It seems I was not the only one interested in seeing this extremely wide load cruise by earlier today just west of Sand Springs, OK. Plenty of onlookers were getting a glimpse of the 1.1 million pound, 417 foot long load that originated in Broken Arrow, OK and will deliver to a refinery in Colorado in about two weeks. The delivery process itself costs $500,000 and the load is pulled by two tractors and pushed by two tractors.
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It seems I was not the only one interested in seeing this extremely wide load cruise by earlier today just west of Sand Springs, OK. Plenty of onlookers were getting a glimpse of the 1.1 million pound, 417 foot long load that originated in Broken Arrow, OK and will deliver to a refinery in Colorado in about two weeks. The delivery process itself costs $500,000 and the load is pulled by two tractors and pushed by two tractors.
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It seems I was not the only one interested in seeing this extremely wide load cruise by earlier today just west of Sand Springs, OK. Plenty of onlookers were getting a glimpse of the 1.1 million pound, 417 foot long load that originated in Broken Arrow, OK and will deliver to a refinery in Colorado in about two weeks. The delivery process itself costs $500,000 and the load is pulled by two tractors and pushed by two tractors.
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It seems I was not the only one interested in seeing this extremely wide load cruise by earlier today just west of Sand Springs, OK. Plenty of onlookers were getting a glimpse of the 1.1 million pound, 417 foot long load that originated in Broken Arrow, OK and will deliver to a refinery in Colorado in about two weeks. The delivery process itself costs $500,000 and the load is pulled by two tractors and pushed by two tractors.
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It seems I was not the only one interested in seeing this extremely wide load cruise by earlier today just west of Sand Springs, OK. Plenty of onlookers were getting a glimpse of the 1.1 million pound, 417 foot long load that originated in Broken Arrow, OK and will deliver to a refinery in Colorado in about two weeks. The delivery process itself costs $500,000 and the load is pulled by two tractors and pushed by two tractors.
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It seems I was not the only one interested in seeing this extremely wide load cruise by earlier today just west of Sand Springs, OK. Plenty of onlookers were getting a glimpse of the 1.1 million pound, 417 foot long load that originated in Broken Arrow, OK and will deliver to a refinery in Colorado in about two weeks. The delivery process itself costs $500,000 and the load is pulled by two tractors and pushed by two tractors.

Here Comes Gonzalo: Some Hurricane Season Facts

Bermuda is in the crosshairs as Category 3 Hurricane Gonzalo nears the tiny Atlantic island. There are plenty of news items out there so I don’t want to rehash a bunch of already third-party information. I DO want to look back on the season as a whole. So here we go:

April 10, 2014 - Forecasters William Gray and Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University release their 2014 hurricane season predictions: nine named storms and three hurricanes, one of them major.

May 22, 2014 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts a near-normal or below-normal hurricane season, predicting that there is a 70 percent chance of having eight to 13 named storms, of which three to six could develop into hurricanes, including one to two major hurricanes (categories 3-5).

2014 Atlantic Storm Names: 
Hurricane Arthur 
July 1, 2014 - Tropical Storm Arthur forms off the east coast of Florida. 
July 3, 2014 - Strengthens into a hurricane. Later, strengthens to a category 2 storm and makes landfall at 11:15 p.m. between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina. 
July 5, 2014 - Arthur weakens to a post-tropical cyclone over Canada.

Hurricane Bertha 
July 31, 2014 - Forms in the Atlantic Ocean. 
August 4, 2014 - Strengthens into a hurricane. 
August 6, 2014 - Dissipates south of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Hurricane Cristobal 
August 24, 2014 - Tropical Storm Cristobal forms near the southeastern Bahamas. 
August 25, 2014 - Strengthens into a hurricane. 
August 29, 2014 - Cristobal weakens to a post-tropical cyclone over the north Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Dolly 
September 2, 2014 - Tropical Storm Dolly forms in the Bay of Campeche and later makes landfall near Tampico, Mexico. 
September 3, 2014 - Dissipates over eastern Mexico.

Hurricane Edouard 
September 11, 2014 - Tropical Storm Edouard forms in the central Atlantic Ocean. 
September 14, 2014 - Develops into a category 1 hurricane. 
September 15, 2014 - Strengthens into a category 2. 
September 16, 2014 - Briefly strengthens into a category 3 hurricane before weakening to a category 2 then category 1 hurricane. 
September 19, 2014 - Edouard weakens to a post-tropical cyclone without ever making landfall.

Hurricane Fay 
October 11, 2014 - Tropical Storm Fay forms south of Bermuda. 
October 12, 2014 - Passes over Bermuda as a tropical storm. Fay develops into a category 1 hurricane and later weakens back into a tropical storm. 
October 13, 2014 - Fay dissipates over the north central Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Gonzalo 
October 12, 2014 - Tropical Storm Gonzalo forms east of the Leeward Islands. 
October 13, 2014 - Strengthens into a category 1 hurricane while passing through the northern Leeward Islands. 
October 14, 2014 - Overnight develops into a category 2 hurricane and later strengthens into a category 3 hurricane. 
October 15, 2014 - Gonzalo strengthens to a category 4 hurricane.

Remaining names:
Hanna 
Isaias 
Josephine 
Kyle 
Laura 
Marco 
Nana 
Omar 
Paulette 
Rene 
Sally 
Teddy 
Vicky 
Wilfred

This is my world. Tonight WDT had a problem in one of its data centers. The quickest way for us to learn about a problem is not the support contact number or email address that is readily available within our apps, it’s people taking their issues directly to social media. So let’s break this down:
8:41 this user is letting us know there is an issue. We respond with a “we’re on it, thank you” type message.
8:42 user has decided she dislikes our app and will delete it.
8:46 user has taken a moment to look around for other people who might be having issues. She finds one plus adds James Spann to the tweet for good measure. Might as well kick the dog while it’s down, right?
8:52 user has slight remorse after we again advise her, Spann, and the other user that we are working diligently on the problem. She also has a TV apparently…
9:03 11 minutes has passed and  the user has circled back around and decided to be mad at us again. Fortunately she didn’t have enough characters remaining to wrangle additional twitter attention.
As I write this a whole bunch of people are working their fingers to a nub to fix this problem and make Weather Radio work great for everyone, regardless of location. We offer 24/7/365 support in order ensure these problems are solved in the quickest way possible. 
No other weather application offers this type of service to it’s users. 

This is my world. Tonight WDT had a problem in one of its data centers. The quickest way for us to learn about a problem is not the support contact number or email address that is readily available within our apps, it’s people taking their issues directly to social media. So let’s break this down:

8:41 this user is letting us know there is an issue. We respond with a “we’re on it, thank you” type message.

8:42 user has decided she dislikes our app and will delete it.

8:46 user has taken a moment to look around for other people who might be having issues. She finds one plus adds James Spann to the tweet for good measure. Might as well kick the dog while it’s down, right?

8:52 user has slight remorse after we again advise her, Spann, and the other user that we are working diligently on the problem. She also has a TV apparently…

9:03 11 minutes has passed and  the user has circled back around and decided to be mad at us again. Fortunately she didn’t have enough characters remaining to wrangle additional twitter attention.

As I write this a whole bunch of people are working their fingers to a nub to fix this problem and make Weather Radio work great for everyone, regardless of location. We offer 24/7/365 support in order ensure these problems are solved in the quickest way possible. 

No other weather application offers this type of service to it’s users. 

Remnants of a Tornado Watch can look kinda funny when they are on their last leg. 

Remnants of a Tornado Watch can look kinda funny when they are on their last leg. 

Well, this is one way to do it! Courtesy NWS Northern Indiana.

Well, this is one way to do it! Courtesy NWS Northern Indiana.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch posted a little while ago for the western counties of Oklahoma and eastern counties of Texas. Development is underway and a line of severe storms will make their way across the state this evening and into the overnight hours. Primary threat is high wind but some hail and a brief spin-up is possible. 
Above is a map from the NWS with arrival timing, a simulated radar showing what radar should look like at around 1am, and total rainfall from this system as a whole. Some areas will see a lot, others very little. A Flash Flood Watch is posted for NE OK at this time.
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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch posted a little while ago for the western counties of Oklahoma and eastern counties of Texas. Development is underway and a line of severe storms will make their way across the state this evening and into the overnight hours. Primary threat is high wind but some hail and a brief spin-up is possible. 
Above is a map from the NWS with arrival timing, a simulated radar showing what radar should look like at around 1am, and total rainfall from this system as a whole. Some areas will see a lot, others very little. A Flash Flood Watch is posted for NE OK at this time.
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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch posted a little while ago for the western counties of Oklahoma and eastern counties of Texas. Development is underway and a line of severe storms will make their way across the state this evening and into the overnight hours. Primary threat is high wind but some hail and a brief spin-up is possible. 
Above is a map from the NWS with arrival timing, a simulated radar showing what radar should look like at around 1am, and total rainfall from this system as a whole. Some areas will see a lot, others very little. A Flash Flood Watch is posted for NE OK at this time.
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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch posted a little while ago for the western counties of Oklahoma and eastern counties of Texas. Development is underway and a line of severe storms will make their way across the state this evening and into the overnight hours. Primary threat is high wind but some hail and a brief spin-up is possible. 

Above is a map from the NWS with arrival timing, a simulated radar showing what radar should look like at around 1am, and total rainfall from this system as a whole. Some areas will see a lot, others very little. A Flash Flood Watch is posted for NE OK at this time.

3.5” of rain over the past three days at my home in Moore, OK more rain in the way tonight!

3.5” of rain over the past three days at my home in Moore, OK more rain in the way tonight!

Ebola Is Here! Except It’s Not.

This morning some dude walks into Deaconess Hospital in OKC with symptoms of the Ebola virus. Mind you symptoms of the virus are the same symptoms anyone who eats the two tamale dinner at Ted’s Cafe Escondido would have afterward.

Anyway, some hospital employee leaks the concern and media gets ahold of it. As fast as fancy graphics can be made, breaking news goes to air and social media lights up. After all, there is an Ebola case in OKC now and even though it is contained and the guy is the care of professionals in the proper environment, the news MUST be delivered to the general public right away. They NEED to know NOW.

Fast forward an hour and the hospital releases a simple statement that says, “hey folks, we tested the guy and it turns out he Ted’s last night for dinner. He does not have Ebola - but his landlord recently traveled from Africa.”

Now fast forward to present. A helicopter is shooting video of the home where the person who just traveled from Africa lives.

Synopsis: The media would love for this to have been an actual Ebola case.

Sunset this evening over Moore, OK. This was shot from my DJI Phantom Vision 2 UAV from about 350’ above our home.

Sunset this evening over Moore, OK. This was shot from my DJI Phantom Vision 2 UAV from about 350’ above our home.

The top map is a look at total precip through the next five days from the WPC. The remnants of Simon will interact with another system along with a cold front to bring an enormous amount of rain to some areas.
The two smaller images are the GFS and the ECM (hi rdale!) showing total rainfall through Saturday afternoon. Pretty decent agreement in geographic location as well as rainfall amounts here in Oklahoma.  
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The top map is a look at total precip through the next five days from the WPC. The remnants of Simon will interact with another system along with a cold front to bring an enormous amount of rain to some areas.
The two smaller images are the GFS and the ECM (hi rdale!) showing total rainfall through Saturday afternoon. Pretty decent agreement in geographic location as well as rainfall amounts here in Oklahoma.  
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The top map is a look at total precip through the next five days from the WPC. The remnants of Simon will interact with another system along with a cold front to bring an enormous amount of rain to some areas.
The two smaller images are the GFS and the ECM (hi rdale!) showing total rainfall through Saturday afternoon. Pretty decent agreement in geographic location as well as rainfall amounts here in Oklahoma.  
Zoom Info

The top map is a look at total precip through the next five days from the WPC. The remnants of Simon will interact with another system along with a cold front to bring an enormous amount of rain to some areas.

The two smaller images are the GFS and the ECM (hi rdale!) showing total rainfall through Saturday afternoon. Pretty decent agreement in geographic location as well as rainfall amounts here in Oklahoma.  

Remnants to Simon are going to interact with another system as well as a cold front to dump a lot of water in eastern OK and AR/MO in a few days. Should be interesting to see how this all ends up playing out. 
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Remnants to Simon are going to interact with another system as well as a cold front to dump a lot of water in eastern OK and AR/MO in a few days. Should be interesting to see how this all ends up playing out. 
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Remnants to Simon are going to interact with another system as well as a cold front to dump a lot of water in eastern OK and AR/MO in a few days. Should be interesting to see how this all ends up playing out. 

NWS fights tooth and nail to earn the right to issue polygon warnings, then they allow political boundaries to dictate the notification of some but not others. 
The warning in the middle is issued by NWS Tulsa. OUN has the responsibility for Cromwell which is in the line of the storm but west of the Tulsa office coverage area.
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NWS fights tooth and nail to earn the right to issue polygon warnings, then they allow political boundaries to dictate the notification of some but not others. 
The warning in the middle is issued by NWS Tulsa. OUN has the responsibility for Cromwell which is in the line of the storm but west of the Tulsa office coverage area.
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NWS fights tooth and nail to earn the right to issue polygon warnings, then they allow political boundaries to dictate the notification of some but not others. 
The warning in the middle is issued by NWS Tulsa. OUN has the responsibility for Cromwell which is in the line of the storm but west of the Tulsa office coverage area.
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NWS fights tooth and nail to earn the right to issue polygon warnings, then they allow political boundaries to dictate the notification of some but not others.
The warning in the middle is issued by NWS Tulsa. OUN has the responsibility for Cromwell which is in the line of the storm but west of the Tulsa office coverage area.

Rainfall amounts over the next 7 days. Looks impressive.

Rainfall amounts over the next 7 days. Looks impressive.

Moore Medical Center Farce Continues

On May 20th this year Norman Regional Health System hosted what was pitched as a “day of remembrance” for the victims of the May 20, 2013 Moore tornado. Local and national news outlets were on hand to cover this one-year anniversary ceremony. Also in attendance were NRHS brass, politicians and more politicians. What happened after the 5 minute “remembrance” portion of this dog and pony show was nothing short of a circle jerk of self promotion.

Using the platform of disaster, lost lives and property, politicians took turns at the podium to prattle about how they personally helped and how they and their party affiliation was the reason relief came so quickly. But that’s not what bothers me. It’s normal.

Norman Regional Health System took the remaining portion of the hour-long infomercial to announce they will rebuild Moore Medical Center that was destroyed by the F5 tornado. Groundbreaking followed.  

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The facility was to be a five story $29m structure designed to better withstand a direct tornado impact. It would no longer serve as a hospital though; basically it would be a building with an emergency room and a bunch of doctors offices. Extended stay, surgical, womens center, etc. would be housed in other NRHS facilities located in Norman. Here is the rendering that was presented for all to see:  

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A couple weeks ago the next image found its way out of the NRHS Board room and onto a popular OKC area forum. It shows a completely different rendering that’s four stories high, considerably fewer square feet, and carries a fancy new price tag of around $21m. 8m cheaper than the building they presented four months prior.

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The City of Moore has been served by a real hospital for many years. Now we will have an ER and the promise of an ambulance ride to another facility should we require extended care. I’d say this thriving city of nearly 60k people is a prime place for a real health system to come in and do it right. Hope they do.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller