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  1. I was showing someone how the radar software worked and it served up a very impressive peak of 77.5 dB returns over Houmont Park/Beaumont Place NE of downtown Houston.
  2. You beat me to it. Didn't have a quarter to compare it to, but ours looked about like that. I had to help wrestle a couple of completely wired kids so getting GOOD photos of the hail didn't happen. "Here" is about a mile NE of the #2030 gauge at Buffalo Bayou at Greenbusch Road - I think that's a few miles N-NW of you.
  3. I'm currently in Katy, Texas, where it's been sticky-hot for a couple of hours - no thermometer here, unfortunately - as activity initiated mostly further east. But in the last few scans there is some activity starting to pop up around Houston and points south. EMS here is preparing for intense heavy rain and flooding, with Harvey's floods still very fresh in their minds.
  4. What's happening today is that I get radar data fine, but am not getting the warnings. The warning window is empty, no polygons plot, and there are no counters next to the tickboxes for which warnings to display on the map. I've got paid versions of GRLevel3 and GR2Analyst, and a few months ago purchased a new Windows 10 system, downloaded then-current versions of the programs from the website and successfully installed them. Or so I thought. This machine doesn't get used much and today I'm using it for what I think is the first time in an active severe event - and warnings do not plot. It's possible that the warnings didn't work before but I didn't catch it. I've tried the GR site forums but get taken to a Facebook group - I don't do Facebook. Google is producing results that aren't working ... so ... help please? Under Warning Settings, for the server, so far I've tried both and, with and without the https: instead of http: Thanks!
  5. The second round has been organizing itself for the last couple of hours and finally develops callable circulation right before it passes me by ... (in S Forsyth County) We've had thunder and light rain for some time, now it's just much louder, much windier, and much heavier rain.
  6. Speaking of fishing, anyone gone striper fishing on Lake Lanier? I've been thinking of trying out one of the guide services, but that sort of thing is more fun (and less expensive!) with a group so I've never actually called one of the services to book.
  7. South Forsyth County just north of Alpharetta - the first "real rain" just started, accompanied by a couple thunder rumbles. Until the current cell started to move in, the morning was simply a series of wind gusts and the occasional intermittent splattering or drizzle of rain. There was enough wind to blow the remaining flowers off the trees. My little pineapple sage purchases needed to be transplanted ASAP. They are loving the weather we've had this last week and exploding out of their tiny pots.
  8. Odd juxtaposition of "CONFIRMED LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO" with "RADAR CONFIRMED TORNADO" with the east-of-Griffin cell. Usually the confirmed-large-etc source is spotter or EMS. Meanwhile it's just gusting and damp in S Forsyth County, for now. Not complaining.
  9. Still here, just watching and reading. I don't have much to contribute to the meteorological discussion and this wasn't the banter or Obs thread. We don't have a ton of little birds frantically stuffing their faces, and zero juncos to be found amongst the birds I have tabulated the last two days here. So that would hint it's not going to be Snowmaggedon. back to lurking ...
  10. There's an optimistic wren singing away outside and I've got the windows open to get some fresh air - 68F outside so far. It was sort of surreal seeing low 60s overnight so soon after having mid-20s kill off the last of the basil and sage.
  11. That was an exhibit plane, one of the displays that every AFB seems to have for visitors. I can't remember if this specific display was bolted down to concrete blocks, or just held by cables. But either way it's impressive to think of what forces it would have taken to break it off the base, even a stripped, fuel-less and therefore much lighter than usual plane.
  12. Interesting information. I hadn't realized it was that power-intensive. TILSN. Thanks!
  13. Yes, and that twisting can result in huge spiral slashes in the trunks. Those pines are super flexible, as the videos show. The twisting and bending action when the upper growth catches the winds can cause spiral-like cracks. If the tree isn't actually blown over or broken off, sometimes those huge cracks end up being closed again, sometimes closing on objects so it looks like the item was shoved through the three when what happened is it was blown into an open crack which then closed around the object. Somewhere here i have a series of B&W photographs from Ocala National Forest after a major landfall. It was acre after acre of bent, broken, and cracked trees and many of them had massive curling cracks. Some others that were still standing had sap drips down the bark that revealed severe internal damage.
  14. IMO that's partly due to the population differential. Once you get away from the coast, central Florida panhandle is very lightly populated outside of small and medium towns dotted around here and there until you hit Tallahassee or Pensacola. A non-trivial chunk of the area impacted by the eastern side of the storm for the first few dozen miles inland was the Appalachicola National Forest.
  15. It will be rebuilt. That region is a popular tourist destination and snowbird spot for those who want oceanfront-type activities without paying the prices of Cedar Key and South Florida. Plus, it's several hours closer than South Florida destinations which for a family driving in from the western side of things, coming down the I-65 corridor, that can mean an extra day or two vacation. I'd happily buy a big chunk of land there if I had the money to spare.