A new world record wind gust: 253 mph in Australia's Tropical Cyclone Olivia

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:34 PM GMT on January 27, 2010

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The 6,288-foot peak of New Hampshire's Mount Washington is a forbidding landscape of wind-swept barren rock, home to some of planet Earth's fiercest winds. As a 5-year old boy, I remember being blown over by a terrific gust of wind on the summit, and rolling out of control towards a dangerous drop-off before a fortuitously-placed rock saved me. Perusing the Guinness Book of World Records as a kid, three iconic world weather records always held a particular mystique and fascination for me: the incredible 136°F (57.8°C) at El Azizia, Libya in 1922, the -128.5°F (-89.2°C) at the "Pole of Cold" in Vostok, Antarctica in 1983, and the amazing 231 mph wind gust (103.3 m/s) recorded in 1934 on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Well, the legendary winds of Mount Washington have to take second place now, next to the tropical waters of northwest Australia. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that the new world wind speed record at the surface is a 253 mph (113.2 m/s) wind gust measured on Barrow Island, Australia. The gust occurred on April 10, 1996, during passage of the eyewall of Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Olivia.


Figure 1. Instruments coated with rime ice on the summit of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. Image credit: Mike Theiss.

Tropical Cyclone Olivia
Tropical Cyclone Olivia was a Category 4 storm on the U.S. Saffir-Simpson scale, and generated sustained winds of 145 mph (1-minute average) as it crossed over Barrow Island off the northwest coast of Australia on April 10, 1996. Olivia had a central pressure of 927 mb and an eye 45 miles in diameter at the time, and generated waves 21 meters (69 feet) high offshore. According to Black et al. (1999), the eyewall likely had a tornado-scale mesovortex embedded in it that caused the extreme wind gust of 253 mph. The gust was measured at the standard measuring height of 10 meters above ground, on ground at an elevation of 64 meters (210 feet). A similar mesovortex was encountered by a Hurricane Hunter aircraft in Hurricane Hugo of 1989, and a mesovortex was also believed to be responsible for the 239 mph wind gust measured at 1400 meters by a dropsonde in Hurricane Isabel in 2003. For reference, 200 mph is the threshold for the strongest category of tornado, the EF-5, and any gusts of this strength are capable of causing catastrophic damage.


Figure 2. Visible satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Olivia a few hours before it crossed Barrow Island, Australia, setting a new world-record wind gust of 253 mph. Image credit: Japan Meteorological Agency.


Figure 3. Wind trace taken at Barrow Island, Australia during Tropical Cyclone Olivia. Image credit: Buchan, S.J., P.G. Black, and R.L. Cohen, 1999, "The Impact of Tropical Cyclone Olivia on Australia's Northwest Shelf", paper presented at the 1999 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, 3-6 May, 1999.

Why did it take so long for the new record to be announced?
The instrument used to take the world record wind gust was funded by a private company, Chevron, and Chevron's data was not made available to forecasters at Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) during the storm. After the storm, the tropical cyclone experts at BOM were made aware of the data, but it was viewed as suspect, since the gusts were so extreme and the data was taken with equipment of unknown accuracy. Hence, the observations were not included in the post-storm report. Steve Buchan from RPS MetOcean believed in the accuracy of the observations, and coauthored a paper on the record gust, presented at the 1999 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston (Buchan et al., 1999). The data lay dormant until 2009, when Joe Courtney of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology was made aware of it. Courtney wrote up a report, coauthored with Steve Buchan, and presented this to the WMO extremes committee for ratification. The report has not been made public yet, and is awaiting approval by Chevron. The verified data will be released next month at a World Meteorological Organization meeting in Turkey, when the new world wind record will become official.

New Hampshire residents are not happy
Residents of New Hampshire are understandably not too happy about losing their cherished claim to fame. The current home page of the Mount Washington Observatory reads, "For once, the big news on Mount Washington isn't our extreme weather. Sadly, it's about how our extreme weather--our world record wind speed, to be exact--was outdone by that of a warm, tropical island".

Comparison with other wind records
Top wind in an Atlantic hurricane: 239 mph (107 m/s) at an altitude of 1400 meters, measured by dropsonde in Hurricane Isabel (2003).
Top surface wind in an Atlantic hurricane: 211 mph (94.4 m/s), Hurricane Gustav, Paso Real de San Diego meteorological station in the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, on the afternoon of August 30, 2008.
Top wind in a tornado: 302 mph (135 m/s), measured via Doppler radar at an altitude of 100 meters (330 feet), in the Bridge Creek, Oklahoma tornado of May 3, 1999.
Top surface wind not associated with a tropical cyclone or tornado: 231 mph (103.3 m/s), April 12, 1934 on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire.
Top wind in a typhoon: 191 mph (85.4 m/s) on Taiwanese Island of Lanyu, Super Typhoon Ryan, Sep 22, 1995; also on island of Miyakojima, Super Typhoon Cora, Sep 5, 1966.
Top surface wind not measured on a mountain or in a tropical cyclone: 207 mph (92.5 m/s) measured in Greenland at Thule Air Force Base on March 6, 1972.
Top wind measured in a U.S. hurricane: 186 mph (83.1 m/s) measured at Blue Hill Observatory, Massachusetts, during the 1938 New England Hurricane.

References
Buchan, S.J., P.G. Black, and R.L. Cohen, 1999, "The Impact of Tropical Cyclone Olivia on Australia's Northwest Shelf", paper presented at the 1999 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, 3-6 May, 1999.

Black, P.G., Buchan, S.J., and R.L. Cohen, 1999, "The Tropical Cyclone Eyewall Mesovortex: A Physical Mechanism Explaining Extreme Peak Gust Occurrence in TC Olivia, 4 April 1996 on Barrow Island, Australia", paper presented at the 1999 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, 3-6 May, 1999.

Jeff Masters

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Man struck by lightning, two in hospital

* From: AAP
* January 28, 2010 9:35PM

A MAN has been struck by lightning in Sydney's outer west and two people have been hospitalised as thunderstorms sweep across NSW.

The Ambulance Service of NSW said a 37-year-old man was hit by lightning while doing the washing up near a window at a YMCA camp in Yarramundi at about 7.30pm (AEDT) tonight.

Paramedics were treating the man, who was suffering neck and shoulder pain, and planned to take him to hospital.

Emergency services were also called to a house in Springwood, in the NSW Blue Mountains, after it was struck by lightning at about 5pm.

"It's come through the window, it hit the curtains and ignited them,'' a firefighter at the scene told media at the scene.

Two people, including a man suffering smoke inhalation, were taken to Blue Mountains Hospital.

A house on East View Avenue in nearby Leura also caught fire after it was hit by lightning, but no one was injured.

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The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 7.30pm, predicting large hailstones, heavy rainfall, flash flooding and damaging winds.
Areas which may be affected late on Thursday include Grafton, Taree, Armidale, Tamworth, Narrabri and Walgett.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) said people in those areas should move their cars under cover and away from trees, secure loose items and stay indoors away from windows and keep children and pets indoors.

The BoM said thunderstorms had moved through Sydney, Illawarra, Central West Slopes and Lower Western Districts by early Thursday night and the warning was no longer in force for those areas.

An SES spokesman said there had been 33 requests for assistance across the state, including 12 in the Blue Mountains.

''(The storm) looked pretty spectacular on the radar ... but as luck had it, it pretty well passed over mostly unpopulated areas,'' the spokesman told AAP.

"There hasn't been a lot of hail or anything in them, but there's been some pretty heavy rain.''
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Current temp 31* and windy with rain fast approaching here in OK. Have completed my preparedness measures. Hoping it doesn't get to bad
I am finally out of WU prison!
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331. IKE
Quoting severstorm:
Hey Ike, I forgot you have the two lakes LOL


Insulation.

Sun is up now.
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Good Morning.

Temperatures are confusing in North Florida today. With no wind the temp in Gainsville is 39.4 with a frost warning.The airport makes more sense at 33.
Could this all be from trees and no breeze?
We are surrounded by fire weather, Frost warnings, and flood forecasts but really it is just a nice day out.
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Hey Ike, I forgot you have the two lakes LOL
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- French rescuers in Haiti on Wednesday pulled from rubble a girl who they believe could have been trapped since the January 12 earthquake.

Search & Recovery? I don't think so Tim.

Search & Rescue for this little girl who was almost forgotten. Continue on with the resucue efforts, IMO.

re-stoke the fire of passion, re-stoke the fire of charity, There's people dying out there.
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7004936.ece

January 28, 2010
Scientists in stolen e-mail scandal hid climate data
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Quoting eyesontheweather:
32 °F
Overcast
Windchill: 21 °F
Humidity: 64%
Dew Point: 21 °F
Wind: 16 mph from the NNE
Wind Gust: 22 mph
Pressure: 30.36 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Overcast 2700 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 873 ft

Rain is expected to move in by noon today and exist through Friday. Some reports say ice pellets others call for rain freezing on contact
Oops, city did not come through. Cookson OK (NE OK)
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32 °F
Overcast
Windchill: 21 °F
Humidity: 64%
Dew Point: 21 °F
Wind: 16 mph from the NNE
Wind Gust: 22 mph
Pressure: 30.36 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Overcast 2700 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 873 ft

Rain is expected to move in by noon today and exist through Friday. Some reports say ice pellets others call for rain freezing on contact
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323. IKE
Quoting severstorm:

morning all, Hey Ike you may be cooler than me today, The field behind me was on fire last night.Came within 60 yards from the house.All is good now.


Nope...you still got me beat.

I'm at 37.9.
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morning all, Hey Ike you may be cooler than me today, The field behind me was on fire last night.Came within 60 yards from the house.All is good now.
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Quoting Jeff9641:


It's about alerting people of the potential dangers because tornadoes seem to want to hit Central FL at night for whatever reason and always during El-Nino years. If I can alert one person then i know I'm doing my part to inform.

Jeff9641, This is what i always say. If i can save just one person. Kudos!!!
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good morning weather buffs 52f going to be bright and sunny beautiful
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So I wonder if collectively UHIs have other reaching effects on weather and warming.

Are they creating more convection for instance, and would it be significant. Additionally by excluding UHIs are they masking heating occurring from higher elevations down to the surface?

From my readings and limited understanding the levels of warming ball is still in play due to instrument issues. The surface is nailed down but not the upper-air levels.
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272 thank you - that was an important blog yesterday and was/will be viewed by several in the field and amateurs following the subject.

Its kinda dismaying the way he starts out but he basically says it was an incomplete report that was evaluated.

He really needs to pull it together.

In Climatology Trends and Consistency in a station are more important than Temps. This is obvious, right? So with urbanization and other factors should be taken into account. Aesthetic changes that would effect albedo, irrigation, AC/heat systems - for instance - wouldn't they all change station data and not necessary in a positive change direction. Not to mention installation date as related to project completions in the area.

While the pictures would seem to suggest one thing and are certainly posted as "proof" you have to remember - Grass/trees are interestingly more absorbent of radiation than concrete but are cooler by evaporation and the transport of heat away. For climate it would be the change in the physical surroundings that affect temperature that is most important.



Surface Typical
albedo
Fresh asphalt 0.04[1]
Worn asphalt 0.12[1]
Conifer forest
(Summer) 0.08,[2] 0.09 to 0.15[3]
Deciduous trees 0.15 to 0.18[3]
Bare soil 0.17[4]
Green grass 0.25[4]
Desert sand 0.40[5]
New concrete 0.55[4]
Ocean Ice 0.5%u20130.7[4]
Fresh snow 0.80%u20130.90[4]


(The range of possible values is from 0 (dark) to 1 (bright) and then of course there is absorption/readmission spectrum issues)

The heat holding and conductivity factors of rocks/ceramic are also a critical issue.

This all makes statistical analysis of temperature data very important.

Remember too "Urban Heat Island" is a collective generalized term associated with a large area and is not necessarily trended in one direction.

The trends of a specific area could be influenced in several directions over several distinct periods. No all necessarily warmer.

I dont think all of this is being conveyed properly by him at all.

Regardless Statistical analysis should be used extensively to monitor and possibly modify the data. In my limited but honest opinion. I can see NOAA's point in making fewer trusted and cross checked sites here.

Ill post more later.
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goodnight all
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Portlight Haiti update
Portlight.org, the disaster-relief charity that has sprung up from the hard work and dedication of many members of the wunderground.com community, continues to get aid into Haiti in the hands of those who need it most. Here's a comment posted on the most recent Portlight blog:

"Just want to let y'all know that we did some awesome work in Haiti today. With the help of a Twitter volunteer, we made contact with some folks needing crutches. In particular, we were told about a man whose leg was crushed, and required amputation. Thanks to your generosity and constant support of Portlight, he is now able to get around.

Portlight is bringing mobility, accessibility, and most importantly - HOPE - to the disabled community in Haiti".

Paul Timmons of Portlight is scheduled to appear on NBC Nightly News Thursday or Friday.

Next post
My next post will probably be Friday, but may occur over the weekend.

Jeff Masters
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Has anyone spotted Paul aka Presslord on NBC news yet?
Heard Obama's speech on the radio on my way home from a class tonight.
Thought he made a good pitch for bipartisanship.
AKA 'Let's not forget who we are supposed to be working for' pitch...
And read an article this week about how this last final worst disaster was going to be finally Haiti's turning point.
Think it's great that the French have stuck around longer than anyone to look for survivors and found a 17 year old today still alive after 15 days.
This is when life can be beautiful.
Good night everyone.


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Quoting GrtLksQuest:
All you night owls, keep a watch out for the rest of us. Michigan Gramma is headed for bed.


Whoooo you talking about. :)

(just like Red Skelton, I laugh at my own jokes)
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All you night owls, keep a watch out for the rest of us. Michigan Gramma is headed for bed.
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Quoting tornadodude:


Lol I'm typing in random countries and adding .com to it


Try tracert instead of ping.

BTW, most .com are here in US. Elsewhere they use initials for the country code.
.nz = New Zealand
.uk = United Kingdom
.ca = Canada
You can find the whole list here.

I have the flagfox add-on on Firefox just for the fun of it.
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Quoting PcolaDan:


LOL And I thought I was easily amused.


Lol I'm typing in random countries and adding .com to it
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Quoting GrtLksQuest:
Post 276


What a terrible event. I would guess that keeping those memories alive may, in some small way, alleviate the pain.

I have worked with handicapped rider programs over the years - also called "hippotherapy" (and NO! - purple hippos are not involved -

It's about using horses to help children and adults improve core strength, balance, confidence and innumerable other competencies. Those of us who assisted were called "TABs" (i.e., "Temporarily Able Bodied") I found this to be a profoundly meaningful label. There are no "guarantees" "I never promised you a rose garden". . .

Let's be grateful/thankful for what we have and can do today and be prepared to help those that are not as fortunate.


It's about alerting people of the potential dangers because tornadoes seem to want to hit Central FL at night for whatever reason and always during El-Nino years. If I can alert one person then i know I'm doing my part to inform.
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Quoting tornadodude:
wow, I ping purdue.edu and I get 1ms


LOL And I thought I was easily amused.
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Pinging newzealand.com [203.163.94.10] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 203.163.94.10: bytes=32 time=595ms TTL=237
Reply from 203.163.94.10: bytes=32 time=249ms TTL=237
Reply from 203.163.94.10: bytes=32 time=248ms TTL=237
Reply from 203.163.94.10: bytes=32 time=249ms TTL=237

Ping statistics for 203.163.94.10:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 248ms, Maximum = 595ms, Average = 335ms
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Quoting weatherbro:


Also the AO is forecasted to go as negative as -7 next month.



Add to that a potent dose of arctic air and we're in real trouble!

This time around...There ain't no southeast ridge(in the Caribbean) to protect us(this next front is forecast to completely destroy it).

Good news if you hate stalled out fronts, muggy air, and continuous downpours/stale air like we had in early December(especially south Florida). As these fronts should quickly slide through the state(as is typical for El Nino).

But bad news if you also hate severe thunderstorms(organized squall lines) and cold air as models have also been persistent in reopening the Siberian floodgates!!!

JB is forecasting another possible Wintery event(for the Peninsula) sometime later next month. A combination of an active Southern Stream coupled with a return to the cold we saw earlier this month makes me think Joe Bastardi is up to something.


I agree with you but forecast next week calls for rain and heavy at times Tuesday thru Friday for Orlando.

Good news if you hate stalled out fronts, muggy air, and continuous downpours/stale air like we had in early December(especially south Florida). As these fronts should quickly slide through the state(as is typical for El Nino).
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Quoting Jeff9641:
It's been since 1998 that I've seen the models depict this much rain for February. During that year a F4 tornado hit near my high school in Sanford FL and killed many of my classmates at 12:30am on 2/23/98. I fear a similar situation maybe on the way in Central Florida in the coming weeks. Some of my friends remember cows dropping out of the sky just after the tornado passed. Many houses in the Lake Jessup area were destroyed with nothing but brick foundations left.


What a terrible event. I would guess that keeping those memories alive may, in some small way, alleviate the pain.

I have worked with handicapped rider programs over the years - also called "hippotherapy" (and NO! - purple hippos are not involved -

It's about using horses to help children and adults improve core strength, balance, confidence and innumerable other competencies. Those of us who assisted were called "TABs" (i.e., "Temporarily Able Bodied") I found this to be a profoundly meaningful label. There are no "guarantees" "I never promised you a rose garden". . .

Let's be grateful/thankful for what we have and can do today and be prepared to help those that are not as fortunate.
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Thanks weatherbro,

There is one scientist and inventor (and the oldest btw) who while working for NASA on space exploration, created the gaia hypothesis.

He released a book back in 2006, The Earth is about to get a morbid Fever.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis
James Lovelock: The Earth is about to catch a morbid fever that may last as long as 100,000 years
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/james-lovelock-the-earth-is-about-to-catch-a-morb id-fever-that-may-last-as-long-as-100000-years-523161.html

The cooling could mean a self defense effect from earth/gaia to counter this fever.

We actualy can support gaia now by starting with climate farming
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biochar

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wow, I ping purdue.edu and I get 1ms
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300. BtnTx
I am looking forward to Cyclone Oz getting his book web site fixed. I think he has a great story to tell!
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Quoting Patrap:


I kinda thought the reds and purples really stood out against the conflagration that Evening..



ahh the days of Purple Ozly and Orange Sunshine... with Natures Way playing in the background
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Quoting Patrap:


I kinda thought the reds and purples really stood out against the conflagration that Evening..



The reds and purples you saw was from the Christmas bud, not atmospherics.
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Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:
Can it be that the NAO anomaly causes a major shift in precipitation? Meaning that the seasonal ice extend at the poles is effected - shifts more to the equator regions of the planet(siberian deep freeze express).
Limiting the seasonal natural ice extend at the poles.
Yesterday someone posted a NAO forecast which showed an extending negative NAO anomaly for the upcoming month.


Also the AO is forecasted to go as negative as -7 next month.

Quoting Jeff9641:


With all of this rain in forecast because of numerous lows coming out of the GOM then next couple weeks I fear another outbreak is coming.


Add to that a potent dose of arctic air and we're in real trouble!

This time around...There ain't no southeast ridge(in the Caribbean) to protect us(this next front is forecast to completely destroy it).

Good news if you hate stalled out fronts, muggy air, and continuous downpours/stale air like we had in early December(especially south Florida). As these fronts should quickly slide through the state(as is typical for El Nino).

But bad news if you also hate severe thunderstorms(organized squall lines) and cold air as models have also been persistent in reopening the Siberian floodgates!!!

JB is forecasting another possible Wintery event(for the Peninsula) sometime later next month. A combination of an active Southern Stream coupled with a return to the cold we saw earlier this month makes me think Joe Bastardi is up to something.
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Quoting natrwalkn:
Whoa!! Looks like we're going to get a LOT of snow here in Greensboro, NC!!


here is GFS/MRF 240 HRS OUT PARADE OF STORMS

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so, everytime I run a ping test, the window only stays open for a couple seconds, why?
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:










I would love to watch these but I am now ready to head for bed. Is there a way to download and save for future viewing?
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Cool, let me know and we'll meet up and have a few cold one's.


sounds good, I'm not sure if I am going or not, but I definitely want to
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Quoting Floodman:


LOL...it was spectacular...


I kinda thought the reds and purples really stood out against the conflagration that Evening..



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TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 33
Issued by the BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY, DARWIN
at 11:00 am CST [11:30 am EST] Thursday 28 January 2010

A Cyclone WARNING continues for coastal and island communities from Cape Shield,
in the Northern Territory, to Burketown, in Queensland, including Groote Eylandt
and Mornington Island.

A Cyclone WATCH continues for coastal and island communities from Burketown to
Pormpuraaw.

At 9:30 am CST [10:00 am EST] Ex-Tropical Cyclone Olga was estimated to be 25
kilometres north northwest of Borroloola and 225 kilometres south of Alyangula,
moving west northwest at 2 kilometres per hour.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Olga is forecast to move slowly offshore later today where
it is expected to redevelop into a tropical cyclone.

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are expected to develop between the
NT/Qld Border and Cape Shield, including Groote Eylandt, overnight or early
Friday morning. GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may extend as far
east as Burketown in Queensland, including Mornington Island, tonight.

GALES are not expected between Burketown and Pormpuraaw within the next 24
hours. However, GALES may develop late on Friday or early Saturday.

HEAVY RAIN may lead to significant stream rises and flooding of low-lying areas
in the Roper-McArthur and Arnhem districts.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES could cause SERIOUS FLOODING at the Northern Territory
coast and adjacent islands between Bing Bong and the Queensland Border tonight.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES could cause MINOR FLOODING at the coast elsewhere between
Cape Shield in the Northern Territory and Burketown in Queensland today.

People between Burketown in Queensland and Cape Shield in the Northern
Territory, including Groote Eylandt and Mornington Island, should take
precautions and listen to the next advice at 2 pm CST [2:30pm EST]. If you are
unsure about precautions to be taken, information is available from your local
government or local State Emergency Service.

Details of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Olga at 9:30 am CST [10:00 am EST]:
.Centre located near...... 15.9 degrees South 136.2 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 95 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the west northwest at 2 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 85 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ below cyclone intensity
.Central pressure......... 993 hectoPascals

The next advice will be issued by 2:00 pm CST Thursday 28 January [2:30 pm EST
Thursday 28 January].
______________________________________________________________________________________________

I'm off to work now, catch ya's later
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Quoting PcolaDan:


Because of your proximity to the rest of the world, I expect your time to be a little longer. Curious what it is to Australian web sites.

I did a ping test to a local website. Average was 35ms.
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289. beell
Quoting Floodman:


There is a 121 mile wide crater in the GOM (and partly on the Yucatan) from an impact some 65 million years ago


A small (4 mi) crater in Alabama-81 million years ago.

Wetumpka Meteor Crater
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Quoting tornadodude:


that is true.

oh hey Aussie,

I might be going to Sydney to study abroad this summer, depending on how much financial aid I can get. I think it is from May 8th through July something

Cool, let me know and we'll meet up and have a few cold one's.
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Quoting Floodman:
Hey Aussie!

Hey Flood, how's it going mate!
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Quoting hydrus:
That is the Chichalube crater centered on the Yucatan Peninsula not to far from Merida. It is exactly 65 million years old. I hope you are doing well FloodMan. We have talked about this crater here on the blog. Somebody said you were watching it and rolling one as it was striking the earths surface... You were probably pretty young then.


LOL...it was spectacular...
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Quoting Floodman:


There is a 121 mile wide crater in the GOM (and partly on the Yucatan) from an impact some 65 million years ago
That is the Chixulub crater centered on the Yucatan Peninsula not to far from Merida. It is exactly 65 million years old. I hope you are doing well FloodMan. We have talked about this crater here on the blog. Somebody said you were watching it and rolling one as it was striking the earths surface... You were probably pretty young then.
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Quoting Jeff9641:


Could be all ice or snow 50/50 right now. Western NC will diffently get hammered.


Yeah, it's a close call for us. The local mets are thinking it's mostly going to be snow here in the Triad
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