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Monday - May 20, 2015

Good Morning All,
 

Here is Wednesday's Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service:
 

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS IN PARTS OF THE EDWARDS PLATEAU/BIG
COUNTRY OF TX...
 

...THERE IS A MRGL RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM PARTS OF THE SRN GREAT PLAINS TO
THE TN VALLEY...
 

...SUMMARY...A CLUSTER OF SEVERE STORMS WITH ISOLATED LARGE HAIL AND
DAMAGING WINDS MAY DEVELOP OVER PARTS OF THE EDWARDS PLATEAU AND BIG COUNTRY
IN TEXAS ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING. ISOLATED DAMAGING WINDS
ARE POSSIBLE IN THE MID-SOUTH AND TENNESSEE VALLEY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND
EARLY EVENING.
 
 

News and Comments:
 

Harmful Bacteria May Be Lurking In Your Single-Serve Coffee Machine
Published May 19, 2015 | FoxNews.com
 

There's some bad news for coffee lovers brewing their morning joe with a
single serve coffee maker.
 

According to a swab test conducted by KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, over 4 million
colonies of  harmful bacteria and mold was founding lurking in the water
tank, coffee pod compartment, spout and tray on more than half of the 28
machines tested.
 

The station says it tested eight machines in Pittsburgh and another 20 in
Chicago and Dallas and found strains of bacteria like E.coli,
staphylococcus, streptococcus and pseudomonas aeruginosa. 
 

"I thought you would find something, but not something that could make us
sick," coffee machine owner Stephanie Brink told KDKA.
 

According to the National Coffee Association, about 27 percent of consumers
own single-serve brewers, such as Keurig or Nespresso.  But many people
forget to clean their machines on a regular basis.
 

"Coffee makers are certainly a moist environment where mold and bacteria are
known to grow in high numbers.  Our bodies can deal with them, but at some
point they'll grow to levels high enough to cause sickness," Kelly Reynolds,
a microbiology specialist at the University of Arizona told Consumer
Affairs.
 

Keurig told KDKA that if a machine has not been used for several days, it is
important to run "several cleansing brews to remove any internal standing
water."
 

Here are some other steps to prevent mold or bacteria from collecting in
your coffee machine:  
 

--Clean your machine regularly
 

--Run vinegar through it to help sanitize surfaces
 

--Use filtered water rather than water straight from your tap
 

--Change the water after each use
 

--Leave the lid off to allow the machine to air out
 

--Wipe the machine down daily
 
 
 

Closing Thoughts:
 

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept."-- Ansel
Adams, photographer
 
 

That's it for today,
 

Roger

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