Tuesday, October 06, 2009

October 3-5, 2009 Forecast Results

The Weather Alternative long-range forecast for October 3-5, 2009 was posted on September 22nd.

The forecast read as follows:

Oct 3-5, 2009 Stormy conditions are shown for the northern Plains. A low pressure system, perhaps an Alberta Clipper, affects the Great Lakes area as it moves into the Northeast. Another low pressure system or front affects the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Accuweather map above is for Oct 5th and shows a low pressure system hitting the northern Plains. The storm system spread a cold, soaking rain over the northern Plains into the Upper Midwest. Three to six inches of snow was expected as well over the Black Hills, Buffalo, S.D. , and Bowman and Dickinson, N.D.

The same forecast called for a low pressure system, perhaps and Alberta Clipper, to affect the Great Lakes area and Northeast. Another low or front was to affect the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Accuweather map at right is for Saturday, October 3rd. A low pressure system sits squarely over the Great Lakes area as it moves toward the Northeast. The rain extends down over the Delmarva Peninsula as well.

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

Solar Eclipse Action October and November 2009

A Few More Forecasts for October 2009

October 2009 Severe Weather utlook for Eastern Texas

The Art of Praise
There is a very basic courtesy that should apply in all human relations--taking the time to thank people who help us. My friend Mike Somdal is a specialist at this. One reason he is so successful in business is that he has mastered the fine art of making people feel good by thanking them regularly. Often he will call customers simply to thank them again for the order they placed last week or for the recommendation they made to another customer, or for the lunch. Anything. And before the conversation is over, Mike has often secured another order. Of course, if he called simply with ulterior motives, his clients would recognize the manipulation and resist. But Mike has made gratitude a lifelong habit, and those of us who do business with him appreciate that quality. And we respond.

The art of praise--what is known as positive reinforcement in the current psychological jargon--is an essential art for an executive or teacher [or anyone dealing with people] to master. If there is a complaint employees most often express, it is this: "I never get any feedback from the boss--except when something goes wrong." And the teenagers who sit in my office tell me again and again, "My dad gets all over my case when I mess up at school, but when I bring home a good grade he acts as if it's nothing--that I'm finally doing what I should have been doing all along." Stop and think. How long has it been since you took a full 60 seconds to talk to your son or daughter about some fine thing they've just done? Or your secretary, or the managers who work under you?

When someone comes along who genuinely thanks us, we will follow that person a very long way.--Alan Loy McGinnis

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