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  • January 30, 2010: New web-site

    I have a new web-site.  www.weatherobservatory.com
     - forecasts, tower cams, radar, and other can be found there.

    We picked up five inches of snow overnight.  Not bad for around here.  That is a decent snow!

     

    January 30th, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

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  • June 30, 2009: Murray, KY Severe Thunderstorm

      Nice cloud tops to my south and southeast this evening.  This thunderstorm produced wind damage in Murray, KY.  Trees were reported down – along with hail.

     


    Severe thunderstorm near Murray, KY.

     


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    June 30th, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 55 comments

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  • June 21, 2009: First day of summer! HOT.

      Welcome to Summer 2009.  A hot start for our region.  Temperatures are in the middle to upper 90s this afternoon.  Heat index values are above 100 degrees.  Not the best weather.

      A few thunderstorms have been scattered over South Illinois this afternoon – a couple of warnings.  Large hail appears to actually be the primary threat.  This has all remained north of our counties.

      It appears the heat will continue through next weekend.  Daily high temperatures will be in the 90s.

     

    June 21st, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

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  • June 2, 2009: Cumulus Clouds

      Scattered strong thunderstorms over the region today.  Some reports of hail and wind near St Louis.  I took these photographs in Paducah, Kentucky.

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    June 2nd, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

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  • May 23, 2009: Cloudy today – some rain moving in from the south

        A low pressure area is moving in from the south.  This was the "tropical" low that passed through the Gulf of Mexico over the last few days.  It never did fully develop.

      The heaviest rains will stay to our south and west.

     

    May 23rd, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

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  • May 22, 2009: Slow severe weather season

      Although we have had a few severe weather events (the big Derecho a few weeks ago) it has been fairly quiet.  The house building continues.  Looks like the shingles are almost finished!

      Hard to keep a weather blog, build a house, and go to school!  Then toss in "life" in general. 

      The severe weather season was moving along nicely until last week when a ridge developed.  The only weather of concern for the coming days is a tropical system pulling out of the southeast United States and Gulf of Mexico.  This will spread showers and storms northward into the Tennessee Valley over the weekend.  Some heavy rain is possible in some areas.  Not expecting anything severe for my counties (West KY, South IL).

      Severe weather may pick up again after the 1st of June.

     


    Looking towards the north – weather instruments are ready to roll!

     


    This will be the hatch that goes out the top of the house to the observatory

     


    The weather room – trying to figure out placement of computer monitors.

     

     

    May 22nd, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

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  • April 17, 2009: Installing solar pipe – nice day!

      Beautiful day – best day we have had so far this spring.  One of the few 70 degree days we have had this spring.  It has been chilly!  See map from yesterday.  BRRRR – for April.  Dry today – for once.  More rain is moving into the region, however, from the west/southwest.  We may see 1/2-1" between now and Monday.  Just what we don’t need.

      Spent the entire day at the farm – fixed some weather instruments – pulled some wires – got everything ready for the rain.  We met Jason Hart, from MAAPS, at 11:30 AM.  He brought the pipe for the solar panels.  It is talled and bigger than I imaged!  They concreted it into the ground this afternoon.

      I am pretty sure I got a little bit of sunburn today – not much shade up on top of the hill! 

      Qwest called and it looks like they may have the internet up and running in a couple of weeks.  We shall see.  They did deliver the router today – so it appears we are looking good for internet. 

      The guys put the floor down in the kids play-room today.  Perhaps by the end of next week the whole house will be in the dry?  If we can get some good weather then that could very well be the case.  We shall see – it is moving right along, though.  Next up will be plumbing and electrical.  A couple of weeks until they do that.

      I have finals in the coming days – ton of studying to do – homework – study guides.  :)  

      Some photos from today…

     


    THe guys were hard at work today – putting the floor in the kids playroom.

     

     


    Joe took this photo from on top of the lift

     


    Way up high :)   Anemometer.

     


    Joe took this photo – Bobby lifted him up with the lift.

     

     

     

     

     


    Looking west – southwest

     


    We found this date on the old cistern over where grandmother’s house used to be.  Says "1943"

     


    Jason Hark and Joe (another Joe from St Louis) – moving the solar pipe

     

     

     


    Bobby and Joe bringing the big pipe for the solar panels

     


    Solar company – MAAPS

     


    Time to dig the hole for the pole

     

     


    Digging the hole for the pipe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    The pipe for the solar panels

     

     


    Bobby bringing the pipe for the solar

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Jason with the pipe in the ground

     


    Here comes the concrete

     


    Bringing in the concrete

     


    Concrete is ready to pour :)

     

     

     


    Pouring the concrete for the solar panel pipe

     

     

     


    Finished product :)

     


    Solar hot water heater arrives

     


    Here come the solar hot water heater :)

     

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  • April 10, 2009: Severe weather outbreak strikes our region…

      It has been a long 24 hours.  Numerous severe thunderstorms struck southeast MO, South IL, West KY, West TN (and many other areas).  McCracken County had winds of 80+ mph and Massac County did as well.  Lot of damage to structures.

      Numerous counties had hailstorms.  We had several hailstorms in McCracken County.  Graves County had a large supercell with a hook echo pass south of Mayfield.  A wall cloud was reported.

      Rough 24 hours.  Glad it is over.

      Spent a lot of time over the last few days at the farm. Jason and Jess Darnall helped put weather instruments up and trench some ditches.  Looks like everything is moving along!

      Some photos and images from the last few days…


    Putting the anemometer on top of the big tower

     


    Jason Darnall and myself – going higher!

     


    In the rain even – and wind!!!!!


    And the tower cam!


    Trenching the wires for the weather instruments.


    Damage in Massac County – storm hit at 1:15 AM in the morning.  Lady said it sounded like a freight train.


    Concrete brick wall was destroyed.

    Tornadic supercell that passed in Graves County, Kentucky – just south of Mayfield, Kentucky (where my sister and mom lives)


    Hail in Reidland.  Photo sent from Reidland Fire Department.  Photo by Justin Adams


    Tony Crouch photograph – hailstorm in Mayfield, KY – photo sent at 2 AM

     

    This was the storm that hit us at 1-2 AM in the morning.  Widespread winds of 50-70 mph were reported across our counties.


    Squall line hitting our counties at 1-2 AM

     

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  • April 8, 2009: Severe weather threat?

      Looks like there will be a chance for severe weather on Thursday night into Friday morning.  The SPC has placed us in a slight risk for strong weather.  Will have to keep an eye on the location of the warm front and the track of the low.  NAM actually shows LI readings of -8 and CAPE over 2000 on Friday.

     

     

     

     

    April 8th, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

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