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Just became an Official National Weather Service Storm Spotter
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(04-15-2018, 12:09 PM)Weasel Keeper Wrote: We have 1 1/2 of snow/ice mix on the ground here in SE Wisconsin, and still coming down hard, this really sux, it's April 15 FFS! 3palm

We had 80 degrees yesterday and tomorrow we have snow coming....
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(04-15-2018, 12:16 PM)Coolhandluke74 Wrote:
(04-15-2018, 12:09 PM)Weasel Keeper Wrote: We have 1 1/2 of snow/ice mix on the ground here in SE Wisconsin, and still coming down hard, this really sux, it's April 15 FFS! 3palm

We had 80 degrees yesterday and tomorrow we have snow coming....

This storm has brought up to 28" of snow in some parts, this will go on into tomorrow, the snowflakes coming down right now are the size of quarters. Facepalm
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(04-15-2018, 06:10 AM)Coolhandluke74 Wrote:
(04-15-2018, 06:00 AM)Sassy Fringette Wrote:
(04-15-2018, 05:40 AM)Coolhandluke74 Wrote: Finally did something i always wanted to do, i became a National Weather Service storm spotter.
Two hour class for training to learn what to report and what not to report.
After that you get certified and get a nice card with a spotter number to show you kinda know what you are doing. lol

I learned that radar can only see cloud level and above it is the spotters that actually confirm whether it is a funnel cloud, tornado or a false radar return.

This is not storm chasing, it is storm spotting and reporting what happened in the area you are in and around.

I might do some storm chasing in the future but for now it will just be observing in the area i am in.
We had a nasty macroburst last Fall that downed trees and powerlines that caused us to be without power for 3 days.

Just thought i would share with my fellow Fringers.

Do you think you would like to be a storm chaser? That seems so dangerous!

I think i will and have done it a little bit before, you just have to be safe and careful.
Many think you have to get as close as you can and that is when you can get hurt or die.
Just have to know where the storm is going and not get in the danger zone or if you are in a danger zone get the hell out of there as quick and safe as possible.
Congrats to you for making your dream happen! Much respect for storm spotters and chasers!

Twisters: I have been underneath these things so many times since my childhood. We evacuated during Hurricane Allen towards the north and two hit our hotel following each other like they were chained together. We saw cars flying around, dumpsters being tossed, and a 20 foot swimming pool uprooted like it was nothing. We were in a hotel that day and my parents crammed 10 children into the hotel bathroom for safety. It destroyed the rooms on the other side of that bathroom wall. It was a beautiful day, then the storms producing two twisters following each other came out of nowhere. No warning.

When my daughter was only six months old another one hit with no warning. I was at work and she was at daycare down the street. We watched the thing dance around picking up equipment, but had nowhere to go but indoors. 200 people. As it passed, it headed in my daughters direction. I said hell no! If she dies, I die. The people I was with tried to stop me to no avail. I grabbed my keys and followed that thing right up the road. My senses weren't kicking in, just the adrenaline and will to get to my daughter. I've never been so frightened in my life. Thankfully, it missed her building. Again, no warning.

One hit years ago, while I was working at (night shift) in a building with three sides made of glass. Shit was hitting all sides at the same time. All I could do was pray and try to keep my head down. The warning on that day was for 45 miles away. No warning for our area.

Again, when we were living in an apartment, while I was searching for the home we have now. That one came while we were sleeping. The dog woke us up, but by that time it was too late to seek shelter downstairs. We were on the second floor. It was so loud and so strong, we thought the roof was going to come off. The walls were cracking and you could hear the roof moving about. All I could do was huddle with her in the hallway and again, pray.

One came through a few years ago and cleared a path 30 miles long passing within a half mile of my current home. I was driving home, when that one was headed our direction. Again, she was just up the road. Seeing that thing OMG...it was massive! My instincts again said get to her. If she goes, I go. I laid on the gas, 90 mph up a dirt road headed right toward the thing. Got to the house and her into the central bathroom in the tub, covered by a mattress, then it hit, the power went, and we huddled and prayed. No basement out here.

These days, if there are going to be storms, I'm awake, alert, and in prep mode. Can't sleep through them anymore. Probably a bit of PTSD.

Anyway, this turned into a longer post than I anticipated. I have great respect for those that put themselves in harms way in the hopes of better understanding and predicting where and when they are going to hit. Just be safe!
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Congratulations!

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(04-15-2018, 05:40 AM)Coolhandluke74 Wrote: Finally did something i always wanted to do, i became a National Weather Service storm spotter.
Two hour class for training to learn what to report and what not to report.
After that you get certified and get a nice card with a spotter number to show you kinda know what you are doing. lol

I learned that radar can only see cloud level and above it is the spotters that actually confirm whether it is a funnel cloud, tornado or a false radar return.

This is not storm chasing, it is storm spotting and reporting what happened in the area you are in and around.

I might do some storm chasing in the future but for now it will just be observing in the area i am in.
We had a nasty macroburst last Fall that downed trees and powerlines that caused us to be without power for 3 days.

Just thought i would share with my fellow Fringers.

How fun!!
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(04-15-2018, 05:40 AM)Coolhandluke74 Wrote: Finally did something i always wanted to do, i became a National Weather Service storm spotter.
Two hour class for training to learn what to report and what not to report.
After that you get certified and get a nice card with a spotter number to show you kinda know what you are doing. lol

I learned that radar can only see cloud level and above it is the spotters that actually confirm whether it is a funnel cloud, tornado or a false radar return.

This is not storm chasing, it is storm spotting and reporting what happened in the area you are in and around.

I might do some storm chasing in the future but for now it will just be observing in the area i am in.
We had a nasty macroburst last Fall that downed trees and powerlines that caused us to be without power for 3 days.

Just thought i would share with my fellow Fringers.

Congrats!
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Thank you everyone.
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(04-15-2018, 12:16 PM)Coolhandluke74 Wrote:
(04-15-2018, 12:09 PM)Weasel Keeper Wrote: We have 1 1/2 of snow/ice mix on the ground here in SE Wisconsin, and still coming down hard, this really sux, it's April 15 FFS! 3palm

We had 80 degrees yesterday and tomorrow we have snow coming....

Haven't even had the job for two days and you are already causing a disaster. Nice job. j/k Congratulations on accomplishing something you always wanted to do.
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(04-15-2018, 05:48 AM)Coolhandluke74 Wrote: Previously living in the Chicago area and now in Ohio i have been though and seen alot of bad weather.

Two microbursts, derechos, supercells, straightline winds, severe storms and tornados i have lived through and i want to help warn people, you know do my thing to contribute to society.
I have always had a fascination with bad weather.

Congratulations!!

And which part of this great state have you moved to?
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#20
Did you complete all 479 lessons plans? I've signed up, but haven't located the "storm spotter" required courses and lesson plan yet.
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