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Wx News/Trash to Tomato Challenge

By: Skyepony, 3:16 PM GMT on February 27, 2009

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Indian Ocean


Southern Hemisphere
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A site to check out some of these storms.
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Weather News
Fire Threatens Major Highway In Volusia Co.
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- An 800-acre wildfire threatened to close I-4 late Friday afternoon.

The fire burned close to I-4 and SR-44 near New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County.

Pawlenty declares state of emergency in 7 northwestern Minnesota counties
... state agencies to implement an emergency plan and help local governments. The latest projections from the National Weather Service say the Red River is expected to crest between up to 40 feet, which could be higher than the historic 1997 spring

Fargo begins moving in 1.5 million sandbags
... This is home," Alice said. "The way they are predicting, it's scary." The latest projections from the National Weather Service say the Red River is expected to crest between 37 feet and 40 feet. A 40-foot crest is 22 feet above flood stage and about

US feedlots feeding fewer cattle for slaughter
Less meat may be headed to dinner plates in the coming months. The nation's production of beef, pork and lamb fell last month amid the global economic downturn and a continuing drought in parts of the country, a new report shows.



Despair as California's Central Valley dries up
FIREBAUGH, California a ' "Now we know how the Indians felt," sighed Jim Diedrich, a farmer who said he was betrayed by the government as California's Central Valley reels from a serious drought.





Florida drought red alert: reservoir drained, fire hazard high
From Craig Pittman at the Times : As of this week, Tampa Bay Water has virtually drained its 15 billion-gallon reservoir


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Garden~

There is a FOOD SAFETY BILL that could end organics, farmers markets, small farms, eat local & possibly the kitchen garden in committee. Please take a moment, this quickly sets you up to mail your rep either your words or prewritten.. These our a freedoms to eat what we want.



TRASH TO TOMATO CHALLENGE

Here is a simple way for anyone to turn trash into organic tomatos. This is extreme recycling. Saving landfill space & oil in the form of gas & fertilizer. It also saves money. One $3 tomato plant baby can yield as high as $1000 worth of tomatos these days (ref~ Primetime).

1st you need a bucket atleast 12 inches across the top with holes in the bottom of it. The ones I'm using I picked out of someone else's trash last week.

Next throw your household compostable garbage in it. This includes. Coffee grounds & filters, egg shells, drier lint, hair, any part of plant matter~ veggy & fruit (including weeds & leaves from your yard)~ paper bags, some newspaper (not shiney & torn up). Fill with garbage til you have a hole a little bigger than what you need for planting a little tomato plant. You'll need to line the hole with a little dirt. Just enough that the young roots aren't directly touching the garbage. Also put a layer of dirt on top, enough your not looking at or smelling trash.

Buy a little tomato plant Or bum one from a green thumbed friend & plant it in the hole. If it's not near a trelles, nows the time to put in a cage or stakes. Don't forget to keep moist.

Take a picture once your plant is heavy with tomatos & post to Weather Underground. To make it fair for the northeners, results will have to wait til theirs comes in as well. I'll have at least one impartal judge TBA for this challenge..


When to plant what in the different areas of Florida. (scroll down about 2/3rds)

From the moon calender of the Farmer's Almanac

18-20 Poor planting days.

21-22 Any root crops that can be planted now will do well.

23-24 A barren period. Best suited for killing pests. Do plowing and cultivating.

25-26 first day favorable for planting beets, carrots, radishes, salsify turnips, peanuts and other root crops. second day good for planting above ground crops. Both days good for planting vine crops and setting strawberry plants.

27-28 Cultivate and spray. Do general farm work, but no planting

29-30 Favorable for planting crops bearing yield above the ground.

31 Seed planted now tend to rot in ground

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Local Weather~
Dance for a stray coastal shower.... Waves are rising to 8-10'. Expect wind.


NHC Tropical Disscusion

Local text Products
Local Forecast Graphics.

Click to make larger

Local Hazards
Wind & Sea....Rip Current....Flood.......Lightning.....Severe Hail...Severe Winds....Tornados........Frost............Fire




These will update automatically with conditions.
Credit~NWS More East Central FL Graphical Hazard maps & these full size are available there.
Local NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook



Watching for rain & minimum temps..
click maps to go interactive








click maps to make bigger & animate

Surfers & Surge
cool wave watch graphic
NOAA Wave Watch III
Storm surge threat model...Always wondered if or how vulnerable your or friend's place would be to surge? Covers Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St Lucie & Martin Counties.
Red Tide (FL & TX)


Radar/Satellite/Microwave
Melbourne NEXRAD Radar
NOAA Satellite Services ~ I like the RGB by day, rainbow at night with some Water Vapor thrown in once in a while.
Ramsdis
Good place to keep up & look at invests.
Satellite views from around the world, pick your view GOES EAST WEST 10 & 13, MET-IOCD, MET-PRIME, MTSAT, FY2C or KALPANA, ..(this links to a nice shot of Europe you can choose from there).

Models/ what not~
Local Meso Model (well it covers most the state)~ lots of informative blue bars, each a different model, above it to click on too. Forecasts weather for the nexr 24 hrs.
FSU Model page
Shear loop .
Comparing different models shear, steering & percipitation loops.
Current weather extremes

Recon~
NHC Aircraft Reconnaissance
Tropical Atlantic

Click to make maps bigger.

850mb Relitive Vorticity..................300-850mb Steering



HAZARDS


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weekly CPC report is out.



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Updated: 1:16 PM GMT on March 21, 2009

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Weather News/Planting Day

By: Skyepony, 5:39 AM GMT on February 17, 2009

Atlantic~

East Pacific

West Pacific

Indian Ocean

Southern Hemisphere
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Hina



A site to check out some of these storms.
FNMOC
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Weather News
Schools close as Australia braces for resurgent wildfires
... 146 children's centres will be closed as a precaution because fire authorities have warned of "extremely difficult weather conditions," Victorian Education Minister Bronwyn Pike said. Temperatures of 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) are

HEAVY metals and acids from at least 10 Queensland mines have contaminated water supplies in an emerging environmental catastrophe.
Authorities are unsure how much of the toxic material has been discharged into waterways after the biggest floods in decades swept through north Queensland over the past two months

Ike payments delayed




Progressives ask Santa Cruz to limit UC Santa Cruz water
What started as a discussion on how to ration water during a drought Tuesday turned into a tense discussion between the City Council and progressives over details of an agreement signed last year on how UC

Dog stays close to home after being rescued off ice
... he couldn't get back out." Max was about 15 to 20 feet from shore. "We went out on snow mix," Gundlah said of the weather conditions. "One officer was next to me. The other officer held onto his feet." Slawson and Gallant aided Gundlah in getting

Anatomy of a firestorm
The Healesville to Marysville road after Black Friday, 1939. Victoria's climate has long set the scene for annual danger.

Is the snow load too much for your roof?
... come out with a puck-shaped round of salt that can be tossed onto the edge of roof and will gradually melt. "There's weather to come. There's still a month of winter," he said





Northern N.E. storm cuts power to 140,000
... inches per hour. The deepest amount, 25 inches, was recorded in Bridgton in western Maine, according to the National Weather Service. Other impressive amounts included 24 inches in South Paris and Fryeburg, 23 inches in Wellington, 22 inches in Jay

Residents flee fires near Melbourne
MELBOURNE : With terrifying memories of Australia's deadliest wildfires still fresh, residents chose to flee rather than protect their homes Monday when new blazes broke containment lines and threatened the ...



Severe drought adds to hardships in California
MENDOTA, California : The country's biggest agricultural engine, California's sprawling Central Valley, is being battered by the recession like farmland most everywhere.

China induces snowfall to ease drought





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Garden~
When to plant what in the different areas of Florida.

From the moon calender of the Farmer's Almanac


February 2009


25-26 Plant peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other above-ground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas. Extra good for cucumbers, peas, cantaloupes, and other vine crops. Set strawberry plants.

27-28 Seeds planted now will grow poorly and yield little

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Local Weather~
cool & dry for the week, monday is a fire watch day..

NHC Tropical Disscusion

Local text Products
Local Forecast Graphics.

Click to make larger

Local Hazards
Wind & Sea....Rip Current....Flood.......Lightning.....Severe Hail...Severe Winds....Tornados........Frost............Fire




These will update automatically with conditions.
Credit~NWS More East Central FL Graphical Hazard maps & these full size are available there.
Local NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook



Watching for rain & minimum temps..
click maps to go interactive








click maps to make bigger & animate

Surfers & Surge
cool wave watch graphic
NOAA Wave Watch III
Storm surge threat model...Always wondered if or how vulnerable your or friend's place would be to surge? Covers Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St Lucie & Martin Counties.
Red Tide (FL & TX)


Radar/Satellite/Microwave
Melbourne NEXRAD Radar
NOAA Satellite Services ~ I like the RGB by day, rainbow at night with some Water Vapor thrown in once in a while.
Ramsdis
Good place to keep up & look at invests.
Satellite views from around the world, pick your view GOES EAST WEST 10 & 13, MET-IOCD, MET-PRIME, MTSAT, FY2C or KALPANA, ..(this links to a nice shot of Europe you can choose from there).

Models/ what not~
Local Meso Model (well it covers most the state)~ lots of informative blue bars, each a different model, above it to click on too. Forecasts weather for the nexr 24 hrs.
FSU Model page
Shear loop .
Comparing different models shear, steering & percipitation loops.
Current weather extremes

Recon~
NHC Aircraft Reconnaissance
Tropical Atlantic

Click to make maps bigger.

850mb Relitive Vorticity..................300-850mb Steering



HAZARDS


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
La Nina Update

weekly CPC report is out.



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Visitor Map
Create your own visitor map!
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Updated: 1:51 PM GMT on February 26, 2009

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