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May 28, 2005

In the air Wednesday night; Scorcher in Seattle; TWC vs. AccuWx vs. NWS; Active hurricane season for Texas Gulf Coast?; Sprint may charge Fla. customers 93 cents for hurricane costs; Small facelift for BBC weather map; The $6.6 million camera

In The Air Wednesday Night: I live just south of Fort Worth Alliance Airport, and jets frequently take off and fly right over my house in the midnight and 3 a.m. hours. I don’t mind it at all. Something slightly different was in the air at midnight Wednesday, however.

I was updating this blog when I heard a buzzing sound just outside my window. My first thought was, ‘Who is doing yard work at this odd hour?’

After a minute or two I decided to investigate by looking out of my bedroom window. As I was headed for the bedroom, I heard the buzzing sound and then a thump against the side of my house followed by a moment of silence. ‘What was that?’ I thought…

I went to the window and quickly discovered that my neighbor was flying a remote-controlled plane in the easement beside my home. The small plane was buzzing about in the darkness, and, within a minute or so, I was back to work and the plane was grounded.

Being in the flight path of the airport, I’ve heard a couple of planes come in so loudly that I was convinced they were going to graze my roof. Fortunately, the only plane to hit my house is a much smaller model. Here’s to hoping that I don’t wake up to windows in the bedroom shattering and a toy plane sitting at the foot of my bed…

Scorcher In Seattle: Heat advisory first ever for Seattle: Friday’s 89-degree high at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport broke that date’s 33-year-old record. Thursday’s high was also 89 degrees, breaking a 58-year-old record.

TWC vs. AccuWx vs. NWS: The folks at CapitalWeather have posted a link to a detailed story on the historic competition between AccuWeather and The Weather Channel.

Active Hurricane Season For Texas Gulf Coast?: Houston hurricane guru Neil Frank says a warming period in the Atlantic might make for an especially active season for the Texas Gulf Coast. Full story from The Galveston County Daily News

Sprint may charge its 2 million Florida customers 93 cents a month for hurricane costs

Small facelift for BBC weather map

The $6.6 Million Camera: Arizona to get $6.6 million pixel camera for taking detailed research photographs of the night sky

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

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