Random thoughts: Miscellany, last one for a while

Just an update. Yesterday was still sweltering, but a strong cold front will storm through today (and then head off shore and move TS Leslie away from an East Coast landfall), and it’s late enough in the year that, hopefully, the heat will finally break.

I love warm weather, too, but with AC available as a refuge – they just don’t have that routinely up here, unfortunately.

Anyway, here’s an overview of stuff going on.

Writing

My pitch for “6 Doomed Cities” was rejected at Cracked but with such helpful criticism that I was able to salvage part of it for another pitch, which I submitted yesterday.

I realized yesterday that I really want to write well enough to get published at Cracked. Sure, they use cuss words and some of it is in poor taste, but there’s something there for everybody (which is why it’s the biggest comedy website in the world). It appeals to me because you can usually learn something there, and they have high journalistic standards (everything must be documented from reliable sources, and so forth).

Also, I can write with a Cracked “voice.”  I know I can.

The new pitch is “Earthquake: The Surprising Doom That Awaits Boston.” If they accept it, I’ll have 2 weeks to write it.

That will be time consuming, but I think I can also get back into the Civil War anniversary updates. I miss doing them, but just haven’t had the energy in this heat.

Civil War Anniversary updates

These will soon resume, but first look for another post today/tomorrow with an experimental new format. I have heard about Storify.com, and wonder if it would be useful for the anniversary posts.

One nice thing about being behind on the calendar is that I can draw from some of the day-by-day Civil War websites (see sidebar), which really broadens the post. I wonder if Storify will also allow for that, or if it is strictly a social media thing.

Today’s Storify experiment will be, not about the sesquicentennial, but rather about a severe weather outbreak that will start up here soon, thanks to that oncoming cold front, per the Storm Prediction Center out in Norman.

Of course, that’s a too-frequent event in the South, but up here in the Frozen North, it’s a big deal.  I feel a bit at home today with a strong and warm south wind and this sort of business currently up at the SPC site:

MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 1927
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0939 AM CDT SAT SEP 08 2012

AREAS AFFECTED…HUDSON VALLEY…SWRN NEW ENGLAND

CONCERNING…SEVERE POTENTIAL…TORNADO WATCH LIKELY

VALID 081439Z – 081645Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE…80 PERCENT

SUMMARY…A CORRIDOR OF PRE-FRONTAL DISCRETE SUPERCELLS SHOULD
EVOLVE OUT OF A NARROW BAND OF TSTMS INVOF THE NEW YORK CITY METRO.
THE RISK FOR SUSTAINED ROTATING UPDRAFTS WILL INCREASE WITH
ATTENDANT TORNADO AND DAMAGING WIND THREATS.

DISCUSSION…A FEW CELLS WITHIN A NARROW BAND OF TSTMS IN THE
TRI-STATE AREA HAVE EXHIBITED TRANSIENT/WEAK LOW-LEVEL ROTATION
DURING THE PAST HOUR OR SO. THIS ACTIVITY APPEARS TO BE FORCED ALONG
THE LEADING EDGE OF ROBUST LOW-LEVEL WARM THETA-E ADVECTION.
ALTHOUGH 0-1 KM SHEAR WAS ONLY AROUND 15-20 KT PER OKX/DIX VWP
DATA…THIS SHOULD COMPARATIVELY STRENGTHEN AS THE ACTIVITY EVOLVES
NWD THROUGH THE DAY…ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE HUDSON VALLEY. IN
CONJUNCTION WITH GRADUAL SURFACE HEATING AMIDST UPPER 60S TO LOWER
70S SURFACE DEW POINTS…SUFFICIENT BUOYANCY SHOULD EXIST FOR
ROTATING UPDRAFTS TO BECOME SUSTAINED FOR LONGER DURATION AND LIKELY
INTENSIFY…WITH THE PRIMARY RISK OF A FEW TORNADOES.

..GRAMS/THOMPSON.. 09/08/2012

ATTN…WFO…BOX…BTV…OKX…ALY…PHI…BGM…

LAT…LON 41467444 42547449 43187422 43457364 43367287 42717243
41637234 40767258 40367382 40577415 41467444

Pretty mild, actually, compared to the South, but today should be interesting.  There is already a severe T-storm watch for Western New York up and a tornado watch for the NYC area and environs, including quite a bit of western and central Connecticut, from the looks of the map.

Anyway, the next post here will be about today’s weather in Storify form to see how that works (assuming we don’t get blown to Oz in the meantime, of course!).

Thanks for your interest and patience, and look for the Civil War updates to start up again, probably during the first part of next week.



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