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PostSubject: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:16 pm

I'll be driving to South Dakota soon, and it has occurred to me that it might be a good thang to keep an eye out for tornadoes. It would be cool to be able to link to some of those doppler radar images you see Reed Timmer using in his chases. I dunno...he might be using a subscription service, but it seems to me there ought to be real-time uplinks available.

The best one I've found so far is this one -- http://nowcoast.noaa.gov/ -- which updates every minute. Not bad, and it'll do in a pinch, but I thought I'd check to see whether any of the brethren know of anything that provides continuous real-time data, or at least something that updates more frequently.

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jocolor


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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:22 pm

Hey Vito, may I refer to this one?

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/radar_tab.php

http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_lite_loop.php

Both excellent IMHO we used them both while doing hurricane relief in Louisiana last summer.
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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:06 pm

kilted1:

Thanks a million, brothah! The first link you provided was one of the ones I found in my own search, but it doesn't appear to give real-time data. At least, I couldn't find a way to get it to auto-update.

That second link is much more useful. It sequentially displays the static images taken at roughly 10 to 11 minute intervals over the previous ~70-minute period as a looped motion graphic. That's very helpful for seeing the way any given system is developing, how the cells are moving, and so forth.

I can use that in conjunction with the http://nowcoast.noaa.gov/ map to get a pretty good handle on what's happening. The http://nowcoast.noaa.gov/ map has a user-definable update frequency, the most frequent being once per minute. With that and the looped map you provided, I should have enough information to help me steer clear of the danger zones.

Of course, there was a time when I'd have been out there chasing those puppies. But with Mrs. Vito and the kids along for the ride, I'll opt for a...er, less stimulating course of action. Chasing twisters is not their idea of a good time. No

Thanks again!

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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:20 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:31 pm

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kilted1:

Thanks a million, brothah! The first link you provided was one of the ones I found in my own search, but it doesn't appear to give real-time data. At least, I couldn't find a way to get it to auto-update.

That second link is much more useful. It sequentially displays the static images taken at roughly 10 to 11 minute intervals over the previous ~70-minute period as a looped motion graphic. That's very helpful for seeing the way any given system is developing, how the cells are moving, and so forth.

I can use that in conjunction with the http://nowcoast.noaa.gov/ map to get a pretty good handle on what's happening. The http://nowcoast.noaa.gov/ map has a user-definable update frequency, the most frequent being once per minute. With that and the looped map you provided, I should have enough information to help me steer clear of the danger zones.

Of course, there was a time when I'd have been out there chasing those puppies. But with Mrs. Vito and the kids along for the ride, I'll opt for a...er, less stimulating course of action. Chasing twisters is not their idea of a good time. No

Thanks again!

jocolor

We used those tools while deploying to various parts of Louisiana just prior to the landfall and during the stormy days which followed on a wireless connection on our laptop. Worked great when in areas with cell coverage. Very handy to have when you HAVE to travel into an area where really bad weather is.
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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:39 pm

kilted1 wrote:
We used those tools while deploying to various parts of Louisiana just prior to the landfall and during the stormy days which followed on a wireless connection on our laptop. Worked great when in areas with cell coverage. Very handy to have when you HAVE to travel into an area where really bad weather is.
Yup...that's the game plan.

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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:45 pm

Where you heading in SD Vito?

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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:52 pm

jhuggett wrote:
Where you heading in SD Vito?
Jason:

Yankton, where my brother lives. I'll be driving down to see him in the hospital in Sioux City every day, where's he's still recovering from surgery two weeks ago. We'll be staying with his wife and kids in Yankton, helping out as best we can.

It was supposed to be a biopsy surgery, but apparently they thought it was too far advanced to let it go. The biopsy confirmed the original GBM, Grade IV diagnosis. They removed 80% of two tumor masses, but the resulting paralysis took out motor control in both legs, his left arm, and his neck. He's getting physical therapy for that now, but it seems doubtful that he'll be released before we arrive.

I can't get the friggin' doctors to call me back, so I'm in the dark as to what they intend to do for treatment. It's pretty exasperating. They won't be able to evade me in person.

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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:08 pm

Very sorry to hear the diagnosis and his current condition bro. Hope the best for you all.

I used to live a few hours north of there when I was just a kid. 3-7 years old. Seems like a very trivial point now though.

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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:29 pm

J: Nah...not trivial at all, my friend. You never know what kinds of connections can come out of things that seem trivial when they first appear.

Thanks for your kind wishes. As long as there's life, there's hope. GBM isn't the certain death sentence it used to be. Folks do survive it. If you look closely enough (and I've looked very closely over the past two weeks), it's not luck. There's always a reason. Those are the things I'm focusing on now.

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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:35 pm

Wow Vito,

I had no idea at all, will keep you, your brother and family on our prayer list. Where there is life there is indeed hope. the very best to you my friend.
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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:45 am

I'm sorry to hear about your brother. Add me to the list of folks praying for him and your family. God bless.
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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:01 am

Thanks, kilted1 and Centurion 803.

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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:06 pm

I lost a very good friend to this about 11 years ago, a Viet Nam 1st Lieutenant, spent a year in Laos (when we weren't there). He made some very wise choices about himself, and managed to use the remains of his life healing his relationships with his family. A remarkable achievement few of us make time for.

I pray your brother's health and facilities are at LEAST this good. I pray too for a complete healing as The Lord wills.

Please don't hesitate to PM me if there is ever a need Brother, these can be difficult times. I know a brother or two here who have beaten cancer!
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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:57 pm

Sorry to hear of your brother's situation, Vito. Sad

In you he has one hell of a cornerman, that's for sure. Tear it up, dude.

Best of luck to everyone involved. Take care & etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:46 pm

Onward & Upward, jocolor !

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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:51 pm

LL, Yak:

Thanks, doodz. My brother (Kage) took a turn for the better today. He's moving to the hospital in Yankton tomorrow—a very good sign indeed. If he continues to improve, I'm going to lobby hard for him to seek treatment at the Duke University Brain Tumor Center. Based on my research thus far, it's about the best place in the U.S.

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PostSubject: Re: Real-Time Storm System Uplink?   Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:29 am

Vito wrote:
LL, Yak:

Thanks, doodz. My brother (Kage) took a turn for the better today. He's moving to the hospital in Yankton tomorrow—a very good sign indeed. If he continues to improve, I'm going to lobby hard for him to seek treatment at the Duke University Brain Tumor Center. Based on my research thus far, it's about the best place in the U.S.

jocolor

Super news. Will keep you all in my prayers. cheers
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