Stay South

We were lucky a line of storms stayed just south of us. I was +2 on the round here playing #14 so really didn’t want to leave the course. Bogeyed 4 of the last 5 holes to shoot a 78.

Windy Snap

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More crazy weather, with high winds overnight. Looks like one of these dead trees snapped and started a little chain reaction. I’m lucky they didn’t come towards the house! Part of me hopes they fall while the ground is frozen though.

Salted

My front porch didn’t get hit bad, but the walkway and driveway are all ice. Over the last 10 days we’ve had a winter storm, record wind chills, a heat wave up to 50° that melted all of the snow, and now this freezing rain. Crazy weather changes!

April 14, 2018 Storm in Saginaw, Michigan

On Thursday it was 64° when I ran outside. Then we had a winter storm come through the weekend.

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Since it’s rare to get a storm this late in the year, I thought it would be neat to document it.

My makeshift ruler and stand was a complete failure; it blew over, spun around, and wasn’t readable. I’m happy with the rest of the project though. I really like the worms crawling around, seeing the water freeze, and how the lines of the bricks come through.

I used a Raspberry Pi Zero W and the camera module.

In order to get images for the time-lapse I added cron job that ran a bash script every minute, which in turn called raspistill to capture a photo. It was very easy to set up. Here is the bash script.

#!/bin/bash

DATE=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M-%S")

raspistill -vf -hf -o /home/pi/time-lapse/images/$DATE.jpg

This is the line I added to my crontab.

* * * * * /home/pi/time-lapse/capture.sh

Before transferring all of the images to my Mac, I compressed the images folder.

tar -czvf images.tar.gz images

Then, from my Mac I could grab them by doing a secure copy.

scp pi@pi.local:/home/pi/time-lapse/images.tar.gz images.tar.gz

In order to stitch everything together, I imported the images into iMovie, changed the crop style to fill, and set a 0.01 second duration.

Early Spring? Not Yet

It’s February 27th and I just got done with a workout in my garage. The unusual thing is I was able to do some farmers carry work outside and some running because it’s so nice out! I’d love if this weather was here to stay, but this in Michigan, so I know better.

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Odd Winter

I’ve been living in Saginaw for almost 20 years, since I started college in 1998. This is the weirdest winter I can remember. It’s 60° outside on February 20th. All of the snow is gone for the 3rd time this winter. There was a lot to melt after storms dumped on us over the last couple of weeks.

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