Good Morning Bloggers!
A quiet spell in KC will give way to rain chances by mid-week. More on that in future blogs, but let's take a look at the current tropical storm season in the atlantic.
A trifecta of storms in the Atlantic Basin.
Here's the latest on Hurricane Danielle:
Bermuda is under a Tropical Storm Watch. She's expected to start moving northeastward over the next 24 hours and stay well east of Bermuda. Winds are 110mph and swells and dangerous rip currents may hit the US east coast later today.
Here's the latest on Tropical Storm Earl:
Tropical Storm watch for Saint Martin, Antigua, Anguilla. Winds are 60mph, but may reach hurricane status Sunday as the storm begins to track northwestward. Current forecast tracks keep Earl well east of Florida, Georgia & South Carilina. North Carolina has the highest chance of being impacted, but also sits east of the current forecast track. Note, the forecast track will change over the next 5 days.
Here's the latest on the storm that could become Fiona: NHC is assigning an 80% chance for tropical cyclone development to the storm just east of Earl. As this storm tracks eastward it'll have to be watched as it may impact the eastern US coast next weekend.
Enjoy the weekend. We'll have an update to next weekend's forecast at 5 & 10pm tonight. So now, let's have some fun with our latest trip to Platte City.
I'd always been curious about the Platte Falls Conservation Area, so I decided to take this opportunity to drive to Platte City in the gorgeous weather.
Walking down Main Street, I ducked into the Platte County Courthouse.
Smiley eyed, I was stopped by the security guard who instructed me that no cameras were allowed inside. He was friendly enough, telling me that the original front section that we were standing in was built in the 1860s, while the rest was built in the 1970s. That was the beginning and end to my short tour there, but I later learned the court may have a history of trying one of the members of Bonnie & Clyde's gang.
I continued down Mainstreet unaware that I was about to have a lesson in the history of Journalism. Through a shop window I noticed very old piece of machinery. It was a linotype machine sitting in what is the office of The Landmark-it's the local newspaper. I walked in. Ivan, the man in charge took a break from his typing to show me around. He told me this machine was developed in the late 1800s and used to cast a line of text out of metal.
These lines of text would all be assembled together as a page of newspaper print at the printing press...
Where the paper sheets would get inked up... After the day's paper was complete, the lines of text would be melted down for used in the next day's paper. Hot off the press?
Around the corner is the Ben Ferrel Platte County Museum...billed as a "Victorian Mini-Mansion" dated 1882..
The look, the feel, even the aroma takes us back into the past....although we're quickly reminded of the current times by the security system..an electronic woman's voice repeats "Close the door" every time the front door opens.
Down the street, a pool hall where I used a credit card to purchase $1.50 root beer ( I know, it's so annoying, but I had no cash) so props to the bartender! As I ducked out, it looked like the bikers were just starting to arrive.
Finally, down to the Platte Falls Conservation Center. Following the arrows, past the "dead end" sign, the road gradually narrowed, turned to gravel, and then the overwhelming sounds of cicadas.
Feeling almost like wilderness...eventually you can find a boat landing. Water level on the Platte River looked low, likely a reflection of the 1.5" rainfall shortfall so far this month. I was still a little surprised to see it so low, because river flooding is common in these parts.
After failing to find the archery range, I was cut off by a truck pulling out of the concrete plant near the park's entrance. As I drove through his cloud of dust, I noticed I had picked up a hitchhiker crawling on my neck. I brushed him off and he landed on my mini-tripod.
Cute little guy, huh. He was not bugged by my camera lens in his face, in fact he was quite photogenic. Together, we drove back to KC.
Thanks for checking in! Have a nice weekend!
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