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  1. RandyHolt

    October Discobs Thread

    I just heard a deep thud in the poplar forest behind my house. The first wind gust was intense.
  2. RandyHolt

    March 1-2 wind event

    LOL yep they make for great props in weather cam vids. It's safe in a fenced yard backed to woods. I am sure many others here are capturing nature at home 24/7, or would like to.
  3. RandyHolt

    March 1-2 wind event

    The strongest ground level winds IMBY happened at 5pm. I usually set up a few plastic toys and chairs in the yard to monitor winds in big events. A few got knocked over last night, but didn't travel but a few feet. All were blown N. The rest were just whacked proper, including some that I weren't expecting. A 4ft toy house rolled/flew about 20 feet and fell apart, and an 8 foot 3/4" piece of pressure treated (heavy) plywood i use to cover firewood traveled about 10 feet. The highest reading from my anemometer behind my house / 15 ft off the ground was 35.6 at 132am.
  4. RandyHolt

    September Banter Thread

    Why do some authorities preemptively cut electricity, and even cell service before major storms? I presume to prevent damage to infrastructure and save $ in fuse expenses, but it just seems rude to do to your people who are about to get slammed hours beforehand. If it's that dire the infrastructure is going to get shredded anyways. I think that it's also so the Darwinians won't electrocute themselves, but then that is offset by some not being able to call 911, or get emergency info. Maybe power can be restored sooner, but we have all been in major storms where we thought we would lose power, yet amazing, we didn't. Would you want your power cut a few hours before the next big storm hits your backyard? Hell no. Seeing how long power holds on is part of the fun living in our vast array of largely above ground electrical service. Electricity is our link to the outside world. We are seeing videos from St Martens starting to take it on the chin, and maybe those videos broadcast will save lives later as others see damn, they got flooded and it didn't even start raining. Let's bug out. End Rant.
  5. RandyHolt

    Harvey - Main Thread

    He asked if the winds had stopped.
  6. RandyHolt

    May Obs/Disco Thread

    I had ~1/8" hail with that nice little storm. It brought down a few 1" dead branches. Peak winds lasted about a minute. The tykes first storm observed from outside on the porch.
  7. RandyHolt

    March 13-14 Storm Nowcasting/Obs

    I took the dog for a walk during the final band, sporting ski googles for proper viewing of the flakes coming at me walking into the wind. As i got home, the sun came out.
  8. RandyHolt

    March 13-14 Storm Nowcasting/Obs

    I am pretty sure I just shoveled 3 inches of wet cement. Heaviest. 3. inches. ever.
  9. RandyHolt

    March 13-14 Storm Nowcasting/Obs

    Not my usual railing picture #sleetfest
  10. RandyHolt

    Spring severe weather chatter

    My wife had to go to work 3 miles away as the storm was approaching. I told her to leave early so she wouldnt be driving in the middle of it / late for work. No hail at the house, hail at her work. Fist sized like in Bob's picture. Yep dents in the car. Arg!!
  11. RandyHolt

    April 2016 obs/ discussion

    Is anyone aware of a static link to max wind gusts for lwx / MD... similar to Pitt? http://www.weather.gov/pbz/MaxWindGust-loop I use local stations via the bug (34 today), and know the NWS may sometimes release a tweet showing spotters reports, but don't like to wait until after the event to get the data. Thanks.
  12. RandyHolt

    January and #HECS2016 Banter Thread

    I usually wave between sips cheers.
  13. RandyHolt

    January and #HECS2016 Banter Thread

    Oak Red Cherry and Poplar spears. I have a shallow fireplace and very angled forward back wall, which outputs a lot of heat. I love it. Otherwise, gas 90/10 furnace. When it snows, the fire is always going.
  14. RandyHolt

    March 5th Storm Obs/Nowcasting

    First pings off the window 34.2
  15. RandyHolt

    July 8-10 2014 storms

    I took a walk and saw a maple tree that had trunk rot, which snapped at the base and crushed a neighbors pickup