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  1. I really don't know much about Aurora's but did a quick look on space weather and they have it listed as "high" as of 5pm.

     

    High+: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

    Forecast: Auroral activity will be high(+). Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Igaluit to Vancouver, Helena, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Bay City, Toronto, Montpelier, and Charlottetown, and visible low on the horizon from Salem, Boise, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Indianapolis and Annapolis.

  2. How did you NH guys miss this last night???

    Ginx,  I looked a couple of times but didn't see anything.  Quite a few clouds to my north over the Whites.  Looks like the main action was pretty close to the northern horizon in my neck of the woods.  I have noticed that a time exposure, even a short one will make the lights look better than what the naked eye sees.  

  3. Back in the 60's before graphics and weather channels the NWS gave out hurricane charting maps.  When long and lat came out I was always charting.  I didn't know about troughs/ridges and highs and would get so excited when a storm seemed to be heading for the east coast.  Back in the 60's the warnings/watches were different.  Instead of a winter storm advisory we had travelers advisories.  Big storms had heavy snow watch or warning.  No winter storm warnings.

  4. Sounds very similar to my experience Gene, 58 in Feb. Used the net in 91. First down load of a Sat picture took 1 hr but it was heaven, Eastern was prior to AMWX, prior was Wright Weather, prior was Ne.weather prior to that was Usenet. Almost all of the peeps from Usenet days are still around here and other boards.

    Yup Ginxy, ne.weather to Wright Weather to NE Weather.  The day NE Weather went away I almost cried.  So happy with AMWX, I give $ every year!   

     

    Brian, I forgot when the weather channel first came out I watched it all the time.  Much better back then although I really like the tropical update during Hurricane's and the tornado coverage too!

  5. Going Way Back following the Weather...

     

    I thought I would post about how much as changed for someone who is interested in  Meteorology.  I saw some postings in the November thread but this is more banter.  Times have sure changed since I was a 13 year old kid.  I just turned 58.  Many of you were not born when I first started with this hobby.  Weatherfella, you probably remember much of this, happy almost 68!

     

    I grew up in the Boston area and in the 1960's there was little weather info.  The National Weather Service had a free number 617 936 1212  and I would call it many times a day.  It was updated every 6 hours and gave a general forecast for 2 or 3 days out.  No Weather Radio  or other means of getting data that I can remember.  Boston had the 3 channels and had each had a Met.  Don Kent on channel 4 was the one most everyone watched. Back then for the weather segment there was a regional board and a national board.  They used chalk or magic markers.  Don Kent was great.  Back then they drew isobars on the maps.  City stations had wind bars, degree of cloud cover etc.  I believe the LFM was the model they used.  No sat or radar.  Don had many interesting ways to predict what was going to happen.  For instance for Boston to have snow Mount Washington had to be 25F or lower.  Many big mistakes were made, sneaky storms etc. but all and all not too bad.  That was the only easy way for the casual weather watcher to get info.

     

    Around the late 60's the Mets would show Sat and very crude radar.  I moved to Baltimore in 1970   I was friends with Bob Turk the on air Met who is still there!   Around 4pm  I would get out my AM transistor radio  to see if I could detect T storms.  By the freq and loudness of the static I could tell if storms were getting near.  Bob would call me 30 minutes before airtime and since I lived NW of the city I would report towering Cu etc.

     

    During collage I majored in Geography but did a internship at BWI.  That is when I took obs, did the nowcast on the weather radio and got to learn some crude modeling on the big fax machines that chugged out tons of paper.  Then after graduating moved to Boston.  In 1995 when the internet really started going main stream the amount of weather data changed drastically.  I was friends with Harvey, Todd Gross, Barry Burbank etc.  Todd was very much into new technology.  He was the one that told me about the internet.  Back then few people had PC's but he told me to go down to Harvard Square where they had something called a Internet Cafe.  I remember my first time on the net. Webcrawler was the browser and it was slow. I looked up the term "weather" and got 50 hits.  Unbelievable, I could look up city obs, forecasts, discussions of the NWS.  Next day I went and spent $2500 for a Pentium PC and AOL.  My hobby changed very fast.  Now I could learn and read models, communicate with others and the amount of data changed drastically.  Within a couple of years I was not tuned into the TV but getting my info from the source or weather groups. Todd moved away from Boston and the core group of people he created moved from different services and boards as things matured.  My mind is going blank, what was the board before the creation of AMWX?  Lots of politics and it was a said day that board went down.  I was so glad when some of today's mods set up AMWX.  This site, the NWS model page and weathertap are probably my most frequently used sites.

     

    By the way over the past 40 years the quality of on air Mets has really decreased in my opinion.  Back in the day the great Mets,  Don Kent, Bob Copeland and the young Harvey Leonard were so informative.  Today it seems more about looks than knowledge.  

  6. Hey guys, maybe you can answer a question for me about tornadoes. You probably have seen/heard the Utube video/audio with the group of people huddled in a store as the tornado passes overhead. The tornado hits, the glass blows out and then there is a definate lull. One of the guys says over and over We are good, meaning the storm has passed. Then it hits again even with more fury. Do you think that there was an area of relative calm in the middle? Almost like an eye of a hurricane? It could also just be a multi vorticity tornado with multi centers hitting the store.

    The audio is probably the best audio segment that has ever been recorded as a tornado passed overhead, just chilling!

    Gene

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