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About MegaMike

  • Birthday 09/09/1993

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    Storrs, CT
  1. The Pope's 'And There You Have It" SWFE Feb 7 2018

    Ice accumulation on trees and branches is becoming visible in Storrs after roughly an inch of snow from earlier this morning/afternoon. 31/30
  2. Nearing the 2nd half of Meteorological winter:

    Yup. From our completely honest, reliable, and unbiased friends at CNN: "The tsunami alerts were canceled "because additional information and analysis have better defined the threat... (embedded quote from the NWS National Tsunami Warning Center Palmer AK)" Small tsunami waves of less than 1 foot were reported in Alaska."
  3. Obs Thread 1/15-17

    This storm reminds me of an event in 09' or 10'. SE Ma was expecting around 14-16", but only received 2-4" of snow on the backend of a strengthening coastal. Classes were canceled with literally no snowfall accumulation (during school hours) despite observing snow throughout the morning and afternoon. I'm just basing this comparison on vibe/feel and nothing more. My classes have been canceled this afternoon since last night. Currently, Storrs has roughly 1-2" of snow on the ground. I thought schools and universities have learned from that event... Make your final calls during the early morning hours so the event has more time to materialize.
  4. January 4-6 Coastal Bomb Observations/Nowcast

    I'm pretty confident KPVD will verify a blizzard. Visibility has been less than 0.25 miles since 9:00am this morning with wind and or gusts consistently surpassing 35 mph. There were only 3 occasions (5 minute increment observations) in which the visibility reached 0.5 miles within this timeframe. Otherwise, snow rates are picking up again! I think 2-4 more inches is certainly possible for this area (Pawtucket/surrounding locations). I think that'll bring my total to ~15-18. We'll see!!!
  5. January 4-6 Coastal Bomb Observations/Nowcast

    I'm about at one foot, as well. Moderate to heavy snow accompanied by strong winds all day long so far (Pawtucket, RI). I'm surprised the Attleboro/Providence/Pawtucket area didn't dry slot, change to sleet, spontaneously combust, etc... I'm not used to this area performing well during winter storms. I'm glad I made the trip from CT to experience this! This is truly a memorable event for this area imo.
  6. Jan 4-6 Coastal Bomb

    Yup! Already a couple observations of snow reaching the surface (eastern LI and eastern CT).
  7. January 2018 Model Discussion Thread

    You mean compared to its previous run? Using TT's looking at sfc pressure, the mean appears slightly east (by maybe 10 miles) than last run with less spread towards the west and more spread towards the east. I'd post images, but I only have my phone with me atm.
  8. Help/Suggest: Climate Metric/Score

    I agree with Brony Ellinwood. This would be a very subjective model that would vary from person to person. That being said/written!!! I'd use variables that correlate weather to physical and psychological health. Therefore, you'd have a standardized, universal method to calculate "what the weather is like" at a certain location via health. Some variables that I'd consider: Coefficient of Pressure (fluctuates blood pressure///can cause joint pain///headaches///sinuses) Coefficient of Temperature (narrowing of blood vessels///dehydration///hypothermia///heart attacks)... Coefficient of Temperature wrt (with respect to) Time (may cause illness [could look at Pressure and DP Temp change too for this]) Coefficient of Dew Point Temperature (difficulty to breath/cool off under high humidity) Coefficient of Heat Index (Combination of Temp and DP Temp [might be unnecessary or vise versa]) Coefficient of FROPAs (thinning and thickening of blood vessels via cold or warm fronts [diabetics]) Coefficient of Cloud Cover (depression///migraines on bright days) Coefficient of Precipitation (i.e... 'Cloud Cover') Coefficient of Precipitation Type (shoveling snow can cause deaths for a number of reasons///ice can cause fatalities due to knocking out power (exposure), driving accidents, etc...) Coefficient of Air Quality (respiratory problems[asthma])... Coefficient of Insurance Claims (from weather related damages) Sum Value Coefficients (one, overall value to determine "what the weather is like" wrt health)... The Köppen climate classification categorizes regions of similar climate. It doesn't numerically calculate the livability of a given location. If you can derive something to numerically portray livability, you'll create a model that's useful/helpful imo. Admittedly, if you choose to create a model similar to what I mentioned above, it will likely resemble the Köppen climate classification. I hope my template gives you some ideas!!! You can always choose to create a model that determines the livability wrt weather enthusiasts, snow lovers, etc... basically anything. This is where things become subjective though.
  9. Spring Banter & General Discussion/Observations

    The virus is pretty effective! Each year, I always see dozens/hundreds of caterpillars stuck on the trunks of trees around my mothers property. At first, I presumed they were alive because their bodies looked intact albeit motionless. After a couple days, their bodies liquify, wither, and then literally fall apart. The liquified goo stains the trunks of the trees in which they climbed. Nasty stuff if you're a caterpillar!
  10. Son of April Fool's Birch Bender

    Agreed! I've been working with ice/wet SWE/utilities for about a year now and it's challenging to find reliable/consistent observations. Discrepancies in how an observer measures ice accumulation makes modeling potential outages more difficult. I'd also like a weight component to hourly snowfall observations. Probably too expensive to incorporate, but it's good to be optimistic!
  11. Son of April Fool's Birch Bender

    It'd be nice if there was a universal "snowboard" to measure ice accumulation.
  12. Son of April Fool's Birch Bender

    Just about!!! I forgot who derived it, but radial ice accumulation is equal to 'ice thickness' multiplied by '0.394.' The FRAM SM, in particular, uses the conversion to go from ice thickness over to radial ice accumulation.
  13. Snowpack pics

    The last 4/6 photos had file sizes greater than 9.77MB so they're located via these links. Thanks in advance!!! http://tinypic.com/r/2zr40i1/9 http://tinypic.com/r/r2unlw/9 http://tinypic.com/r/2em1jqf/9 http://tinypic.com/r/2wok5ls/9
  14. Snowpack pics

    Does anyone have experience converting digital photographs into a canvas? I'd like to expand, print, then hang a couple of my photographs for prosperity. I'm not 100% confident that they're worth the investment though (resolution, lighting, etc...). Here are 2/6 of my prospects : I'm not too fond of these 2 photos, but people seem to really like them.
  15. February 12/13 SWFE/Coastal Observations

    Yes! I noticed that too. The accuracy of the images that I derive from modeled output are somewhat inaccurate for a number of reasons. My supervisor makes it clear that they shouldn't be taken too seriously. Regardless, companies that I provide these images to do take them seriously. I would like to verify these numbers, but nothing really measures wet snow loading on utility wires.