Spring 2006

Spring 2006 is officially over...this is the archived version of our Season 2006 Activities.....

Spring 2006 is officially over....this is the archived version of our Season 2006 activities....

Well, as you know, spring is here in Omaha can have many, varied weather patterns. It is not unusual to have snow, we always have lots of rain and then there's the odd tornados or three. Plus, to tell the truth, the temperatures can be up and down like a yo-yo. To put it mildly, the temperature can be very interesting.

So, in keeping with previous years, we were asking several questions for Spring 2006 in Omaha.

  • Will we get snow in spring [i.e. when will the last snow fall]??? Answer....luckily, the last snow for the year was on the first day of Spring...go figure!!!!!

  • How much rain will we have this season???? Answer....Not enough....it's been a long, hot Spring which does not bode well for Summer!!!

  • How many tornados will we have this season??? Answer....luckily, only two!!!

  • What will the highest temperature be (i.e., when can we start wearing shorts again)???  Answer.....See below!!!!

  • What will the lowest temperature for the season be (i.e., how long will we have to keep our winter coats out)??? Answer...See below!!!

  • How long will the war with Iraq take????? Answer...It's going on with no sign of ending anytime soon. Thus far, over 2,500 US Military Personnel have paid the ultimate price for Bush's folly!!!

  • When do we start attacking North Korea??? Answer...No yet. But, the North Koreans are starting to feel lonely again, so they've started to rattle the sabers again!!!!

All these questions, and many others, will be answered before the end of spring.

So, what's on the agenda for the Burton's in spring 2006....By the way, we're handling photos differently this year. Instead of loading them onto one single page, we'll be using hyperlinks to individual new pages. This is to improve site performance by reducing the load time soft reach page. A full seasons worth of photos takes forever to load. Hopefully, this will help people with slower connections!!!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Start of Spring...yippee....we've survived winter.

And so, Spring 2006 has now started....in with sunshine, out with snow and freezing temperatures. But, with Omaha, you can never really be sure what the weather is going to do!!! And 2006 was no different.....our welcome to spring was a monster snow storm which dumped 11-12" of the white stuff on us. Well, actually, Lisa was the one that it impacted as the webmaster was in Valparaiso, IN, and managed to avoid all the snow. But, at least Lisa did get two consecutive snow days out of it. What a way to welcome in Spring 2006!!!

By the time the webmaster got home the following Friday [3/24], this was all that was left of the snow storm....

And so begins Spring 2006....

Monday, March 27 - Wednesday March 29, 2006:Paducah, Kentucky

At 2:30pm on Monday, March 27, the webmaster left Omaha for a two day "new staff orientation" meting in Paducah, Kentucky, where CSI has their corporate headquarters. What makes this entire trip, and the seminar, a little bit of a joke, as the webmaster has now been at CSI for two years, and they're only now just sending him on a "new staff orientation" seminar.

Anyway, getting to Paducah was relatively straight forward. However, getting back to Omaha basically involved the webmaster bouncing around a good portion of the Midwest. See the following maps for details.

 

 

Paducah is, to put it mildly, very interesting. It's in the middle of the bible belt and has not voted for anyone left of Attila the Hun since the civil war. It's also an economically relatively poor area that is still recovering from the end of the cold war and the collapse of the American manufacturing industry. But, it's on the banks of a major river [the Ohio], so it's a relatively pretty, albeit sleepy, little town. Here are some photos of Paducah...

And so, after two days of putting faces to names, it was time for the webmaster to head home to Omaha....after a six hour sojourn to actually get from Paducah back to Omaha. And, Spring 2006 rolls on....

Thursday, March 30, 2006: Storms

Of course, spring in Omaha would not be spring without the threat of tornadoes. And, this year, they came early!!!! On Thursday, March 30, we had three tornado warnings in the space of forty five minutes, with one confirmed touch down. It was a particularly nasty storm system, as illustrated by the following radar map..

For those of you interested, the tornado which hit Omaha as a result of this storm was classified as an F0, or a "weak tornado". Mind you, the webmaster still has trouble coping with the concept of a "weak" tornado.  But, the classification of a tornado is determined by the amount of damage it causes, and it's strength is assigned according to the Fujita Tornado Scale:

F-Scale Number

Intensity Phrase

Wind Speed

Type of Damage Done

F0

Gale tornado

40-72 mph

Some damage to chimneys; breaks branches off trees; pushes over shallow-rooted trees; damages sign boards.

F1

Moderate tornado

73-112 mph

The lower limit is the beginning of hurricane wind speed; peels surface off roofs; mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned; moving autos pushed off the roads; attached garages may be destroyed.

F2

Significant tornado

113-157 mph

Considerable damage. Roofs torn off frame houses; mobile homes demolished; boxcars pushed over; large trees snapped or uprooted; light object missiles generated.

F3

Severe tornado

158-206 mph

Roof and some walls torn off well constructed houses; trains overturned; most trees in forest uprooted

F4

Devastating tornado

207-260 mph

Well-constructed houses leveled; structures with weak foundations blown off some distance; cars thrown and large missiles generated.

F5

Incredible tornado

261-318 mph

Strong frame houses lifted off foundations and carried considerable distances to disintegrate; automobile sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 meters; trees debarked; steel reinforced concrete structures badly damaged

F6

Inconceivable tornado

319-379 mph

These winds are very unlikely. The small area of damage they might produce would probably not be recognizable along with the mess produced by F4 and F5 wind that would surround the F6 winds. Missiles, such as cars and refrigerators would do serious secondary damage that could not be directly identified as F6 damage. If this level is ever achieved, evidence for it might only be found in some manner of ground swirl pattern, for it may never be identifiable through engineering studies

Anyway, that's the weather lesson for today. While the tornado warnings on Thursday may have been the first for Spring 2006, they sure as heck won't be the last!!!

Friday, March 31 - Friday April 7, 2006: Spring Break

This was Lisa's first real break for the year, and man did she deserve it....

Lisa spent the week essentially reading, sleeping and watching her soaps. While the webmaster was in Omaha for the week, he was so busy that we didn't really get to see too much of each other during the day. But, that's the price of being able to work from home. It's also what happens at this time of year in the IT Industry...the release of Spring Mandates!!!!

Unfortunately, with the coming of spring means the start of lawn mowing....the webmaster attempted to put it off as long as possible, but had to break down and cut the grass for the first time this year. There's now no stopping until November...darn it!!!! As with our usual practice, here are the obligatory photos of the signs of spring. Also, the photos of the front of the house are important....in the next few weeks we are having the whole front landscape changed. This is our "home maintenance" project for the year!!!!

During the week, we also had to do some work on Lisa's laptop to bring it up-to-date with both the operating system and applications. This of course caused chaos in the office.....

The other thing we got done during the week was booking the tickets for our Australia trip later this year. We leave on Saturday, July 8 to arrive in Melbourne July 10.

Alas, with the booking of the trip to Australia, Lisa's spring break was over. What a bummer!!!!!!

Friday, April 14, 2006:

Easter for us this year was a reasonably quiet affair. Lisa and the webmaster went for lunch at Biaggi's in Omaha and then for a couple of quiet restorative cordials at a local bar. All in all a very quiet and relaxing day which was exactly what the doctor ordered....especially considering that the webmaster had to leave for Valparaiso the next day......

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Still not quite sure why we included this one is here. This is the day that every tax payer hates: Tax Day. All tax payers must have their tax returns either into the IRS or the envelopment must be stamped by today. The even crazier thing is that 33 million Americans will spend today racing about to either get filings complete, or file for extensions. All post office's are open until midnight to accommodate these idiots. The really dumb thing is: this date DOES NOT CHANGE!!!!. We all know it's coming, year after year. How much brain power does it take to be a little bit organized (especially with the IRS...the crowd that brought down Al Capone). Screw this midnight crap!!!!

Anyways, as usual, we had all our returns filed on time. We even get some money back from Uncle Sam...

Saturday, May 20, 2006: Garden Landscaping

As mentioned earlier, this year we're getting our front garden re-landscaped. We were planning on getting this done in Fall last year, but a small case of dry rot in a window and door frame put a kybosh on that idea!!!! But, it needed to be done urgently, so better late than never!!!

So, on Monday, May 8, the local landscape contractors turned up and start demolishing our wonderful garden landscape. It was supposed to take only 2-3 days but, two weeks later, they are still working on it. But, they are doing a wonderful job, so we really can't complain too much.

Anyway, here are some photos of the landscape in motion.....

Day 1:

Day 3:

Day 6:

As you can see, it's all coming along....just a little bit slower than we all thought. Hopefully, though, it will be all completed by Memorial Day...but, we shall see....

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day is traditionally a day to have a party. It's the official start of the BBQ season and, more importantly, the driving season. So, what did we do.....well, actually, not much. On Friday [5/26], the webmaster arrived back in Omaha for Lisa's last day of the "official school year". Not that it's the end of teaching...Lisa is teaching summer school which starts on Wednesday, June 7. So, while it may not have been the official end of the year, it was time to party anyway, which is what we did.

On the Saturday, Lisa and the webmaster basically just goofed off around the house. Watched TV and just kinda goofed off all day. Just what the doctor ordered for both of us.

On the Sunday, it was time for "Cheese Burgers in Paradise".....yes, as in the Jimmy Buffet song. He owns a restaurant here in Omaha (suitably called....yes, you guessed it, "Cheese Burger In Paradise"). There specialty....you guessed it...CHEESE BURGERS.......Then it was off to play trivia at another local bar of ours.

On the Monday [the actual day for Memorial Day], while Lisa relaxed inside, the webmaster did what 35million other husbands in America were doing...lawn work!!!!! But, this time, the landscaping is actually getting close to being done. Here are the latest and greatest photos.....almost done!!!!

Only just a few more things to do and we'll finally be finished. The landscaping contractors have promised that it will be completed in the next few days. Unfortunately, Lisa and the webmaster will believe it when they see it. Mind you, they are doing an excellent job. It's just that it's taking far longer than first envisaged

And so, that was the Memorial Day long weekend for 2006. While others may think is sounds dull and boring, it was exactly what Lisa and the webmaster needed and wanted...

....and do on marches spring 2006....

Friday, June 2, 2006: Phil Kronk's Farewell

On Friday, June 2, Lisa, the webmaster and a few other friends gathered at the Lighthouse Tavern to bid farewell to Phil Kronk. He's another Aussie living here in Omaha....the webmaster used to work with him back in the ANZ in Melbourne. After being in the US since 1994, Phil has decided to return home to Australia. So, in accordance with good Australian tradition, we all went to the local bar to have a few congratulatory drinks to wish Phil all the best back in Australia. Mind you, the crazy thing is that Lisa and the Webmaster will be seeing him again in less than six weeks time...this time, back in Melbourne. Talk about a small world...

We all wish Phil the best back in Australia....

Saturday, June 17, 2006: Landscaping

Yup, it's finally been completed!!! Our front landscaping has officially been completed for 2006. Anything else will have to wait until next year. Now, of course, we just need some rain so the webmaster doesn't have to go out and water every other night. That is a drag!!!

Anyway, below are the official photos of the finished product/project:

It may have taken a couple weeks longer than anticipated.....and cost about double what we originally planned for.....but, the finished product was well worth it. Now we wait until Spring 2007 to do the final landscape work....

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 End of Spring

This will be the last posting of the Spring season 2006.

And so, that was spring 2006...

Firstly, here are the travel statistics for the last three months.  And, the availability sucked!!!!! So, here are the official statistics for the flights taken by the Omaha Burton's over Spring 2006....

 

Date Airline Origin Destination Flight Status Reason Added Bonus
Friday, March 24, 2006 Southwest Chicago Omaha 1 Hour Late Unknown None
Monday, March 27, 2006 Northwest Omaha Memphis On Time Unknown None
Monday, March 27, 2006 Northwest Memphis, TN Paducah, KY On Time Unknown None
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 American Paducah, KY St. Louis, IL On Time Unknown None
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 Northwest St. Louis, IL Minneapolis, MN On Time Unknown None
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 Northwest Minneapolis, MN Omaha, NE 30 Minutes Late Unknown None
Monday, April 17, 2006 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL 20 Minutes Late Unknown None
Friday, April 28, 2006 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE On Time Unknown None
Monday, May 15, 2006 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL On Time Unknown None
Friday, May 26, 2006 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE On Time Unknown None
Monday, June 19, 2006 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL 1 Hour Late Traffic in Chicago None

This corresponds to an on time percentage of 64%....This is not real good. It just goes to prove that all US airlines are as crappy as each other!!!!!

Well, that enough about travel. For all you weather fans out there, without further ado, here are the season's weather statistics

This will be the last posting of the season 2006. Spring is officially over,  and summer is with us. Mind you, not that the weather has changed to much in the last few days. And, now for some season statistics:

Here are the weather statistics for Spring 2006....

Category Date High Temperature Low Temperature
Coldest Day March 23, 2006 33F 19F
Warmest Day June 9, 2006 98F 75F

Finally, the average high and lows for Spring 2004

Category Temperature (F)
Average High Temperature 73F
Average Low Temperature 52F

For those of you that are really interested in the weather, here is the daily, maximum and minimum, temperatures for Omaha over Spring 2006:

This should keep you "weather nuts" happy for a while. Remember, people from down under, all temperatures are in F.

So, that's pretty much been our Spring 2006. Alas  therefore, this will probably be the last update for season 2006 (unless we remember something really fantastic that happened!!!). Hope you've all had as much fun watching this season unfold as much as we have. In case you haven't guessed, the next Spring posting will be in late March 2006...see ya'all back then. Enjoy the rest of the year. Ya'all come back, ya hear!!!!!

 

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