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October 17, 2018 @ 12:29 By: gordon Category: Weather

Well, it looks like the nice weather may be coming to an end. Or interrupted, to say the least:

TAF CYOW 171440Z 1715/1812 27018G28KT P6SM BKN040 BKN100 TEMPO 1715/1716 P6SM -SHRA 
FM172200 31012G22KT P6SM -SHSNRA BKN050 PROB30 1722/1801 2SM -SHSN 
FM180100 30015G25KT P6SM FEW060 
RMK NXT FCST BY 171800Z= 

Loosely translated, this tells us that from 6pm to 9pm, we’re probably going to see precipitation that may not be entirely liquid. It’s not going to accumulate, but it that doesn’t change the fact that it probably won’t be purely rain.

I hope I’m wrong about this and that the only thing I’m going to need my windshield wipers for this evening will be rain.

First dragonboat practice of the season

May 28, 2018 @ 14:24 By: gordon Category: Dragonboats, Weather

This evening is the first practice of the season for my dragonboat team. Naturally, the weather is shaping up to be a bit exciting just before and just after our session:

TAF CYOW 281739Z 2818/2918 24007KT P6SM BKN020 TEMPO 2818/2820 BKN025
FM282000 26007KT P6SM BKN040 TEMPO 2820/2823 P6SM -SHRA PROB30
2820/2823 2SM TSRA BR BKN040CB
FM290200 26008KT P6SM -SHRA BKN050 PROB30 2902/2904 VRB20G30KT
1SM +TSRA BR BKN050CB
FM290400 35010G20KT P6SM FEW050
FM290600 36008KT P6SM SKC
BECMG 2914/2916 06008KT
RMK NXT FCST BY 282100Z=

Basically, on either side of our practice (from 8pm to 9pm), the weather may include light rain showers and with a 30% probability of thunderstorms.

Figures, eh?

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.