03/23/2010 Denver, CO winter storm Blog

Storm Chaser Tony Laubach sent in one very cool video package in tonight that actually shows how Denver, CO has gone from Summer back to Winter as the city had hail this afternoon and now has heavy snow falling this evening. A very strong storm system promising big snows in Denver over the next 24 hours lead in with thunderstorms across the metro area. A thunderstorm with graupel (very fine, small hail) moves over downtown Denver mid-afternoon on Tuesday accompanied by some claps of thunder. This storm is a sign of good instability with this system and should dump 8-16″ of snow across Denver by this time tomorrow.

Video package includes shots during the height of the thunderstorm with bee-bee sized graupel falling along Speer Blvd. in Denver. Several clips contain audio track of thunder with various traffic shots during the storm. A shot of my arm with the graupel falling on a black sleeve shows the ice close up.

Then the Snow begins during the evening commute with extremely heavy snow falling with a snowy clip looking at the state capital building. Various other shots of traffic driving through heavy snow as well as people around downtown walking through the very heavy snow.

Ends with shots of people clearing snow from their cars.

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How to Make Homemade Doughnuts

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If delicious rings of dough dance in your head more often than sugar plums, this guide will have you serving up glazy goodness without leaving your kitchen.

Step 1: Proof the yeast
Proof the yeast by soaking it in 1 cup warm water for 10 minutes. Then add 1 cup all-purpose flour and set aside.

Step 2: Combine butter and sugar
Combine the butter and sugar in the mixing bowl and cream them together. Slowly add the eggs, one at a time.

Step 3: Combine vanilla, salt, bread flour
Combine the vanilla, salt, and bread flour and add it to the butter, sugar, and egg mixture a little at a time until they’re fully incorporated.

Step 4: Add the yeast mixture
Stir in the yeast mixture and let everything sit for 1 to 2 hours.

Step 5: Roll out the dough
Roll out the dough to a thickness of ½-inch on a floured surface to prevent sticking. Cut out doughnuts using a doughnut cutter.

Use holiday cookie cutters to create fun-shaped doughnuts for any occasion.

Step 6: Fry the doughnuts
Fry the doughnuts in a deep fryer or cast iron skillet filled with oil heated to 370 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry in small batches, until they’re golden brown on both sides.

Use wood skewers to gently flip doughnuts after 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Step 7: Cool and decorate
Cool the doughnuts on a cooling rack and then decorate them or chow them plain.

Did You Know?
The 1,500-calorie “Luther Burger” was created in Decatur, Georgia and uses two glazed doughnuts instead of a bun.

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03/14/2010 Sabin, MN Major Flooding

Major flooding is setting up in the Red River Valley to the southeast of the Fargo / Moorhead area as above normal temps rapidly melt off the winter snow pack.

Footage shows the major flooding impacting the Sabin, MN area along the Buffalo River which has burst it’s banks by a half mile in places.

The area was covered with fog and lite rain as the flood waters covered the landscape.

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How to Evict a Tenant

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Take pains to remove a renter from your property legally, or you could find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

Step 1: Check your local laws
Contact your county clerk’s office to check the laws governing eviction proceedings in your jurisdiction.

If you are managing government-subsidized housing, follow the eviction rules established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Step 2: Know your rights
Know the valid reasons for evicting a tenant, which include nonpayment of rent, a violation of their lease, and creating a health or safety problem. Landlords do not need a reason to evict month-to-month tenants, and they can choose not to renew a tenant’s lease without giving a reason.

Step 3: Don’t evict on your own
Don’t attempt to evict your tenant by force, or try to get them to leave by cutting off their heat or water, changing their locks, or tossing their possessions. These methods are all illegal.

Step 4: Have a paper trail
Have your documentation in order, including a copy of the lease, written notices you have sent to the tenant concerning any problems, and any other proof of your claim, like bounced rent checks or photos of property damage.

Step 5: Give them fair notice
Let the tenant know in writing that you are planning to evict them if they don’t pay their rent or correct a violation by a certain date. How much time you must give them varies from state to state.

If you are evicting a month-to-month tenant without cause, make sure you are giving the advance notice required by your state, which can be anywhere from 20 to 90 days.

Step 6: Go to court
If the tenant hasn’t addressed the problem within the time frame cited, file an eviction notice with the local court. If the tenant doesn’t respond within the time defined by the court, you win by default. If the tenant challenges the eviction, the case may go to a hearing.

Step 7: Post a notice
If you win the case, a representative of the court – like a sheriff, marshal, or constable – will post a notice on the tenant’s door giving them a move-out date, at which time the tenant and their possessions will be forcibly removed from the premises by the court representative if they haven’t vacated on their own.

Step 8: Cover their cost
If the tenant wins, you will have to let them stay and pay their costs of fighting the eviction, in most cases. So be sure to follow the letter of the law before starting proceedings!

Did You Know?
The number of cases landlords filed in New York City for back rent rose 19 percent in the first two months of 2009.

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