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How cold is it?

USA TODAY subscribers must have had a good laugh at the following weather graphic. But, fellow graphic artist/cartoonist Scott Bateman may not have thought it was so funny considering it was an idea he originally conceived only a few days before. To compare the obvious infringement check out the Daily Cartoonist link here but beware Bateman’s original is NSFW (not safe for work).

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Snow in Fresno? It could happen.

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Snow in Fresno? The snow in this picture fell in Shaver Lake.

It’s bone-chilling cold out there, but something even more exciting could be coming: snow. Friday night going into Saturday could bring snow flurries, meteorologists are telling Bee reporters. Doesn’t sound like we’ll all be building snowmen Saturday morning though. Reporter Mark Grossi is still working on his story about the likelihood of snow, but here’s a sneak preview he sent along:

A storm passing through California Friday night is forecast to thaw the sub-30s night-time freezer in the San Joaquin Valley, but the weather might get even more miserable. Flurries of snow might mix in with a light rain with temperatures in the mid-30s — a damp, chilly wake-up call on Saturday morning. It would be Fresno’s first snow in eight years.
“We’re not talking about any accumulations of snow,” said meteorologist Paul Iniguez of the National Weather Service’s Hanford office. “I don’t think you’ll need a snow shovel.”

I can’t remember ever seeing snow in Fresno. (I think it’s happened in the 13 years I’ve lived here, but I’m pretty sure I slept through it.) And call me a skeptic, but we are talking about predicting the future here. I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see any snow at all. But it sure would be fun if we did.

Holy lightning, Batman!

You had to be living under a rock not to see the lightning that raged across Fresno last night. Yesterday’s bizarre weather included a record-breaking 109-degree heat,  power outages and a rare August rain for some. Even though it’s destructive, I can’t help but marvel at the amazing beauty of the lightning that went on for hours last night.

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Bee photographer John Walker caught the shot above. Brent Shotz of Brent Shotz Photography took the one below from northwest Fresno last night.

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Fres-Know: In your face, Fresno

OH SNAP: “Dunk of the year” last night at Save Mart Center. Against the ‘Dogs. [CBS Sports]

HOWEVER: Fresno State football an “early” top 20 for 2013. [USA Today]

GRRRRRR: Fresno fourth unhappiest city for workers. We’re pissed. [Career Bliss]

BALLIN’: Warren Buffet affiliate buys local real estate company. [The Bee]

NEWS: Man jumps to his death from California Hotel. [The Bee]

HEAD’S UP: Gonna be a cold weekend. Bundle up. [The Bee]

RYAN BEATTY FAME WATCH: Here he is performing for Billboard. [Billboard]

SPORTS: Tyler Bray — Kingsburgian and Tennessee QB —  declares for NFL draft. [The Bee]

WATNEY WATCH: Ex-KMPHer Heidi Watney debuted Wednesday on MLB Network. [MLB]

RADIO SCENE: New programming at Soft Rock 98.9 and KMJ. [The Bee]

GOOD READ: “The Grizzlies are ready for their close-up.” [MiLB]

FROM THE BLOGROLL: The Cured Ham on Iron Bird Cafe’s closure. [The Cured Ham]