Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Intellicast.Com Has The Measles

It’s that time of the year again, when blue skies turn black quickly. You go onto my favorite Doppler radar map and you see the little splotches start popping up. A little green (rain) here, a little yellow (heavy rain) there, a little red (thunderstorms, most likely) in the middle. It's not a storm moving across the country, just splotches like paint splatters on a drop cloth. Or measles.

When you see these, you know that there are storms popping up all over the place and you may not be immune to them. Sunny this minute, dark clouds the next, then thunder and lightning with strong rain. I like this kind of thing, even if I get caught in it -- although I like it better if I can stay dry somehow.

If you would like to see it coming, go to intellicast.com and look for the "US" tab; on the drop-down menu, click on "radar" for a map of the country. To get in closer, click on your area. Readers around here can move their mouse until they see the word "Albany" next to the pointer.

During summer days when you see "measles" around your area, update the map every 15 minutes or so and watch what's happening. Click on "start looping" up above the map to see where the storms have been so you can figure where they might be going.

You say you don't have a computer? Well, that presents an interesting problem.

2 Comments:

Blogger Reading Reader said...

Just checked it out! Cool...now on our favorites...just wishing for a little soft rain.

June 01, 2006 8:48 AM  
Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

It's a neat reference, like it. Especially the hurricane stuff.

However, isn't it neat to stand on the sidewalk and look up and note the skies and the winds and then,with you thumbs in your suspenders, announce' ''Waaaaal, looks like rain for tomorrow''. (At present the sun is out in all its glory, it is warm and lazy).

''Oh, did you getthat from Intellicast?''

''Nope, got it from years of suffering from a bad neck which keeps my eyes towards the skies, and while I spent all those years looking up there, I might as well learn something useful. See those cirrus clouds? That's humidity. Bet the sunset will be beautiful tonight, with a layer of clouds coming in....'Scuse me but would you please tie my lfet shoelace?''

June 02, 2006 4:23 PM  

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