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17 Aug 2014
Who was your worst teacher or professor and why?
My worst teacher was a high school English teacher, Mrs. Munoz. I had her for freshman and sophomore year. In freshman year she was not that bad, but in sophomore year she became a real monster. She would always write nasty comments on my essays about the things she did not like. That year during Christmas vacation she assigned a five-page paper on Frankenstein. I could not do it because I was traveling and did not have access to a computer. From that point on she was even more unfriendly and critical of me. She would also fail a paper if it had 5 or more spelling errors.
Almost the whole school hated Mrs. Munoz to the point that she was booed the next year when they announced her name at the start of school assembly. However she had a "Brodie Set" of girls she was really nice to and she would give them better grades and do other nice things for them.
The good news is that Mrs. Munoz got fired at the end of my senior year. She now teaches at Chapman University and Santa Ana College, and from comments of students, you can see that a lot of them hate her. However, there are still the few "Brodie set" students who love her and say she is one of the nicest teachers ever.
p.s. I hated Mrs. Munoz so much that I wrote a story called Marooned on Munoz Island where kids get trapped on an island that would be a tropical paradise except that a monster tortures them by making them write essays all the time. In the story, the monster has a ability to breathe fire and transform into a Mrs. Munoz clone. The real Mrs. Munoz is still teaching at the high school. At the end, both the monster and the real Mrs. Munoz are killed. I showed the story to some kids in the school and they thought it was really funny. Even another English teacher (who was much nicer than Mrs. Munoz) liked it.
9 Aug 2014
There are some strange bugs with the forums today:
1. When I go to a topic and read it, the views are not increasing.
2. At one time it said 4 guests and 1 anonymous user is reading the topic, but then it showed the name of a member.
I guess I am really bored today, but I noticed this.
11 May 2014
Yet another unusual Santa Ana Wind event in the middle of May is expected to start tomorrow bringing heat all the way to the beaches, which are usually cool and often cloudy at this time of year. A quote from the San Diego forecast discussion is shown below.
CONDITIONS WILL QUICKLY CHANGE SUNDAY MORNING AS THE AFOREMENTIONED
LOW PUSHES AWAY FROM THE REGION...AND SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS
OVER THE GREAT BASIN. THIS WILL CREATE STRONG SANTA ANA WINDS AT
TIMES THROUGH MID NEXT WEEK. FORECAST PEAK WIND GUSTS AND TIMING
SUN MORNING THROUGH SUN AFTERNOON...NE 35 TO 50 MPH FOR PORTIONS OF
THE INLAND EMPIRE...55 TO 70 MPH...WITH ISOLATED GUSTS TO 80 MPH
THROUGH PASSES AND ALONG COASTAL SLOPES OF THE SAN
BERNARDINO...RIVERSIDE AND ORANGE COUNTY MOUNTAINS.
MON MORNING THROUGH MON AFTERNOON...E TO NE 45 TO 55 MPH ALONG
COASTAL MOUNTAIN SLOPES AND ADJACENT FOOTHILLS.
TUE MORNING THROUGH TUE AFTERNOON...E TO NE 40 TO 50 MPH OVER
PORTIONS OF THE FAR INLAND VALLEYS...55 TO 70 MPH...WITH ISOLATED
GUSTS TO 80 MPH THROUGH PASSES AND ALONG COASTAL MOUNTAIN SLOPES.
WED MORNING THROUGH WED AFTERNOON...E 35 TO 50 MPH...WITH ISOLATED
GUSTS TO 55 MPH ALONG COASTAL MOUNTAIN SLOPES AND ADJACENT FOOTHILLS
IN SAN DIEGO AND RIVERSIDE COUNTIES.
WINDS WILL SLIGHTLY WEAKEN EACH EVENING...THEN BEGIN TO DIMINISH BY
THURSDAY AS THE SURFACE HIGH FLATTENS. UPPER-LEVEL HIGH PRESSURE
BUILDING OVER SW CA SUNDAY THROUGH THE END OF NEXT WEEK...COMBINED
WITH DOWNSLOPING WINDS...WILL HELP HIGH TEMPERATURES WEST OF THE
MOUNTAINS SOAR CLOSE TO RECORD VALUES MON...TUE...AND ESPECIALLY WED
AND THU. ALTHOUGH 850 MB TEMPS DO NOT PEAK UNTIL THU...WITH NEAR 25
DEGREES C FORECAST...HIGHS WILL QUICKLY APPROACH 100 DEGREES F IN
SOME VALLEY AND COASTAL LOCATIONS TUE...WED AND THU. THE FIRST HEAT
ADVISORY OF THE YEAR MAY BE NEEDED FOR WED AND THU. SANTA ANA WINDS
WILL PUSH THE MARINE LAYER STRATUS FAR OFFSHORE FOR MOST OF NEXT
WEEK. ALTHOUGH THE UPPER-LEVEL HIGH IS FORECAST TO REMAIN OVER THE
REGION NEXT WEEKEND...WEAK ONSHORE FLOW WILL HELP LOWER HIGH TEMPS
WEST OF THE MOUNTAINS STARTING ON FRI INTO NEXT WEEKEND.
As much as I tend to complain about cool and cloudy weather and prefer the summer warmth, I am not looking forward to this upcoming heat wave and Santa Ana event. We normally do not get such a persistent Santa Ana in middle of the fall and winter when the Santa Ana season is at its peak. This is very unusual for May, which tends to be one of the cloudiest months of the year near the coast with dominant onshore flow. California is already in an exceptional drought and 4 days of being nervous about extreme fire danger is not something I will enjoy. We can get warm to hot weather in May without the dangers and dryness brought on by Santa Ana Winds. We'll have to hope and pray that we make it through this week with no significant damage.
At the same time as our heat wave, Denver is expected to be hit by a late season snowstorm which could bring more than half a foot of snow there.
22 Mar 2014
Forecasts have been advertising a weak storm to hit around next Wednesday giving Southern California its first chance of rain and mountain snow since the freak storm we had at the beginning of March. So far it looks to be a weak storm and many areas may get nothing from it, but there is a decent cold front that should go through.
In the meantime, just as spring has arrived, some weaker troughs have brought a very deep marine layer and cooler weather than we have had during most of the past Winter. Some models have also been forecasting a long-wave trough to develop over the West and replacing the ridging pattern that has dominated us for the majority of the winter. After the record heat of the past two weekends and the relatively warm winter, it is feeling more like winter just arrived rather than the Spring Equinox that occurred last Thursday. As the winter was dominated by dryness and offshore flow and the spring months are most likely to have strong offshore flow and marine layer, it is very likely that the spring months could average cooler than the past winter for daytime highs in most coastal and some valley locations of Southern California.
Will this be one of the years where the following saying comes true?
Winter in spring
Spring in summer
Summer in fall
Fall, not at all
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