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Friday, May 6th, 2011
10:45 am
[greypaws]
Weather Software
I've been looking into the various weather softwares available, and quite honestly am a little overwhelmed. Here's what I've found so far:

Softwares:
Gibson Ridge GRLevelX
Stormlab
WeatherTap
F5Data
Weather Defender
Weather Studio
Nexrad3
WeatherBug Pro
Baron Vipir/ThreatNet (Pro Stuff - Expensive)

Data Feeds:
Allison House (Level 2/3 doppler +other (paid))
Michigan WX System (Level 2/3 doppler +other (paid))
NOAA (Level 3 free)

So I'm trying to figure out what the best combo of price/performance within reason, for a weather enthusiast that lives in a very weather heavy area. Obviously I don't need Baron stuff, and I think I can get by just fine with the level 3 data, but I just want something more than the free stuff available on the web. Does anyone here have any experience with any of these?

I've heard lots of good stuff about GRLevelX, with the only downside being that if I ever wanted to use level 2 data I would have to buy it again.

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, May 2nd, 2011
9:34 pm
[wxkat]
Waterspouts over Oahu
I can't take credit for this pic. This was a pic of a pair of waterspouts that we got this (Monday) afternoon amidst a round of fairly severe weather. Not as bad as what happened in Alabama, but still pretty impressive nevertheless.



Here's the full story.

I did get some video of the lightning show we had and will post that when I get a chance.
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
11:44 am
[hyperwolf5150]
Severe Weather Outbreak Possible
...A MAJOR SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK IS EXPECTED SATURDAY...

THUNDERSTORMS MAY DEVELOP FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND FRIDAY NIGHT AS A
WARM...MOIST...AND UNSTABLE AIRMASS ENGULFS THE REGION. IT IS
STILL FAIRLY UNCERTAIN AS TO WHETHER STORMS WILL DEVELOP DURING
THIS TIME FRAME...BUT THOSE THAT DO HAVE A GOOD SHOT OF BECOMING
SEVERE GIVEN THE STRONG WIND SHEAR PRESENT. LARGE HAIL AND
DAMAGING WINDS ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

A LARGER SEVERE THREAT WILL UNFOLD LATE SATURDAY MORNING AND
SATURDAY AFTERNOON...WHEN A SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK IS EXPECTED. A
RAPIDLY STRENGTHENING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL TRACK NORTHEAST
ACROSS EASTERN ARKANSAS SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THIS SYSTEM WILL
ENHANCE THE WIND SHEAR...SO THUNDERSTORMS COULD TORNADOES...
LARGE HAIL...AND DAMAGING WINDS...IN ADDITION TO FLASH FLOODING.

THE SEVERE THREAT WILL QUICKLY DIMINISH EARLY SATURDAY EVENING.

STRONG NON-THUNDERSTORM WINDS ARE ALSO EXPECTED SATURDAY AFTERNOON
WITH WIND GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH POSSIBLE.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THE ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS...HAM RADIO OPERATORS...AND
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL IN SUPPORT OF SEVERE WEATHER
OPERATIONS MAY BE NEEDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT...
AND WILL BE NEEDED SATURDAY

Well, this is a nice side benefit to asking off for a friend's birthday.

We'll see how much actually develops. :D

To all the furs in Middle Tenneessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, please be ready to take shelter. When the SPC is predicting significant severe weather this far out in the forecast, it usually happens just the way they predict it. Stay safe guys. Deyna and I want to see you at RCFM!
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
6:02 pm
[wxkat]
Funnel cloud on Oahu
We don't get funnel clouds very often, so when we do they typically make local news headlines.
I can't claim credit for this one... maybe one of these days I'll actually get lucky and be able to snap a pic of a funnel cloud myself. This was taken a few days ago, earlier in the week.



Sunday, August 9th, 2009
11:56 pm
[wxkat]
Tropical Storm Felicia
I know this isn't storm chasing per se, but given that we haven't had a hurricane in almost 15 years (the last one was September 11, 1992) I thought this might be of interest to post. Yeah, I know it's only a TS but it's still enough to affect things here...

Click the image for a larger view.

Friday, July 31st, 2009
8:08 pm
[hyperwolf5150]
Tornado Chase July 30th, 2009
This chase was a short one, but it yielded the first actual pictures of a tornado that I have ever captured. I set up just south of the Wolfchase Mall just before 4:30 pm and proceeded to wait for the storm to reach me. There had been reports of the rotation weakening in the area of the storm I was chasing, but I stayed there just in case. Plus, the way the clouds were rotating around the mesocyclone, I though, "Weakening, my ass. :P"

Before long, the winds started to pick up and I looked to the west, expecting nothing as usual, but before long, I caught sight of a red flash. I pulled around the building to see a whitish-blue flash and the tornado on the ground. To be honest, this was too close for comfort, so I snapped a quick picture before I floored the throttle on the car and raced the opposite way down Germantown Parkway. Before too long, my car was being battered by at least 80 mph winds and driving rain as the tornado passed over the road about half a mile to my north. The car sustained no damage and I was able to drive home safely.

Here is the photo I managed to snap which has been used on local news casts. It was taken facing west as the tornado approached. I snapped it out the passenger side window as I was preparing to put my escape route to good use.



Also, there were no serious injuries or deaths from this tornado, which is fantastic. Especially considering that it occured during rush hour when many people were supposed to be heading home. This was to be honest my most exciting chase and the first chase where I have actually caught an image of the tornado. Yet this was a learning experience in positioning and I will use that knowledge for the next chase.

Blackie out.

Crossposted to Weather Furs and Weathernerds
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
5:39 pm
[dragonkid463]
Snow Rollers
I was looking at the news on Digg, when I came across these pictures of the (apparently) very rare Snow Rollers. Here's a picture of what they look like:

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Here's a link to the full story of where and when that picture (and others) was taken: Snow Rollers on the Camas Prairie.

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
11:13 am
[hyperwolf5150]
Keeping an eye on Friday
Just checked out the SPC page and I'd have my eye on the Mid South region for Friday afternoon into Saturday.

ON D4...A MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR MASS IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD NWD/NEWD
ACROSS THE LOWER MS VALLEY IN ADVANCE OF EWD-MOVING COLD FRONT.
THIS INSTABILITY WILL COMBINE WITH STRENGTHENING WIND FIELDS AND
INCREASED FORCING FOR ASCENT TO FOSTER WIDESPREAD TSTMS ACROSS THE
REGION FRI AND FRI NIGHT. SOME MODEL GUIDANCE SUGGESTS THAT A
FAIRLY LARGE AREA OF MODERATE INSTABILITY WILL DEVELOP WITHIN SYSTEM
WARM SECTOR. SHOULD THIS OCCUR...THE POTENTIAL WILL EXIST FOR A
FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER EPISODE...INCLUDING THE THREAT FOR
STRONG TORNADOES.

THE THREAT FOR SEVERE STORMS WILL CONTINUE INTO D5 OVER PORTIONS OF
THE CNTRL AND ERN GULF STATES EWD TO THE SERN ATLANTIC COAST. GIVEN
THAT THE PRIMARY SURFACE LOW AND STRONGEST DYNAMIC FORCING WILL
REMAIN DISPLACED WELL TO THE N OF THE REGION...THERE IS SOME
QUESTION AS TO HOW WIDESPREAD THESE SEVERE STORMS WILL BE.
THEREFORE...NO AREA WILL BE DELIMITED ATTM.

It's all a question of how it comes together, but we'll see what happens. :)
Friday, February 27th, 2009
12:03 pm
[hyperwolf5150]
Robert Prentice Storm Chasing Clips
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=AC023765D3DAE402

This is a collection of Robert Prentice's Top 20 chase videos. :)

Lots of good footage for all you tornado fans and chasers out there.

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
10:26 pm
[wxkat]
Tornado on west Oahu


We normally don't get severe weather here, but we do occasionally get tornadoes and waterspouts. The strongest we've ever gooten, AFAIK, was an F2 back in 1983.

More info here

EDIT: I didn't take the pic in question... see the link above for more photos.
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
2:02 am
[wxkat]
A stroll down memory lane
Anyone remember this oldie but goodie from Saturday morning? :)

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
8:25 pm
[wxkat]
National Weatherman's Day
I didn't know there was such a day but thought this would be interesting to post. This one was from the NWS Forecast Office Honolulu's website:

000
NOHW40 PHFO 040434
PNSHFO
HIZ001>028-060000-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
615 PM HST TUE FEB 3 2009

...NATIONAL WEATHERMANS DAY IS FEBRUARY 5... 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5...IS NATIONAL WEATHERMAN/S DAY...COMMEMORATING 
THE BIRTH OF JOHN JEFFRIES IN 1744. JEFFRIES...ONE OF AMERICA/S 
FIRST WEATHER OBSERVERS...BEGAN TAKING DAILY WEATHER OBSERVATIONS IN 
BOSTON IN 1774 AND HE TOOK THE FIRST BALLOON OBSERVATION IN 1784. 
THIS IS A DAY TO RECOGNIZE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO COLLECTIVELY 
PROVIDE AMERICANS WITH THE BEST WEATHER...WATER...AND CLIMATE 
FORECASTS AND WARNING SERVICES OF ANY NATION. 

MANY OF US TAKE WEATHER INFORMATION FOR GRANTED. TURN ON A LIGHT 
SWITCH...YOU GET LIGHT. TURN ON YOUR TELEVISION...RADIO...OR CHECK A 
WEB SITE AND YOU GET THE WEATHER FORECAST. IT IS EASY TO FORGET THAT 
AROUND THE CLOCK...DEDICATED METEOROLOGISTS AND WEATHERCASTERS ARE 
VIGILANTLY CREATING FORECASTS TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR DAY AND ISSUING 
WARNINGS TO HELP KEEP YOU SAFE.
 
THE MEN AND WOMEN AT YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ 
FORECAST OFFICE GATHER THE RAW WEATHER DATA...ANALYZE THE DATA...AND 
STUDY NUMERICAL COMPUTER MODELS IN ORDER TO ISSUE THE WEATHER AND 
RIVER FORECASTS AND WARNINGS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. 
SPECIALIZED MARINE...AVIATION...AND TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECASTS HELP 
ENHANCE THE NATION/S ECONOMY AND SAVE LIVES. SPOT FORECASTS HELP 
FIREFIGHTERS CONTROL WILDFIRES AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS 
CONTAIN HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL SPILLS. EXTENSIVE CLIMATE RECORDS HELP 
ENGINEERS...ARCHITECTS...RESEARCHERS...INSURANCE COMPANIES AND 
UTILITIES.
 
THE PRIMARY MISSION OF THE NWS IS TO PROVIDE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC 
WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE WARNING SERVICE TO SAVE LIVES. RECENT SEVERE 
WEATHER STATISTICS SHOW THAT WE CONTINUE TO IMPROVE OUR CAPABILITY 
TO WARN THE PUBLIC OF IMPENDING HAZARDOUS WEATHER. NATIONALLY...LEAD 
TIME FOR FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS IMPROVED FROM 22 MINUTES IN 1993 TO 78 
MINUTES IN 2008. ACCURACY OVER THE SAME TIME PERIOD INCREASED FROM 
71 PERCENT TO 91 PERCENT. LEAD TIME FOR TORNADO WARNINGS HAS 
INCREASED FROM 6 MINUTES IN 1993 TO 13 MINUTES TODAY. TORNADO 
WARNING ACCURACY INCREASED FROM 43 PERCENT TO 72 PERCENT. WINTER 
STORM ACCURACY IN 2008 WAS 89 PERCENT WITH AN AVERAGE LEAD TIME OF 
17 HOURS. SINCE 1990...THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER/S AND CENTRAL 
PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER/S 24 TO 72 HOUR TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECAST 
TRACK ERRORS HAVE BEEN REDUCED BY MORE THAN 50 PERCENT. THE 
INCREASED ACCURACY AND LONGER LEAD TIMES OF THESE WARNINGS HELP 
COMMUNITIES STAY SAFE.

LOCALLY THE HONOLULU NWS FORECAST OFFICE SERVES THE STATE OF HAWAII 
AND ALSO PROVIDES SPECIALIZED AVIATION AND MARINE FORECASTS COVERING 
OVER 14 MILLION SQUARE MILES OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN. SPOT FORECASTS 
HAVE ASSISTED IN THE RESPONSE AND RECOVERY OF GROUNDED SHIPS...A 
MONK SEAL PUP REARING PROJECT ON MIDWAY ISLAND...THE LEHUA ISLAND 
RESTORATION PROJECT...WILDFIRES...AND SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS. A 
DEDICATED TEAM OF OVER 40 PEOPLE...INCLUDING 25 FORECASTERS...STAFF 
THE HONOLULU NWS OFFICE AND CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER. DATA 
COLLECTION OFFICES ON KAUAI AND THE BIG ISLAND PROVIDE WEATHER 
OBSERVATIONS...MAINTAIN WEATHER EQUIPMENT...AND LAUNCH WEATHER 
BALLOONS TWICE DAILY. COMBINED...THESE OFFICES PARTICIPATED IN OVER 
100 EDUCATION AND OUTREACH EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE...INCLUDING 
PRESENTATIONS TO SCHOOL GROUPS...COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS...AND PUBLIC 
EVENTS.
 
THE NWS COULD NOT ACCOMPLISH ITS MISSION WITHOUT A DIVERSE GROUP OF 
PARTNERS HELPING IN THE PROCESS. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AT 
ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT USE NWS FORECASTS TO MAKE CRITICAL 
DECISIONS AND MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF SEVERE WEATHER. 
NATIONWIDE...MORE THAN ELEVEN THOUSAND VOLUNTEER COOPERATIVE 
OBSERVERS TAKE REGULAR MEASUREMENTS OF TEMPERATURE...PRECIPITATION 
AND OTHER DATA WHICH IS USED BY FORECASTERS AND CLIMATOLOGISTS. 
NEARLY THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND VOLUNTEER STORM SPOTTERS ARE TRAINED 
BY THE NWS TO PROVIDE VISUAL REPORTS OF SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS TO 
FORECAST OFFICES AND LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS. VOLUNTEER 
AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS PROVIDE CRITICAL EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS 
DURING SEVERE WEATHER. THE HONOLULU NWS OFFICE HAS A NETWORK OF OVER 
200 DEDICATED VOLUNTEER COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS AND NEARLY 200 TRAINED 
STORM SPOTTERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF HAWAII. 

MOST OF THE COLORFUL WEATHER GRAPHICS SEEN ON TELEVISION AND IN 
NEWSPAPERS COME FROM ANOTHER MEMBER OF AMERICA/S WEATHER TEAM. 
COMMERCIAL WEATHER COMPANIES ENHANCE THE PRESENTATION OF THE NWS 
DATA AND INFORMATION FOR THEIR CLIENTS IN THE MEDIA AND IN MANY 
WEATHER-SENSITIVE INDUSTRIES..AND PROVIDE CUSTOMIZED FORECASTS AND 
SERVICES FOR CLIENTS. 

FINALLY...TELEVISION WEATHERCASTERS ARE THE MOST VISIBLE MEMBERS OF 
AMERICA/S WEATHER TEAM. THEY ARE THE TRUSTED FACES MANY PEOPLE TURN 
TO FOR WEATHER INFORMATION AND THEY RELAY OFFICIAL NWS 
WATCHES...WARNINGS...AND ADVISORIES FOR HAZARDOUS WEATHER. TO 
COMMEMORATE NATIONAL WEATHERMAN/S DAY...THE NWS WOULD LIKE TO THANK 
ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS AND OUR PARTNERS IN TELEVISION AND COMMERCIAL 
WEATHER SERVICES. MAHALO NUI LOA.
Friday, January 23rd, 2009
2:37 am
[wxkat]
Hawaii weather geek intro
Aloha! I'm a Hawaii weather-geek-type fur. (And slightly off-topic... I'm at Further Confusion 2009 as I type this; the alias I'm using is "Razor".)

I've been interested in weather since Hurricane Iwa hit Oahu and Kauai back in 1982. I was only in 7th grade at the time, but I remember getting pulled out of school after lunch when the winds were moderately gusty. Power went out later that night and was out for some 4 days.

If you haven't figured it out already, my LJ username reflects my interest in the weather, while I also do weather for a living. In 1992 I earned a BS in meteorology from the University of Hawaii, followed by an MS in Atmospheric Sciences (specifically Atmospheric Physics/Chemistry) from UCLA.

I'm currently a full-time civilian satellite analyst at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at the PACFLT base in Honolulu, Hawaii (JTWC was previously at Guam), so I'm watching for tropical systems all the time. We concentrate on stuff that may impact Department of Defense assets, mainly in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

So, and I'm probably being extremely redundant here, it goes without saying that I'm a weather geek. :) And I owe my discovering this community to hyperwolf5150 adding me as an LJ friend, something I hadn't discovered until I checked my profile today.
Sunday, October 19th, 2008
9:44 pm
[rocket_wolf]
Storm Chasers on the Discovery Channel.
Just wondering if any furs here saw it tonight, it looks like its going to be really good this year.

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
10:19 pm
[rocket_wolf]
Intro.
Hi, my name is Rocket_Wolf.  

I'm glad to see there are other furs who like the weather!

I have been into weather for as long as I can remember, its so much fun to watch.

I enjoy looking at the NWS radar, watching and photographing clouds, gathering weather info for others,  watching tornado videos, if it involves weather, I'll generally have an interest in it.

I have an interest in storm spotting/chasing, but am not currently a skywarn member, so I mainly watch the radar and relay funnel and tornado sightings to a (non-fur) friend who is with skywarn. 

As you may have noticed, I like tornadoes, they are the part of weather I find most fascinating. I have never seen one in real life yet, but have seen quite a few super cells, and a funnel cloud once.

Thats all for now.
Monday, September 15th, 2008
8:38 pm
[jairus_greywolf]
Introduction
Howdy! Just found this group. I've been interested in the weather since I was a pup and even considered going for a meteorology/climatology degree but my other love of controlling electrons won out. Currently I'm working on designing a weather station for my den. I'll post details & pics when I finish it (hopefully before the first snow). Take care.
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
3:07 am
[hyperwolf5150]
Tornado Chase

Well, as everyone knows, there was a tornado oubreak here in the Mid-South area back on Feb. 5th.  Last I heard, the count was 46 confirmed tornadoes. Including two F-4s. Technically they are EF-4s because of the "new Fujita scale" but that's too much to remember. And F-4 works just fine. It's still a powerful tornado.

On that day, I embarked on my first "official" tornado chase...and intercepted my first tornado.


Anyways, that's it for now.

In other news, my application is being processed at the U of Memphis, my fursuit will definately be ready in time for AC, and my life has been for the most part free of drama. ^_^

Blackie out. *hugs*


Current Mood: hyper
Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
1:02 pm
[catabolist]
We had the coolest storm the other day - the sky wasn't its typical rose color, it was a light green, and there was lightning while it was snowing.

Very weird, very cool.
1:07 pm
[hyperwolf5150]
Brand new day

Heyyo all.

Here's the place for all you furs who keep an eye to the sky.

Enjoy and I hope to see a bunch of weather pics, vids, and stories here.

^_^

~Blackie



Current Mood: bouncy
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