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Re: The "Holy %$%# It's Hot Out There" Summer 2018 Thread
« Reply #150 on: May 18, 2018, 12:57:13 PM »
The closest I ever came to a tornado before this week was an F1 in Albuquerque of all places and I was terrified. I actually saw the funnel cloud move between buildings downtown there while driving - never saw anything like that before or since. Poop inducing fear.
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« Reply #151 on: May 18, 2018, 07:57:08 PM »
I saw one while I was driving through either North Haven or Hamden on the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway back in 1989. All I could think was  "Please don't let it see me... please don't let it see me... :o"
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« Reply #152 on: May 19, 2018, 09:18:54 PM »
Years back, I was in Memphis with an old girlfriend going to see Graceland. We were staying at a hotel close by when a big-ass tornado hit less than a mile away from us. It got dark out like midnight and scared the shit outta me! But the Ghost of The King watched over us and we weren't touched. I said, "Thank-you. Thank-you very much".  :clap:
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Re: The "Holy %$%# It's Hot Out There" Summer 2018 Thread
« Reply #153 on: May 19, 2018, 09:35:15 PM »
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Re: The "Holy %$%# It's Hot Out There" Summer 2018 Thread
« Reply #154 on: May 20, 2018, 07:41:26 AM »
The DC area set a record with seven straight days with at least 0.25 inches of rain each day.  Indeed, it was a pretty soggy week. 

And then this morning something strange happened: a round object appeared in the sky, bringing light.  Rumors says it's something called the sun. 

Seriously, my run this morning was warm and completely humid.  Summer's back.


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Re: The "Holy %$%# It's Hot Out There" Summer 2018 Thread
« Reply #155 on: May 20, 2018, 11:18:59 AM »
This humidity wreaks havoc with my hair.
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Re: The "Holy %$%# It's Hot Out There" Summer 2018 Thread
« Reply #156 on: May 20, 2018, 11:42:10 AM »
I saw one while I was driving through either North Haven or Hamden on the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway back in 1989. All I could think was  "Please don't let it see me... please don't let it see me... :o"

(That one Gus saw between the buildings in Albuquerque sounded shivery, too.)

Despite my close calls, I've never seen a funnel actually on the ground. I've seen them in the air a few more times than those stories, though. Drove under one coming back from the golf course with Dad.  I guess the funniest one (so to speak) was the funnel I followed on I-40 (in Tennessee, going east to Knoxville) to Cracker Barrel! It was just a grey overcast day, but I could see this shape up in the sky at about 10-o'clock high, hard to say how far away maybe half a mile, over the trees and road-ridgeline to the north. I almost couldn't watch the interstate for trying to figure out what it was or wasn't: it looked for all the world like a tornado funnel, and shifted size and (somewhat) shape regularly. But none of the clouds looked up for a tornado. Just featureless grey overcast, almost no cloud definition. But then again that's why I could definitely see it up there!

This went on for twenty miles or so, and eventually I pulled off to go eat at a Cracker Barrel, north of the road so I wondered jokingly if it had passed over them. I told the waitress what I had been seeing, and she answered (a little freaked out) that the radio had said there was a radar-indicated funnel in the air nearby but she hadn't thought it was that close or that the clouds were right for one!


A few years ago a very thin F2 went across the field behind our factory, but we weren't there -- we had packed up the guys and taken them to a brick church with an underground level. (Not really the best idea, but tons better than in our factory.) Our church has a sort of L-shaped concrete trench around part of it, covered over -- why, I have no idea, but it'd be pretty great for rifle defense! -- and the guys were spending their time going back and forth between the relative safety of that, and the far-back door of the church (not safe at all) looking for the funnel. We never did quite see it (despite it being less than half a mile away when it passed by), but from the trench we could see this tiny stuff flying around way up in the air, which we figured were branches or other debris. Suddenly one of the little specks looped out of the flock and with a few jinks and janks BWAAMMM! slammed down within fifty feet, between the trench and the family-center building.

It was one of the main roof panels of my uncle's large warehouse across the highway, near the factory. It took a direct hit, ripped off most of the roof, gave us one of the pieces back! Made all the guys (myself included) jump hard when it whammed down! -- but it had still been thrown around so high it was just a speck.

We went back into the church for a few minutes after that. Rather quickly.  :2funny:


(The factory took a direct hit from an F1 a year or two later, punched one of our walls out, blew in one or two of the roll-up doors. That happened at night, and we found the damage the next morning.)
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Re: The "Holy %$%# It's Hot Out There" Summer 2018 Thread
« Reply #157 on: May 20, 2018, 12:02:28 PM »
I hesitate here but...what do you make in your factory?
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« Reply #158 on: May 20, 2018, 12:08:46 PM »
mmm, let's see, send you to the old site or the new one still under construction... I'll try the new one.

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The short version is, molded and custom fiberglass enclosures for the water and wastewater industry. (Mostly for municipalities.)
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Re: The "Holy %$%# It's Hot Out There" Summer 2018 Thread
« Reply #159 on: May 20, 2018, 12:09:58 PM »
^I never would have guessed that! I worked for a water/wastewater consulting company from 2006-2011 before working for the gub'mint.
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« Reply #160 on: May 20, 2018, 12:17:35 PM »
^I never would have guessed that! I worked for a water/wastewater consulting company from 2006-2011 before working for the gub'mint.

Which one? I might have heard of it!

(I mean company; I assume I've heard of whichever government you work for.  :coolsmiley: )
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Re: The "Holy %$%# It's Hot Out There" Summer 2018 Thread
« Reply #161 on: May 20, 2018, 01:15:28 PM »
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« Reply #162 on: May 20, 2018, 03:40:25 PM »
This humidity wreaks havoc with my hair.

You have hair?  :wow:
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Re: The "Holy %$%# It's Hot Out There" Summer 2018 Thread
« Reply #163 on: May 20, 2018, 03:50:59 PM »
Pubic hair.

Duh.
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« Reply #164 on: May 20, 2018, 03:53:51 PM »
Pubic hair.

Duh.

You have pubic hair?  :wow:
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