rramblings

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About rramblings

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    Flemington Area, Hunterdon County NJ
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    Non-pilot aviation enthusiast, skywarn spotter and river ice observer for NWS Mt. Holly, learning about fire weather concerns, newly minted geology enthusiast, rivers, conserving our ocean life, raptors

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  1. Hi! from about 4:40 PM to 4:50 approximately .5 inches of rain in about ten minutes. No rain since then but more on the way. Was very windy, I'd estimate somewhere in the mid 30s mph. Some impressive lightning so I stayed inside as the thunder was roaring.
  2. Hi, Some of you may know that I write a blog on aerial wildland firefighting. For the most part I write on issues relating to the use of aerial resources to support wildland firefighters on the ground. Over the last three years or so, I sometimes delve into meteorological concerns that may affect wildland firefighting. Sometimes I write about meteorological concerns and weather events that bear little relation to wildland firefighting. I am not any kind of firefighter (wildland or structure). I am a non-pilot aviation enthusiast. I am a non-meteorologist weather enthusiast. With the launch of GOES-16, then known as GOES-R, last fall I got very excited about what this new geostationary satellite will mean for weather forecasting in general and specifically for wildland firefighting. To that end, I began to write about GOES-16 relying on various materials available through NOAA Satellites and related sources on the internet starting with her launch in November (search on the GOES-16 tag). For example, I got an account on COMET/MetEd and took some of the GOES-R modules, some were a little above my pay grade but I did learn something. At the same time, I began learning what I could about how the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on GOES -16. A few days ago, I completed an eight-part series on Applications of GOES-16 for wildfire detection. Part 1 is an introduction, parts 2 to 4 are background on GOES-16 and her ABI. Parts 5 to 7 are devoted to the work of NWS weather forecasters at NWS WFO Norman OK and colleagues from other NWS WFO offices, NWS Storm Prediction Center, and Universities on the development of an Experimental Wildland Fire Detection Notification Application using first GOES-14 in Super Rapid Scan Mode in the spring of 2016 and later GOES-16 after she was launched. Here is a link to Part 5 of 8 Application of GOES-16 for wildfire detection: Feb 18, 2016 wildfire danger in western OK and development of the Experimental Wildfire Detection Notification Application It has been my very great privilege to get to know some wonderful meteorologists whose help has made these articles possible. Thank-you. I am very excited about what GOES-16 will mean for wildfire detection. And of course, this is but just one application of GOES-16. I thought that some of you might enjoy reading this series and learning about the Experimental Wildland Fire Detection Notification Application. Tyler
  3. Parsley, my friend is looking for a good weather radar application for her iPhone. What app did you use to get this image? Thanks, Tyler
  4. Mitch, before I pass this on to a friend who may know people who might be interested in applying, is there an application deadline? Tyler
  5. Great cloud photos <Chubbs, Tombo, Irishbri, Parlsey>, Did I leave anyone out? Some pretty cumulus here, they were the little cotton ball cumulus. Not storm related cumulus, and not a drop here since late morning.
  6. .33 inches in my gage overnight, emptied at 7:45 AM or thereabouts. At 9:25 AM I peaked at my gage through the window and say about .5 inches in the gage (approximate). A heavy band of rain passed over us about 8:45 AM or so.
  7. Photo taken at about 9 AM looking west from my back porch. I believe that it started clearing about 8:30 AM this morning. Tyler
  8. Tony, thanks for sharing the outage maps. I too look at outage maps. I believe that the worse effects of this mornings squall line passed to south of the Flemington area. According to the First Energy/JCPL outage map less then 20 outages so far in Hunterdon County. Tyler
  9. Tornado Warning NJC021-023-025-241115- /O.NEW.KPHI.TO.W.0003.170624T1039Z-170624T1115Z/ BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Tornado Warning National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 639 AM EDT SAT JUN 24 2017 The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has issued a * Tornado Warning for... Southeastern Mercer County in central New Jersey... Northern Monmouth County in central New Jersey... Southeastern Middlesex County in northern New Jersey... * Until 715 AM EDT * At 639 AM EDT, severe thunderstorms capable of producing both tornadoes and extensive straight line wind damage were located along a line extending from near Yorketown to Windsor, moving east at 35 mph. HAZARD...Tornado. SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation. IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely. * Locations impacted include... Long Branch, Middletown, Marlboro, Manalapan, Tinton Falls, Holmdel, Red Bank, Hightstown, Highlands, Cranbury, Roosevelt, Windsor, East Freehold, Robertsville, Clearbrook Park, Yorketown, Twin Rivers, Navesink, Lincroft and Morganville. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. This line of thunderstorms is capable of producing tornadoes and widespread significant wind damage. Do not wait to see or hear the tornado. For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. && LAT...LON 4031 7397 4026 7408 4020 7473 4036 7438 4042 7405 4041 7398 4043 7399 4044 7398 4043 7397 TIME...MOT...LOC 1039Z 261DEG 32KT 4035 7436 4026 7457 TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED HAIL...0.00IN $$ MPS Tornado Warning NJC005-007-015-241100- /O.NEW.KPHI.TO.W.0002.170624T1026Z-170624T1100Z/ BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Tornado Warning National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 626 AM EDT SAT JUN 24 2017 The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has issued a * Tornado Warning for... Central Camden County in southern New Jersey... North central Gloucester County in southern New Jersey... Southwestern Burlington County in southern New Jersey... * Until 700 AM EDT * At 626 AM EDT, severe thunderstorms capable of producing both tornadoes and extensive straight line wind damage were located over Woodbury Heights, or 7 miles southwest of Gloucester City, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD...Tornado. SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation. IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely. * These dangerous storms will be near... Glassboro around 630 AM EDT. Magnolia and Turnersville around 635 AM EDT. Lindenwold and Echelon around 640 AM EDT. Voorhees, Berlin and Marlton Lakes around 645 AM EDT. Chesilhurst and Atco around 650 AM EDT. Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include Laurel Springs, Oak Valley, Runnemede, Glendora, Blackwood, Stratford, Pine Valley, Gibbsboro, Clementon and Hi-Nella. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. To report severe weather contact your nearest law enforcement agency. They will send your report to the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly NJ. This cluster of thunderstorms is capable of producing tornadoes and widespread significant wind damage. Do not wait to see or hear the tornado. For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. && LAT...LON 3973 7526 3985 7527 3986 7484 3972 7480 TIME...MOT...LOC 1026Z 269DEG 37KT 3979 7518 TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED HAIL...0.00IN
  10. 6:35 AM: 1.26 inches rain, most of it since 8 PM last night. Light rain in our part of the Flemington area when we went out to dinner last night and then coffee in the Branchburgh area of Somerset County. While we were in Branchburgh from about 7 PM to 7:35 PM, it poured buckets. No rain gage in my car. Anyway, got home and only .03 inches in my rain gage. So it seemed that the heavy rain producer passed north of us. Got up this morning to heavy rain.
  11. Thanks for keeping us updated Mitch. I am saddened by the number of vacancies within the NWS. Wishing my friends at Mt Holly WFO the best as you try to fill your vacancies. Tyler
  12. Hello everyone, I follow the NWS Mid-Atlantic River Forecast Center on Facebook, as well as our own Mt. Holly WFO. Anyway, when I went to Facebook this morning, I noted that the MARFC has 2 openings for hydrologists, and they are asking for help in spreading the word about these openings. If you click on the link, you will notice that applications are only being taken for two weeks, from June 19 through July 3rd. They posted this on FB yesterday. Tyler
  13. I just returned from a twelve day vacation to the west coast. We knew about the thunderstorms that hit on the 19th. We sat around the San Diego airport trying to follow the storms that were due to hit later in the day. Our flight was delayed four hours, taking off just after 2 PM PDT. We made up an hour flying east. I measured 1.91 inches of rain in my gage for the period that I was away. Have no clue how much of that rain fell yesterday. Some tree limbs down.
  14. My Bees are back. Every time I have gone out back the last couple of days, I see several on my Salvia Meadow Sage. Some not great photos that I just took. At the time I took this photo there were at least 5 or 6 Bees dining on the Salvia Meadow SAge I think but am not sure that my friends are Bumble Bees because the are fat, hairy, with some yellow, and finally with round rear ends. Tyler
  15. Thor Solberg Rd between Solberg Airport and Pulaski Rd in Readington Township, 8:25 PM. Driving home through thunderstorm. Penny Sized hail. Could see it on the road and pelted my car. No obvious damage to windows. Not sure whether hail was very localized or if the hail line was moving, but we drove out of it in a couple of minutes. Spotter report made to Mt. Holly.