Jim Marusak

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  1. is it just me, or are the remnants of Gamma making a bit of a bubble for the shear to move in to Delta? or am I way late to the ball game?
  2. I wonder what's going to be left of the Hattiesburg area after this tornadic storm. the downtown and north side of town is looking at golf ball hail and high winds, the south side, including the airport, is looking they're about to get blasted with either the tornado itself or a pretty nasty inflow wind into this tornado. good luck to them in these next few minutes
  3. not sure if I ever saw two tornado emergencies like that before. overlapping regular tornado or severe thunderstorm warnings? yes. this is just a very scary situation down there.
  4. this tornado threaded the needle between the ULM radar and the airport, as the winds did a quick switch from 120 to 220 when the tornado passed. I also heard from pretty big damage over at the Pecanland Mall (their main shopping mall in the area). I just wonder what the damage reports are on the ULM campus.
  5. moderate or high I don't think really maters at this point. it's probably more a worry now of PDS tornado Watches and normal Tornado Watches than anything else.
  6. I'm thinking that's why to this point they didn't go from Moderate to High. But given that this event has been moderate risk since day 3, even if they keep it moderate, there's plenty of warning out there that most normal "on the street" people should at least be heeding for the possibility that yes this may get ugly. and that in and of itself I hope helps save lives, no matter what the final outcome is at this point.
  7. actually, the RGEM is a lot better with convection ever since they made their spring 2013 upgrade, including 4dvar. before that, yea is was horrible. whatever they did then made them go from "convective trash" to "usable in convection and even decent in convective modes".
  8. for the storm heading into Muskegon, you thinking mainly hail and gusts, or with the rotation on the west end of the storm as seen on the SRV data, is there maybe the chance of a spin-up when the storm makes landfall north of the city of Muskegon itself?
  9. 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#
  10. 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?
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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......
  14. 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?
  15. 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.