Weather, Time Change, And Beer (Writer’s Workshop)

Have you seen the weather app Dark Sky? I’ve used a bunch of different weather apps, but that one’s becoming my favorite, for no other reason than it’s more visually appealing than the others (e.g. Wunderground, AccuWeather, the National Weather Service, The Weather Channel, and a couple of others I’ve used). You can even contribute to their forecast via the mPing app, a crowdsourcing app where you can tell the NWS what the weather’s like near you. Of course, I also have WTForecast, which doesn’t mince words about how the weather is. For example, right now it’s sunny, some high cirrus clouds, and 64° (18° C), i.e. a gorgeous day outside. I go into WTForecast and it tells me “f— this lame-a– weather!” You can configure it to not cuss, but of course I haven’t. FEMA also has an application which is good for severe weather warnings, like we had with Michael last month.

Yes, I wish I had become a meteorologist like I wanted to when I was in single digits.

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning at 2 AM, so make sure you stay up until then and set your clocks back one hour. Or you can do what we do and set them back an hour before we go to bed. This way it won’t be dark when you get up in the morning (at least not yet), although it will get dark earlier. The price we all pay for not living in the tropical zones. In Hawai’i and Puerto Rico, the sun comes up at 7 every morning and goes down at 7 every night. I know, boring, right? But it does remind me of a song: from 1974, Elton John with “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”

I also wanted to be a disc jockey when I was younger, but I have a friend who used to be one, and he said it really sucked, so I’m glad I abandoned that career path.

I don’t drink anymore, but when I did I liked dark beer, especially Guinness Extra Stout. When I couldn’t get that (or couldn’t afford it) about any dark beer would do, like Michelob Dark.

Those Michelob Dark commercials with Martin Mull came out in 1988, as did Robert Cray’s album Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark and its title track. I wonder if Young Bob was inspired by the commercials? Here’s the title track from the album.

Join us for another ramble next week!

20 thoughts on “Weather, Time Change, And Beer (Writer’s Workshop)

  1. I’m not much of a fan of dark beer, but if I were, I’d hope to find something better than Michelob. Then again, I did like the commercials and I am easily influenced by marketing.

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  2. I think I would like the sun to rise and set at the same time every day. I could get used to that. As it is, though, I’ll set my clocks back mid-day Saturday, then not read my phone or listen to anything involving time (TV news, radio, etc.), so I can adjust before bed. Seems to work well for me. I am so happy to be getting my hour back! And as a night owl, I’m tremendously happy to have more darkness this time of year.

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    1. I wouldn’t mind having the days more or less the same length, to be honest. Boring is good, and that way we wouldn’t have to set the clocks forward or backward twice a year. We really don’t have to do that, anyway…

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  3. Hi John – lovely ramble … funny – I too would have gone the weather or geography route … but I do like the change of time – an extra hour in bed this weekend … not so sure about losing the extra hour in Spring – but the long nights in England are so wonderful … I’m happy it’s warmish, misty, damp, foggy and gloomy … ie very Novemberish! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Contrast that to summer, when the sun is at full brightness at 5 AM and doesn’t go down until 10 PM, as I remember. I guess the further north you go, the longer the days are during the summer and shorter in the winter.

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  4. Love my extra hour! I usually set our clocks back before bed too, unless I forget. Since it’s Sunday, we usually don’t have anything that important going on. Bud or Coors light for me on the rare occasions I drink beer. Nice ramble today John.

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  5. I don’t think I’d like to be a meteorologist because every time you get the weather wrong the entire community blames you. lol A DJ would be fun though!

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    1. What I’ve learned is that the forecast changes throughout the day, so it might be entirely different at lunchtime, dinnertime, and 11:00. Radio does a little better job, but even then it can be off, because the weather doesn’t always do what you expect it would. So it’s not so much that the meteorologist lied, more like the truth changed.

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  6. I’m going to check out that weather app. I have to say that is one of my favourite Elton John songs and really enjoy the music and lyrics. I probobaly won’t be able to listen to BOTB until the weekend .

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  7. I need more Robert Cray in my life. I’d forgotten about him. I’m going to try Dark Sky. I’ve never heard of it, but it’s gotta be better than Yahoo Weather which is what I’ve got now. Thanks for the inspirations here.

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    1. There are a lot of good weather apps out there (e.g. Wunderground, Accuweather, Dark Sky, The Weather Channel, etc.) Try a bunch and see which one you like best. Any of them is bound to be better than Yahoo.

      If you get a chance, see Robert Cray in person. He puts on a great show. Breaks a lot of strings…

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  8. I love weather apps and switch them frequently. I’ll try some of your suggestions. Beer – well, Ima whimp. I like Angry Orchard, Strong Bow or ciders. When we were in Helen, Ga, this past weekend, they ran out of Angry Orchard. Reeeellly!

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    1. When I did drink, I discovered hard cider, and liked it. It was a lot more expensive (at the time) than beer, so I didn’t do it that frequently. Plus, finding it on tap was difficult. I know they keep it on tap in England, but I never tried it there.

      Wunderground relies on reporting stations owned by amateur meteorologists, so the current conditions you get will come from a nearby neighbor. It also gives you a chance to indicate how accurate the report is, so if they’re saying it’s sunny and you see it’s overcast, you can send that in. That’s a pretty good one. But try all of them and see which one does the best job.

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  9. Now that I almost always leave work before 6 (unlike last job) and don’t have to drive home in the dark, I really don’t care one way or another because I think time change is stupid.

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    1. Time itself is a strange concept. Einstein said we invented it to keep from everything happening at once, and train and airline schedules go by it, but beyond that, it’s not a particularly useful construct.

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