Interesting U.S. Weather Info

Cliff on the Ocean

Even if you're not a "Weather Nut," you should find this interesting.
Kind of looks like God never intended for people to live in Florida!

Top 10 Cities with Least weather variety
Based on temperature variation, precipitation, wind, severe weather
1. San Francisco, California
2. San Diego, California
3. Los Angeles, California
4. Santa Barbara, California
5. Eureka, California
6. Long Beach, California
7. Honolulu, Hawaii
8. Santa Maria, California
9. San Luis Obispo, California
10. Kahului, Hawaii

Top 10 Hail prone cities
Based on frequency and severity of hail

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Kemmons Wilson: America’s Innkeeper

Small Roadside Motel

By Mike Brewster It's hard to imagine that before he founded the Holiday Inn motel chain, travelers had few places to spend a night on the road In the early 1950s, a new Interstate Highway system, cheap gasoline, big cars, and prohibitively expensive air travel meant that even millionaires packed up the family and took to the road for driving vacations. It was summer, 1951, when Kemmons Wilson, one of Memphis' most well-known businessmen, left on a two-week trip to Washington, D.C., with his wife and five children.

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Million-dollar gift 50 years in the making


By Geoff Kirbyson

Laurie Johnston took a gift of $200 more than a half-century ago and turned it into $1 million.

The retired pharmacist donated $500,000 on Friday to both the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation and the Riverview Heath Centre Foundation.

The impetus for his philanthropy dates back to 1949 when Johnston was a cash-strapped student in his fourth year of pharmacy school. He was considering taking a year off to work when a friend of the family called him over one day and handed him an envelope containing $200.

"That was a huge amount of money back then. She told me to use it for my schooling and pay it back for somebody else in the future," Johnston said.

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Refugees share inspiring success stories

By Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry Every once in a while, we find a story that embodies the triumph of the human spirit, the successful achievement against all odds, the individual passion for a better life that transcends all the noise from the digital, technology, blogosphere ÔÇö just mano-a-mano against the darkness and the sadness. In this case, the manos are two women refugees whose stories give us all a moment to pause and consider our many blessings, particularly at this time of year.

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A Night On Call – True Story

By Ofc. Dave Gomez In the Police Academy they told us over and over again to be ready for anything when we show up on a scene. As I am driving around in my patrol car a citizen calls 911 to report an issue in my city. The dispatcher takes the call, talks with the caller, and translates the conversation into a call type and a sentence or two that comes across my computer screen on what I need to respond to and where.

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Bounced Check Letter

Below is an actual letter sent to a bank. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times. Dear Sir: I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire salary, an arrangement which, I admit, has only been in place for eight years.

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Freedom and Jeff

ÔÇ¿By Jeff Guidry Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again... Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings one of them broken in four places. Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery. She's my baby. When Freedom came in she could not stand. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vets office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in.

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Teenagers save toddler from canal in Florida

By WAYNE K. ROUSTAN Sun-Sentinel Three teenage boys are being credited with pulling a young child from a Margate canal, according to Margate Police. They were identified as Johnny Grail and Antonio Ezzo, both 14, and Michael Dusek, 17. The toddler was identified as Nelson Martinez, 3, according to Fire Rescue officials. While the toddler's mother was tending to a six-month-old sibling, he got up from watching TV, went out the front door, wandered around to the backyard and fell off the sea wall into the canal, according to Division Chief Dan Booker. "He was submerged when they got to him," Booker said.

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