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General Discussion / Taiganet
« on: May 22, 2016, 11:47:25 PM »
Has any of yall have had any trouble accessing www.taiganet.com, especially the forums? I haven't been able to get on the site for about a week now.

What's going on?

Hurricane Central / Hurricane Patricia
« on: October 23, 2015, 03:31:47 PM »
The strongest hurricane in the Western Hemisphere is about to make landfall near Manzanillo, Mexico.

It's 200 mph winds - measured, not estimated - blows Andrew, Katrina, Gilbert, Camille and Wilma out of the water. It's pressure, which was 880 millibars this morning, fell a little bit more to 879 millibars. Only Super Typhoon Tip of 1979 had a lower pressure (870 millibars). It's a small storm, like Camille.

Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground has a good blog on the storm:

Programming and Graphics / "AMHQ" Cancelled
« on: September 10, 2015, 10:55:25 AM »
Sam Champion's "AMHQ" will be no more as of November 2. They also appear to be cutting down on long-form programming to focus more on weather (surprise!).

Lots of other tidbits also (possible TWC sale?).


Emulator Videos / Emulations by Pop Light Brown
« on: July 26, 2015, 12:37:49 AM »
I finally figured out how to CamStudio, so I will be posting 4000 emulation videos from time to time.

Here's the first one: Tonight's weather from Kansas City, Mo. (have not figured out how to embed YouTube videos).


WeatherSTAR Tech Support / Updated look for DirecTV viewers?
« on: November 14, 2013, 07:02:01 PM »
Us DirecTV viewers have had our LF displayed for quite a while now. With the network overhaul, everything's been updated except our LF segments...and I'm not talking about the national feed.

Will there be an eventual update for us DTV viewers?

Sorry for bumping this, but I'm getting the same problem now.

I'm trying to set up the configuration for Jackson, MS and no cities are showing up after I selected Hinds County (zone 048) so I can select a Current Conditions city.

Edit: There's no cities showing up for Rankin County (zone 049) also. That county is across the river from Jackson and houses Jackson's official observation site (JAN - Jackson Airport).

Bug Reports / What Heat Advisory? Fall Foliage in Spring?
« on: May 24, 2012, 03:16:24 PM »
Ever since I've been running the emulator, a Heat Advisory graphic keeps popping up at the beginning. The problem is, my area hasn't been under a heat advisory all spring.

Plus, why is the Fall Foliage map showing up in the springtime?

Lastly, the 36 hour forecast is not updating. It keeps reading Today, Tonight and Saturday.

Help and Support / Need new key
« on: May 23, 2012, 06:16:36 PM »
Okay, I am ready to install the emulator on my Vista desktop; and it's gonna be the one running the emulator from here on out since my lady took the laptop back and will likely delete it once she notices it.

How do I go about getting another key for the Vista?
user - brotherb95

Bug Reports / Forecast Zone Changes
« on: May 19, 2012, 01:56:23 PM »
For your emulator:

Tangipahoa Parish (Forecast Zone LA 038) has been split into two:
* Northern Tangipahoa (LA 071)
* Southern Tangipahoa (LA 072)

Also, when configuring my Current Conditions, the page and maps for Washington Parish (LA 039) won't pull up. I'm temporarily using Tangipahoa Parish.

General Weather Chat / Seen anything like this before?
« on: June 18, 2011, 04:09:39 PM »
I was checking out the weather in Charlotte via Google's Weather Underground Full Page Weather extension and I noticed the area was under a thunderstorm warning. While reading it, I saw this:

... Airport weather warning for a severe thunderstorm threat a cloud
to ground lightning threat at the Charlotte Douglas international

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued an
Airport weather warning for...

Charlotte Douglas international Airport /clt/

* valid until 515 PM EDT

For the following threats...

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for winds of 58 mph or greater and hail
1 inch in diameter or larger.

* Cloud to ground lightning within 5 miles of the Airport.

Haven't seen anything like that from the NWS. Have you all have?

Satellite provider:  DirecTV
Zip Code: 70438 (Franklinton, La.)

I know from past experience that the DirecTV Star will show alerts for the following:
* Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings
* Tornado watches and warnings
* Flash flood warnings

However, my area has been under winter storm watches and warnings (including a WSWatch in effect now) several times, yet I have yet to see alerts for these advisories displayed during the local forecasts or when I first tune in to the channel.

Are there certain watches and warnings the STAR will/will not display? Help me out.



'Mayhem' as residents brace for Yasi
By Sarah Collerton

Worried residents are battening down as Cyclone Yasi barrels towards the north Queensland coast, with forecasts it will be more powerful and larger than the devastating Cyclone Larry in 2006.

Yasi is expected to slam into the coast somewhere between Cairns and Innisfail at about 1:00am AEST on Thursday, bringing damaging winds of up to 280 kilometres per hour.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has warned that the storm is "huge and life-threatening" and weather expert say it is currently at least twice as large as Cyclone Larry.

Entire suburbs in some parts of north and far north Queensland will have to be evacuated today and airlines are putting on extra flights to evacuate residents.

Airports and major roads are expected to be shut tomorrow, with destructive winds expected to hit by early morning. Low-lying coastal areas may also be affected by storm surges and flash flooding.

And the weather bureau is now predicting Yasi will be at least twice the diameter of Larry, which crossed the Queensland coast as a category five cyclone in 2006.

The far-north Queensland town of Innisfail bore the brunt of Larry's wrath - more than half the homes in the town were damaged and the repair bill for Innisfail alone totalled $1.5 billion.

But Innisfail resident Jacqueline Copley is more worried about Yasi than any other cyclone in the past.

"I've seen Winifred, I've seen Larry, I've seen all the small ones," she said.

"We came off pretty good in those ones - just a little bit of damage here and there. But this one has me rattled. Cyclones don't normally scare me, but this one - I'm quite nervous.

"This one's a lot bigger, she's a lot meaner."

Ms Copley, who has lived in Innisfail for almost 30 years, says residents in the town are scared.

"People are worried about this cyclone - it is so big and we don't know how big it will get and how long it's going to take to cross the coast," she said.

"Plus the added worry of the tidal surge - we don't know what's going to happen with that."

Ms Copley says she will shut her cafe in town early today and head home to prepare.

She says she will bundle up her two young children and grab all important belongings and head over to her brother's place, which has become the family's cyclone bunker.

"There's a room downstairs with no windows at all, so it's quite safe. We stayed there for Larry," she said.

"It'll be a tight squeeze though. My parents will be there and my brother's family.

"Plus we take all the animals. I have three cats and my brother has a cat and two dogs. It's going to be interesting."

Another Innisfail resident, Trevor Simpson, says it is "mayhem" in the town.

"There's a queue outside on the road of people trying to get fuel," he said.

"Grocery stores are very, very busy."

Mr Simpson runs a hotel in the town which escaped damage in Cyclone Larry.

But he says they have not being complacent about Yasi - they have stocked up on food and organised a generator from Cairns.

"We're well and truly prepared - we haven't left any stone unturned at this stage," he said.

"People here understand what they've got to do and they're all preparing for it."


Further north in Cairns, resident Simon Fuller is making evacuation plans for his loved ones.

"I'm trying to convince the family to head up into the mountains tomorrow," he told ABC News Online.

"It's awful in Cairns right now, the air is pushing down, it's like being under a wet doona."

He says the mood in the town is bad.

"All everyone is talking about is Yasi, and everyone is anxious, especially the ones who grew up here," he said.

"We're all watching, hoping it reverses or weakens before tomorrow night, but ... I'm not optimistic."

Another Cairns resident, Sassyandra, is expecting the worst.

"I have been through something like 15 cyclones. I am very apprehensive about this one - it does look huge," she said.

"I have brought most of my outdoor furniture inside this morning and will get somebody to help me with the glass-topped table this afternoon.

"[There's] a couple more hanging pot plants to bring in, then some buckets of water, my little camping stove is set up to go, the torch is recharging the batteries as we speak and I have a wind-up torch with in-built radio.

"I have enough food - just need to get a loaf of bread this afternoon - and I can withstand a week without electricity and water no problems."

But she says she has not seen widespread panic in the town yet.

"No panic that I have seen, just people taking sensible precautions," she said.

"Poor Innisfail will probably cop it worse than us again.

"We will survive, we are Australians."

All of Mississippi will be covered here except Amite, Wilkinson, Pike, Walthall, Pearl River, Stone, Greene, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties (SW counties bordering Louisiana and the Miss. Gulf Coast).

A pretty potent weather event is appearing more and more likely across areas covered in this thread for Sunday into Monday. Winter Storm watches are up for the entire area. Northern Mississippi is forecast to receive 4-8 inches of snow. Central and southern areas are looking at a 1-4 inches of wintry mix.

After the storm passes, temperature will plummet for much of the week. Highs will only be in the 30s north to 40s south across most of the area and lows in the 20s.

5 PM Friday conditions

Cloudy, 58°

Mostly cloudy, 57°

Cloudy, 58°

Mostly cloudy, 63°

Fair, 66°

Fair, 65°

Fair, 64°

Partly cloudy, 62°

Mostly cloudy, 64°

Fair, 63°

No report

Fair, 63°

General Weather Chat / New Orleans area loses weather legend
« on: December 22, 2010, 02:25:30 AM »
Those of you studying meteorology should read up on this man...


Legendary meteorologist Nash Roberts dies at 92
by Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News

Nash C. Roberts Jr., the meteorologist who became a local institution among generations of New Orleanians, by simply using a felt-tipped marker and weather map to skillfully predict the paths and patterns of hurricanes, died this weekend. He was 92.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

During a career that lasted more than 50 years on local television, New Orleans viewers came to trust his calm and accurate forecasts so much so that the question “What does Nash say?” was the way many gauged the potential impact of an impending weather system.

“Sometimes I wish I knew myself why I am right,” Roberts said in a 1998 interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But a portion of it is just instinctive. It’s just a talent I have.”

Roberts retired from meteorology and his on-air role at WWL-TV during hurricane season in 2001. Throughout his career, he was the informed and educated voice of calm and reason, and his forecasting with felt-tip pens (which served him well, years into the high-tech age of broadcast meteorology) helped illustrate the direction of hurricanes since 1947. When he was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Broadcasters Association’s New Orleans Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the group commented that Roberts had been on the air longer than 95 percent of the stations in the country. By the time he retired, Roberts had worked at three of the city’s television stations.

For over five decades, the New Orleans native was a rock of stability during trying times: the horror of Hurricane Audrey in 1957, the devastation of Hurricanes Betsy and Camille in the 1960s, and the heart-stopping threat of Hurricane Georges in 1998. Roberts was there through it all, with his simple map, felt-tipped pen and lifetime of weather wisdom.

The Times-Picayune summed up Roberts’ impact in 1998, in a special issue commemorating 50 years of television in New Orleans: “His power is tremendous. Some of us won't go to sleep until Nash says it's OK. His strong suit is personal forecasts - a mix of hunch and 50 years of knowledge - mapped out in Magic Marker.”

With the dawn of the television era in New Orleans, Nash Roberts became the city’s first TV meteorologist. But it was a job in which he never saw himself.

His original career ambition was to become a pilot, which also required him to study meteorology. He earned his pilot’s wings along with his federal license as a meteorological instructor, and began teaching that specialized science at Loyola University New Orleans in 1940.

When World War II broke out, the U.S. Navy recruited Roberts to serve as an aeronautics instructor. In 1943, he was sent to Florida’s Banana River Naval Air Station to learn about emerging radar technology. After navigating night patrol searches for German U-boats in the Atlantic, he was transferred to the Pacific theater. In April 1945, Roberts was selected to serve as both navigator and meteorologist aboard Admiral Chester Nimitz’s aircraft carrier. Roberts would make history there, as the first meteorologist to fly into the eye of a typhoon, to chart its course.

The Navy had been looking for a way to sail a carrier fleet close enough to the Japanese main islands to execute an air attack, without first being detected.

“I don’t know who came up with the idea, but there was the thought that maybe we could sail in behind a typhoon, and that would jam the Japanese radar and ground all of their search aircraft,” Roberts recalled.

“We embarked on an experimental flight from Guam to the Philippines. I was to navigate through the eye of this typhoon for the purpose of gathering meteorological data,” he said.

In 1946, Roberts returned home to New Orleans, took his $3,500 in saved Navy pay and opened a weather consulting office downtown – the first in the south. Roberts’ clients were oil companies, barge diving, fishing companies and members of the maritime industry.

“Every day we had something big going on, where something hinged on the weather,” Roberts recalled in a 2001 interview with WWL-TV anchor Angela Hill. “It surely kept you on your toes and kept you awake at night.”

Five years later, Roberts was offered a broadcasting job, but refused at first. He said it was because of the fact that while he was well-versed in the science of meteorology, he was far from comfortable on camera. Local advertising executive Dave Cloud gave Roberts an offer he couldn’t refuse – a trip to Chicago to meet with a meteorologist making $80,000 forecasting the weather. Nash went, and a career followed.

Roberts, a graduate of Alcee Fortier High School and Loyola University, spent 22 years as an on-air meteorologist at WDSU-TV before moving to WVUE-TV. In 1978, he signed on as meteorologist at WWL-TV, where he worked as the nightly on-air forecaster for close to 10 years, before retiring from daily TV appearances to run his consulting business next door to the station.

Even after his partial retirement, Roberts’ hurricane expertise would be relied on by WWL-TV viewers during every hurricane or tropical system to threaten Louisiana’s coast. In an article analyzing news coverage of Hurricane Bret in 1999, Roberts explained: "The criteria is the same as it's always been. If it's in the Gulf of Mexico, it's time for me to come on the air." In 1998, with his accurate coverage of Hurricane Georges (predicting it would make a last-minute jog to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and spare New Orleans), Roberts earned national media attention, in The New York Times and People.

“For as long as most New Orleanians can remember, getting a bead on the storms that regularly threaten life and livelihood here comes down to one simple phrase: ‘What does Nash say?’” wrote reporter Corey Kilgannon in The New York Times.

“Locals know a storm is serious simply when Mr. Roberts appears on the screen. ’They see me in the store buying my mark-up pens and they follow me around asking when the storm’s hitting,’ said Mr. Roberts,” stated the 1998 article.

In an article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that same year, headlined “New Orleans weatherman right as rain,” Roberts explained his forecasting philosophy.

“It’s like being married. Your wife or your husband can detect a change in you before anyone else can. I have to have that kind of relationship with the hurricane.”

Roberts retired from weather forecasting to devote his life to caring for his wife Lydia, who was in failing health. The couple shared over 60 years of marriage before Mrs. Roberts died in 2007.

Shortly after his retirement in 2001, Roberts donated his collection of papers (used to forecast hurricanes since the 1940s) to Loyola University, where they are a treasured addition to the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library. He was honored with numerous awards and citations over the years, including induction into the New Orleans Broadcasting Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Press Club of New Orleans. In 1984, Loyola University presented Roberts with an honorary doctorate in science.

Roberts, whose diverse list of hobbies included beekeeping, fishing, hunting and spending time on his large ranch in St. Tammany Parish, was also a founding board member and former chairman of the board of WYES-TV, New Orleans’ first public television station. Roberts also served for several years on the state Board of Education.

He is survived by three brothers; two sons, Kenneth and Nash Roberts III; and four grandchildren.

WeatherSTAR Tech Support / Wrong STAR displaying
« on: October 01, 2010, 03:24:17 PM »
STAR #23622 (Slidell, La); Charter Communications

While at work Thursday, I took a break and watched a bit of TWC's coverage of the East Coast storm.

However, I couldn't help notice that the LDL was displaying conditions and forecasts for Pearlington, Picayune and Poplarville...all in Mississippi instead of Slidell, Mandeville and Bogalusa. A look at the LO8s confirmed that I was watching the STAR out of Picayune (#30009) instead of the one from Slidell (I live in Franklinton, La. and work in Bogalusa, La.).

What happened here and can we get the Slidell STAR back?

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