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  1. I'm happy for "those what got their wants" but around here it's another well-done Nuthin' Burger. Rain all day, one or two flakes around noon.
  2. Thank you -- that's about what I thought. My conversation partner put(s) way-more credence in the extended long range forecasts than they merit. I need to convince him that "sayin' don't make it so." Thanks again.
  3. This question arose from a casual conversation with a friend. A year or so ago, there was some consternation in the Met community about Accu-weather (and perhaps some other services) attempting to stretch detail forecasting well beyond the usual 7-10 day period; they now take it out to around 30 days. My question: has anybody tracked the accuracy of those very long-lead predictions? How often did they get it right from 3 or 4 weeks out? Thanks for any help provided. This is one of those "just wondering" questions but the answer might be interesting.
  4. Didn't get anything close to severe here but had good rainfall and a lot of flash-and-boom. Winds were average for a summer storm but not remarkable. My lawn is now much happier, too.
  5. Nice little cell gonna' miss me again! Heads-up, West Chester!
  6. It's game-on here. Gust front came thru, first drops were the size of olives! Can't see the horizon ~1 mile to the SW as the storm moves in. Winds now picking up, sheeting rain. Edit to add: Chesco EMS dispatch board showing double-digit calls for trees down / wires/ roads blocked in central and southern parts of the county.
  7. Just caught the edge of it here; decent rain for 15 min or so, now just trickles. Helluva light show to the southeast right now. Somebody's getting pasted.
  8. >>I found a paper written in 1996 that concluded wind speeds in excess of 115 mph were needed to upset a car. ... -- Obviously, the conclusion was wrong. So much depends not on wind speed but vehicle weight, relative aerodynamics (position relative to the wind) and a hundred other variables. I'm not sure it would be possible to find the ONE wind speed at which parked vehicles roll over. In the video above, the wind first lifts the RR corner of the small car. Whether that's due to straight force or aero lift over the bodywork I can't tell, but regardless -- there's nothing in the rear of the car to hold it down. Once the body is up a bit, the mostly-flat underside is partially exposed, exactly like hoisting a sail. More lifting force, and very soon the game is over. But since other cars didn't go over, many other factors were clearly in play as well.
  9. Some good intensity on radar in the Central & Northern Chester/Montco area but not one drop here. Cells seem to have minds of their own.
  10. Just went from "scary dark skies" to "can't see across the street" in about 15 seconds. Huge initial gusts and blinding rain. Some flashes and rumbles. Wind is now down but very heavy rain continues.
  11. Pretty much another Nuthin'Burger here. Two or three 10-minute showers, the last accompanied by 2 rolls of distant thunder. Radar shows much more activity north and south of here. The lower Schuylkill valley is in the split ... again.
  12. Excellent info, and thanks. I'll guess that 6-ABC is selling data from their new toy to others as a revenue stream. And I also wonder what our friends in Mt. Holly think of the deal. As a side note, back in the day I had a Scoutmaster that worked at Johnsville Naval Research. He once got a low-G check-out ride in the centrifuge and we toured the site (later) as his guests. Very cool place!
  13. Hi and thanks ... Yeah, my Kindle does that too. No worries. Diving deep into Ch 6's website I found this which answers my question but not the larger ones. The necessary explanation video was not linked or available so the where and why still eludes us. On 6th May, their drone or helicopter shots showed the familiar "golf ball on a tee" radar. I'm pretty sure they mentioned Warminster or Warrington -- could it be on the old Naval Air Station/ Johnsville site? Or NAS Willow Grove? StormTracker 6 Live Radar: Most advanced technology in Delaware Valley By Cecily Tynan Monday, May 6, 2019 PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- We do a lot of talking about the weather. This week, we're taking you inside weather forecasting, and you will see that it has become very sophisticated science. We begin with an in-depth look at StormTracker 6 Live Radar. Channel 6 is the only local TV station to actually own a radar. The technology is the most advanced and fastest in the region, bringing you crucial information when minutes, even seconds, count. Meteorologist Cecily Tynan explains how it all works. * * * * * * * <ends> * * * * * * *
  14. CameronCat

    New Radar?

    Didn't know where else to ask this so ... WPVI/ Channel 6 is making a big deal tonight of "their" new WX radar tower in Warminster (?) or environs. Do they really own it or have they bought into service from a larger company, possibly Accu-weather or similar? Just wondering but it strikes me as unusual that a broadcast outlet would make the major investment in this kind of gear. Anybody here got the true skinny on the new unit? Thanks in advance.
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