Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fans From Russia

Yee haw, it's nice to see all those fans I have from Russia who read this blog for no apparent reason seeing as how I hardly ever post.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Brian Williams Storm Chase

Once upon a time I visited a community impacted by a tornado. Once upon a time I arrived in a community just after being hit by a tornado. Once upon a time I spotted a tornado and took video footage as it hit a community. Once upon a time I was in a community when a tornado approached. I took video footage throughout the event and posted it on YouTube. Once upon a time I was in a community when a tornado approached. As I took video footage, my life hung in the balance as twigs, boards, roofing material and glass flew everywhere. I barely escaped safely and then promptly posted my harrowing experience on YouTube

Monday, November 17, 2014

Letters to Drivers

Dear Truck Driver, Man it must suck to have your rig separate from your load like that, and kudos for turning your hazard lights on. Might want to consider wearing a reflective jacket though. It was tough to see you but we were all driving slowly enough to avoid you. Dear Driver of Red Pick-up Truck with 4 tires in the back, Dude, if you can't drive faster than 35 mph on the interstate you gotta at least use your hazards. I mean REALLY, I don't get why you were driving that slowly... the tires were below your line-of-sight out the rearview mirror. Those tires can't possibly be so heavy to slow down your awesome pick-up truck that much. So dude get off the road and get on the shoulder, or stay off the interstate if you can't go any faster.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just Because - An Essay on What Seasonal Outlooks REALLY mean.

Suppose you have a bowl full of marbles. In that bowl there are 33 blue marbles, 33 green marbles and 33 black marbles. If you randomly grab a marble from this bowl, what is the chance of grabbing a blue marble? If you said 33% chance you are correct. There are equal chances (33%) that you draw a black marble, a green marble or a blue marble out of that bowl. What if you stack the bowl with 50 blue marbles, 25 green ones and 25 black ones? Then there would be a 50% chance for a blue marble, and there would be a 50% chance for a NON-BLUE marble. So when you see a seasonal forecast outlook indicating "EQUAL CHANCES", that means any of the 3 outcomes - ABOVE, NEAR, BELOW - are equally likely. Also, if you see a seasonal forecast indicating one outcome is more likely than the other 2, such as a 40% chance for ABOVE NORMAL temperatures, keep in mind that means there is still a 60% chance the other two might occur. In this example, ABOVE NORMAL is simply more likely to occur (the blue marble) than either NEAR (the green marble) or BELOW NORMAL (the black marble). Once in a while you'll see a high confidence forecast in the 6-10 day or 8-14 day outlook for either ABOVE NORMAL or BELOW NORMAL. Again, the high chances reflect HIGH CONFIDENCE that the outcome will be WARM or COLD (for temperatures). These forecasts provide NO information regarding the magnitude of how far ABOVE or BELOW normal it might be. According to CPC's latest outlook, Maryland has EQUAL CHANCES for warm, cold or normal temperatures during Dec-Jan-Feb, and most of the state has EQUAL CHANCES for wet, dry or normal precipitation this winter except for the eastern section. The probability for above normal precip there is between 34% and 40%. Keep in mind that skill levels for these types of forecasts are rather low. So what does EQUAL CHANCES really MEAN? It means we don't really know, the signals we use are mixed, and it could go any of the 3 ways.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

Here I sit enjoying a day off work, watching the U.S. Open whilst the butterflies periodically swoop by outside. Today, I saw the first spicebush swallowtail of the season.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hummingbird Feeder

I just put out the hummingbird feeder. Just waiting to see if any birds come by.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

NCAA Tourney

Let's go ahead and have Wichita State in the Final Four!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kill the Blog?

Is it time to dismantle this poor excuse of a blog? Comment here....

Friday, January 25, 2013

Snow on Jan. 25

The beagle isn't much for snow. About 1.5 inches on the ground.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Road Work Update

The road work along Ijamsville Road from near Ball Road to Prices Distillery is expected to go through about June 2013, according to the project manager. I've driven on the new road from MD-80 to Ball Road... it's really nice.