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  1. 11 points
    Eclipse chase report: After some tough travel logistics as detailed here, my original plan was on target to make the drive north from Boulder CO into WY, exact position to be determined by cloud cover (but hoping to skew east for later drive to Mount Rushmore). We hit the road at about 4:45am, about 15-30 min later than I had hoped but not bad for getting a family of five out the door... Wanted to stay off I-25 for a portion of the drive just out of preference, which probably cost me another 20-30 min. I thought I would have plenty of time but then when we got to I-25 the traffic was pretty heavy. Followed alternate routes per Google Maps for awhile until finally hopping on I-25 still somewhere south of Cheyenne, alternating between moving and nearly bumper to bumper (especially when passing a vehicle stopped on the shoulder and a Denver media vehicle parked alongside the road). It was probably about 7am when we were passing through Cheyenne, had to decide whether to go due north toward Glendo or northeast toward Torrington. Although the general forecast was for less cloud coverage as you moved west, with the Cheyenne AFD mentioning better conditions west of a line that included Torrington, everything was looking pretty good, we had NW winds behind a surface front, and the edge of totality was somewhat closer in that direction, so I decided on the Torrington route to get off I-25 and stay more east. Route 85 traffic was horrible and I was starting to wonder whether I would make it, although I had over three hours to go 100 miles. Finally got into the path of totality near Veteran WY, continued on to Torrington, used the rest rooms at Arby's, and went enough outside of town to pull off on a quiet side road across from one farm house literally the minute the partial eclipse was about to start. By the time we got our glasses on, the first tiny chunk of the sun could be seen to have been covered. When that last ember of orange disappeared and everything in our eclipse glasses had faded to black, we removed them and there before us was the most stunning sight of a black disc, like a black hole, with streamers of white light pouring out all around, and a couple of orange flares visible from the bottom right quadrant. I tell you, it was such a shocking, awe-inspiring sight, like a window into the universe had opened, like we were seeing God Himself revealed, and I don't mind admitting that it was so overwhelming, almost like a spiritual experience, that my eyes welled up with tears - which unfortunately blurred my vision for a bit ;-) It did not turn completely dark as I expected, it was like the time right before dark where you can still see an orange glow low in the sky. I didn't want to focus too much on that and miss the eclipse itself, but wished I had taken one more moment to notice whether there was a 360 degree sunset glow as I had read about, but it was all just so overwhelming, just too much to take in at once. Our area was supposed to have 2 minutes of totality, it seemed shorter but of course it would, with something so amazing. I wish we had time to have gotten further north and closer to the centerline but the difference was only 30 seconds so I guess I can't get too worked up about that. When the first orange flash of sun reappeared, it was the "diamond ring" I had read about, it seemed more pronounced then when the sun disappeared (although neither time did the "ring" portion go all around in a complete circle). We put our glasses back on but did not stay for the entire anti-climactic return of the sun. Overall an incredible experience and worth all the trouble, time and money to get there in my opinion. I can see why people become eclipse chasers. And the experience felt so similar to Plains storm chasing in a lot of ways, especially being out in that part of the country. I didn't take any pics, just wanted to enjoy it, and had read that cameras don't do a good job of capturing the streamers of light pouring out from around the moon during totality. TTNwatcher, where did you end up viewing the eclipse and how was your experience? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. 10 points
    Courtesy of @JoelNihlean -Hurricane Andrew, one of the costliest storms in Florida's history, superimposed in front of Hurricane Irma...incredible the size and scope of this storm...
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    Some cool shots from a friend of mine in Des Moines, IA outside the capital building.
  5. 7 points
    Down here in Charlottesville, VA. Poured all day but there is some hope.
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    fwiw, the new like icon is a snowflake, sad one well, is the rain drop. Cause who enjoys a cold rain?
  9. 6 points
    Sorry, everytime I read this thread title his face comes to mind. This suffices too...
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    Shrooms and late summer/fall perennials.
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    Lawn pic from this past Wednesday mowing
  15. 5 points
    A refreshing 49° here at the cabin
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    I am a bad person that I cheer on storms and wicked CTG strikes that rock my house while my wife is consoleling too scared kids? Nahhhhhh
  18. 5 points
    Fun times.... This second video listen closely about 6-7 seconds in, it literally sounds like someone is pounding on my front storm door window. 1.03" total here
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  20. 4 points
    Light rain and windy in OC. The tide is similar to last night but the surf is more powerful.
  21. 4 points
    Took this from my office today.
  22. 4 points
    "Cuba" was a cat 5 for 78-hour although data is uncertain. "Seven Atlantic hurricanes—Camille, Allen, Andrew, Isabel, Ivan, Dean and Felix—reached Category 5 intensity on more than one occasion; that is, by reaching Category 5 intensity, weakening to a Category 4 or lower, and then becoming a Category 5 again. Such hurricanes have their dates shown together. Camille, Andrew, Dean and Felix each attained Category 5 status twice during their lifespans. Allen, Isabel and Ivan reached Category 5 intensity on three separate occasions. However, no Atlantic hurricane has reached Category 5 intensity more than three times during its lifespan. The November 1932 Cuba hurricane holds the record for most time spent as a Category 5 (although it took place before satellite or reconnaissance so the record may be somewhat suspect).[1][6]" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Category_5_Atlantic_hurricanes
  23. 4 points
    This is how I spent my childhood during thunderstorms:
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    Hi Jim, Fantastic write-up, nailed totality on the head! My daughter and I flew into Omaha and based on weather reports finalized Casper WY as our spot. Once in the rental, having a room in Gillette WY (2 hours north of Casper, figured to avoid traffic on eclipse a.m.), we screamed across NE and WY (actually finalizing room reservations en route, lol) to arrive about 1am. I got a lousy, anxious 4 hours sleep and then we were up and at em 5am, out the door 6am. To Casper from the north was traffic-free, pulled into our viewing site at 8am. Breakfast, then found a comfortable place on a hill where we could lie flat and have our heads looking right at the sun. Then alternating between glasses and binoculars to watch the entire thing, first bite through totality and post-partial. As for totality I'll just say everything Jim said was right, but ultimately words fail. No one who has seen totality would ever doubt if it's worth it for 2min 27secs. Unbelievable. My daughter and I planned a quick back and forth with the camera to just get a shot of each of us with the eclipse, in no way did we plan to use more than 10 seconds for that. I still can't believe how many people I saw wasting most of totality with a camera. It just doesn't see it like the human eye! And pros with 20k$+ equipment will always do better anyway! Anyway, already looking ahead to 2024....
  26. 4 points
    eh cell phone pic from work. looking forward to 2024
  27. 4 points
    unfiltered cell phone pics, my girlfriend & I have little regard for our phone cameras, GF's iphone my Samsung Galaxy, somehow the sun came out blue
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    My son took this with his phone through a telescope eyepiece
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    Ok, good to know. I convinced my friend and her sister to leave Tampa and they are driving to Nashville, TN to stay with family. I told her that's a smart move and they are leaving tonight.
  32. 3 points
    This is not personally responded to you Shawn. You have to do what you have to do. No one with even a semi understanding of meteorology and a conscience in an advising capacity would tell residents/government officials along coastal areas of Florida, don't evacuate the eyewall will stay just offshore. I can give Greg's personal example with Harvey. Corpus Christi was just west of the eyewall. Rockport 25 miles to the east was not. This became apparent (since we are talking 10s of miles and no model is that good) about six to twelve hours before landfall/passing. The difference there was wind damage in Corpus and Rockport suffered catastrophic wind damage. Can't wait six hours before to leave (because winds are already there). There are no ifs, and, or, buts, maybes, get out and **** about why we had to unnecessarily be evacuated, then forget to write your social security number on your arm so officials have a hard time identifying your body.
  33. 3 points
    How was everyone's summer? I hope healthy and fun filled for everyone. Been a while since I've lurked around here, been a work filled summer. Recently picked up an old John Deere tractor to fix up to mow with, unfortunately by the time I get it all back together it will probably be snowing. My two year old seems to love it though. Still haven't bought that weather station...but still on my list. I think a streaming security cam will be a higher priority. Installed some new "Snow Lights" so hopefully I'll be able to share pictures from the camera when we get into our winter storm season! Hope everyone is well! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  34. 3 points
    If you want to use the Like feature you can just switch the theme to the default theme while this one gets worked on. All you do is click the theme, a drop down menu will pop up, then click ipb default. It's just the standard default theme, kind of bland but everything works
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    This was the morning harvest. Better late than never for us. Our peppers (and to a lesser extent eggplants) were decimated by TMV, but at least it didnt spread to the tomatoes.
  37. 3 points
    Could not have picked a better three day stretch to have off from work as I transition to a new employer on Monday.
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    Wenonah, Gloucester County, NJ: continuous lightning/thunder here, initial gust front had me record a 41mph wind gust with the main event just rolling in now.
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    I hate to use the word, but epic summer thunderstorm down here. A ton of lightning, wind, and heavy rain. Couple of close strikes too. Just sat in a lawn chair in my garage for about 30 minutes watching the spectacle. Great stuff.
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    Great job by NWS calling the watch with this way before the models were fully on board on it making it here.
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    Nice. Thanks for sharing.
  44. 3 points
    This was at peak In Delco;
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  46. 2 points
    I just grabbed a container of salt as a knee jerk reaction. I hand crushed a few of them on our brussels the other day.
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    Looking at the data, I'm concerned that we're missing a potential period of significant intensification prior to land interaction. First, the Cuba landfall idea tends to lose a little luster when you recall how interaction with the northern DR seemed to cause a bump northward, almost like a bounce. Second, she's just finished a full blown ERC (and is still a high-end Cat 4, wow) and now has a large new eyewall--what happens after this beautiful fresh new eyewall gets over that bathwater north of Cuba? It's moving into a tremendously low-shear environment (where even the CIMSS shear model is expecting deepening) and with SST in the 30+C range, it has everything a growing hurricane needs. As frightening as it sounds, what happens if this thing decides to contract and intensify? The eye on latest recon is closed at 40nm. At peak intensity, the eye was in the 16-20nm range (9/6 20Z). This is all not to mention the storm surge aspects of this. A hurricane this intense for this long has the potential to outperform surge forecasts...
  48. 2 points
    From my friend in Fort Lauderdale
  49. 2 points
    August 2017.......75.3F August 2016......81.0F
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