Jim Marusak

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  1. how coupled are the HRRR, 3km NAM, and other models to the current soil moisture in the region? is that maybe skewing the potential dew points high or low for tomorrow? https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Soilmst_Monitoring/US/Soilmst/Soilmst.shtml#
  2. quick question here, i know maybe something really small in the big scale of things. But given the much lower air traffic compared to normal, we have less cirrus cover than normal, which may allow for a few more w/m2 of solar incoming radiation to come through during the times when it clears out between any convection bands during the daytime hours. Will that little bit more solar input maybe help to break caps a bit earlier than expected before sunset?
  3. true, maybe less chasers. but what if counties or towns are closed off in your path ahead due to quarantine, limiting escape routes? and what if offices are forced to be closed due to lack of staff from a potential quarantine?
  4. ok folks, first off, sorry it's been way too long since I've been on this board. my mind just went elsewhere for a while. I know this has probably not been discussed a lot over at the political board. But now I am looking at the calendar and storm-chasing season is nearly here. and i know there are more than a few chasers here. And we also see a lot of problems with the Coronavirus spreading all across the country, even in the plains and dixie alley. And hopefully we don't get bad enough where possible quarrantines may just about close off certain NWS offices due to personnel forced at home (maybe including SPC), or maybe that certain towns/cities, counties, or maybe even states could become restricted to non-residents. gas prices are probably the only thing that's not going to be a potential issue. but could this coronavirus end up making storm chasing more difficult than normal this year? could it almost eliminate it in the worst case? and how could all this affect potential weather watches and warnings this year? debate is open. I just hope i'm not overthinking all of this.
  5. pretty simple. John Oliver on "Last Week Tonight" last night did this long segment on the weather industry/partnership over the years. what did you think of the video? informative? harsh? weak? too comedic? not comedic enough? too many flashy-flashy boom booms? lines are open......
  6. well, Dr. Neil Jacobs, current acting head of NOAA, will be speaking a keynote address tomorrow morning at 8am CT at the NWA Annual meeting in Huntsville. how do you think that will go? especially any Q&A after the speech?
  7. you better watch we don't have another "Hurricane Juan" for Halifax folks. that track is definitely not what Halifax needs as it does go up the Harbour for a bit with its passage. but change that trajectory into Nova Scotia from SW to South, and we get a replay of 2003. Something I don't want to happen again, as I was on duty for a company called World Weatherwatch in Markham at the time. We had a contract with CN Rail which uses Halifax/Dartmouth as one of its main hubs on the Atlantic coast. And watching the radar as the center blasted just to the west of Halifax Harbour, putting Halifax/Dartmouth right in the eye wall. After my shift was up the next morning, I saw the footage on CBC and CTV and it was chilling. combination of a cat-2 storm with movement at 20+ mph, funneling into the harbour, and the damage around Halifax was horrific.
  8. i'm over here attm because I have a question for a lot of peeps. someone on twitter just had his flight-tracker app on. and with the vast majority of planes staying away from Dorian, except for identifiable NOAA/USAF hurricane Hunter planes, was seeing some type of rogue flight heading right into Dorian with an Embraer 600 Legacy jet (an executive business jet, not one you wanting to fly towards a cat-4/5 hurricane). What do you think could be going on with that flight? I checked the specs available, its max service altitude is 41kft msl, and it has Rolls Royce 8000lbf thrust engines. no turbulence tolerance specs available.
  9. yea, looks like east of Halifax/Dartmouth would get the worst of it, especially Cape Breton, then Newfoundland in some form and fashion after that.
  10. maybe i missed it earlier in this thread. but who is at what locations for The Weather Channel, Weather Nation, A-w 24/7, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox (Weather Network in Canada is a bonus)?
  11. Yea, I'd definitely be keeping an eye on things up there. Based off the guidance of the moment, and I stress attm, the North shore of PEI may get it worse than the southern shore. And I would imagine the Confederation bridge would be close for sure. But my biggest worry for the Canadian Maritimes would be Nova Scotia east of Halifax, especially Cape Breton, and up into most of southern Newfoundland (all the way from the Wreckhouse area to the Avalon Peninsula, and even the Hibernia Oil/gas fields). But that won't be until probably the end of the week at the earliest, so I wouldn't panic up there yet.
  12. ok, just being sure they won't get massacred ahead of one of their biggest events of the year, especially with a friend of mine driving in and maybe not kept up perfectly with what's going on (didn't ask me before departing).
  13. guys, something to think about here. there's the OshKosh Air show starting this weekend (a private pilot friend of mine is driving from SE PA to there as we type). I have to wonder, from what we are seeing on radar, how many small planes have already flew their way in for that show, and how much damage could this mean to the airport ahead of that air show?
  14. i just ran the number. if the computer thought the speed was 47 m/s, not 47 kt, well, 47 m/s = 91kt = 105mph. case closed?
  15. that's what I was wondering. did someone/something mis-code the gust to a different part of the metar? or was it an error of mis-converting the knots to km/hr, or maybe even thinking it was meters per sec, converting that to knots?