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August 10, 2009

Good times during the 10pm show tonight.  Sometime during the “A” block, the main compute crashed in the control room.  That meant no video and no graphics for the newspeople.  That also means all you can do is have the anchors talk, go to a commercial, or go to the weather person.  We have our own weather computer.  So it’s always fun to have a producer yell in your ear “can you do a full weathercast in 10 seconds???”.  That is most likely the reason I looked slightly “off” during a weather segment at 10:15 or so.  Luckily the computer system pulled itself together by 10:20pm or so.  The normal “mayhem” (the kind you are used to) returned to the 10pm newscast soon after.

I think I mentioned in a previous post that I like to take almost all my vacation time in the summer.  Lots of camping, hiking, and bicycling.  Basically spend a lot of time with the family since I normally don’t see the kids in the evening due to my shift.  So I just used up 7 of those vacation days.  No big weather last week, even with that upper-level low close by, a bit disappointing for those wanting thunderstorms (most of us!).

Not a whole lot of weather going on.  After having troughiness near the West Coast for the last few days and the next 4, it appears that a regime change occurs once again.  Both GFS and ECMWF go for West Coast ridging once again…the 2nd half of August will probably be much warmer than the 1st.

Chief Meteorologist – Mark Nelsen