A Letter to Mother Nature: a book review

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 11:52 AM GMT on June 05, 2012

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One of the features of wunderground.com that I'm most proud of is one all of you can take credit for--our wunderphotos. Each day, users of the web site upload an average of 500 - 600 photos of some of the most beautiful and spectacular natural phenomena on the planet. We all share the same atmosphere, and one really gets a sense of that connection when we look at the wunderphotos, which come from every corner of the planet. Since 2003, 1.5 million wunderphotos have been uploaded, with over half a million just in the past three years. We have a dedicated team of volunteer reviewers that screen each photo, and I owe a big thank-you to all of you who have served as wunderphoto moderators. One of our most dedicated wunderphotographers, Lucy Woodley (wunderhandle: observing), was inspired to collect a set of 90 of her favorite wunderphotos and put them into a book. Her effort, A Letter to Mother Nature, was published this May. Each photo in the book has a sentence above it, poetically describing the scene below. It only takes a few minutes to whip through the book, but the spectacular images and thoughtful text invite one to linger longer and contemplate the natural beauty we are surrounded by. Here's a sampling of the text and images from the book, with wunderphotos by SunsetFL, CameraDiva, and Sharrose:

Dear Mother Nature,
Quite simply, I am in awe
of you and here is why...

You remind us to always look up...



...for there are great wonders overhead.



We can't resist dancing in your meadows.




A Letter to Mother Nature is $14.99 (paperback) from amazon.com. Proceeds from sale of the book go to support the disaster relief charity Portlight.org, founded by members of the wunderground community. I give A Letter to Mother Nature my highest rating, five out of five stars.

Rare transit of Venus today
I hope all you wunderphotographers will help document for us today a rare celestial happening--a transit of Venus across the sun. On June 5th at 3:09 pm PDT, Venus will begin a historic 7-hour transit of the solar disk, appearing as a dark spot against the sun's blazing face. This will be the last transit of Venus across the sun until 2117. As always, when viewing the sun, be sure to do it indirectly, or use a proper filter such as a #14 welder's glass to block the sun's eye-damaging rays. NASA.gov has more info. I'll link the best wunderphotographs taken of today's transit at the bottom of this post tonight and Wednesday morning. Below is one from Venus' last transit of the sun, back in 2004. Thanks, wunderphotographers!

Jeff Masters

Venis in transit (tillerdog)
Venus in transit across the sun June 8, 2004. Taken at sun rise in Flagler Beach Floirda ( USA ) with a 850mm lens by photojournalist Jim Tiller.
Venis in transit
Transit of Venus (redtim)
Transit of Venus from the Wunderground Office
Transit of Venus
Venus Sunset 7 (Nikongranny)
Venus across the sun during a cloudy evening.
Venus Sunset 7
Transit of Venus (LaddObservatory)
Despite thick clouds we were able to capture a brief glimpse of the planet Venus transiting the Sun. This image was taken with a modern digital camera attached to the historic Ladd Observatory telescope (1891) The clouds thinned just enough to capture this one image at 6:21:38 PM EDT, just moments after second contact.
Transit of Venus
Venus and sunspots at sunset (Llamadave)
I took this from a telescope projection on a white surface in West Lafayette, IN
Venus and sunspots at sunset
Transit of Venus 2012 (Guruchild)
I used a first generation canon digital rebel, a 300mm telephoto lens, a circular polarizing filter, and the low atmosphere to capture this beautiful amateur photograph of Venus dotting the Sun's disc.
Transit of Venus 2012
Venus transit (milfeld)
Venus transit

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Quoting Dragod66:


also ditto... the few times i ask questions no one answers them ... but i have learned a lot just by lurking for 3 years...



Right there with ya'll. Been lurking since 2005, but didn't sign up for a couple years. And by my post count you can clearly see I am a chronic lurker :P

That said I have learned ALOT from this site. I've seen good people come and go, and others return. I feel like I know quite a few posters on here pretty well, though as I don't post often, it's a bit one sided and I am not well known. Regardless I love the information I find here.
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Quoting jeffs713:

Yep, and the Ashby high rise is going forward now, too.

That said, we do have our affluent and uh... not-so-affluent areas. For example, the Memorial area is middle-upper class, and River Oaks is very high upper class. But while the Memorial area is very nice, just a couple of miles south is a major hotspot of crime known as Alief. It is a somewhat disjointed mess.


well, it is what it is.
here you cant so much as widen a road without noise complaints, public hearings etc.

but i guess when the big hurricane comes, you will have yourselves a problem if any hazardous materials spill, large buildings collapse, etc

i just cant imagine how you guys got so far in this without complaints
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Japanese East Coast starting to get some weather from Mawar
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Quoting masonsnana:
Ditto!
I have lurked for years. I will ask only a choice few a question because I know they will not be rude.
But what I have learned about weather has been mostly from this site. So I am gratful for that.


also ditto... the few times i ask questions no one answers them ... but i have learned a lot just by lurking for 3 years...
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Quoting DavidHOUTX:


Please share if you find it! I will send it to the people that made that stupid map and tell them they need to do something like the map you are talking about


lol
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
How Houston Gets Along Without Zoning

Houston is well known as the only major U.S. city with no formal zoning code. Such a seeming lack of order is difficult to grasp by those unfamiliar with the area. The absence of a comprehensive land use code conjures up images of a disjointed landscape where oil derricks sit next to mansions and auto salvage yards abut churches. To some degree these anomalies exist, yet for the most part Houston is like any other large North American city

I guess you can tell why i thought you guys had zoning.
I would hate to gave the central business district outside my subdivision, if there is one.

Mayor Bill White, for one, was trying to stop construction of a 23-story high-rise in a neighborhood of single-family houses.


^This^ is a problem.

Yep, and the Ashby high rise is going forward now, too.

That said, we do have our affluent and uh... not-so-affluent areas. For example, the Memorial area is middle-upper class, and River Oaks is very high upper class. But while the Memorial area is very nice, just a couple of miles south is a major hotspot of crime known as Alief. It is a somewhat disjointed mess.
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Quoting txjac:


Amen to that! Sometimes I shudder at some of the responses. I know nothing about weather so it is a bit intimidating sometimes on here. I usually attempt to ask my questions when its a slow period.

There are many people on here that are very kind and have answered my questions so I usually direct my questions to them.

I dont like being blatent but I feel that I must this time, but its usually a few in the younger crowd that should check the tone of their responses.
Ditto!
I have lurked for years. I will ask only a choice few a question because I know they will not be rude.
But what I have learned about weather has been mostly from this site. So I am gratful for that.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
How Houston Gets Along Without Zoning
Houston is well known as the only major U.S. city with no formal zoning code. Such a seeming lack of order is difficult to grasp by those unfamiliar with the area. The absence of a comprehensive land use code conjures up images of a disjointed landscape where oil derricks sit next to mansions and auto salvage yards abut churches. To some degree these anomalies exist, yet for the most part Houston is like any other large North American city

I guess you can tell why i thought you guys had zoning.
I would hate to gave the central business district outside my subdivision, if there is one.

Mayor Bill White, for one, was trying to stop construction of a 23-story high-rise in a neighborhood of single-family houses.


^This^ is a problem.


Why I would never live in that city, unorganized, spread out.
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Quoting CosmicEvents:
There is such a thing.
Even years ago...I recall it was posted here pre-Wilma...there was a chart produced I believe for the insurance industry that overlayed the predicted track onto the map and you could se block by block what the expected damage was. Darn thing was incredibly accurate. I'd love to find that link.


Please share if you find it! I will send it to the people that made that stupid map and tell them they need to do something like the map you are talking about
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184 LargoFl: [animated map]

Love how the strong convection stays north of the western side of the Yucatan while the clouds arising from it keep blowing ENEastward
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Quoting jeffs713:

Nah. Too much money involved. All it takes is a threat of a lawsuit, and hush money is passed around.


I mean after a devastating storm
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How Houston Gets Along Without Zoning

Houston is well known as the only major U.S. city with no formal zoning code. Such a seeming lack of order is difficult to grasp by those unfamiliar with the area. The absence of a comprehensive land use code conjures up images of a disjointed landscape where oil derricks sit next to mansions and auto salvage yards abut churches. To some degree these anomalies exist, yet for the most part Houston is like any other large North American city

I guess you can tell why i thought you guys had zoning.
I would hate to gave the central business district outside my subdivision, if there is one.

Mayor Bill White, for one, was trying to stop construction of a 23-story high-rise in a neighborhood of single-family houses.


^This^ is a problem.
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Heavier rain still out in Gulf
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The Tampa Bay area is lighting up right now with thunderstorms and this extends weel into the C Gulf. It looks like a very wet pattern is setting for several days.


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Quoting RitaEvac:


Makes you wonder if lawsuits will be flying like crazy due to the city's lack of zoning. Basically a hazard to citizens and negligence.

Nah. Too much money involved. All it takes is a threat of a lawsuit, and hush money is passed around.
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Quoting LargoFl:
be careful Aussie, here is the report...........Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

PRIORITY
Coastal Waters Wind Warning
For Shark Bay to Esperance.
Issued at 10:20 pm WST on Tuesday 5 June 2012

Synoptic situation
A fresh to strong N/NE flow over southern waters extending to western waters
south of Shark Bay on Wednesday.

Gale Warning
Mandurah to Cape Leeuwin
North to northeasterly winds strengthening to 20/30 knots early Wednesday
morning, further increasing to 25/35 knots between Cape Naturaliste to Leeuwin
during Wednesday morning and reaching offshore waters between Mandurah and Cape
Naturaliste. Seas rising to 3.5m. Swell to 2.0m.

Strong Wind Warning
Shark Bay to Mandurah
North to northeasterly winds increasing to 20 to 30 knots during Wednesday
morning. Winds easing below 25 knots from the north between Shark Bay and Jurien
Bay Wednesday afternoon and evening. Seas 2.0 metres to 3.0 metres. Swell to
2.0m.

Strong Wind Warning
Cape Leeuwin to Esperance
Northeasterly winds 20 to 30 knots between Cape Leeuwin and Bremer Bay,
extending east to Esperance Wednesday evening. Seas: 2.0 metres to 3.0 metres.
Swell to 2.0 metres.


The next warning will be issued by 5:00 am WST Wednesday.

Please be aware
Wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here,
and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

thanks. I think this is more applicable...
HIGH WINDS AND LARGE WAVES EXTENDING ALONG THE NSW COAST

A trough of low pressure is sweeping along the NSW coast bringing a squally wind change and damaging waves. At 11pm a very squally wind change was located near Forster-Tuncurry and is expected near Coffs Harbour early Wednesday morning and near the Queensland border late morning or early afternoon.

The severe weather warning for parts of the Central Tablelands and Snowy Mountains forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

DAMAGING WINDS will arrive with the change with peak gusts to around 100 km/h expected near the coast.

Winds strong enough to cause damage have already been reported at Kiama, Nowra, Ulladulla, Wollongong, coastal suburbs of Sydney, Norah Head and Newcastle (Nobbys Head). Damaging winds are expected in the following forecast districts: Sydney Metropolitan, Illawarra, Hunter, Mid North Coast. In the South Coast, wind gusts are no longer expected to exceed 90 km/h and the threat of damaging winds has passed.

VERY HEAVY SURF and COASTAL EROSION possible throughout the New South Wales coast, particularly on south-facing beaches. High spring tides Wednesday evening will mean SEA WATER FLOODING OF LOW LYING COASTAL AREAS is possible, mainly for the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers. Forecast districts to be affected tonight and Wednesday include: South Coast, Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan, Hunter, Mid North Coast to the Northern Rivers. Beach conditions in these areas will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Major communities to be affected by this system include:

* Bombala, Eden, Merimbula, Batemans Bay, Wollongong, Sydney

* Central Coast and Newcastle

* Coffs Harbour, Wooli and Ballina (damaging waves developing Wednesday)
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Quoting jeffs713:

Right, that fits under "general trends". Bear in mind that even a stopped clock has the right time twice a day. Just because a single model run verifies does not mean that the model is good at long-range forecasting. To prove my point - pull the same "effective date" on a model run at the 0z and 12z run for 2 weeks. Say, June 19th. I'm very sure you will find that long-range runs (240hr and higher) will be very divergent, with medium-range runs (120-240hr) showing very rough consistency - sometimes, and closer-in runs being more or less generally consistent.


except since the upgrade ,the long range runs have been not as divergent and more consistent.
In no way do i mean to imply that they were spot on, but they have been more accurate.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


here we dont have factories in the middle of neighborhoods.

safety hazards, noise, traffic, stuff like that prevent that.
Houston seems to be really just thrown together however.
we tend to have more upscale, downscale, industrial, business,etc districts in atlanta.

Right. That is how zoning should be. But in Houston, money talks.
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Quoting ncstorm:


I lurk for a while myself before I started posting as you can see in my comment totals..I think a lot of people would post more if people would be considerate in how they answer or respond to bloggers when they have a different opinion..too many so called experts and not enough etiquette


Amen to that! Sometimes I shudder at some of the responses. I know nothing about weather so it is a bit intimidating sometimes on here. I usually attempt to ask my questions when its a slow period.

There are many people on here that are very kind and have answered my questions so I usually direct my questions to them.

I dont like being blatent but I feel that I must this time, but its usually a few in the younger crowd that should check the tone of their responses.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:



the system i was talking about is the predicted one from the caribbean at 336+hrs

and the long range is more accurate with large troughs and tropical systems, not weak troughs etc.

Right, that fits under "general trends". Bear in mind that even a stopped clock has the right time twice a day. Just because a single model run verifies does not mean that the model is good at long-range forecasting. To prove my point - pull the same "effective date" on a model run at the 0z and 12z run for 2 weeks. Say, June 19th. I'm very sure you will find that long-range runs (240hr and higher) will be very divergent, with medium-range runs (120-240hr) showing very rough consistency - sometimes, and closer-in runs being more or less generally consistent.
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I think this is round 2.

Click image for loop.
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Quoting DavidHOUTX:


LOL full of Methyl ethyl ketone!


BOOM!!!

exactly why we dont do that.
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Quoting jeffs713:
Don't forget the storage facility next to the nursing home.


Makes you wonder if lawsuits will be flying like crazy due to the city's lack of zoning. Basically a hazard to citizens and negligence.
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Hey all back for another season. Happy hunting
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Quoting AussieStorm:
Holy cow!!!! massive gust of wind has just blown through my area. I could hear someone's shed or roof go flying. Kinda scary here right now.
be careful Aussie, here is the report...........Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

PRIORITY
Coastal Waters Wind Warning
For Shark Bay to Esperance.
Issued at 10:20 pm WST on Tuesday 5 June 2012

Synoptic situation
A fresh to strong N/NE flow over southern waters extending to western waters
south of Shark Bay on Wednesday.

Gale Warning
Mandurah to Cape Leeuwin
North to northeasterly winds strengthening to 20/30 knots early Wednesday
morning, further increasing to 25/35 knots between Cape Naturaliste to Leeuwin
during Wednesday morning and reaching offshore waters between Mandurah and Cape
Naturaliste. Seas rising to 3.5m. Swell to 2.0m.

Strong Wind Warning
Shark Bay to Mandurah
North to northeasterly winds increasing to 20 to 30 knots during Wednesday
morning. Winds easing below 25 knots from the north between Shark Bay and Jurien
Bay Wednesday afternoon and evening. Seas 2.0 metres to 3.0 metres. Swell to
2.0m.

Strong Wind Warning
Cape Leeuwin to Esperance
Northeasterly winds 20 to 30 knots between Cape Leeuwin and Bremer Bay,
extending east to Esperance Wednesday evening. Seas: 2.0 metres to 3.0 metres.
Swell to 2.0 metres.


The next warning will be issued by 5:00 am WST Wednesday.

Please be aware
Wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here,
and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.
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Quoting weatherh98:


How do you get the colorful one. i like that one lol


if you click on 06z gfs images on the right and then scroll down and click one of the hours for, say 500mb Heights/PMSL Atlantic Tropical, that is a colorful image.
it just depends on what you click on.
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Quoting jeffs713:
Don't forget the storage facility next to the nursing home.


LOL full of Methyl ethyl ketone!
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Quoting DavidHOUTX:


Yes exactly. They need to bring that down to a specific block or neighborhood.
There is such a thing.
Even years ago...I recall it was posted here pre-Wilma...there was a chart produced I believe for the insurance industry that overlayed the predicted track onto the map and you could se block by block what the expected damage was. Darn thing was incredibly accurate. I'd love to find that link.
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Quoting LargoFl:


Blob is getting ripped apart!
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Quoting jeffs713:

What is this "zoning" thing you speak of?

And for reference, the area I was talking about isn't hypothetical at all. I can name off half a dozen places off the top of my head that would fit that areas EXACT composition right now.

Houston doesn't have zoning because it was never built with zoning, and every time zoning is brought up, a select few business people throw lots and lots of money at negative fear advertising to get the proposition defeated.

Zoning is a major reason why Houston is at high risk for massive damage during a storm.


here we dont have factories in the middle of neighborhoods.

safety hazards, noise, traffic, stuff like that prevent that.
Houston seems to be really just thrown together however.
we tend to have more upscale, downscale, industrial, business,etc districts in atlanta.
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Quoting AussieStorm:
Holy cow!!!! massive gust of wind has just blown through my area. I could hear someone's shed or roof go flying. Kinda scary here right now.
wow stay safe over there
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Quoting DavidHOUTX:


You can have a house and a machine shop next door to each other and have a nursing home across the street in Houston.
Don't forget the storage facility next to the nursing home.
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GT are you getting this rain too over there?
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Holy cow!!!! massive gust of wind has just blown through my area. I could hear someone's shed or roof go flying. Kinda scary here right now.
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Quoting jeffs713:

Actually, that really doesn't match up at all.

First off, there is no "system" in the GOM right now. There is some thunderstorms, but no organized circulation. So the dominant tropical feature doesn't match up.

Secondly, the long-range forecast shows a strong-ish high over Minnesota, with a strong A-B high roughly over Bermuda. Current maps show a weak high over MI, with the A-B high over the Azores.

Third, the troughs are also off. The long-range forecast shows a moderate strength trough over the Appalachians. The current map shows a very ill-defined trough stretched out from the western Atlantic across FL, and another (stronger) trough over the great basin.

So basically... from a weather perspective, the long-range model is completely out to lunch.



the system i was talking about is the predicted one from the caribbean at 336+hrs

and the long range is more accurate with large troughs and tropical systems, not weak troughs etc.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


if that is how it is, zoning is not right.

the park and the office building can go together, the subdivision should be separate, and the industrial stuff should be alone but closer to the office buildings.
At least in 1/4 square mile of houston.

What is this "zoning" thing you speak of?

And for reference, the area I was talking about isn't hypothetical at all. I can name off half a dozen places off the top of my head that would fit that areas EXACT composition right now.

Houston doesn't have zoning because it was never built with zoning, and every time zoning is brought up, a select few business people throw lots and lots of money at negative fear advertising to get the proposition defeated.

Zoning (or rather, the lack thereof) is a major reason why Houston is at high risk for massive damage during a storm.
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Quoting RitaEvac:


I'm in Galveston county and when I had cat 3 up I was in the green, and then cat 4 in the green, then cat 5 in the green.....thinking what the hell? it's for Harris county, they can't even figure out what areas they're even in! much less Galveston county which is a coastal county. Throw the site in the trash, just dumbing people down even more than they are. Ticks me off.


Some bozo is gonna come on that site who lives in Galveston county just like me and see all that green and think welp, I'm good, these are the experts, they know everything. This site is a liability and needs to be taken down ASAP.
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Pouring rain here now,some of those wind gusts are pretty strong, gee this rain is just what we needed
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


if that is how it is, zoning is not right.

the park and the office building can go together, the subdivision should be separate, and the industrial stuff should be alone but closer to the office buildings.
At least in 1/4 square mile of houston.


You can have a house and a machine shop next door to each other and have a nursing home across the street in Houston.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


it also says 5 24 12, almost 2 weeks ago.


and if you say then the gfs did not verify with that, just note that the system is still there, but closer to LA, MS, AL now.
The upgrade did not resolve the pushback in time effect the GFS has.


Actually, that really doesn't match up at all.

First off, there is no "system" in the GOM right now. There is some thunderstorms, but no organized circulation. So the dominant tropical feature doesn't match up.

Secondly, the long-range forecast shows a strong-ish high over Minnesota, with a strong A-B high roughly over Bermuda. Current maps show a weak high over MI, with the A-B high over the Azores.

Third, the troughs are also off. The long-range forecast shows a moderate strength trough over the Appalachians. The current map shows a very ill-defined trough stretched out from the western Atlantic across FL, and another (stronger) trough over the great basin.

So basically... from a weather perspective, the long-range model is completely out to lunch.
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Mawar
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175. MTWX
Quoting jeffs713:

During the offseason = "Let's give this guy a week before we stamp him with the troll label and banish him to the WU blog abyss."
During hurricane season = "His first post stunk, the second was worse... BURN HIM AT THE STAKE!"


Then of course you got the handful of handles that, if you see any new handles even slightly resembling them, you banish instantly!
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


did you look at the gfs pics or anything else?
if it is still not working it is just your computer of phone.


How do you get the colorful one. i like that one lol
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We don't have zoning here.
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


if that is how it is, zoning is not right.

the park and the office building can go together, the subdivision should be separate, and the industrial stuff should be alone but closer to the office buildings.
At least in 1/4 square mile of houston.

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Just wanted to introduce myself as a longtime lurker as well. I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, personally weathered Fredrick and Elena. Even though I'm in NJ now, I keep an eye on the tropics since the family is still in MS. The homestead is far enough inland (just a bit north of the interstate) and built strongly enough so that Dad has rode out both Camile and Katrina without more than a few tiles missing on the slate roof and the usual mess of downed trees and power lines.

Personally speaking, I don't mind the back and forth between the regulars here. I mainly lurk because I find that the blog is the best aggregator of up to the minute weather information. With the job and family, I don't have time to get the information for myself, but I'm happy to find it all here in the comment section. I want to thank all of you for that - you truly have made a positive impact for me.
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