Posts Tagged ‘weather’

Appropriate Music for Austin Right Now

Monday, May 25th, 2015

What, too obvious?

Plus information on where it’s flooding in Austin right now.

Product Endorsement: Working Hands

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Because I walk my dog mornings and evenings, every winter my knuckles would crack and blister from the nylon leash loop chaffing them in the cold, even through gloves. I tried various over-the-counter lotions to alleviate this, but none helped much.

Until now.

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream actually solves the problem entirely. I put a tiny dab on my knuckles before gloving-up for an outdoor walk, and I haven’t had any cracking or blistering since I started using it. It’s also pretty cheap, and is effective in such tiny amounts that the one container I bought should last me at least two or three winters easy.

If you have the same problem walking your dog or working outdoors in the Winter, I suggest giving it a try.

Reminder: Don’t Try Driving on Ice

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Austin is going to hit lows in the 20s and low 30s this week, so here’s a timely reminder: Don’t try driving on ice if you don’t have tire chains and don’t know how. (Or maybe even if you do.)

And here are several video reminders from the last year of why that’s a bad idea:

More Oklahoma City Tornado Footage

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Current death toll in Oklahoma City Tornado is 51, though I’ve seen estimates of 91 deaths.

More footage:

Fast forward footage of the tornado:

Helicopter footage of the torando and path of destruction, including where it crossed I-35:

Where it tore through a school:

Path of destruction through a race track:

More destruction:

For one happy note amidst the grim news, here’s a woman finding her dog alive in the wreckage:

Oklahoma Tornado Raw Footage: Holy Crap!

Monday, May 20th, 2013

So far 37 people have been killed in the tornado that ripped through Oklahoma City today.

Unconfirmed reports had the tornado a mile wide.

Raw footage:

Not sure if this is the same one:

Destruction footage, shot off a TV:

Pictures of Sandy Flooding off Twitter

Monday, October 29th, 2012

I was looking at pictures of the flooding off Twitter, thinking “somebody should put these on a web page somewhere.” Now, if I only knew someone who had a blog…

Underground parking garage flooding, from Jon Passantino (@passantino):

Ground Zero flooding, from Kim Fischer (ABC4Kim):

14th Street, from @megetz:

Coney island, via

George Weld off Instagram, of a transformer exploding:

Hoboken path train station flooding, screen cap via Adrienne Green (@accu_adrienne):

The New York Post evidently published this one:

However, I’m calling Shenanigans on this one:

Dallas Tornado Footage

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

In which we learn, yet again, that mother nature really hate 18-wheelers.

I guess those annoying sirens are the new “TORNADOES WILL KILL YOU UNLESS YOU TAKE SHELTER RIGHT FUCKING NOW!!!!” warning.

Filmed off a TV, but impressive close-ups:

From Lancaster


2011: Texas’ Dryest Year Ever

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Official confirmation, just in case you needed it:

Federal scientists confirmed Friday that Texas had its driest year on record in 2011.

The statewide average rainfall for the year totaled just 14.88 inches, according to the National Climatic Data Center, beating the previous low of 14.99 inches set in 1917.

And keep in mind that it was even worse than it seems, as several inches in that final tally only turned in the last few weeks of the year where, as welcome as it was, it did jack-all for farmers.

Actual, Real, Honest to Goodness RAIN

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

For the first time since it rained about five minutes one night three or four months ago. And before that it might have been another three or four months.

A good thing, too, since it’s been so dry here the cacti have been dying of thirst:

I took that picture along the Rattan Creek greenbelt earlier this week…

Central Texas Fire Updates (with video)

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Here’s the Statesman update.

Some YouTube videos I grabbed:

Removed the KVUE video embed because it’s farking up my page loads.

Keep safe…

10 PM Update: 25 homes lost in Steiner Ranch.

10:55 PM Update: Parts of Dripping Springs being told to evacuate.

More video, this time from the Southeast corner of the Griffith League Scout Ranch property near Lost Pines:

Also got an email back from Michael Moorcock, who says he’s OK, and that they haven’t been asked to evacuate yet.