Monthly Archives: May 2014

WordCamp Day Is Here

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for — South Carolina’s first WordCamp, right here in Charleston. Here’s the schedule.

My BoomTown colleague Jason “Frock” Finneyfrock is on at 9am talking about how we use Vagrant and Puppet to maintain development environments; I’m on at 2:30 with an overhauled version of my August 2013 WordCamp Charleston talk, WordPress at Peak Performance.

If you weren’t able to get a ticket (we sold out on Thursday!), never fear — the sessions are being recorded. I’ll update when they are posted to the Web.

If you were able to get a ticket, I sure hope to see you out there! It will be a fun time and I hope you learn a lot.

Tornado debris signature on April 28, 2014 in SE Tennesee.

Tornado debris signature as seen by the Hytop, AL radar (KHTX) on the night of April 28, 2014. Clockwise from left: Base reflectivity, storm relative velocity, correlation coefficient, differential reflectivity (ZDR). Tornado debris signature is where the “debris ball” of high reflectivity (reds and pinks) colocate with the strong velocity couplet (reds and yellows next to greens in the velocity image), the drop in correlation coefficient (blue circle) and ZDR (gray areas).

Dan Satterfield: NWS Weather Radar Upgrade Proving Wildly Successful

Dual-polarization is a new thing, but I sure don’t know how I or anyone else confidently interpreted radar without it. There is little doubt that the confidence dual-pol products lend to warning forecasters and broadcast meteorologists conveying those critical messages saved a lot of lives on April 28. (Unfortunately, 36 people have died as a result of the outbreak, so there is still plenty of work to be done.)