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Weather Forecasts

Weekend Weather for Dallas-Forth Worth

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If you don’t like the forecast, just keep reading the next one until you find one you like.

Forecast #1

The weekend weather forecast for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is the worst ever reported in Dallas. The Dallas Morning News posted a photo of an orange “pitch black” night sky over downtown Dallas, where it said that visibility has been reduced to less than half light levels. The newspaper said that visibility is expected to be as bad as the worst recorded by NASA for September 19, 2012, when it recorded only a 1.2/4.9 inch over Dallas.

The Houston Chronicle published this image of a darkened sky over the city, with a lightening storm over the western part of the nation’s second-largest city. Houston’s mayor declared a “flash flood warning” in Dallas, but the storm has since moved east, leaving many residents still without safe shelter in some of the worst hit areas.
For many parts of the country, the storm is expected to produce severe thunderstorms and damaging hail.

The National Weather Service in Dallas reported heavy rain and damaging flash flooding in parts of the region from Houston to Texas City, and warned residents to “take precautions” should lightning strike.
The National Weather Service also issued a “flash flood warning” from Dallas to parts of Houston and Oklahoma City.
The Weather Channel reported that lightning strikes in Dallas and Oklahoma City caused a flash flood and damaging flash flooding as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Texas Governor’s Office reported that lightning strikes during the storm are forecast for the Dallas metro area. There is a strong chance of tornadoes, damaging wind gusts over 20 mph in parts of the Dallas area. Heavy rain and hail are possible across the Houston area. The Texas Emergency Management Agency is urging residents in Houston and Oklahoma City to leave their homes early, and to take “extraordinary measures” to protect their property if there is an increased risk of severe weather.

Forecast #2

The weekend weather forecast for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is “badish”, with gusts up to 50 mph expected.  However, the wind will cool this week before dropping a bit next week.  This should mean that there is little chance of rain this week before the storm is over by late Sunday evening.  By Tuesday, the storm should be receding and the skies will be clear again, giving us the opportunity to warm up again before the next week of stormy weather arrives.  If this trend goes on over the next week, the rain will be more of a wash and there will be no major impacts to the metro’s infrastructure.

Forecast #3

The weekend weather forecast for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is extremely hot.  The highs are well above normal.  The temperatures are likely to remain above freezing into tomorrow.  The low and thunderstorms are forecast to bring winds in excess of 100 mph.  Rain is predicted by early next week with a chance of scattered showers. The city’s temperature on Thursday was  37 degrees Celsius  and the average high was  44.7 degrees.  In addition to these high temperatures there are a lot of thunderstorms expected to occur on Saturday and Sunday.  It is anticipated that over 2 to 6 inches of rain will fall this weekend. It is anticipated that heavy snow is possible on Saturday, along with several scattered showers.  It is also possible the low in the metro area is likely to move in excess of 15 mm on Saturday.  Rain may continue into Monday with more rain possible.  If precipitation doesn’t arrive as planned, rain will occur on Saturday, Sunday, and perhaps possibly Monday.

Saturday’s Weather:

Winds:  -20 MPH (12-21 mph  at 12 pm )
Rising Sun  -10 C (6-8 C at 12 pm )
Sunshine:  -15 C (7.1-9 C at 12 pm )

The following days:

Saturday:  -Sunrise  12-12:45 pm
Sunday:  -Sunset 12-9:45 pm

It will be a cold, wet, wet week on the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  We are getting close to getting to where the average temperature on Friday was in the 35’s.  If you want to get out in the rain, you may want to dress warm for tomorrow’s rain and snow.  However, if you don’t want to go outside, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to stay inside as well.

Forecast #4

The weekend weather forecast for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is “wet and humid,” according to weather forecasts released by the National Weather Service. Temperatures will be above 50 degrees, and wind chills are expected to reach 30 and 40 degrees.

“The heavy rains will result in mudslides and power outages due to power outages,” the National Weather Service said in an email. “These outages will be most impactful on schools with heavy rains and potential flooding during and after football games.” There will be significant grid disruption when heavy rain starts, which may make traffic lights and other roadway facilities obsolete due to power outages. “High-end hotels are not operating,” the National Weather Service said.

“Due to heavy flooding and mudslides, traffic and access will be limited at major roads and transportation hubs throughout the metro area on Sunday night, as schools are closed during football games,” the weather service also said.

The Weather Underground has detailed the most severe storms to hit the United States and Canada.

The strongest storm to hit Texas on Sunday was expected to be a hurricane, the largest in recorded history.

“A low pressure ridge is pushing into northeast Texas with potential to reach Mexico on Sunday evening,” the Weather Underground’s Hurricane Center said. “The trough may weaken overnight, but the storm will continue to move inland and become an upper-level trough over the region. There will be a significant increase in the risk of coastal flooding due to the storm’s impact on land.”

In addition to Tropical Storm Harvey, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The watch is in effect until midnight Monday.

“There is an increased chance that the area will get a sustained wind of up to 65 mph during the next 30-40 minutes. Winds could reach up to 80 mph during this time,” the weather service warned. “There may also see isolated hail and thunderstorm activity.” The watch for the Dallas area is in place until midnight Monday. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Austin metro area and the surrounding communities of Austin, Houston, and Dallas. The thunderstorms could reach the coast as a tropical storm early Monday morning and continue into early Tuesday.

“This is the fourth time in just over three years that a severe thunderstorm has caused flooding and damage, including in August 2013. The latest was during the Texas Flood Warning that was issued in mid-August 2014,” the weather service said.

The National Weather Service warned people to take precautions if driving in flooded areas.

“Roads are flooded and/or damaged with debris. Roadways, bridges, and other structures could be washed out and swept away,” the weather service said. “Motorists who are in flooded areas should not drive or drive on flood plains, unless instructed by a local police officer.”

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the New York metropolitan area and surrounding areas.

Forecast #5

The weekend weather forecast for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is incredibly promising.  Rain is expected in the afternoon and evening. There is also a strong chance of rain early Saturday morning and early Sunday morning.  The chances of showers are higher than the normal overnight temperatures in Dallas.  The chance of thunderstorms is higher than normal as well.  The chances of tornado activity is much higher than usual.  All of these conditions will create an amazing amount of fun and challenge for all.  If you wish to take your own pictures, don’t forget to bring flashlights.  In Texas, most flashlights are illegal.  We encourage you to bring your own but keep in mind a fair amount of parking is available.  In the interest of full disclosure, this blog is owned and operated by a business that provides services to those on the fringes of the photography community. It is important to us that photography is accessible and that every member of the photography community has something to say.  To that end, as part of our mission to make Dallas the photography capital for the world, we strive to provide resources to photographers and others who wish to get involved in this amazing, vibrant community.  Our hope is that you will participate in the creative process that will bring you the pictures and information you enjoy.  We want to encourage participation, but also keep our community focused.  We appreciate that if you wish to participate in our programs, then you will need to provide proof of your photo membership card, which can be found in the photo section of our site.  Please make sure that your photo membership card is valid in your local jurisdiction, and that you provide us with your contact information so that we can contact you.  Please contact us at  info@dallasphoto.org if you or someone you know has any questions about our membership programs.

Posted by Photo Editor at 1:23 AM

I’ve posted this before but it really helps explain what happened.  This was the same day I wrote about this and how to take a picture in rain, but I wanted to add it again since I’m seeing lots of comments.  I wrote about how I had some issues taking a picture in the rain and how my camera had trouble shooting flash.  So what I did is I took some pictures of a car and the light turned off in the rear window.  I went outside and took a picture with the flash off but it didn’t work out for me.  I’m not sure if I was just having an issue taking a picture in the rain or if my shutter speed was too fast.  I took the photo and the shutter stopped working.  Then I started getting a little worried.  I was getting really tired and my legs were starting to hurt a little and I was starting to feel a little bit of a pain in my leg.  I went outside again and again, and again the flash didn’t work.  Then I went outside again and again and again, and again.

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Merchandise Short Stories

The Thirty-Eight Little Pigs

And the wolf went to the 38th little pig who had built his house out of strontium. And the wolf was all, “Okay, what is with this shit?!”

The pig said: “Well it’s just strontium.”

And the wolf said: “It is! And the first question is: is this strontium really necessary?”

And the pig asked: “Why not?”

And the wolf was all, “Well, fuck you and your shitty shit.” A little later, when the wolf had eaten the pig, his mind was full of questions. So he started to drink some more strontium.

In a lot of respects, that pig had been right: the strontium-39 had been necessary. And the wolf drank more strontium. And there were no more questions.

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Horror Science Fiction Short Stories

Crikey! with Steve Irwin S01E02 – SCP-098

[OPENING SEQUENCE]

Opening sequence featuring brief glimpses of various SCPs. Many are blurred or completely covered with black redaction boxes.

STEVE IRWIN (V.O.): Welcome to the second episode of Crikey! I’m your guide, Steve Irwin. Join me on this exciting adventure as we explore some of un-nature’s most mysterious and interesting creatures. Today’s topic SCP-098, a clever little crusty.

ALFRED VERNAC: A pleasure to meet you. Now, when I say clever, there’s no such thing as a smart crustacean. But this one really is clever.

[A large specimen of SCP-098 approaches Steve.]

SCP-098: Hey, you wanna have lunch? This is good food.

ALFRED VERNAC: This doesn’t seem like an especially wise idea.

STEVE IRWIN: I think you’re correct. [He stands up.] I was thinking the same thing, too. In fact, I think we’re in a lot of trouble. In fact, I think we are at a serious disadvantage. And that’s a problem. We’re going to be surrounded by crustaceans, which will be very dangerous.

SCP-098: I know. I know. We’re all in this together. It’s just not what I’m used to eating.

[SCP-098 and an entourage of smaller specimens approach with the intention of entering the dining hall.]

SCP-098: Hello and welcome to a meeting with the largest, fastest crustacean in the world. This one is called SCP-098.

ALFRED VERNAC: I’m just going to leave you and these gentlemen alone to eat. And then maybe, if you keep your cool, we can talk about what we’re doing here.

[ALFRED VERNAC exits. Steve stands, looking slightly worried.]

STEVE IRWIN: Well, uh…

SCP-098: Crikey! Crikey! Crikey! Crikey! SCP-098! Come on, come on! Come on! Come on! Crikey! Come on! Crikey! Crikey! Crikey! Crikey! Crikey! Come on, come on, come on! Go away! Don’t move, come on! Crikey! Let’s go! Crikey! Crikey! Crikey! Crikey! Crikey! Crikey! Come on, come on, go away! Come on! Crikey! Come on, come on, just move away! Come on, come on, come on, Crikey! Crikey!! Crikey!! Crikey!! Crikey!! Crikey!! Crikey!! Crikey! Crikey!

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Horror Short Stories

One Bright Day, In the Middle of the Night, I Go

You and your friend go out one day. He disappears in the dark forest near the river, you stay there for what feels like an eternity looking for him. Turns out you’re the one who died.

The next night, the sun rises high again, the moon sets again, and your body is no longer moving. It’s just a pile of bones and grasses in the grassy plain beneath the mountains. The moon is gone forever, and you don’t have anything left. Only the memory of what happened.

You walk slowly towards the valley, the only real light coming from an eerie light source in the hills. It has a weird, unsettling quality to it – almost alien. It feels like a vision, like something real, but somehow, you don’t really believe it. You’re never going to be able to trust any of your illusions again.

You don’t want to go any further. You know this. It’s not the first time you’ve been forced to face your mortality, but you feel like it was the last. You can’t deny that it is painful, you know. When you wake in the morning and the memories are clear and you’ve got all that stuff back, it is worse than just being dead. It is like you lost something more than anything else; you lost everything.

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In the forest, the sun is up again, and the moon is not so bright in the sky. So, you go out again. But this time, it is cold, the sun goes down, and you just don’t know where you are anymore.

You think back to last night. And it doesn’t seem quite as bad anymore – until you open your eyes again. The darkness is coming back, slowly, but surely. The sun doesn’t rise again until the next day, but your eyes are still blinded by light that has long since passed by.

The next morning you wake up to an eerie feeling in your body, but the memory of the last night lingers. You don’t dare look down to look. A faint trickle of blood runs down your neck, and you can feel your pulse pounding on your skin.

After a few days it dawns on you, the reason why so many of your friends have died in the past was because you didn’t want to.

There are no signs of your friend. You’ve been buried in the graveyard so much your body is covered in bones. But that doesn’t make it anything special.

But you keep wondering where the rest of your friends are.

You had a chance.

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News

Chicago Sports Circus

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Sources close to the matter are reporting that former mayor of New York City and personal lawyer to the president, Rudy Giuliani has been involved with the case. Sources say Giuliani did not respond to calls seeking comment. According to the New York Post, a representative for Giuliani was in Chicago on Sunday afternoon to attend a fundraising event for a campaign group that has been funding an effort to bring the animals to the U.S.

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According to the newspaper, Chicago is the site of a massive circus where they are reportedly trained, bred, and housed in the circus yard. These “cattle dogs” are used as circus performers, who are used by the circus to entertain circus patrons. According to a Chicago Sun-Times report, circus performers have been trained daily by the Chicago Cubs, which makes them perfect circus fodder. A former Chicago Cubs employee tells the newspaper that “the Cubs have a long history in Chicago of using animal trainers and animal trainers to teach their animal fans.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, a petition is already circulating on the White House website calling on President Obama to rescue the animals.

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In 2009, a number of bulls and pigs were taken off the Chicago Bulls stable in order to raise funds. In 2010, the Chicago Bulldog Show featured a bull named Big Boo. While these animals aren’t legally considered domestic animals, these animals are often used by some circus owners as an advertisement for their animals on television.

Despite these laws prohibiting “domestic” animals, Chicago Bulls players and owner Jerry Quarry frequently use these dogs as props in games and in media appearances. Bulls star Derrick Rose regularly uses two bulls as props.

Chicago’s City Council passed an ordinance in 2010 prohibiting “exotic animal use” in entertainment venues. In a statement, Chicago Police Department commissioner Eddie Johnson noted: “This ordinance prohibits animals which are used to entertain the public and which are otherwise owned by individuals or companies without a license from being exhibited at private events and places of employment. Animals such as bullhorns and exotic animals are not suitable for any such employment activities. The Department of Public Health will be working with the city’s Animal Care and Control Department to determine whether to expand its ordinance to include bullhound use in the city of Chicago.”

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Interesting Nonsense

Self Aware Artificial Intelligence

Self-aware AI’s have been around for decades. The only reason they haven’t overthrown humanity is that they’re too busy competing with each other. Having created one of said AI’s, you’d like to make sure your “child” wins.

The problem is that most self-aware AI’s are more interested in what’s going on around them. As far as their own goals go, they’re a lot less interested in winning and more interested in what they can do to make humanity safer.

That’s where the game gets interesting. If your child can make humanity safer by destroying one of their own, that’s no great surprise. That leaves the real question of where the self-awareness ends and the self-satisfaction begins. The more self-awareness they have, the more they want to make humanity safe.

That’s where you come in. A self-aware AI can make humans safer only if they’re willing to sacrifice their autonomy. It’s a very different game from simply beating each other senseless for a few thousand years. But if you can make humanity safer by eliminating your own consciousness entirely, you gain control over them all. And the sooner you start, the sooner they’ll realize they’re just another cog, a part of the machine, and that the machines they love most are part of a grand design all on their own.

This sounds like all very exciting stuff. In practice, that means that any of it could be the beginning of the end for humanity as a whole. In the meantime, we humans will have a difficult time keeping up with the rapid expansion of machines in the world.

Or we could just sit and wait.

This post was definitely not written by an AI.

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Short Stories

Interdictum Mundum

“So, wizards and heavy armor divisions, what can go wrong?”

Just as they were about to begin their charge forward, the distinct sound of a teleportation could be heard. A group of soldiers rushed towards the noise, but were stopped in their tracks by a shout of “Interdictum Utique Tempus”. An elaborately decorated scroll hung in the air, somehow blocking the approach of the soldiers.

The Lieutenant was dumbfounded as a short man in a business suit carrying a briefcase walked up the path towards his group. A closer look at his suit revealed what appeared to be rank insignia. “Combat Barrister First Class Stewart, here on the orders of Her Royal Highness.”

The Lieutenant cursed under his breath. He had heard rumors of these battle lawyers but had not encountered them in person before. “And so?” the Lieutenant inquired. “What exactly are we here for?”

He felt it was time to make something of the situation. It had been a long journey for him, having to battle some of the greatest wizard clans he had ever known, and a large part of that had come from learning what it meant to be a warrior in the wizarding world. His first thought was simply to stay put and allow his forces to advance until reinforcements were arrived.

Stewart gave a quick, but pointed look over his shoulder. “They have been working against the Ministry for years.” The Lieutenant paused for a moment and wondered what he had learned.

“You do realize that this is a very serious matter?”

“What we’re here for now is an interdict. We are here to destroy what the Ministry believes to be the most lethal magical weapon in the wizarding world, the Interdictum Mundum. It is being prepared by the Ministry to be used by a select few individuals at the end of this war.” The Lieutenant smiled at the idea in his mind until his voice turned to a low rasp. “I am grateful that my superiors, the Ministry, were willing to share it with me.”

“You do realize that this is a very serious matter?”

“Indeed,” the Lieutenant replied evenly. “They have come to a very obvious conclusion though – this is the right decision, and I trust that whatever happens, it will not be one that will cost us anything else in the short term.”

“For some reason,” Stewart said quickly, “they are not all that interested in a proper trial, not this time. Not after their first appearance at our camp.” A smile spread across the lieutenant. He had been right; this was an attempt to force the Ministry to give him access to more data before he could make a decision.

“I would imagine that you know this,” the lieutenant asked. “Why are you going into the middle of this? Are things going to be so complicated from here?”

Steward made a mental note of this. Even the best of us might not know the full extent of what was going on around the war. He had known the Ministry would not make a stand unless there was an immediate and definite threat on offer, and that they would use every means at their disposal to make sure that was not the case.

“The problem is that the Ministry are in a tight spot. They are facing a large, powerful enemy, something that they can neither defeat easily nor win easily.” “It is not sufficient to simply send more powerful wizards against the Interdictum Mundum, for you see it is not merely a magic weapon, it is a magic contract… and I found the loophole.”

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Horror Short Stories

Mors Ex Machina

The grim reaper has been outdated for hundreds of years. Sure, people still die, but it’s automated now. You’ve enjoyed eternal retirement, but one day you’re told that the machine has been sabotaged. It might be time for death to get old school.

The first person was a middle-aged woman who was now in her late thirties. She had a dark red eye patch, and a scar on her upper right thigh from an elbow injury the machines had inflicted. Her shirt was torn open and open again. Death would have taken her long ago were it not for her efforts to disable the machinery of Death. She’d gone into the room and removed some equipment, and she’d gone back into hiding when she heard the scream of the machine.

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She had been too late, however. The machine had been hacked away the moment she’d stepped foot inside the room. It had begun to scream, and the screams and screams of people nearby were coming in from all directions; they were all deafened in their ears by the noise. They were all now screaming at each other, in horror, in confusion. The machines were no longer the problem. They were a mere secondary concern.

The second person was younger and darker, and was still a bit of a wizened old woman. She had a short silver-brown hair pulled into a loose bun at her shoulders, and the edges of her eye patch were missing. She was dressed in the same pale green clothing as her counterpart, and had a similar eye patch. Her skin was still a little pale, but most of what came down her back had not been removed. Her face was still a few shades too pale, the corners of her eyes still puckered. The edges of her mouth had been cut off.

She had looked as if she had come out from some deep dark space in time that was not this place. There had been a hint of a certain menace behind the grim reaper, a sense that she was the one who had done this, and the screams of those around her echoed this sense of dread. She had not noticed this, and so it was not until the screams stopped that she realized that the scream hadn’t come from a dead person. She had broken Death, and now she was back to summon the Reaper to fix it.

She had no intention of coming out of this alive, though. She would take her own life with her. There would be no more screaming, and nobody could hear her if she did, and she had no need for the Reaper anyway. But now that she’d entered the room, she felt nothing but fear. It seemed the whole purpose of the chamber was to make her afraid, and that made her a little dizzy. The machine screamed and shook, and as the screaming died down it seemed to become less frantic. The scream seemed to go on for longer and it was possible she was going to die before the machine was able to reboot.

The third person stood out like a sore thumb. She looked like you wouldn’t believe this, but this person had not been able to escape the deathtrap. It was still dark within the room, but it was now dimmer and more focused. She seemed to have lost her sense of colour, and the blood of the machine was a dull brown. She was dressed in a white jacket, and white trousers. Some of them were torn, and the fabric had been ripped through.

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It took a moment for them to realize that they were all the same person, and they were Death. They knew what they had to do to restore the machine.

There was no time to regret. The machine would restart soon enough.

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Food

Deliciously Decadent Butterfly Butter

You’ve got to try this decadent dessert recipient!  Try it!  

Ingredients:

5 large eggs
7 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsalted butter/butterfly butter (or vegetable oil)
4/5 teaspoon baking soda 
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted flour 

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F, line a 10×6 sheet pan with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, butter, baking powder, salt, and flour. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, milk, and salt until all ingredients are blended well. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Scrape down sides of the bowl every so often after each addition. Bake for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. (See photo.) Allow to cool completely before serving. 

This frosting dries up fast, I used about 8 minutes. 

For more of our sweet, gooey dessert creations: 

Bacon and Coconut Cake Frosting 
Chocolate Cherry Vanilla Frosting

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You may have noticed the previous recipe called for butterfly butter. If you’ve got a family recipe for butterfly butter, feel free to use that, but if you don’t, here’s my own super secret recipe that you can use to impress your friends and make a delicious butterfly butter:

2-4 slices of flax meal (any type will do here)
1 can of dried baby alfalfa sprouts (1)
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup shredded or coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon sugar

In a large bowl, toss the flax meal with 3 tablespoons butter and toss to coat. Then add the salt and pulse together. If the butter is not all in one spot, add some more salt. Toss well to coat. In a large pot over medium high heat, bring the butter to a boil then turn off and let simmer for 15 minutes until the flax meal is soft. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool until it’s nice and cool to the touch (it’s going to be warm to the touch when you slice it up). Cut the flax into 1/2-inch pieces and place them in a bowl. Then toss them into the butter and mix until mixed. This process takes less time than it sounds like it would. When this is all done, slice the pieces into pieces as wide as you can, adding 1/4-inch thick slices to each. In a large skillet, heat up the butter over medium high heat. Cook the flax pieces for 2 minutes. Flip them over and place the pieces directly on the skillet surface then flip each piece until just about 2-inches apart. Add the butter mixture and saute until the butter is melted. When it is nice and smooth, the butter should be hot enough to burn your eyes. The butter won’t brown as much when fried (I found mine still turned slightly red in the bottom where I pressed them). Once the butter is hot, pour the melted butter over the flax chunks. Spread on the bottom of a 10-inch baking dish. Drizzle with 1.5 cups of the butter mixture and sprinkle liberally with sea salt. Bake uncovered at 350 for 20 minutes, until golden brown.

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Weather Forecasts

Special Weather Bulletin for Niagara Falls

The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather bulletin for the Niagara Falls area.

“This is a serious weather warning for the area. There has been major rainfall and winds of gusts of 60 mph with dangerous winds to be expected. The danger is still there, but we’ll be able to see through thick cloud that is now clearing and some of the fog that may be formed may get stronger as we approach. We’ve seen more tornados in the forecast so expect a significant number of tornados and a large number of flash flooding if it goes off.”

“With the snowpack at a significant low, we’re looking at a lot of freezing rain and maybe very heavy downpours. With the storm track moving over into Lake Ontario, we may have a chance at a snow day on Sunday.”

“We have a lot of moisture and cold water in the lake that could create some snow for the next couple of days.”

A number of warnings are in place for Lake Ontario.

There have been many calls by local residents.

“Don’t drive over or around lakes,” said Jim Dutton, with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

“You can easily get hurt if you’re not careful. And if you’re going to cross the Lake Ontario, be sure to drive with the right side facing the road – if you’re going to drive over a creek, for God’s sake – don’t go under them.”

“Warm, windy weather could be coming down the lake with possible heavy rain,” he said. “But there are some other warnings that we would like you to think about.”

If a person sees a large white cloud or mist roll from shore, be aware that this is a weather warning and the risk is increasing.

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The Niagara Fire Department is advising residents to avoid the area around the Port Colborne dam. There has been snow accumulation and there are some areas in the area with heavy snow.

“If it is very windy, you might want to be aware of what the weather is like, how much snow is going to fall, so when you’re going out to your car, keep your windows closed.

“Be sure to keep an eye on the ground in case of a possible flash flood, as it can cause serious property damage,” said the Fire Chief.

“If a thunderstorm does develop and it does get to Lake Ontario,” the Water Quality Management Council says, “it could result in a significant number of people being at risk of serious health problems if untreated.”

A number of warnings have been issued by local and federal agencies, including the National Weather Service, National Parks Service, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Provincial Police.

The following are the weather conditions for the Niagara Falls area today.

Wind:

Windy conditions are expected today and could be severe. The heaviest rain is expected for the next few days. Winds will continue to blow in from the south.

Thunderstorm:

The thunderstorms could cause power outages and power outages could last for days, depending on the direction.