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They deserve better

The best part of the past 10+ years of running @chswx has been the opportunity to partner with the National Weather Service to disseminate their message. These are fine, fine public servants who deserve much better than 27 days and counting of government shutdown and no paychecks.

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Clear skies

Where there’s smoke on visible satellite, there’s fire on shortwave infrared imagery.

There’s something about clear skies that makes looking at the satellite that much more interesting. You can pick out lots of features, such as the smoke from controlled burns that contributed to a killer sunset yesterday.

The GOES-R series, with its high temporal and spatial resolution, will never cease to amaze me.

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Friday Night YouTube Video: “T.G.I. Monday” Microsoft Ad, Featuring David Bowie

I was so mesmerized by these commercials as a middle-schooler that my parents bought me a Best of David Bowie CD for Christmas back in 1998.

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Moving Day

BoomTown's old headquarters at 635 Rutledge Ave.
BoomTown’s old headquarters at 635 Rutledge Avenue.

Today, we at BoomTown said farewell to our headquarters of the last five-plus years at 635 Rutledge Avenue. When we report to work next week, we’ll be in a brand-new facility on upper King Street.

When I started at BoomTown in 2012, we had two suites of the repurposed Jabra’s grocery store. Over the ensuing few years our footprint in the building grew along with the business, and by late 2014 we had taken over all but one suite. However, we’re busting at the seams, and it’ll be great to be able to stretch our legs a little bit.

Thanks for the memories, 635. It’s been a good run.

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Weather

Roll Clouds

AWIPS animation of visible satellite on Friday, December 16.
AWIPS animation of GOES-East visible imagery on December 16, 2016. Roll clouds are very evident in this imagery. Also note the hard edge of the cloud canopy of the cool air wedge in place around Lumber City, GA.

Yesterday’s skies were particularly awesome, with lots of roll clouds on display. Shea Gibson of WeatherFlow shared some photos from the ground as well as a great explainer on how the clouds ended up like they did over on Facebook.

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The Bad Old Days

Internet Explorer 4.0 and Netscape Communicator 4.08 displaying a simple Web page completely differently.
Internet Explorer 4.0 and Netscape Communicator 4.08 displaying a simple Web page completely differently.

It’s a good thing standards won out on the Web, huh? The difference between these pages is that IE 4 can interpret the <marquee> tag while Netscape 4 never understood it. Those late ’90s browser wars were not for the faint at heart.

It wasn’t all bad, though: The Windows NT virtual machine I ran this comparison on only was running 22 concurrent processes for the entire system, and was barely touching my MacBook Pro’s battery. Why can’t we get back there?

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Going to Extremes

Microsoft’s error messages may have been rather cryptic and full of techno-babble in the past, but you could at least find a Knowledge Base article based on the message and get a good handle on what’s going on. “Something happened” is still cryptic with the added detriment of being completely useless. Unfortunate, too, because Windows 10 — if it installs, anyway — is a really strong OS, as strong as Windows has been in recent years.

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The Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook

Needed now more than ever.

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Weather

Birds on Radar

The only thing more fun than armchair storm chasing with RadarScope or the Gibson Ridge suite is finding all the non-meteorological things on radar, such as this roost ring of birds that happens on cue at sunrise during the summers at Lake Moultrie.

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New Bathrooms and Serious Storms

Spam comment: A severe-warned storm that created quarter-size come in Hanahan skipped my aspect of Western Ashley to the northeast this mid-day. However, this storm created an output border which intersected with the seabreeze over the Charleston/Dorchester nation range to produce new bathrooms and serious storms. These serious storms forced eastern and decreased a brief amount of rainfall and a little breeze before shifting on to the south eastern.

So this happened. It’s like the spambot put the original post through an automated translator and back, attaching its spam link at the end for good measure.