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The Weather

#1 Postby Gordon Cooper » Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:38 am

I am moving the discussion about weather from the July manual, over to here. The weather is something that most folk wish to talk about, it is with us all the time but has little relationship to MX. From school, my first job was with the NZ weather service. Eighteen months later I moved sideways into Civil Aviation's (like FAA) electronics team, but I never moved too far from the weather. Worked at a remote Pacific weather station, and later trained their weather reporting staff.

In the July manual thread many have reported increased temperatures. Here down under, the temps are the highest on record. Global Warming? It Looks like it. The conditions on the west coast of USA look to be extreme. Sorry Stevo.
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Re: The Weather

#2 Postby chrispop99 » Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:01 am

Pity you couldn't send the UK some surplus heat; it's been grim here for weeks, with constant heavy showers and longer periods of rain. The rain continues today until midday.

My CH is controlled by a programmable thermostat which never gets manually altered. Last week, it dropped below 20C in the house, and the heating started up. That's never happened in June before.

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Re: The Weather

#3 Postby Gordon Cooper » Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:47 am

Yes Chris, we know what your weather can do. Daughter lives in South London and reports regularly. I used to work in Essex and can remember a November month (30 days)
where 29 of them of them were all fog. Here, we have floods on the west coast and droughts on the east side. And the skiers are complaining about the lack of snow.
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Re: The Weather

#4 Postby Jerry3904 » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:22 am

Global Warming?
"Climate change" is the more accurate term, since models agree in seeing some areas cooling down as others heat up, along with an increase or decrease by region in extreme events.
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Re: The Weather

#5 Postby Eadwine Rose » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:58 am

Extreme events.. yeah.. extreme amounts of rain in this country that we are not used to. I do hope we still get SOME kind of summer this year.
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Re: The Weather

#6 Postby Stevo » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:27 pm

This place SW of Phoenix was the hottest spot anyone could find on Sunday: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/getobext.php?sid=UP561

127 F :hot:

Edit: 10 AM here, and already over 100. :frown: But it's a dry heat, you know--like fire.

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Re: The Weather

#7 Postby Gordon Cooper » Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:39 pm

The shortest day today & Met are forecasting record temperatures, mid 60's for us.
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Re: The Weather

#8 Postby richb » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:02 pm

Longest day for us and it hit 93 degrees.
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Re: The Weather

#9 Postby tascoast » Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:28 pm

soggy
I recall doing the weather readings for 9am in Victoria occasionally, on a Gov. Ag. Research farm, with various measurements of soil temp at certain depths, wet/dry bulb temp, topping the evaporation tank up, swapping the crystal ball cardboard and measuring the 'burn'. estimating cloud type, visibility (rather good if clear) and other bits.
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Re: The Weather

#10 Postby Gordon Cooper » Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:43 am

Great memories of that exercise at 9 am each day, the official time for world wide climatology readings. Getting a rocket from the Chief because I broke the grass/frost thermometer by walking on it before taking the reading. Trying to read the 3 feet ground temperature when the lifting wire broke? Did you (like me?) have to decide which slots to put the crystal ball card into as the seasons changed? Three variations I think. And on a wet day of needing to dig up the outer of the rain gauge, because the inner bucket had overflowed? Sometimes, all this was achieved in heavy rain and a 40 knot north-easterly wind, got soaked while changing the chart on the recording rain gauge. We also were on UTC so that calenders changed at midday, confusion with summer time local clock changes in October and March. All this was serious training for me, a 17 year old. Evaporation - will post about this later
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