Friday, March 01, 2019

A Record-Breaking Weekly Link Round-Up

You may've seen Arizona on the news last week. More than a few records were broken as a winter storm came barreling in, dumping rain and snow with complete abandon. By the time the storm decided to leave, Flagstaff had four feet of snow-- three of those feet falling in one day. There was even snow on the mountains on the eastern and northern fringes of Phoenix, but where I live, it just rained. A lot. But no flooding in my area. Yay!

Digging out in Flagstaff.
That snowfall in Flag (as we Arizonans call Flagstaff) broke a record that was over a century old. Not to be outdone, Phoenix broke a record that was set back in 1897. Thursday, February 21, the high temperature was a cold (for us desert dwellers) 47°F. That's 8°C for you folks outside the U.S. The old record was 54°F, so Mother Nature took a hammer to that, didn't she?

I'm thrilled with the rain we've gotten. Denis and I managed to get to the Desert Botanical Garden the day before the storm hit, and we could see how everything there had been soaking up the water. In fact, I've read that this latest storm (added to the precipitation from all the other winter storms that preceded it) has pretty much taken Arizona out of the drought that's had us at its mercy for years and years.

One final weather-related note. I have a perverse side to my nature. It's usually in the balmy 70s at this time of year, and I've been secretly smirking at all the snowbirds who planned their vacations, packed, boarded the plane... and got off to this weather. Denis-- who drives a 40' rental car bus around Sky Harbor Airport-- says that all the folks climbing aboard have been exceedingly grumpy. I know I shouldn't smirk. I know I shouldn't. Bad Cathy, bad!

So that you can't see the expression on my face, I'm going to head on out to the corral. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • Whatever happened to all the moon trees?
  • Magnetic North is cruising toward Siberia, and it's puzzling scientists.
  • For Sale: old photos of huge trees.
  • New research shows that women's brains stay younger longer.
  • J.D. Salinger's unpublished works will be released to the public over the next decade. 
  • The British Library's dirtiest books have been digitized. 
  • An artificial intelligence study of the human genome has found an unknown human ancestor.
  • This exposé of a crime writer is a damning indictment of the way publishing treats women.

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • A month-old weakened leopard cub was found in a passenger's luggage at an Indian airport.
  • Meet the Anole lizards.
  • Border wall construction is threatening a Texas butterfly sanctuary.
  • The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new booklet of stamps to honor military working dogs
  • In 45 years, we have killed 60% of Earth's wildlife.
  • Honey bees can do simple math, after a little schooling. 
  • Human hunting is driving the world's biggest animals toward extinction.
  • The reason these poisonous butterflies don't mate is written in their DNA.

►Fascinating Folk◄

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. I have to admit, Cathy - I smirked, too. We had that happen when all of the tourists came to where I live - during a week of pouring rain! At any rate, I'm glad you've been spared real weather trouble., the Roman naval battle or Alexander the Great? Hmm......

  2. I'll add myself to the smirking line. Same here. We're to get an arctic blast Sunday night through Wednesday. Freezing temps in March. Yes, it has happened before, but not usually. And that big SXSW music festival is coming in a week. Ha!!

    I'm still rather fascinated and appalled at the Dan Mallory story - for more and more reasons.

    1. Me, too-- and all the books coming out with his blurbs plastered all over the front covers. Or is it good business to have a pathological liar tout your books?

  3. Dan Mallory sure is a puzzle. But his book Women in the Window was the best psychological suspense book I read in months. He knows how to write a thriller, despite his pathology. So I probably will read his next book, if it's published.

    I think of a lot of writers whose pasts are horrific like Anne Perry. And then there are those like Hemingway, whose books we read in school. He had just about every bad habit imaginable, and he was a womanizer and abusive.

    Dickens left his wife after she gave birth to and raised 10 children, and threw her out, leaving her penniless.

    Not to excuse any of this behavior, but a lot of writers and artists have been horrible people to those around them.

    1. Yes, they have, and neither one of us is condoning such behavior. However, one of the claims against Mr. Mallory is that of plagiarism, and I have a much harder time with that.

      I made the remark about his being a pathological liar more or less in jest-- if the man wouldn't know the truth if it came up and stomped on his foot, why should I believe him when he says a certain book is the greatest thing since sliced bread? Fortunately, I put no stock in blurbs anyway.

  4. Feb. Was crazy! Heard about Phoenix on the news and Las Vegas! My cousin sent me pics and joked they are so hardy, they didn't even close school! Haha! Here at home, we had our 4th snowiest month ever! There isn't anywhere to put it when we clean the driveway, the mounds are so tall!

    1. Mother Nature does like to play around with us!

  5. Well, Mallory's book was about an unreliable narrator and a psychopath. He knows of what he speaks apparently.


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