1/17/95 Steve Hodanish nws-melbourne
email from hodanish, describing his new house:
The house is oriented N-S so I got a good view of
both the west for inland t-storms and a good view
to the east for waterspouts....not to mention good
ventilation when the c-breeze kicks in every day in
summer. All the living areas except the smaller
bedrooms have weak echo regions (vaulted ceilings).
1/20/95 Peter Olsson csu-atmos
without prompting, peter's 7 year old step-
daughter told scott denning that her bonus
spelling word is:
quasigeostrophic potential vorticity
...she pronounced it perfectly.
3/25/95 Bill Thorson csu-atmos
Franz (Steve Finley) got BURNED working in the
yard last weekend. His back is BEET red. So, in
the shower after lifting Steve mentioned that his
back was radiating and his chest felt relatively
cold in comparison. Ian Witt mentioned that there
was a temperature gradient across his body and then
Thorson chirps in with this beauty: "Then wind should
be blowing down Steve's sides due to the temperature
4/7/95 Jason Nachamkin csu-atmos
On a chase to Texas - Jason, Greg Thompson,
and David Mocko were driving thru small towns
between Dalhart and Amarillo TX in the early
morning. One such small town's police building
still had Christmas decorations up in late
March, including lights that spelled out
"Season's Greetings". As they were making fun
of the town for leaving its decorations up
so long, Jason said, "But maybe they mean
tornado chase season!"
4/28/95 Jeff Copeland csu-atmos
At bowling, the Lightning Strikes (Brent Shaw,
Jeff Copeland, Chris Clarke, Mike Montgomery,
John Persing, David Mocko) voted for three
Tornado team members (Steve Finley, Cathy Finley,
Becky Armstrong, John Knaff, Laura Knaff) for next
year's league President, Vice-President, and
Secretary/Treasurer. Jeff said that we
"pulled a straight dryline ticket."
4/28/95 Ian Wittmeyer csu-atmos
Out of the blue on april 26, Ian sends me this
"happy 4th anniversary for the andover outbreak"
5/8/95 Ian Wittmeyer csu-atmos
Ian, an avid wx channel viewer, noting the similar
color schemes used on the precipitation forecast
maps and the planting index, spouted off this gem
when the latest planting index map was displayed:
"WOW, it looks like there could be some severe
tomato storms in Texas and Oklahoma, and the
northeast had better watch out for those dreaded
broccoli squall lines!"
5/12/95 Greg Stumpf nssl
Iwitt, Greg and some other VORTEX'ers were talking
about airplanes and airshows etc. Ian mentioned to
Greg that he saw a large airforce cargo plane near
Clinton OK, and Greg said, "yea, those AWIPS
surveillance planes fly out of Tinker"
(obviously that should be AWACS). Note this is a true
slip from Stumpf!!
5/22/95 Steve Hodanish nws-mlb
On the way back from working out, Ian Witt and Ho walked near a pool where two
bathing beauties were sunning themselves in bikinis. Steve says,
"now there are some laminar surfaces"!
5/26/95 Walt Petersen csu-atmos
Being pelted by intermittent graupel while racing across Horsetooth reservoir in
a fishing boat, Walt commented that he was "charging positively".
5/26/95 Terry Schuur csu-atmos
Walt was telling Terry how wet he got in his boating expedition and Terry made a
weather weenie *slip* and told Walt he needed to buy a VORTEX
suit, as opposed to a GORTEX suit!
6/5/95 Don Dazlich csu-atmos
Elated that the sun was out doing it's springtime job, Don announced, "It's nice
to see the atmosphere exercising it's CUP rather than it's EAULIQ!"
(in CSUGCM lingo, CUP = cumulus parameterization, EAULIQ = stratoform
parameterization). This, of course, comes on our first sunny day after the FCL
tie of the wetest May on record.
6/5/95 Greg Stumpf nssl
Does Greg keep pictures of his girlfriend in his wallet? No. Pictures of
family? Friends? His cat? No. Greg has pictures of tornados in his
wallet... Thanks to Iwitt for noticing this gem.
7/3/95 Greg Thompson rap-ncar
His mother came to visit him in Longmont from the east coast. What hospitality
did Greg provide? They chased a supercell from Longmont to Jackson Lake. Next
they watched a storm produce a funnel at Union Reservoir, and then two days
later, went to COS under the guise of visiting Garden of the Gods but secretly
hoping it would clear up enough to be in great position to chase...
7/7/95 Ian Wittmeyer csu-atmos
A report on the wx channel talked about a storm that produced high winds, hail,
tornadoes and flooding somewhere in the midwest. at the end of the report, ian
said "boy, i guess you could say that the atmosphere hit for the cycle today."
7/21/95 Prof Dave Randall csu-atmos
Dave wrote an explanation for the CSUGCM World Wide Web homepage on why the GCM
is also known as BUGS:
"As the graphic below shows, a startling number of babies have been born to
members of this research project. We suspect that the NeXT machines have
something to do with it. We continue to track the data in amazement, as a
quasibiennial oscillation now appears to be emerging.
Our birth rate, which is clearly in conflict with sound population planning, has
caused our research group to adopt the name "Randall's Rabbits." When it came
time to name the GCM, the moniker "BUGS" immediately suggested itself. Members
of the project who are former NASA employees have worked out that this stands
for "BeaUtiful General circulation modeling System." So far, we have not been
contacted by Warner Brothers attorneys."
8/11/95 Steve Hodanish nws-mlb
In a three-part classic hodanish email describing hurricane erin and it's
aftermath, the following gem was found: "Pulling up the VAD profile I almost
(...). 25 to 35 knot SE winds and just above 35 to 50 knot SSW winds.
Holy Helicitys Batman...were in trouble!!!"
8/11/95 Hannah Wittmeyer witt daughter
Spontaneously and insistently, even after being corrected time after time by
parents, calls TOMATOES, TORNADOS. Parents claim no responsibility for this at
8/18/95 Paul DeMott csu-atmos
Upon seeing 15-month-old Maggie's chicken-scratch "drawing" on her MagnaDoodle
(composed of a whole 3 lines and one curve), he labeled the picture
8/18/95 Don Dazlich and kids csu-atmos
Commenting on Hannah Witt's 'tornado' tomatoes, Don said that when he makes
juice for his kids from frozen concentrate, he stirs it hard and fast because
they love to see the vortex it makes. His daughter PJ calls it 'tornado juice'.
On a day this summer after a strong cap had inhibited convection, a Denver NWS
discussion had the following line: `You can't get to thunderstorm heaven, if
you've got too much CIN.'
8/20/95 Scott Denning csu-atmos
At a Randall group lunch for Professor Roland Stull, the conversation turned to
flying, since Prof. Stull is a pilot. After a discussion on the dangers of
ultra-lite planes, Scott said: "I don't know - I think flying is a little too
Lagrangian for me. I think I'll keep my feet on the ground in a nice
11/3/95 David Mocko nasa-gsfc
One night last week, Mocko couldn't fall asleep one night because he was
wondering what his new rain/snow thickness was there near DC.
11/3/95 Don Dazlich csu-atmos
Some people have weather related dreams for which they are nominated, if not put
up on the WWW board for. Don, however, had a dream in which he weenied, AND
THEN WAS NOMINATED to the WWW board. The weenie was that he got elated when a TV
weatherman used the term 'flux' correctly.
11/14/95 Charlotte DeMott csu-atmos
Asked if the list moderator had seen Apollo 13:
"When they showed the scene of the space capsule entering the earth's
atmosphere, I wondered how it remained so stable, since it is shaped like a
piece of conical graupel, which usually oscillates and/or tumbles as it falls."
11/14/95 Steve Hodanish nws-mlb
From a recent email Ho sent to Branson: "By the way, I got the 'table of
contents' the other day for the svr storms conference. I made the fatal mistake
of reading it before I went to bed that night. After reading it I was so damn
excited that I couldn't get to sleep!
12/1/95 David Mocko gsfc
The CAPE Crusader, Dave's '79 Buick aptly named by Matt Savoie (9-7-92) is being
traded in. Says Dave, "...I prefer to say that the CAPE Crusader has reached
it's equilibrium level."
12/8/95 Matthew Biddle ou-geography
Submitted this to Wx-Talk:
TOP TEN PAPERS REJECTED BY THE AMS FOR PRESENTATION AT THE 18th CONFERENCE
LOCAL STORMS (Compiled only by Matthew)
12/15/95 Colin Jones csu-atmos
Colin and Branson were watching the Shawshank Redemption. There is a part where
the main character is talking about how he wants to go spend the rest of his
life at this coastal resort in mexico, and in his description he talks about how
it sits on the Pacific ocean. He says something along the lines of how the
Pacific Ocean is so immense and "constant", to which Colin chimed in, "Of
course, everyone knows that the Pacific Ocean is not constant. It varies on a
time scale of 4 to 5 years."