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Tuesday, March 13, 2007 (6:52 pm)

Watching the Texas Weather.

Filed under: Amateur Radio,Life,Spring Break 2007,Weather — daweathaman @ 6:52 pm

By Charles E. Roop

Erin, her father and I just got back to Conroe from a day out in town. I’ll elaborate more on what we did later, but it’s weather time.

To our west is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 7 p.m. CDT. However, I think they might issue a watch for our area later on this evening. Currently, there is a batch of rain over south-central Texas with embedded thunderstorms moving in an easterly direction.

From looking at the skew-t charts in the southern Texas area, Lifted Indicies are anywhere between -5 and 0.7. This reinforces the severe weather threat. Also, the CAPES are a little high the further west you go.

As of this entry posting, there are five counties in Texas that have severe thunderstorm warnings.

Currently here in Conroe, the weather is slowly deteriorating with some lightning and rain coming from the southwest. I am currently monitoring the N5HNE (I think that’s the right call) repeater in Conroe for any reports. I’ll keep in touch.


Texas Update.

Filed under: Life,Spring Break 2007 — daweathaman @ 12:12 am

By Charles E. Roop

Today was a very light day when it comes to events. Erin and I traveled with her dad and went to a few places in Houston. One of them was very awesome to me: an electronics store. Oh, not just any electronics store. This kicks Best Buy and Circuit City’s ass combined. Say hello to Fry’s Electronics. They have everything you can imagine…I mean everything. Motherboards for a computer, TVs, VCRs, DVDs, DSLRs, videos of all kinds, appliances, you name it. They even have CBs, some ham radio equipment and literature, antennas and police scanners. Holy cow, that was freakin’ awesome. I picked up three things: an extra firewire (IEE 1394) cable for digital video capture, a DVD of All The President’s Men, and a brand new copy of the ARRL repeater directory. It was sweet. A note to Fry’s: please come to Gainesville. Believe me, you will get plenty of business.

We went to a technical book store, which mostly had medical stuff. Erin got a veterinary manual, which has nearly everything on any subject on vet medicine.

Tomorrow will be more exploring downtown. Wednesday should be San Antonio day.

The weather tomorrow looks a little damp with a slight risk of severe weather for south-central and southeast Texas. Again, I will be monitoring the weather.

I am slowly putting videos on YouTube. They are listed below with the links…

Erin, Opie and Tuffy.
Erin playing with her dog, Opie, while her father’s dog hangs out at a nearby lake in Conroe.

The Mississippi River and Crazy drivers.
See the river along with crazy drivers during our trip to Texas Saturday afternoon in Louisiana. 

Keep checking back.

Monday, March 12, 2007 (12:14 am)


Filed under: Photography,Spring Break 2007 — daweathaman @ 12:14 am

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By Charles E. Roop

Above is a photo of Erin and I with the Houston skyline behind us. For more photos, check out my Flickr photo page…

Check back later.

Sunday, March 11, 2007 (11:18 pm)

Day 1: Galveston.

Filed under: Life,Spring Break 2007,Weather — daweathaman @ 11:18 pm

By Charles E. Roop

Today was my first full day in Texas. Things are pretty different here than in Florida.

You know that saying "everything is bigger in Texas?" Well, it’s true. The cars. The highways. The cities. The bugs. Hell, just about everything. The Houston Chronicle Sunday edition was freakin’ huge…much larger than the Gainesville Sun. When we got to the house last night, Erin and I saw what we thought were these giant mosquitoes (but they are not mosquitoes).

Anyways, today we started out the day with a breakfast at the local Whataburger. We then left for a little drive and very short stay in downtown Houston. It’s a very nice and large city. Erin and I got some pictures (and they will be posted on the blog and Flickr later).

We later headed out to Galveston and hung out at the beach for a short time. It was a very nice beach. It’s a little more crowded than I initially imagined it. There are jetties where people can walk out on and fish from. There were also some nice hotels on the island facing the beach. On the other side of the island, there were some ports where cruise lines and oil rig support boats sat.

We left the town and headed back to Conroe on I-45. However, the journey back took a little longer than desired. There were many back-ups along the six-laned highway and even an auto accident on the southbound lane of the highway.

So, tomorrow looks like Houston day. The weather for our remaining days in southern Texas appears to be rainy. There might be a slight risk of severe weather for the south-central Texas and Houston-metro area tomorrow. I’ll have the camera on hand just in case anything happens.

Check back later on for photos and other stories.


Filed under: Life,Photography,Spring Break 2007 — daweathaman @ 10:01 am

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Southeast Texas sunset, originally uploaded by thewxmanjeckel_83.

By Charles E. Roop

The alarm blares at our apartment at 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Most of Gainesville was either dead asleep or empty because of the student that left for Spring Break. Instead, we were getting ready to leave for the Houston-metro area in Texas. We departed at 5:30 a.m. with Erin, myself, the dog and everything we needed along the way.

It was a very long trip, but I think we made very good timing. We made it to Baytown just before sunset at nearly 6:30 p.m. CST. After eating at a Waffle House, we traveled north to Dayton and met Erin’s dad. We then followed him to his home in Conroe – nearly 30 miles north of Houston.

We woke up this morning at 8 a.m. CDT and are about to head out to Galveston later on today. Expect updates and some photos this evening.

Thursday, March 1, 2007 (11:49 pm)

Quick Weather Update.

Filed under: Weather — daweathaman @ 11:49 pm

By Charles E. Roop

The SPC has lowered the severe weather risk for the Gainesville area from moderate to slight. Although, we are not too far from the moderate zone.

I checked the 0Z (7p.m. EST) upper air data from Jacksonville and what I see is a little dangerous. I see the parcel in a very bad place which explains why the LI (Lifted Index, used for severe weather potential) is at -4 (marginaly unstable, but close to large instability). The SWEAT and CAPE numbers look high as well.

The radar sites from the panhandle show a potent line of storms halfway between Tallahassee and Pensacola.

There is still a tornado watch for our area until 2 a.m. EST. I will be in bed soon, but I will leave my weather alert on standby and the 2-meter ham radio on the local repeater.


Filed under: News,Weather — daweathaman @ 4:31 pm

Image Source: SPC/NOAA

By Charles E. Roop

This is something I have not seen in, probably, years. North of a line from Cape Canaveral to Pasco County is in a moderate risk zone of severe weather until tomorrow morning. The Florida panhandle – including areas of Tallahassee, Panama City and Pensacola – are under a high risk category.

A highly potent storm center centered over Iowa is expected to move towards the northeast for the next 36 hours. This storm, without going into too much detail, has a lot of instability and ingredients to spawn an outbreak.

CNN and the AP has reported that a high school in Alabama was hit by a tornado this afternoon.

I will be monitoring the weather very carefully on and off for the next 16 hours.

So far, according to radar loops, there is no squall line or unorganized, scattered storms approaching north Florida. However, the SPC outlook stated that severe storms may roll in overnight.

Stay tuned to local media, this blog, my weather website (, for further updates. For those with NOAA Weather Radio’s with an alert feature to leave the alarm on standby tonight.


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