D Weather Dominates December

3D December: A Movie in Making

As my loyal readers know, my daily walk around the lake provides the inspiration for many of my blogs. Today was a perfect example.

Despite a misty light rain, I set out for my usual 3 miles on this grey and gloomy winter morn. Armed with hand weights (thanks to my new jogging partner Barat Wilcox for the tip) and a new Penn State pullover (thanks to my God daughter Maren and Santa), I was determined to work off that Christmas pot belly.

The dank, drizzly and dark backdrop instantly provided my theme for today’s prose. It was 3D weather at its best.

Turns out we are working on one of the wettest Decembers ever. So far, both Huntington and Charleston have measured more than 5 inches of rain water this month. With 2 more rains due in town before we sing Auld Lang Sine, my prediction is we will top 6 inches for the month. That will be double the norm and will put us in the top 5 wettest Decembers since weather records have been kept (dating back to the days of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in the late 1800s).

Of course, readers of my blog will recall the wet December is consistent with a classic LA NINA WINTER. During La Ninas (when tropical Pacific Ocean waters are cooler than normal), our winters trend milder and wetter than normal.

Bingo! December has been frequently gloomy with plenty of wetness. The lack of sustained cold has meant a scant snowfall month (less than 2 inches in most areas).

Along the wet weather trail, we have ended the great drought and given landscapers a few more weeks of work as the growing season (for hardy vegetation) has lasted until the start of 2008. So one might say the theme for December 2007 was indeed 3D (damp, dreary and drippy).

Interestingly, the term “3D Movies” dates back to 1922 when the “Power of Love” premiered at the Ambassador Hotel in LA. The Golden Era in 3D movies centered on flicks from the 1950s when Vincent Price starred in “House of Wax” and Hitchcock’s chiller “Dial M for Murder” caught the fancy of thrill seekers. Nowadays, kids flicks like Polar Express are in Animated 3D.

So it’s no wonder, that tonight at 6, I will don my 3D glasses as I bestow the 3D award on the weather of December 2007!


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