Thursday, May 31, 2007
Things are looking up for a chase...
There is a dilemma with storm chasing. I am fascinated with storms and there is a side of me that really wants to see the action. I would love to see a wedge tornado on the plains! On the other hand, I have hoped many times for storms not to happen because there is so much potential for death, injury, and destruction for those in the path of a tornado.
The bottom line, though, is that all of my wishing and hoping will not make any difference in the weather. It is going to happen. When it does, I want to see it and learn about it. Storm spotting is a valuable tool in both the warning process itself along with the data that contibutes to our overall understanding and ability to predict dangerous weather.
Back to Dewdrop's upcoming chase. Things are looking good. When she first mentioned the dates, I wondered how things would look. Things are now looking up!
As of this morning the SPC outlooks are as follows:
Thursday May 31 - MODERATE RISK in western KS and western OK
Friday June 1 - SLIGHT RISK between TEXAS and IOWA
Saturday June 2 - SLIGHT RISK - TEXAS
Sunday and Monday, June 3 and 4 - TEXAS
Wednesday June 5 - OK, KS, NE, and SD
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Another smoky day in paradise...
Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette by JBE
Bad Air Quality Again by Stephanie Frost
Smoke, drought and more... by Dewdrop
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The much-anticipated post
The weather here has been highlighted by second hand smoke, sent over from my friends in South Georgia and Florida.
Haze from wildfires expected to return today
By Nancy Glasscock
The Cullman Times
Widespread haze from wildfires in southeastern Georgia and northeastern Florida was expected to return to Cullman County again today, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Huntsville. During the past few weeks, a blanket of haze periodically covered north Alabama and southern Middle Tennessee. The most significant contributors to the smoke have been wildfires called “big Turnaround” and “Bugaboo” which have burned more than 430,000 acres in Ware and Charlton counties in Georgia and Baker County, Fla., respectively. The NWS reported the first bout of smoke moving across north Alabama May 14 and 15, with reduced visibilities as low as three miles on May 15.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
This just in from the Alabama EMA...
The NOAA and the National Hurricane Center released their forecast yesterday and they have the following:
For the full story, please follow this link to the National Hurricane Center's Story: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/s2864.htm
This being said, Mobile Weather National Service Office and Alabama EMA have once again partnered to produce the 2007 Hurricane Awareness Booklet. It has been published and is being distributed in Schools in Mobile and Baldwin Counties along with booklets to the EMA Offices in Alabama's southernmost counties. You may download a copy of this booklet at the following web site: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mob/
Many preparedness tools are available online to aid you in your preparations. The following links are a few of the web resources available:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) preparedness resources: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/hu_season.shtm
A free online hurricane planning tool, follow this link: http://www.onestorm.org
The "Hurricane Strike" education program which is a hurricane preparedness learning tool for the family geared toward children and endorsed by FEMA, NOAA, The Weather Channel and the American Red Cross, may be found at the follow link: https://www.meted.ucar.edu/loginForm.php?urlPath=hurrican
Please pass this information to all those in your offices and agencies and prompt them to make plans and preparations for the 2007 Hurricane Season.
Seeing how the other half lives
The smoke in my little corner of the state isn't that bad. It just creates an extra hazy sky and reduces visibility a little. It is nothing like what our friends in Georgia are going through. Our hears go out to them!
Here are a few interesting links:
My friends in South GA, Dewdrop and Rick
Rick submitted an excellent post on our team blog.
Air Quality Alert posted by JB Elliott
A Useful Tool posted by Jason Simpson
Smoke and Haze posted by Jason Simpson
11:45 update: It stinks outside. The smoke is getting worse.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Fire Watch issued by NWS Huntsville
North Alabama is under a fire watch today because low humidity and high winds are creating prime conditions for wildfires.The National Weather Service issued the watch to discourage residents from burning anything outdoors."People should not even burn unless they have to. Even then, we suggest they don't burn," said Kurt Weber a meteorologist at the Weather Service's Huntsville office.
Drought leads state forester to place Alabama under fire alert Florence Times Daily
As a drought continues to tighten its grip on Alabama, the state forester has placed all 67 counties under a fire alert.During the alert, which began Friday, the Alabama Forestry Commission will restrict the number of permits it issues for outdoor burning.
HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK...UPDATED FOR FIRE WEATHER NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 222 PM CDT SAT MAY 19 2007
...EXTREME DROUGHT PERSISTS......LIGHT MID WEEK RAINFALL NOT ENOUGH TO PUT A DENT IN RAINFALLDEFICITS......SYNOPSIS...ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...THE ENTIRE CENTRAL TENNESSEE VALLEY IS IN THE EXTREME DROUGHT CATEGORY. THIS IS THE SECOND WORSTOF THE FIVE-LEVEL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM USED BY THE U.S. DROUGHTMONITOR...AND INDICATIVE OF AT LEAST A ONCE-IN-TWENTY YEAR DROUGHT....(see link for more)
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
...but it probably won't amount to much; maybe one quarter to one half of an inch. Still, I am thankful. The drought continues however. Maybe this will help get rid of some of the GA/FL smoke that blew into Central Alabama yesterday. This was the WAFF 48 radar at 5:58 a.m.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Off by 9,990
Obama overstates Kansas tornado deaths
RICHMOND, Va. - Barack Obama caught up in the fervor of a campaign speech Tuesday, drastically overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll, saying 10,000 died. The death toll was 12. "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed," the Democratic presidential candidate said in a speech to 500 people packed into a sweltering Richmond art studio for a fundraiser. Obama mentioned the disaster in Greensburg, Kan., in saying he had been told by the office of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that the state's National Guard had been depleted by its commitment to the Iraq War.
White House rebuts Guard shortage claim
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration and Kansas' governor started Tuesday pointing fingers at each other over the response to last week's devastating tornado. By lunchtime, both sides had backed down.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Meteorologist Mike Umscheid
Dodge City, KS Storm Report
Greensburg Tornado Rated EF-5 The First "5" Rating on the new Enhanced Fujita Scale and the first "5" classification since May 3, 1999 when an F5 tornado ripped through Moore, OK.
Tornado warning process worked in Greensburg, KS
Here is an excerpt from the post:
the "…tornado emergency for Greensburg…" in my next SVS… it was like instinct - just did it. Those few minutes after watching one of the most incredible velocity couplets go directly over one of your good sized communities in your CWA… I was just too anxious. Then the message was sent out… a plea from Greensburg dispatch… "Ford County communications this is Greensburg… we just took a direct hit…".. that came no more than about 3 or 4 minutes after the couplet passed over. I then immediately sent out another SVS indicating that Greensburg likely took a direct hit.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Storms looking bad in KS again
This is NOT good! God bless these people!
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS
837 PM CDT SAT MAY 5 2007
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DODGE CITY HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN KIOWA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS.
* UNTIL 900 PM CDT
* AT 833 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED AND
A STORM CHASER REPORTED A TORNADO 1 MILES WEST OF GREENSBURG…MOVING
NORTH AT 25 MPH.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
RURAL RESIDENCES OF NORTHERN KIOWA COUNTY.
THIS INCLUDES HIGHWAY 54 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 101 AND 124.
WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BASED ON DOPPLER RADAR…IT MEANS
THAT STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE STORM. A TORNADO MAY
ALREADY BE ON THE GROUND…OR IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SHORTLY. IF YOU
ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS DANGEROUS STORM…MOVE INDOORS AND TO THE
LOWEST LEVEL OF THE BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. IF DRIVING…DO
NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER A HIGHWAY OVERPASS.
A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT SATURDAY EVENING
FOR WEST CENTRAL KANSAS. A TORNADO WATCH ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL
1000 PM CDT SATURDAY EVENING FOR SOUTHWESTERN KANSAS.
Tornado tragedy in Kansas
9 Die as Tornado Levels Kansas Town from Associated Press
Most of this southwest Kansas town was destroyed by a tornado, part of a violent storm system blamed for at least nine deaths, officials said Saturday amid warnings of more severe weather. It may take days for emergency crews to remove all the victims _ dead and alive _ from the rubble of homes and businesses, the city administrator said Saturday.
Tornado Destroys Much of Kansas Town by VOA News
An emergency official in the Midwestern U.S. state of Kansas says the tornado that devastated a small town Friday night is the most significant emergency the state has dealt with in a long time. At least seven people died and dozens were injured when a massive twister raked across the town of Greensburg, which has about 1,600 residents. Witnesses said that 75 percent to 90 percent of the town was destroyed.
I remember the beginning of TWC well. I was one of the fortunate wx geeks who had cable back then. I liked TWC back in the 80’s and early 90’s much more than the format they have now. I remember John Coleman from Chicago’s WLS Channel 7 when I lived in Ottawa, Illinois for a few years as a young boy (preschool-1st grade). Coleman was crazy, but as a kid, I loved him. I’ll never forget when I saw him use a snake as a pointer for his wx map! Watching him helped birth my lifetime fascination with the wx.
I want to see a true 24 hour weather channel (for weather purists) that is totally weather (minus politics and with less documentaries during times of severe weather)!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Let's cut back on that toilet paper!
Crow calls for limit on loo paper
Crow calls for limit on loo paperSinger Sheryl
Crow has said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help
Crow has suggested using "only one square per restroom visit, except, of
course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required".
The 45-year-old, who made the comments on her website, has just toured the US
on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change.
She teamed up with environmental activist Laurie David for the shows.
The pair targeted 11 university campuses to persuade students to help combat
the world's environmental problems.
I propose a limitation be put on how many squares
of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting
Sheryl Crow"I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with
easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming," Crow
"Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my
mind, worth investigating.
"I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be
used in any one sitting."
The tour ended on Sunday at the George Washington University inStory from BBC
Washington DC, where Crow performed with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Carole King.
Laurie David's husband, Seinfeld creator Larry David, also appeared.
Crow has also commented on her website about how she thinks paper napkins
"represent the height of wastefulness".
She has designed a clothing line with what she calls a "dining sleeve".
The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another "dining sleeve"
after the diner has used it to wipe his or her mouth.
The shows involved a short set by the singer, a talk by David and segments of
Al Gore's environmental film An Inconvenient Truth.