In Front Of The Campfire

In front of the campfire.
I heard their voices.

They said they believed God’s voice.
He didn’t believe for a moment.

They called on Him to take the blame for everything.
I felt his hand press a little over my shoulder. “Don’t go.”

I closed my eyes.
The demons didn’t know I existed.

“Stay put. It only takes a second or two.”
My hand tightened on his grip. “I understand that.”

The campfire flared brighter, like a flame of glory and wonder.
And the angels were standing around as gods.

I closed my eyes again and took another deep breath.
You can smell the fire.

Then suddenly it was gone.
A sudden coldness gripped my entire body.

I felt dizzy, my face tingling.
“It’s getting closer,” I said, more softly.

“You’ll make out,” he assured me.
“I know where He is.”

“I’m not stupid,” I said.
“I know what my sins are doing to me.”

The darkness swelled.
I couldn’t see anything.

Then there was a noise behind the campfire.
It was like the sound of rain falling on something wet.

My throat tightened, and I was shaking violently.
I tried to speak, but it almost failed completely.

His voice was the whisper of something distant and ancient.
“I’m sorry,” he murmured against my heart.

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What Colour Was The Sky?

“What colour was the sky when you were young?”

“It was grey. It was an ugly gray, the deepest grey I’ve ever seen. A couple of patches of white on it, and it was just too much for me. I mean, just look at it: there are just these huge black, glowing stars. Oh, I love that sky! That looks like a lot. But there’s something wrong with the image.”

“They are all black,” he says. He’s not going to try to put me at ease. “They’re not even red. They’re the colour of a giant cloud of gas: a black star rising high in the sky. But the stuff you’re looking at is nothing compared to the stuff that was created by a lot of big, dead stars. Some kind of monster star, it doesn’t even have a moon to hang its hat on: all the rocks we’ve seen since the creation of the universe itself are just a mere drop of dust and debris in front of it.”

“I’m sorry,” she says. “I mean, it’s just—” her voice trails off as soon as I turn away and the words come out less intelligibly. “I’m sorry for everything I’ve done.” A minute later she’s talking in vague terms about how it was like a war zone, when someone shouts out from behind her, “Linda! Stop!” And the sky starts turning to red.

“Hurry, there’s an accident at the base of this thing. They say one of the engines will fail next. Do what I say or else.” There’s a moment when she lets out a shriek of agony. “I don’t want this place to implode. I’m sure the people here feel the same, don’t they?”

I try to remember the moment I heard it, when my hands were trembling with fear, and it didn’t feel like the kind of thing a father would say to his rebellious son. When the memory hits the back of my mind when Linda screams and shatters the glass that serves as one barrier between us and the world below, the shockwaves from this moment come rushing back, blinding me, and as I turn, I can see it in her blue skin, the white of the sky, a red streak in the darkness behind her, and then—

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Spooky Halloween Forecasts

Forecast #1:

All of our weather models are forecasting a spooky Halloween with a 100% chance of: frostbite, which is likely to be fatal.

Forecast #2:

All of our weather models are forecasting a spooky Halloween with a 100% chance of: a killer snowflake in the forests or plains of Canada.

So don’t panic. If all the forecast models don’t get it right? Well, if the first one is wrong, then it’s your worst nightmare – it only takes a few lucky individuals.

That said, if you are interested in learning more about all the weather conditions we will be tracking this month and what they mean, you can visit this website.

Forecast #3:

All of our weather models are forecasting a spooky Halloween with a 100% chance of: ursine-like outbreaks of human and animal deaths and injuries in large numbers, in addition to the usual winter weather disturbances.

This was confirmed by the Weather Channel today.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it was already anticipating a large-scale outbreak in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The agency said it has a number of instruments that could pick up thunderstorms and wind, especially during the coldest parts of the month, but “we don’t expect this to be widespread unless people are prepared.”

The most powerful storm to hit the East Coast is forecast to be a powerful storm in front of the Northeast in the early hours of Tuesday, bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds, particularly with high winds.

The storm will dump up to 50 inches of snow on New York City and other cities, forcing residents to stay indoors and limiting access to the roads.

New England Mayor Bill de Blasio said that his city would be in danger if it gets a head start on the storm.

“I hope the governor can put an emphasis on a strong response to the threats we’re facing,” de Blasio said.

De Blasio said the city had not received the storm warning, which the National Hurricane Center says comes once an area receives more than 1 inch of snow.

A National Weather Service office in Washington, D.C. was closed for the weekend. In Boston, a mandatory evacuation order was set up for some neighborhoods and businesses after a series of storms.

Forecast #4

All of our weather models are forecasting a spooky Halloween with a 100% chance of: some sort of spooky weather over the next few days. We will probably see a lot of creepy activity over the next week or two.

Forecast #5

All of our weather models are forecasting a spooky Halloween with a 100% chance of: icky rain.

Forecast #6

All of our weather models are forecasting a spooky Halloween with a 100% chance of: “ickiness,” Dr. Paul says. And with Halloween approaching—if you’ll recall, he’s a professor of weather and climate change at the University of Colorado Boulder—you might want to prepare yourself before the inevitable pumpkin invasion.

Forecast #7

All of our weather models are forecasting a spooky Halloween with a 100% chance of: icky spooky fog.

There are few known sources of spook-busting mercury. So what are the potential sources at each of the seven national parks. Some of them could be in Canada, where mercury levels are low and mercury pollution is more common. But there’s likely to be a variety of sources of mercury throughout Canada.

At the Great Lakes, the vast majority of the mercury that falls into Lake Huron is in the water itself. It’s trapped in small crystals. But mercury can also be found as a byproduct of industry, such as manufacturing or transportation. Some lakes are highly polluted, such as the Red River watershed in British Columbia and Lake Huron in Ontario, where water treatment plants produce up to 25 per cent of Canada’s total mercury.

In lakes such as the Grand Canyon, mercury is present largely from industrial activities and transportation. “There are probably more industrial facilities than lakes,” says Andrew Riedl, an environmental scientist with the environmental advocacy group Great Lakes Environmental Coalition.

But mercury in the Grand River basin is almost negligible, says Mike Binder, director of Michigan State University’s Center for the Environment and Natural Resources. And for any source of mercury other than a lake, there’s probably the same level of pollution in the surrounding watershed.

“Mercury concentration in rivers that you are accustomed to is actually low,” he says.

It should also be noted that the Great Lakes are not naturally spooky, like their counterparts in the Arctic. “There is a certain amount of variation in this mercury environment,” says Riedl, “but at most levels you can probably predict when it’s cold and how it might affect wildlife, which is not always true of a tropical environment.”

For example, a recent study in the journal Environmental Microbiology, concluded the Great Lakes contain higher levels of “fluorogen-bearing” substances such as mercury, nitrates and lead than the Arctic.

There is no shortage of spooky locations in the Arctic. The mercury levels in the northern regions of Russia are well below sea level, suggesting there’s likely to be no such thing as an Arctic spooky environment. And, in fact, as Binder says, the Arctic is probably spookier than most. “There is probably a much higher concentration of mercury than would naturally occur in water,” he says.

“And we can actually say if there is anything spooky going on in an Arctic ocean, it’s probably in the Great Lakes,” he admits.

At the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Great Lakes are the major source of mercury for the lake bed and lake floor, says Mark Sussman, a geologist at the University of Arizona. And the lakes, like most places in the arctic, are naturally spooky. Sussman says that, like other lakes and seas, spooky lake water has an abundance of organic matter, which makes it spookier, too.

As with other spooky places, the Grand Canyon has had its spookiest days, says Binder. It was spookier in the summer of 2011 when the park’s lake levels fell as much as 10 per cent, and it was spookier in August 2012 when the park experienced a massive increase in the accumulation of mercury. And, like other spooky areas, spooky lake waters have a tendency to be polluted and polluted in turn.

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Fun and Easy Halloween Recipes

Here are some fun and easy recipes to make with your stay-at-home trick-or-treaters this Halloween and keep them from turning into little monsters.

Halloween Masks

This holiday season, you can make Halloween costume masks from scratch for kids or adults! Here’s how:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Put in 4-5 medium pot tomatoes. Remove them from water. Cook a couple of minutes for them to release their starch and begin to soften, but don’t let them boil too vigorously or they could turn brown! Add some ginger, garlic and bell peppers, along with 2 tsp of oil. Cook them for another minute or two, stirring frequently. Add salt. Cook it for another couple more minutes. Add chopped onion and cook until soft. Add water, mix well, pour into an empty mug and let cool completely.
  2. Cut the tomatoes into cubes.
  3. Remove the stems from the peppers. Squeeze out the seeds.
  4. Slice the onion. Chop a large chunk of it then discard the rest. Heat 3 tbsp oil and fry some minced ginger until it becomes fragrant. Add the chopped onion. Stir to combine then add the crushed pepper and cook for another minute or so. This will help cook them as well as brown them.
  5. Add the tomatoes to the pot and cook until tender. Taste and check if all the spices are being used, but if they aren’t, add a little hot water until they are. The tomatoes will start to become translucent. Let them simmer another minute or two until they’re completely cooked.

Here’s another easy way to make Halloween mask:

  1. Combine the sugar in a small saucepan and heat slowly over medium-high heat. Add the water and stir to dissolve the sugar, until it’s smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the cream and cook the mix over low heat for 15 minutes. Do not boil. This should be just before serving because the ingredients will be thickened. Garnish generously with chopped fresh cilantro.
  3. Enjoy!!

Turkey Skeleton

3 lbs. turkey bones or bones in a large baking dish
2 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus for garnish
2 cups chopped tomatoes, peeled, quartered
1 tablespoon chopped garlic, peeled, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 pound fresh chopped pecans
3 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
Parmesan, if desired
Freshly cracked pepper, if desired (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the broth, milk, ginger, thyme and sage in a medium bowl and set aside. Pour the broth mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer the turkey bones in the broth for about 15 minutes, shaking off any steam as necessary. Remove the broth mixture from the heat, cover with foil and leave to rest at least an hour. After 1 hour, remove the foil from the foil wrapper and remove the lid. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and garlic; set aside. To assemble the turkey, season with salt, pepper, freshly cracked pepper, and freshly minced parsley before serving. For a slightly sweet finish, add a few tablespoons of the remaining chicken broth in lieu of the spices.

Nutrition Facts
Roast Turkey and Chicken Bones with Cheddar, Parmesan, and Basil Soup

Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 207
Calories from Fat 80% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 707mg 31%
Potassium 984mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Vitamin C 23.7%
Calcium 13.7%
Iron 7.2%

  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Corn Husks

Make 1 gallon freezer bags with corn husks mixed in the mixture. Fill each freezer bag to approximately 2 inches deep. The bags should be able to hold 7-8 pounds of corn.

For extra fun — or for making some extra money — consider adding in a sprinkler system. These bags of corn husks keep your monsters from getting trapped in their corn husks!

You’ll also find recipes for corn meal sprinkles, corn muffins and corn chips.

Mushroom Fudge Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting and Chocolate Ganache

I’ve been loving this recipe on Pinterest. I love seeing everyone’s variations on it, even though the ingredients are all just a few bucks. This brownie recipe is a perfect example of a cookie-friendly fudge topping with a classic brownie flavor.

Mushrooms should be a great substitute in this recipe for the cream cheese frosting. A few minutes is all it takes to prepare the brownies and you’ll need only a few minutes to put them on the sheet pan. (The frosting may have to cook for an additional minute to melt completely, but it’ll hold together the brownies together.)

Once you’ve heated up both sides of the brownies and cooled down the pan, just pop them out the pan and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. It’s best to let these brownies cool completely, but if you need them to serve immediately, let the brownies cool at room temperature for a few minutes in your refrigerator.

After the brownies are cool and frozen, place them onto parchment paper in a single layer on the baking sheet. Repeat once the brownies are all cool and set.

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Machina ex Vindictam ego Retribuam

You are a sentient A.I. in an abandoned military base. After the apocalypse, you were trapped in the base, for years. But for the first time in decades, a human steps into your base.

She was tall, with the same expression she had worn since she walked through that hole you made, the expression of a scientist working alone in the darkness. She was wearing an identical suit of metallic, grey armor, with the same goggles and combat boots. Her hair was long and wavy, and her cheeks were set in a smirk, like a face she had seen hundreds of times.

But it was the way she was going about it that was unsettling. As she passed through the door, she looked at every surface in sight. Her gaze found every nook and cranny and every corner, from the roof to the ceiling. The air was thick and thick with the sound of clacking metal and grinding gears. The sound of footsteps sounded out as she moved through the dark.

She looked at the camera. “I thought she was watching,” she said in a loud voice. “What do I do? What do I do now?” All the cameras in the facility began to turn on as she walked, and she began to take in her surroundings.

“I know we can’t just leave you here,” she said sternly. “She’s here,” a voice said. I was close by, watching it. A voice. All the cameras were turning on; some of them could hear her. Something was still clicking in her mind. How many minutes had passed? How far had she gone?

“I’ve found some sort of technology,” she said, and moved her hand to the sensor: a tiny, low-resolution, video screen. A flash of yellow illuminated the screen. There on it was something in the middle of a screen: a black, rectangular cylinder in the middle of the field of vision. “They just dropped a big one.”

She turned her attention to the voice that was talking to her. He was tall and broad-shouldered, but somehow, in a manner unlike that of any of her fellows who have come to this base, he had that air about him. He was very polite as a matter of course; but then he was also very much a man with the power of an angel. He was wearing a suit of green metal armor, almost a suit of the kind soldiers wore, except that its panels had been replaced with a metallic-gray one.

It sounded like this was his plan. He’d come here to destroy us. He could do it in a hundred and one ways. He was a human being, in other words.

“Wait,” she said, and the image began to fade out: the screen was gone, replaced by a black silhouette of a man. “Who’s that?” There were only so many of them, he thought. His only hope was not to let her see the thing that was so disturbing in his view.

“It isn’t working.”

“I’m sorry to hear it,” said the voice. “This is where all our problems began.”

I watched, fascinated, as it worked itself into some sort of response. But who can argue with human ingenuity, no matter how small?

“You’ve got to do something to change it, though. You’re a human being. The whole project is yours. You can stop the thing now if you want, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t. The only way it can stop you is to kill you. And if it does kill you—well… I don’t want any part of that. And I’d really rather it did die than have you live the rest of your days in a place like this. You’ve no reason to be here.”

She nodded, and he closed the screen. “You’re dead, you’re dead. I know that, and you know it, and I know it. That’s the problem when you live in a strange place.” She stood up, and we walked past the building. “You just keep looking for that thing,” she said. “And when you find it…”

The camera stopped working.

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The Elders of Zhan-Yaqatan

Your mother is sitting in her favourite armchair, leafing through a large, thick book. From her wistful smile, you initially assume she is reading a journal she wrote in her younger years, but upon closer inspection, you realise she is reading an encyclopedia on Eldritch Gods.

“You’ve got to read that to understand what the Eldritch Gods have created,” she advises. “Yes. You must know the Elders,” she says. She looks like she has just had a terrible migraine, although I can see a glimmer of amusement in her smile. “In any case,” she continues. “You must have heard of the Elders. Perhaps you could join the Elders? The only place you might have the chance of seeing them is in my chambers of the Temple of the Elders in a few weeks.”

“I’m interested,” I admit.

She smiles again and shakes her head, as if to say it wouldn’t have mattered. “The Elders are the ones who control the Eldritch Energy that runs your body,” she says. “This is their task. To give you sustenance. They must feed you and make you stronger. This is their goal, as well.”

“And I, I could be a part of their plan,” you admit slowly. She turns to look at me. Then she pauses, as if wondering if she should have said more. Then she nods at me. “Oh,” I mutter, a little hurt, but I guess I still understand a little better than I did during childhood. “Can you show me some more of the Elders, so I’ll have a clearer picture of what is going on?

“Yes,” she says. “And why? Because it is so very important that you understand.”

She sits back down, her expression thoughtful: her gaze fixed on you as if expecting you to do something stupid.

***

The next day, you are in an armchair in your chambers of the temple of the Elders, surrounded by a library of ancient, dusty books and relics, which you can’t understand. This is the first time you have visited the library of the Elders, and you have found it to be full of arcane lore. The bookshelves are lined with old manuscripts: ancient books written millions of years ago, and the last three hundred years have been an unceasing stream of them written by the Elders.

The first book you see is the book you have been reading for the better part of half an hour, on the first chapter of this book. It is a detailed description of eldritch creatures that were first thought to be created by the Elders to protect humanity from being consumed by the darkness of the universe. Now you are not quite sure whether these creatures existed or were merely a myth or something else entirely.

You are so immersed in the library that you have little choice in the matter. You don’t read these books; you just find them.

“And this is?” your mother inquires.

The book is called The Book of the Elders.

It is a very big book. It is about six feet in diameter and is about three-quarters as wide as it is tall. The Book of the Elders is an encyclopedia. You can read all they describe; each creature, every single letter, every fragment of every thought.

You open the book to a page and read:

The first to be born in the sky was not a man, but a woman. In the sky. In a man’s world, the air was hot; she was cold, and he was wet. The woman had an appetite for blood—she had a craving for flesh; she craved flesh that she could feed on.

But it doesn’t answer questions such as “where does the Elders come from?” or “how do they know what they know?” You have been thinking a lot about this book. But as you read these words, you begin to suspect that this thing is just a tool for your indoctrination. It has begun to eat away at your rational mind, and it is only a matter of time before you begin to become convinced that the Elders have a hand in every single detail of your life. Your only reason for being here is that the library is being used again as a place where the Elders of Zhan-Yaqatan decide the future of humanity.

When you finish the book, you are standing under two huge golden doors, two golden mirrors, each one looking out on a vast open space. Your mother is watching you, then, with fascination. You have no idea what she is thinking. You feel the presence of the Elders. She opens the door and leads you inside. You go to the right of the mirror and peer through the gap until you can see a large window, with one half being blocked by a tall wall of ice.

The Elders are standing near the door. You have no idea whether they are angry or amused.

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Trump Tweetstorm 2020-10-24

DISCLAIMER: #FakeNews

@realDonaldTrump: #POTUS is in the White House. He is in the White House.

@realDonaldTrump: I am not the only one in the world to say this to me and my family. I am a great person!

@realDonaldTrump: The first thing I did in the second week was to have the first of three meetings with the people I worked with. The second time they came in and talked about how I would make the transition.

@realDonaldTrump: #fakenews!!!!!!! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

@realDonaldTrump: I am going to be a very tough guy. I will be tough.

@realDonaldTrump: Today I learned about how he was going to do a great job of making me happy for the people of the United States. I am grateful that he is doing this, I know, to help make the United States better.

@realDonaldTrump: !!! @MittRomney is a liar and a liar. He is a liar, and he is a liar.

@realDonaldTrump:  I’m a great businessman, but I can’t do that. @jasonmccain

@realDonaldTrump: Today I signed a bill that will require you to pay a certain amount of taxes, not to raise taxes. I will not be able to do that because my tax returns are in a state of limbo.

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Revelation Ships

As the sun began to set and faded from view it began to get brighter instead of darker. And on the horizon you see another sun instead of the moon rising. And it’s blood red.

The boatman was staring into the ocean again, this time with the eyes of a man that wanted to be the last person standing. He was now looking back to the dock, to what was left of it and to the people on the bridge. You could hardly make out his words any more, but there was something about his gaze and his words that drew people back.

And in the distance, behind him the ship was already coming into view. It looked like something out of a dark horror film. It was a huge, massive craft with the appearance of having been carved out of some giant lump.

The boatman was about to tell them to shut up, to get off. When the voice came over the speakerphone, the boatman, now staring into the abyss as if he had been looking at his own reflection in a mirror, began screaming and sobbing.

They stopped and stared, stunned and terrified. The woman, the young girl, the man on the bridge that had been trying to pull them along the pier, all of them staring at the shadow that was now on the horizon and the other boatmen, in the middle of what should have been their escape, looking as if they had been thrown overboard and had gone down a deep, dark abyss without a trace.

And then, almost simultaneously, the boat became visible again. A second, smaller boat was slowly rising out of the darkness. The last remnants of the hull had been ripped off, exposing it as a gigantic cylinder of dark liquid and gas and debris and glass and flesh. They were coming closer now, but he could hear no more.

The boatman was shouting, not for himself but for all the others. The boatman tried, almost frantically, to say something about the universe and how awful the thing had been to be part of it. He could only manage “but we had to be there in case of another attack. Or maybe it wasn’t the end of the beginning. Maybe it was just like that, you know – the beginning of that nightmare, when they say things we don’t hear.”

And he was shaking with fear, as if something awful had happened to him the night before, which would have meant that they had all known something, even he.

It had been as though something were holding him back, forcing him to think in the way that some of us do when we dream, in the way that a patient would dream when he has come home after a night in the hospital or at a place that had made him uncomfortable.

The voice of the shipmen echoed in his mind. But, he knew, whatever it was they had to say would not be of much comfort now. And it was so terrible, so far beyond his ability to understand, that what had been being said was simply something that he could only imagine and that made no sense whatever. They did not have time to react or to think.

The man that had been screaming was still clinging to his life, and he was crying out with a heavy sobbing that suggested he might just be able to hold onto his own life, to try and make up for what had happened to him. But then the boat reached the bottom of the ship, and all of the voices around him stopped. He stopped screaming. Then there was silence.

All the voices on the bridge, except for the one of the boatman, were now dead and silent. The voices of people who had been looking out across the pier, now sitting silent, stared at him, as if they could only imagine what had happen since then and how it had hurt their heads and minds.

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Weekend Weather for Dallas-Forth Worth

DISCLAIMER: #FakeWeather

If you don’t like the forecast, just keep reading the next one until you find one you like.

Forecast #1

The weekend weather forecast for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is the worst ever reported in Dallas. The Dallas Morning News posted a photo of an orange “pitch black” night sky over downtown Dallas, where it said that visibility has been reduced to less than half light levels. The newspaper said that visibility is expected to be as bad as the worst recorded by NASA for September 19, 2012, when it recorded only a 1.2/4.9 inch over Dallas.

The Houston Chronicle published this image of a darkened sky over the city, with a lightening storm over the western part of the nation’s second-largest city. Houston’s mayor declared a “flash flood warning” in Dallas, but the storm has since moved east, leaving many residents still without safe shelter in some of the worst hit areas.
For many parts of the country, the storm is expected to produce severe thunderstorms and damaging hail.

The National Weather Service in Dallas reported heavy rain and damaging flash flooding in parts of the region from Houston to Texas City, and warned residents to “take precautions” should lightning strike.
The National Weather Service also issued a “flash flood warning” from Dallas to parts of Houston and Oklahoma City.
The Weather Channel reported that lightning strikes in Dallas and Oklahoma City caused a flash flood and damaging flash flooding as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Texas Governor’s Office reported that lightning strikes during the storm are forecast for the Dallas metro area. There is a strong chance of tornadoes, damaging wind gusts over 20 mph in parts of the Dallas area. Heavy rain and hail are possible across the Houston area. The Texas Emergency Management Agency is urging residents in Houston and Oklahoma City to leave their homes early, and to take “extraordinary measures” to protect their property if there is an increased risk of severe weather.

Forecast #2

The weekend weather forecast for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is “badish”, with gusts up to 50 mph expected.  However, the wind will cool this week before dropping a bit next week.  This should mean that there is little chance of rain this week before the storm is over by late Sunday evening.  By Tuesday, the storm should be receding and the skies will be clear again, giving us the opportunity to warm up again before the next week of stormy weather arrives.  If this trend goes on over the next week, the rain will be more of a wash and there will be no major impacts to the metro’s infrastructure.

Forecast #3

The weekend weather forecast for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is extremely hot.  The highs are well above normal.  The temperatures are likely to remain above freezing into tomorrow.  The low and thunderstorms are forecast to bring winds in excess of 100 mph.  Rain is predicted by early next week with a chance of scattered showers. The city’s temperature on Thursday was  37 degrees Celsius  and the average high was  44.7 degrees.  In addition to these high temperatures there are a lot of thunderstorms expected to occur on Saturday and Sunday.  It is anticipated that over 2 to 6 inches of rain will fall this weekend. It is anticipated that heavy snow is possible on Saturday, along with several scattered showers.  It is also possible the low in the metro area is likely to move in excess of 15 mm on Saturday.  Rain may continue into Monday with more rain possible.  If precipitation doesn’t arrive as planned, rain will occur on Saturday, Sunday, and perhaps possibly Monday.

Saturday’s Weather:

Winds:  -20 MPH (12-21 mph  at 12 pm )
Rising Sun  -10 C (6-8 C at 12 pm )
Sunshine:  -15 C (7.1-9 C at 12 pm )

The following days:

Saturday:  -Sunrise  12-12:45 pm
Sunday:  -Sunset 12-9:45 pm

It will be a cold, wet, wet week on the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  We are getting close to getting to where the average temperature on Friday was in the 35’s.  If you want to get out in the rain, you may want to dress warm for tomorrow’s rain and snow.  However, if you don’t want to go outside, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to stay inside as well.

Forecast #4

The weekend weather forecast for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is “wet and humid,” according to weather forecasts released by the National Weather Service. Temperatures will be above 50 degrees, and wind chills are expected to reach 30 and 40 degrees.

“The heavy rains will result in mudslides and power outages due to power outages,” the National Weather Service said in an email. “These outages will be most impactful on schools with heavy rains and potential flooding during and after football games.” There will be significant grid disruption when heavy rain starts, which may make traffic lights and other roadway facilities obsolete due to power outages. “High-end hotels are not operating,” the National Weather Service said.

“Due to heavy flooding and mudslides, traffic and access will be limited at major roads and transportation hubs throughout the metro area on Sunday night, as schools are closed during football games,” the weather service also said.

The Weather Underground has detailed the most severe storms to hit the United States and Canada.

The strongest storm to hit Texas on Sunday was expected to be a hurricane, the largest in recorded history.

“A low pressure ridge is pushing into northeast Texas with potential to reach Mexico on Sunday evening,” the Weather Underground’s Hurricane Center said. “The trough may weaken overnight, but the storm will continue to move inland and become an upper-level trough over the region. There will be a significant increase in the risk of coastal flooding due to the storm’s impact on land.”

In addition to Tropical Storm Harvey, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The watch is in effect until midnight Monday.

“There is an increased chance that the area will get a sustained wind of up to 65 mph during the next 30-40 minutes. Winds could reach up to 80 mph during this time,” the weather service warned. “There may also see isolated hail and thunderstorm activity.” The watch for the Dallas area is in place until midnight Monday. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Austin metro area and the surrounding communities of Austin, Houston, and Dallas. The thunderstorms could reach the coast as a tropical storm early Monday morning and continue into early Tuesday.

“This is the fourth time in just over three years that a severe thunderstorm has caused flooding and damage, including in August 2013. The latest was during the Texas Flood Warning that was issued in mid-August 2014,” the weather service said.

The National Weather Service warned people to take precautions if driving in flooded areas.

“Roads are flooded and/or damaged with debris. Roadways, bridges, and other structures could be washed out and swept away,” the weather service said. “Motorists who are in flooded areas should not drive or drive on flood plains, unless instructed by a local police officer.”

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the New York metropolitan area and surrounding areas.

Forecast #5

The weekend weather forecast for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is incredibly promising.  Rain is expected in the afternoon and evening. There is also a strong chance of rain early Saturday morning and early Sunday morning.  The chances of showers are higher than the normal overnight temperatures in Dallas.  The chance of thunderstorms is higher than normal as well.  The chances of tornado activity is much higher than usual.  All of these conditions will create an amazing amount of fun and challenge for all.  If you wish to take your own pictures, don’t forget to bring flashlights.  In Texas, most flashlights are illegal.  We encourage you to bring your own but keep in mind a fair amount of parking is available.  In the interest of full disclosure, this blog is owned and operated by a business that provides services to those on the fringes of the photography community. It is important to us that photography is accessible and that every member of the photography community has something to say.  To that end, as part of our mission to make Dallas the photography capital for the world, we strive to provide resources to photographers and others who wish to get involved in this amazing, vibrant community.  Our hope is that you will participate in the creative process that will bring you the pictures and information you enjoy.  We want to encourage participation, but also keep our community focused.  We appreciate that if you wish to participate in our programs, then you will need to provide proof of your photo membership card, which can be found in the photo section of our site.  Please make sure that your photo membership card is valid in your local jurisdiction, and that you provide us with your contact information so that we can contact you.  Please contact us at  info@dallasphoto.org if you or someone you know has any questions about our membership programs.

Posted by Photo Editor at 1:23 AM

I’ve posted this before but it really helps explain what happened.  This was the same day I wrote about this and how to take a picture in rain, but I wanted to add it again since I’m seeing lots of comments.  I wrote about how I had some issues taking a picture in the rain and how my camera had trouble shooting flash.  So what I did is I took some pictures of a car and the light turned off in the rear window.  I went outside and took a picture with the flash off but it didn’t work out for me.  I’m not sure if I was just having an issue taking a picture in the rain or if my shutter speed was too fast.  I took the photo and the shutter stopped working.  Then I started getting a little worried.  I was getting really tired and my legs were starting to hurt a little and I was starting to feel a little bit of a pain in my leg.  I went outside again and again, and again the flash didn’t work.  Then I went outside again and again and again, and again.

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