Friday, January 27, 2006

Weather Hype?

As I write this the Weather Service has high wind warnings up from 10am today until 10am Saturday. A possibility of gusts up to 40 mph. Sure doesn't look like it right now, with hardly even a slight breeze blowing. Is this a case of hyping the possibility of strong winds so the weather folks don't look like they got caught with their pants down? I guess I wouldn't blame them if it is.

15 Comments:

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

It's the new drama series on the North Coast, HUMBOLDT COUNTY WEATHER SERVICE DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN! Followed by THE SHANTY MYSTERY HOUSE and capped off with Arcata City Council's Laugh In.

 
At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and of course every idiotic thing you say and do has some great perfection to it....yeah, whatever...loser.

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

Ok.......yeah, whatever.......wow......this is awesome. So tell me, how is the weather there?

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Where..Eureka? It's partly cloudy. A slight breeze is picking up. Kinda cool, probably in the low 50s.

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Hey, anon.r: What are you doing in San Francisco? I thought you lived up here.

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

I am here. I'm talking about anon.y. It's pretty nice here in Arcata, no wind and no rain, I don't get the warnings. What gives?

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Sorry. Just checking my stats, via Site Metere, it said the last one to visit my site was someone from Frisco. I figured that might have been you, since you were recorded as the last one visiting it.

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger Fred said...

BTW: The one just before you seems to have hailed from Santa Rosa.

 
At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

I've been watching the weather online myself, and usually the warnings are pretty close. We shall just have to wait and see. Wouldn't you rather be overly conservative than caught with your pants down?

 
At 8:28 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Well, that's what I suggested sometime earlier, Kat. I think the forecasts are usually pretty close but I wonder if the stepped up the bad news predictions because of looking like they got caught with their pants down, before the last big windstorm.

Maybe not. We shall see.

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger Fred said...

So far no strong winds. I guess we should keep in mind that I'm in the middle of Eureka and it may be windier on the coast or up in the hills. I don't know.

They still have a high wind advisory up until 10am today. They also say the wind will be strong tonight. Raining pretty good right now. Not sure how much we've had, so far, because I forgot to empty out my rain gauge yesterday.

As an aside: I'm a regular checker of doppler radar. That's the best way I've found to get an idea of what the potential for rain is for the next few hours. Since I work outdoors, that's real important for me to know.

The best doppler radar site I've found is Intellicast. Found the link years ago on Humguide.com. If interested, try www.intellicast.com. I think that's the url. You need to enter your zip code and then it shows you the doppler screen for your area.

 
At 7:37 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

www.spaceweather.com is a fun little site if you are interested and didn't already know about it.

There were some strong gusts of wind over the ridge tops of the mountains last night, but I am in a valley (Redway) so it wasn't too bad.

 
At 6:32 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Hardly a breeze blowing in Eureka on Saturday. Hardly a breeze blowing as I write this Sunday morning. Forecast today calls for 15 to 25 mile an hour winds and rain today. No wind so far. Doppler radar shows some rain up north but nothing around Humboldt.

Things can always change, though.

 
At 7:37 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Thanks for the spaceweather link, Kat. I've bookmarked it. I've seen the rings of Saturn using a 60x Bushnell spotting scope before.

Also, when I was in Saudi Arabia I saw sunspots without using a filter using some compact binoculars. There was so much smoke in the air from the oil fires in Kuwait you could actually look right at the sun. I thought I saw some spots with my naked eye and, when I grabbed my handy mini binoculars, found out that it really was a set of sunspots.

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Doppler radar shows rain developing and moving down into Humboldt. Still no wind.

 

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