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July 30, 2005

Tropical system fails to pick up steam; Flooding death toll in India could surpass 1,000; Tornado reportedly kills 15 in China; Astronauts test repairs as mission extended one day; Newsweek: Discovery succeeds, but NASA may have failed its mission; Aurora alert follows an X-class explosion from sunspot; Claim of 10th planet being contested

No Tropical Storm Harvey … Yet: Tropical system fails to pick up steam

Flooding death toll in India could surpass 1,000

Tornado reportedly kills 15 in China

NASA Update: Astronauts test repairs as mission extended one day | More MSNBC coverage

Newsweek: Shuttle ups and downs; Discovery succeeds, but NASA may have failed its mission … This article mentions the insulating foam causing difficulties for NASA since 1997.

Aurora alert! following an X-class explosion from sunspot 792

Claim of 10th planet being contested

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Saturday 1. Phoenix 2. San Antonio 3. Vancouver 4. Los Angeles 5. Atlanta … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 29, 2005

Delta Flight 191 Crash Anniversary Tuesday; Boy Scout leader killed by lightning; U.K. tornado worst for 25 years; Hottest June-July ever in several Eastern U.S. cities; Tropical storms more intense, new research shows; Astronomers claim discovery of 10th planet; MSNBC’s Discovery’s liftoff page; NASA not giving up on another ’05 launch; Hubble operators optimistic about shuttle

20th Anniversary Of Fatal Delta Crash Caused By Microburst At D/FW Airport: Full story, including almost 300 images and several original video reports … This crash, caused by a microburst, is at No. 71 on the 100 biggest air disasters list

Weather News: Boy Scout leader killed by lightning: 13-year-old Scout reportedly brain-dead after being struck

U.K. tornado ‘worst for 25 years’

Hottest June-July ever in several Eastern U.S. cities

Tropical storms more intense, new research shows

Space News: Astronomers claim discovery of 10th planet

NASA News: MSNBC’s Discovery’s liftoff page lets you choose up to three of 11 views of the liftoff. Neat stuff! Found at Lost Remote

NASA not giving up on another ’05 launch

Hubble operators optimistic about shuttle

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Friday 1. Austin 2. Houston 3. Atlanta 4. San Antonio 5. Toronto … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 28, 2005

Tornado injures 19 in England; Sleep Warning issued to forecasters after snoozing on job; Several explosions rock Fort Worth chemical plant; Photos of smoke, evening clouds; Online weather community organizes its own conference; Harvey might form by end of month; NASA: Shuttle escaped damage from foam; Discovery docks with International Space Station; NASA says discovery looks OK to fly home; Critics challenge shuttle program’s future; Shuttle grounding may cause layoffs; Perseid meteor shower Aug. 12

Weird News: Tornado injures 19 in Birmingham, England (With video) | Sleep Warning issued to weather bureau forecasters after apparent snoozing on the job

Explosions Rock Fort Worth Chemical Plant: Story, video and images

Taken July 28 east of Fort Worth's skyline. Links to larger image in new windowI snapped a couple of pictures of the smoke, which could be seen from Dallas Love Field more than 30 miles away. The photos — compiled into one — were taken at about 3:30 p.m. from KXAS-TV’s studios, located about four miles east of downtown Fort Worth. It shows the thick smoke from the fire, which filled the sky over downtown (skyline just left of center). Image links to a larger version in a new window…

Some other photos I took this evening in far north Fort Worth:

Taken July 28 in far north Fort Worth. Links to larger image in new window Taken July 28 in far north Fort Worth. Links to larger image in new window

Images link to large versions in new windows

Weather News: Online weather community has organized its own conference

Harvey *might* form by the end of the month

NASA Updates:

NASA: Shuttle escaped damage from foam

Discovery docks with International Space Station

NASA says discovery looks OK to fly home

Critics challenge shuttle program’s future

Shuttle grounding may cause layoffs

Meteors: Perseid meteor shower coming Fri. Aug. 12

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Thursday 1. Dallas/Fort Worth 2. Las Vegas 3. Atlanta 4. San Antonio 5. Charlotte … and on Wednesday: 1. Dallas/Fort Worth 2. Boston 3. New York City 4. Washington, D.C. 5. Baltimore … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 27, 2005

NASA grounds shuttle fleet, cites foam danger; Deadly heat wave lingers in East; 104-degree day incinerates 1966 record; Heat wave prompts summer school snow day; Sen. Santorum radio ads air; Floods kill 140 in India; Bombay under water; Worst hurricane season since 21 storms of 1933?; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame damaged in storms; NASA: Shuttle’s chipped tile not perilous; Residents concerned about pool webcam

Breaking News From NASA: NASA grounds shuttle fleet, cites foam danger: Agency Program Manager: ‘We need to do some work here’ … Previous story: NASA: Shuttle’s chipped tile not perilous

The Heat: Part ??? Deadly heat wave lingers in East | With the heat, storms — current weather watches/warnings and weather/webcams by city | From N.C.: 104-degree Tuesday incinerates 1966 record | Heat wave prompts Philly summer school ‘snow day’ | Current U.S. temperatures map and heat map

Heat On Senator: NWSEO begins airing radio ads to inform Pennsylvanians about Sen. Santorum’s ‘fog on the brain’ … Thanks to CapitalWeather for the find.

Other Weather News: Floods kill 140 in India; Bombay under water

This could be worst hurricane season since the 21 storms of 1933

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame damaged in storms

World Of Webcams: Residents concerned about pool webcam

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Tuesday: 1. Toronto 2. Indianapolis 3. Chicago 4. Kansas City 5. Detroit … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 26, 2005

Space shuttle takes off on historic flight; Possible debris spotted falling from shuttle; My rough sketch of cost-effective shuttle launch idea; D.C. heads for century mark; NASA and the No. 13; Montana quake Magnitude 5.6; Stormy night in Minn., Wisc., Iowa; Midwest swelters in grips of heat wave; From NJ: First heat deaths reported, more heat on the way; Sen. Santorum on Comedy Central tonight; Tropical Storm Franklin weakens in Atlantic; Rain from Gert threatens floods, mudslides in Mexico; SE Michigan storms cut power to 39,000; Thunderstorms cause massive flooding in the High Desert

Shuttle Launch Update: Space shuttle takes off on historic flight | Possible debris spotted falling from shuttle: NASA analyzing video of loose piece (Slideshow, video inside) | Astronomy Picture of the Day: Launch

My Rough Sketch Of Cost-Effective Shuttle Launch Idea:
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My rough sketch of cost-effective shuttle launch idea. Image links to large version in new window

A couple of notes: Of course, while on the launch pad, lightning may strike the balloon, causing it to burst, and the shuttle to fall, so some type of protection would need to keep the shuttle from being damaged … perhaps a deep pool of water built into the launch pad directly below where the shuttle sits.

I hope you all realize I’m joking about all of this.

Again, I had a little too much free time today.

D.C. Near Century Mark: CapitalWeather.com blog, live D.C. weather and webcams and current conditions in D.C.

Heat Continues: Midwest swelters in grips of heat wave | Heat advisory for Washington, D.C. area | From New Jersey: First heat deaths reported, more heat on the way | Current U.S. temps and heat index | Much more, including current temperature maps are in yesterday’s post below…

NASA Shuttle Launch Coverage:

ArrowWeather: NWS radar | Current weather/webcam images and more

ArrowStories: NASA may bend rules to launch Discovery | Why NASA’s making the right decision | Very latest stories

ArrowLive Video of Launch: MSNBC.com (Starting at 6:59 a.m. EDT) | Fox News

ArrowSpecial Sites: NASA’s Return To Flight page | MSNBC coverage | CNN coverage

ArrowTimelines: Discovery history/timeline and NASA timeline

Shuttle Launch & The No. 13: NASA seems to like the number 13. Discovery’s original launch date: July 13. Revised launch date: 13 days later. Time of launch: 10:39 a.m. (first two numbers excluding the “0” = 13, and it is 39 minutes after the hour, or 3 times … you guessed it, 13). Yep, I have way too much time on my hands…

Montana Quake Magnitude 5.6 Monday Night: Story: no immediate reports of serious damage, injuries | USGS preliminary dataU.S. map and World map. Also: Latest stories. Live quake wire is in left column of this page.

Stormy Night In Wisconsin, S. Minnesota, N. Iowa: Current watches/warnings map; live U.S. radar (click through for local weather and webcams) and storm summary radar. Minneapolis/St. Paul weather/webcams

Sen. Santorum (R-PA), who wants the National Weather Service to stick to alerts but not to other weather information online, will be on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” tonight. Found this on CapitalWeather.com

Tropics: Tropical Storm Franklin weakens in Atlantic | Rain from Gert threatens floods, mudslides in Mexico

Other Weather News: SE Michigan storms cut power to 39,000

Thunderstorms cause massive flooding in the High Desert

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Monday: 1. Chicago 2. Minneapolis/St. Paul 3. Columbus 4. Milwaukee 5. Green Bay … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 25, 2005

Chicago at 102 degrees, near all-time record; 103 degrees in St. Louis; Tropical Storm Gert moves into Mexico; Lightning strikes family, boy’s head; Crews make progress battling Western fires; Saharan dust storm; 7.2 quake hits India; Thailand issues tsunami warning; NASA plans launch even if problem recurs; Mood brightens for launch attempt; Running Man on Sun

Chicago Near All-Time High Temperature Record: The high temperature in Chicago was 102 degrees at O’Hare and 104 at Midway | All-time record high recorded in Chicago was 105 degrees *on July 24* in 1934 | Other Chicago-area temps, Weather Plus streaming video and story from NBC 5 | More weather/webcams

St. Louis Also Baking: At 103 degrees Sunday | More St. Louis temps | Monday forecast: 103 degrees | KSDK-TV Weather Plus live video stream and stories | More weather/webcams

U.S. Current Temperatures: Current U.S. temps and heat index | Weather.com temps map | Contour plot … Additional current temperature maps are in our National/International page

Tropical Storm Gert made landfall with 45 mph winds on Sunday in Mexico, well south of where Emily made landfall. Track

Lightning Strikes Family, Boy’s Head: Lightning Victim’s Progress ‘A Miracle’ | Lightning strikes boy’s head, knocking him and pal out

Western Wildfires: Crews make progress battling Western fires

Dust Storm = Colorful Sunsets: Saharan dust storm around the corner for S. Florida

Major Quake, Tsunami Warning: Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits India’s Nicobar Islands; Thailand issues tsunami warning … Latest quakes list is in the left column

Space News: NASA plans launch even if problem recurs | Mood brightens for shuttle launch attempt

Running Man on the Sun posted at SpaceWeather.com

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Sunday: 1. Detroit 2. Toronto 3. Cleveland 4. Las Vegas 5. Phoenix … and on Saturday: 1. Phoenix 2. Minneapolis/St. Paul 3. Chicago 4. Milwaukee 5. Los Angeles … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 23, 2005

102 in Chicago Sunday?; Western cities see record heat; Phoenix heat wave hits homeless hard; At 117 degrees, no ones escapes the heat; Tropical Storm Franklin douses Bahamas, heads away; Tropical Depression 7 forms, may become Tropical Storm Gert; Mexico reports first death from Hurricane Emily; Storm chaser builds an armored Ford F-450 to drive into tornadoes; Some slow to get power restored after Indiana storm; Eerie recording captures sound of tsunami; House endorses NASA missions to Moon, Mars; Commander: Shuttle launch date unimportant

Heat Wave: Sunday’s high temperature in Chicago could reach 102 | Chicago local temps and more Chicago weather | High Saturday of 109 degrees in southeastern South Dakota … Western cities see record heat | Phoenix heat wave hits homeless hard | At 117 degrees, no ones escapes the heat | Current U.S. temps and heat index | Weather.com temps map | Contour plot … Additional current temperature maps are in our National/International page

Franklin Moving Away: Tropical Storm Franklin douses Bahamas, heads away … More data is in the red box to the right

Tropical Depression Seven Forms, May Become Tropical Storm Gert: From the Tropical Prediction Center: Looks like it will hit Mexico as well, according to the 3-day track. Check out the latest IR satellite image and loop

Emily Death: Mexico reports first death from hurricane that destroyed thousands of buildings

Tornado v. Ford F-450: Storm chaser builds an armored Ford F-450 to drive into tornadoes

Some slow to get power restored after Indiana storm

Eerie recording captures sound of tsunami

Space News: House endorses NASA missions to Moon, Mars

Commander: Shuttle launch date unimportant

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Friday: 1. Houston 2. Indianapolis 3. Dallas/Fort Worth 4. Los Angeles 5. Vancouver … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 22, 2005

Tropical Storm Franklin forms; Strange colorful cloud forms over Fort Worth; South Texans welcome rain, thankful for little damage; Study: Most people wouldn’t flee Category 3 storm; Power demands strain Calif. system as heat wave continues; Power plants worried as heat wave warms Great Lakes; Mount St. Helens still cooking: Quakes shake, lava domes build

Enter Tropical Storm Franklin: [Story] Tropical Prediction Center 11 p.m. EDT update has it 100 miles northeast of Nassau in the NW Bahamas. As of the update, winds were at 45 mph. Satellite image and loop. The track has it moving north in the Atlantic. Current U.S. strike probabilities … Keep up with the latest data in the red box to the right.

Taken at about 12:45 p.m. on July 21 just east of downtown Fort Worth. Click for larger image in new windowWeird News: Strange colorful cloud forms over Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex … I was able to snap a couple of pictures of this myself at about 12:45 p.m. from a location about four miles east of downtown Fort Worth. Images open larger versions in new windows… The best explanations I’ve heard so far, a plane may have dumped some fuel that caused the rainbow of colors when hit by the sun at the right angle; or it was a phenomenon known as a sun dog. KXAS-TV Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock has included his thoughts in a blog post

Taken at about 12:45 p.m. on July 21 just east of downtown Fort Worth. Click for larger image in new window

More images of the cloud are in this KXAS-TV weather gallery

Other Recent Images: A WXnation Webcam shot from Thursday morning, and four lightning strike shots from a July 5 storm in far north Fort Worth. All images link to larger versions in new windows…

From WXnation Webcam in far north Fort Worth. Click for larger image in new window

Lightning image taken July 5 in far north Fort Worth. Click for larger image in new window Lightning image taken July 5 in far north Fort Worth. Click for larger image in new window

Lightning image taken July 5 in far north Fort Worth. Click for larger image in new window Lightning image taken July 5 in far north Fort Worth. Click for larger image in new window

Other Weather News: South Texans welcome rain, thankful for little damage

Study released by the University of New Orleans: Most people wouldn’t flee Category 3 storm

Heat Wave: Power demands strain Calif. system as heat wave continues | Current U.S. temperatures and latest stories

Heat wave hits Canada too: Power plants worried as heat wave warms Great Lakes … More on the heat wave in yesterday’s post.

Quake News: Mount St. Helens still cooking: Quakes shake, lava domes build

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Thursday: 1. Indianapolis 2. Brownsville, Texas 3. Chicago 4. Milwaukee 5. Fort Wayne … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 21, 2005

Now-Tropical Depression Emily loses much of its punch; Wind tunnel shows strength of hurricane winds; Typhoon wreaks havoc in China, Taiwan; at least 15 reported dead; 105 ties all-time high in Denver; Relentless heat kills 18 in Phoenix; 117 ties all-time record in Las Vegas; NY sets new record for electricity demand; Few criticize TWC spots; NASA still searching for glitch, sets July 26 launch date; NASA weighs encore for Deep Impact craft; Experts say Arkansas may have earthquake

Latest Weather News: Now-Tropical Depression Emily loses much of its punch | Emily slaps Mexican coast, south Texas | More coverage in the posts below…

Wind tunnel shows strength of hurricane winds

Typhoon Haitang wreaks havoc in China, Taiwan; at least 15 reported dead

Heat Wave: 105 ties all-time high in Denver | Current, recent Denver temps, conditions | More Denver weather/webcams | Current temps map

Relentless heat kills 18 in Phoenix | Heat blamed for deaths in Phoenix as temperatures soar

Tuesday’s 117-degree high in Las Vegas ties all-time record | Current, recent Las Vegas temps, conditions | More Las Vegas weather/webcams | Current temps map

NY sets new record for electricity demand

The Environmental Protection Agency’s payments to the Weather Channel to produce “video capsules” on climate change caused just a sprinkling, not a storm, of disapproval Monday. Story

Space News: NASA still searching for glitch, sets July 26 launch date | MSNBC coverage

NASA weighs encore for Deep Impact craft

Quake News: Experts say Arkansas may have earthquake … As always, the latest earthquake data is listed in the left column…

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Wednesday: 1. Brownsville, Texas 2. San Antonio 3. Houston 4. Chicago 5. Corpus Christi … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 20, 2005

Hurricane Emily makes landfall along northeastern Mexico coast just south of Texas border

GOES Gulf Of Mexico Visible Satellite. Links to updated imageHurricane Emily Landfall: Hurricane Emily is makes landfall as a Category 3 hurricane with 125 mph maximum sustained winds in the 5 a.m. CDT hour along the northeastern Mexico coast, just south of the Texas border and Brownsville, according to the 4 a.m. CDT Tropical Prediction Center update. The center made landfall near San Fernando, Mexico. Fortunately for Texas, the heaviest rain is staying south of the border, so accumulations of up to 4 inches are expected over South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Isolated tornadoes are also possible. Check out the latest NWS radar loop, latest stories and live weather and webcam images for the Brownsville area. Get the latest images and data in the red box to the right.

National Weather Service radar at 6:36 a.m. CDT Wed. Links to live radarArrowStreaming Video: Stream from Weather Plus, KXAS-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth (Be sure to hit the “play” button; Additional Weather Plus streams near top left column of Super Sites) | Archived video: KRGV-TV, Brownsville | KGBT-TV, Brownsville | KRIS-TV 6, Corpus Christi
ArrowStories: Browsnville Herald | KRGV-TV | KGBT-TV | Category 2 heads for coast | South Texas prepares as Emily on track to hit Mexico again after hitting Yucatan, tearing off luxury hotel roofs along Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, stranding thousands of tourists and leaving hundreds homeless. Very latest stories
ArrowImages: Current watches/warnings map, S. Texas radar, loop, 24 hour rainfall totals
ArrowCurrent Weather: Current wind/weather conditions in Brownsville-area | live weather and webcam images
ArrowBlogs: WeatherBlog | WeatherBug | WX-Man’s Perspective | Capital Weather
ArrowInteractive: Hurricane tracker

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Tuesday (A Texas sweep … are we surprised?): 1. Brownsville, Texas 2. Corpus Christi 3. Houston 4. Dallas/Fort Worth 5. San Antonio … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 19, 2005

Hurricane Emily slows down as South Texas prepares; Category 3 Emily hours from second landfall in Mexico; Emily tears off luxury hotel roofs, strands thousands of tourists, leaves hundreds homeless in Yucatan; 11 people in Phoenix die of heat-related ailments as temps soar; California’s Southland temperatures top 100 degrees; Monday’s high temp for Mojave River Sink, CA: 125 degrees; Arizona utilities taxed; Mass China evacuation as storm nears; NASA still stumped by fuel gauge problem; NASA studies Hurricane Dennis

GOES Gulf Of Mexico Visible Satellite. Links to updated imageHurricane Emily Update: Hurricane Emily is expected to hit Mexico just south of the Texas border Wednesday morning as a major hurricane. In the 6 p.m. CDT update, Emily was upgraded to a Category 3 storm with 125 mph maximum sustained winds. The worst for South Texas will include flooding as some areas could see 10 to 15 inches of rain, and tropical storm-force winds. I’ve noticed this evening that Emily appears to be slowing down to a crawl — at least it looks that way in the latest NWS radar loop. A big slow-down would not be good news, as it would lead to additional flooding. Get the latest images and data in the red box to the right. Here are some other resources:

National Weather Service radar at 8:34 p.m. CDT Tue. Links to live radarTotal chance for landfall within 65 nautical miles of Brownsville, Texas, was at 44-percent in the 6 p.m. CDT strike probabilities update

Record Heat: 11 people in Phoenix die of heat-related ailments as temps soar | California’s Southland temperatures top 100 degrees | Check out Monday’s high temp for Mojave River Sink, CA: 125 degrees! | Las Vegas temps in mid-110s | Arizona utilities taxed | Current temps map

Mass China evacuation as storm nears

Space News: NASA still stumped by fuel gauge problem | NASA studies Hurricane Dennis

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Monday: 1. Brownsville, Texas 2. Detroit 3. Houston 4. Dallas/Fort Worth 5. Toronto … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 18, 2005

Hurricane watch, tropical storm warning issued along S. Texas Coast; Hurricane Emily pounding Cozumel, Mexico; makes landfall just southwest of the popular destination; Drought tightens its deadly grip in Europe; Minnesota bakes in longest heat wave since 1988; Heat and no power in Quebec, Canada; Winnipeg suffers damage after intense storms; Worst weather disaster in Western Wisconsin history: 25 years later; Typhoon Haitang lashes Taiwan; Stories from the storm in Dennis’ wake

5 p.m. Update: From the Tropical Prediction Center‘s 4 p.m. CDT advisory, a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch has been issued along the South Texas Coast from Brownsville to Baffin Bay. Track and more images in the red box. Part of the 5 p.m. discussion:

ONLY A SMALL DEVIATION TO THE NORTH OF THE TRACK…OR A HURRICANE LARGER THAN FORECAST…COULD BRING STRONGER WINDS TO SOUTHERN TEXAS. THEREFORE…A HURRICANE WATCH AND A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE LOWER TEXAS COAST.

Map of watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service | Brownsville/S. Texas weather, live webcams

Posted at 2:33 a.m. EDT: GOES Gulf Of Mexico IR Satellite. Links to updated imageLandfall Near Cozumel: Hurricane Emily, a Category 4 storm with 135 mph maximum sustained winds, is now making landfall just southwest of Cozumel, Mexico. [Latest news stories | Texas prepares; evacuation concerns | Emily lashes Mexican coast] … Here is an excerpt from the Tropical Prediction Center’s 2 a.m. EDT update. More info and images are in the red box to the right, and weather and webcam links for this part of Mexico are in last night’s post below…

THE CENTER OF EMILY HAS PASSED JUST TO THE SOUTHWEST OF COZUMEL…AND WILL BE ONSHORE WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR. EMILY IS EXPECTED TO EMERGE INTO THE SOUTHERN GULF OF MEXICO LATER TODAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 135 MPH…215 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. EMILY IS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME WEAKENING WILL OCCUR AS EMILY MOVES OVER NORTHERN YUCATAN THIS MORNING.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES… 95 KM… FROM THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 150 MILES…240 KM.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 8 TO 12 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS…ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES…CAN BE EXPECTED NEAR AND TO THE NORTH OF WHERE THE CENTER MAKES LANDFALL IN MEXICO.

RAINFALL TOTALS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS UP TO 12 INCHES. LESSER AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER WESTERN CUBA.

Other Weather News: Heat Wave! Drought tightens its deadly grip in Europe

Minnesota bakes: 9 days in a row over 90 degrees makes it the longest such stretch since 1988 | Heat and no power in Quebec, Canada | Current U.S. temperatures map (also located in our National/International page)

Speaking of our neighbors to the north: Winnipeg suffers damage after intense storms

Worst weather disaster in Western Wisconsin history: 25 years later … Stories and video from WEAU-TV 13 (Thanks, Steve Swanson)

Typhoon Hits Taiwan: Typhoon Haitang lashes Taiwan

Stories from the storm in Dennis’ wake

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Sunday: 1. Houston 2. Toronto 3. Dallas/Fort Worth 4. Brownsville, Texas 5. Indianapolis … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 17, 2005

Category 4 Hurricane Emily hours from landfall near Cozumel, Mexico; Evacuations under way; Toronto passengers stranded in Cancun; South Texas readies for Emily; Storms flood Houston, but most crops, cattle suffer from lack of rain; Cozumel, Cancun webcams, weather; Why we keep living in hurricane alleys; Another 110+ day in Las Vegas?!; Experts: Aging shuttle fleet poses danger

GOES Gulf Of Mexico Visible Satellite. Links to updated imageHurricane Emily: Latest images/data in red section … This is a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with 135 mph maximum sustained winds, as of the 11 p.m. EDT Sunday update, and it’s headed for some very popular travel destinations in Mexico. Landfall is expected just after midnight somewhere near Cozumel and just south of Cancun in the Yucatan Peninsula … Stories: Evacuations under way as Hurricane Emily nears Mexico | Toronto passengers stranded in Cancun | Coverage from Cayman Islands: Cayman Net News (Webcam and live audio) … South Texas readies for Emily | Recent storms flooded Houston, but most of Texas’ crops, cattle suffer from lack of rain … From Jan. 1 to June 14, Brownsville has only recorded 3.07 inches of rainfall, compared to 18.06 inches between Jan. 1 and June 14, 2004. More updated stories

Cozumel, Cancun Weather: Current conditions and forecasts for Cozumel and Cancun | Mexico radar images

Cozumel, Cancun Webcams: Cozumel, Cancun and other Mexico webcams: Try these… Cozumel Live Directory | Cancun Weather Cam (link near top left) | Webcam-List.com Mexico cams list | A Bird’s Eye View Cams Mexico webcams list | Cozumel Insider (down for Emily) | Royal Resorts (shut down for Emily)

Cayman Islands streaming webcam

From Capital Weather:

This storm is likely to do serious damage on the Yucatan peninsula. Resort areas such as Cancun and Cozumel may take a huge hit. For the first time ever, The Weather Channel (TWC) is sending a meteorologist to cover a storm in another country. According to WeatherBlog, TWC is sending Mike Bettes to the Yucatan.

Why we keep living in hurricane alleys

Another 110+ degree day in Las Vegas?!

Space News: Experts: Aging shuttle fleet poses danger

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Saturday: 1. Dallas/Fort Worth 2. Detroit 3. Indianapolis 4. Houston 5. Toronto … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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July 16, 2005

Davis Vantage Pro2/WeatherBug Backyard personal weather station review

There is no lack of local weather data in my part of the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Metroplex. I’m located about 5 miles due north of NOAA’S National Weather Service, which serves the North Texas area. I’m about 5 miles due south of Alliance Airport, and only 15 miles from the official reporting station for Dallas/Fort Worth at DFW International Airport. That’s nice, but much different weather can be happening just 5 miles away, and yesterday is a perfect example. My house didn’t get a drop of rain yesterday, while DFW Airport got almost a quarter of an inch, and Alliance Airport, just 5 miles away, got almost an inch of rain! Having a personal weather station now lets me know what really happened at my house, which is good for practical reasons such as knowing whether to shut the sprinklers off for a couple of days. [Note: Images link to large versions in new windows]

David Vantage Pro2 materials. Links to large version in new window Why Davis Vantage Pro2?

I purchased a wireless Davis Vantage Pro2 from the WeatherBug Backyard program, which lets users upload their weather station’s data to WeatherBug, allowing all with Version 6 or higher to view their weather conditions. I did some research and found that reviews were positive for the model I purchased. There are more expensive models out there, including a higher-end Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus that measures solar/UV radiation, but the model I have does everything I want and does it for a total cost of $500. Best value, that’s what many wrote about Davis Vantage Pro2 as I was researching.

Installation

Not too difficult. It took me about two hours to piece the rain bucket and anemometer (wind gauge) together to the point that it was ready to be mounted to, in my case, a steel pole. The instruction manual was easy to understand and had plenty of illustrations to help me along.

David Vantage Pro2. Links to large version in new windowI could have mounted the station to my fence, but opted for a pole installation since it would make the station more level, and since the solar panel should be facing south and the anemometer north, and my neighbor behind me might have had something to say about this white panel hanging over their side of the fence.

I had a pole with an outside diameter of 1-1/4 cut to 8 feet at Home Depot and bought some Qwik-Crete. With a post-hole digger, the whole process took a couple of hours, mostly because I chose to do this in the middle of a 100-degree day and I was taking frequent water breaks. Basically, I received the weather station in the mail Tuesday and had the thing mounted and sending data to my computer, Web site and WeatherBug by the next night.

David Vantage Pro2. Links to large version in new windowConsole

I love the console. Among other measurements, it displays every 2 seconds the temperature inside and out, heat index/wind chill, wind speed/direction, lunar cycle, barometric pressure, humidity in and out. rain rate/day, 24-hour forecast, and it has a neat little graph that plots, by hour, any of the mentioned features over the past day. The console also has many options for different units of measurement and a nice backlight that will stay on permanently if you tell it to. Three C batteries are placed in the back for a backup power supply, and a port in the back feeds data to your computer via a serial port or USB. The data can be updated to WeatherBug or your own web page every minute.

David Vantage Pro2. Links to large version in new windowSoftware

WeatherBug Publisher installs quickly and, once installed, it runs quietly in the background, uploading data every minute or so depending on the connection setting you choose. The actual WeatherBug application does not need to be open, even in the tray, for the data to be sent to WeatherBug. You can also install and run the WeatherLink software Davis provides, which allows all of the data (or whatever you choose) from the station to be uploaded to a web page. You can use one of their templates to create a page, or create your own, which is what I did here. It doesn’t take long at all. There are simple HTML tags for each measurement, and the page you create on your C drive can be easily uploaded to a web server with some simple FTP settings in the WeatherLink settings. I have mine set up to upload once every 5 minutes, though I am doing it as two different publishes to make sure that WeatherLink and WeatherBug are not fighting for my computer’s COM port. It seems to work best that way, and both servers are getting new data at least twice every 5 minutes. (more…)

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Jamaicans brace for Hurricane Emily; Mexico plans evacuation of tourists from Cancun; Why so many storms so early in hurricane season?; Long-time Gulf Coast resident says people panicked by The Weather Channel; Do-not-call rules eased after storms pass; NASA delays Discovery launch indefinitely; 5.2 quake shakes Hawaii; Quake rattles Mt. St. Helens; Trip I need to take

Friday Night Weather News: Jamaicans brace for Hurricane Emily | Mexico plans evacuation of tourists from Cancun | Latest info in the red box (right)

Why so many storms so early in hurricane season?

Long-Time Gulf Coast Resident: Don’t Panic! A man who has lived on the U.S. Gulf Coast for 30 years says residents are more panicked by hurricanes since watching The Weather Channel… Article. Did you watch coverage of Hurricane Dennis on TWC, or listen to Matt Drudge‘s show last Sunday where some callers had similar comments? I have to admit, I was paying more attention to the excellent online streaming coverage from two local TV stations in Mobile/Pensacola (WPMI and WKRG). I wish I had taped TWC Sunday afternoon. From what I did see, they were pretty excited …

Weather Channel’s storm chaser

‘Do-not-call’ rules eased after storms pass

Space News: NASA delays Discovery launch indefinitely

Quake News: 5.2 earthquake shakes Hawaii residents | Magnitude 3 earthquake rattles Mount St. Helens volcano … as always, the quake wire is in the left column of this page, and additional quake resources are in our National/International page

Off Topic: I need to go see the mysterious Marfa Lights one day. They’re in my state, but it’s Texas, where traveling from the north-central region to the west is still a long hike…

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Friday: 1. Dallas/Fort Worth 2. Houston 3. San Antonio 4. Atlanta 5. Indianapolis … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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