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Making the Call: 2014 Super Game Forecast
by Meteorologist Amy Freeze

First Ever Cold Weather Big Game takes place in East Rutherford, NJ at Metlife Stadium

10 Day Outlook for Feb. 2, 2014
Forecast
High 37
Low 24
Winds NW 10-20mph
No Snow
Sunrise 7:05 am
Sunset 5:15 pm

How Weather Affects Football

I spent four seasons working with the Chicago Bears forecasting weather conditions for Soldier Field. Understanding weather changes prior to kickoff and during the game can definitely create a secret weapon on certain occasions. All opponents have to play in the same elements, but that’s not the bottom line. How athletes and even a coach approach extreme conditions in competition can make all the difference. Weather can often become a field advantage if you know what to look for and are ready to adapt. Before the game even begins, knowing the wind direction, speed and wind patterns in the stadium can help the coaches make their decision for the coin toss on which direction they want the game to begin. Knowing game time temperature and temperature changes during the game can help the home team pick a lighter jersey color in hot weather conditions allowing for cooler core body temperatures. Understanding the turf and how it might respond to incoming rain, impending freezing temperatures, etc allows equipment managers to adjust cleats and prepare for halftime adjustments. Wind direction and speed can help punters and kickers decide on angles, and understanding the wind may even affect a coach’s game strategy.

How Temperature Affects the Football

The temperature can affect how far the ball will travel, how easy it is to catch, even the impact of a punters kick. It has to do with physics.

Temperature can affect the ball in a few ways. There are a few variables to consider when looking at how a ball will be impacted in cold weather. The temperature can change the air pressure inside the ball which can make the ball seem over inflated effect if it was warmed, or and under inflated effect if it was cold. Here’s an example: A basketball that doesn’t have enough air in it won’t bounce that well. The bottom line is that the amount of air pressure for a ball is directly proportional to the temperature of the air. Colder = less inflated effect

Side note: Other types of solid core balls, like baseballs, golf balls also have temperature impact, but the mechanics are a bit different. Here the characteristics of the material inside the ball are responsible for the bounciness of the ball. For example the rubbery insides are affected by temperature, which impacts the ball’s performance.

Overall, a ball’s bounciness is dependent on the elasticity of its constructed materials. The characteristic of elasticity allows the ball to retain kinetic energy during a collision by having the ability to flex without breaking, the ball can then return to its original shape post bounce. This scientific measure of a ball and its material’s elasticity is called the coefficient of restitution. You can read about it in any high school Physics book. An object with a low coefficient of restitution will lose a great deal of its kinetic energy in a collision through breaking or deforming, or through the generation of sound or heat. Compare the kinetic energy transmission through steel balls suspended on strings as they bounce back and forth in an example of a high coefficient of restitution. Now consider a lump of clay or a piece of glass in a collision, both materials having very low restitution values – they simply do not transfer energy well because they are not as elastic.

But even materials that do can transfer energy well, like a rubber band can be affected by temperature. The colder a material gets, the less elastic it can be. Under cold conditions, the material can actually absorb energy rather than transferring it, giving it less movement or “bounce.”

Both inflated balls like footballs and solid core balls like a baseball rely on the principle of coefficient of restitution. A warmed, (over inflated) ball is more elastic and would likely be easier to grip, to catch, and to be punted farther.
While a cold, (under inflated) ball would be less easily handled and some athletes have described cold weather footballs like dealing with a brick!

There are plenty of game time examples of weather affecting football games and some are traced directly to temperatures!

New York Giants legend Y.A. Tittle played his biggest football games in cold climate weather. The Hall of Fame quarterback carried the Giants to three straight title games from 1961-63. The games were played in Green Bay, New York and Chicago. The Giants lost all three-title matchups. In the book “Tales from the New York Giants Sidelines,” Tittle told author Paul Schwartz that the Giants’ offense had meltdowns in cold inclement weather.
“Good Lord, I threw balls where the ball would come back and hit me in the face,” Tittle said of the 1962 game when winds whisked 30 to 40 mph. “It was miserable.” In 1963, Tittle’s last chance at a league championship, the Giants played the Chicago Bears in single-digit cold at Wrigley Field.
“We played on a field that Eskimos couldn’t have lived on,” Tittle told Schwartz. “It was frozen. It was just unbelievable.”
The most infamous cold weather field in the NFL The Frozen Tundra got its nickname during the Cowboys v Packers 1967 NFC Championship Game
On New Year’s Eve in 1967, Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys visited Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers in the NFL Championship Game.

It has come to be known as The Ice Bowl and is, in fact, the coldest game in NFL history with the official game-time temperature registering at -15 F, with a wind chill at -47.2 F. As the referee blew the whistle to start the game, it froze to his lips.

The Packers came from behind in the final seconds of the game when Lombardi called for a quarterback sneak by Bart Starr to give the Packers a classic win on their own turf.

How Wind Affects Football

While wind can have a huge impact on fans, it can also affect the game at field level in some stadiums. I’ve watched at field level amazing NFL kickers like David Akers and Robbie Gould check out wind conditions. I’ve had discussions with punters and kickers about how they change the angle of their kicks based on current wind conditions. None of them claim that it gives them a mental block. But they certainly are aware of the wind and it’s role in their success.

The dominant wind over an area can sometimes result in swirling wind patterns inside some stadiums. Swirling winds at MetLife stadium and the way it is constructed has very little effect on wind affecting the game.

But even a little gust of wind at the wrong time can ruin a play. It happened during the Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns during 1980 AFC Divisional Playoffs. With a wind chill factor of -36 F, it was fairly clear that the Cleveland Browns would be more comfortable in the frigid winter temperatures than the Oakland Raiders as the two teams met in the 1980 playoffs. The Browns had six wins on the season already where they edged in front in the dying moments of the game.

Trying to do so once more in the AFC Divisional against the Raiders, the Browns pieced together a remarkable 79-yard drive to get in field goal range. The only problem was that it was so cold that the Browns place kicker, Don Cockroft, already botched two attempts.

Browns Coach, Sam Rutigliano, opted for a more aggressive play, calling out the famous “Red Right 88.” Just as it looked like quarterback Brian Sipe would find Ozzie Newsome open in the end zone — an unpredictable opponent— the wind held up the ball and handed the Raiders an easy interception and eventual win.

How Sky Cover and Precipitation Affect Football

While day games in full sun can really create some glare on field for players, it’s rarely a showstopper. It might result in more of a running game until the sun angle changes but its impact is usually dramatically limited. All NFL stadiums also have a North South orientation and so a sun setting in the west is not a major problem.

However, low clouds can change the game when they sink to field level, which is what happened in the Bears v Eagles
1988 NFC Championship, also know as the Fog Bowl.
Mike Ditka’s Chicago Bears hosted Buddy Ryan’s Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, and late in the second quarter, a mist started to set in. It didn’t stop, though, and by the fourth quarter it was a dense fog and visibility dropped to about 10 to 20 yards. Broadcasters were forced out of the press box to field level to call the game. Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham wasn’t affected as he still managed to throw for 407 yards.
Players could barely see the sidelines or the first down markers, so referee Jim Tunney had to announce each play over the microphone. The Eagles moved the ball well but couldn’t find the end zone enough as the Bears ended up winning 20-12.

If there is a storm during the game, expect that the rain and snow will affect play. When wet weather happened during the
49ers at the Greenback Packers 1996 NFC Divisional, it was cold but not below freezing at Lambeau Field. It was just warm enough that there was the unfortunate mix of rain and snow. The result: A soggy, sloppy and muddy field that made both offenses feel like they were working in quicksand.

The 35-14 score in favor of the Packers wasn’t indicative of how badly the offenses struggled. The Packers passing game was stuck in the muck, finishing with just 79 passing yards. Meanwhile, the 49ers offense totaled just 196 yards but gave away five turnovers thanks to the muddied conditions.

There’s a classic tale of field conditions changing the game from Bears v. NY Giants 1934 NFL Championship Game
The Chicago Bears had won 18 straight games and seemed invincible heading into the 1934 NFL Championship Game. Some force of nature would have to stop them and basically it did.

A freezing rain covered the Polo Grounds, and as the Giants were slipping behind (figuratively and literally), equipment manager Abe Cohen brought in nine pairs of sneakers borrowed from the Manhattan College basketball team.

The Giants made the switch at halftime and never looked back. The sneakers put them on better footing as they outscored the Bears 27-3 in the second half en route to a 30-13 win.

Perhaps the worst weather playoff game in recent history was the Raiders v Patriots Snow Bowl during the e2001 AFC Divisional Playoff With the Oakland Raiders visiting, Tom Brady threw an incomplete forward pass late in the fourth quarter, which resulted in another opportunity for the Patriots to play in overtime and eventually win. The weather was miserable as Foxboro Stadium was covered in a sheet of snow, earning the label of the Snow Bowl from Patriots fans — or the Snow Job from Raiders fans.

Making the Call:
A look a Mother Nature’s Playbook

Climate history tells us that more often than now, the weather is chilly with scattered clouds on early February evenings. And it makes sense to expect a bit of a wind chill during the game. When temperatures drop below 40°F, any wind will cause the apparent temperature to the human skin to feel significantly colder than the actual air temperature. This is common for the NYC area in February.
The exact time of kickoff is 6:28:30 Average temperature at that time is 35 degrees. Looking at climate data over 30 years, between Jan 25 and Feb 3 there is an average of 2inches of snow. THE NJ State Climatology Researchers say over 50 years of weather the temperature range is 19 to 51 degrees.

During the last 13 years the NYC area high temp has ranged from 32 to 50 on Feb. 2nd. There have been both rain and snow showers within two weeks of February 2nd including a recent, monster snow storm of 18 inches Jan 26-27, 2011

On This DATE in NYC Weather History
Feb. 2, 2013 Snow 31 degrees
Feb. 2, 2012 Partly Cloudy 50 degrees
Feb. 2, 2011 Snow 39 degrees
Feb. 2, 2010 Snow 33 degrees
Feb. 2, 2009 Partly Cloudy 53 degrees
Feb. 2, 2008 Partly Cloudy 43 degrees
Feb. 2, 2007 Rain Snow Mix 38 degrees
Feb. 2, 2006 Partly Cloudy 52 degrees

February Overall Extremes
Biggest Blizzard 26.9” 2006
Warmest Feb. Temperature 75 1985
Coldest Feb. Temperature -15 1934
Highest Pressure ever recorded in NYC was Feb 13, 1981 31.08”
Coldest Ever Feb. 9, 1934 -15 degrees
Biggest Storm Feb 11=12 2006 26.9”
Feb 201 Greatest Snow in a month 36.9”
The highest wind gust ever recorded during game time hours on February 2nd was 38 mph in 2001

The Farmers Almanac predicted a blizzard to hit between Feb. 1-3 The Almanac used words like piercing cold and bitterly cold and biting cold to describe early 2014. The 197-year-old publication uses planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles to make predictions more than a year in advance. The Farmers Almanac claims its right 80 percent of the time.
NJState Police commissioned a report from David Robinson a climatologist at Rutgers University (he’s been doing this more than 20 years.) Analyzing weather faces for the 1 days leading up to Feb. 2nd. Range of possibilities is listed out on his website http://www.BigGameWeather.com

Accuweather is doing a day by day update on http://www.WillitSnow.com

Interesting cold weather games in the NFL http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story?id=09000d5d80870a4e

This year the Big Game date is Feb. 2nd but here’s a look at
NYC Weather History on Past Big Game Dates (even though all these games were played in other fair weather cities!)

Feb. 3, 2013 30 degrees Snow
Feb. 5, 2012 40 degrees
Feb. 6, 2011 45 degrees
Feb. 7, 2010 34 degrees
Feb. 1, 2009 51 degrees
Feb. 3, 2008 50 degrees
Feb. 4, 2007 25 degrees
Feb. 5, 2006 55 degrees
Feb. 6 2005 53 degrees

Weather Discussion

Many blogs, websites, forecasters, and hobbyists will be talking weather and stats leading up to game day. But based on forecasting experience, climate data and current weather models it looks like the game will be cold and windy.

Average wind speeds hover around 10 mph in early February, which can create a considerable wind chill with low temperatures. Winds do tend to lessen in early evening which is game time.

Also keep in mind, the weather from NYC to Rutherford NJ can vary, after all they are two different states– even though the two spots are admittedly geographically close. When looking at the official reporting stations in NYC – the game is still actually being played over in NJ! This is an important consideration. For example, when eight inches of snow fell on Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field during the Dec. 8 NFL game between the Eagles and Detroit Lions, “the Meadowlands just got a dusting.” These two locations are also in the same region. Different spots get different weather!

So even though the media is referring to the game location as NYC, consider that it does actually take place across the river in East Rutherford. Here is a breakdown of the record climate data for the two spots where records are kept Central Park and LaGuardia Airport.

Feb.2nd Records NYC
Record High 59 1988
Record Low -3 1881
Record Rain 2.98” 1973
Record Snow 5.0” 1874

Feb 2nd Records LaGuardia 1948-2013
Record High 59 1988
Record Low -1 1955
Record Rain 1.75” 1973
Record Snow 4.3” 1955

The National Football League settled its last championship in New York, on Dec. 30, 1962 which took place at Yankee Stadium. The temperature at kickoff was 13 degrees and TV crews used bonfires to keep warm. More notable, was the game in 1934, the coldest New York winter ever, the title tilt at the Polo Grounds was played after a freezing rain made the field more ice rink than gridiron. But since 1967, winter weather during a Super Bowl has been as rare as snow in San Diego — which actually did see snow that year.


Looking at Climate Data to make a Prediction.

Looking at kickoff time temperature (observation closest to 6:30pm for each February 2nd at Newark Airport) Here’s what we know:
Warmest kickoff time temperature on record was 61° in 1973.
Coldest kickoff temperature recorded was 13° in 1976.
Average temperature at kickoff time on February 2nd is 34°.
90% of the time the historical data shows that kickoff time temperatures fall between 19° and 51° according to the NJ State Climatology Office. They have collected data with interesting statistical information.
From 1931 to 2013 57% of the time the temp was at or below freezing at the time the game would be played.
In years with below freezing temperatures, the average hourly temperature was 25°.
In years when temperatures stayed above freezing the average hourly temperature was 41°.
During those years, 26% of the time there was precipitation. If precipitation falls, there is a 29% climatologically, the probability is that it will be snow
54% of the time the winds are 10-20mph for the average of 1931 to 2013

Looking at Model Data for Predictions

Another forecasting reference is current model data. The National Weather Service long term trend outlooks, updated daily.
8-14 day weather outlook for temps Meteorologist Amy Freeze

Meteorologist Amy Freeze

Meteorologist Amy Freeze



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This is the course for Sunday. 26.2 Miles
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This is my 6th Marathon, I did NYC Marathon once before 10 years ago (after 9/11) and it was a very patriotic experience. I’m looking forward to this race… my plan is to make it my slowest marathon ever!  That might sound funny (even though I’ve had a great training program and got in TWO 20-mile training runs) I really want to enjoy this marathon – the course and the people which means that the WATER STOPS will be a big part of my race!

Often people will be surprised when they meet someone who runs marathon… the questions are familar… so here are my answers…

Why run a Marathon?      Because, thankfully, I can!

How do you have time to train?    I make time. I’m a mother of 4.  Secret Weapon:  the first shoes I put on every day are a pair of running shoes… it makes the workout inevitable!

How can you make it 26.2 miles running, I can’t drive that far!   I make it one water stop at a time!  Poland Springs is sponsoring the ING Marathon this year — and the water stops are what I look forward to — not just for the liquid but because of the people volunteering at the water stops…. I’ll be looking for YOU! (P.S. I really can’t drive 26.2 miles all that well either!)

Fastest Time:  4:04  I’ve never run a Sub-4 Marathon and I’ve never run Boston,  I want to do both someday BUT not this race.

Why put yourself through the pain of a marathon?   It’s odd, like childbirth.  you forget that it hurts.

What will you do when you finish?  I’m going to Disney…. sort of… I’ll be on the 6pm Eyewitness News with the Accuweather Forecast on Sunday Night!

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Running into Memories

Posted: October 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Besides the first time I held my children, some of my greatest life moments have happened while running!  Meeting friends, seeing new places and of course, crossing finish lines… so when I train it seems I can’t help running into memories… thought I’d write a few down….
I think about my days running cross country where we would countdown until Friday where we would run to the Dairy Queen after practice.

I remember my high school coach running along side me during races cheering me on to the finish.  I remember doing my first triathlon with Olympian Amy Van Dyken when we were working for the same TV station in Denver.

I remember racing (use this term loosely!) Mary Decker Slaney on leg 12 of the Hood to Coast TWO years in a row!

I remember Media Team for relays and charity races. I think about some of my best friends in the world turning out summer after summer for my favorite race Miles to Fight Melanoma.

I love the memory of Deirdre and Maree helping me finish my 1st New York marathon and the phone call I made right after I finished the race.

I think about people I spent running 185 miles with… but havent’ seen since.

I think about the mornings my Dad woke me up before school growing up…it was still dark outside as we ran up and down the hill on Pawnee Drive visualizing the runners I’d pass in my next race.

There’s a country song, every mile a memory and it reminds me that the race is the destination… but the training is the real treat as it provides the road to reflection where I think about memories that have been made and the one’s that are waiting at the next race.  Looking forward to ING New York Marathon 2011

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From Shorter: Go Faster

Posted: October 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Frank Shorter

Run FASTER

From Shorter, How to Get Faster

“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” – Sir Roger Bannister (first person to do a sub-4 minute mile)
I have a few blue ribbons from my early days running (before I turned 12.) I even have an age division award from the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon in the late 80s. But I’ve never been obsessed about PRs And I don’t have a case full of running trophies! I suppose my running satisfaction is quenched less by the clock and more by crossing the finish line. I would define my running career as a satisfied “middle of the packer.” And althought, I’ve never been discouraged by not finishing first, I have wanted to run faster at different points of my training.

When I was in my early 20s I was asked to serve on the Colorado Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness. Another councilmember was the World Class runner Ellen Hart Pena. Ellen not just an amazing runner, she’s a terrific mother and I really admire her! She introduced me to a friend of hers… the legendary American long-distance runner Frank Shorter. Shorter won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics. His victory is credited with igniting the running boom in the United States of the 1970s.

I actually met Frank in a limosine on the way to his race the Boulder Boulder in the late 90s, (which would be glamorous except it was about 4am in the morning on race day!) Because of my work on the Fitness Council I was helping with some Boulder Boulder race preps and was riding from Denver to the race with the organizers. I had just returned to running a few months prior following the birth of my first son. Getting through my workouts and races faster had become more important because I had a reason to get home quicker— to be a mom!

As we road together I asked Frank a simple question. I told him I wanted to be quicker. I laughed and said I’m not trying to beat Ellen but as a runner “How do you get faster?”

He paused. Then answered with this, “Amy, to run fast. You have to run fast.”

Everyone laughed. Maybe there is a hidden message in his advice but I took it this way…. you have to train fast, to get faster. So that’s what I did for his race…. Year after Year. And I looked back at the race results for Boulder Boulder for the years I ran it…. And it must have motivated me…

By the way, the Boulder Boulder can have as many as 50,000 runners and is the largest timed race in the USA. It’s an awesome course!

BOULDER BOULDER RESULTS
1999 (under my married name) 1:04:50
2000 AMY FREEZE 55:22
2001 AMY FREEZE 50:27
2002 AMY FREEZE 48:22

Running fast for me is about running faster when and where I can. I like my spot in the middle of the pack on race day… getting ready to run my best race. And yes, I admist I’m happy when I finish a workout quicker than usual. But it’s mostly because I can start working on dinner!! 🙂

 

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My Dad Taught Me to Run

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Everybody has a story about how they started running as a sport. Mine started young. I began running road races when I was 8 years old growing up in Southern Indiana. My Father, Bill Freeze, loved to get up on Saturday mornings and run the local races. His example and love of running is why I am a runner today. He started taking me and my 4 sisters along with him to races. At first, we ran the kids “fun runs.” I remember meeting a local news anchor, the beautiful Jackie Hays from WAVE-TV in Louisville.

But it wasn’t long before I joined him in the 5Ks and then 10Ks and then my first Mini Marathon in 1983. It was such a thrill to run along side my dad in the races. I grew up loving to run. In a time where there were not many sports for girls, I was taught a love of physical fitness through the sport of running.

My dad was usually a “middle of the packer” but that didn’t keep him for admiring the guys that won the races. He met many of them and had his photo with them. My Dad made sure that I learned how to run from the very best. The summer after my first Mini Marathon I attended a running camp put on by the legendary Swag Hartel. I joined other preteens learning form, how to run sprints, drinking just enough water before races and how to chose the right shoes. I still think about the tips Swag taught me during that camp:
Form – holding my fists gentle enough to carry an egg!
Sprints – sprints can be incorporated into any run… it’s called tempo training
Water- drink the day before a race, sip on race day
Shoes- ALWAYS get them at a Running Store so you have the right size

Rare Video of 1983 Swag Hartel KY Derby Mini Marathon

I still think about those training tips when I run today. Even though I started young, I feel like I learn new things about myself and my fitness level every time I hit the road. P.S. Swag: I’m on my way to get a new pair of shoes for my NYC Marathon Training.

Photo One Louisville KY TV News Anchor Jackie Hayes at a local Road Race when I was about 8 years old.
Photo Two Family photo of me at the age of 10

Jackie Hayes

Grew up Running as a Kid in Southern Indiana

Freeze Family

Freeze Family

Oh Rats!

On my run last night I realized I’ve seen some interesting things in nature over a quarter century of running.  There are the highlights – rainbows, sunrised and sunsets. And the images I’d rather forget – “roadkill” being the worst. I’ve seen turtles, caterpillars, llamas, a hogwart on a run in Africa, and I even brought a stray kitten home from a run when I was 12. But this week, I had a one of a kind run. A stare down, a real face off. It was a “your path or mine,” kind of duel. And the battle was with a New York City rat. A very stubborn rat.

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This 8 mile training run took me and my training partner Curt (thank heavens I have a witness to this story!) We ran along the Hudson River from Midtown to West Harlem for about 8 miles round trip. Granted, our run was at dusk when rodents like to prowel… but we saw 4 rats cross the path in the first four miles! I was still shreaking when we met up with Rat #5… he was in the middle of the path and the middle of dinner. He didn’t flinch as we approached. And he had no plans to move. We stared. He stared, and stayed firm. I stomped. And stomped again…. he wasn’t about to give up his spot. I have no idea why it is so terrifying to be so close to a rat, but I wasn’t gonna pass until he cleared the road. Finally, a twig tossed in his direction was enough for him to scoot to the grass… we passed… but I looked back. Would a rat so bold be willing to chase us down after we bumped him from the path?

Even for NYC I felt like this was unusual so I did a bit of research… rats are being spotted above ground more following NYC’s WETTEST summer in history. There have been reports of huge rats, rats taking over playgrounds, and in one case, a woman being bitten by a rat. I’m still a scaredy cat and leaped about 3 feet when I saw the 6th, 7th, 8th and yes, 9th rat! NINE Rats, not a misprint. And I have a witness.  Good thing I can run fast…faster than a NYC rat.  Here’s are some fast rat facts and recent rat reports.

RAT BUSTERS

RAT BITE

RATS TAKE OVER

RAT SITS ON MANS LAP

#WeekendWorkout for NYC

I’ll be doing my 20 miles this weekend for my ING NYC Marathon Training… (I’ll be the one with the Rats or BUST t-shirt)  I’m joining the Hole in the Wall Gang and American Record Holder Josh Cox for Poland Spring Water.  I’ve been following a MAP MY RUN training schedule put together by the NYRR.     WATER

Saturday Muggy and Cloudy with a shower in spots, not soakers but the threat of rain off and on during the day High of 75
Sunday (the drier day of the weekend) A brief morning shower then clouds to sunshine High of 73

 

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Write it on Your Heart

Posted: February 18, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Today is so beautiful… I’m happy and grateful. Thoughts on what I’ve done while at Fox Chicago News:

-First Female Chief Meteorologist In Chicago
-Unveiled the First DualPol Radar in the Midwest
-Made Fox Chicago the city’s First NOAA Storm Ready Supporter TV Station
-Hosted the First Ever Weather Education Days at the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Wolves Hockey
-Visited 25,000 School Children in the Chicago area over 4 years
-Most Accurate Forecast in Chi from 2007-2011
-Emmy Winner for “Surviving Severe Weather”
-Chief Presenter for Shedd Aquarium’s First Ever “Listen to Our Lakes” with my Storm Water Alert Program
-Official Forecasts for Soldier Field and the Chicago Bears
-Countless opportunities to work with charities and people who make a difference in Chicagoland

But honestly, my professional accomplishments pale in comparison to the love, friendship, relationships, moments I have shared with co-workers and friends. Thank you. -af
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Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson