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Let the Games Begin!

27 Jul 2012, 12:37 pm

London Spotlight

Eyes across the world on London, England today and for the next several days as the 2012 Olympic Games get underway this evening.

 

 

 

 

 
From www.london2012.com:

“The name of the Olympic Opening Ceremony show will be ‘Isles of Wonder’ and the worldwide broadcast will commence at 9pm. The Ceremony will kick off with the sound of the largest harmonically tuned bell in Europe, produced by the Whitechapel Foundry, and the Stadium will be transformed into the British countryside for opening scene ‘Green and Pleasant’, which includes real farmyard animals. The Ceremony will also include a special sequence celebrating the best of British, featuring volunteer performers from the NHS.”

 

 

 

 

 
Photo From: www.london2012.com

The stadium, as pictured above, is outdoors and London may be living up to it’s soggy reputation this evening.  Latest London Forecast from the Met Office:

This Evening and Tonight:

Mostly dry with bright spells this evening. Any heavy, and perhaps thundery showers, most probably across Kent and Sussex, clearing east. Staying fine and mostly dry overnight with some clear spells and feeling fresher than recent nights. Minimum temperature 12 °C.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Photo From: The Guardian

Although the weather may end up cooperating for tonight’s ceremony, its bound to rain at some point during the games. And that could impact the outcome of some of the events.

From MSNBC.com: “For example, if London returns to the cold and wet conditions of last week, the prospect of Usain Bolt breaking his sprint world records is slim — though a cold spell would be welcomed by endurance athletes such as marathon runners…The men’s 100-meter sprint world record has fallen twice in the last four summer Games in warm conditions, while the men’s marathon benchmark has not been lowered at the Olympics since Abebe Bikila achieved the feat in Tokyo in 1964. The reason is relatively simple. Muscles contract with an improved efficiency when it is warm. The biology underpinning the theory, however, is more complicated. “Within a certain limit, when it is warm, your muscle enzymes will operate faster, turning over energy and releasing it to the muscles,” Ingham said. “And when you are accumulating heat in endurance events, you are slowly but surely tipping yourself over (the optimum), the enzymes are getting too hot and it is starting to impair not only the enzyme’s actions but you also become very uncomfortable.” The optimum temperature for what Ingham calls a “power performance” is a very un-British 26-32 degrees Celsius, whereas for endurance events it would be 12-18, which is roughly what Londoners endured last week.”

 

Coming Back Across the The Pond

Intense storms ripped across the Northeast and Mid Atlantic yesterday producing a tremendous amount of wind damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Some of the damage photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
US National Weather Service Binghamton NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos From: Dave Taylor from Richmond, VA

Keeping an eye out for storms redeveloping in some of these same locations this afternoon in the Ohio Valley and the Southeast.

Check back here for more updates!

Gretchen Mishek

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