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Bill Read to retire as director of the National Hurricane Center

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

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

Hurricane Politics

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

Reader Comments

Anybody know where to find a VIL loop from the NWS? or is it not public?(<--stupid question, I know)
Anyone watching Frontline tomorrow? There's a documentary on Fukushima to air, Nuclear Aftershocks.

In a review of the program Maggie Koerth-Baker makes this comment. Yeah, she's pushing a book to come out this spring, but here's the info.

"This is another thing that Nuclear Aftershocks doesn't get into very deeply, but it is extremely important to remember that coal has immediate health consequences, not just long-term climate change consequences. For instance, a 2007 study found that, in the European Union, air pollution from coal power plants killed almost 25 people per terawatt-hour of electricity produced. Currently, the EU gets around 1000 terawatt-hours of electricity from coal every year. Let that sink in."

Quoting Xyrus2000:


Yeah. For a sociopath.


Dude.... Even if you disagree with his views, what has he ever done to you personally. IMO he isn't a troll, but just a misguided kid who will grow up like me and realize the error of what he is saying. I mean, when I was 13 I thought some things that were totally false. I didn't really like when people tried to pick on me because of that for being different. So if you think he is a "sociopath" or a troll, go ahead and put him on ignore. But don't be rude about it.
Quoting bappit:
Anyone watching Frontline tomorrow? There's a documentary on Fukushima to air, Nuclear Aftershocks.

In a review of the program Maggie Koerth-Baker makes this comment. Yeah, she's pushing a book to come out this spring, but here's the info.

"This is another thing that Nuclear Aftershocks doesn't get into very deeply, but it is extremely important to remember that coal has immediate health consequences, not just long-term climate change consequences. For instance, a 2007 study found that, in the European Union, air pollution from coal power plants killed almost 25 people per terawatt-hour of electricity produced. Currently, the EU gets around 1000 terawatt-hours of electricity from coal every year. Let that sink in."



Frontline is tonight. Jan 17th on my station.
Quoting Xyrus2000:


Yeah. For a sociopath.
lol Hello Xyrus.
Strange Sounds Rays Baseball Game evening of Earthquake East Coast U.S.

Quoting nymore:
The second man learned to control fire is the time we changed the atmosphere and I am pretty sure that was more than 100 years ago Patrap.


Awww, come on. You aren't going to go back to the big bang? Yeah, people weren't around then but that is not really relevant to a point like you are making. Or ... why not say we changed the atmosphere when we first evolved as a species? Wait, did Neanderthals beat us to it? This is confusing.
Quoting dabirds:
360) Wanted to bring that element in as well, but felt I couldn't write it well enough. Nicely put!


Thanks man.
January 17, 2012, 3:54 PM
A Fresh Look at Nuclear Power, from Fukushima to the Hudson
By ANDREW C. REVKIN


Tonight, the PBS program Frontline is running “Nuclear Aftershocks,” a 50-minute documentary examining the implications of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear calamity for the future of nuclear power in the United States and elsewhere.

Over the weekend I watched a near-final version of the program, and I found it a powerful, fair and – given the time constraints — comprehensive report on the benefits and risks of one of the handful of energy technologies that can provide electric power in bulk without greenhouse gases.

The guide to the issues is Miles O’Brien, a veteran television science reporter (foolishly fired by CNN in 2008) who traveled to three continents to tell the tale.

He examines Japan’s difficult and costly cleanup, the resulting pulse of public fears about radiation there (and elsewhere) and corporate and government decisions that resulted in the construction of such a vulnerable power plant complex in a tsunami zone.

He shifts to Germany, which abruptly pulled the plug on its nuclear program and now faces a looming power gap that analysts say, despite growth in solar and other renewable power sources there, can only be filled with fossil fuels (mainly coal) – raising concerns of climate scientists. The program contains a fresh interview with James Hansen, the NASA climate scientist who’s become an energetic advocate for new nuclear technologies, splitting on this issue with some other climate campaigners focused on solar and other renewable energy technologies.

Then O’Brien travels up the Hudson to the Indian Point nuclear power plant to examine the debate over efforts by its owner, Entergy, to renew the plant’s license for another 20 years. O’Brien visits the building housing the pool for spent nuclear fuel that I toured last year).

Toward the end of the film, he gets stuck in a routine traffic jam on a village road that is theoretically an official evacuation route.

Public concerns about the plant are addressed through that scene and at other points — including an interview with Lynn Sykes, an emeritus geology professor at Columbia University who insists the earthquake risk to the plant is greater than Entergy or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have calculated.

But the piece doesn’t exploit the high “dread to risk ratio” on nuclear energy, as some in the media have.

For example, an interview with David Lochbaum, the lead nuclear analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists, includes his longstanding concerns about the tendency of nuclear regulators to routinely approve exemptions to some longstanding safety rules (this is also a big concern of Richard Brodsky, a former state legislator from the region).

But the interview includes important nuances (a rare thing). One is Lochbaum crediting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and industry with at least a couple of proactive decisions – including the commission insisting on flood protections that had been fought by the owners of the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant north of Omaha, Neb. – and that proved critical in limiting risk from last year’s floods.

“Fort Calhoun was a stellar example of the NRC taking proactive action to protect people living in Nebraska,” Lochbaum says. What is lacking at the commission, he stresses, is consistency.




I encourage you to watch the show (a trailer is above). Here’s a brief exchange I had with O’Brien (with a few bits of e-mail shorthand cleaned up):

Q.
You powerfully captured the issue of “disaster memory” (or amnesia!), which transcends nuclear risk. Did you come away with your own sense of whether we, as a species, can overcome that bad habit?

A.
I am afraid it is human nature. A lifetime is 100 years if we are lucky and eat well — and it is hard for us to comprehend the time scales of the universe. Even if we are careful students of the historical record, it is not enough in this case to give us a proper sense of the risk.

For instance, the assumption is the Ramapo fault [near Indian Point] is inactive. How can we be certain? Certainly the historical record of the “New World” barely scratches the surface (if you will). Tectonic time is a whole different ballgame. It is interesting how this brings us into the climate change debate. And at its core (again, if you will) is whether we truly believe that science and scientists are worth listening to. It seems we only listen when we hear things that are indeed convenient. It appears that was the case at Tepco [relevant Times story].

Q.
In the program, the radiation fears of folks in Japan, Germany and New York were counterposed against a couple of experts on risk, but the piece might have benefitted from the voice of one of the environmentalists who’ve become nuclear proponents (Stewart Brand, George Monbiot, or the like) or an expert in the psychology of risk (Paul Slovic, David Ropeik, etc.). Jim Hansen’s worries are all focused on [the greenhouse gas] CO2 so he’s not directly addressing the risk question (for example, the reality that coal produces more radiation and deaths than nuclear, etc.). My guess is this is also a time/space issue, but I’d be eager to hear your thoughts.

A.
It was a matter of time. We thought about including all of those people at one point or another, but in the end I felt Hansen was most on point for the Germany conundrum. I think a lot of what the others would say is infused in the piece anyway. But the short answer is, even 50 minutes is not enough!

Q.
. One technical element that’s missing is dry cask storage, which has gained credence as a safe mid- to long-term on-site storage option (at Indian Point and elsewhere). It’s certainly earthquake- and flood-proof (and almost certainly terror-proof). I’m presuming you did some reporting on that that couldn’t fit. If so what are your impressions?

A.
We did, and we saw the casks at Indian Point. It is the only reasonable solution that I can see to that problem. Centralizing the waste is never going to happen – just as reprocessing remains a nonstarter. So the casks are becoming the default solution — and it does not seem to be such a bad way to go. The waste issue is not an easy one to get into — and so again, for time, we saved it for another piece.
It’s a credit to PBS and the program’s backers that this film was made; it would also be great to see this kind of inquiry continue. I hope O’Brien and his team get the chance to do a sequel.


Quoting WxGeekVA:


Dude.... Even if you disagree with his views, what has he ever done to you personally. IMO he isn't a troll, but just a misguided kid who will grow up like me and realize the error of what he is saying. I mean, when I was 13 I thought some things that were totally false. I didn't really like when people tried to pick on me because of that for being different. So if you think he is a "sociopath" or a troll, go ahead and put him on ignore. But don't be rude about it.


misguided? ok what are you reffering to here...i cant see his comments...
Quoting hydrus:
lol Hello Xyrus.

Is it a bad thing for a troll to be a sociopath? That could be adaptive for someone trolling.

I grabbed Wikipedia before the lights go out tomorrow.

"Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is described by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fourth edition (DSM-IV-TR), as an Axis II personality disorder characterized by "...a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood."[1]"
Quoting AtHomeInTX:
Strange Sounds Rays Baseball Game evening of Earthquake East Coast U.S.



my gosh..im glad i havnt heard that, sounds like something from, like Star Trek!
Quoting bappit:


Awww, come on. You aren't going to go back to the big bang? Yeah, people weren't around then but that is not really relevant to a point like you are making. Or ... why not say we changed the atmosphere when we first evolved as a species? Wait, did Neanderthals beat us to it? This is confusing.
Can you prove my statement false?
Quoting KoritheMan:
...One thing's for sure, though: I definitely wouldn't choose immortality if given the option.


I would love to be immortal. An eternity to observe and study. Finding new answers and discovering the 10 new questions that were hiding beneath it. Then endless possibilities and challenges. I'd be quite happy being an eternal student of this universe.
Quoting petewxwatcher:


Frontline is tonight. Jan 17th on my station.

Yup.
Quoting SPLbeater:


misguided? ok what are you reffering to here...i cant see his comments...


Like misguided in the excessive almost preaching about God and Jesus and the like..... You wouldn't be labelled as a troll/sociopath/religious nut if you just toned it down like 2 notches. I'm fine with your beliefs, everyone should be entitled to their own but just try to keep it down, okay?
Quoting WxGeekVA:


Like misguided in the excessive almost preaching about God and Jesus and the like..... You wouldn't be labelled as a troll/sociopath/religious nut if you just toned it down like 2 notches. I'm fine with your beliefs, everyone should be entitled to their own but just try to keep it down, okay?


well, i dont really bring that out unless i must for correct information. becuase there are things you cannot say without including the Lord. And then everybody starts bashin me for it, quite commical i think lol xD
Quoting hydrus:
The Sun was 40 years old when u were born....Hello Gro..:)


Now you know that's not true. If it wasn't for Grothar rubbing two sticks together the sun would have never ignited in the first place. :D
Quoting Xyrus2000:


I would love to be immortal. An eternity to observe and study. Finding new answers and discovering the 10 new questions that were hiding beneath it. Then endless possibilities and challenges. I'd be quite happy being an eternal student of this universe.
That was my point of why being immortal would be worth it. Cause there is an eternity of knowledge waiting to accompany us. It would be a very difficult rode but I think the quest is worth it. Still given the option I would still have to think about it for a long time and deiced whether the trade-offs are worth it.
Quoting SPLbeater:


well, i dont really bring that out unless i must for correct information. becuase there are things you cannot say without including the Lord. And then everybody starts bashin me for it, quite commical i think lol xD


You may find it funny, but everyone else finds it.... not quite appropriate for a blog dealing with science we could say. "Enjoy your belief, but keep it to yourself and those who you know share the same," my father told me.
Wikipedia will look like this...This is what you will see starting at midnight. Simply change the zip code in the URL and your representatives will come up on the right.

(Pay no attention to the image I posted earlier, that was just a potential design. This is how Wikipedia WILL look at Midnight.)
Quoting WxGeekVA:


Dude.... Even if you disagree with his views, what has he ever done to you personally. IMO he isn't a troll, but just a misguided kid who will grow up like me and realize the error of what he is saying. I mean, when I was 13 I thought some things that were totally false. I didn't really like when people tried to pick on me because of that for being different. So if you think he is a "sociopath" or a troll,m go ahead and put him on ignore. But don't be rude about it.


As Judge Judy says..."He is not fully cooked yet."
Watch. Enjoy. And realize how very tiny and insignificant you really are.

Quoting AtHomeInTX:
Strange Sounds Rays Baseball Game evening of Earthquake East Coast U.S.



With so many countries now with space programs and the ability to place satellites in orbit, I would not doubt that those sounds are some kind of orbital experiment... Looking to calibrate the perfect sound weapon...
Good Evening, Wunderbloggers.
Looks like some rain is moving into the Panhandle tonight.
Link
Appreciate your perspective Video Neap, but I am still sure I am more important to me than I am to anybody else!
Quoting WxGeekVA:


You may find it funny, but everyone else finds it.... not quite appropriate for a blog dealing with science we could say. "Enjoy your belief, but keep it to yourself and those who you know share the same," my father told me.


Like i said, I dont randomly bring it out for no reason. I include it in correct information, in a reply or a solo statement.
Quoting SPLbeater:


well, i dont really bring that out unless i must for correct information. becuase there are things you cannot say without including the Lord. And then everybody starts bashin me for it, quite commical i think lol xD
I wish I can have a conversation with you face to face. Would love to have a constructive argument with you. Your almost an opposite with me in ideology.
Sound dosent travel in the Vacuum of Space so ya gonna have to yell really Loud.




Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock.
HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult.
Quoting nymore:
Can you prove my statement false?

So you are saying it fails Karl Popper's falsifiability test? That means you're statement is unscientific.

(Trying to maintain a your/you're balance for PressLord's sake.)
Quoting hurricanehunter27:
I wish I can have a conversation with you face to face. Would love to have a constructive argument with you. Your almost an opposite with me in ideology.


There is a place on the web where you do have more freedom of speech to conduct a debate, and you can still discuss the weather with friendly people....... And I'm sure you know what it is.
Quoting Patrap:
Sound dosent travel in the Vacuum of Space so ya gonna have to yell really Loud.

I see it in the movies all the time so it must.

BTW, I like the "ya" solution to the your/you're problem.
Quoting Neapolitan:
Watch. Enjoy. And realize how very tiny and insignificant you really are.

Makes me all the more excited for the future and what we can find.
Quoting WxGeekVA:


There is a place on the web where you do have more freedom of speech to conduct a debate, and you can still discuss the weather with friendly people....... And I'm sure you know what it is.
Lol I want an in-person debate. My conversations are much soother in person.
Quoting bappit:

I see it in the movies all the time so it must.

BTW, I like the "ya" solution to the your/you're problem.


I fancy the Teacher, he was a fine Man,, with insight that amazes one.
Quoting bappit:

So you are saying it fails Karl Popper's falsifiability test? That means you're statement is unscientific.

(Trying to maintain a your/you're balance for PressLord's sake.)
Would that be something like all poodles are dogs but not all dogs are poodles? I still ask can you prove it false? It is ok I know you are trying to dodge the direct question
Anyway, my vote is Franklin to at least get a promotion. His NHC updates are the best.
There have been 6 reported tornadoes today; 4 confirmed. Two EF0s and two EF1s. Of the two that haven't been confirmed by the NWS offices yet, both of them were spotted by the public, and the one in Mississippi has, unfortunately, produced heavy damage and injuries.
Quoting Xyrus2000:


Now you know that's not true. If it wasn't for Grothar rubbing two sticks together the sun would have never ignited in the first place. :D
He is resourceful...He,s a polyglot too, he speaks about 100,000 languages..:0
Sound Waves May Be
Used To Generate Energy,
Produce Weapons And More

By Michael Fitzpatrick
http://www.telegraph.co.uk
4-3-00


Sound, as any deafened rocker will tell you, can be surprisingly powerful. So powerful, in fact, that scientists are discovering just what a little bit of pumped-up volume is capable of - from levitating objects in space to rearranging our internal organs.

To prove how potent sound waves can be, a selection of unfortunate laboratory animals were placed on the receiving end of this more sinister use of acoustic technology. When high-powered infrasound was directed at the subjects, it caused internal bleeding and even destroyed body tissue. Good news if you happen to be a military scientist looking to develop a sound-wave weapon.

Encouraged by the lab results, militarists around the world are working on such sound arms, which they hope to put to use in conflicts. On the battlefield, they say, an array of loudspeakers could be directed at the enemy, who would be blasted by very powerful infrasound - very low-frequency sound waves below the hearing threshold of the human ear. With such a weapon, devastating attacks could be made without ever firing a conventional shot...................

Link
Link I found this very interesting. Lets say that only .0001% of planets have life. That's still 10 million planets.
Quoting Patrap:
Sound dosent travel in the Vacuum of Space so ya gonna have to yell really Loud.




Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock.
HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult.
One of my favorites...Pretty good special effects for 1968 too.
I don't see any geiger counters there....


your: possessive pronoun
you're: you are (contraction)

Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Link I found this very interesting. Lets say that only .0001% of planets have life. That's still 10 million planets.


0.o
Quoting nymore:
Would that be something like all poodles are dogs but not all dogs are poodles? I still ask can you prove it false? It is ok I know you are trying to dodge the direct question


"Would that be something like all poodles are dogs but not all dogs are poodles?" Nooooo. Look it up in Wikipedia while you still can.

"I still ask can you prove it false?" Nooooooo, and you cannot prove it is true either. What I'm saying is that it is irrelevant. If you insist on bringing animals into this, then your question is an example of a rabbit hole. If you still insist on bringing animals into it, I don't want to talk to you.

"It is ok I know you are trying to dodge the direct question" Yes, I usually try to avoid pointless questions (has a direct question even been asked?), but I do like to point them out. Is that a bad thing?
Quoting bappit:


"Would that be something like all poodles are dogs but not all dogs are poodles?" Nooooo. Look it up in Wikipedia while you still can.

"I still ask can you prove it false?" Nooooooo, and you cannot prove it is true either. What I'm saying is that it is irrelevant. If you insist on bring animals into this, then your question is an example of a rabbit hole. If you still insist on bringing animals into it, I don't want to talk to you.

"It is ok I know you are trying to dodge the direct question" Yes, I usually try to avoid pointless questions (has a direct question even been asked?), but I do like to point them out. Is that a bad thing?
doesn't burning fossil fuels or biomass produce the stored co2?

BTW direct question are you are douche. yes or no
OH MY GOSH!!! THUNDER OUTSIDE!!! WOOOOHOOO!!!!
Quoting SPLbeater:


0.o
Actually that may be a conservative amount of planets seeing that some may have more than 1 like our solar system. Could be more like 150 billion planets.
There are obviously more intelligent life forms out there besides our little blue marble. Ask Barney and Betty Hill.
Time to hit the hay. Night everyone.
Quoting SPLbeater:
OH MY GOSH!!! THUNDER OUTSIDE!!! WOOOOHOOO!!!!


dont you live in NOVA? there are no storms up there...
er, dat should be Barney and Betty Hill.

: )



The Book was titled, "The Interrupted Journey".
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
There are obviously more intelligent life forms out there besides our little blue marble. Ask Barney and Betty Hill.
Your welcome.

: )
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


dont you live in NOVA? there are no storms up there...


No, that would be me. And my weather sucks as of recently.
Quoting nymore:
doesn't burning fossil fuels or biomass produce the stored co2?

BTW direct question are you are douche. yes or no


"doesn't burning fossil fuels or biomass produce the stored co2?"

Not sure what your question is. Your question does not really make sense.

"BTW direct question are you are douche. yes or no"

Yes, just imitating you.
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Is Estelle Parsons still alive?
#557

Touche'
Quoting Patrap:
er, dat should be Barney and Betty Hill.

: )



The Book was titled, "The Interrupted Journey".


Quoting GeoffreyWPB:




I miss Him and his er, Staff of,.. "Ladie's"
Quoting AtHomeInTX:
Strange Sounds Rays Baseball Game evening of Earthquake East Coast U.S.


Here's a better one. Be patient at least for the first 30 seconds.



Downtown Atlanta had never been hit by a tornado in recorded history, much less during the final four of the SEC basketball tournament.

Arguably one of my best ... forecasts, for those who follow my curious apocalyptic artwork, because all you have to do is literally connect the dots, AND that inverted triangle, which just happened to be on a building that took a direct hit. The fact that building contained the weather symbol for tornadic winds, only added to the intrigue.

See the red balls(count them.)


The curious forecast Nov. 20, 2007




Here's the path that it took, and the aftermath ... and yes, that's the building depicted in my forecast called the Centennial Tower.




This is also the tornado that smashed CNN's headquarters.

Clairvoyant? Maybe ... or perhaps something better, because even the orientation to the observer in my forecast graphic, was correct. The tornado moved in front of the building, on the exact side as those four red balls were depicted.

Quoting Grothar:


Is Estelle Parsons still alive?


Yes, Roseanne's mom is still alive.
Quoting bappit:


"doesn't burning fossil fuels or biomass produce the stored co2?"

Not sure what your question is. Your question does not really make sense.

"BTW direct question are you are douche. yes or no"

Yes, just imitating you.
well if burning fossil fuels or bio mass doesn't produce stored co2 than the AGWT is false. thank you for that. face it you have been pwned
HAL: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

HAL has some of us beat easily...! ACK!
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


dont you live in NOVA? there are no storms up there...


No, i am in central North Carolina. :D i heard thunder through my earbuds and cut the music
Quoting Chicklit:
your: possessive pronoun
you're: you are (contraction)



Your funny, Chicklit!
Quoting WxGeekVA:


No, that would be me. And my weather sucks as of recently.





both favor temperatures coming out of the "above average" range. NAO forecast looks nice for us in the east..thats if, you want colder weather of course:)
Quoting Grothar:


Is Estelle Parsons still alive?


And so is Ray Harryhausen...

Quoting Neapolitan:
Watch. Enjoy. And realize how very tiny and insignificant you really are.



Anyone have Atmo's old avatar gif? That is perspective.

Seriously. I saved it somewhere, but can't locate it.
Roll Tide! ;)
Hey Gro.

Finally warming up.

Currently wearing flannel PJ bottoms, socks and long sleeve sweatshirt.
Quoting WxGeekVA:


Dude.... Even if you disagree with his views, what has he ever done to you personally. IMO he isn't a troll, but just a misguided kid who will grow up like me and realize the error of what he is saying. I mean, when I was 13 I thought some things that were totally false. I didn't really like when people tried to pick on me because of that for being different. So if you think he is a "sociopath" or a troll, go ahead and put him on ignore. But don't be rude about it.


He is on my ignore list, but his comments get quoted by others. And what I've seen hasn't exactly demonstrated good qualities.

My comment wasn't in regards to any disagreements over particular subjects, nor was it a response to any personal affront. I do agree that he isn't a troll, as he honestly seems to believe what he is saying, sadly enough.

My comment also was not "picking on him". His posts on the topic demonstrate sociopathic characteristics, primarily a lack of empathy. Perhaps his comments are taken out of context but logically I'm having a hard time resolving "his intentions are good" and "HA HA! Tree burns down and you're sad! Send me some firewood!".

His age is hardly an excuse for such comments, especially considering the membership of this blog. Contrast his behavior this with how Levi behaved/behaves on this board. Even Levi's early posts when he was little older than SPL showed maturity, courtesy and respect. If he did have anything negative to say he usually kept it to himself, even on controversial topics.

This isn't 4chan or some other teenage romper room where the tragedy of others is a source of amusement. There's no justification for posting such comments here. He can either grow up or shut up, preferably the former. Either that, or the admins will do it for him as I'm pretty sure they have a low tolerance for such childish and callous comments.
Quoting hydrus:
lol Hello Xyrus.


Hello hydrus. :)
Quoting sunlinepr:


With so many countries now with space programs and the ability to place satellites in orbit, I would not doubt that those sounds are some kind of orbital experiment... Looking to calibrate the perfect sound weapon...


Erm....how would that work exactly? There's no medium in orbit for which sound could travel through.
Goodnight.
Quoting nymore:
well if burning fossil fuels or bio mass doesn't produce stored co2 than the AGWT is false. thank you for that. face it you have been pwned

Good example of #14 on the list of 38 ways to win an argument.

14. Try to bluff your opponent.
If he or she has answered several of your question without the answers turning out in favor of your conclusion, advance your conclusion triumphantly, even if it does not follow.

Quoting Grothar:


Your funny, Chicklit!

Ya funny, Chicklit!
Quoting hydrus:
He is resourceful...He,s a polyglot too, he speaks about 100,000 languages..:0
That's not true, he never had that many wives.
I need something to write a new blog on....topics, anybody?
Quoting bappit:

Good example of #14 on the list of 38 ways to win an argument.

14. Try to bluff your opponent.
If he or she has answered several of your question without the answers turning out in favor of your conclusion, advance your conclusion triumphantly, even if it does not follow.

Only one problem you never answered the question. Because you can't honestly and you know it, so like any good politician you try and deflect the question. You remind me of a boy among men
Your question was answered: It doesn't make any sense.
One doesn't store salt by dumping it into the ocean. And ya don't store CO2 by dumping it into the atmosphere.

BTW: You also came up with an objection of something like
"Greenland is a part of Denmark. So there can be no territorial dispute [inregard to seabed mineral rights] between them" during a discussion about Arctic drilling.

Which is true only in the most superficial sense. Legally, things are much more complex:
1) Greenland is an autonomous state within the Kingdom of Denmark.
2) Greenlanders are internationally recognised as an independent peoples, including by Denmark.
3) Within the Kingdom, Greenlanders have local control over Greenland itself, while Denmark has retains control over its foreign policy... theoretically.
3a) Greenland and Denmark entered the EuropeanUnion as member states together circa 1980.
3b) A couple or three years later, Greenland independently withdrew from membership in the EU in a dispute over EU fishing regulations.

ie Greenland and Denmark already have different foreign policies:
Denmark is a EU member, while Greenland is not. Greenland already has laws differing from those of Denmark about their individual territorial waters.
Inregard to only fishing rights thus far, but the precedent has been set concerning Greenland's sovereignity over its waters.
Quoting KoritheMan:


I actually fear getting old, mostly because of the plethora of health problems that accompany it.

Granted, after my severe bout with depression, I've decided to take very good care of myself, so perhaps I can avoid that.


It's not the plethora you have to worry about. It's the other parts of the body that causes problems. ;-)
HeY aLl HeRe Is Link tO mY nEw BlOg.
Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


It's not the plethora you have to worry about. It's the other parts of the body that causes problems. ;-)


har har
I am going to sleep now. hmm. somebody answer this question for me: Why must we go to sleep?
In all seriousness though Rookie, I told you I would never have to deal with the consequences of erectile dysfunction. I'll stay sexually healthy even when I'm in my 50s! Watch me!
Quoting SPLbeater:
I am going to sleep now. hmm. somebody answer this question for me: Why must we go to sleep?


Bro, you'll grow to value sleep when you have to work. I learned that the hard way.
Quoting KoritheMan:
In all seriousness though Rookie, I told you I would never have to deal with the consequences of erectile dysfunction. I'll stay sexually healthy even when I'm in my 50s! Watch me!


That is where you want to keep your plethora!
Heh. Wikipedia isn't completely blacked out after all.

Couple of entries still up.

Entry 1

Entry 2
Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


That is where you want to keep your plethora!


I know. I'd feel so lost without it. :(
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Heh. Wikipedia isn't completely blacked out after all.

Couple of entries still up.

Entry 1

Entry 2


Noticed it too. Those tricksters!
Quoting KoritheMan:


Bro, you'll grow to value sleep when you have to work. I learned that the hard way.

I love sleep. On days off sleeping in feels so good.
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


Oh hell yes. I slept in today, in fact.
Good pic up KoritheMan.
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Good pic up Koritheman.


Thanks. Glad to see you back, btw.
Good to see you. One of my rare days off. So I slept in till the crack of 10.
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.
Looking at the big snowstorm in the PAC NW. Doesn't seem so big for Seattle itself.
Wal-Mart rough as they say?
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.
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.
See if this posts.

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.
Best of luck! You write quality reports in your blogs so you have the brains.
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.
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Best of luck! You write quality reports in your blogs so you have the brains.


Thanks!
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.
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. ;)
Well I'm not Delta Force. But I do have moves. Intelligence for a while and now cyberspace operations.
Never mind ;)
Apocalypse? No problemo.
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.
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.
Theres more to aspectre than graphing great circle coordinate tracks it seems ;) That was a very cool vid.
Real men don't need to prove they don't need weapons.
Think BLU-82.
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.
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.
Quoting aspectre:
Real men don't need to prove they don't need weapons.
Think BLU-82.


A weapon is still a weapon!
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.
Later. Lunchtime.
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Later. Lunchtime.


Lunchtime? Where are you stationed, exactly?
622 KoritheMan "A weapon is still a weapon!"

But then, what isn't?
Quoting aspectre:
622 KoritheMan "A weapon is still a weapon!"

But then, what isn't?


Good point.
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?
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
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.
Quoting islander101010:
watch what is does is about all we can do

Pardon?
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!
Quoting PensacolaDoug:


Joe Bastardi

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

oohhhhh yeeeeaaaahhhh. lol.
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
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
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.
Northern Californa & Oregon are in for a very serious flood event.

Pineapple Express!

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.
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


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.
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.
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.
That is a big storm
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.
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
He was here yesterday, why I posted above after reading washingtonian's reply to his troll call out. And thanks.


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



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