Let's talk about the weather

Even as I write this, the storms have passed already–The National Weather Service issued this warning —

000
WWUS83 KLOT 261550
SPSLOT

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
1050 AM CDT TUE AUG 26 2014

ILZ006-014-261615-
COOK IL-LAKE IL-
1050 AM CDT TUE AUG 26 2014

…STRONG STORMS MOVING ACROSS THE NORTHERN CHICAGO METRO AREA…

AT 1048 AM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
STRONG THUNDERSTORM NEAR MORTON GROVE…MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

ONE HALF INCH DIAMETER HAIL…WINDS TO 50 MPH…FREQUENT CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING…HEAVY DOWNPOURS…ARE EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.

CITIES AND TOWNS AFFECTED…
SKOKIE… WILMETTE HARBOR… WILMETTE…
MORTON GROVE… KENILWORTH… NILES…
WINNETKA… NORTHFIELD… GLENVIEW…

OTHER LOCATIONS AFFECTED…
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY…NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY…NORTHWESTERN
UNIVERSITY…OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE SMALL BRANCHES TO BE BLOWN DOWN…AND LOOSE
OBJECTS TO BLOW AROUND. STAY AWAY FROM HIGH OBJECTS OUTDOORS SUCH AS
TREES. HEAVY RAINFALL COULD LEAD TO STANDING WATER ON ROADWAYS AND
POOR VISIBILITY. SEEK SHELTER IN A STURDY STRUCTURE UNTIL THIS STORM
HAS PASSED.

&&

LAT…LON 4211 8772 4208 8767 4206 8766 4203 8766
4201 8765 4197 8764 4196 8763 4197 8791
4215 8790 4216 8775
TIME…MOT…LOC 1550Z 278DEG 39KT 4205 8774

$$

RC

 

Yesterday a new app failed at the NWS and shut down part of the forecasting system. These are big computers, and the vulnerability of the Weather Ready Nation is a concern.  But there are bigger issues.

What happens when  we can’t keep up with the  unpredictable  extremes that have become  the new reality?

My concern is that all the high tech won’t help us if the power goes out, the basement floods and the sump pump fails–Our neighbors will. Connection is the new reality, but what does that mean? Is it all about going viral on Facebook or building a community? NASA was testing pens that could function in Zero G. Cosmonauts used a pencil.

What I am trying to say here, is that it’s not mutually exclusive, one way or the other. We need flexible thinking. We also need to respond quickly. What would you do in the event of a power outage? Go online? Not with no power. How do you like your internet now?

The voice at ComEd was prerecorded phone tree. I was punching buttons with the aid of a flashlight. Candles would also have been handy. When I got to talk to a person, the call was being monitored. How freely could she talk to me?

That’s why we talk about the weather. To establish some connection, a shared reality.

We do not get the news from poems, but  we need the poetry, the stories. We need imagination again.

We need to talk about the weather.

 

For more talk on surviving a power outage, here’s Kathy at Quilting! Sewing! Creating! 

 

 

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  • Brava! Bravissima! OK, in English, very well said!
    Thank you for a great example of that underused term "Wit and Wisdom" -- between the power outage story and the pen vs. the pencil, this shows a great deal of both.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you so much! Remember these safety tips, too--
    don't panic
    have spare batteries on hand
    eat the ice cream in the freezer first
    have pants with lots of pockets

  • Comm Ed went out here so many times that having a lantern and dialing 1-800-Edison1 is old hat. One case about 3 years ago was weather related, but most seem to be bad lines. Maybe the smart grid is now working, because other than one where they dug up the cable on the property, the blips have not been long enough to reset digital clocks and radio settings.

    The time involving the bad cable, they said it affected 38 customers and one time I got a human.

    After a time, about 5 years ago, when an outage killed my PC, I got a lot bigger battery backup.

    On warnings, the WeatherBug desktop gadget quit working, so I got the PC application. I use it because the nearest stations is about 1/2 mile away, so I figure that if it says it is 72 degrees, it is (just went up to 73). Aside from it having the wrong name for my town, alerts set off taskbar messages at an annoying frequency. However, for the storm you describe above, I heard thunder and then the alert popped up. But, living about 10 mile from the lake, I don't think I need the beach advisories popping up.

    To get back to my comment yesterday, today Jim Ramsey did say that a cold front went through this morning, and Tonya Francisco said something about "forecast busters."

  • In reply to jack:

    Well-said, Jack! Have experienced many power outages here, too. Same grid of 66 customers....the longest was 3 days in 2011. We traded many jokes at Walgreens. The styrofoam coolers for beer, etc. were very popular. They sold alot of ice and batteries.

    I wonder if weatherbug is buggy--friend shared a temp of 105 and heat index of 203 degrees. Couldn't get the picture to share, tho.

    BTW, do you have a weather radio?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    No. Thunder usually seems sufficient, although I do have 2 battery radios.

    Considering that WeatherBug has sensors on maybe half the schools, I guess that sensor went bad (unless it was in July 1995, but I don't think WeatherBug was around then).

    Speaking of heat index, I can't figure out how Channel 7 has sold itself out twice, to Accuweather and First Alert Weather. Jerry Taft can't seem to figure out that the heat index is the AccuWeather Real Feel (R), but Mike Caplan can. On the other hand, Taft seems obsessed with"Accuweather reports a steady barometer."

  • We do need to talk about the weather. Great post and thanks for the link.

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thanks, Kathy! BTW, I went to Walgreens and got ice cream.

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