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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, weather enthusiast, learning about fire weather concerns, newly minted geology enthusiast, rivers, conserving our ocean life, raptors, baseball

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  1. 9/17-9/18 Remnants Of Florence Observations

    .75 inches. Total rainfall since Monday, Sept 17th in the Flemington area of Hunterdon County NJ.
  2. 9/17-9/18 Remnants Of Florence Observations

    .50 earlier this afternoon, much of it in about 25 minutes. Flemington area Hunterdon County NJ
  3. Hot & Humid Labor Day Week Observations

    Flemington area of Hunterdon County NJ, Thursday Sept 6: 95F
  4. Wildfires

    Some of you may know about NWS incident meteorologists, here is a nice article from the NWS about a day in the life of an incident meteorologist. These NWS meteorologists have special training and are deployed to wildfires for a two week stint. They work other incidents as well. For those who are interested in more, here is my blog article on IMETs that I wrote on August 29th. IMETs save lives.
  5. Wildfires

    While not directly weather related, wildfires are, as you know, influenced by weather. Some wildfires are started by lightning, but more are started by humans. I thought that perhaps some of you might be interested in some video footage that I saw for the first time this morning, I share it below. This is footage of the Carr Fire that burned near Redding California. It started on July 23, 2018. It burned 229,651 acres and was 100 percent contained on about August 31st. At least seven people died. Destroyed structures: 1,079 residences, 22 commercial structures, 503 outbuildings. Damaged stuictures: 190 residences, 26 commercial structures, and 61 outbuildings damaged] The footage is a little hard to look at, but I think it is nicely done and important. This might be the new normal for California and other areas out west. I have been blogging about wildfires for ten years now, I never get used to the tragedy that results from wildfires. The New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS) sent four type-4 engines to help out west. Two of these type-4 engines worked the Carr Fire. In addition the NJFFS sent a 20-person crew out west for a two week deployment and a couple of individuals, the 20-person crew and the two inviduals are back home. The NJFFS type-4 engines are still out west as I write this with new crew. I am very proud of them. Pennsylvania sent some crews out west at some point. The Mendicino Complex (Mendicino National Forest) has burned 459,123 acres and is the largest wildfire in California history, it reached this ominous milestone on August 7th (see this NBC report for more information). I have a friend who flies an airtanker for CAL FIRE to support the crews on the ground, he flew the Mendicino Complex. CAL FIRE airtankers and helicopters who flew the Mendicino Complex and the Carr Fire were assisted by other aircraft some on contracts with California, and others on federal contracts. I am pretty certain that the NWS deployed incident meteorologists (IMETs) to these fires. I share more about IMETS in another post. 😢😢😢 Tyler
  6. Hot & Humid Labor Day Week Observations

    Flemington area of Hunterdon County NJ: 94F Wed. Sept 5th.
  7. Hot & Humid Labor Day Week Observations

    Sept. 3rd: 92F Sept. 4th: 94F Flemington area Hunterdon County NJ
  8. A Bucks County location may be closer for this non-golfer, depending on where in Bucks County. But since I would only be joining after the rounds of golf, I don't want to be the deciding factor.
  9. Thanks Tony, that is what I thought. Thing is it is over an hour drive from my house. Not for this year, but perhaps next year, I can plan to be in the area for some reason and then stop by for refreshments afterwords. Tyler
  10. Not a golfer, but one year if it is ok, perhaps I could come and watch?
  11. Meteorological Fall Banter Thread

    Took a drive up Old Mine Road yesterday north of the Delaware Water Gap. A pretty drive and they feds have filled in the pot holes through the recreation area. Not so in the State Forest. I even got about one-third of a mile up a trail. The ground was a tad wet and the log steps were hard on the knees on the way down. But I am glad for the short hike. I am fortunate to have a good pilot friend who takes me flying when weekend schedules and weather allows. Flying through the Water Gap is spectacular. No good photos that I can share here but here is a fourteen minute video that captures some of beauty of the Water Gap from the air. You can get an idea of how beautiful this area is from the air in the first couple of minutes.
  12. New Jersey Pine Barrens

    Tony, checked out some of my sources, those that are still online and recalling some conversations with a couple of my friends from the NJFFS. I think that the area burned by the Sauders Ditch fire had a lot of peat. If memory serves, peat can generate a lot of smoke and peat fires can be a dog to fully extinguish because the peat can burn underground for awhile. Tyler
  13. Temperature/Obs/Boring Weather Discussion

    My favorite time of year? Well I enjoy summer but not so much the hot humid days like today. My favorite, days like last Friday. So I will join the September 1st to mid October crowd as my favorite time of year.
  14. Summer Bu-Bye 8/27-8/30 Heat Wave Obs

    August 28th: 92F August 29th 92F
  15. New Jersey Pine Barrens

    I believe it was smokey conditions from the Saunders Ditch fire that shut down Rte 206 for a time overnight on the Thursday night of the fire into that Friday, and schools in Hammonton may been closed on Friday as well. At least that is what I wrote on my blog, referencing a report on a now defunct wildfire forum.