Weather: Potential hard freeze Sunday night, warmer and wet mid-week

first_img Brian Crandall However, those blue skies tomorrow morning will be fairly brief, as a weak, fast-moving shortwave disturbance pushes westward across the region. Mostly clear skies around daybreak will grow increasingly cloudy during the day, with temperatures getting into the mid 50s as mostly cloudy skies prevail by late afternoon. Some rain showers are likely to enter the western side of Tompkins County before sunset, but Ithaca and communities to the east will not see much until 8 PM or so, with a few hours of rain into Tuesday morning that should taper off in most places before sunrise. Lows Monday night will be in the mid 40s.It’ll be a little warmer behind the shortwave, but still on the cool side for this time of the year, with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 50s to close out April. A second system approaches from the west Tuesday night, and with it another round of rain for the early hours of Wednesday morning. Expect scattered rain showers and lows in the mid 40s.The second system looks to be a more substantial area of low pressure passing over Michigan before changing course and passing over upstate New York, with a frontal boundary that will extend from the Northeast to Texas. This will result in extended rainy, unsettled conditions, though with the low to the west and then north, that will allow milder air to be advected into the region. Wednesday will have periods of rain and cloudy skies, with highs in the mid 60s. A more steady rain is likely overnight Wednesday, with lows in the low 50s. This looks to be an extended light rain, so while rain will be present throughout the day and night, total rainfall amounts will likely be no more than a quarter to half an inch.For Thursday, the rain will persist into the mid-morning hours before most places start to dry out, and highs will make into the upper 60s under cloudy skies. Unfortunately, the drying period will be short, as a third system is likely to develop over the lower Mississippi River valley and trek northeastward along the frontal boundary, bringing more rain into the air late Thursday night, with rain winding down Friday morning after daybreak as the system moves eastward. Lows Thursday night will be around 50 °F.Friday will be drier if a bit cooler. Plan for mostly cloudy skies, a few lingering rain showers, and a high in the low 60s. Clouds will begin to clear out later Friday, and with some larger breaks in the clouds and cooler air behind the system, temperatures will drop into the low 40s Friday night.After a week of grey, dreary weather, the weekend will provide welcome respite, if a hair on the cool side. Expect upper 50s Saturday and low 60s Sunday, with mostly sunny skies. Saturday and Sunday night will be partly cloudy, and in the upper 30s and low 40s respectively.Graphic courtesy of the NOAA Climate Prediction Center.Extended OutlookLooking ahead into May, it’s looking like the first half of the month will be a little on the cool side, as a strong west-east flos in the jet stream keeps cooler air bottled up in the upper Midwest and Northeast, with a modest ridge over the Pacific Northwest. Most of the country, us included, is expected to see elevated chances for a wetter-than-normal early May, with excessive precipitation possible over the Lower Mississippi River valley. ITHACA, N.Y. — If you’ve got some ornamental plants or a home garden, move them indoors or break out the drop cloths and stakes. With rain coming to an end and high pressure moving in, cold Canadian air funneled into the region will drop temperatures low enough for a hard freeze across much of the area Sunday night into Monday morning.Graphic courtesy of NWS Binghamton.Your Weekly WeatherLet’s do a quick refresher before we jump into the weekly forecast. A hard freeze is when temperatures drop below the freezing point for a sufficiently long and severe period, enough to destroy seasonal vegetation and lead to ice formation in standing water and hard ground. This generally occurs between 25 °F and 28 °F. The low tonight in the city of Ithaca and along Cayuga Lake will be on the top end of that range, around 28-29 °F. However, most elevated areas and communities away from the moderating effects of the lake’s waters can expect temperatures to drop a couple degrees lower, into the mid 20s. That allows water in tender, growing plant cells to freeze, and as it freezes it expands and tears up the cells, ripping the plant to shreds a million microscopic times and thus killing the plant. If the plant can be brought inside into a warmer space like a garage or a greenhouse, you’ll want to do that before heading to bed tonight. If that’s not an option, then keep the soil moist (wet soil holds daytime heat longer) and stake the ground so that you can throw a plastic tarp of drop cloth over the plants, like a blanket. The tarp can be removed after sunrise when temperatures start to warm up again. Another option is to throw down some straw, or if you want to upset your energy-conscious neighbors, dig out some non-LED lamps or Christmas lights and run them through the plot for a little extra warmth.My phlox are not impressed.If there’s any silver lining to this, it’s that this weekend’s rainmaker is finally pushing out. As the high pressure moves in from the northwest and its clockwise circulation pulls down that chilly air, skies will also clear out. For tonight, expect mostly clear skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 20s with calm winds. center_img Your weather news is made possible with support from: Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandall last_img read more

Hear Renee Elise Goldsberry Perform a Cut Song from Hamilton

first_img You may think you know Hamilton, but we have a surprise for you: Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry and King Rorge (a.k.a. Rory O’Malley) shared a cut song at #Ham4Ham on August 31, which was also the last day of the incredibly popular Hamilton pre-show entertainment. Goldsberry sang, “Congratulations,” which ended up not getting its shot in the final Broadway production. Take a listen below and feel like you learned something new about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit musical! Happy trails, #Ham4Ham. We’re gonna miss you! Star Files View Comments from $149.00 Rory O’Malley Renee Elise Goldsberry & Rory O’Malley Related Shows Renée Elise Goldsberry Hamiltonlast_img read more

Tangerang Police name 18-year-old suspect for vandalizing prayer room

first_imgAn 18-year-old from Tangerang, Banten, has been named a suspect by the Tangerang Police for allegedly vandalizing a mushola (Muslim prayer room).The suspect, identified only as S, has confessed to the police, who have seized several pieces of evidence from his residence. “We will charge the suspect under Article 156 of the Criminal Code for committing an act that could spark tension between religions, as well as inciting hate toward certain religious groups,” Tangerang Police chief Sr. Comr. Ade Ary Syam Indardi said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com. Ade went on to say that the police were currently investigating the suspect. The investigators will invite several experts ranging from linguists and psychologists to religion experts to support the investigation.Read also: Vandalized building in North Sulawesi not mosque, authorities sayAccording to Ade, S confessed willingly because he thought his actions were justified.“We are still trying to find out [his motive]. We are still investigating websites and content that he accessed through his mobile phone,” Ade said. Previously, residents of Villa Tangerang Elok housing complex in Pasar Kemis district, Tangerang, exposed the vandalism at the Darussalam Mushola on Tuesday evening on social media, which later went viral.The culprit has painted over the mushola’s floor and wall with spray paint, as well as tearing a Quran apart. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Leadership and the Remarkably High Cost of Low Expectations

first_imgYour standard as a leader is not what you believe to be your standard. Instead, your standard is what you allow, what you accept, what occurs without your objection or consequences. Over time, you can be lulled into expecting less from the people you lead. The result of low expectations is not reaching your full potential and not helping others achieve theirs.Expecting Too LittleWhile this post isn’t about sales, there may not be a better example than a sales floor with an activity quota. The leader of the team requires forty outbound calls a day, even though most of the calls result in a voice mail. Although anyone is capable of making five calls an hour, the average number of calls ends up being something like thirty-two calls, with a few reps making more, and others making so few calls as to pull down the average.Assume the leader is thoughtful and cares about the outcomes of those calls as much or more than they care about the activity. The standard is not really forty outbound calls. The real standard is what the leader allows, not what the leader suggests. When there is no accountability or consequences, you do not have a standard; you have what amounts to “suggestions.”When you allow your expectations to chase the average performance you can achieve, you both expect and receive something less than the best performance of the people in your charge are capable of producing.Seeing Too LittleThe best leader you ever had believed you were something more than you recognized and pushed you to become that person. They didn’t coddle you or accept something less than your best performance. They weren’t apathetic about your effort, and they didn’t neglect you. Instead, they coached and encouraged you.Most people already underestimate their real potential. They don’t recognize their gifts and their capacities, and many (most) haven’t had the experience of working for someone who cares enough about them to see something in them that they can’t see themselves, or something they can see but haven’t had the courage to become.As a leader, your results are not only limited by your exceptions, but also by the limit of your ability to help people grow and improve their capacities to generate results. What you see in each individual is the performance you can expect from them. If you want to see something different, you have to help them see what they might become.Believing Too LittleThere is a word that you don’t hear enough in business. Perhaps it isn’t heard much outside of business anymore. The word is “encouragement.” The word “encourage” means to support and provide confidence. Without researching the word’s etymology, it isn’t difficult to recognize the idea of providing someone with the courage to act.Most people have no idea what they are capable of, and many (if not most) haven’t been encouraged to become something more than they are now. Most don’t possess enough belief in themselves and are not helped by leaders who don’t have a greater belief in them they have in themselves. Accepting and allowing people to turn in mediocre or poor results because you believe that is all they are capable of is to hold too little belief in them.As a leader, it’s difficult to accept that the person who didn’t perform for you thrives under another leader. The person did not change, nor did their role. The expectations of the person changed when their leader changed.Pushing Too LittleThe person who cares about you will push you to become the better version of yourself that is presently locked up inside you. They will continuously remind you that you are not doing the work, not putting forth the necessary effort and that you are capable of more. They won’t accept anything less than your best, and they’ll keep pushing until you succeed.There are many reasons we fail to push people for their best performance. First, it takes a lot of time and energy. Second, it means having the same conversation over and over again without seeing much of an improvement, if any. Third, it’s easy to be busy with other things, none of which are likely to outweigh developing your people and improving your overall results. But mostly, we may not push because we didn’t have a model of how to drive performance and because we don’t believe it will make a difference (i.e., we see too little, and we believe too little).A considerable measure of your results as a leader is going to come from your ability to encourage the best possible performance from the people on your team. You have to see, believe, and push for their growth and their performance.Failing Those in Your ChargeIf there is a way to fail your people, allowing them to lower their standards has to top the list. You can easily rationalize lowering your expectations, something that will be debilitating to producing better results.You can believe that it isn’t your responsibility to see something in your people they can’t see, and that it isn’t your responsibility to encourage their growth. You are paying them for their work, and you shouldn’t have to push them for their best results. To hold these beliefs is to fail the people in your charge, and in return, you can expect them to fail you.Raise your standards and expect more. Recognize that everyone on your team is capable of more than what they are doing now. Believe and encourage their growth, their development, and their best performance. And push them to start moving towards these things.last_img read more

Malaika Arora Khan miffed with Sonakshi

first_imgTwo actresses can clearly not be friends in Bollywood. Never mind that they belong to different age groups. We hear that all is not well between Sonakshi Sinha and Malaika Arora Khan, both of whom worked in the film Dabangg. At the recently held Sahara India Sports Awards, Sonakshi marked her stage debut with a performance of the Munni badnaam hui track from the film, originally picturised on Malaika.Everyone applauded Sonakshi for her first stage act, which she performed with much grace and aplomb. However, sources confirm that Malaika was disturbed that Sonakshi performed on Munni when she could have chosen any other number.”Malaika is using Munni as her big ticket song, to be performed at various stage shows. She doesn’t want anyone else to perform to it,” said a source.While Salman Khan launched Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, Sonakshi, Malaika is his bhabhi. Malaika is miffed because she wants the song to remain exclusively associated with her.Ever since the movie was released, Malaika has been spotted at various events performing to the popular track. However, she was not approached for the Sahara awards. The show was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and the Munni number was one of the highlights of the event.last_img read more

Handanovic pleased with Inter Milans vital win

first_imgInter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic hailed the importance of their 1-0 win over Napoli on Wednesday night in the Serie AA injury-time winner from Lautaro Martinez gave Inter victory at the San Siro against 10-man Napoli.The result enabled Inter to extend their hold on a top-four spot with a seven-point advantage over fifth-place Sampdoria.And Handanovic, who made two key saves while the scoreline was goalless, relished the Nerazzurri’s late winner.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“It was vital to win today to in order to silence all the other discussions and we did. Then, you get more of a sense of enthusiasm when you win in the 90th minute,” Handanovic told InterTV.“Following the red card for Koulibaly, we had to take more risks in order to look to win the game.“But Saturday is now even more important. Let’s hope that San Siro remains a fortress, the Coppa Italia and Sassuolo games await us after the holidays. The crowd always gives us something more and they showed it today.”Inter, who are now five points behind Napoli in third, will next take a trip to Empoli before heading into the winter break.last_img read more

Spalletti hails Skriniar amid links to United and PSG

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has warned Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain that Inter Milan’s defender Milan Skriniar “is priceless suggesting “Nobody can afford him.”There has been a great deal of interest around the Slovakia international who turns 24 next month.Inter Milan secured the services of the defender for €34m from Sampdoria in the summer of 2017 and his value has since sky-rocketed.“Nobody has the money to pay for Skriniar. He is priceless,” said the Coach in this evening’s Press conference via Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“He is staying here, because nobody can afford him.”The situation is different for Brazil international Joao Miranda.“This sort of rumour damages Inter and weakens the club. If Miranda did tell anyone he wanted to leave Inter, he didn’t say it to me. Every time I played him, Miranda has done well.”The Serie A giants secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia after beating Benevento 6-2.last_img read more

Bat species found to have tongue pump to pull in nectar

first_img More information: Nectar uptake in bats using a pumping-tongue mechanism, Science Advances  25 Sep 2015: Vol. 1, no. 8, e1500525, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500525AbstractMany insects use nectar as their principal diet and have mouthparts specialized in nectarivory, whereas most nectar-feeding vertebrates are opportunistic users of floral resources and only a few species show distinct morphological specializations. Specialized nectar-feeding bats extract nectar from flowers using elongated tongues that correspond to two vastly different morphologies: Most species have tongues with hair-like papillae, whereas one group has almost hairless tongues that show distinct lateral grooves. Recent molecular data indicate a convergent evolution of groove- and hair-tongued bat clades into the nectar-feeding niche. Using high-speed video recordings on experimental feeders, we show distinctly divergent nectar-feeding behavior in clades. Grooved tongues are held in contact with nectar for the entire duration of visit as nectar is pumped into the mouths of hovering bats, whereas hairy tongues are used in conventional sinusoidal lapping movements. Bats with grooved tongues use a specific fluid uptake mechanism not known from any other mammal. Nectar rises in semiopen lateral grooves, probably driven by a combination of tongue deformation and capillary action. Extraction efficiency declined for both tongue types with a similar slope toward deeper nectar levels. Our results highlight a novel drinking mechanism in mammals and raise further questions on fluid mechanics and ecological niche partitioning. Scientists have seen many examples of animals that lap up liquid in many different ways, they have also seen examples of animals that are able to suck water right out of a river, but until now, there has never been a documented sighting of a an animal that is able to pull a liquid against gravity, using a pumping-mechanism.Intrigued as to how Costa Rican Orange Nectar Bats pull nectar from plants, the team set up a high-speed video camera next to a test tube with a clear liquid meant to serve as nectar and recorded several of them in action. In studying the video, the researchers discovered that the bat lowered its tongue into the liquid and then simply held it there while the liquid miraculously made its way up the tongue and into the mouth. Closer examination showed that the tongue had two grooves (which were open to the air) along its length and that tiny muscles appeared to be undulating along the sides of the groves as the liquid was pulled up—serving as a pumping mechanism of some sort. Explore further Hummingbird tongues are tiny pumps that spring open to draw in nectar (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers affiliated with the University of Ulm in Germany and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama has found that one species of bat has a method of collecting nectar that has never been seen before in any other animal. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they discovered the unique eating method using high speed cameras, and their theories on how it works. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Author Marco Tschapka describes the unusual way some bats use their tongues to obtain nectar. Credit: AAAS/ Carla Schaffer Journal information: Science Advancescenter_img Play Tongue of Lonchophylla. robusta at near-maximum extension (detail, lateral view). Credit: Tschapka, Gonzalez-Terrazas, Knörnschild Sci. Adv. 2015;1:e1500525 The researchers cannot say for sure what is going on, but suspect two forces are at work: capillary action and muscle force. They believe it is likely the liquid is held in the grooves by capillary action, and that the tiny muscles somehow force the liquid to move upwards, against gravity—sort of like allowing one end of a sponge to rest in water while continuously wringing out the water that is pulled into other parts. The result is an odd, unique and efficient means for drawing nectar from a flower. They note that the unique physiology of the mouth suggests that the bats evolved their way of eating independently of other species. The pumping tongue nectar-feeding bat Lonchophylla robusta visiting a bromeliad flower. Credit: M. Tschapka/University of Ulm PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Bat species found to have tongue pump to pull in nectar (2015, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-species-tongue-nectar.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more