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Old 08-21-2009, 06:55 AM
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OK! I know there are a lot of people that live in area of the US that see tornados every year especially if you live along tornado valley. We rarely ever get a tornado. We had a bunch touch down last night. WOW!!! I'm really shocked that it happened. Almost everyone you talk to have never seen a tornado in their life and never thought they would ever see one in their life time. Most of them got a front row seat to the event last night.
the link is a news feed that I watched if you're interested.

One dead as tornadoes reported across south Ont. | Sympatico / MSN News
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:44 AM
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Yeah I heard they had some in Minnesota also, which is a rare thing. I assume yall didnt get any damage there!



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Old 08-21-2009, 08:33 AM
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Depends on what your view of damage is. When you compare it to the damade the US sees every year, maybe not however, there are lots of homes damaged or or even brought down to the foundation. Vaughan just north of Toronto seems to have been hit the hardest and they have hundreds of home and busnisses damaged. there are about 60,000 people without power still. There's a small town Durham about 2 hours north west of Toronto, just north of me was hit pretty bad where a young boy was killed. Actully my trailer is not far from there. I'll be heading there tomorrow morning to see if everything is ok. Wish me luck!!!!
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Well, there's not much scarier than being in a lightweight (usually) aluminum trailer when a tornado is nearby: you could lose your home in a mere thunderstorm. Lord knows I've seen enough taken out by slippery hills and such.

"Kinda makes ya feel alive, doesn't it!"

Glad you weren't a statistic. I'm working on an 'Annunciator' for my trailer that'll pay attention to the weather and keep me posted. I've already got it 'talking' to me, telling me to wake up, and warning me of low battery power, etc.

I don't have anything to report in the way of progress...but it'll make scenese like the one you witnessed a little harder to happen, I hope. And as with everything I do, it's all "public domain" or GPL kinda stuff anyone can do. When I get something I'll try to send it to ya.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:08 PM
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I do hope your trailer was not damage and more importantly that you were not impacted.

I'm in Houston right now and was just informed by DW that a tornado touched down north of the city.

Take care.

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Old 08-21-2009, 08:35 PM
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Wheeldweller,

With regard to weather, what will your 'Annunciator' do that is beyond what a NOAA weather radio with SAME capability does?

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Wheeldweller,

With regard to weather, what will your 'Annunciator' do that is beyond what a NOAA weather radio with SAME capability does?

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The plan is to have all the weather-related information you need; not just the local area, for which it'll sound an alarm through the radio, but permit you to see the road ahead or behind.

I'm still waiting on the GPS to get back from the wiring shop (I should really call him...) but the GPS will provide the coords, and produce city, state, county, and timezone as I go.

But right now I'm having trouble getting the touch screen, etc; it's not that no one makes it, rather that as a caregiver, the budget's light. If you'd like to see the project in general, it's at FAQs
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Thanks... I'll be on the look out for you in next year's storm chaser program

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Thanks... I'll be on the look out for you in next year's storm chaser program

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Probably won't be next year; I have a string of other projects, and before I suggest it to people I really need to finish writing it! I think a $30 public radio makes a great initial stop gap, though.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:48 AM
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There was another tornado in Markham on Saturday Antigua, whats going on in Ontario lately

As I type this I am currently in Halifax riding out Hurricane Bill so this year has been a dosey for Canada I must say
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:43 PM
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Well, Everything was fine. I heard that there was another tornado. What the heck is going on???? Talking to a few people around the park, they had a lot more to deal with then we did. None the less, we made out ok and all is fine.
Steve, I hope everything is ok in Halifax. I heard some weather reports, WOW!!! I heard the waves crashing to shore was as big as 5 stories tall!!! That's got to be near 50 feet!!!! I hope you are ok.

Wheeldweller,

I'm very interested in this 'Annunciator' thing you are working on. I really don't know anything about it but sounds interesting. What elese can you tell me about it?
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Well, Welcome to Weather Underground : Weather Underground has a bunch of "API"s (programmer speak for 'connections') that will let you get tons of info, right from the net.

If you have a GPS, and it's getting so easy as to wonder 'why not?', you take the coords from it and plug them into a URL over at WeatherUnderground. What it returns for you is a load of information RV travelers would like to have, generally speaking.

It returns country, state, county, and city, as well as local webcam URLs, forecasts, and weather alerts, and a host of other details. This isn't earth-shattering, but I remember times we wondered which state we were in, exactly, because it would have to be one of two.

Knowing this also allows you to bring up GPSDrive, an free application for mapping your trip. It'll download maps for the whole thing, really helpful for a multi-day journey. And of course, there's also Google.

What the annunciator would do is be made aware of severe conditions (thunderstorms, frost warnings, anything you can measure like low propane levels WITH a frost warning, in the daytime while they're still open at the camp store...) and anything else you can think up.

Again, it's all open source; as it gets created, you can do what I did, or better yet, collaborate with me to make our mutual units better, and help hand off the idea to other people, too.

Right now I'm missing my old annunciator; I'm inside taking care of Mom, not out in the trailer hearing the passage of hours and half-hours and getting historical notifications every morning with the rise-n-shine alarm. I really should get back in there and _build_, but other things have come up.
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All is fine my friend and I am glad you guys got through those tornado's as well, I wondered how close you might be to them..

The reports of 50' waves were a stretch, 10-20 at the peak MAYBE..
The storm just brushed us so it was no big deal at all.

Very strange seeing rain coming down sideways though

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Well, Everything was fine. I heard that there was another tornado. What the heck is going on???? Talking to a few people around the park, they had a lot more to deal with then we did. None the less, we made out ok and all is fine.
Steve, I hope everything is ok in Halifax. I heard some weather reports, WOW!!! I heard the waves crashing to shore was as big as 5 stories tall!!! That's got to be near 50 feet!!!! I hope you are ok.

Wheeldweller,

I'm very interested in this 'Annunciator' thing you are working on. I really don't know anything about it but sounds interesting. What elese can you tell me about it?
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All is fine my friend and I am glad you guys got through those tornado's as well, I wondered how close you might be to them..

The reports of 50' waves were a stretch, 10-20 at the peak MAYBE..
The storm just brushed us so it was no big deal at all.

Very strange seeing rain coming down sideways though

Was this the same one listed on The Drudge Report? I remember a story of TWENTY people getting hit with a random wave of that size, and almost everyone died.
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Was this the same one listed on The Drudge Report? I remember a story of TWENTY people getting hit with a random wave of that size, and almost everyone died.
If your refering to Hurricane Bill that just hit Nova Scotia Canada this past weekend it was NOT as bad as the Media said it was..

YES THREE kids went into the surf, and NO it was NOT 50 foot waves although I am sure it felt like it when the idiots got tossed in there!

ALL were rescued by each other BTW NOT by recuse crews so how this story even made the news is beyond me. These dum a$$ kids were in a restricted area and are lucky to be alive.

What were they thinking standing on rocks on the edge of the ocean with a Huricane on top of them, I mean seriously what did they expect to happen
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