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Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Thu Jul 05, 2001 10:56 am

Hey everyone,

We're all into aviation here, so I figured that since weather plays such an imporatant role into aviation some of you might be very interested in weather phenomenons.

I personally love to turn my eyes upwards even if there's no planes in the air. Today was especially amazing. When I got out of the supermarket I immediatelly spotted this HUGE cumulonimbus, it extended at least 1 or 2 dozen thousand feet in the air, all gray, it looked so powerful. At that time I saw a Dash 8 pass over me on approach to Montreal/Dorval and 1 or 2 seconds after gusty winds joined the party with heavy rain, that was wondeful to watch, but I though that if I was in the dash 8 I would be scared shitless.

How could you not turn your eyes to the sky when you see such things...

Mamatus



Cumulonimbus


Pileus


I also love to see and try to predicts weather with charts and such. Is anyone in love with our sky like me?

Nicolas
 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Thu Jul 05, 2001 11:01 am

There is nothing more fascinating than a good ol' occulded front!

I'm also a fan of the weather and have an unhealthy addiction to "The Weather Channel."

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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Thu Jul 05, 2001 12:27 pm

I'm a weather junkie. I love storms. I get disappointed when severe weather misses me. I HATE that!!!!
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Thu Jul 05, 2001 1:08 pm

*whew* I'm not the only one! In fact, I HATE sunny days...soooo boring  Smile

Gimme a storm over a sunny day any day!

And yes, I too have an unhealthy addiction to the weather channel. It's fun to watch how the weather changes and evolves as the day progresses.
 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Thu Jul 05, 2001 1:45 pm

Sunny days at tropical paridise is for wussies. Stormchasing is for warriors!!!  Pissed  Laugh out loud
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Thu Jul 05, 2001 3:33 pm

I live in Arizona, I see too much sun, I like serve storms and a good cloudy day.
 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Thu Jul 05, 2001 3:50 pm

I am fascinated by the fact that we didn't have overcast skies and rain for Independence Day here in Seattle. What an anomoly.  Big grin

But I like Seattle weather, call me crazy...
 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Fri Jul 06, 2001 7:32 pm

Count me in as a weather nut. Whenever there's a storm around Im usually out chasing it trying to add to my collection of lightning photos  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I've been into weather for some years now, only in the last 3 yrs or so have I started actually chasing and taking photos.

Anyone interested in the broad range of severe weather here in Australia check out http://www.australiasevereweather.com. Heaps of information and pictures there.

Regards

Greg
 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Fri Jul 06, 2001 9:15 pm

As a former Weather Specialist for the Air Force, I too love the weather. Anything where you can be wrong all the time, and still have a job works for me!  Big grin Plus, the weather is always changing, and providing new challenges as well as some great scenery.

Mike C
 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Fri Jul 06, 2001 9:27 pm

Yes...I'm fascinated as to why my township in NJ miraculously avoids all the major thunderstorms that head over from the Philly area....I *live for* storms!

Love the weather, espcially in this part of the world after living in drizzly misery for most of my life. The Weather Channel and accompanying animated maps on weather.com rule my life. One of my major hopes is to go tornado-chasing in a year or two...anybody else done this?

 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Sat Jul 07, 2001 5:57 am

Sometimes I think I'm the only one fascinated by weather. I've taken trips to New Mexico to encounter extreme weatherbecause here in So.Cal, it's so boring. I'm going to Utah in 3 weeks, hoping the Monsoon season doesn't let me down! I visited Iceland in March to experience the cold and snow and when it T-Storms here in BUR, I swear that I'm the only one that goes outside and watches the weather. But I'm also the only one among my neighbors that enjoys jets taking off over my house too!

Jeff

 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Sat Jul 07, 2001 6:08 am

I suppose i have an interest in weather, but then again i have an interest in alot of things.

Weather has always fascinated me, and i am still excited to see a huge storm, caus it only rains here, rains dull grey days  Sad

I am fascinated by tornado's, but have only seen 1. It was a spectacular sight but only lasted a few minutes (tornado's here don't last for very long)

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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Sat Jul 07, 2001 9:11 pm

Here's some neat storm pics for you to enjoy......










 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Sun Jul 08, 2001 2:31 am

I'm a weather nut as well. I absolutely love Midwestern thunderstorms. Nearly every other night they build up.

Its so fascinating to sit out on a hot, quiet, summer evening with a glass of water and watch all the action.

Here the weather is infamous for changing about every 5 minutes, so there is plenty to watch for.
 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Sun Jul 08, 2001 3:35 am

Heck yes... I just sat out on the beach the otherday and watched the towering cumulus clouds develop into thunderstorms inland. Probably the most beatiful sights i have seen are the clouds/sunset/sunrise combination from the air. Also, I too am a weather channel junkie. I get it honest. I was a meteorology major for a while there...unfortunately i found out it would take me 5 years to graduate, further delaying my flying with the airlines... so i changed it to philosophy... not to mention the calculus would have put me in an early grave.
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Sun Jul 08, 2001 2:17 pm

Ohhhhh, you guys would love it heere in Chicago where the weather changes four times in 6 hours. Thank God for the train system.
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 5:58 am

Yeah.. storms rock.. There was this big squall line that moved through IN, OH, and KY on Sun. 7/8 in the afternoon. I was standing out on my back patio, watching it come in, and all of a sudden it was here. The straight-line winds were registered upwards of 70mph. Of course, I was standing in it; it was awesome.

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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 6:18 am

Survivor of:

F1 Tornado, Ossining NY, June 1990
Hurricane Bob (far northwestern edge), Ossining NY, August 1991
Storm of the Century (14"/12 hr.), Newark, Delaware, March 1993
Ice Storms (accumulation of 2-3" of solid ice), Newark, Delaware, January 1994
Christmas Blizzard (6" snow, 1" sleet in 12 hours), Newark, Delaware, December 1995
Blizzard (18" snow in two days), Newark, Delaware, January 1996
Veterans Day Blizzard (localized, 10" in 12 hours), Cleveland, Ohio, October 1996
Also two earthquakes in Cleveland, OH (1986, 5.3; 1999, 4.7)

You could say I'm a weather freak.

For you Canadians, while I was up in Canada last week I saw a thunderstorm south of Smiths Falls, Ontario, that had a rotating wall cloud. As far as I could tell it did not spawn a tornado. Highly unusual sight that far north.

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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 11:17 am

I love weather!!! I was commenting to a friend back in March or April that we had not had any bad T-storms here in Maryland in 2-3 years(except for the one with 1 inch hailstones that dented the crap out of my wife's Civic) and was hoping for some good nasty storms this year. Someone upstairs was listening, because we have had more severe weather this year than ever before. We had another severe t-storm watch and warning again today! No hail, just a whole lot of lightning and huge raindrops that hurt when they hit you.
 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 12:23 pm

Severe storms unfortunately have the tendency to bypass the southwestern 'burbs of Chicago.  Sad Up north and Will County always get the good stuff and I get lightning flashes and dripping wet rags. In 17 years, I do not remember a single hailstone falling, a couple of significant storms, an F0 tornado visible from where I live, blizzards, and that's about it.
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Thu Jul 12, 2001 1:38 am

Red,

Tornados are quite frequent in Canada, we had 2 in northern Quebec only this week. But if'd go in the prairies that is where you would have more chances of seeing one.

For all you weather freaks, there's an excelent book I bought last month, it's called National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather. There are some beautiful pictures in it and it includes all the explanations, the why's and the how's of weather plus the signification of every clouds type ...ect

Nicolas
 
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RE: Is Anyone Fascinated By The Weather?

Fri Jul 13, 2001 6:37 am

Hey, I have three book recommendations for storm/weather watchers:

Under the Whirlwind by Arjen and Jerrine Verkaik

Skywatch by ???
Skywatch East by ??? (same author for these two)

Nik -- I know there are tornadoes in Canada -- but much more rarely than in the US and even more so in the eastern provinces. BTW, Under the Whirlwind is written by a Canadian couple and the entire second half is devoted to accounts, photos, and information about two tornadoes that hit southwestern Ontario (the Windsor peninsula) I think in 1991.

Happy spotting! We've had some impressive anvils here lately!

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