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    Lafayette, IN
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  1. The_Doctor

    2018 Short to Medium Range Severe Thread

    Found this definition on the SPC website: "By definition, if the swath of wind damage extends for more than 250 miles (about 400 kilometers), includes wind gusts of at least 58 mph (93 km/h) along most of its length, and also includes several, well-separated 75 mph (121 km/h) or greater gusts, then the event may be classified as a derecho. " I think that the North Dakota and Southern Illinois storms would be considered derechos under this definition. Certainly a very active day of severe weather
  2. The_Doctor

    June 2018 General Discussion

    I think IND has higher criteria for a warning. Not entirely sure though
  3. The_Doctor

    March 23-24 Winter Storm

    it's been virga for a good 2 hours in West laf
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    March 23-24 Winter Storm

    Haven't measured but looks like an inch or so is on the ground. When I woke up there were some seriously impressive rates going on
  5. I love the little circle of despair around LAF in both years
  6. The_Doctor

    Let's Talk Winter!!

    what about my area, stebo?
  7. The_Doctor

    2017 Spring/Summer Banter, Whining, Complaining Thread

    On the hazard simplification note I feel that "Winter Weather Advisory" is just unnecessarily vague in general, and especially so now that they are consolidating the Freezing Rain Advisory into it. It looks like their goal is simpler/fewer types of warnings/watches/advisories with more to-the-point detail in the description. To be completely honest I don't think the public cares too much about this stuff. I think they check the forecast for any sensible weather, i.e. "will it rain tomorrow" and leave it at that. When there's hazardous weather I think they sort of hear the type of advisory (i.e. they see Winter Storm Warning) and then they listen to their preferred TV weather man break down the threat. But my opinion is that they don't care too much about the hazardous weather except when it's a very newsworthy event directly affecting them. Just in conversations with people I hear them misquote forecasts all the time if weather comes up. For instance if there's a Winter Storm Warning and it comes up in conversation they might say "Oh yeah I heard we're getting another 6 inches tomorrow morning!" even if the actual forecast was for snow tapering off by 11 P.M. that night. Just the other day my professor mentioned that hurricanes Irma, Katia, and Jose would all bring hurricane impacts to the US when Irma was the only one that had a realistic threat of that (a Jose landfall was (and still is) way out of predictability range). I think he just saw a headline containing the three hurricane names but didn't investigate any more. This is the real challenge in making a WRN. The public just doesn't care at all about interesting/hazardous weather, and they're perfectly fine with only being generally aware of a warning/advisory being in affect and nothing more (with the exception of maybe Tornado Warnings, at least here in the Midwest).
  8. The_Doctor

    Tropical Banter Thread

    forecasterjack really wants us to visit weather.us
  9. The_Doctor

    August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse

    A question I have is why on visible satellite loops areas far from the totality path appear to get very dark when on the ground there is not much (but still noticeable) dimming.
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    May 2017 Discussion

    PDS Severe Tstorm Watch with 50% tornado probabilities was issued earlier (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch/ww0280.html). Has this ever been done before?
  11. The_Doctor

    September 2016 General Discussion

    Absolutely beautiful today.
  12. The_Doctor

    6/19-6/23 Severe Weather Risk

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md1023.html "Watch unlikely" for SW Michigan, including a portion of the moderate risk
  13. The_Doctor

    6/19-6/23 Severe Weather Risk

    Quality thunder right now on southern edge of rain shield
  14. The_Doctor

    6/19-6/23 Severe Weather Risk

    can someone tell me their thoughts for my area (bloomington in) wednesday? from what i can tell i think i'm too far south/west
  15. The_Doctor

    2016 Spring/Summer Banter, Complaint, Whining Thread

    I know spring has been rough around here but for me it has at least been more interesting severe-wise than last spring. I'm about to pass the 2015 severe tstm watch total (3) on May 11th.