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  1. I got my snow gun set up today. Now to get my wet bulb temp calculating ability dialed in...
  2. I just bought a snow gun. It needs 28 degrees to make snow. Hope I didn’t curse any chances at early season cold.
  3. No doubt it’s UHI and RFD is conveniently located to help genuinely to compare and contrast. That said, RFD proper is 5% the size of Chicago proper in terms of population (150k vs 2.7m). Assuming land area is somewhat linear then it really isn’t much of a comparison. This is a foolish, non science based comparison - putting that aside - with these figures you could say that for every 400k in population concentrated in an “area” the average temperature of that area will rise by 1 degree Fahrenheit, if building / land use is comparable (eg I would compare a million population third world city to a million population developed city as the amount of concrete will be wildly different). With that, RFD with its 150k population only raises temp by 1/3 of a degree F.
  4. Pretty neat AR visualization of what the storm surge will look like in Lake Charles
  5. I know you’re just making a point and I’m not responding to that in any way, but I thought I’d make sure we all know there’s more than one of us that use the snow. I use the hell out of it and would be up there with will and bo if my work would allow it.
  6. I mean this (1993) was the storm of last century. This is a new century.
  7. I don’t have a wx station, so no tangible data to share - I’m in NE Winnebago County and just my obs - the wind hasn’t materialized here. Gusty but garden variety gusty.
  8. And there really isn’t a forcing mechanism so the region remains a desert, with all that moisture in the air. Turn on your heat, all the way up, to 90. Once the bathroom is hot, turn on the shower all the way to hot, keep the door closed. Once your hot water tank is just about empty, go in there, and tell us how it felt!
  9. Thank you for sharing the list, I will definitely remember that if I’m ever up that way, you can peak bag in NY, never thought of it. Great way to spend your summer, keep at it, let us know once you’ve finished them! Last summer I hiked up Mt Silverheels, an otherwise not noteworthy 13er in Colorado. I had rented a cabin in the middle of nowhere and you could see it from the cabin and so I figured out the name of the peak and found a pretty easy route on AllTrails, it was a pretty easy peak to bag as far as 13ers go. I learned it’s name is in tribute to a dancer who took care of ailing miners on that peak during a smallpox pandemic. Since the pandemic hit this year I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Silverheels. Almost forgotten but a reminder that while this is our first pandemic for just about everybody alive, it’s certainly not the first.
  10. Very nice! Whiteface has some legit, out west style big mountain backcountry skiing when the snow is in. Also where the lake placid Olympic downhill ski comps were held. I didn’t realize it hit that elevation. Not too far off in elevation from the big daddy in the weather world on the east coast - mt Washington.
  11. I am in leadership for a B Corp. These are our ideals: * That we must be the change we seek in the world. * That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered. * That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all. * To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.
  12. Coincidentally I also was 25 years younger then. That said - Rockford, 7/4-7/7 2012 is the hottest I can remember in my lifetime, with 105 on 7/7. I lived in west of STL until 20 and nothing I remember matches July 2012 in RFD.
  13. KJ I respect elements of your zen attitude but also have to take issue with elements of it - when individual freedom and choice are at the expense of others ability to enjoy freedom and choice, I think a commitment to staying in ones lane/taking your position and sticking with it becomes less zen and more selfish. We’re (mostly) amateur weather enthusiasts who choose to understand more of the science behind the weather than our peers for the various reasons that make up our enthusiasm. When I saw the coronavirus thread pop up I thought it might fit pretty well given that it would be another very science oriented realm where we may take a little more of an educated amateur approach to discussion like we do the weather. Along that vein my contribution to the dialogue would be that in reading some of the recently published papers, the initial reluctance and conveyance that mask wearing didn’t matter was because all other known and studied coronaviruses to date were only spread when the infected was symptomatic. Only sick and symptomatic people actively spread SARS and the other studied coronaviruses. The medical and virology communities were quick to assume covid19 behaved the same until an overwhelming body of evidence started to show that for not entirely known reasons, a measurable percent of the infected are symptomless. Thus the flip flop on mask wearing recommendations, its as much to protect others from you in case you are infected unbeknownst to yourself as it is to protect you from others. We have this fierce contingent of our populace that embraces individualism and individual freedoms at all costs, with some reasoning that “this is what our founding fathers wanted”. First of all, that was 250 years ago, this is a wildly different planet now vs then, and second of all you’d do well to take a history class again if that’s all you remember - this American experiment and our statehood were and are about a lot more than individual freedoms. More so about each persons right to have the opportunity to thrive and be happy - not that you can do whatever you want. Mask wearing is more rooted in what we were and are about than your individual choice not to wear a mask. Just my interpretation and opinion. “Promote the general welfare” We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
  14. Probably not taking into account the likely strengthening to a category 5 monster as a consequence of its dwell time over the hot Mississippi River waters.
  15. 78 degrees at dbq which seems way high, but Bellevue IA is 77, so I guess it’s right.