 degrees. No clouds in the sky." Dang right they aren't in the sky, they're on the ground in Champlain, NY! So much for our wonderful doppler radar. Have you ever had weather that was supposed to be one way according to the radio and driving in something totally different? This is unusual for us, they will tell us about small isolated hail or sleet even. But the 10 miles of fog bank seems to have escaped them this week.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
14 Nov 09
I hate fog, and sometimes it seems to get past them - now since I live in a big city and we have numerous radio stations right near by, they do seem to actually look out a window once in a while
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Ha, ha. Yeah, one time it was raining all over NY State in the morning and the weather report was for rain to start mid-morning. Yet everyone where my husband worked (there were a thousand employees from all different directions), everyone was talking about the weather report that was going to be right about the time it quit raining. So yeah, that time they could have looked out the window and done better. The border towns, they can't seem them from the tv or radio stations, at least 24 miles away. But with all the expensive equipment they have, you would think they would know about fog.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
14 Nov 09
we have a local public radio station who will read the weather and then comment on how WRONG it is! He's kind of fun to listen to when he's commenting on it!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Nov 09
My Dad would have liked that. "And this morning's weather report is liquid sunshine. That's right folks, the news report says sunshine, so since it's raining, it must be liquid sunshine." My Dad would say stuff like that when he was alive.
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• United States
14 Nov 09
Hi, Edge! We're often told there's not a raindrop in sight, while driving in blinding storms! Early in the morning, the "patchy" fog they say is no bid deal can make it nearly impossible to see where we're going. I think they have something similar to a dart board, and when they throw the darts they tell us whatever it is that they land on, with no regard to actual conditions! LOL
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Ha, ha, Reminds me of a story. I was really into different Indian Tribes as a kid. So when I listened to the news, I heard, "Apache Fog," not a patchy fog. I thought, "Why are they naming that fog after a group of Indians? Are they blaming them for the fog or is this like huricanes where they name them?" I forget what that is called when one thing sounds like another and it's not a homonym because it's a phrase difference. Like people speaking in church must read distinctively, "The cross I bare" or it comes out, "The cross-eyed bear." Square Dance callers for Western Style Square Dancing have to be careful with the two calls, "Circle 8" and "Circulate," otherwise half the square will try to circle and the other half with try to form two columns and move two places.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
14 Nov 09
[b]The sky's the limit. This guy's the limit. Yeah, I like to collect those. Is there, perhaps, a name for that phenomenon? Maggiepie IMPEACH HIM![/b]
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Nov 09
I'm sure there is a name for it, I'm trying to think of it because I think I used to know. AAAHH menopause, thanks to it, my vocabulary is fleeting. Cobrateacher, oh great English Teacher [I'm K-6 El. Ed. subjects (a bit redundant, but that's NY State) and K-12 Reading], I defer to your abilities. It's not a Spoonerism, my brother's girlfriend does that. Every time you turn around she used a term for a term, but there is a brain wiring problem there somewhere, has got to be.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
17 Nov 09
Yes it happens in Missouri on a regular basis. Is hard to predict the weather in this part of the country. We have had temps drop 30, 40, 5o degrees or more in a short period of time. We're not quite to that part of the messy weather we have in Missouri but it will get here. Then the weather people will predict snow, no snow, snow and that goes on for a day or so before it snows. Makes me a nervous wreck if I have to drive in it.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Nov 09
This year, we've had those drops in temps, too. I was glad that I didn't have to drive any more in the fog than I did. Driving in snow isn't too bad as long as it doesn't get too deep before I get home and I can be driving in the country and not in the city. It's icy conditions that make me a wreck.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
17 Nov 09
The first snow we have here is a total disaster. People panic and drive like it's dry therefore causing accidents all over the place.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Nov 09
There, too? Goodness, my husband and I thought our area was the only one that had short memory spand idiots. Snow should = slow down, esp. the first snow. But it doesn't. Thank God for churches and businesses, I pull off the road at someplace plowed and let those fools go. Then I get back on the road and wait for the next fool or fools and look for another place to get off. Usually, if the drive is long enough, at some point, you see an accident somewhere down the road that I avoided by letting the lamebrains go ahead of me, same with my husband. After 5 or 6 accidents, people smarten up, but why does it take that every year?
@celticeagle (117169)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Nov 09
Happens all the time around here. A well used (atleast by me) saying is: If you don't like the weather just wait five minutes! We were to have snow Thursday night and it didn't happen until Friday. This happens quite often. We will have fog and inversion and black ice before too long. Ugh! I can hardly wait until Spring.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
16 Nov 09
I hate black ice. We seldom seemed to have that and now we seem to have it all the time.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
16 Nov 09
The change every few minutes, our weather forcasters call that the "mixed bag." When we hear that term, it's going to be changing all day long. We're between mountains and a lake as well as below Canada and above the rest of the USA. So every time the wind changes direction, if the weather effects are different in that direction, we have different weather. So sounds like your weather is very similar to ours.
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@celticeagle (117169)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Nov 09
Our panhandle is close to Canada and the adverse wheather they have at times as well as the Montana badlands.
@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Nov 09
In the county where I live there is one area that will have more of anything we have, like rain, snow, sleet, and will have fog, even on sunny days. It is actually a river valley. They called it Smoky Valley, in the Smokey Hills, and yes, sometimes they use the "e" and sometimes they do not.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Nov 09
So the river valley causes it. Maybe that's the problem with Champlain, but I've subbed there for years and this is the first time for me for this. But Champlain is a river valley/town combined. Interesting. Thanks for the insight.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
14 Nov 09
[b] Hasn't everyone? And these weather gurus use the same technology--which (forget predicting) can't even correctly report current weather--to use like a crystal ball to tell us we're going to have a scorching globe 20 to 50 years down the line! Oooo...I'm so scared... Maggiepie IMPEACH HIM![/b]
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Nov 09
If the weather warms up, we can save $ on clothes as long as the aligators, scorpions, maybe not.
@Foxfire1875 (2011)
16 Nov 09
I'm really used to crazy weather here in Edinburgh. It can be pouring with rain where I am and then 5 minutes walk sunny. I also never listen to weather forecasts as they are always wrong I just make sure I go out prepared with umbrella and coat just in case. The weather can also change really quickly and I despair of all those people who go climbing in scotland and end up lost as the mist comes down so quick and they are usually dressed in thin clothes as it was nice and warm when they set out.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Hi Foxfire, I like accurage weather reports for putting clothes on my clothesline and deciding how much time I will need to drive to work. So I kind of plan my day by it or at least try to.
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20 Nov 09
It's really difficult here as the weather is very changeable. It would be nice to know what the weather will do as I hate having to carry umbrellas and coats.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Nov 09
Yes, esp. on days where it's nice and doesn't rain.