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Title: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Alex on January 18, 2009, 09:16:47 PM
I'm one of those roadgeeks that also loves weather. I used to mark out for weather just as much as I did roads, but still love to follow hurricanes and severe weather. I've asked the same question on the twcclassics.com board and found several familiar names from the road circuits. So how many of you share the same interest?  :D

FWIW Thunderstorms are my favorite aspect of weather. Its like a free show courtesy of mother nature.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Ian on January 18, 2009, 09:46:36 PM
i love all kinds of weather. i especially love snow  ;D. i love to snowboard and sled thats why  ;D. i love it when I am up at my New Hampshire lake house and there is a big thunderstorm. I am looking out onto the lake and seeing the lightning bults and seeing the rain hit the water. Also seeing thunder/lightning storms at my house is also nice. Its all nice till the power goes out  :-[.

i.c.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: weatherdude on January 18, 2009, 09:51:44 PM
Saying that "I love weather" wouldn't begin to scratch the surface. Just look at my name.  ;D
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: rawr apples on January 18, 2009, 10:39:27 PM
I miss Midwestern weather.. Nothing beats a good one tornado warning with some hail and thunder here and there :)

Then I move to Portland where it only rains..sigh
That said I keep track of the weather over there, then I miss it like crazy
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: deathtopumpkins on January 18, 2009, 10:42:39 PM
I hate weather... probably because I live in coastal Virginia. It rains every 3 months or so, and is in the 100s in summer and the 10s in winter... with nothing in between.  >:(

And then there's hurricanes. Which I must say I do enjoy. Nothing like climbing over that big tree across the road trying to venture out to the grocery store.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: flaroads on January 18, 2009, 11:49:28 PM
As aaroads knows, I am also a huge weather fan.  I've loved different facets of weather, from tornadoes to hurricanes, ever since I was a kid.

Though I've lived in Florida all my life, I have only gone through one major hurricane, and that was Charley back in 2004.  Being only 10 miles from the eye wall was both awesome and scary at the same time.  The wind was so strong you could feel the concrete vibrate beneath you!  It was intense. 
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Wikigav on January 19, 2009, 02:49:02 AM
Your lucky to get such severe stroms, i am so jealous of you guys. I live to south for Cyclone and only get the occasion 120k (roughly 90mph) wind storm and hail.

When i was younger i used to hate thunderstorm and lightning and hide, no i love after a hot day when the clouds start building in the south west because it means a possibly southerly buster which always creates beautiful thunderstorms. I love looking out from my house over the vallley and watch the lighning crack over the distant tree cover hills.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: SSOWorld on January 19, 2009, 07:27:08 PM
Yeah I'm a weather freak.  I go whacko when a storm passes through :party:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: us44mt on January 20, 2009, 07:19:32 AM
I tune into the Weather Channel often as I like to know what is going on all through the country. I was once in a rare northeast tornado that did quite a bit of damage to our place.

Speaking of TWC, how could they get rid of Dave Schwartz, their best OCM? He added some life to the channel whenever he was on.

 
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Alex on January 20, 2009, 10:25:17 AM
I tune into the Weather Channel often as I like to know what is going on all through the country. I was once in a rare northeast tornado that did quite a bit of damage to our place.

Speaking of TWC, how could they get rid of Dave Schwartz, their best OCM? He added some life to the channel whenever he was on.


I was a die-hard TWC fan from 1986 through to the early 2000s. My interest has waned since the late 1990s as they continue to make changes that dumb-down the glitz the programming. It gets worse there every year...

When NBC-Universal took over last year, they decided to make a round of cuts at Thanksgiving, and Dave was one of the most unfortunate casualties. He was one of the few reasons that I'd actually still tune in. Nowadays I get all of my weather info from the 'net.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: us44mt on January 20, 2009, 12:33:15 PM
The local forecasts on the 8's are getting much worse. I know that predicting snowfall amounts is not an exact science, but calling for 1 inch and receiving 6 like what happened Sunday is quite ridiculous.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: deathtopumpkins on January 20, 2009, 12:36:40 PM
Well they've been calling for 2 inches here per day over the past week and we only saw a flurry once. About an hour ago. Otherwise the skies have been blue the whole time. Though apparently the city government watches, because they closed all schools and government offices and salted the roads...
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Alex on January 20, 2009, 03:24:10 PM
The local forecasts on the 8's are getting much worse. I know that predicting snowfall amounts is not an exact science, but calling for 1 inch and receiving 6 like what happened Sunday is quite ridiculous.

Thats what happens when you provide local forecasts for across the country from Atlanta...  :pan:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on January 22, 2009, 07:09:29 AM
Living in Oklahoma you pretty much have to know something about the weather, lest a tornado send an I-240 shield careening into your spleen when you're not paying attention.

When I was a kid I watched two things on TV. The Price Is Right and the Weather Channel. I loved the WeatherStar 4000. Miss it so much...the Intellistar just doesn't have the same charm. I have the 4000 Emulator on my Windows computer and like to mess around with it when I have time.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Alex on January 22, 2009, 01:33:56 PM
I need to reinstall the emulator on my computer; used to use it all the time.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/southwest/09-20-05_thunderstorm_04a.gif)

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/southwest/09-20-05_thunderstorm_05a.gif)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: barcncpt44 on February 04, 2009, 04:03:27 PM
I loved watching the weather channel all the time when i was younger, now not as much and i also love the weather coverage the birmingham tv stations do whenever severe weather comes in the area.  I also just love roads alot too.  My favorite is to stand at a traffic light intersection and watch the traffic and lights.

There is a good weather forum, the address is talkweather.com
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on February 04, 2009, 05:26:56 PM
I majored in meteorology in college....I'd love to go back and complete it being just a handful of courses away from graduating with a B.S.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on February 06, 2009, 11:13:13 AM
I'm also interested in weather, but only severe weather, I don't watch the everyday forecast, but I follow a Dutch/Belgian weatherforum if any bad weather is coming up, like snowfall (that's severe weather in NL  :-P ), thunderstorms and regular storms.

But the Netherlands is not that interesting, weatherwise, Germany is way better if you like severe weather like snow, tornados and hurricane-force winds. I also monitor the Atlantic hurricane season.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: SSOWorld on February 08, 2009, 09:26:58 AM
You should check out London right now  ;-)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Southern Illinois SKYWARN on February 08, 2009, 11:26:37 AM
I quite agree that TWC is a joke, but I like to use it every once in a while to maintain situational awareness across the entire country.  I am much more fascinated with weather than I am roads.  In fact, my fascination with weather lead me to also become a roadgeek.  As you can see from my user name, I am a SKYWARN spotter for the National Weather Service.  I am really hoping that there will be some severe wx. in the TX panhandle this afternoon so I can try out my new radar program.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: lamsalfl on February 10, 2009, 12:44:52 AM
Dave Schwartz is gone?!?!  Disgusting.  Has anyone seen Abrams and Bettes?  Talk about dumbing down the weather.  I love following tropical weather.  As a roadgeek, I always liked turning on TWC when I get to my hotel room out of town and be like "damn, I travelled that far?!"   :cool:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: us44mt on February 16, 2009, 10:39:10 AM
I see that Kristina Abernathy and Mark Mancuso, more longtime TWC OCM's are also now former Weather Channel OCM's. I wonder if they are layoff victims also. Too bad, I always liked listening to Kristna.   
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: PAHighways on February 16, 2009, 08:03:21 PM
I have a BS in Meteorology, and for a few weeks at the beginning of summer break, our profs and some of the students would head out to the Plains to stormchase.  It was a nice combination of being able to check out new locations and chasing storms.

People whom I went to school with would watch TWC all of the time.  I only tune in when something is going on like a tornado outbreak or blizzard.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: djracer201 on February 19, 2009, 04:30:26 PM
I do have an interest in Meteorology, I am always paying attention when severe weather or hurricanes are going on.

I did find something really cool from our local NWS site - its an Warning Decision Simulator - you have to decide when to issue warnings and you gain or lose points based on your decisions.

You can go to it here - http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/HotSeat/index.shtml (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/HotSeat/index.shtml)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: wandering drive on February 20, 2009, 05:38:51 PM
I need to reinstall the emulator on my computer; used to use it all the time.

(Retro TWC graphics)
Wow, that brings me back.  Thanks!

I, too, have a BS in Meteorology, but right now, all it's been good for is being able to interpret the NWS sites and various models. 
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: algorerhythms on February 22, 2009, 01:55:50 PM
I need to reinstall the emulator on my computer; used to use it all the time.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/southwest/09-20-05_thunderstorm_04a.gif)

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/southwest/09-20-05_thunderstorm_05a.gif)

I tried installing it, and couldn't get it to work. Apparently it doesn't work in Vista.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on February 26, 2009, 12:48:01 AM
101 degrees recorded in Falcon Lake, TX, coming just a few degrees shy of the all-time record temperature for the month of February in South Texas.

Otherwise, it was upper 90s in the Del Rio and Laredo areas, mid 90s in the Brownsville/McAllen areas, low 90s in Corpus Christi, and near 90 in Austin, San Antonio, and postions of central Texas.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: algorerhythms on February 26, 2009, 10:50:53 AM
101 degrees recorded in Falcon Lake, TX, coming just a few degrees shy of the all-time record temperature for the month of February in South Texas.

Otherwise, it was upper 90s in the Del Rio and Laredo areas, mid 90s in the Brownsville/McAllen areas, low 90s in Corpus Christi, and near 90 in Austin, San Antonio, and postions of central Texas.
Yeah, it's supposed to get to 80 here today. Rather ridiculous for February...
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on February 27, 2009, 12:35:49 AM
-20 in northern Minnesota and more than 100 degrees in southern Texas on the same day!  How about that?

I'm glad it's hot here....there is no way I can survive the freezing cold.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on July 20, 2009, 01:40:43 AM
It was a much cooler 102 degrees here in South Texas today after a string of days in the 110s last week.  And already a couple of days this month, we saw heat index approaching 120 degrees.

It'll remain on the cooler side with 101-105 this coming week.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: florida on July 20, 2009, 02:09:44 AM
Old graphics! <3  :love:  And finding old LF music.

Abrams & Bettes might be bad (she seems like a self-important bitch at times), but they did show a great picture of a New Orleans trolley with snow falling around it.....very postcard-like. That's about all that's worthy.

Severe weather is always fun, along with hurricanes.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on July 20, 2009, 08:38:03 AM
I just watched some "Storm Chasers" on the Discovery Channel. They were chasing tornadoes in Kansas... So you'll see a lot of extreme weather, plus a lot of shots of roads in rural Kansas, those are the ones I like :)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: florida on July 20, 2009, 02:43:10 PM
"Storm Chasers" is good stuff. You ought to do a tour with some storm chasers for a vacation  :-D Get your rural Kansas and tornadoes in at the same time.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Jim on July 20, 2009, 08:10:49 PM
Just noticed this thread with the recent activity.  I've also been a fan of weather (especially a good Nor'Easter) for as long as I can remember.

Putting the interests together a bit, the combination of watching the Weather Channel and taking road trips got me interested in things like knowing which counties I've been in (Hey - there's a Tornado Warning in Illinois - I wonder if I've been in that county?) 

One of my most memorable road trip weather memories is driving (well, riding, I wasn't old enough to be helping with the driving yet) through a thunderstorm in central South Dakota on I-90 in 1985.  This was somewhere between Oacoma and Kadoka in the rolling hills.  There's not much in the way of trees or anything else to attract the lightning.  We could hear the static build in the AM radio leading up to each lightning strike, which was almost all cloud-to-ground.  One of the bolts hit not more than 100 feet off the side of the road as we went by - saw a big cloud of dust (and smoke?) where it struck and the sound shook the car.

Other memorable driving weather...  An incredibly dense fog on I-81 in Pennsylvania not too long after I started driving.  A nasty late night thunderstorm along I-95 in Georgia in January 1999 that I later learned produced a tornado not far from the highway right about when I was driving by.  And a pretty impressive hailstorm just a few weeks ago at Thruway Exit 24 in Albany.

Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on July 21, 2009, 02:20:53 AM
1.5 years ago, during the fireworks at new year's, an incredibly dense fog did build up in my city. The sight was no more than 3 feet! And I had to drive 10 miles to the other side of down to get home... So I was driving, but I couldn't see further than the hood of my car, so I hung out the window to follow the road markings... I was only going like 8 mph, but it was scary as hell, because you really couldn't see a thing, I even couldn't see my exit at the mini-roundabout! (which is only like 6 feet away) In the end, it took me 1.5 hours to cover the 10 miles.  :-o
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: SSOWorld on July 21, 2009, 10:49:27 AM
I've honestly never been in fog that thick.  I've had one night where I was in fog that reduced visibility to 30 feet (approx) - I was younger - and scared for sure - didn't go above 40 mph - in a 65 zone.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on July 21, 2009, 11:39:48 AM
I don't remember too many fogs that thick, but I haven't run into them much since leaving Pennsylvania.

Down here in Tennessee, we get downpours in thunderstorms that can make it hard to see more than 100 feet in front of you.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on July 24, 2009, 12:52:19 AM
After some pretty severe weather this week in South Texas, it's clearing up and looking really nice for the weekend!   :cool:

(http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr356/jgb191/7-23-09LRD.jpg)

(http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr356/jgb191/7-23-09MFE.jpg)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on July 24, 2009, 11:40:34 PM
I love weather, but I HATE West Texas weather!!! Im fine with the 100s, but i hate how in the winter it just gets COLD. It hasn't snowed here in about four years and even the was like a quarter of an inch :(
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: 74/171FAN on July 24, 2009, 11:51:52 PM
I used to watch The Weather Channel every day when I was little but now I only care about the weather when its supposed to snow and school mght close even though that barely ever happens  :-/
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: agentsteel53 on July 25, 2009, 12:25:36 AM
I'm the exact opposite - I have no problem with it being cold (snowy or otherwise) but when it starts getting above 70, I start boiling.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on July 25, 2009, 02:21:24 AM
Growing up in South Texas, my parents would never let me out of the house without a jacket and a pair of gloves on when it drops below 60 degrees, hence how I am today.

Even when it's 105 degrees, you'll see me outside with a heavy shirt and long pants without any trouble.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on July 25, 2009, 02:25:12 AM
Growing up in South Texas, my parents would never let me out of the house without a jacket and a pair of gloves on when it drops below 60 degrees, hence how I am today.

Even when it's 105 degrees, you'll see me outside with a heavy shirt and long pants without any trouble.

On the other hand, having grown up in rural PA, I've worn shorts when it's in the 60's or 70's!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: cu2010 on July 25, 2009, 02:59:42 AM
Wow...lows in the 80s? We've only had highs in the 80s a few times this summer...it's been cold and rainy again! (And I'm not complaining in the slightest bit...80 is just a little bit too warm for me.  :D)

My ideal temperature is about 65 degrees. Not too hot, not too cold.

...of course, I'm also the same person that keeps his window open and fans running well through the winter in northern New York, when temperatures fall well below zero!    :)

Northern New York winters are weird...it could be -40 one day, then 65 the next! I actually remember once where we had the record high AND the record low in the course of 24 hours! 
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on July 25, 2009, 11:56:56 AM
Texas is the only state in the nation (and probably one of the very few places in the world) that has registered in excess of 100 degrees in all twelve calendar months of the year since records have been kept.

South Texas has seen more days in 100s than it has seen days of snowfall in the winter throughout it's history.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Revive 755 on July 25, 2009, 12:38:08 PM
I can generally take cold weather, I just don't like winter precipitation (funny how that changed when I started driving).  Been maybe stupidly close to a high-end F-2 tornado, and got to see another mesocyclone that I thought was going to produce - but what do I know.  It was a low, large, slowly rotating cloud that had a finger that briefly started to lower, plus matched the location of one on radar.  And supposedly did drop a brief tornado a few minutes after leaving the area.

I've tried storm chasing, but have always busted.  The drives would have been more productive if I could have gotten more sign pictures.  Given budget issues, I've never gone out more than 3.5 hours (one-way, not round trip time), and have generally waited until something had already fired up.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: hm insulators on August 03, 2009, 05:56:23 PM
I don't like cold weather myself; anything under 70 degrees and I want to hibernate. One of the reasons why I moved to Phoenix.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on August 03, 2009, 06:03:51 PM
Growing up in South Texas, my parents would never let me out of the house without a jacket and a pair of gloves on when it drops below 60 degrees, hence how I am today.

Even when it's 105 degrees, you'll see me outside with a heavy shirt and long pants without any trouble.
Thats me too
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On the other hand, having grown up in rural PA, I've worn shorts when it's in the 60's or 70's!
Ive worn shorts in 30 degrees before, im kinda strange like that
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on August 21, 2009, 03:31:07 PM
Already 3 tornado warnings in the NE Pennsylvania/New York region today. Right now in Orange County, NY.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on August 21, 2009, 04:01:52 PM
^^^
That normally a 10 year supply for that region!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on August 21, 2009, 04:03:24 PM
Tornado warning number 4 in that area, now in Connecticut.

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TORNADO WARNING FOR...NORTHEASTERN LITCHFIELD COUNTY IN NORTHERN CONNECTICUT...

edit: and number 5:

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TORNADO WARNING FOR... SOUTHERN OXFORD COUNTY IN WESTERN MAINE...
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on August 22, 2009, 07:18:51 AM
The U.S. mainland got a tropical storm warning, in southeast Massachusetts including Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard islands. Hurricane Bill will pass southeast of this area, but the cyclone is quite large and tropical storm force winds extend very far out of the center.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: njroadhorse on August 22, 2009, 11:51:19 AM
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Already 3 tornado warnings in the NE Pennsylvania/New York region today. Right now in Orange County, NY.
That was like 20 minutes from me! :-o
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: PAHighways on August 22, 2009, 02:14:15 PM
Ontario has been a virtual tornado alley this month, with one in the northwestern part of the province in early August then a couple just this past Thursday (http://www.globalontario.com/Cleanup+begins+after+tornadoes+touch+down+Ontario/1913499/story.html).
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: allniter89 on August 22, 2009, 05:51:44 PM
Weatherfan here too!! When I lived in Dover, DE and we'd get a rare winter weather event I'd go out driving to expierence it firsthand. I'd stop often to check the ice or snow buildup on the front of the car as well as the snow buildup on the back of the car from the snow roostertail from going down the snow covered road :no: :). When I drove a taxi, I volunteered to work when other drivers were calling in sick and worked many a 18-20 hrs shift cuz other drivers couldnt or wouldnt come in to work.
I moved to the NW FL panhandle in 1981 and now I wait for and drive into the daily thunderstorms we have. Not much hurricane expiernece yet tho cuz I used to drive a truck and I'd come home after the storm to clean up  :angry:. Now that I've retired I'll be expierencing more hurricanes, not sure how I feel about that yet :wow:
I was home for hurricane Ivan, he came thru at night and it was a bit scary :-( :-o.
Can anyone suggest some active/informative weather forums?
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on August 22, 2009, 06:48:11 PM
Hm, so that's where all our tornadoes went. We really didn't have any in May or June like we normally do.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Alex on August 22, 2009, 07:21:24 PM
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Can anyone suggest some active/informative weather forums?

I frequent www.hardcoreweather.com (http://www.hardcoreweather.com) Its a good information resource/forum for hurricanes, especially for those of us on the Gulf Coast and in the Southeast
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: rickmastfan67 on August 23, 2009, 11:50:54 PM
Growing up in South Texas, my parents would never let me out of the house without a jacket and a pair of gloves on when it drops below 60 degrees, hence how I am today.

Even when it's 105 degrees, you'll see me outside with a heavy shirt and long pants without any trouble.

On the other hand, having grown up in rural PA, I've worn shorts when it's in the 60's or 70's!

Have you ever worn shorts @ around 32F? :P  Was going to school in Jacksonville, FL for one year and when I was on saftey partrol in the middle of winter.  And I was wearing shorts while outside dirrecting traffic near 32F.  hahaha.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on August 24, 2009, 12:29:54 AM
In south Texas, today marks the 100th consecutive day (and still counting) we've seen afternoon high temperatures in the triple-digits (>100 degrees).  The last day we failed to reach 100 degrees was on May 14, 2009.  (This is also our 108th day overall for 2009 in the triple-digits.)

Of those 100 days, we've seen highs in the 110s on nine days; the highest of which hit 116 degrees set on May 19th. 

While this is nothing unprecedented, it's fairly unusual for us not to have a break from the scorching heat....in the mid-upper 90s for a couple of days of the phone.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: SSOWorld on August 24, 2009, 09:50:54 AM
Growing up in South Texas, my parents would never let me out of the house without a jacket and a pair of gloves on when it drops below 60 degrees, hence how I am today.

Even when it's 105 degrees, you'll see me outside with a heavy shirt and long pants without any trouble.

On the other hand, having grown up in rural PA, I've worn shorts when it's in the 60's or 70's!

Have you ever worn shorts @ around 32F? :P  Was going to school in Jacksonville, FL for one year and when I was on saftey partrol in the middle of winter.  And I was wearing shorts while outside dirrecting traffic near 32F.  hahaha.
Didn't any teacher send you home to get pants on? :-o
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on August 28, 2009, 09:22:51 AM
Excessive heat warning in SE California and SW Arizona:

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WELL ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WITH
HIGH TEMPERATURES NEARING RECORD VALUES. HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL
PEAK OUT AROUND 109 IN LAS VEGAS...112 TO 117 IN THE COLORADO
RIVER VALLEY AND NORTHEAST CLARK COUNTY...107 AT PAHRUMP...105 AT
KINGMAN...108 TO 112 IN THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY DESERTS AND 122
AT DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK.

122 F  X-( (50 celsius!)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: SSOWorld on August 28, 2009, 11:44:55 AM
Excessive heat warning in SE California and SW Arizona:

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WELL ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WITH
HIGH TEMPERATURES NEARING RECORD VALUES. HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL
PEAK OUT AROUND 109 IN LAS VEGAS...112 TO 117 IN THE COLORADO
RIVER VALLEY AND NORTHEAST CLARK COUNTY...107 AT PAHRUMP...105 AT
KINGMAN...108 TO 112 IN THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY DESERTS AND 122
AT DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK.

122 F  X-( (50 celsius!)
good thing not many people live there ;)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on August 28, 2009, 12:18:24 PM
Yeah, but 105+ is still unbearable to me, and it happens in populated places. I had to go out today to install some traffic counters and it was windy and 68 F... I kinda like that for working conditions.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: rickmastfan67 on August 28, 2009, 08:43:01 PM
Growing up in South Texas, my parents would never let me out of the house without a jacket and a pair of gloves on when it drops below 60 degrees, hence how I am today.

Even when it's 105 degrees, you'll see me outside with a heavy shirt and long pants without any trouble.

On the other hand, having grown up in rural PA, I've worn shorts when it's in the 60's or 70's!

Have you ever worn shorts @ around 32F? :P  Was going to school in Jacksonville, FL for one year and when I was on saftey partrol in the middle of winter.  And I was wearing shorts while outside dirrecting traffic near 32F.  hahaha.
Didn't any teacher send you home to get pants on? :-o

No, it was part of the school uniform......
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on August 31, 2009, 11:29:59 PM
For the first time since May 14, we've failed to reach 100 degrees.

Today only topped out at 98 degrees, which ends a streak of 107 consecutive days with highs in the triple-digits. Tomorrow's high is looking at much cooler 94 degrees, and then one more day of cooler after that, before we climb back into the triple-digits.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: njroadhorse on September 01, 2009, 09:42:32 AM
We haven't cracked 100 yet, which is weird, because usually we do at least once. :wow:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Jim on September 01, 2009, 10:18:11 AM
Have you ever worn shorts @ around 32F? :P  Was going to school in Jacksonville, FL for one year and when I was on saftey partrol in the middle of winter.  And I was wearing shorts while outside dirrecting traffic near 32F.  hahaha.

Having been on college campuses in various roles for over 20 years now, it seems that a good chunk of every recent generation of college students, at least in the northeast, will stick with the shorts well into the fall and start up again early in the spring, say when it's above about 50 degrees.  Then there's always the smaller core group that holds out until it's below freezing.  Then those few who refuse to switch to the long pants even on a morning when it's well below 0F.  I've seen a few who stick with a t-shirt and shorts no matter the weather..

Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: algorerhythms on September 01, 2009, 01:14:46 PM
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Having been on college campuses in various roles for over 20 years now, it seems that a good chunk of every recent generation of college students, at least in the northeast, will stick with the shorts well into the fall and start up again early in the spring, say when it's above about 50 degrees.  Then there's always the smaller core group that holds out until it's below freezing.  Then those few who refuse to switch to the long pants even on a morning when it's well below 0F.  I've seen a few who stick with a t-shirt and shorts no matter the weather..
During my senior year in college I lived in a dorm building that was connected via indoor bridges to most of the other campus buildings, which meant most days I didn't have to go outside. I wore shorts every day that year -- and it went well below zero a few times that year.

Since I've moved to Oklahoma, I end up wearing shorts much of the winter just because it doesn't get very cold here. Kind of fun when it's 45F to be wearing shorts when most of the people you pass by on the street are wearing scarves and gloves. The thing I don't like about living in Oklahoma is that I have a roommate from Texas who thinks it's normal for the thermostat to be set to 80F.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on September 20, 2009, 11:51:11 AM
Remarkable, there's an excessive heat watch in Monterey, California, while there's a freeze watch 250 miles to the east, in Nevada.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: rawmustard on September 20, 2009, 12:36:27 PM
Remarkable, there's an excessive heat watch in Monterey, California, while there's a freeze watch 250 miles to the east, in Nevada.

I'm sure the difference in elevation has much to do with that one.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on September 20, 2009, 11:07:06 PM
Remarkable, there's an excessive heat watch in Monterey, California, while there's a freeze watch 250 miles to the east, in Nevada.

I'm sure the difference in elevation has much to do with that one.

That and a little thing called the Sierra Nevada mountains.  :-D
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on September 22, 2009, 03:22:42 PM
The first snow storm is moving over the eastern Rockies in Colorado tonight and tomorrow  :love:

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...HEAVY SNOW LIKELY OVER THE EAST SLOPES OF THE FRONT RANGE AND
THE PALMER DIVIDE LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

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ROADS WILL LIKELY BECOME SLUSHY OR SNOWPACKED IN THE HIGHER FOOTHILLS
AND OVER THE MOUNTAIN PASSES...AND POSSIBLY ALONG THE SUMMIT OF
MONUMENT HILL ON INTERSTATE 25.

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SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS BY LATE WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO 16 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7000
FEET.

Love it!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on September 27, 2009, 12:50:51 AM
A very cold awakening to a chilling low of 66 degrees at 7 AM on Thursday early morning. A strong cold front and winds combined with rain made it feel really cold outside.

Thankfully order is restored on Monday when we return to a more comfortable 96 degrees and 101 on Tuesday and lows climbing back in the mid 70s.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on September 27, 2009, 05:43:15 AM
66 is chilling? It was already 40 F here last week in the morning (but in the upper 60's during the day). Let them winter roll!  :spin:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: agentsteel53 on September 27, 2009, 11:38:17 AM
A very cold awakening to a chilling low of 66 degrees at 7 AM on Thursday early morning. A strong cold front and winds combined with rain made it feel really cold outside.

Thankfully order is restored on Monday when we return to a more comfortable 96 degrees and 101 on Tuesday and lows climbing back in the mid 70s.

where is that?

here in northeast NM, we had first frost on the 20th.  Got down to 24, and it snowed.  Yesterday was a boiling 76 degrees!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on September 27, 2009, 11:38:30 AM
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It was already 40 F here last week in the morning (but in the upper 60's during the day).

We don't even get that cold in January.


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where is that?

South Texas.....between Laredo and McAllen.


Here is what we are looking at this week:

(http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr356/jgb191/LRD9-27-09.jpg)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on September 29, 2009, 12:25:12 PM
There's currently a winter storm warning in northern Utah, including I-80. The first snow of the season. A winter weather advisory is also in effect for northeastern Nevada, including I-80. A blowing dust advisory is in effect for central eastern Nevada. Freeze warnings and watches are in effect for northern California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan and parts of Idaho. In other words; winter has begun  :clap:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on September 30, 2009, 12:53:49 PM
First snow along I-80 just outside Salt Lake City:

(http://i38.tinypic.com/2nauslg.jpg)

 :spin:

Edit:

I-15 Monida Pass, Montana:
(http://i36.tinypic.com/e81xqv.jpg)

Lost Trail Pass
(http://i35.tinypic.com/vq4pio.jpg)

I-84 southern Idaho
(http://i36.tinypic.com/14jpz0x.jpg)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: hm insulators on September 30, 2009, 03:52:15 PM
Autumn has arrived in Phoenix. For the next week, temperatures are only supposed to get up into the low 90's. Here, that counts as autumn!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: froggie on September 30, 2009, 08:10:41 PM
Flying back from San Diego on Friday, there was snow in the mountains northeast of Santa Fe, NM.  My guess on the snow line was about 10.5-11K...
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on October 02, 2009, 07:10:27 PM
Currently 72 degrees. Highs in the mid-70s here in Norman. Lows in the high-to-mid 50s. Oklahoma has finally hit "autumn", which we will spend approximately two weeks in, before "winter" kicks in towards the end of this month. It will invariably rain or be ass-freezingly-cold on October 31.

I'm ready for winter...my A/C keeps breaking down and I'm tired of calling Maintenance to come fix it!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on October 04, 2009, 05:17:35 PM
WA DOT:

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I-90  - As of 1 p.m., Interstate 90 remains closed both directions from the Moses Lake Exit 179 to Ritzville milepost 220, due to blowing dust and near zero visibility. No detour is available. Due to the weather related nature of this closure an estimated time to open the roadway is not determined.

(http://i33.tinypic.com/2v30djt.jpg)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on October 05, 2009, 11:37:39 AM
Some cameras along I-90 in Wyoming:
(http://i36.tinypic.com/29xaj68.jpg)

(http://i33.tinypic.com/2mfc3ea.jpg)

(http://i35.tinypic.com/vhuf0i.jpg)

I-90 in Montana, just north of the Wyoming state line.
(http://i33.tinypic.com/2z4igr5.jpg)

I-25 at Monida Pass.
(http://i33.tinypic.com/11822qb.jpg)

Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on October 05, 2009, 12:28:45 PM
Back in the triple-digits for about the next week.  We're looking at 103 degrees today with the heat index expected to reach 113 degrees.  And 100 degrees tomorrow with an expected 111 heat index.

Wishing this would last a while; I am not ready for cold weather.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on October 09, 2009, 01:43:04 AM
Perhaps the last shot of summer has just went....an early morning low of 86 degrees this morning and climbed to a high of 103 degrees with a heat index of 112 degrees this afternoon.

But a very strong cold front is expected to arrive tomorrow and will send our temperatures plunging way down to low 80s, ending our current streak of four straight days in the triple-digits.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on October 28, 2009, 06:20:59 PM
Significant snowfall throughout Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and into South Dakota, Kansas and New Mexico. The greatest snowfall is along the Front Range in Colorado:

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TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 18
TO 36 INCHES WITH UP TO 4 FEET POSSIBLE IN FAVORED UPSLOPE AREAS
EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE.

Interstate 80 is closed between Laramie and Cheyenne in Wyoming.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on October 28, 2009, 06:45:19 PM
Got some hard numbers on how WET it's been in Middle TN:

We are 2" over normal for October.
September was the wettest EVER.

For the year we are +12".

I'm singin' in the rain...  :sombrero:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on October 29, 2009, 01:37:07 AM
Looking at a low of 80 degrees overnight tonight, then rising to 96 degrees tomorrow afternoon with a heat index near 100 expected.  Gotta love South Texas!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: i-95 on November 09, 2009, 08:25:38 PM
im soooo weatherfan and roadgeek.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on November 14, 2009, 10:11:43 PM
I wrote a script to fetch the weather from the NWS site. Eventually I'd like to expand it to something somewhat resembling the WeatherStar 3000 or 4000, but I can't find a good, easily-parsable source for 36 hour forecast data. Here's the output it gives me so far (I can easily set up the next screen on the 4000 as well):

Conditions at Norman
Partly Cloudy
Temp:  52F
Humidity:  88%  Dewpoint:  48F
Barometric pressure: 29.91 in.
Wind:  North at 8.1 MPH (7 KT)
Visib.:  10 mi.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Alex on November 14, 2009, 10:59:30 PM
I wrote a script to fetch the weather from the NWS site. Eventually I'd like to expand it to something somewhat resembling the WeatherStar 3000 or 4000, but I can't find a good, easily-parsable source for 36 hour forecast data. Here's the output it gives me so far (I can easily set up the next screen on the 4000 as well):


Have you tried the WeatherSTAR 4000 emulator (http://taiganet.com/)?
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: froggie on November 15, 2009, 07:41:09 AM
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but I can't find a good, easily-parsable source for 36 hour forecast data.

Don't remember where offhand, but NWS has something...
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: simguy228 on November 15, 2009, 08:58:02 AM
It gets very cold during the winter here but if you go to Memphis, there's a lot more snow  :happy:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on November 15, 2009, 11:41:46 AM
I wrote a script to fetch the weather from the NWS site. Eventually I'd like to expand it to something somewhat resembling the WeatherStar 3000 or 4000, but I can't find a good, easily-parsable source for 36 hour forecast data. Here's the output it gives me so far (I can easily set up the next screen on the 4000 as well):


Have you tried the WeatherSTAR 4000 emulator (http://taiganet.com/)?

Yes, but it's so complex because it depends on the NET framework that I have very little chance of getting it to run on Linux. The next version will use DirectX, which is even worse for me...

I used to use it and have fun with it when I had a spare Windows box around.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on November 16, 2009, 04:15:09 PM
Yes, but it's so complex because it depends on the NET framework that I have very little chance of getting it to run on Linux. The next version will use DirectX, which is even worse for me...

I used to use it and have fun with it when I had a spare Windows box around.

Well there is the Mono Project (http://www.mono-project.com (http://www.mono-project.com)) which lets .NET applications run under Linux and MacOS.  It can be daunting getting something to work if it uses too many Window's specific stuff especially for the next version with DirectX.

Have you considered running a Virtual Windows Machine under Linux?
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on November 16, 2009, 11:49:42 PM
I think that would require having a copy of Windows I could install, though. I have a copy of XP, but I cannot boot to it (it is not a system disk), meaning it's about useless for anything besides a direct upgrade from another version of Windows.

If I could find a good easy (HTTP, not bizarre-futuristic-protocol!) 36-hour forecast data source, I could just add it to my script and be happy as that would lead to me learning more Perl.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mefailenglish on November 17, 2009, 07:11:28 AM
If I could find a good easy (HTTP, not bizarre-futuristic-protocol!) 36-hour forecast data source, I could just add it to my script and be happy as that would lead to me learning more Perl.
You mean something like this?

http://www.weather.gov/view/validProds.php?prod=AFM&node=KOUN (http://www.weather.gov/view/validProds.php?prod=AFM&node=KOUN)

If that's not it, describe what you're looking for and I'll let you know if I can find it.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on November 17, 2009, 01:01:35 PM
I'm looking for their text-based (that is, not purely numerical) forecasts. Something along the lines of "Tonight...Partly cloudy in the evening...Then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Northeast winds around 10 mph." These are what WeatherStar displays, and they're the most useful to your casual weather consumer, but unless I am not finding them properly the only similar thing requires something called SOAP or REST to access. If they can give me the current conditions over HTTP in a nice, easily-parsable XML file, why the heck do I have to discover what being a "RESTful client" means to get forecasts? Stupid government.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mefailenglish on November 17, 2009, 01:28:51 PM
You want the zone forecast:

http://www.weather.gov/view/validProds.php?prod=ZFP&node=KOUN (http://www.weather.gov/view/validProds.php?prod=ZFP&node=KOUN)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on March 10, 2010, 03:42:50 PM
The severe weather season seems to begin again in the south. There's a tornado watch for southern Alabama and southeastern Mississippi, excluding the immediate Gulf coast. There are also severe thunderstorm warnings from Texas / Oklahoma towards Alabama. Flood warning and flash flood warnings also seem to be on the increase.

Enough to enjoy for the extreme weather enthusiasts in the coming months...
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: florida on March 11, 2010, 11:00:30 AM
Tornado warnings started at 10 sharp, this morning; it's going to be a great two days!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: KEK Inc. on March 11, 2010, 09:21:38 PM
I think my current signature answers that question.  In middle school, I used to watch the Weather Channel all of the time.  I also competed in meteorology in Science Olympiad throughout middle school.  I also post the weather report from NOAA in at least one of my classes ever since 6th grade.  I'm going off to college next year and I don't plan to major in Meteorology.  I plan to focus on a major in civil engineering or computer science.

Unfortunately, I live in two very predictable places.  When I'm up in the Pacific Northwest, it's generally drizzly between November and June.  In California, it's always sunny from April to November and the winter season tends to be slightly less predictable due to the placement of the jet stream.  
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on August 23, 2010, 03:11:19 PM
Looking pretty good here in South Texas as we approach September.

(http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr356/jgb191/LRD8-23-10.jpg)

Although we're also looking at a heat index of 118 degrees, which is a bit warm, but I'll take this over a bitter cold 58 degrees any day.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: agentsteel53 on August 23, 2010, 03:23:16 PM
Although we're also looking at a heat index of 118 degrees, which is a bit warm, but I'll take this over a bitter cold 58 degrees any day.

And I'd rather have a sensible -11 with no wind, than a boiling 77 with humidity.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: bugo on August 23, 2010, 03:43:34 PM
Although we're also looking at a heat index of 118 degrees, which is a bit warm, but I'll take this over a bitter cold 58 degrees any day.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Maybe -58 is bitter, but +58 is nice comfortable short sleeved weather.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: agentsteel53 on August 23, 2010, 03:47:36 PM


Maybe -58 is bitter, but +58 is nice comfortable short sleeved weather.

it's not the cold, it's the wind chill.  I've been perfectly comfortable in -33 with no wind, wearing a heavy coat.  And in sunlight, no breeze, 19 degrees, and I'm shoveling snow, I might even break a sweat if I'm not careful.

now, -19, winds of 55 mph... wind chill of -62 and I swear one of my nipples froze and broke off from my chest.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: KEK Inc. on August 23, 2010, 05:44:46 PM
When I was much younger, I went on a trip to the East coast via flight.  Mind you, I'm used to dry 100+ degree weather in California, so I didn't expect much when I heard Atlanta was going to be 70.  It was foggy, which I thought was interesting, since it would usually be colder in a California marine layer fog.  Well, just getting off the plane in the telescope ramp was a shock. 

I hate muggy weather...  I can tolerate up to 110 degrees in dry weather, though, but in muggy weather, I can only tolerate 70.   As far as cold weather, I can't stand anything below 20.  Sorry.  :P  I love snow, but it's sort of rare in the lowlands of the Pac NW.  It's either sunny and cold or rainy and 40 in the wintertime. 
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on August 23, 2010, 05:53:48 PM
^ See, here in Texas, we have the combination of scorching heat and the heavy humidity loads.  So it's not unusual for us to get 104-degree High with a 115-120 Heat Index.  In Florida, it's not hot, but very humid.  In Arizona, it's very hot, but no humidity.  In Texas, we get the the best of both worlds.


In my area, when the overnight low drops to 40 degrees, nobody here is expected to go to work or school.  The threat of sleet or frost (just a simple advisory) is enough to shut the whole area down.  When it drops below 60 degrees, we get bundled up.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: KEK Inc. on August 23, 2010, 05:59:12 PM
In Portland, if it snows, practically every school gets cancelled.  Even if it's just a cm.  We don't have that many plows.   Meanwhile, in the NE, it has to snow 12' to cancel school. 
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Ian on August 23, 2010, 06:36:13 PM
Meanwhile, in the NE, it has to snow 12' to cancel school. 

Which isn't all bad, because if we don't get many snow days, we get a longer summer!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: KEK Inc. on August 23, 2010, 06:53:14 PM
Meanwhile, in the NE, it has to snow 12' to cancel school. 

Which isn't all bad, because if we don't get many snow days, we get a longer summer!
We start school in like September and end in June, so my summer is already screwed.  Might as well enjoy winter.  :P
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: agentsteel53 on August 23, 2010, 07:03:21 PM
Meanwhile, in the NE, it has to snow 12' to cancel school. 

by NE you mean northeast?  I grew up in Boston and had school canceled on as little as four inches, and not canceled on as much as 10" - but yes, 12 is just about a guarantee. 

It's all about how ready the plows are - which means when the snow starts falling.  If it starts in the evening, then by morning the plows will have taken care of all of it and school's ready to go.  However, if it starts at 3am or later, then a few inches dumped on the ground at 6am is enough to disrupt school bus service completely.

another factor to note is what season it is, which determines how surprising the snowstorm is.  In January, the plow crews are ready to go and intently watching the weather channel.  May, not so much.  Six inches, starting at midnight on May 18, was a perfect birthday present!

speaking of snow crews, the best I've ever seen in the business was (not surprisingly) Anchorage.  16" fell overnight, starting around 7pm, and the roads were functional by 6am and just about completely cleared by 11. 
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: cu2010 on August 28, 2010, 10:16:35 PM
12 inches of snow is nowhere near enough to cancel school in the North Country. There needs to be at least two feet, along with sleet and freezing rain in order for them to even consider giving us a snow day.

During my freshman year at Clarkson, they had their first snow day in 30+ years (and it wasn't even a full snow day). That should say something. When I was in high school, school was more often cancelled due to several inches of ice as opposed to snow.

Anything under...say, 70 degrees is fine by me. I wear short sleeves year-round, too (and don't even consider putting on a coat unless the temperature is below 40 degrees.) :D
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Ian on August 28, 2010, 10:31:26 PM
Anything under...say, 70 degrees is fine by me. I wear short sleeves year-round, too (and don't even consider putting on a coat unless the temperature is below 40 degrees.) :D

I'm pretty much the same way! I like wearing short sleeve shirts year round. In fact, last year, I ended up wearing shorts a lot of the time!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on August 29, 2010, 08:29:14 PM
Looking wet as we enter the month of September and our rainy season begins.  Still remaining in the mid 100s all the way through Labor Day; overnight lows looking at upper 80s with heat index approaching 100 on a few nights.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: nyratk1 on August 29, 2010, 09:26:48 PM
There's a weird overlap here - have a BS in Meteorology (and taking time off from getting my MS) and ardent roadgeek.

Was more of a weather geek first - Gloria happened when I was 3 months old, Bob when I was 6, the various blizzards in 96, 05, 06 and this past year have fueled me
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on September 04, 2010, 05:28:38 PM
The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, for Western Montana at elevations over 6,500 feet. I think this is the first of the 2010-2011 winter season?
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on September 06, 2010, 12:24:54 PM
Tropical Storm Hermine is slowly approaching the Texas/Mexico border, which will give us a short break from the heat in the upper 80s and a very soaking week, after everything clears up next weekend then we'll go back to our usual 100s.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: bugo on September 06, 2010, 02:50:55 PM
^ See, here in Texas, we have the combination of scorching heat and the heavy humidity loads.  So it's not unusual for us to get 104-degree High with a 115-120 Heat Index.  In Florida, it's not hot, but very humid.  In Arizona, it's very hot, but no humidity.  In Texas, we get the the best of both worlds.

It got up to 105 degrees a few times this summer in Tulsa.  It got to 100 or very close quite a few times.  A few nights ago it got down to the lower 50s, which was very nice.  Highs have been in the upper 80s or low to mid 90s the last few days, which is a relief from the 100 degree temperatures but still hot.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on September 06, 2010, 04:17:41 PM
I've been to Phoenix in the summer and it feels a lot better in Phoenix than it does here in South Texas area, and all my relatives in Southern Arizona say the same.  They have been so used to 110 degrees with virtually no humidity living there all their lives which makes the heat index slightly lower than the temperature, yet they were cringing here in 100 degrees with 40 percent humidity when they visit Texas, which makes the heat index feel like 115.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on September 07, 2010, 10:19:48 AM
In Middle Tennessee, we had a few day hit 100 and, while I didn't check the humidity.  It is often above 50%.  i.e. I'm sure we had some 100-100 days this summer.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on September 08, 2010, 12:39:13 AM
100-100 days are pretty much physically impossible. Air expands as it heats, meaning warmer air can hold much more water than colder air. (This is why relative humidity is used as the standard gauge of humidity; if you used absolute humidity, it would mean different things at different temperatures. 100% relative humidity at, say, 20 F is a drop in the bucket at 100.) At 100, it would take ludicrous amounts of water to saturate the air. You're more likely to hit the winning combination in my avatar six times in a row.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: nyratk1 on September 08, 2010, 06:36:13 PM
100-100 days are pretty much physically impossible. Air expands as it heats, meaning warmer air can hold much more water than colder air. (This is why relative humidity is used as the standard gauge of humidity; if you used absolute humidity, it would mean different things at different temperatures. 100% relative humidity at, say, 20 F is a drop in the bucket at 100.) At 100, it would take ludicrous amounts of water to saturate the air. You're more likely to hit the winning combination in my avatar six times in a row.

Highest ever measured dewpoint was 94F with an air temp of 108F near Dubai. That's still an RH of 66%.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on September 08, 2010, 06:39:27 PM
^^^

I stand corrected.  :banghead:

In any case, upper 90s and above still suck due to the humidity.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: agentsteel53 on September 08, 2010, 06:43:03 PM

Highest ever measured dewpoint was 94F with an air temp of 108F near Dubai. That's still an RH of 66%.

here I'd never thought of Dubai as being a humid place.  I had figured an arid desert climate.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Ian on September 08, 2010, 08:08:52 PM
Alright, I'm back in school. It's time for this heat to go away. I can't wait until it gets cold and starts snowing. Already have a winter job in mind, shoveling driveways with our family's ATV's that have plows!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on September 09, 2010, 12:47:41 PM
Nearing the official end of summer, this is what we're looking at.  Only about 3-5 degrees above normal for us, however the Heat Index on Monday could up as high as 116 degrees.  It's probably going to stay like this much of this month.


(http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr356/jgb191/LRD9-9-10.jpg)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: agentsteel53 on September 09, 2010, 01:08:22 PM
here in sunny San Diego, it is 62 and overcast.  I am loving this!  :sombrero:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on September 09, 2010, 05:20:48 PM
It's 78 and overcast in the "Athens of the South" Don't miss the 90 degree temps at all.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: nyratk1 on September 09, 2010, 11:16:13 PM
It's going to be in the low to mid 70s with night time lows in the mid to upper 50s here on LI the next week. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.  :cool:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on October 14, 2010, 11:46:10 PM
Autumn has announced its arrival here in South Texas.  That cold front is making us pull out our coats....it's going to drop down to 61 degrees overnight tonight and only 86 for a high tomorrow.  Then returning back to the mid 90s this weekend.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on October 15, 2010, 10:14:33 PM
Meanwhile, Oklahoma is doing that schizophrenic thing that passes for autumn or spring here. A week or so of highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s, then a few days of highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, then back to 80s. Wheeeee.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: algorerhythms on October 15, 2010, 10:28:06 PM
Meanwhile, Oklahoma is doing that schizophrenic thing that passes for autumn or spring here. A week or so of highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s, then a few days of highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, then back to 80s. Wheeeee.
During this time of year, I get tired of checking the weather every day, and just split the difference by wearing a coat and shorts.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: bugo on October 16, 2010, 12:13:31 AM
Meanwhile, Oklahoma is doing that schizophrenic thing that passes for autumn or spring here. A week or so of highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s, then a few days of highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, then back to 80s. Wheeeee.

One thing that has been pretty steady in the last few weeks is the lack of rain.  It's supposed to rain Monday, however.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on October 17, 2010, 01:02:53 AM
Maybe in Tulsa, but we got a pretty big thunderstorm a week or so ago. It knocked one of our Bally servers offline so we were doing handpays all night.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on October 24, 2010, 03:59:18 AM
We're just a week away from the month of November and we still haven't escaped the heat yet.  Looking at about 100 degrees on the 25th and 26th of October 2010, which puts us a good eleven degrees above normal for this time of the year.  And still well in the triple-digits (100s) in the Falcon Lake area.  With the humidity, our heat index will probably be approaching 110 degrees.

A cold front later this week may cool us back down to the low 90s on Thursday the 28th.

(http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr356/jgb191/LRD10-24-2010.jpg)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on November 12, 2010, 12:29:37 PM
Our strongest cold front so far this season is expected to blast us hard, and will give us our first taste of Winter this weekend. 

After enjoying 90 degrees today, it's going to plunge way down to 72 degrees on Saturday and then 68 on Sunday with on and off rain.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on November 12, 2010, 12:57:58 PM
^^^

As I've said before, you have a funny definition of winter.  Our highs have been in the low 70s and are lows are in the low 40s with occasional frost in outlying areas.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: agentsteel53 on November 12, 2010, 01:07:01 PM
^^^

As I've said before, you have a funny definition of winter.  Our highs have been in the low 70s and are lows are in the low 40s with occasional frost in outlying areas.

that's not that much colder than here in San Diego.  Up in the Sierras it's snowing ... now that's winter!  :sombrero:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on November 12, 2010, 01:28:17 PM
^^^

Yes, the Sierras are one of the few locations in the world where snow is measured in feet not inches!  (IIRC Norden and Truckee, CA see approximately 400 inches of snow per year!)

In the most recent issue of Trains magazine, they talk about the rotary snowplows (like a giant snow blower) and Jordan spreaders (basically heavy-duty plows on rails) that the Union Pacific uses to keep Donner Pass open in the winter.

If I'm not mistaken, Donner Pass is the requires the most effort to keep snow from closing it of any railroad pass in the western hemisphere.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: algorerhythms on November 12, 2010, 01:33:48 PM
Current conditions where I am[url]

It's 25 right now, and supposed to go down to 15 tonight. The locals will surely be complaining about o frio. (http://br.weather.com/weather/local/BRXX3402?x=0&y=0)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on November 13, 2010, 02:18:51 AM
As I've said before, you have a funny definition of winter.


What is the proper definition of winter then?  Is there even a proper definition being that the climate is not uniform all around the planet Earth.

And as I've said before:  Our normal weather pattern is different from everyone else's normal....it all depends on location.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on November 13, 2010, 11:30:05 PM
^^^

I'd consider your climate sub-tropical.

I look more at temperature than the calendar.  Places like Antarctica have winter 365 days a year and some like Cairo don't have a winter and places like you are don't have much of one at all.

So, I guess it also depends on what your definition of winter.

Fine, call it whatever you want, but please don't complain about the "cold" when it isn't getting below 60 degrees where you are.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on November 14, 2010, 10:31:38 AM
Alright, but only as long as no one complains about the "heat" when it gets to 90 degrees.  Deal? ;)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: english si on November 14, 2010, 11:12:29 AM
It's hot when it gets to 75. 90 is entering boiling! ;)

It's worth noting that Antarctica has 2 seasons - a warmer one and a colder one. Both are freezing cold, but the warmer one is 'summer'.

Likewise Britain has 4 distinct seasons (and the joke is that you might get all in one day) - Spring and Autumn aren't massively different weather-wise though. Yet Britain isn't that variable temperature wise.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on November 14, 2010, 05:45:21 PM
It's hot when it gets to 75. 90 is entering boiling!


Oh you would love our winters then:  Average highs ranging from 70 to 84 degrees in South Texas. lol  Even better for us: this winter season is expected to be well above average!  Probably will make a number of rounds to the beach and golf course during that time.


In the South Beach area, their winters sees average highs in the 75-80 range in Miami.  The Valley of the Sun area range 65-80 on average in Phoenix.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on November 14, 2010, 09:15:57 PM
Alright, but only as long as no one complains about the "heat" when it gets to 90 degrees.  Deal? ;)

Deal.  :sombrero:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on November 16, 2010, 01:15:59 AM
Returning to normal, looking at mid 80s this week and lows in the upper 50s.  And foggy conditions are going to disrupt travel across South Texas tonight and tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on November 20, 2010, 11:09:33 PM
More of the same weather heading into Thanksgiving.  Just can't ask for better weather than this (except just a little warmer).

(http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr356/jgb191/11-20-10.jpg)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on November 22, 2010, 01:08:03 AM
We're looking at 92 degrees on Thanksgiving Day, which is seven degrees short of a record which stands at 99 degrees set in 2005.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: algorerhythms on November 22, 2010, 05:31:33 AM
Est chovendo... (It's raining...)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on November 26, 2010, 06:08:17 PM
Meanwhile, in Norman we had a high in the mid-70s on Wednesday, with a low in the upper 20s that night. What? Last night it got down to 24, and right now we're setting at 51 as the sun goes down.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on November 29, 2010, 12:41:17 AM
We are looking at one more day of 90 degrees tomorrow (Nov 29th) before yet another cold blast knocks us back down to 74 degrees, which has been our lows for most of this month.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: algorerhythms on November 29, 2010, 06:29:31 PM
It's been between 25 and 30 Celsius every day here in Recife.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on November 30, 2010, 10:18:01 AM
We had highs in the 30s over the weekend.

It is currently 55 and raining.  Highs are expected to be in the 50s throughout the week with lows in the upper 20s just below freezing.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: stormwatch7721 on December 01, 2010, 12:47:53 PM
I admit it. I'm a weather fanatic and a road fanatic.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Roadsign199qc on December 01, 2010, 12:49:40 PM
I'm only a roadgeek.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Alps on December 01, 2010, 07:58:02 PM
I'm only a roadgeek.
That doesn't contribute meaningfully to this thread.  Please re-read forum guidelines - you have done that in other threads as well...  (Note to everyone who happens across this post - stay meaningful!)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: PAHighways on December 01, 2010, 10:19:14 PM
ROADS! and weather are colliding tonight here, with numerous road closures across PA.  Last I heard the "bathtub" portion of I-376/Parkway Central was to close at 8 PM.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: rickmastfan67 on December 02, 2010, 12:55:01 AM
ROADS! and weather are colliding tonight here, with numerous road closures across PA.  Last I heard the "bathtub" portion of I-376/Parkway Central was to close at 8 PM.

Still open as of the 11PM news casts.  But PennDOT doesn't have high hopes that they can keep it open much longer.  Odds are it's going to be closed for the Morning Rush Hour.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: froggie on December 02, 2010, 12:19:45 PM
Bathtub portion...?

I'm assuming this is a segment that floods regularly during heavy-rain events.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: PAHighways on December 02, 2010, 02:01:23 PM
It's the westbound section between Grant Street and Stanwix Street which is the same level as the Mon Wharf.

The reason for the nickname is that due to Jersey barrier on the left side, retaining wall on the right side, and the slopes into and out of this section, anytime flood waters from the Mon get onto the roadway, a bathtub-effect is created.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: algorerhythms on December 03, 2010, 09:16:29 AM
When I left Recife yesterday afternoon out was 86F. Now I'm in Dallas and it's 44F....
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on December 03, 2010, 11:57:00 PM
Looking at upper 80s to near 90 tomorrow; expecting the heat index in the low 90s as well.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on December 11, 2010, 01:37:54 AM
A look at the nationwide forecast for tomorrow (December 11).  Obviously, the place to be is right here in South Texas -- mid to upper 80s and quite humid.  Looks like a lot of people are going to be flocking to the beaches.

(http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr356/jgb191/12-11-10.jpg)
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: agentsteel53 on December 11, 2010, 01:38:44 AM
BRB MINOT
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on December 13, 2010, 10:47:37 AM
We had our first significant winter storm of the season starting yesterday.  Most of middle-TN got 2-3 inches of snow making travel adventurous.

Given where we are, nearly all the schools are closed today.

High temperatures are currently in the 12-15 degree range and the high is supposed to be between 23 and 30.  We're not supposed to get above freezing until Wednesday when we may get a snow/ice/rain mix.  From Wednesday on, highs in the upper 30s to low 40s and lows in the 20s or 30s.

This is unseasonably cold for this point in December here in TN.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: njroadhorse on December 14, 2010, 12:49:59 PM
We had our first significant winter storm of the season starting yesterday.  Most of middle-TN got 2-3 inches of snow making travel adventurous.

Given where we are, nearly all the schools are closed today.

High temperatures are currently in the 12-15 degree range and the high is supposed to be between 23 and 30.  We're not supposed to get above freezing until Wednesday when we may get a snow/ice/rain mix.  From Wednesday on, highs in the upper 30s to low 40s and lows in the 20s or 30s.

This is unseasonably cold for this point in December here in TN.

On a similar note, its only going to be 15 in Blacksburg, VA today.  Before today, we have had snow for about 8 of the past 10 days.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: 74/171FAN on December 14, 2010, 02:45:19 PM
We had our first significant winter storm of the season starting yesterday.  Most of middle-TN got 2-3 inches of snow making travel adventurous.

Given where we are, nearly all the schools are closed today.

High temperatures are currently in the 12-15 degree range and the high is supposed to be between 23 and 30.  We're not supposed to get above freezing until Wednesday when we may get a snow/ice/rain mix.  From Wednesday on, highs in the upper 30s to low 40s and lows in the 20s or 30s.

This is unseasonably cold for this point in December here in TN.

On a similar note, its only going to be 15 in Blacksburg, VA today.  Before today, we have had snow for about 8 of the past 10 days.
  Honestly I'm not sure what the actual wind chill was when I walked back to my room last night but I'm pretty sure it might have been below -10.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: mightyace on December 14, 2010, 04:49:55 PM
The temperature got down to about 2 degrees Fahrenheit overnight here with a significant wind chill.  Current temp is around 27-28 F.

We are expecting a low in the teens and a possible ice storm tomorrow.

UPDATE (Thursday 12/16):

Wednesday's ICE storm wasn't as bad as predicted.

We've got rain today (Thursday) and currently at 54 degrees F!  It's back into the high thirties or low forties starting tomorrow.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on December 16, 2010, 11:47:58 PM
We saw 86 degrees today and a heat index very close to 90 degrees.  A cold front will drop us back to the low 70s tomorrow.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: froggie on December 17, 2010, 09:16:52 AM
74/171:  based on obs, your wind chill Monday night didn't hit -10F until around 10pm.  Most of the evening, it was hovering around -4F.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: 74/171FAN on December 17, 2010, 12:51:16 PM
74/171:  based on obs, your wind chill Monday night didn't hit -10F until around 10pm.  Most of the evening, it was hovering around -4F.
  Actually I didn't walk back to my dorm until 2 AM.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Chris on December 17, 2010, 04:15:42 PM
Up to 10 inches of snow fell in western Netherlands. The morning rush continued uninterrupted into the evening rush hour, which is still lasting as of 10 pm. Delays up to 4 hours were reported on certain freeways. 10 inches is highly unusual in the Netherlands, it is usually not much more than an inch or two (which can also paralyze traffic). Rail traffic was also severely disrupted, as was air traffic. Not much for redundancy here, the whole system is designed to operate at its maximum capacity (road, rail, air), leaving very little space for disruptions.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: J N Winkler on December 17, 2010, 05:30:42 PM
Oxford has largely been spared but there was a dusting of snow when I went out for an afternoon walk.  Gatwick has threatened to close.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: MDOTFanFB on January 06, 2011, 06:39:01 PM
I'm part of this club also. My passion is severe thunderstorms, in particular tornadoes. I do play Simcity 4 too, but I play a bit wierdly. I build multiples of the same reward and when my city has been developed I create a disaster.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: froggie on April 15, 2011, 10:07:39 PM
As some of you know, there's been a spate of tornadoes in the Deep South today.  Here's an impressive video (http://www.tbd.com/blogs/weather/2011/04/tornado-in-jackson-miss-makes-a-frightening-scene-video--10302.html) of one of the tornadoes crossing I-20 at Springridge Rd (Exit 36) in Clinton, MS.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: hobsini2 on April 17, 2011, 04:57:38 AM
I have been storm chasing now for 11 years and have now seen, as of this past Sunday, 23 tornados and 1 land spout.  He is my break downs for ya:
TX - 3 (2 in May 2002 near Happy TX, Patricia in 2006, Landspout in 2008 on TX 70 south of Palo Duro Canyon)
OK - 2 (Edmond and Peidmont in May 2004)
KS - 12 (11 on May 7, 2002 between Mullinville and Pratt including the first one to hit Greenburg.  Greenburg would be hit again 2 more times since.  The other one was southeast of Hoxie in 2007)
IL - 4 (Plainfield on Aug 28, 1990 although this i did not chase, i did see it.  It was 2 miles from my house at the time and i was a freshman in HS.  Greenville in 2000, Utica and Joliet in 2004)
WI - 1 (Arkdale, April 10, 2011.  Closest i have ever been (and ever want to, prefer no closer than 1/2 mi) to a tornado, 1/8 mi)
Manitoba - 1 (2007 near Oakville, although our team, College of DuPage, was on the south side of the tornado about a mile away, Reed Timer got this video from the otherside of it. http://www.boreme.com/posting.php?id=16786  .  The first 30 seconds of the video is the way we saw it from our angle.)

I also went back to find some of my other photos.  Here are some of the best that i took back in 2006.  Look under Dan "BWER".  My best lightning pic is in there with the Texas flag near Breckinridge TX
http://weather.cod.edu/chasing/chasing.2006.html

In the pic of 7 of us at the Ft Worth Stockyards, I am the one in the Cubs jersey.
There is also my best pic of mammatus taken near Seminole TX.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: berberry on April 17, 2011, 08:34:42 AM
As some of you know, there's been a spate of tornadoes in the Deep South today.  Here's an impressive video (http://www.tbd.com/blogs/weather/2011/04/tornado-in-jackson-miss-makes-a-frightening-scene-video--10302.html) of one of the tornadoes crossing I-20 at Springridge Rd (Exit 36) in Clinton, MS.


I waited until now to watch this, and my god it's incredible!  I didn't want to watch it right away because I thought I might have a hard time with it.  I enjoy watching storm-chasing videos, but except for rare cases where a storm crosses an interstate I've driven down, the images are always of places I don't precisely recognize.  This one I recognize very well - it's my home - and viewing it is a little difficult.

I've got a little experience with tornadoes.  One day when I was a kid my mother took me and one of my sisters with her on an errand run, which included getting her hair done at a beauty parlor in Candlestick Park shopping center.  We were there when one of the worst tornadoes in Mississippi history struck.  Some woman in the back of the store suddenly let out this blood-curdling scream.  We looked out the door and saw it coming.  I remember a lot of screaming and crying, and my mother trying to physically cover me and my sister with her body and that apron-like thing they put on you at beauty parlors.  Then suddenly the building just exploded.  Something hit me in the head and gave me a good scratch, but something much worse hit my mother; her head began bleeding profusely.  She managed to find a towel or two and wrapped her head in them.

I remember seeing bodies lying all around and my mother telling me they'd probably been knocked out by the storm.  Some man with a pick-up truck took us to the hospital - me, my sister and some other kids in the cab, adults in the bed of the truck.  I remember screaming as I watched my mother in the back of that truck, the rain pouring down and those towels around her head getting redder and redder.

In the end we were all okay, but my mother had to spend a day or two in hospital.  But to this day I can't stand tornadic weather.  When a storm seems to be seriously threatening, I turn to liquid.  I absolutely hate it because it scares the hell out of me!
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans (Joplin, MO devastated by twister)
Post by: rickmastfan67 on May 22, 2011, 09:24:32 PM
Just heard about this on Twitter.  Joplin, MO has been devastated by a possible EF4 or EF5 twister. :wow:

http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/weather/weather_news/joplin-hit-hard-by-major-tornado-
http://www.blippitt.com/joplin-missouri-tornado-town-is-a-war-zone-after-direct-hit-video/

Their local hospital is on fire with gas leaks in the building and they think it might EXPLODE! :-o

The twister was supposedly 3/4 miles to a mile wide.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: US71 on May 23, 2011, 12:00:18 AM
St Johns is being evacuated. All the windows blew out and one wing was heavily damaged.

Wal-Mart & Home Depot got crushed as did several nearby businesses and many homes near the hospital. At least 24 fatalities, I-44 is closed due to semis blown off the road.

I've been in contact with some SCA friends up there and it's really bad. 
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on May 23, 2011, 07:42:08 AM
Meanwhile Oklahoma is under a moderate risk of severe weather for tonight so we may have tornadoes here tonight as well.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: PAHighways on May 23, 2011, 12:10:14 PM
SPC (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html) is calling for a 5% chance of tornadoes for most of Pennsylvania.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: triplemultiplex on May 24, 2011, 11:03:06 AM
Did some unintentional storm chasing on my way back to Milwaukee Sunday afternoon.  And by storm chasing, I mean the storms were chasing me.  I stayed about 20 minutes ahead of some pretty nasty storms including one that was tornado warned northwest of Oshkosh.  In listening to the radio, warnings kept coming up for towns I was driving through, but for 15 - 20 minutes later.  Good thing I left when I did.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on May 24, 2011, 08:12:10 PM
Tornadoes have just hit central Oklahoma. At time of posting 4 dead in Canadian County, 3 to 5 dead in Cleveland County. My parents' house in Goldsby is mostly okay but their roof was damaged and there is a building in their yard.

I may take a trip around the metro to see the damage tomorrow and take pictures.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: berberry on May 31, 2011, 10:32:38 AM
...In listening to the radio, warnings kept coming up for towns I was driving through, but for 15 - 20 minutes later.  Good thing I left when I did.

Wow!  Over the years, I've dreamed and/or imagined more tornado scenarios than I could ever count, and this is one of the more enigmatic of them:  finding myself on the road in bad weather as reality sets in that a tornado is in the area and apparently behind me.  It's never actually happened to me, and I wonder whether my instinct would be to find a shelter or to try and outrun it. 

I've literally had nightmares wondering about that.

Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: allniter89 on May 31, 2011, 11:51:57 PM
...In listening to the radio, warnings kept coming up for towns I was driving through, but for 15 - 20 minutes later.  Good thing I left when I did.

Wow!  Over the years, I've dreamed and/or imagined more tornado scenarios than I could ever count, and this is one of the more enigmatic of them:  finding myself on the road in bad weather as reality sets in that a tornado is in the area and apparently behind me.  It's never actually happened to me, and I wonder whether my instinct would be to find a shelter or to try and outrun it. 

I've literally had nightmares wondering about that.


Back when I drove a 18 wheeler I had tornados following me a few times.
Southbound on I 55 in central Illinois I stopped at a truck stop to catch power nap, I had just laid down when the tornado warning alerted on my weatherband radio, I checked my map for where the tornado was and I looked to be a sitting duck in 20 mins, so I grabbed a gear and headed on south into "Misery". It was an interreesting evening listening to the reports of tornados behind me as I drove south. I never heard of any reports of damage tho.
Another time while southbound on I 95 in NC I heard reports of tornados behind and encountered some very violent storms, I mean "traffic at a dead stop on I 95 cuz it was raining and blowing so hard you could'nt see the end of your hood!
I also watched a water spout in the Gulf of Mexico while traveling US 98 east of Panama City, FL. That sucker held together for at least 20 mins, running parallel to me 4-5 miles south over the open Gulf, amaazing!!
I've also witnessed the destruction tornados cause, I came thru Newton & Clinton(?) MS shortly after they were hit by tornados and a tornado demolished my home in Little Heaven, DE in the 1970s, luckilly I wasnt home at the time.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on June 01, 2011, 11:46:45 PM
Did some unintentional storm chasing on my way back to Milwaukee Sunday afternoon.  And by storm chasing, I mean the storms were chasing me.  I stayed about 20 minutes ahead of some pretty nasty storms including one that was tornado warned northwest of Oshkosh.  In listening to the radio, warnings kept coming up for towns I was driving through, but for 15 - 20 minutes later.  Good thing I left when I did.

One time I was driving from C-bus to Baton Rouge, I found myself caught in a series of severe thunderstorms (and possible tornados) from Tuscaloosa through Meridian. It was after dark and I was going to continue south towards New Orleans on I-59, but I found the rain too heavy to see and with tornado warnings around me, I decided to double back to Meridian (I was only 10 miles south) and spend the night there instead of taking my chances driving in unfavorable conditions.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: hobsini2 on June 03, 2011, 10:17:05 PM
I leave officially for my "orginazed" storm chase tomarrow.  Wheels up at 1030 am for anywhere from Peoria to Des Moines depending on the 12z maps.  I will be out until the 13th.  Early synopsis looks to be Iowa/W IL for Sat, a very small shot Sun (might just be a drive day) in Nebr/S SD, Mon looks like a down day, Tue could be Bismarck-Aberdeen SD area, Wed looks like maybe Manitoba.  All that being said, I have little confidence beyond Sunday.  GFS NAM and the Euro are all quite different (Damn Computers).  Anyway, hopefully going to get some good storms in the middle of nowhere.  But it will be nice to get 4g data in the sandhills of Nebr and see some beautiful landscape.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on August 03, 2011, 02:46:20 AM
We didn't get as much rain from Tropical Storm Don as we initially hoped.  We weren't expecting a drought-buster, just a few inches of rain to at least marginally reduce the deficit.  It did provide us a bit of a relief from the heat and kept it below normal for a couple of days as highs last weekend failed to reach 100 here in South Texas, which didn't last very long.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on August 20, 2011, 02:43:08 AM
We are on pace to set a record.

I think the record (during my lifetime) number of days in the triple-digits in a calendar year here in South Texas was set back in 2009, when we saw 124 total days, including a string of 108 consective days in the triple digits.  I'll have to look it up and see if 2009 was a record or not.....not sure if we've seen any other year with more days.

Already this year 2011, we are at 122 days of triple-digits and summer is still far from over, so a couple more days and we'll break the 2009 mark.  On a typical calendar year, we see about 80 days of 100+ degrees; it's possible we might approach double that number by the end of this year.

During the peak of summer in my part of South Texas, our normal high is only supposed to be 104 F (40 C), yet we saw days in the 110s as early as April this year.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Scott5114 on August 20, 2011, 09:21:36 PM
We tied the same record in Oklahoma City. I'll let NWS Norman do the explaining:
Quote from: National Weather Service
RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
516 PM CDT SAT AUG 20 2011

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED AT OKLAHOMA CITY...
...TIED RECORD NUMBER OF 100 DEGREE DAYS AT OKLAHOMA CITY...

THIS AFTERNOON AT WILL ROGERS WORLD AIRPORT... THE TEMPERATURE
WARMED TO A HIGH OF 105 DEGREES. THIS TIES THE RECORD HIGH FOR
THIS DATE... LAST SET IN 1911.

ALSO... TODAY MARKS THE 50TH DAY THAT THE OKLAHOMA CITY THERMOMETER
HAS REACHED OR EXCEEDED 100 DEGREES. THIS TIES THE RECORD FOR THE
MOST DAYS IN A YEAR THAT THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS AT LEAST 100
DEGREES. THE INFAMOUS HOT SUMMER OF 1980 WAS THE OTHER OCCURRENCE.
THE RECORD WILL LIKELY BE BROKEN SOME TIME OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL
DAYS... AS THE FORECAST TEMPERATURE THROUGH MID WEEK IS RIGHT AROUND
100 DEGREES.

TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR OKLAHOMA CITY DATE BACK TO 1891.

So it got up to 105 today... and the power promptly went out, and was out for a few hours. Mercifully I was asleep, but it remains over 90 inside my apartment.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Lightning Strike on August 21, 2011, 08:32:21 AM
I found a topic I can attach to :D, i as well graduated with a B.S. Meteorology from Valparaiso Univ. and work in Chicago now...Florida looks to be line for Irene, but we'll see, it's still 6/7 days out, anything can happen. Though late Aug and So. Florida  :wow:, it's gonna be hectic trying to get people out of most of the cities if they need to evacuate.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Brandon on August 21, 2011, 08:51:50 AM
I have been storm chasing now for 11 years and have now seen, as of this past Sunday, 23 tornados and 1 land spout.  He is my break downs for ya:

IL - 4 (Plainfield on Aug 28, 1990 although this i did not chase, i did see it.  It was 2 miles from my house at the time and i was a freshman in HS.  Greenville in 2000, Utica and Joliet in 2004)


Got to see this one from the tail end.  A nice head-on view of the monster.  Lived about a mile down path of where it left the ground and it went over the house.   :-o  Took a few shingles with it as well on its way to Indiana.  I wrote a good portion of the Wiki article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plainfield_Tornado) on it.

The Utica outbreak spawned one in the Cathedral Area and along Jefferson, less than 30 minutes after I picked up a pizza from the Pizza Hut along Jefferson.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on September 09, 2011, 12:21:48 AM
For the first time since May 9 we have failed to hit 100 degrees, effectively halting a streak of 119 consecutive days of triple digits here in South Texas.  Overall for 2011, we're going on 140 triple-digit days and still counting.  After a brief cool down in the mid 90s, we'll begin a new streak above the century mark tomorrow.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on October 01, 2011, 02:07:51 AM
Saturday, October 1st will mark the 160th day of triple digit heat for us in South Texas in this year 2011, which is double the number we normally average in a year.

We're only supposed to see about 80 days of 100+ degrees in a typical year -- from mid-May to mid-September.  This has been a record year at least during my lifetime.  I don't know if this is an all-time record for us, but certainly as far as I can remember.

Interestingly enough, our hottest day of the year came in NOT June, nor July nor August.........it came in the middle of April (a high of 116 degrees), in fact all eleven of our days in the 110s came in April and May.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on October 25, 2011, 05:09:25 PM
Still pretty warm here in South Texas.  Looking at 98 degrees tomorrow (with heat index again in the triple-digits), and we're only supposed to be mid 80s for this time of the year on average.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: triplemultiplex on October 25, 2011, 06:08:01 PM
The combination of roadgeeking and weatherfandom is part of the appeal of Discovery Channel's show Storm Chasers.  It's fun to have an atlas handy to see where these guys are chasing twisters.  And due to the amount of travel, there are plenty of shots of highway travel and quick glimpses of signs that serve as an ongoing mental quiz for roadgeeks.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jgb191 on November 07, 2011, 02:21:22 AM
We're going to have to get used to this, but it is quite warm here.  Looking at an overnight low of 76 degrees and a high tomorrow near 90 degrees.  It's going to be like for a long while, through the holidays, here in South Texas.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: codyg1985 on November 07, 2011, 07:11:51 AM
I have been interested in weather as long as I have been interested in roads. I almost got a degree in Meteorology instead of Civil Engineering. There seems to be a correlation here.

Now if I can convince my weather friends to become roadgeeks.  :sombrero:
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: TR69 on December 13, 2016, 03:47:21 PM
I've been a meteorologist for 25 years, so I guess you could say I like weather.  :D
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Bruce on December 14, 2016, 12:08:36 AM
I'm mostly interested in weather just to see if my next outing will be met with sunshine or the typical rain/overcast mix. Helps to know in advance.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: J N Winkler on December 14, 2016, 12:13:53 PM
My interest is mainly in "applied weather"--weather where it intersects my other interests:

*  A check of wind speed and direction before a long roadtrip tells me what to expect in terms of fuel economy and aggravation while tracking.  Ambient temperatures also shape my expectations of engine and transmission performance while the car is warming up--the vast majority of modern cars with automatic transmissions have temperature sensors for both engine coolant and transmission fluid, and low temperatures as reported by each sensor trigger distinctive cold operating regimes for both the engine and transmission.

*  Predicted loud cover measures my opportunity for photography without light metering (I go by the rule of 1/125 sec at f/16 and ISO 100) and also my likelihood of finding deep rich saturated blue sky as a backdrop.  I am a zone system purist using a digital P&S camera (which behaves more or less like slide film) and hate blown-out highlights, and even when dense cloud cover diffuses light completely, bracketing exposures on top of varying composition can add a lot of hassle.

*  The story of the Weather Bureau and FCC's no-warning policies with regard to tornadoes appeals to my interests in history and public choice theory.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: epzik8 on January 02, 2017, 03:17:45 PM
I like all sorts of weather, and I'm also a fan of The Weather Channel, both past and present. I launched my YouTube channel in the summer of 2008 with a set of Weather Channel "Local on the 8s" videos.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 02, 2017, 04:15:51 PM
I like all sorts of weather, and I'm also a fan of The Weather Channel, both past and present. I launched my YouTube channel in the summer of 2008 with a set of Weather Channel "Local on the 8s" videos.

Do you like all the shows and other crap they have on the Weather Channel, taking away from, well, the weather?  That seems to be their downfall.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: allniter89 on January 05, 2017, 09:04:04 PM
I like most of TWC programming. It got minnotinus <sp :banghead: (you know you've really screwed up spelling when spell check cant figure out what you're trying to spell :spin:) it got very boring when it was weather forcasting 24/7. I'm using Dish satellite & I miss "locals on the 8's" with Dish you see the entire nations weather on animated maps during lot8s.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: ET21 on January 06, 2017, 10:33:28 AM
I got my meteorology degree and am currently job hunting for that forecasting position. Funny enough, I joined this forum during my 3rd year in school.

Two passions under one board :D
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: ColossalBlocks on March 29, 2017, 01:23:51 PM
Whenever a thunderstorm rolls through, I like to hop in my truck and chase it until I reach Armorel. Neither keep going past Armorel until I reach the power plant's guard house, where they tell me to go back the way i came. And when a thunderstorm moves north, just hop on I-55 and follow it.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Roadgeekteen on May 18, 2017, 09:49:54 PM
I sorta like weather but I know next to nothing about it.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: JMoses24 on May 26, 2017, 07:55:24 PM
I'm in Eureka, MO currently where it is cloudy and 77. Heading to West Plains to set up for a chase day.
Title: Re: Roadgeeks and Weatherfans
Post by: Hurricane Rex on January 06, 2018, 04:15:58 AM
I personally love the weather more than anything else. It is what I'm majoring in at college. Also half of the things I wish for is weatjer related.