I’m dusting off the cobwebs here in my WordPress administration panel…been a few days. These are busy times — and they’ve been largely chronicled on Twitter.
Last night was our regularly scheduled blogger/tweeter meetup at Gene’s Haufbrau just west of the Ashley. Great times as always. Eugene and I kicked some butt in pool, and he did all the work at shuffleboard last night. Was great seeing the lot of the gang out once again. I’m hoping to make that next floating meetup. I think it’s pretty rockin’ that we have TWO monthly meetups now.
The weekend is, as usual, packed — I’m going to a baseball game Sunday for my sportswriting class. Going to watch baseball for class is pretty friggin’ cool. It’ll get me into the swing of things this spring; I’ve caught maybe an inning and a half of baseball so far this year, and need to improve upon that.
Again this year, I will be a Bad Young South Carolinian and will miss Carolina Cup. A friend photoshopped me into last year’s Cup festivities (and set it to Tarzan Boy by Baltimora) but locating that photograph and associated song will be left as an exercise to the reader. I was somewhat hoping to bring a decent video camera of some type and do some sort of video production, but not this time — I’m not sure when I’d get to it, and quite frankly, I could see myself being brutally assaulted by armies of pastel and plaid for some of the inevitable comedic twists that I would capture on tape.
On a closing, musical note — Angels & Devils, Fuel’s fourth album and first without Brett Scallions, has really started to grow on me. I’ve listened to it non-stop all week. Clearly, I’ve lost it.
I always joke on days such as today, with highs in the mid-70s and light-to-medium cirrus at 33,000, that it’s a great day to stay inside and work on code and stuff. Well…today, I finally tossed that mentality aside and left the house. It was friggin’ worth it. I made the trek to Marion Square and kicked a soccer ball around with a buddy of mine, threw close to 100 pitches, and just generally soaked up a very nice day with a pretty nice view of…um…the city. ;)
I hope you got a chance to get out and about today. This is one of those days that makes it truly great to live in Charleston.
The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornado touchdowns in the tri-county area on Saturday, including one in Strawberry (about three miles north of my parents’ house) that did serious damage to a mobile home park up that way and injured a few people. Thoughts are with everybody affected up that way.
The tornadoes were all of the EF1 variety. EF is the Enhanced Fujita scale, an estimation of tornado winds based on damage (most weather stations don’t survive a tornado impact, which makes recording true tornado wind speeds all but impossible). Here’s more on the EF Scale.
Got a pretty cool video of the worst of today’s storm hitting here downtown. I’m uploading a shorter version to YouTube right now, but here’s about 10 minutes of video of the worst part of the storm on the Charleston peninsula. It’s in QuickTime format. Will get it in WMV later — ideally, the YouTube version will be better.
I was on the phone with my brother most of the time, and was relaying a play-by-play. There was no tornado downtown, but a couple times I thought there was. I swore a couple times, too — heat of the weather.
Enjoy. Feel free to pass this around or use on air (*cough*) with credit. Consider this Creative Commons.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Charleston area until 1am tomorrow. Here’s some highlights from NWS:
…This is a particularly dangerous situation…
Destructive tornadoes…large hail to 2.5 inches in diameter…
thunderstorm wind gusts to 80 mph…and dangerous lightning are
possible in these areas.
Stuff is already erupting to the north of us and with authority. SuperDeeDooperDoppler has been activated and is really busy. Here’s a frame grab from the KCAE radar site just to the southwest of Columbia proper:
Some of those reflectivity levels are as high as I’ve ever seen them. Here’s what NWS has to say on the subject:
Discussion…severe thunderstorm outbreak underway as powerful 100kt
mid level jet and associated vort move across sern U.S. This
evening. Tornadic supercells will continue to develop ewd across
watch area thru the evening with potential for long lived damaging
tornadoes along and S of warm front which extends enewd into sern
Keep alert tonight. Unlike that Tuesday where nothing happened, there was a lot of sunshine today, and thus a good chance for a lot of instability out ahead of this monster. This system has a history of causing some serious damage and spawning incredible tornadoes — just ask Atlanta residents.
Update (5:13 PM)
Brian Goode points out the Storm Prediction Center has painted points west of the coast in a high risk zone for severe weather. According to Brian, that’s the first time this has ever happened. Wow.
Managed to add another page to the About the Site section, this time covering the tortured development of what would have been Realm 5.0, the fifth generation of my old personal site that was supposed to bring world peace and end hunger on four planets. That didn’t work out, though…
I’ve finally started closing out comments and trackbacks automatically to posts over 120 days old that haven’t seen approved activity in a reasonable amount of time. This’ll cut down on how much moderating I have to do. To paraphrase what authorities said when justifying the 2am bar closing, “nothing good happens after 120 days.”
I’m in the office doing maintenance on some of the Web servers this morning. While the updates are applying, I flip over to CNN.com and see a sequence of ads that’s analogous with the common depiction of conscience — you know, devil on one shoulder, angel on the other…
It seems that odd days are not good days to expect updates to The Blog. I’ve done updates on the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and now the 8th, not giving love to an odd-numbered day since the 29th of February 3rd of March. (I forgot to count asides as blog posts. Whoops.)
The new anemometer is installed in a slightly higher place, so I’m hoping for at least a little bit better accuracy in wind reporting (still a tough proposition without getting on the roof of the house, which is pretty much impossible considering I’m renting). Let’s hope this one lasts at least three months…