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  1. I'm just NW of the two 5.55 and 5.57 readings IVO Vienna. There's some interesting lollies in there from July. It's going to be interesting when the data shifts from liquid to frozen and perhaps becomes more subjective (like the long standing debate about how frozen is measured at KDCA). Likely all of the data points for rain are electronically measured from outdoor "trusted" sensors. When we shift to frozen (hoping we get some in 20/21), the liquid equivalent from heated sensors will hopefully help keep the data from enabling too much slant stick measuring, and offset the "human factor". Noticed there does not appear to be data listed for KDCA and KIAD. Looked up the background and with the sponsorship by NOAA, would anticipate the major airports would participate. https://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=aboutus
  2. Interesting indeed. Looks like it was developed by snow lovers. In the Precipitation options under Map Options 4 of the 5 options to select from have something to do with snow.
  3. FFW out for most of the area in a stripe from Annapolis westward all the way to MO. Interesting watch area.
  4. Fully agree on the boring stuff. If it's gona be hot, at least bring some excitement with it. And on the flip side - look at how dry it is out west. Not a drop over the nearly the entire W and NW.
  5. We got raked with this line in the Oakton/Vienna area. Easily the strongest TS event this year with gusts ivo 60? (a guess). Lots of trees down and power outages throughout our area and FFCO as a whole. Our power has been out ever since the outflow rushed through and still is - large tree took out the high-voltage lines on Lawyers Road that services our entire area. Thankful things cooled off when the line went through and it rained long enough to cool down the house. Temp has been steady in the low 70's ever since. Have a generator but not big enough to run the AC. Still no prognosis from Dominion on when power will be restored.
  6. Our Vantage Vue just hit 100. It's indicating an 80dp too, which seems high, compared to IAD.
  7. 87/78/100 at 0920am is pretty amazing...
  8. I like it. It was a definitely a step up from my old Heathkit weather station I built myself in 1977. haha. I have the basic wireless setup with outside sensor assembly and inside base station. No cables to run - setup was pretty easy. The base station can pair with up to 4 outside sensor assemblies. Our Vue has thus far been reliable. It's about 9 years old now. The solar array is starting to get a bit cloudy. I looked at replacing it - $27 or so. Just been replacing the backup battery more often. Was looking at what is available on the market these days. Some units have a color display, which I guess would be nice. However, for my use at home - the Vue has done what I needed it to do. I'd buy another one.
  9. 98/75/111 - Just came in from cutting the grass. Even with a canopy on my Kubota it's toasty out there. RH may be a bit high due to the freshly cut grass IVO the our PWS (Vantage Vue).
  10. 80 already at 0830. Looks like a safe bet the streak of 90's will continue...
  11. Had a new cell popup just W of Oakton/Vienna over the last 15 mins. Picked up .34" in about 8 mins. Tapering off now... Impressive how quickly things are firing up still, although it was still relatively warm for this hour. NWS returns showing what appears to be a new line forming out near I-81
  12. Same around here. With most of the municipal fireworks shows in NVA canceled it seems everyone decided to whoop it up at home. Brought back memories of Diwali in India when I lived there. My next door neighbor in Delhi was rich. Had his own private fireworks stash delivered each year by truck. Spent about $100K each year, which bought a LOT of fireworks in India in the early 90's. He and his two sons lit off several gigantic rolls of firecrackers that strung a hundred yards or so on each side of our street. They said one of the combined strings was 1,000,000 crackers. Took a full 20 mins to fire off with the string burning from both ends. Each individual cracker was like a Silver Salute, which is larger than a normal firecracker in the US and a little smaller than an M-80. The sound was deafening and the smoke so thick the street was closed for an hour. Have video of it somewhere on SVHS-C tape. Need to get it digitized. Was something like this but each cracker was larger...
  13. Awesome view of the Horizon CAPE. Really miss having a decent LOS to watch inbound events. We're surrounded by tall trees and can't hardly see a thing except a couple of slivers of the sky to the W and NE.
  14. Great video CAPE - you would have loved some of the thunderstorms we had in India and Thailand. In India, the air would get electrified by static electricity of dust storms from the Rajastan Desert. At times the L&T was a continuous roar for hours.
  15. Hats off H2O. Had a similar situation and environment growing up in Ohio. Our school district was overwhelmingly Caucasian with only a couple minority families in the entire district. Yet, we somehow knew who had linage to certain ethnic groups, but somehow some lines were "ok" but others weren't. It didn't make sense to a 6 year old. I still remember the uproar in our small town about welcoming a few families from SE Asia who escaped the turmoil in that region in the early 70's. They left with nothing but was on their backs for the hope of a better future in America. Couldn't understand then why everyone was so upset - those families had kids "just like me" (in my eyes at the time). Recall the desegregation riots in the early 70's too. All at a time I couldn't understand what was going on, but felt strongly even at that young age we're all the same, somehow, and that we lived in America and should be thankful for that first and foremost. Couldn't understand then why all the partisan opinions promoted one side as good/right and the other as bad/wrong. It seemed so contrary to the basics being promoted at the time in elementary school - that being "The Golden Rule". Remember thinking, didn't all those people go to elementary, they should have learned the same thing we did about The Rule. If only we had a lot more of the Golden Rule these days...
  16. Radar filled in a lot the last few mins over NVA and PGCO. Just had a rumble of thunder IVO Vienna/Oakton...
  17. Let's hope the negative tally is not something that can be carried over into next "season" (I'm loath to use the "W" word). Geeze... here we are in the middle of June; still basking in the aftermath of last year; peering ahead to what may lie in store for us 5+ months from now. We need some exciting weather of some form to shake things up...
  18. Next winter has to look up as it can't get much worse than last winter. Even using the term "winter" to describe last year's season is a stretch by any measure. Hard to subtract anything from near zero - the result is still near zero. Any winter where trace events are counted and/or fractions of an inch have any relevance is like trying to paint a turd - it still smells awful.
  19. That looks mouthwatering Mrs. J. Reminds me of the pies my mom used to make back home in Ohio, all from fresh ingredients. We'd go pick strawberries at the lock u-pick farm near Troy, OH (normally about 80 quarts a year). We were fortunate they didn't weigh each of us before and after we picked (it was 4 in the basket and 1 in your mouth etc.). We grew the rhubarb in the back yard next to the gooseberry bush. Gotta ask, do you make gooseberry pie too? We'd pick wild blackberries along the railroad tracks at the edge of town, get blueberries from Michigan, peaches from Georgia, make applesauce from the apples on our apple tree, and cherry jam from our cherry tree (got over 30 gallons off that tree one year) and grape jam from our grape vine. All of the home grown stuff from a 1/3 acre lot. Back then in the 60's, you bought or picked whatever you could when it was in season - there was no such thing as year around oranges and strawberries like we have now.
  20. Good to have you back PSU. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
  21. Wow - 11+ hours without a comment in Banter? Is everyone hung over from too many IPAs?
  22. Yea - we had an old Craftsman push mower for 30+ years back home. Dad bought it in the late 60's. Was a plain-Jane model with 21" cut and automatic push (that being me!). Had a cast aluminum deck so it was very light and easy to push. We changed the oil every few years and it never missed a beat until long after I moved away. It was pre-safety BS too - no blade interlock or any of the other stuff that is just more things to break. All the junk on mowers these days is just more stuff to wear out. I still have my two Gravely walk behind mowers too - one is a 1962 and the other a 1969. Don't make them like that anymore too. No safety stuff other than the owner's manual between the operator's ears. I still use them on occasion for nostalgic reminiscing. The triple gang reel mower attachment provides a 75" width of cut, and endless gawks from passerby's. That said, they can't compete with my Kubota BX - no cup holder on the walk behinds. (profile pic shows the winter setup).
  23. Happy Birthday youngster, and many more!
  24. Cool - keep it! That $800 bucks will go far compared to payments on another truck. That's where I'm at too. Costs almost nothing but to drive it. Replaced both tie rod ends and the idler arm on mine a long time ago. However, all the bushings are still original and the shocks too, although as a group they are shot. Been contemplating having all bushings replaced with urethane, replacing the shocks and the brake lines too. Even if it costs a few grand, still a lot cheaper than payments. Plus, I'll be paying for my wife's vehicle for a couple more years - the 7th of 7 that I've owned. Bought her a one year old SUV 15 months ago. Since then it's been driven 62 miles...
  25. Yup - agree. Something 2-3 years old is still barely broken in. With the rapid depreciation of new vehicles these days it's hard to justify buying something new. I'm nearly 60 and have only owned 7 vehicles in my entire life. Still own 5 of the 7 now. Oldest is my 91 Chevy Silverado I purchased new in July 91 for $17K loaded. Only reason I purchased new one then was A.) couldn't find any used worth buying and B.) knew I was going to keep it a long time. Didn't think I'd still have it 29 years later. It has no rust, 185k on the odo and the only thing major I've done is rebuild the tranny and replace the intake manifold gasket. Needs some new seals and a gasket here and there, but overall is in good shape. Would love to have a newer truck, but the sedimental attachment is too strong to part ways with the one I have now.