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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 2, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today looks very similar to yesterday. The setup is the same. Strong southwest winds bring temps to above normal levels. Low humidity will bring more drying. This will be the last dry day before our front arrives.We are leaving our forecast for tomorrow and Thursday entirely unchanged. Rain starts around mid to late morning tomorrow morning as an approaching cold front works into Illinois. However, the front is relatively slow moving, as it still has a couple of pulses of low pressure to move up it through Friday. Scattered showers hold through the rest of tomorrow afternoon and Friday. The best chance for stronger rain and thunderstorms will be overnight tomorrow night, but the threat is minimal at this time. We are putting rain totals at .1”-.9” with coverage at 90%. Thunderstorms look to stay mostly farther north and west up into the thumb of Michigan. We won’t rule them out down in northern Ohio, but think the threat is low. Really, this will be a pretty good rain event, with most of the state falling in the half to 1 inch range. The map above shows rain potential through Saturday morning.We are dry Friday overnight and Saturday. Clouds and a little moisture are back on Sunday, particularly in the afternoon. WE will keep an eye out for a few hundredths to a tenth or two over Ohio on Sunday, and potentially we see coverage at 70%. We are still not convinced this is a good disturbance to watch, but it has been pretty resilient over the past few model runs, so we are opening the door for some action.We are dry again for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and the first part of Thursday. That dry stretch is why it we are very interested in the potential of rain on Sunday…because if we happen to miss it, we should get another field work window!Rain is back for next Thursday afternoon (the 10th) and we see on and off moisture holding through the 13th. That multi day event can bring combined rain totals of half to 1.5” with 90% coverage. As that circulation moves off to the east, we see the remainder of the 11-16 day period mostly dry, as high pressure parks right over the Great Lakes. Temperatures still look to be early normal to slightly below normal under that high.last_img read more

Transform Your Ability to Manage Stress Through Mindfulness Meditation

first_imgJoin the conversation!  Share your experiences, questions and comments regarding mindfulness meditation below. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 30, 2017. References:Caregiving in the U.S.: 2015 Report. United States: NAC National Alliance for Caregiving, 2015. Web. 25 Jan. 2017.Walsh, Colleen. Et.al. “‘Turn down the Volume’.”Harvard Gazette. Harvard University, 22 Apr. 2011. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.“Frequently Asked Questions.” UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. UCLA Health, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2017Galla, B. M. (2016). Within-person changes in mindfulness and self-compassion predict enhanced emotional well-being in healthy, but stressed adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 204–217.Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers. Rep. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2014. Web. 25 Jan. 2017.Hougaard, Rasmus, Jacqueline Carter, and Gitte Dybkjaer. “Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything.” Harvard Business Review. Harvard Business Publishing, 18 Jan. 2017. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.Ireland, Tom. “What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?” Scientific American Blog Network. Springer Nature, 12 June 2014. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Caregiver Self-Care Workbook.   National Caregiver Training Program Manual.  Web. 1 March, 2017. In 2011 researchers at Harvard studied individuals participating in eight weeks of mindfulness meditation practice and found that, “mindfulness meditators more quickly adjusted the brain wave that screens out distraction [which] could explain their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts.”Try it!Click the link below to try a five-minute meditation from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. This meditation, which focuses on the breath is an excellent piece for beginners.Interested in Starting Your Own Practice?Check out my Secrets of Self-Care Video Series to learn some of my tips for getting started. Written by Alicia Cassels, MA,  MFLN Military Caregiving Team Member Is It Just Another Trend?You may have heard that companies like Nike, Bank of America, Google and Twitter have incorporated mindfulness into their corporate cultures and that high-profile celebrities use mindfulness meditation. With so much popular focus on the practice, it would be easy to discount mindfulness meditation as just another passing, popular culture trend.Less widely known, however, is the fact that mindfulness meditation is being studied at some of the best medical and educational institutions in the world. Using brain imaging technology and a new understanding of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to develop across the life cycle), researchers have begun to measure changes occurring in the brains of mindfulness meditators. Their studies indicate that mindfulness meditation is effective in improving memory, mental focus and the ability for individuals to respond thoughtfully in stressful situations.Another Tool for CaregiversDedicating daily time for self-care can present a challenge for busy caregivers who may find their time and energy stretched to the limit. Surprisingly, mindfulness meditation can be practiced in as little as ten minutes a day.A University of Pittsburgh study found that mindfulness meditation opens pathways for key regions of the brain to communicate with each other, enabling individuals to respond more thoughtfully in situations of stress. A 2016 University of Pittsburgh study which was published in the Journal of Adolescence found a correlation between mindfulness meditation and self-compassion in adolescents.last_img read more