Winter Is here!

By: Randy Bynon , 1:13 PM GMT on January 14, 2009

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I know.. a couple of weeks late! The 2009 Tropical Season is expected to be a fairly active one. We'll see!

In the meantime, it's winter and it's moving in with a vengeance here in the deep south. The coldest air of the year is expected over the next 24-48 hours as one arctic airmass after another pushes southeast in the SE US. Hard freeze warnings are up all along the northern Gulf Coast. So make sure you protect pets and plants for the next few nights as temps are expected to be well below freezing all the way to the coast. You can see on this map that 30s are forecasted all the down the FL peninsula.



Speaking of cold, I'll be off to Alaska for the first couple of weeks of February for the Hurricane Hunters annual winter storm deployment! I have a new Canon DSLR and I look forward to the chance for some great pictures both on the ground and in the air.

I'll keep you posted!

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42. Jmedic
3:17 AM GMT on January 25, 2009
Extreme cold will also negatively affect your battery life.
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41. Raysfan70
11:28 AM GMT on January 20, 2009
Good Morning {{Randy}}! :-)
The new site looks great.
Really like the new layout.

Have a Great Day!
Going to try and not blow away today.

Please tell the Hunter's in Alaska to close the door it's just to cold for Florida.

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40. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
5:55 AM GMT on January 20, 2009
I've been working for a couple of months now on a new website for the Hurricane Hunters! We finaly took the new site live!! Give it a look when you have the time!

http://www.hurricanehunters.com
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39. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
3:51 AM GMT on January 20, 2009
Quoting code1:
On another thought, I'm just happy they are over the GOM. If you check flight patterns over the past few weeks, you will see, they have been buzzing my home late nights for awhile. Guess they have been preparing for the inauguration. Haven't seen anything on the news about a major offensive as we usually do when they do this.
Keep safe up in the frozen tundra. Tough for a southern man to deal with I feel sure! Can't wait to see the photos. BTW, what is the XSi rated to, temp wise? Mine is not rated to withstand low temps.
I know the manual says it's operating temp is 32 to 104 F. But I talked to a number of folks who say they have operated the camera much colder.. 20-30 below zero... with no problems. You just have to protect the camera and lens from condensation when you return to warmer air. Most recommend you keep a big zip lock bag in your camera bag and put the camera and lens in that before returning to the warm air. Then leave it in there until it has a chance to warm to room temp.

A plus to operating the camera at really cold temps is that the sensor takes much cleaner long exposure shots (low temp = low noise). The down side is the cold kills the battery fast.
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38. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
12:44 AM GMT on January 20, 2009
Quoting code1:
So, "chaff" is exhaust drifting in the atmosphere from the flights? I suppose I should have googled that, but first thought was to ask you. Thanks!


No, chaff is packets of metal foil strips that expand into a small cloud and are designed to foil (pardon the pun) radar guided missiles. They use flares for heat guided missiles.
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37. code1
6:56 PM GMT on January 19, 2009
On another thought, I'm just happy they are over the GOM. If you check flight patterns over the past few weeks, you will see, they have been buzzing my home late nights for awhile. Guess they have been preparing for the inauguration. Haven't seen anything on the news about a major offensive as we usually do when they do this.
Keep safe up in the frozen tundra. Tough for a southern man to deal with I feel sure! Can't wait to see the photos. BTW, what is the XSi rated to, temp wise? Mine is not rated to withstand low temps.
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36. code1
6:51 PM GMT on January 19, 2009
So, "chaff" is exhaust drifting in the atmosphere from the flights? I suppose I should have googled that, but first thought was to ask you. Thanks!
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35. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
6:48 PM GMT on January 19, 2009
Quoting code1:
Nowcast as of 9:57 am CST on January 19, 2009

Now
Radar echoes moving southeast are likely to be light rain aloft that is not reaching the ground. Bands over the Gulf are likely to be chaff used in military training. Neither can be matched nor verified, with surface observations nor satellite imagery.

Huh? What does this mean?


The AF and Navy use military training areas off the coast and the chaff they release in the training flights shows up on radar and drifts with the winds as it slowly falls to the water but it's hard to differentiate chaff from virga, snow, or light rain without a surface observation to tell you what's happening, which they don't have out over the ocean.

Looking at the radar, I'd say they are seeing chaff out there!


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34. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
6:40 PM GMT on January 19, 2009
Quoting eyeflier:
Randy,
Just got to Alaska yesterday...chilly and slushy. We are hoping for some snow today, can't ski on what is up here right now. See you soon,
j


I saw that you already had a positive POD.

I'll be there Feb 1.
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33. code1
4:53 PM GMT on January 19, 2009
Nowcast as of 9:57 am CST on January 19, 2009

Now
Radar echoes moving southeast are likely to be light rain aloft that is not reaching the ground. Bands over the Gulf are likely to be chaff used in military training. Neither can be matched nor verified, with surface observations nor satellite imagery.

Huh? What does this mean?
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32. eyeflier
4:35 PM GMT on January 19, 2009
Randy,
Just got to Alaska yesterday...chilly and slushy. We are hoping for some snow today, can't ski on what is up here right now. See you soon,
j
31. Raysfan70
12:21 PM GMT on January 18, 2009
Good Morning {{Randy}}!

It's time to take this cold back north, I don't want it anymore.
No shorts or flip-flops this week.

Have a Great Sunday!:-)

Tampa Vandenberg, Florida (Airport)
Updated: 21 min 8 sec ago
34 °F
Clear
Windchill: 34 °F
Humidity: 100%
Dew Point: 34 °F
Wind: Calm

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30. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
8:48 PM GMT on January 17, 2009
Quoting seflagamma:
Randy,

Good morning to you and Happy Weekend!

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Free Glitter Graphics, Saturday Glitter Graphics


Happy Saturday Gams! LOL
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29. seflagamma
5:26 PM GMT on January 17, 2009
Randy,

Good morning to you and Happy Weekend!

glitter graphics
Free Glitter Graphics, Saturday Glitter Graphics
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28. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
7:35 PM GMT on January 16, 2009
Quoting dragonflyF15:
Enjoy your trip to Alaska! Whereabouts are you planning on visiting?



We'll be working out of Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage. I plan to try to get to Seward and Fairbanks if I can!
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27. dragonflyF15
6:46 PM GMT on January 16, 2009
Enjoy your trip to Alaska! Whereabouts are you planning on visiting?

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26. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
8:50 PM GMT on January 15, 2009
Quoting fredwx:
I scrapped ice off the windshield this morning in Lutz and the forecast is for colder still over the next 2 days but it could be worse. Take a look back at 1977 when it snowed in South Florida.


I lived here in MS in 1977. It was the only time in my childhood I can remember it snowing here.
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25. fredwx
5:19 PM GMT on January 15, 2009
I scrapped ice off the windshield this morning in Lutz and the forecast is for colder still over the next 2 days but it could be worse. Take a look back at 1977 when it snowed in South Florida.
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24. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
10:24 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
LOL We're on the gulf coast and it's not nearly that warm here! We're at 51 right now looking for a low tonight in the 20s.
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23. NRAamy
9:23 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
My Local Weather:

John Wayne-Orange County, California
76 °F
Clear


:)
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22. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
9:22 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting NRAamy:
hey Randy!

:)


Hey Amy!!!!
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21. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
9:22 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting cyclonebuster:
Aleutian current - also called subarctic current. An eastward flowing ocean current which lies north of the North Pacific Current; it is the northern branch of the Kuroshio Current which moves northeast then east between 40° N and 50° N. As it approaches the coast of North America it divides to form the northward-flowing Alaska current and the southward-flowing California Current .

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleutian_Current"


Thanks CB!
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20. NRAamy
8:53 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
hey Randy!

:)
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19. cyclonebuster
8:51 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Aleutian current - also called subarctic current. An eastward flowing ocean current which lies north of the North Pacific Current; it is the northern branch of the Kuroshio Current which moves northeast then east between 40° N and 50° N. As it approaches the coast of North America it divides to form the northward-flowing Alaska current and the southward-flowing California Current .

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleutian_Current"
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18. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
7:13 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting ChandlerMike:


New here...but wow, some nice photos. Wish I had a camera that could do night shots like that. Amazing.


Thanks!! That's my specialty!
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17. ChandlerMike
6:24 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting LRandyB:


Hey Mobal! I got the 450D/XSi. And I'm very impressed with it. You can see some of the images I've created with it so far here.


New here...but wow, some nice photos. Wish I had a camera that could do night shots like that. Amazing.
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16. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
3:29 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting cyclonebuster:


I'll have to study that one.


LOL Water temp has less of an impact on those types of storms. Unlike warm core tropical systems, the water isn't where they draw most of their energy.
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15. cyclonebuster
3:07 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting LRandyB:


Yes


I'll have to study that one.
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14. mobal
2:55 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting LRandyB:


Hey Mobal! I got the 450D/XSi. And I'm very impressed with it. You can see some of the images I've created with it so far here.


The fast exposure time on the moon shot is amazing!
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13. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
2:28 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting cyclonebuster:
Isn't there an aleutian current?


Yes
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12. cyclonebuster
2:25 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Isn't there an aleutian current?
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11. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
2:19 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting cyclonebuster:


Do they get stronger over colder waters or warmer waters?


Warmer of course!
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10. cyclonebuster
2:18 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting LRandyB:


No, but as we know, some of those Aleutian Lows can wrap up as tight as a hurricane and have pressures and winds that are comparable to tropical hurricanes!!! We'll be flying storm tracks in the Gulf of Alaska dropping sondes to help populate the computer models which will, in turn, hopefully, improve the forecast of the storms as they approach the west coast!


Do they get stronger over colder waters or warmer waters?
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9. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
2:13 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting seflagamma:
Hi Randy,

Thanks for the update. Yes, I'm afraid as fast as time goes by it will be June before we know it.

Stay warm in Alaska and looking forward to your picture.


Thanks Gamms! And my apologies for the long absence! The holidays were hectic!
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8. seflagamma
2:11 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Hi Randy,

Thanks for the update. Yes, I'm afraid as fast as time goes by it will be June before we know it.

Stay warm in Alaska and looking forward to your picture.
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7. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
2:10 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting cyclonebuster:
Hurricanes in Alaska? What's next Hurricanes in Greenland?LOL!


No, but as we know, some of those Aleutian Lows can wrap up as tight as a hurricane and have pressures and winds that are comparable to tropical hurricanes!!! We'll be flying storm tracks in the Gulf of Alaska dropping sondes to help populate the computer models which will, in turn, hopefully, improve the forecast of the storms as they approach the west coast!
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6. Randy Bynon , Dropsonde SysOp/AVAPS PM
2:05 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Quoting mobal:
Hey randy, stay warm in Alaska..

Which Canon DSLR did you get?


Hey Mobal! I got the 450D/XSi. And I'm very impressed with it. You can see some of the images I've created with it so far here.
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5. cyclonebuster
2:04 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Hurricanes in Alaska? What's next Hurricanes in Greenland?LOL!
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4. tornadofan
1:47 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Yes, please rebuild that dam in Alaska that was holding back this cold air.
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3. mobal
1:33 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Hey randy, stay warm in Alaska..

Which Canon DSLR did you get?
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1. Raysfan70
1:18 PM GMT on January 14, 2009
Good Morning {{Randy}}!

Please keep the cold in Alaska when you go.
Thank you!
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