Oh, no…this might be all my fault

I’m sitting here all innocent-like when suddenly all these alerts come streaming across my desktop.

Uh-oh, that’s not good. We’ve got students planning to go home today and tomorrow.

Volatile weather? Never seen here before?

Plummeting temperatures and slippery roads…what could be causing this?

POTENTIALLY HISTORIC HIGH WIND EVENT! Wait, I might be responsible. You see, I ordered a whole bunch of mutant flies earlier, thinking the weather was going to be mild during the middle of the week — I check the weather before ordering these things, because it’s a bit dicey in December, and I’ve received shipments of biological specimens frozen rock solid before. I honestly thought this would be good timing to sidle past the Weather Gods and the Fly Gods. They are expected to arrive…


I taunted fate, and this is what I get.

I guess we better batten down the hatches and make sure everything movable is secure — I remember a year when our garbage cans took flight. Everyone be safe. I hope my flies make it.


  1. birgerjohansson says

    Don’t mess with the Lord of Flies.
    Seriously, do I transcribe the name as Baal-Shebub? I am uncertain about the non-consonant phoenician stuff.

  2. says

    Mary & I just made the rounds of they yard, moved the car into the garage, and took down all the bird feeders. I’m a little worried about the big ol’ rotten-hearted tree in our yard, which could come down in our bedroom or our bathroom, but there’s nothing we can do about it today.
    I think Mary just took off to warn the birds and squirrels to hunker down tonight, and to let them know we’ll put the feeders back up as soon as the storm passes. With extra nuts!

  3. Akira MacKenzie says

    And for everyone who is going to have to pick through the rubble that was once their homes after this, remember, global warming and climate change are nothing but hoaxes created by communists who hate America, freedom, and you.

  4. says

    No, we are BIRD feeders. The squirrels are obnoxious interlopers. We’ve got all kinds of contrived wires and widgets to try and keep the goddamned squirrels OUT.

  5. birgerjohansson says

    Alex Jones has done a “let’s top this” om the Jewish space lasers and is blaming the tornados on government weather weapons.
    So let’s hope Joe Biden does not hate Minnesota.

  6. says

    Aaaand…a hawk just swooped down and took out a small bird on our front lawn, just a few feet outside my office window. I guess it was stocking up before the storm hit.

  7. birgerjohansson says

    If you ask the Japanese Happy Science cult, they will probably blame the weather on the reptilians.
    (I suspect the reptilians are Jewish, as their enemies- the blond aryan-looking aliens from the Pleiades – have nazi eagle tattoos in the anime which the cult has produced as educational material)
    The Japanese cults are weirder than Alex Jones.

  8. birgerjohansson says

    PZ @ 7
    Squirrels will also raid bird nests, and evem enlarge the openings to birdhouses to gain entrance.
    I know they are just following their instincts, but I think they are a bit Republican.

  9. brucej says

    @8 birgerjohansson:

    Alex Jones has been pushing the government weather control conspiracy for years and years,

    @10 PZ

    Earlier this spring I almost caught a hawk on the side of the head while riding my bike to work it was so concentrated on sharing the rabbit that was racing across the street in front of me. Didn’t have my life flash before may eyes, but DID have a brown feathery blur do so…

  10. hemidactylus says

    If I read the legend right on my Weather Underground app the precipitation in Morris, MN just went from wet to mixed/frozen.

  11. robro says

    In our yard, we feed the birds, ergo we feed the squirrels.

    We’re having our second “atmospheric river” of the season. Man, is it ever wet. And “cold” for our neck of the woods in California. I know it’s nothing compared to Minnesota, but still…I’m an old man with bad circulation.

    hemidactylus @ #15: Thank you for that link. I used to check the NOAA satellite images at another URL, but they stopped posting videos a while back. I’ve missed watching our weather coming from the North Pacific.

  12. robro says

    birgerjohansson @ #16 — Not too surprising. I saw a financial advisor this afternoon who said she thought that BBB probably wouldn’t get through until next year anyway. While I think BBB is important, too, voting rights is very important given the sleight of hand the Republicans are trying to pull off. BBB won’t mean a damn if the hard line, reactionary Republicans have a permanent majority in 30 states and both houses of Congress for eternity. (And before somebody reminds that Dems aren’t “pure as the driven snow”…yeah I know.)