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A weather non-rant

April 23, 2018 @ 12:01 By: gordon Category: Weather

This may just be the shorted TAF I’ve ever seen:

TAF CYOW 231439Z 2315/2412 22005KT P6SM FEW220
RMK NXT FCST BY 231800Z=

Basically, until 8pm this evening, light winds out of the southwest and a few clouds at 22000′.

A nice change from the other stuff we’ve had recently, eh?

Another apology to astronomers in this part of the world

January 10, 2018 @ 13:57 By: gordon Category: Astronomy, Weather

So, a couple of days ago I posted an apology to astronomers in this part of the world because I had cursed the weather by having ordered a new astronomy toy. Well, a couple of days ago, I ordered a tripod for my new toy and now the viewing conditions for the foreseeable future look like this:

The line of particular interest is the “Seeing” line. White and grey boxes are bad. And the “Transparency” line is pretty much solid white, so that sucks, too.

I think I’m done buying astronomy bits for a while, mostly because it appears there’s no point because I’ll never get to use them. That should cause the weather to clear up sometime by the end of the month.

Once again, my apologies to the astronomers in this part of the world. I’m sorry.

Hmm… I could use a dew heater. (Does anyone want to pay me to not buy a dew heater and thus not curse the weather further?)

An apology to astronomers in northeastern North America

January 03, 2018 @ 21:02 By: gordon Category: Astronomy, Weather

I appear to owe the astronomy community an apology.

Everytime I buy something related to astronomy (e.g., telescope, filters, etc.) the weather turns to crap and noone can see the stars. The length of time this goes on for seems to be directly related to the amount of money I spent on the astronomy stuff.

Just after Christmas, I picked up an iOptron Skytracker Pro, so we probaby won’t see the the stars anytime soon.

I’m sorry.

Possibly the scariest tweet I’ve seen in a long time

September 08, 2017 @ 19:23 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, Weather

There’s a lot of stuff on Twitter, some of it pretty scary and/or creepy. This tweet, however, probably jumps to the top of the holy-crap scary list:

-SHGSSNRA ???

May 08, 2017 @ 16:02 By: gordon Category: Weather

It has been a while since I grumbled about the weather, so here goes:

TAF CYOW 081738Z 0818/0918 31012G22KT P6SM OVC030 TEMPO 0818/0902 3SM -SHGSSNRA OVC020
BECMG 0821/0823 30008KT
FM090200 31008KT P6SM BKN030 OVC050
FM090600 31006KT P6SM SCT030 BKN050
RMK NXT FCST BY 082100Z=

-SHGSSNRA ??? Seriously? I had to go to the magic decoder to find out what that was:

LIGHT SNOW PELLET SHOWER
LIGHT SNOW SHOWER
LIGHT RAIN SHOWER

Geez… that’s piling a lot of crap into one element in a TAF. And we need exactly none of it.

Brace yourself: This is going to suck

January 10, 2017 @ 13:10 By: gordon Category: Weather

I just looked at the radar…


And the aviation forecast:

TAF CYOW 101738Z 1018/1118 12010KT P6SM -SN OVC040 TEMPO 1018/1019 2SM -SN OVC030
FM101900 13012G22KT 3SM -SN OVC030 TEMPO 1019/1020 1SM -SN VV007
PROB40 1019/1020 3/4SM -SN
FM102000 13012G22KT 1/2SM SN VV005 TEMPO 1020/1022 1SM -SN
PROB30 1022/1103 1/4SM +SN VV003
FM110300 14018G28KT 3/4SM -SN BLSN VV007 TEMPO 1103/1107 2SM -SNPL OVC012
PROB30 1104/1107 3SM -FZRA BR OVC015
FM110700 17020G30KT 3SM -SNRA OVC012
FM111100 22020G35KT P6SM BKN030
FM111400 23015G25KT P6SM FEW030
RMK NXT FCST BY 102100Z=

The likelihood that this is going to suck is very high.

And so it begins…

October 27, 2016 @ 00:24 By: gordon Category: Weather

Well, it looks like the non-snow infested weather is probably coming to an end on Thursday…

TAF CYOW 270238Z 2703/2724 VRB03KT P6SM SCT040
FM271100 07010KT P6SM FEW025 BKN200
FM271500 08012G22KT P6SM FEW012 OVC120
FM271800 09015G25KT P6SM -RA FEW020 OVC060
FM272000 09015G25KT 21/2SM -SNRA BR BKN015 OVC030
FM272300 08015G25KT 11/2SM -SNRA BR BKN008 OVC012
RMK NXT FCST BY 270600Z=

Basically, the aviation forecast is suggesting that a mix of light rain and snow, aka sleet, will start around 4pm, which should make the evening commute magical.

At least it’s not quite as icky as what was being called for 8 years ago.

I really enjoyed the warm weather that we had up until a week or so ago.