Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thunder and Lightening Inbound?

Looking at doppler radar just a minute ago and it looks like we might have some thunderstorms inbound. Just heard some thunder so maybe we'll have a show!


At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The proof is in the pudding. So far, I had a little rain Friday night around 2 a.m. It didn't rain all day Saturday. So much for this massive storm that changed everyone's travel plans. Five inches my ass.

At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the weather warning, although we don't have weather models for our county, so there's no telling what will happen.

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

So much for this massive storm that changed everyone's travel plans.

Well, it ain't over until it's over, but I do think the weather folks tend to predict worst case scenario lately if only to cover their ass. They seem to do that after they under report or miss a prediction, like that big windstorm a while back that showed up by surprise.

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, rain and wind, but no thunderstorm. The NOAA radar map doesn't let us zoom (lame!), but I'm betting the thunderstorm ends as it comes on land for most of the county.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

If you go to the Intellicast radar site I linked to, try their "Interactive" link. It lets you zoom in almost like Google Earth. I tried it a few minutes ago and it showed a red blob just offshore. I don't recall ever seeing any red on our local radar, much less that much. The regular radar that I linked to didn't show anything but orange. Orange is usually indicative of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh, the zoom radar makes me even more convinced NOAA is overstating things. Right now I can see the end of the cloud bank, and the radar shows almost no more rain. I understand the radar doesn't extend far into the ocean, but still, I think the forecasters have become a bit sensitive.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Others feel the same way. Part of the first Topix comment on the Times- Standard story on the storm:

It seems the National Weather Service has become so reactionary from failing to identify the major New Years storm a few years ago that now they play up everything, overstating everything, just to be safe.

I was thinking the same thing. It seemed like after that storm they hyped up their forecasts a bit.

I remember thinking they seemed to start doing the same thing after that big windstorm a few years ago.

I also remember they seemed to do it maybe 20 years ago when they didn't accurately predict a rainstorm that caused the Eel River to flood and a rancher lost 300 head of cattle and sued the weather service for not giving ample warning.

You almost can't blame the weather folks. Predicting weather isn't an exact science and they can be damned if they do and damned if they don't.

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone, dress for the SUNSHINE storm today. Long sleeves and sunglasses. It would be a shame if anyone overdosed on vitamin D today.

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whew, the moonshine is burning tonight. Use SPF30 at least!


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