Rickie Traeger Blog: Dreamlifter, More Snow, Nascar, Luge, Olympics, Clear Fire Hydrants, Etc…





 

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Saturday!

Nascar is back on TV!  I am switching between Nascar and the Olympics as I type this.  Watching the Arca race and the Mens Luge.  Super excited about both!

William did an awesome video on clearing out the fire hydrants.  Please take a few minutes and watch it. Very informative!  Kudos to William!  (CLICK HERE)

Speaking of, they are predicting another 1-3 inches tonight. (CLICK HERE) So odds are they will be enforcing parking once again. So heads up.  I was told by a meteorologist that the long term forecast shows warming temps towards the end of February!  Let’s hope that holds true!  So enjoy the snow while it is here.

I am a little under the weather today. So kicking back and watching Nascar and the Olympics works out great.  Dunno what it is, maybe just a bug. Who knows. Its not like I am full blown sick, just under the weather. I have a DR appointment this week. So hopefully I feel better by then.

Speaking of DR’s I was able to take my good friend Wizard to his eye doctor appointment. He now has a date scheduled for June. I am super excited for him! On side note, I got lost on the way to his appointment. So he was a lil late. But the doctors office was understanding. Thank god. But now he has a set date to look forward too!

The Dreamlifter left Dallas and flew into Chicago a little bit ago. It is scheduled to depart Chicago at 4:42 pm. And is headed to Japan. I am hoping I can see it fly overhead when it departs.  Hopefully the clouds stay away long enough so I can see it.

Out of all the aircraft in the world, the Dreamlifter is my favorite. I catch a lot of heck from friends for it. Because they like fighter jets, etc… And they think the Dreamlifter is big and ugly. To me, it is unique.  Thats why I like it!  It is unique and has special purposes. It has a special role and one of a kind aircraft.  It is always best to stand out as one and be yourself and unique, than to be just one of hundreds.  😉

National Holidays Today

February 10th
National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
National Home Warranty Day
National Umbrella Day

 

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Winter Storm, NASACR, Olympics Opening Ceremony





 

Good Friday!

As you know we got slammed with a lot of snow in the last 24 hours. National Weather Service said we got between 6-10 inches unofficially.  Definitely is nice to see the snow!  I can’t wait for spring time, but the snow is nice to see. I guess they said another inch or two overnight tonight as well.

I took my youngest daughter sledding today for the first time.  She enjoyed it. We had fun. Cold but fun.  She went down a few times then wanted to come back home. So after going down the hill a few times, we came back home. We got stuck on the way back home. But we were able to get un-stuck, thank god.  When I got home I did the driveway.  My driveway wasn’t too bad. But the end of the driveway, OMG.  That part sucked.  The city plows come by and plow the street snow into the end of the driveway, and that snow is heavy as heck.

We went to build a snowman, but the snow was not packing. So we have to wait awhile to build one. That will be fun to do 🙂

Tonight is the opening ceremony for the Olympics.  That be fun to watch 🙂   We watched the skating and skiing last night.  The skaters kept falling, was interesting to see. You have to ask yourself, why are all these professional athletes falling?  I mean almost every skater fell during the competition.

NASCAR starts this weekend also!  Stewart-HAAS Racing and William Byron are the people I am rooting for this season.  I wanted to go for a rookie this year, so William Byron it is.  I am excited about NASCAR starting back up as well 🙂

 

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Winter Storm Watch, X-Files, Website Updates, Etc…





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Good afternoon everyone! 

It is looking like via the forecast models that Thursday Night and Friday we are going to have the biggest snowfall yet of the season.  On the low end (as in the lowest possible) it appears to be around 5 inches.  On the high end it will be 13.5 inches.  So in all probability we will get somewhere in the middle.

The system has shifted to the North more, which means that we will be getting more snowfall than originally expected. We currently do have a Winter Storm Watch out for us. They said 6-9 inches. I think they are sitting on that 13.5 forecast right now and not making that public.

We all know it is Mother Nature, and she will do what she wants. And I think they are sitting on that forecast right now, because that sure is a lot of snow and they probably don’t want the public to panic.  But the latest models are showing an increase in snowfall amounts since the system has now shifted.

I would suggest everyone to start preparing for a lot of snow. And possibly being stuck home a day or two.  Go get extra food, water, salt, shovels, gas, etc…  The typical stuff.  Make sure your snowblowers are running.

Enough about the snow for now, I am sure I will be posting photos and videos of the event in the next few days


 

Guess what day it is?  It is X-Files tonight!   So heads up, do not bother me from 7-8 PM tonight, lol.  I turn off all my gadgets and don’t answer the phone or doors while the X-Files is on (also Walking Dead, which will be starting up soon too)   So kick back and watch the X-Files tonight 🙂


I have been updating my website here in the last few days. I been updating the pages. And messing around with stuff. I am going to be adding new fonts probably later on tonight or tomm.   I like to have a blog that has color and spice to it. Instead of the plain fonts. Yes, it is easier to read with it being plain. But I hate being plain, I like to be unique.  🙂  So be on the lookout for the new font styles in the near future!


 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Tuesday Blog, Cold and Snow, Ham Radio Meetings, Missing Those Who Passed





 

Good Morning! Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is staying warm it is -8 right now as I type this and alot of snow on the ground now.

My cousin posted a thing on social media on songs that turned 30 in 2018.  And holy cow that brought back a lot of memories. Hard to believe its been that long ago.  Time flies by.  30 years already.

On that topic,  Been thinking about those I have lost over the years. As they say, gone but never forgotten. I really miss everyone that I lost over the years. My dad, both grandpa’s, aunts and uncles, best friends, etc… I really do feel blessed to still be around these days.  I plan on living to be 116 years old.  So you guys are stuck with me a few more years, lol.    But on a serious note,  I really miss everyone. And I really do hope that when we do pass away, its not the end but the start of a brand new adventure.

Reminder to my ham radio friends, the RARA meeting is Friday. The ARES and SKYWARN meeting is this upcoming Monday.

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Svengoolie, Super Bowl, SKYWARN Training





 

Good afternoon!

Today is the Super Bowl.   Who are you going to be rooting for?

I am going to be rooting for the underdogs, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last I saw the Patriots were up by 5 points in the spread. I don’t know if that has changed since. But the Patriots were definitely the favorites.


We watched Svengoolie last night.  We didn’t watch much of the Godzilla ones. Last night he played the movie “ANTS”  which was pretty good. It was good to see something besides Godzilla. We love Svengoolie, but didn’t care much for the Godzilla marathon lol.  I never heard of the movie ANTS before. Was neat to see a “new” movie and it was pretty good. We all enjoyed it!


We got a little bit of snow outside now. Not much though. Maybe an inch or 2. They are talking about more snow tomm. they said “Possible significant amounts” that will be nice to see. I love snow, I just hate the cold, lol. I know ya can’t have one without the other, but hey 😛
Speaking of weather, below I posted the SKYWARN training information


To all those interested in storm spotting, the NWS has released their Winnebago County training schedule for our area.

Date: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Cherry Valley Fire Station 2, 4919 Blackhawk Rd. Rockford, Il 61109

Spotter training classes cover severe weather hazards including thunderstorms and tornadoes. This includes the general structure and movement of severe thunderstorms, identification of important storm features, and safety concerns.

Additional classes can be added. Please check back for updates.
All classes last about 2 hours.
They are free and open to the public.
Classes are appropriate for all ages. Ages 10 and up will likely get the most out of the training.
Pre-registration is NOT required unless specifically noted for a particular class.
Classes are scheduled in collaboration with local emergency management officials.
You may attend a class in any location, offered by any NWS office, regardless of where you live.

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Shout Outs, Winter Mix Thursday Evening, Misc Blog. . .





I thought I would make a quick blog since I was sitting here.  Just wanted to give everyone who reads my blog a shout out!  Send me an email, I will personally give you a shout out if you like 😉

I was watching Josh Gates earlier tonight. That man has an awesome job!  He has seen and did a lot with his show. I am liking that show more and more these days.   I do like how they don’t lie and say they found something, when they didn’t.   I think that alone has made me gain a lot of respect for the show.

As of right now, the conditions are uncertain. It is 2:30 am. But the weatherman is forecasting some winter weather precipitation mix around the evening commute.  I been watching the models, and each time I look at them the chances are slimmer and slimmer, and what we do get will start approx. 6 pm.  Either way, I wanted to give everyone a heads up on your evening commute. It might be a little slippery.  If so, drive slow and allow extra time. Be sure to keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you. You know the common sense stuff, that people seem to forget about these days.

Be sure to watch the weather and have a fully charged cell phone with you, if you plan on traveling Thursday night.  Be safe everyone!

Enjoy your Thursday!

A period of mixed precipitation is expected from Thursday
afternoon into Thursday night, mainly north of I-88. Amounts are
not expected to be more than a few hundredths but some areas could
see patchy light accumulations of ice. Less than an inch of snow
is also possible Thursday afternoon into Thursday night, mainly
north of I-90. There is another chance of snow on Sunday, along
with the arrival of much colder air for next week. Highs in the
teens are expected Monday and Tuesday, with subzero wind chills.

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Snow In The Forecast, Funny Photo, December 8th National Days





I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.   The weatherman is predicting some snow tonight.  I am excited!  I hate cold weather, but love the snow!

With that being said, usually the snow brings a ton of accidents.  I can sit here and tell people to slow down and drive safe and allow extra time.  But we all know, that even when being told that, people will still drive like maniacs and will crash. It is just the way it goes.

The weatherman has predicted 3 inches at one time, all the way down to less than an inch.  So in reality we really do not know what to expect for the amount.  The weather men and women do a good job at what they do. But Mother Nature is going to do what she wants.

I just hope and pray everyone uses caution if they plan on driving. And to allow extra time and drive slow.


A friend of mine posted the photo below on social media.  And it was too funny not to share.  But to be politically correct I should toss one of those disclaimers out there, lol. The photo is not mine. I am not responsible for anyone’s actions or behavior and their drinking problems. I am not liable for any injuries, mental, stress, and all that other stuff, lol. On a serious note,  its a funny photo. Do not try this at home, all though it does seem like a cool idea 😛

I do not drink, but if I did I would sooo do this.

Time for some treasure hunting!


December 8
National Salesperson Day – Second Friday in December
National Brownie Day
Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day   ~  DR Who!