Bill Read to retire as director of the National Hurricane Center

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:28 PM GMT on January 16, 2012

Share this Blog
20
+

Bill Read, the director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) since 2008, announced Saturday that he will be retiring on June 1, ending four and one-half years as the nation's most visible meteorologist. Read took the post of NHC director after Bill Proenza stepped down following a stormy six-month tenure where much of staff revolted against him. In the wake of the turmoil stirred up by Proenza, Read brought stability to the Hurricane Center. Conversations I've had with staff at NHC indicated that Read was an excellent manager of people, and was well-respected among his employees. His management ability, easy-going style, and solid communication skills made Read an excellent choice for director of NHC, and he will be missed. “I will have been in charge just shy of four and a half years on June 1,” Read wrote in a letter to hurricane center staff . “I had no idea I would ever be considered for such an honor. It’s been quite a ride and I’m blessed to hit the exit ramp in my career after working with you all.”

Previously, Read served as director of Houston's National Weather Service office, a post he took in 1992. Read was called in to work at NHC three times between 1992 and 2005 to help out with hurricane emergencies. Prior to his job in Houston, Read served in the U.S. Navy, where his duties included an assignment as an on-board meteorologist with the Hurricane Hunters. He began his career in 1977 with the National Weather Service test and evaluation division in Sterling, VA.


Figure 1. Bill Read at the National Hurricane Center forecast desk. Image credit: NOAA.

National Hurricane Center Directors:
Gordon Dunn, 1965 - 1967
Robert Simpson, 1967 - 1973
Neil Frank, 1973 - 1987
Bob Sheets, 1987 - 1995
Robert Burpee, 1995 - 1997
Jerry Jarrell, 1998 - 2000
Max Mayfield, 2000 - 2007
Bill Proenza, January - July, 2007
Ed Rappaport (interim), July 2007 - January 2008
Bill Read, 2008 - 2012

Who will the next director of NHC be?
The retirement of Bill Read means that a search for NHC's eleventh director must be complete before hurricane season arrives. While I haven't had time to ask them if they are interested, here are four candidates who would make excellent directors of NHC:

Dr. Ed Rappaport, Deputy Director of NHC since 2000. Dr. Rappaport served as interim director of NHC during the hurricane season of 2007, and did a great job. He did not want to be the permanent director, though, and it is uncertain if would want the position now. In a Q and A interview posted on the NHC web site last year, Dr. Rappaport said, "The responsibilities are immense and, to date, the circumstances have not been right for me to be the director full time. But I will consider it the next time the opportunity arises. For such a critical position, one which has such important responsibilities, great visibility, many challenges and the long periods of travel, everything has to be aligned right within your professional and personal life to make the commitment that is required to do the job well." I have to believe that if he wants the job, the next director of NHC will be Ed Rappaport.

James Franklin, Branch Chief of the NHC Hurricane Specialists Unit. Since 2008, Franklin has been responsible for the quality of hurricane forecasts coming out of NHC, a tough, high-pressure job that he has handled remarkably well. Before arriving at NHC, Mr. Franklin worked as a hurricane research scientist for NOAA's Hurricane Research Division.

Dr. Chris Landsea, NHC Science and Operations Officer since 2005. Between 1995 - 2004, Dr. Landsea worked as a hurricane research scientist for NOAA's Hurricane Research Division. Dr. Landsea has testified in front of Congress several times on the issue of hurricanes and global warming, and has excellent public communication skills.

Dr. Rick Knabb, tropical weather expert for the Weather Channel. Dr. Knabb served as a senior hurricane specialist at NHC from 2005 - 2008, then took a position as deputy director and director of operations of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) and NWS Forecast Office in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2010, he joined the Weather Channel.

Jeff Masters

Reader Comments

Comments will take a few seconds to appear.

Post Your Comments

Please sign in to post comments.

or Join

Not only will you be able to leave comments on this blog, but you'll also have the ability to upload and share your photos in our Wunder Photos section.

Display: 0, 50, 100, 200 Sort: Newest First - Order Posted

Viewing: 649 - 599

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13Blog Index

649. sunlinepr
5:35 PM GMT on January 18, 2012


Winter returns with a vengeance: Seattle to be hit with biggest snow storm in decades
Posted on January 18, 2012

January 18, 2012 – SEATTLE – The snow into Thursday could end up being one of Seattle’s biggest snowstorms on record. The storm and its heavy snowfall have the potential to close passes in the Cascades, clog streets at sea level with tons of snow and slush and force flight delays and cancellations. Near the coast, the snow will be heavy, wet and difficult to shovel. The combination of heavy, wet snow with gusty winds in some areas will down trees, taking power lines with them. In the mountains, a yard or more of snow will fall in the high country. The combination of the excessive snow now and rising temperatures late in the week will increase the risk of avalanches. The heaviest rate of snow will hit Seattle Wednesday, when the snow could come down at an inch-per-hour pace for a time. –Accuweather
Member Since: August 2, 2010 Posts: 21 Comments: 9882
648. sunlinepr
5:31 PM GMT on January 18, 2012


NASA image and documented video provide first glimpse of new island formed in the Red Sea
Posted on January 18, 2012
January 18, 2012 – RED SEA – NASA has released two stunning images of the world’s newest, and as yet unnamed, island. Located about 60 miles from the coast of Yemen the new island began forming by volcanic activity in mid-December 2011. After nearly a month long eruption NASA believes that the volcano has now stopped: creating this peanut shaped island. The satellite images show the new island among neighboring islands and clearly show the cinder cone at the island’s centre. The new island is only a few meters from Rugged Island and Haycock Island in the Red Sea and now forms the 11th island in the Zubair Islands group located between Yemen and Eritrea. It measures 530 by 710 meters (1,700 by 2,300 feet) across and has surprised many scientists who didn’t expect the eruption from the Red Sea volcano to form any long lasting land mass. Eruptions such as this usually form short lived islands but NASA expects that this one will remain a permanent feature on the map. Below, the eruption in the Red Sea is captured on video. The scale of the eruption and how little press attention it received is both equally surprising. –Sociable

Member Since: August 2, 2010 Posts: 21 Comments: 9882
647. dabirds
5:02 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
He was here yesterday, why I posted above after reading washingtonian's reply to his troll call out. And thanks.
Member Since: August 23, 2011 Posts: 0 Comments: 783
646. SPLbeater
4:57 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting dabirds:
To ease washingtonian and anyone else's mind, my birds have nothing to do with Baltimore, other than the Oriole's originated from their old AL counterpart, the StL Browns. They are the Birds on the Bat that is displayed across Chuck Berry's chest in my avatar, the 2011 version of which the Prez referred to yesterday as "the greatest comeback team of all time". The da is a take on the old SNL gig - Da Bears, etc. When I post weather, it's Central IL or StL, not Baltimore.

Not sure why our multihandled friend always say I'm a troll other than he doesn't like the Cards. Btw, 15 and sunny this a.m., more like a regular Jan. morning.


i never did think you were a troll. I never observed troll activity from dabirds. and it seems the only one counting you as a troll is a member who hasnt even been here a week lol
Member Since: August 4, 2011 Posts: 46 Comments: 4488
645. dabirds
4:38 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
To ease washingtonian and anyone else's mind, my birds have nothing to do with Baltimore, other than the Oriole's originated from their old AL counterpart, the StL Browns. They are the Birds on the Bat that is displayed across Chuck Berry's chest in my avatar, the 2011 version of which the Prez referred to yesterday as "the greatest comeback team of all time". The da is a take on the old SNL gig - Da Bears, etc. When I post weather, it's Central IL or StL, not Baltimore.

Not sure why our multihandled friend always say I'm a troll other than he doesn't like the Cards. Btw, 15 and sunny this a.m., more like a regular Jan. morning.
Member Since: August 23, 2011 Posts: 0 Comments: 783
644. SPLbeater
4:38 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
That is a big storm
Member Since: August 4, 2011 Posts: 46 Comments: 4488
643. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
3:21 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Mauritius Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #2
PERTURBATION TROPICALE 07-20112012
16:00 PM RET January 18 2012
=======================================

At 12:00 PM UTC, Tropical Disturbance 07R (1000 hPa) located at 13.1S 69.9E has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots with gusts of 40 knots. The disturbance is reported as moving west southwest at 13 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.0/2.0/D1.0/24 HRS

Forecast and Intensity
=======================

12 HRS: 14.1S 67.6E - 30 knots (Depression Tropicale)
24 HRS: 15.7S 65.7E - 30 knots (Depression Tropicale)
48 HRS: 18.0S 64.0E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Modérée)
72 HRS: 20.6S 62.7E - 50 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)

Additional Information
======================

The low is on the northern edge of the high level ridge and in relationship with its own west-south-westwards motion, is only slightly constrained by the moderate easterly vertical wind shear existing over the area. Low level vortex is however partially exposed on the eastern edge of the small curved band.

Most available numerical weather prediction models are in good agreement to forecast a southwestwards track over the next 3 days then a southwards re-curving motion. Within the next 60 hours, environment remains rather favorable for further development. Low level equatorward inflow remains rather good but indirect due to the intertropical convergence zone in the north.. Poleward inflow is expected to weaken within Thursday 19th in relationship with a weakening in the subtropical belt but should improve again after that. In the upper levels, system takes currently benefit from 2 good outflow channels. The equatorward one is expected to progressively dissipate within the next 12 to 24 hours but the poleward one should improve day after day. Vertical easterly windshear remains weak to moderate within the next 30 hours.
Member Since: May 24, 2006 Posts: 52 Comments: 46518
642. Neapolitan
2:48 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting Xyrus2000:


These bills have been wildly unpopular since their inception, and yet they have still made it this far.

We have the best representatives money can buy, and legislation like SOPA and PIPA is the cold hard proof of that fact. Regardless of the parade of experts and tech giants that have gone before congress explaining in great detail how bad these bills are, they still move forward, pushed by the parasites who created them.

These bills are an example of the corruption we should come to expect since SCOTUS effectively gave the wealthy and corporations blank checks for buying politicians. No one in congress could honestly look at these pieces of legislative fecal matter and think they would be for the good of the country, especially when pretty much everyone is telling them that they aren't.

Go ahead and write your congresspeople. But don't think it will change anything. Votes aren't tallied by the paper in the ballot box, but by the dollars in the bill counter. If you want to get their attention, write a bigger check than the other guy.

Yes I'm cynical. Then again, congress really hasn't given me much reason to be otherwise.
You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone more cynical than I am, especially in matters political. And, too, I've been a huge critic of the extremely damaging "corporations are people and cash is speech" decisions from the current Supreme Court, for both the reasons you mentioned and others. But, still, I've seen evidence recently that enough pushback from the bottom can sometimes at least slow down the big money juggernaut, and that makes it worth fighting for.
Member Since: November 8, 2009 Posts: 4 Comments: 13720
641. Xyrus2000
2:26 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting Neapolitan:
If you haven't done so already, I'd urge each of you to contact your Congressional representatives via the simple contact forms available at any of those sites and ask--demand--that they not go along with even a watered-down SOPA or PIPA. Even the newer versions--the ones without the insane DNS-redirect provision--still grant far too much arbitrary power to copyright holders and content providers.

A simplified but relevant example: suppose a WU member embeds a link to a movie clip in one of the forums here, as happens fairly often. The movie studio that owns that clip could go to a judge and demand that WU be taken down for copyright infringement. The judge, under SOPA/PIPA, would have no choice but to order ISPs (Comcast, etc.) to disallow traffic to and from WU.

(Conversely, that movie studio could simply demand that the judge forbid ad networks from doing business with WU. Thus deprived of income, the site would be effectively killed.)

Furthermore, anyone using common network tools intended to protect their privacy and evade online spying--Tor, VPNs, etc.--would conceivably be in criminal violation of SOPA/PIPA, and could be prosecuted.

Now, some would claim the above example is far-fetched, that no judge would do such a thing. And they're probably right; the bills are intended to prevent well-known piracy sites from stealing content. But what's concerning is that both SOPA and PIPA go to far by granting certain parties the unilateral right to do so much more than that. (Or to put it another way: they're not just throwing the baby out with the bathwater; they're throwing out the tub, then stripping all the plumbing and tossing that out, too.)

(And note that this isn't a partisan issue at all; the bills' sponsors and opponents come from both sides of the aisle.)

Please write your representative today.


These bills have been wildly unpopular since their inception, and yet they have still made it this far.

We have the best representatives money can buy, and legislation like SOPA and PIPA is the cold hard proof of that fact. Regardless of the parade of experts and tech giants that have gone before congress explaining in great detail how bad these bills are, they still move forward, pushed by the parasites who created them.

These bills are an example of the corruption we should come to expect since SCOTUS effectively gave the wealthy and corporations blank checks for buying politicians. No one in congress could honestly look at these pieces of legislative fecal matter and think they would be for the good of the country, especially when pretty much everyone is telling them that they aren't.

Go ahead and write your congresspeople. But don't think it will change anything. Votes aren't tallied by the paper in the ballot box, but by the dollars in the bill counter. If you want to get their attention, write a bigger check than the other guy.

Yes I'm cynical. Then again, congress really hasn't given me much reason to be otherwise.
Member Since: October 31, 2009 Posts: 0 Comments: 1622
640. ChillinInTheKeys
2:17 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting Xyrus2000:


Fire clouds have nothing to do with earthquakes, and belong to the same family as sundogs and halos. They're actually pretty common across the planet. However, they are striking, so if some event happens at the same time people have a tendency to connect them.

For example, a number of people believed that hurricane Irene caused the Virginia quake last year. That's a pretty big leap considering Isabell, which was admittedly worse for the area, did not cause so much as a tremor. The logical fallacy here in both cases is post hoc, ergo propter hoc.


I should have included more examples. These types of clouds have appeared in many parts of the world before major earthquakes in Indonesia, Sichuan, Haiti and Chile, Mexico and Japan. Look up some of the videos. Plus check out the thermal images before the Japan earthquake.


Link


Member Since: August 18, 2008 Posts: 0 Comments: 695
639. Neapolitan
1:37 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
Northern Californa & Oregon are in for a very serious flood event.
Very nasty, indeed, and not just for rain; this is from Portland NWS:

"Combined seas build near 25 to 30 feet by Wednesday morning, highest in the coastal waters 10-60 nm offshore. Wind gusts up to 90 mph are also expected Wednesday and Thursday, with the strongest gusts and highest seas along the central Oregon coast Wednesday morning and afternoon. Gusts near 60 to 70 mph, and near 75 to 85 mph along beaches and headlands are possible. Surf zone becomes increasingly dangerous especially due to strong currents associated with large tidal swing. This is an extremely dangerous storm! Please take necessary precautions: secure loose objects, and beachgoers use caution when along the beach."

There's also a "hurricane-force wind warning" in effect for much of the Oregon coast.
Member Since: November 8, 2009 Posts: 4 Comments: 13720
638. StormTracker2K
1:34 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Pineapple Express!

Member Since: October 26, 2011 Posts: 0 Comments: 2651
637. StormTracker2K
1:31 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Northern Californa & Oregon are in for a very serious flood event.

Member Since: October 26, 2011 Posts: 0 Comments: 2651
636. Neapolitan
1:22 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Many websites are blacking out or protesting against the bills SOPA and PIPA in Congress.

Boing BoingBoing: Google: Wikipedia:

Some more will be going dark over the coming hours.
If you haven't done so already, I'd urge each of you to contact your Congressional representatives via the simple contact forms available at any of those sites and ask--demand--that they not go along with even a watered-down SOPA or PIPA. Even the newer versions--the ones without the insane DNS-redirect provision--still grant far too much arbitrary power to copyright holders and content providers.

A simplified but relevant example: suppose a WU member embeds a link to a movie clip in one of the forums here, as happens fairly often. The movie studio that owns that clip could go to a judge and demand that WU be taken down for copyright infringement. The judge, under SOPA/PIPA, would have no choice but to order ISPs (Comcast, etc.) to disallow traffic to and from WU.

(Conversely, that movie studio could simply demand that the judge forbid ad networks from doing business with WU. Thus deprived of income, the site would be effectively killed.)

Furthermore, anyone using common network tools intended to protect their privacy and evade online spying--Tor, VPNs, etc.--would conceivably be in criminal violation of SOPA/PIPA, and could be prosecuted.

Now, some would claim the above example is far-fetched, that no judge would do such a thing. And they're probably right; the bills are intended to prevent well-known piracy sites from stealing content. But what's concerning is that both SOPA and PIPA go to far by granting certain parties the unilateral right to do so much more than that. (Or to put it another way: they're not just throwing the baby out with the bathwater; they're throwing out the tub, then stripping all the plumbing and tossing that out, too.)

(And note that this isn't a partisan issue at all; the bills' sponsors and opponents come from both sides of the aisle.)

Please write your representative today.
Member Since: November 8, 2009 Posts: 4 Comments: 13720
635. AussieStorm
1:05 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Flooding rain from Noosa to Numbucca, Queensland.


Heavy rainfall continues to inundate southeast QLD and northeast NSW, with much more on the horizon.

Following Sunday's 40-100mm totals from Wide Bay to the Gold Coast, Monday witnessed an intensification of the rain with widespread 60-140mm falls. The heaviest rain has been focused about the Sunshine Coast and the Glasshouse Mountain range, with a gauge there measuring 139mm to 9am this morning. The rain was less intense over the Brisbane basin, with most suburbs collecting 25-50mm.

The Northern Rivers of NSW also copped it, particularly on the ranges near the QLD border where 24hr totals exceeded 100mm. On the coast Kings Cliff recorded 42mm and Evans Head 31mm. On the Mid North Coast Dorrigo had 57mm and Bellingen 64mm, which is now swelling the Bellinger river.

The heavy rain is resulting in numerous weather warnings. A severe weather warning is in force over southeast QLD for damaging winds, flooding rain and dangerous surf due to a developing low pressure trough. The intense two-day rain has resulted in flood warnings for river systems between Noosa and Caboolture and a flood watch for the Bellinger and Orara rivers.

Looking ahead, the flooding rain is set to continue, with potentially another 100-200mm falling over the next three days for some locations and widespread falls of 50-100mm highly likely. With the ground already saturated, this will produce lots of water run-off, posing a serious risk to people and property depending upon the exact location and intensity of the heaviest falls.


© Weatherzone 2012
Member Since: September 30, 2007 Posts: 9 Comments: 15962
634. AussieStorm
12:49 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Flood repair bill hits $30m

The Mayor of Moree Plains Shire Council, Katrina Humphries, says flood damage to roads and bridges has reached $30 million.

The damage has occurred over the past 12 weeks.

Councillor Humphries says council engineers have been working with New South Wales Government assessors since floodwaters started to recede.

She says the $30 million will not be received in a lump sum but will be reimbursed as council submits each repair bill.

"We just keep putting in bills and just keep fixing things and they keep paying us," she said.

"We've got some very good contractors and things out here and they'll all gear up and meet the mark and we'll go forward from there but ... first of all it's got to stop raining.

"Just about every road has got damage on it because the force of the water and the speed of the water was huge."

Cr Humphries says it could be a couple of years before all road and bridge repairs in the local government area can be completed.

"We haven't been able to assess all our roads but we're heading towards $30 million," she said.

"Just about every road has got damage on it because the water was huge and the force of the water and the speed of the water was huge and was just so eroding.

"As the water started going down they started assessing. They've been here since day one."

Meanwhile, Gwydir Shire Council Mayor John Coulton says the weekend rain that impacted North Star, Crooble and Croppa Creek, will add to council's damage bill.

He says a draft assessment puts road and bridge damage in the shire at more than $3 million.

Cr Coulton says no-one wants to complain about rain after 10 years of drought but the present situation of escalating repair costs is hard to deal with.

© ABC 2012
Member Since: September 30, 2007 Posts: 9 Comments: 15962
633. AussieStorm
12:47 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting PensacolaDoug:


Joe Bastardi

Gotta admit..It'd be interesting. LOL!

oohhhhh yeeeeaaaahhhh. lol.
Member Since: September 30, 2007 Posts: 9 Comments: 15962
632. PensacolaDoug
12:45 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting AussieStorm:

Easy answer, Hurricanes as so immense in size that a bomb would do very little.


Who does everyone think should take over from Bill Read?


Joe Bastardi

Gotta admit..It'd be interesting. LOL!
Member Since: July 25, 2006 Posts: 0 Comments: 640
631. AussieStorm
12:43 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting islander101010:
watch what is does is about all we can do

Pardon?
Member Since: September 30, 2007 Posts: 9 Comments: 15962
630. TropicalAnalystwx13
12:43 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Many websites are blacking out or protesting against the bills SOPA and PIPA in Congress.

Boing Boing:



Google:



Wikipedia:



Some more will be going dark over the coming hours.
Member Since: July 6, 2010 Posts: 113 Comments: 32687
629. islander101010
12:32 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting AussieStorm:

Easy answer, Hurricanes as so immense in size that a bomb would do very little.
watch what is does is about all we can do
Member Since: September 11, 2010 Posts: 1 Comments: 4986
628. AussieStorm
12:24 PM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


Somebody will ask why we don't bomb hurricanes or tornadoes with that. I'm sure they already have.

Easy answer, Hurricanes as so immense in size that a bomb would do very little.


Who does everyone think should take over from Bill Read?
Member Since: September 30, 2007 Posts: 9 Comments: 15962
627. KoritheMan
8:19 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting aspectre:
622 KoritheMan "A weapon is still a weapon!"

But then, what isn't?


Good point.
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198
626. aspectre
8:17 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
622 KoritheMan "A weapon is still a weapon!"

But then, what isn't?
Member Since: August 21, 2007 Posts: 0 Comments: 4860
625. KoritheMan
8:02 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Later. Lunchtime.


Lunchtime? Where are you stationed, exactly?
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198
624. BaltimoreBrian
7:38 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Later. Lunchtime.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
623. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
7:36 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Mauritius Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #1
ZONE PERTURBEE 07-20112012
10:00 AM RET January 18 2012
=======================================

At 6:00 AM UTC, Area of disturbed weather 07R (1001 hPa) located at 12.9S 70.7E has 10 minute sustained winds of 20 knots with gusts of 35 knots. The disturbance is reported as moving west southwest at 11 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T1.5/1.5/D0.5/12 HRS

Forecast and Intensity
=======================

12 HRS: 14.5S 68.3E - 25 knots (Perturbation Tropicale)
24 HRS: 16.0S 66.7E - 30 knots (Depression Tropicale)
48 HRS: 18.5S 64.3E - 50 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
72 HRS: 20.6S 62.6E - 60 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)

Additional Information
======================

Deep convective activity has consolidated near the center within the last 24 hours. The low is on the northern edge of the high level ridge and in relationship with its own west-south-westwards motion, is only slightly constrained by the moderate easterly vertical wind shear existing over the area. Most available numerical weather prediction models are in good agreement to forecast a southwestwards track over the next 3 days then a southwards re-curving motion. Within the next 60 hours, environment remains favorable for further development.

Low level equatorward inflow remains very good. Poleward inflow is expected to weaken within the 19 in relationship with a weakening in the subtropical belt but should improve again after that. In the upper levels, system takes currently benefit from 2 good outflow channels. The equatorward one is expected to progressively dissipate within the next 12 to 24 hours but the poleward one should improve day after day. Vertical easterly wind shear remains weak to moderate within the next 30 hours.

CURRENT INTENSITY DOES NOT JUSTIFY ISSUANCE OF REGULAR WARNINGS.
Member Since: May 24, 2006 Posts: 52 Comments: 46518
622. KoritheMan
7:32 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting aspectre:
Real men don't need to prove they don't need weapons.
Think BLU-82.


A weapon is still a weapon!
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198
621. KoritheMan
7:31 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


A detailed description of that and its consequences would probably get us banned.

The XM25 is our first cybergun in a way. Each bullet or grenade is programmed.


Sounds nifty.
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198
620. BaltimoreBrian
7:29 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting aspectre:
Real men don't need to prove they don't need weapons.
Think BLU-82.


Somebody will ask why we don't bomb hurricanes or tornadoes with that. I'm sure they already have.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
619. aspectre
7:27 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Real men don't need to prove they don't need weapons.
Think BLU-82.
Member Since: August 21, 2007 Posts: 0 Comments: 4860
618. BaltimoreBrian
7:26 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Theres more to aspectre than graphing great circle coordinate tracks it seems ;) That was a very cool vid.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
617. BaltimoreBrian
7:21 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting KoritheMan:


Real men don't need weapons. If you're as skilled as you say, then try melee combat.


A detailed description of that and its consequences would probably get us banned.

The XM25 is our first cybergun in a way. Each bullet or grenade is programmed. They have little computers inside them.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
616. KoritheMan
7:17 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Never mind. No need to go into the XM25. Google, google.


Real men don't need weapons. If you're as skilled as you say, then try melee combat.
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198
615. aspectre
7:13 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Apocalypse? No problemo.
Member Since: August 21, 2007 Posts: 0 Comments: 4860
614. BaltimoreBrian
7:13 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Never mind ;)
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
612. BaltimoreBrian
7:07 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Well I'm not Delta Force. But I do have moves. Intelligence for a while and now cyberspace operations.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
611. KoritheMan
7:02 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
A go-getter :) I almost feel old school being in the Army 19+ years. But it's been good. For me. It doesn't suit everyone.

When I started college I wanted to be a park ranger. ROTC and stuck with it. The early 90s recession was not as bad as today. But not pleasant to graduate into. Budget cuts meant no one was hiring rangers in 1992. After 3-4 years and OCS I stuck with it.


Well I'm glad you found something you enjoy.

Given your training, I bet you could kick my ass in a fight. Remind me not to get on your bad side. ;)
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198
610. BaltimoreBrian
7:00 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
A go-getter :) I almost feel old school being in the Army 19 years. But it's been good. For me. It doesn't suit everyone.

When I started college I wanted to be a park ranger. I went ROTC to help pay for school and stuck with it. The early 90s recession was not as bad as today. But not pleasant to graduate into. Budget cuts meant no one was hiring rangers in 1992. After 3-4 years and OCS I stuck with it.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
609. KoritheMan
6:55 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Best of luck! You write quality reports in your blogs so you have the brains.


Thanks!
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198
608. KoritheMan
6:55 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
The way I see it, I'm still very much in control. Unlike my dad, who by some fluke of a chance ended up staying with the company for nearly 20 years, eventually working himself up to an assistant manager.

Despite what some of his friends might think when they talk to me, I have no interest in repeating his mistake.

As long as I remain in control, I will extricate myself from the snare that is Walmart. I'm probably going to try applying for more jobs in a couple of months, actually.
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198
607. BaltimoreBrian
6:54 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Best of luck! You write quality reports in your blogs so you have the brains.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
606. KoritheMan
6:52 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


Understood. No need to say more.

Thought of serving? GI bill has some good bennies.


I've considered military positions pertaining to my real interest (meteorology). Still am, actually.
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198
605. BaltimoreBrian
6:51 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
See if this posts.

Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
604. BaltimoreBrian
6:50 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting KoritheMan:


Considering I'm one of those people who tends to finding silver linings in anything ordinarily deemed "bad", but can't with Walmart...

Well, extrapolate from that.


Understood. No need to say more.

Thought of serving? GI bill has some good bennies.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
603. KoritheMan
6:48 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Wal-Mart rough as they say?


Considering I'm one of those people who tends to finding silver linings in anything ordinarily deemed "bad", but can't with Walmart...

Well, extrapolate from that.
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198
602. BaltimoreBrian
6:46 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Ah. Here's the big snowstorm!
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
601. BaltimoreBrian
6:45 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Wal-Mart rough as they say?
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
600. BaltimoreBrian
6:44 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Looking at the big snowstorm in the PAC NW. Doesn't seem so big for Seattle itself.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8802
599. KoritheMan
6:44 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Good to see you. One of my rare days off. So I slept in till the crack of 10.


Can't say I envy you. I work at Walmart, where I typically work nights. I can afford to sleep late on most days.

But when I have to wake up in the mornings, it's ****ing terrible.
Member Since: March 7, 2007 Posts: 601 Comments: 21198

Viewing: 649 - 599

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13Blog Index

Top of Page

About

Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.

Local Weather

Overcast
25 °F
Overcast