Howard and Bonnie Julien

Howard and Bonnie Julien

Howard and Bonnie

Hunkered Down in Bremerton

Howard's Blog - January 22, 2022
My take on what is going on this week.

Howard's Creations - Kitsap Spirit Weather

This week I am launching a new website, which initially will be called Howard's Creations - Weather Spirit. This is called Kitsap Spirit Weather because it brings forth the Spirit of Weather... Present (eg. current conditions) , The Spirit of Weather.. Past (eg. historical climate data) and the Spirit of Weather... Future (eg. seven day forecasts). Additionally there are tidal forecasts, current tide levels, and past data about tides. The data covers Bremerton specifically, but much is applicable to the entire Kitsap Peninsula.

I became interested in tracking weather data during 2021 as the Kitsap Peninsula endured some record setting events. The highest and the lowest official tempertures were recorded last year (110 degrees F and 5 degrees F). The only local media that covers Kitsap on a daily basis is The Kitsap Sun. Its weather page displays historical data and forecasts for the region. However, for historical data there is no indication of which day is being displayed. I have discovered that sometimes it is yesterday, sometimes it is three days old. Clearly this is not as important for them as it is for me. At no point have they written that the December 31 overnight low temperature of 5 degrees was the historical all-time low.

For Weather Spirit current weather data is recorded by the Port of Bremerton at Bremerton National Airport. Forecasts are supplied by and downloaded from the National Weather Service of the United States Government National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Historical weather data is downloaded from MesoWest at the University of Utah and Synoptic Data. Tidal forecasts are downloaded from the NOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. Historical tide levels were downloaded from NOAA Tides and Currents which tracks oceanographic data for the U.S. Government. Current tide level data is created by a tide gauge located in Sinclair Inlet at the Bremerton ferry dock. All data and forecasts are in the public domain.

The gathering of historical data has been quite a fun project (in my terms of fun). During my working career in I.T. one of my specialties was combining and aligning data from dissimilar sources.

I have created several sets of queries for weather information that I am interested in. Please give them a try. If there is other information that you would like to see queried please let me know. You can send me a text or email message from this website.


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2022 at the Juliens

Happy New Years Everyone. Let's hope that 2022 returns us to some kind of the normalcy that we last experienced in 2019.

After last year's medical issues, I feel really good now. I've lost 50 pounds and I can walk 2-3 miles again every day without any shortness of breath. And I have (as has Bonnie) received the two original doses of the Moderna vaccine plus a booster in late October. We both feel pretty good about going out in public and essentially returning to normal.

One of our big plans this year is to finish supervision of a major sewer project that is taking place in our neighborhood. Currently our sewer line runs under Oyster Bay to a collection and pumping station about a half mile from here. As you might imagine a aging city main sewer line below the salt-water bay could easily become an environmental nightmare. About 50 homes in our area attach to this line and all are being changed to below street sewer lines. It will cost the city about $6 million dollars for this project which if you do the math is about $100 000 per home. We aren't being charged for the project except for a small increase in our water and sewer utility bills. The project started in July 2021 and is and will continue to be a mess.

Early in December contractors dug up our yard and installed a small sewer line that will feed the new system. The city will be installing a new 200 amp electrical service panel in our basement, a grinder pump with a small holding tank underground in our back yard (under where our picnic table is). The new sewer line will run up the hill to a multi-home collection and pumping station which will be installed below the street (by our mailbox). There will also be an backup/emergency generator above ground (site to be determined). All of the homes on our street will utilize this collection and pumping station. Some of the homes are above the level of the station and will not require pumps. This pumping station will pump sewage up to the city main sewer line underneath Kitsap Way which is a linear run of about 400 feet and an elevation change of about 60 feet. If you haven't been on our street it is a very steep slope down from Kitsap Way to our house. Did I mention that this is going to be a mess?

Other than that there is not much going on with us. Bonnie is working on her book art projects and attending Zoom workshops several times a month. Howard is busy with Rotary (although no currently attending meetings)and has been participating quite successfully in art fairs and events on Bainbridge Island

Lauren and her family are doing well in Port Orchard. She is able to work remotely and feels that the pandemic has made her work and life better. Ben is in the seventh grade at Cedar Heights Middle School after attending the on-line Connections Academy during the Pandemic. Ethan is three and attending pre-school twice a week. Bonnie takes care of him on Wednesdays to give Corey a break.

Kevin still lives in Medford and recently married Selina. Theo is fourteen, Megan is ten and they live with their Mom in Eugene. Anna is out on her own in Corvallis and is working at McDonald's and hoping to get back to school at the community college.

Two Heron Logo
Howard is building these and other steam bent wood sculptures and home decor items.
  These creations now have their own web site
Howards Creations Weather Page
Current Weather Conditions - Bremerton National Airport


Time and Date 1/24/2022 1:56:00 PM
Conditions Not Specified
Humidity 92.55
Barometic Pressure 30.24      Falling
Wind Speed/Direction 4.0      NE
Wind Gusts 0
Todays   High Temperature 40
Todays Low Temperature 36
Todays 0

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Howard's DF Trivia

DF Trivia is a genre of trivia that can consist of one of two types of questions:
1 Questions which have an obvious answer but where that obvious answer is in fact incorrect. The obvious answer may be included in the question or it may be obvious using common, yet incorrect, assumptions.
2 Questions that have an obvious wrong answer but where that obvious incorrect answer is in fact correct. The obvious answer may be included in the question or it may be obvious using common, yet incorrect, assumptions.

In what borough of New York City would you find the campus of Manhattan College ?

Puget Sound Tides

Tracyton - Dyes Inlet Tides for 1/24/2022
3:21 AM2.68L
9:44 AM12.93H
4:52 PM2.92L
10:18 PM8.87H
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