Saturday, January 30, 2010
The video below consists of several video clips throughout the course of the storm. You'll notice the ice event occurred on Jan. 28 followed by snow on Jan. 29.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Thursday, August 27, 2009
My coworker sent me this pic while he's on the road in Idaho. I wonder if the dude has any proton packs in that thing?
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
By Staff Reports NewsOK.com
Published: 6/18/2009 1:08 PM
Last Modified: 6/18/2009 1:08 PM
Roger Hamilton told police he was sitting on a bus station bench, preparing to put mayonnaise on his bologna and cheese sandwich, when a man wearing headphones began staring at him.
Hamilton, 24, told police he asked the man if he could help him, but before he knew it, the man punched him in the mouth and snatched his sandwich.
When police arrived at the Hudson Street bus station Wednesday, they found Hamilton with a swollen lip and his face covered in blood.
Hamilton told police he did not know the man or why he assaulted him and stole his sandwich. He described him as a black man who appeared to be in his 30s.
The police report values the sandwich at 76 cents.
Monday, June 01, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Vinita Wall Cloud
Afton Wall Cloud
Sunday, March 29, 2009
As was forecasted, Tulsa experienced a heavy snow storm yesterday. In south Tulsa, the snow began during the 8am hour . The heaviest snow fell between 9:30 and 1:00. Most reports for Tulsa were between 6 and 8 inches. For some reason there were a lot of people out running around during this time and many people found themselves in the ditch. Above is some of the video I captured as I was out shooting for KTUL.
Now that that's over, I am turning my eye to the spring and hoping to get some good chases in over the next few months. Check back for chase updates.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
It looks like we have a big change coming in our weather. After several days in the 70's and 80's, we are about to return to the 30's and 40's. The map below is the OK Mesonet air temperature map valid at 10:30 this morning. As you can see, we are about to say goodbye to the 70's for several days. Hopefully this will be the last cold snap of the year and we can get on with the chase season and warmer lake weather.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Tulsa SKYWARN Conference, February 28, 2009 - TTC Lemley Campus
900 am: Opening Statements/Welcome: Mike McCool - Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency Director, Steve Piltz - NWS Tulsa Meteorologist-in-Charge, Kelly Baker - OkArkSkywarn Coordinator
915 am: NCO / Reporting Issues: Kelly Baker, OkArkSkywarn Coordinator/Joel Genung, OkArkSkywarn Committee Member
930 am: OkArkSkywarn Website Update: Steve Bluford, OkArkSkywarn Committee Member
945 am: The December 2007 Ice Storm, An Emergency Operations Perspective: Mike McCool, Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency Director
1015 am: Break
1030 am: Storm Spotter Training: Ed Calianese, NWS Tulsa Warning Coordination Meteorologist
1200 pm: Lunch
130 pm: Sidelobe and Inflow Doppler Radar "Signatures": Steve Piltz, NWS Tulsa Meteorologist in Charge
145 pm: Mesoanalysis of Several 2008 Tornado Events: Brad McGavock, NWS Tulsa Lead Forecaster
215 pm: Storm Chaser Video Highlights
330 pm: Conclusion
Thursday, February 26, 2009
In other spring related news...I was visiting Steve Miller last weekend and as we usually do this time of year, we started discussing the lake and boating and when we'll be able to enjoy our first day at the lake. There are a couple of key dates to determine when that might be. We usually shoot for the first part of April but you never know if we might get to scratch that itch a little early. The average last hard freeze (below 28F) occurs in Tulsa on the 18th of March. The average last freeze/frost (32F) occurs on March 29th. That means Saturday April 4th is the first weekend without an expected freeze. Time to start compiling music for Boat Tunes 2009.
Another celebrated spring event is also approaching, March Madness. Selection Sunday is March 15th, which is also considered the beginning of severe weather season. As an avid Oklahoma State Cowboys fan, I'm really hoping we can continue our win streak and make an appearance in the tourney this year. It would be nice to dance in celebration of 100 years of Cowboy Basketball. We are currently on a 4 game win streak and have a record of 18-9 and 7-6 in Big 12 play. As things stand we are a bubble team, but if we can continue our win streak against Texas and Kansas State at home I believe we'll be in good shape for a tourney bid going into the second leg of bedlam in Norman. If we can win out or go 2-1 in our final three and get a win in the Big 12 tourney, we should be able to make the NCAA Tournament.
So that was a pretty random blog post but I guess it's all tied together by things I enjoy in the spring; boating, storm chasing, and the NCAA Tournament.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Finally 5:00 rolled around and I hit the road for Bartlesville to intercept the same storm that had been pissing me off all day. I should probably mention that chasing in Bartlesville always adds extra stress to the situation since my family and several friends live there. At times it's nearly impossible to answer phone calls and text messages from those in the area but I gave it my best. On to the chase...Just as I got into Bartlesville, the NWS issued a tornado warning for eastern Osage county and Washington County. About this time, my XM/ThreatNet pulled it's usual crap and stopped working so over to GR3 I went. I headed up to a truck stop about a mile north of Dewey where I rode out the storm. At this point it had gotten dark enough to where I couldn't really see much. After a few minutes I was overran by extremely heavy rain and winds between 40 and 50mph followed by a few minutes of 1/2" to 1" hail.
After sending a few videos up to KTUL, I headed back south to play around in the line of storms coming through the area. The Bartlesville/Dewey area had gotten a ton of rain in a very short time and there were several areas of flash flooding. I spoke with Kelly Baker who was in the downtown Bartlesville area and he was reporting stalled cars and significant flash flooding around Adams Rd. and Keeler.
Finally, I decided to head back to Tulsa. About 10 miles south of Bartlesville I got ran over by a small cell that made driving nearly impossible and had a few pieces of pea sized hail in it. Once that passed the show was pretty much over for me.
Despite not getting anything too exciting, it was great to chase in February. I needed something to clear my mind and I find that chasing does that for me. It's probably due to the fact that I don't have time to think about anything else. I'm looking forward to spring and chasing in the daylight.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
One definition in the Urban Dictionary defines a gooner as "a glory hunting pussbag who has very little knowledge of football". You should check out the rest of the definitions, some of them are pretty funny and a little too racy to be mentioned here on the blog.
You might be a gooner if:
- You refer to OU as "we" but have no actual affiliation with the university.
- Your wardrobe consists mainly of OU apparel yet you haven't attended a game in the past 10 years.
- Your OU season tickets cost more than your car.
- You have never actually been to Norman.
- You have ever yelled "BOOMER" in a public establishment on a random Tuesday just to see if anyone answers you.
- You wore your crimson on Jan. 8, 2009 but on the 9th no one would have the slightest clue that you support OU football.
- You complained about Bob Stoops on Jan. 9, 2009. ( I hope he leaves too.)
- You yell "the home of the sooners" during the national anthem. (That's just disrespectful to your country.)
- You forgot to support any of the other 16 sports that OU participates in.
- You find yourself wondering if any of these bullet points describes you.
So those are a few characteristics of a gooner. Add more in the comments if you would like.
Now that I've got that cleared up for everyone, I would like to say that I know several OU fans who did not attend OU that are very good people. Unfortunately, the majority of OU fans make a bad name for the few good ones that are out there. Maybe there should be a positive mentoring program for OU fans.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
We made our first intercept at hwy 412 and 209th W. Ave (west of Sand Springs). After shooting a little lightning video we were overtaken by very heavy rain. At that point we got back in front of the line and decided to let the same cell run over us at 76th St. N and Hwy 75 just north of Tulsa. We ended up in the Whirlpool plant parking lot where we had very heavy rain and winds approaching 50 mph. Oddly enough the storm drain in the Whirlpool parking lot produced a whirlpool after about 10 minutes of very heavy rain. Thanks to Bob's suggestion of finding the drain, I was able to get a pretty cool video of the whirlpool (see below).
From north Tulsa, we headed east to Hwy 169 and started heading south just as the tornado warning was issued for Wagoner country. Fortunately, we were within a mile of jumping on 412 eastbound and intercepted the storm in Chouteau a few minutes after Mayes county went under a tornado warning. As we rolled into town, we were once again pounded with heavy rain and wind but quarter sized hail was added to the mix this time. After letting a couple of training cells pass over us in Chouteau, we decided that the line had pretty much crapped out so we headed back up to Tulsa and called it a day.
Given the fact that it is late December, I was happy to get out on these storms. Even though they never produced a tornado and it was a linear piece of crap setup, it was great to get out there and was a fun chase overall. Plus it was only 151 miles. It's much easier to enjoy this type of setup when you don't have to drive all day.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
So much for the warm weather. The massive cold front swept through south Tulsa at 3:15. It took about 30 seconds for the south winds to calm and switch to a brisk north wind. From there temps plummeted. Currently I am sitting at 27 degrees with moderate sleet. It looks like we'll be in for small bands of frozen precip throughout the night.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Fountain outside the Venetian
Friday, October 31, 2008
ONCE AGAIN TONIGHT THE FORECAST AREA IS TRANQUIL AND
CLOUD FREE. THE NEAREST CLOUD IS APPROXIMATELY 562
MILES NORTHWEST OF TULSA IN COLORADO...AS SEEN ON IR
SATELLITE. THIS CLOUD APPEARS TO BE CIRRUS IN NATURE...
BEING GENERATED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A WEAK UPPER TROUGH
CROSSING THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. THE CIRRUS CLOUD IS GENERALLY
MOVING TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST AND IS TRAVELING AT A
RATE OF APPROXIMATELY 20 KNOTS. WITH THIS CLOUD FORECAST
TO MISS THE REGION BY AT LEAST 372 MILES... AND ALL OTHER
FORECAST ELEMENTS ON TRACK... THERE WILL BE NO NEED TO
UPDATE THE FORECAST THIS EVENING.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Our live music. If anyone remembers his name put it in comments. He deserves some recognition.
E-rin and I
Daz and Jeff