Friday, December 28, 2007
11:56 PM CST, December 27, 2007
A Christmas week that has been anything but white in Chicago may change its color Friday, as a storm is expected to sweep through the area and leave up to a 6 inches of snow.
The National Weather Service has northern Illinois under a snow advisory from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Meteorologists expect 3 to 6 inches of snow in areas north and west of Chicago, with less snow anticipated south of the city and in northwest Indiana.Heavy, wet snow is expected to begin falling about 8 a.m., with the heaviest snowfall occurring between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., said weather service meteorologist Bill Nelson. The storm will taper off Friday evening.
Chicago's snow command is prepared to deploy the full fleet of 273 plow trucks if necessary, said Matt Smith, spokesman for the Department of Streets and Sanitation. Temperatures are expected to hover around the high 20s and low 30s Friday and through the weekend, before dropping into the teens on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
We will keep you posted through out the day....
USCG – update re COSCO BUSAN
The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that the COSCO BUSAN has been cleared to depart San Francisco Bay, following temporary repairs and protection of US legal interests. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the November 7 allision with a pier of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the ensuing oil spill continue. A photo release shows the ship’s departure. Another press release states that the pilot who was serving on the ship at the time of the allision has voluntarily deposited his federal license with the US Coast Guard. The agency may return the license when and if it receives satisfactory evidence that the mariner is fit for full duty. (12/21/07).
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Along Nature's Trail
Monday, December 24, 2007
It seems that some folks are seldom at a loss for predicting what kind of winter we’ll have this year. There are predictions galore, very few of which have any scientific basis.
Winter’s official beginning is the winter solstice, Dec. 21, although for seasonal matters we usually consider winter to begin Dec. 1. It is always interesting to hear what prognosticators have to say about what we’re to expect the coming year.
Your writer doesn’t usually make predictions of this kind, although I would give very high odds against this winter being as severe as the winters of 1977-78, which were two of the coldest, snowiest winters on record since World War II. Likewise, I would go on record in predicting the weather to be changeable (isn’t it always around here?) and characterized by fluctuating warm spells and cold spells. The question is, “Will there be more cold spells than warm spells, and how cold will the cold spells get?” Most folks simply want to know, “Will the winter be severe or mild?” Your writer is leaning more toward mild (or something in between).
However, not everyone expects the next three months to be mild. A substantial number of people depend upon the wooly worm for their predictions, and this year the wooly worm predicts a rough winter. A wooly worm is that fuzzy little critter you may have seen several weeks ago crawling over rural roads and across walks, lawns and fields in search of a protected place to spend the winter. The wooly worm is not really a worm but a caterpillar (see photo). Its coloration is orange and black, with each color present in varying amounts. The orange supposedly represents mildness and the black indicates severe weather. This year, there was more black than orange. Some supporters go so far as predicting specifically for weeks of early winter, weeks of mid winter, and weeks of late winter. For example, a caterpillar with black at the ends but orange in the middle would indicate rough early and late winter but mild midwinter. The caterpillar is the larval stage of the Isabella tiger moth (see photo). The larva has 13 segments to its body, and supporters of the wooly worm theory point out that there are 13 weeks of winter.
Scientists fail to see how the color of the moth caterpillar would have any relationship to weather. Yet there are many dedicated worm watchers. Indeed, at Banner Elk in the mountains of northwest North Carolina a Wooly Worm Festival is held annually.
There are other clues in nature that provide some outdoorsmen with ideas about the severity of winter weather. One of the more common indicators is the thickness of fur in our fur-bearing mammals. By carefully observing the pelts of animals in late November through early December, one supposedly can gain some indication of the upcoming winter weather. If the fur of an animal such as a raccoon (see photo) is carefully observed, and it appears thicker and heavier than usual, supporters of this idea swear that this means a severe winter. A raccoon can be accessible in view of the large road-kill number. Of course, coon hunters also can provide this kind of data. There would appear to be some logic associated with this idea, but there are other variables that can bear upon fur growth such as disease, nutrition, etc. For what it’s worth, my observations indicate that fur this year is not especially thick.
Yet another indicator for some observers is the activity of ground squirrels in gathering and hoarding mast (nuts, acorns). When squirrels such as the gray squirrel (see photo) appear to be busier than usual in carrying and storing these food items, it is taken for an indicator of a severe winter. Again, your writer has not noticed more than the usual amount (if even as much) of this activity during previous weeks.
Of course, there are those that look to the Old Farmer’s Almanac for predictions about the upcoming year. It predicts a very warm 2008 overall. As far as the winter itself, it predicts a slightly warmer but wetter one. The Old Farmer’s Almanac holds a fairly good record on predictions. However, they do not reveal their methods at arriving at their predictions. Meteorologists tend to shy away from long-range predictions, although some of them tend to postulate some probability of a warmer, wetter winter. Some of this could be based upon the global warming trend which is a reality. Long-range predicting all comes down to probabilities. Such an approach is much more scientific than wooly worms or the idea that extremely cold winters always follow extremely hot summers.
And then there is this from Contra Costa Times.com
That's because this month, NASA contracted with a Palo Alto firm to build the first lightning mapper satellite.
"We'll be able to say 'This is a bad time to be out playing golf,'" said project manager Joe Mobilia at Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Advanced Technology Center
More important, the instrument may be able to increase the warning time for tornadoes from 12 to 20 minutes, he said.
"Lightning is a precursor to tornadoes," Mobilia said.
Aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration environmental satellite, which provides most satellite weather images, the instrument will monitor lightning between clouds and detect flashes in areas missed by equipment on the ground, Mobilia said.
The significance of the $96.7 million project is that it will give forecasters a "real-time assessment of all lightning activity," said John Leslie, spokesman for the NOAA.
"It will also give a more accurate picture of how intense a particular storm is becoming and help detect the onset of tornadoes," Leslie said.
Simply monitoring lightning activity likely will help save lives, Mobilia said.
"What people generally don't realize is there are statistically more deaths from lightning than there are from tornadoes," he said.
In the past 30 years, lightning has caused an average of 62 reporteddeaths each year, according to the National Weather Service, and tornadoes, on average, have killed 45 people annually in the past three years, according to the National Climatic Data Center
Mobilia's team in Palo Alto, working with researchers at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, hopes to launch the desk-sized device by 2014.
Among the challenges of designing a lightning mapper is being able to measure flashes during both day and night, Mobilia said.
"At night you can see the flashes, but during the day we have to distinguish that from normal sunlight bouncing off the clouds," he said. The instrument, which will be designed and built in Palo Alto, will rely on data gleaned from a series of initial flashes to determine whether lightning is occurring, he said.
When it launches around December 2014, the lightning mapper likely will be joined by a solar ultraviolet imager -- a $178 million NASA contract awarded to the Palo Alto group this fall.
Installed on the same series of satellites -- one above the East Coast and one above the West Coast -- the solar telescope will monitor the sun's activity to predict solar flares, which can overload power grids and cause transformers to explode, said project manager Mons Morrison.
Both instruments will be built to survive extreme temperatures in space for at least 15 years.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Story Number: NNS071215-06
Release Date: 12/15/2007 9:57:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW/SW) Leslie L. Tomaino, Nassau Strike Group Public AffairsNORFOLK (NNS) -- As the ships of the Nassau Strike Group (NASSG) prepare for deployment, they rely heavily on the expertise of its Strike Group Oceanography Team (SGOT) to help guide them through and around the various weather patterns that could be encountered.
While expressions like, "Red skies at night, Sailors delight. Red skies at morning, Sailors take warning," may have been sufficient for the ancient mariner, today's Navy requires highly skilled professionals able to read maps, graphs and decipher historical data to formulate educated conclusions on the actions of weather patterns and their potential effects on operations.
"We cannot use 'weather.com' for tactical operations; weather.com does not predict weather for the ocean," explained Aerographer's Mate 1st Class (AW) Victor Gonzalez, leading petty officer for the SGOT attached to the amphibious assault landing ship USS Nassau (LHA 4). "Weather conditions are needed for the coast as well as the ocean. Where we really come into play is in the middle of the ocean or in transit."
The NASSG SGOT consists of a combination of the USS Nassau Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) team, Navy Aerographers from the Navy's Meteorology and Oceanography Center, two Marine Corps aerographers from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU), and a technician who all work together to deliver accurate information. The SGOT also provides tactical decision aides that outline how specific sensors and weapons will perform during current conditions. Using a plethora of tools, technical systems and even basic weather balloons, the SGOT provides a wide variety of information that allow leaders to make decisions generated by weather concerns.
"The general forecast is the most recognized product we put out, and is often mistaken for the only product," said Lt. Jeremy Callahan, SGOT METOC officer. "The Impacts Forecast is the second most popular that is used by both planners and operators. Commonly called a 'Stoplight Chart,' it outlines the level of impact environmental conditions have on different operations such as Landing Craft Units (LCU) operations, rotor wing operations, and replenishment-at-sea just to name a few."
Because weather is one of the various factors that can affect a weapon's performance, Aerographers also train to how weather affects a weapon's performance in order to provide guidance in various situations.
"The knowledge that a weapon will be impacted by current conditions, or that certain areas are conducive or detrimental to sensors will help mission planners put the right asset, in the right location, at the right time," said Callahan.
The NASSG is made up of the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4); amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13); amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48); guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58); guided-missile destroyers USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Bulkeley (DDG 84); the attack submarine USS Albany (SSN 753); and a Marine Landing Force from the 24th MEU.
Currently preparing for its regularly scheduled 2008 deployment, the NASSG is made up of more than 5,000 Sailors and Marines, and projects sea power ashore by maintaining the capability of landing amphibious forces by helicopters, amphibious track vehicles, air cushion landing craft, and assault craft whenever and wherever the need arises.
For more news from the Nassau Strike Group Navy visit http://www.navy.mil/local/esg8/
NPR Science Out of the Box
Scientists Seek Cause of Mysterious 'Rogue' Waves
by Dan Charles
All Things Considered, December 15, 2007 · "Rogue waves" are monsters of the open ocean — the powerful "walls of water" can destroy even large ships. Satellite measurements have found them to be up to 100 feet tall. So far, scientists have disagreed about what causes the waves, but researchers at UCLA think that they may have found a clue.
FROM gCaptatin.com ... Rogue waves are no joke...
Monday, December 24, 2007
On a December night in Chicago, a little girl climbed onto her father's lap and asked a question. It was a simple question, asked in children's curiosity, yet it had a heart-rending effect on Robert May. "Daddy," four-year old Barbara asked, "Why isn't my Mommy just like everybody else's mommy?" Bob May stole a glance across his shabby two room apartment. On a couch lay his young wife, Evelyn, racked with cancer. For two years she had been bedridden; for two years, all Bob's income and smaller savings had gone to pay for treatments and medicines. The terrible ordeal already had shattered two adult lives. Now Bob suddenly realized the happiness of his growing daughter was also in jeopardy. As he ran his fingers through Barbara's hair, he prayed for some satisfactory answer to her question. Bob May knew only too well what it meant to be "different." As a child he had been weak and delicate. With the innocent cruelty of children, his playmates had continually goaded the stunted, skinny lad to tears.
It was also to bring joy to countless thousands of children like his own Barbara. On that December night in the shabby Chicago apartment, Bob cradled his little girl's head against his shoulder and began to tell a story. "Once upon a time there was a reindeer named Rudolph, the only reindeer in the world that had a big red nose. Naturally people called him Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." As Bob went on to tell about Rudolph, he tried desperately to communicate to Barbara the knowledge that, even though some creatures of God are strange and different, they often enjoy the miraculous power to make others happy.Rudolph, Bob explained, was terribly embarrassed by his unique nose.
Other reindeer laughed at him; his mother and father and sister were mortified too.Even Rudolph wallowed in self pity. "Well," continued Bob, "one Christmas Eve, Santa Claus got his team of husky reindeer -Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen ready for their yearly trip around the world. The entire reindeer community assembled to cheer these great heroes on their way. But a terrible fog engulfed the earth that evening, and Santa knew that the mist was so thick he wouldn't be able to find any chimney. Suddenly Rudolph appeared, his red nose glowing brighter than ever.
Santa sensed at once that here was the answer to his perplexing problem. He led Rudolph to the front of the sleigh, fastened the harness and climbed in. They were off! Rudolph guided Santa safely to every chimney that night. Rain and fog, snow and sleet; nothing bothered Rudolph, for his bright nose penetrated the mist like a beacon.
I'D Miilad Said ous Sana Saida! Edo bri cho o rish d' sharto brich' to!I'Taamomohkateyiikatoyiiksistsicomi! Hoesenestotse & Aa'e Emon" e! Glaedelig Jud op godt nytar! Sal e no mubarak! Joveux Noel Bonne Annee! Frohliche Weihnacten Und Ein Gluckliches Neves Jahr! Idah Saidon Wa Sanah Jadidah!
It all means the same thing...
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Beginning at 2:00 am MTN on Christmas Eve, you can track Santa as he makes his historical journey around the world!
Friday, December 21, 2007
I will also note WAVY and WITN News coverage of the ceremony. Lt.Commander Nevada A. Smith the H-60 AC will be appearing on the Arnie Arnesen Show , Friday December 21, 2007, 0830, morning show!
Congratulations to all!
The full ceremony and citation reads as follows.
CGASECNOTE 5060.1AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY NOTICE 5060.1
Subj: 19 DECEMBER 2007 AWARD CEREMONY
- PURPOSE. To promulgate information and responsibilities for subject.
- D5 Commander RADM Rosa will present awards to the crews involved in the search and rescue cases of 17 April 2007 and 07 May 2007 on Wednesday, 19 December 2007.
- LTJG DeWinter is the project officer for this ceremony.
- A rehearsal will be conducted requiring the attendance of the awardees, XO (acting CO), CDR Gorman (acting XO), CDR Lyons (Formation Leader), LTJG DeWinter (Project Officer), section leaders and the AET assigned to play the CD player/music on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 at 1300.
- The Ceremony and practice will be held in the east bay of Hangar 55.
- UNIFORM. Uniform for the official party and station personnel is Tropical Blue Long with combo covers. The uniform for all military guests is Tropical Blue Long or equivalent. Ready crew/Duty Section will muster in flight suits or ODU with ball caps.
- ACTION. Tasks and responsibilities assigned to various personnel are set forth in enclosure (3).
M. J. Andres
Encl: (1) Detailed Order of Events for Ceremony and Script
(2) Hangar Diagram
(3) Personnel Task Assignments
Dist: Participants listed in enclosure (3)
AWARDS CEREMONY: 19 DECEMBER 2007
0915 RADM Rosa and his aid, LTJG Tarrant, arrive via personal automobile and park in visitor parking. They will be met by the XO, who will escort them into his office for a short discussion.
ODO: Pipe RADM Rosa aboard, “NOW, DISTRICT FIVE ARRIVING”.
0930 CDR GORMAN, CDR LYONS, CHAPLAIN AND PROJECT OFFICER: Muster at podium.
0935 ODO: "FIRST CALL TO QUARTERS”.
SECTION LEADERS: Call sections to attention. Dress and square off sections. Sections remain at attention. Take position four paces in front and center of section. Sections remain at open ranks at close interval.
0940 ODO: "NOW, ALL HANDS TO QUARTERS."
CDR LYONS: "REPORT."
SECTION LEADERS: Execute hand salute and report "SECTION # IS ALL PRESENT OR ACCOUNTED FOR, SIR." Reports start with the Officer (section one), Engineering (section two), Support (section three), and Chief Petty Officer (section four).
CDR GORMAN, CDR GILBRIDE AND CDR LYONS: Conduct open ranks inspection.
CDR LYONS: When all sections have reported, order, "STATION, PARADE REST." Execute about face and come to parade rest.
0955 All guests seated.
0957 XO will escort RADM Rosa to staging area.
1000 VIPs arrive in staging area
ANNOUNCER: “GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. WELCOME TO COAST GUARD AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY. TODAY WE WILL BE RECOGNIZING THE H-60 AND C-130 FLIGHT CREWS INVOLVED IN THE DARING RESCUES OF 17 APRIL AND 07 MAY 2007 OF DISTRESSED MARINERS ON THE HIGH SEAS. (FEW SECONDS PAUSE, THEN) “WE WILL START TODAY’S CEREMONY WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY. MILITARY ATTENDEES SHOULD REMAIN COVERED THROUGHOUT THE CEREMONY AND TAKE CUES FOR SALUTING FROM CDR LYONS. ADDITIONALLY, PLEASE SILENCE CELL PHONES AND PAGERS TO AVOID ANY DISTRACTIONS. WILL GUESTS PLEASE RISE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY AND REMAIN STANDING FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND INVOCATION.”
CDR Lyons: At the conclusion of the announcement, come to attention, about face and order: “STATION, ATTENTION” and about face.
Project Officer: Coordinate arrival of official party – each member will walk to the platform and stand in front of chair in the following order: XO and RADM Rosa
CDR Gorman: As each member of the official party approaches the platform:
“NOW, AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY ACTING, ARRIVING.”
As RADM Rosa approaches Honors Area, announce:
“NOW, DISTRICT FIVE ARRIVING.”
RADM Rosa: Steps to top of stage and comes to attention.
CDR Lyons: When RADM Rosa is positioned, about face and order: “SECTION OFFICERS, HAND SALUTE” about face and hand salute.
OFFICIAL PARTY, XO, CDR GORMAN, SECTION LEADERS AND UNIFORMED GUESTS: On order “HAND SALUTE,” execute salute.
RADM Rosa: Executes and holds hand salute until completion of two Ruffles and Flourishes.
MUSIC MONITOR: (AET3 Meseke) Play two Ruffles and Flourishes followed immediately by the Admiral’s March (PROGRAM #xx).
MUSIC MONITOR: (AET3 Meseke) Plays National Anthem. (PROGRAM #24)
RADM Rosa & XO: After last note of National Anthem, comes to “Ready, To”, RADM Rosa will be welcomed aboard by XO and escorted to his seat.
CDR Lyons: As XO welcomes RADM Rosa aboard, complete salute, about face, order: “READY, TO” and execute about face.
OFFICIAL PARTY, XO, CDR GORMAN, SECTION LEADERS AND UNIFORMED GUESTS: On order “READY, TO,” terminate salute.
CDR GORMAN: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE INVOCATION WILL BE GIVEN BY CHAPLAIN LIEUTENANT MARK TANIS.”
CHAPLAIN: Delivers invocation, “LET US PRAY . . . . . . . AMEN”
CDR GORMAN: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE BE SEATED.”
OFFICIAL PARTY AND GUESTS: At conclusion of invocation take seats.
CDR Lyons: When RADM Rosa is seated, execute about face, order: “STATION, AT EASE.” Post to position near officer detail and come to at ease.
XO: Delivers opening remarks and introduces VIPs and Special Guests. Invites RADM Rosa to present awards. “NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE RADM FRED M. ROSA JR. TO PRESENT THE AWARDS.”
RADM Rosa: Stands for presentation of awards.
“I WILL NOW READ THE SUMMARY OF ACTION FOR THE RESCUE OF THE THREE SURVIVORS FROM THE S/V WINDS-OR-KNOT ON 17 APRIL 2007. “ Pause…
APPROXIMATELY 1400L ON 17 APRIL 2007 THE COAST GUARD RECEIVED A DISTRESS SIGNAL FROM THE VESSEL WINDS-OR-KNOT APPROXIMATELY 330MILE NORTH WEST OF BERMUDA. THE COAST GUARD C-130 1502 WAS LAUNCHED TO INVESTIGATE THE SOURCE OF THE SIGNAL. WHILE ENROUTE CG1502 ENCOUNTERED HEAVY RAIN SHOWERS AND WINDS AS HIGH AS 80 KNOTS. ONCE ON SCENE CG1502 QUICKLY ESTABLISHED RADIO COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE S/V AND DISCOVERED THEY HAD A 3-FOOT CRACK THAT HAD OPENED AT THE WATERLINE. THE ILL-FATED S/V WAS TAKING ON WATER FASTER THAN HER PUMPS COULD HANDLE. THE MARINERS HAD NO LIFE RAFT OR SURVIVAL SUITS. WHILE CG HELICOPTER 6041 WAS IMMEDIATELY LAUNCHED FROM THE AIR STATION, CG1502 MADE PREPARATIONS TO DROP SURVIVAL SUITS KNOWING THE SURVIVORS WOULD NEED TO JUMP INTO THE WATER TO BE RESCUED. DROPMASTER AMT2 POST AND AIRCREWMAN AET3 CANTU QUICKLY ARRANGED TWO PUMP CANS WITH THREE SURVIVAL SUITS IN EACH. WITH TURBULENCE CONSTANTLY SHAKING CG1502, PO POST AND PO CANTU REMOVED THE PUMPS FROM THE DROP CANS AND ADDED ENOUGH WEIGHT TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL DEPLOYMENT TO THE DISTRESSED MARINERS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY SEAS CAUSED THE FIRST TWO ATTEMPTS TO BE UNSUCCESSFUL. WITH ALL THE NORMAL DROP EQUIPMENT NOW EXPENDED, PO POST AND PO CANTU EMPLOYED THEIR INGENUITY AND RE-RIGGED THE TRAINING DROP RAFT KIT WITH SURVIVAL SUITS. ON THE NEXT PASS CG1502 SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERED THE VITAL SURVINAL SUITS TO THE MARINERS.
BATTLING THROUGH HEAVY RAIN SHOWERS, LOW VISIBILITY AND ICING CONDITIONS, CG6041 WAS VECTORED TO THE SCENE BY CG1502. ONCE IN A HOVER CG6041 WITNESSED THE 40 TO 50FT WAVES AND THE S/V AWASH IN WHITE WATER. DUE TO THE TOWERING SEAS, SOME OF CG6041’S AUTOMATIC FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM WAS RENDERED USELESS AND THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER FOUGHT TO MAINTAIN A STABLE HOVER. WITH THE CONDITIONS DEMANDING THE AIRCREW’S UTMOST ABILITY AND TEAMWORK, THEY WORKED DILIGENTLY WITH PRECISE TIMING AND ACCURACY TO LOWER THE RESCUE SWIMMER BETWEEN THE VIOLENTLY PITCHING WAVES INTO THE ROILING SEAS. WITH DOGGED TENACITY AND DETERMINATION, THE CREW OF CG6041 METICULOUSLY EXECUTED EACH LIFESAVING HOIST. ONCE ALL THREE SURVIVORS WERE ABOARD, CG6041 PRECEDED THE 330NM TO BERMUDA.”
“FOR THE CREW OF CG 6041…..”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL, GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF A FIFTH – LIEUTENANT COMMANDER DANIEL J. MOLTHEN, H-60 AIRCRAFT COMMANDER – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL – LIEUTENANT LANCE D. LEONE, H-60 COPILOT – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN SECOND CLASS DANIEL F. CANCETTY, H-60 FLIGHT MECHANIC, IS UNABLE TO BE HERE AND WILL BE RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“THE DROPMASTER AND AIRCREW OF CG1502….”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COMMANDANT’S LETTER OF COMMENDATION – AVIONICS ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN THIRD CLASS RYAN CANTU, C-130 AIRCREWMAN – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN FIRST CLASS BRADY PROST, C-130 DROPMASTER, IS ON DEPLOYMENT AND WILL BE RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COMMANDANT’S LETTER OF COMMENDATION, GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF A SECOND –– THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
Following applause, Award Detail proceeds to their original formation position.
“NOW I WILL READ THE SUMMARY OF ACTION FOR THE RESCUE OF THE SURVIVORS OF THE S/Vs SEAN SEAMOUR II, SEEKER AND ILLUSION THAT TOOK PLACE ON 07 MAY 2007.”
“EARLY ON THE MORNING OF 07 MAY 2007 THE COAST GUARD C-130 1502 WAS DIRECTED TO LAUNCH TO INVESTIGATE SEVERAL EMERGENCY BEACONS TRANSMITTING APPROXIMATELY 220NM SOUTHEAST OF ELIZABETH CITY, NC. THERE WAS AN EXTREME LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM STALLED OFF THE NC COAST WREAKING HAVOC ALONG THE ENTIRE SOUTHEASTERN SEABOARD. THESE TRANSMITTERS WERE LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM, LATER NAMED SUB-TROPICAL STORM ANDREA. THIS STORM WAS GENERATING 40-50 FT WAVES AND SUSTAINED WINDS OVER 50 KTS. THESE CONDITIONS WERE PREVALENT THROUGHOUT THE OPERATING AREA.
COAST GUARD C-130, 1502 DEPARTED NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AROUND 0530L, WHERE IT HAD RECOVERED THE DAY BEFORE DUE TO EXCESSIVE CROSSWINDS AT ELIZABETH CITY. DURING ITS TRANSIT TO THE SEARCH AREA, CG1502 ENCOUNTERED CLOUD DECKS AS LOW AS 500 FEET AND SUSTAINED WINDS OF 70 KNOTS WITH GUSTS TO 80 KNOTS.
WHILE CG1502 WORKED ITS WAY THROUGH THE WEATHER, THE COAST H-60 6041 LAUNCHED TO RESCUE THREE MARINERS ON BOARD THE S/V SEEKER, WHICH FOUNDERED 75 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ELIZABETH CITY. CG6041 DEPARTED, CG6041 ARRIVED ON SCENE TO FIND THE S/V SEEKER TAKING 60-DEGREE ROLLS AS IT CAREENED TOWARD HAZARDOUS DIAMOND SHOALS. CG6041 DEPLOYED THE RESCUE SWIMMER AND HAD THE MARINERS JUMP ONE AT A TIME FROM THEIR VESSEL. WHEN THE FIRST MARINER JUMPED INTO THE WATER, IT SOON BECAME APPARENT THAT THE SLASHING WINDS AND ENORMOUS WAVES WERE HINDERING THE ABILITY OF THE RESCUE SWIMMER TO PULL THE MARINER AWAY FROM THE PITCHING VESSEL AND IT’S DANGEROUSLY SWAYING MAST. AFTER 40 MINUTES OF PRECISE COORDINATION AMONGST THE CREW OF CG6041, THE RECOVERY OF ALL THREE SURVIVORS AND THE RESCUE SWIMMER WAS COMPLETE AND THE GRATEFUL SURVIVORS OF THE S/V SEEKER WERE FLOWN TO AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY FOR MEDICAL ATTENTION.
FURTHER OUT TO SEA, CG1502 WAS CONDUCTING ITS SEARCH WHEN THEY SIGHTED A FLARE IN THE DISTANCE, BARELY VISIBLE ABOVE THE ENORMOUS WAVE TOPS. FLYING OVERHEAD, CG1502 LOCATED A RAFT, MARKED THE POSITION AND DROPPED FLARES TO HELP IDENTIFY THE LOCATION WHILE THEY ENTERED A HOLDING PATTERN. FIGHTING THE HURRICANE FORCE WINDS, AND FLYING AS LOW AS 200 FEET ABOVE THE TOWERING WAVES, CG1502 DETERMINED THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE IN THE RAFT. D5 COMMAND CENTER WAS NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY, AND THE SECOND H-60 OF THE MORNING WAS LAUNCHED.
RECALLED TO DUTY EARLY MONDAY MORNING, THE CREW OF CG6014 DEPARTED AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY AT 0740L WITH THE REPORTED POSITION OF THREE PEOPLE IN A LIFE RAFT STRANDED AT SEA. THESE WERE THE SURVIVORS OF THE S/V SEAN SEAMOUR II. SOMETIME DURING THE NIGHT THE VESSEL HAD CAPSIZED AND TRAPPED THE THREE SAILORS INSIDE. WHEN THE VESSEL EVENTUALLY RIGHTED ITSELF THE THREE ABANDONED THE VESSEL TO THEIR LIFE RAFT AND ACTIVATED THEIR EMERGENCY BEACON WHILE THEY WITNESSED THE SEAN SEAMOUR II PLUNGE BENEATH THE WAVES.
ARRIVING ON SCENE, CG6014 WAS VECTORED TO THE LOCATION OF THE LIFE RAFT BY CG1502. HAVING LOST ITS SEA ANCHOR UNDER THE STRAIN OF THE TUMULTUOUS SEAS, THE RAFT WAS NOW SKIMMING ACROSS THE WAVES. THE CREW OF CG6014 DECIDED ON DEPLOYING THE RESCUE SWIMMER TO RECOVER EACH MARINER ONE AT A TIME FROM THE RAFT. CG6014 DEMONSTRATED THE UTMOST IN CREW COORDINATION, TEAMWORK, AND AERONAUTICAL SKILL BY SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYING THEIR RESCUE SWIMMER INTO THE PERILOUS SEAS THREE TIMES TO RECOVER THE SURVIVORS. AFTER THE THIRD SURVIVOR WAS HOISTED TO SAFETY, THE RESCUE SWIMMER, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY EXHAUSTED AND SUFFERING FROM SALT WATER INGESTION WAS RECOVERED. WITH THE RESCUE SWIMMER SAFELY ON BOARD, CG6014 DEPARTED FOR MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT.
WHILE THE CG6014 WAS RESCUING THE SURVIVORS OF THE SEAN SEAMOUR II, A SECOND C-130, CG1501 WAS LAUNCHED AT TO ASSIST WITH THE SEARCH FOR ANOTHER EMERGENCY SIGNAL EMINATING FROM THE S/V FLYING COLORS. DURING THE SEARCH CG1501 RECEIVED A CALL THAT THE 65FT S/V ILLUSION WAS IMPERILED 175NM SOUTHEAST OF ELIZABETH CITY. WHILE CG1501 DIVERTED TO ASSIST THE S/V ILLUSION, THE THIRD H-60 OF THE MORNING WAS LAUNCHED FROM AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY. DEFTLY NEGOTIATING HEAVY RAINS, LOW CEILINGS AND VISIBILITY, AND ENCOUNTERING SEVERE TURBULENCE, CG6003 WAS VECTORED THROUGH THE MAELSTROM TO THE POSITION OF THE S/V ILLUSION WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF CG1501. ARRIVING ON SCENE, CG6003 FOUND THE S/V ILLUSION TRAVERSING THE WATER UNDER PARTIALLY UNFURLED SAILS. THE CREW OF CG6003 DECIDED TO RECOVER THE SURVIVORS ONE AT A TIME USING THE DIRECT DEPLOYMENT METHOD OF THE RESCUE SWIMMER. AS THE RESCUE SWIMMER APPROACHED THE FIRST SURVIVOR IN THE WATER, HE SAW THE LOOK OF DREAD IN HER EYES AND MADE A SPLIT SECOND DECISION TO DISCONNECT FROM THE HOIST AND ENTER THE PUNISHING SEAS WITH THE SURVIVOR IN ORDER TO CALM HER DOWN. RECOGNIZING THE CHANGE OF PLANS, THE CREW OF CG6003 SEAMLESSLY TRANSITIONED TO PERFORM A BASKET RECOVERY OF THE SURVIVOR. THE CREW OF CG6003 PERFORMED EACH HOIST FLAWLESSLY UNDER EXTREMELY DEMANDING CONDITIONS. WITH ALL THE SURVIVORS OF THE S/V ILLUSION SAFELY ABOARD AND THE RECOVERY OF THE RESCUE SWIMMER, CG6003 DEPARTED SCENE. UPON THE RETURN LEG TO ELIZABETH CITY, CG6003 EXPERIENCED A STRONG BURNING SMELL IN THE COCKPIT. IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZING THE SOURCE, THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM WAS SECURED PREVENTING AN ELECTRICAL FIRE AND FURTHER DAMAGE TO THE AIRCRAFT. CG6003 THEN MADE THE DECISION TO LAND AT THE CLOSEST AIRPORT IN BEAUFORT, NC.
“IT SHOULD BE MENTIONED THAT AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY SUPPORTED AROUND THE CLOCK FLIGHT OPERATIONS THAT EXTENDED THE FULL WEEK OF 07 MAY TO 11 MAY 2007 DURING ITS SEARCH FOR THE ILL FATED S/V FLYING COLORS. ALTHOUGH THE VESSEL IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN LOST AT LOST SEA, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS AIR STATION VALIANTLY DEMONSTRATED THEIR UNWAVERING DEDICATION AND DEVOTION TO DUTY IN THEIR EVER VIGILANT WATCH OVER THE GRAVE YARD OF THE ATLANTIC.”
“FOR THE RESCUE OF THE THREE SURVIVORS ABOARD THE S/V SEAN SEAMOUR II THE CREWS OF CG 6014 AND CG 1502….”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE AIR MEDAL – AVIATION SURVIVAL TECHNICIAN SECOND CLASS DREW D. DAZZO, H-60 RESCUE SWIMMER”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL, GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF A FOURTH – LIEUTENANT COMMANDER NEVADA A. SMITH, H-60 AIRCRAFT COMMANDER – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL – LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE AARON G. NELSON, H-60 COPILOT – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL, GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF A SECOND – AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN SECOND CLASS SCOTT D. HIGGINS, H-60 FLIGHT MECHANIC – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL – LIEUTENANT PAUL R. BEAVIS, C-130 AIRCRAFT COMMANDER – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL – AVIONICS ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN FIRST CLASS MARCUS C. JONES, C-130 NAVIGATOR – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL, GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF A SECOND – LIEUTENANT EDWARD C. AHLSTRAND, C-130 COPILOT – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL – AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN SECOND CLASS STACY A. SORENSON, C-130 FLIGHT ENGINEER – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL – AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN THIRD CLASS CASEY E. GREEN, C-130 DROPMASTER – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL – AVIONICS ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN THIRD CLASS RYAN A. CANTU, C-130 AIR CREWMAN – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“AVIONICS ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN SECOND CLASS JESSE W. BENNETT, C-130 RADIO OPERATOR, HAS BEEN HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE COAST GUARD AND IS CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE COAST GUARD RESERVES AT ISC SEATTLE. HE IS RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“ALSO, THIS CREW OF CG1502 RECEIVED THE ELMER F. STONE AWARD, AWARDED TO THE COAST GUARD C-130 CREW SEARCH AND RESCUE CASE OF THE YEAR.”
“FOR THE RESCUE OF THE THREE SURVIVORS ABOARD THE S/V SEEKER, THE CREW OF CG 6041….”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE AIR MEDAL, GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF A SECOND – AVIATION SURVIVAL TECHNICIAN SECOND CLASS MICHAEL C. ACKERMANN, H-60 RESCUE SWIMMER”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL, GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF A SIXTH – LIEUTENANT COMMANDER DANIEL J. MOLTHEN, H-60 AIRCRAFT COMMANDER – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL – LIEUTENANT GREGORY A. CLAYTON, H-60 COPILOT – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN SECOND CLASS DANIEL F. CANCETTY, H-60 FLIGHT MECHANIC, IS UNABLE TO BE HERE TODAY AND WILL BE RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL, GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF A SECOND – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“FOR THE RESCUE OF THE THREE SURVIVORS ABOARD THE S/V ILLUSION THE CREW OF CG 6003….”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE AIR MEDAL – AVIATION SURVIVAL TECHNICIAN SECOND CLASS STEVEN M. FISCHER, RESCUE SWIMMER”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL, GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF A THIRD – LIEUTENANT SCOTT E. WALDEN, H-60 AIRCRAFT COMMANDER – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL – LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE WILLIAM F. COTY III, H-60 COPILOT – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“RECEIVING THE AWARD OF THE COAST GUARD COMMENDATION MEDAL – AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN THIRD CLASS JUSTIN J. CIMBAK, H-60 FLIGHT MECHANIC – THE OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED”
“LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE HEROES OF COAST GUARD AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY.”
PAUSE FOR APPLAUSE
RADM Rosa: Presents awardees with citation, poses for pictures, and pins on medal. (With the summary of action being read only once, RADM Rosa may want to pin on award first, then present citation, pause for a photo with member and opened citation, then final hand shake and depart stage.)
XO: Invite RADM Rosa to give remarks and present unit award. “NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE RADM ROSA TO GIVE THE KEY NOTE ADDRESS.” (OR invite RADM Rosa to podium for remarks (opportune to time to summarize unit events from Aug 05 to May 07 and present Unit Award to Acting CO and CMC/LCPO, then Acting CO can give closing remarks)
CDR GORMAN: Be prepared to read Unit Citation.
CDR Lyons: Prior to the reading of Unit Citation. Reposition in front of troops, about face and order: “STATION, ATTENTION”, and about face.
The Commandant of the Coast Guard takes pleasure in presenting the COAST GUARD UNIT COMMENDATION to:
COAST GUARD AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY
ELIZABETH CITY, NORTH CAROLINA
for service as set forth in the following
"For exceptionally meritorious service from 29 August 2005 to 7 May 2007 while engaged in a broad spectrum of missions, extending the Air Station's resources far beyond the scope of normal operations. During this time, aircrews flew 10,398 flight hours, over 976 hours above programmed levels. The Air Station provided inspirational, often heroic, search and rescue (SAR) response on 408 occasions, resulting in 277 lives saved, including seven long-range, extremely arduous SAR missions to Bermuda, hazardous flood relief efforts in Pennsylvania, and a five aircraft maximum effort that saved 12 mariners from four stranded vessels ravaged by sub-tropical storm Andrea. Additionally, Air Station Elizabeth City flawlessly executed massive air support operations following Hurricanes KATRINA and RITA, conducting life-saving SAR and transporting over one million pounds of relief supplies to the devastated Gulf Coast region. Air Station Elizabeth City also supported critical law enforcement and security missions in the national capital region preventing terrorist attacks, and from Central America to Canada, resulting in the seizure of 3,713 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $25 million, while maintaining an impressive 73 percent average aircraft availability rate. Despite this incredible operational tempo, the Air Station's nascent Maritime Security and Response Team forward deployed in support of a number of major counter terrorism exercises, including Frontier Sentinel '06. Elizabeth City's C130 and H60 Prime Units spearheaded the implementation of countless noteworthy projects that have had far-reaching impacts on the entire Coast Guard aviation community. Unit personnel positively enhanced the Coast Guard's image globally by providing hours of support as the Air Station and personnel were showcased in the major motion picture "The Guardian." The dedication, pride, and professionalism displayed by Air Station Elizabeth City personnel, reflect credit upon themselves, their unit and the United States Coast Guard."
The Operational Distinguishing device is authorized.
For the Commandant,
D. B. PETERMAN
Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
Commander, Atlantic Area
XO thanks guests:
CDR GORMAN: “CHAPLAIN TANIS WILL NOW GIVE THE BENEDICTION. WILL EVERYONE PLEASE RISE AND REMAIN STANDING FOR THE DEPARTURE OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY.”
CHAPLAIN: Proceed to lectern. When all people are standing, deliver benediction. “LET US PRAY. . . . . .AMEN”
XO oders CDR Lyons: “OPERATIONS OFFICER, PREPARE THE STATION FOR DISMISSAL.”
CDR GORMAN: “NOW, DISTRICT FIVE DEPARTING…..NOW, AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY ACTING DEPARTING.”
CDR Lyons: About face and order: “SECTION OFFICERS, HAND SALUTE,” Execute about face and hand salute.
CDR Lyons: After RADM Rosa has exited the honors area, order, “READY TO.”
CDR GORMAN: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS CONCLUDES TODAY’S CEREMONY, PLEASE HAVE A GOOD AFTERNOON.”
CDR Lyons: After official party departs, execute about face and order: “SECTION OFFICERS, DISMISS YOUR SECTIONS.” Return hand salute.
Section Officers: On command, execute salute, about face, and dismiss your sections and advise them they are invited to the reception.
MUSIC MONITOR: (AET3 Meseke) After RADM Rosa has exited the honors area, play “Stars and Stripes Forever” as the formation breaks up.
(PROGRAM # 21)
- Approximate time of ceremony completion.
1101 Van arrives outside hangar 55 training room.
1115 Lunch at the galley.
From US Senator Bryon Dorgan
NORTH DAKOTA NATIVE HONORED FOR BRAVERY
For Immediate Release
December 19, 2007
Williston native receives heroism medal from Coast Guard:
NORTH DAKOTA NATIVE HONORED FOR BRAVERY
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) --- U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) applauded a Williston native for his work of heroism and skill as a member of the Coast Guard, to save the lives of foundering sailors during a tropical storm.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Aaron Nelson was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal Wednesday for actions and aeronautical skills "essential in saving three lives" the Coast Guard said. Serving as the co-pilot on the MH-60 helicopter on May 7, 2007, Nelson and the rest of the crew are credited with scooping from the ocean three sailors who had to abandon their ship during sub-tropical storm Andrea.
Lieutenant Nelson grew up in Williston and graduated from Williston High School.
Based at Air Station Elizabeth City in Elizabeth, North Carolina, the crew rescued the sailors during seas that climbed to 50 feet and winds that reached 70 knots. Lieutenant Nelson maintained a steady hover 100ft over the ocean in the trying conditions while skillfully lowering the rescue swimmer into the water to recover the sailors. It was necessary for Lieutenant Nelson to repeat this feat twice more so the sailors could be saved and the rescue swimmer could be recovered safely.
The medal was presented by Rear Admiral Fred Rosa, Commander of the Coast Guard Fifth District today at the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City, NC.
"Aaron Nelson is a true credit to North Dakota and the Coast Guard. His actions saved the lives of three people who are undoubtedly grateful, but so are the rest of us to know that we have such a dedicated person serving our nation," Dorgan said. "I'm so proud to say that Lieutenant Nelson has been recognized for his heroism. He makes North Dakota proud."
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ONCE AGAIN OUTSTANDING JOB AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
Summary of Action for CG6014 for the S/V SEAN SEAMOUR II- REDUX - Plus
WebExclusive EPIRBs and the s/v Sean Seamour II - Part III
WebExclusive EPIRBs and the s/v Sean Seamour II - Part II
EPIRBs and the s/v Sean Seamour II
NHC Report on Subtropical Storm Andrea
Cheating Death On The High Seas
The s/v Sean Seamour II & The Hatteras Trench
High Sea's Update On Sean Seamour II
The Story of the Sailing Vessel Sean Seamour II
gCaptain previous s/v Sean Seamour II posts:
gCaptain Exclusive - Sailing in Severe Weather Lessons Learned
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- The state has created a standardized system to report severe weather and other hazardous conditions, replacing a hodgepodge of standards that varied from county to county.
All counties should begin using the new system immediately, said John Erickson, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, one of several agencies involved in devising the arrangement.
Officials saw the need for a uniform system after a blizzard last February.
"There were obviously issues with communication and consistency," he said. "It's very important everybody is on the same page."
Standards in many of the state's 92 counties were different, making it difficult for emergency personnel, the public and the news media to understand conditions throughout the state and, in some cases, between neighboring counties, said Greg Dhaene, director of the department's Response and Recovery Division.
The new system uses four levels for reporting conditions, ranging from caution to a declared emergency, which could limit travel to emergency personnel.
A statewide map showing different counties and their color-coded emergency levels will be posted online to allow people to see potential danger before traveling.
Even with the new system, the county emergency management director is in charge of determining which level of emergency is appropriate. The county commissioners then have the power to determine what types of restrictions are in place under each level of emergency.
Also involved in creating the system were members of the Emergency Management Alliance of Indiana Board, numerous county emergency management directors and the Indianapolis office of the National Weather Service.
See INDHS Press Release (PDF) December 14, 2007...State Unveils New Standardized Hazards Reporting System
Christmas Tornadoes?Tornadoes Touch Down
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Web Editor: Rich Hardwick
By: Grant Gilmore
The severe weather over the weekend left a path of destruction with at least eight confirmed tornadoes across the Southeast.
Here in Central Georgia, preliminary reports reveal that at least four tornadoes touched down with one tornado reaching EF2 strength with wind speeds in excess of 111 mph.
A warm moist airmass at the surface combined with strong upper level support to produce the outbreak of severe weather and tornadoes across the area Saturday night.
Tracking through our southeastern counties damage was left in the storms wake from Wilcox, to Treutlen county.
After a day of periodic showers across the region at 9:30 p.m. an EF1 Tornado touched down briefly just west of Owensboro in Wilcox County.
After ripping the roof off of an old dairy shed and destroying a cinder block building attached to the shed the tornado the tornado lifted back up off the ground.
However, damaging winds of 70 to 100 mph continued to cause damage across the southeast of the county.
Around 9:50 p.m. just southeast of Abbeville damaging winds near 70 mph ripped the roof off a house and blew a truck off the road and into a ditch.
The system then moved into Telfair and Dodge Counties where in Telfair numerous trees and power lines were downed as winds raced across the area near 80 mph.
Dodge County, however, saw an EF0 tornado touch down about 6 miles north of Helena near the intersection of Long Bridge Road and Bethel Church Road.
In the half mile long and 25 yard wide damage path a manufactured home was damaged along with numerous downed trees and power lines.
The complex of storms then continued to race towards the northeast at around 55 mph into Treutlen where at 10:41 p.m. an EF1 tornado touched down about a mile southeast of Lothair.
Causing mainly tree damage, the tornado moved to the northeast when by 10:42 strengthened into EF2 strength over the city of Lothair where it destroyed a fire department building on State Road 199.
Shortly after, the tornado weakened to EF1 strength while destroying a manufactured home and pushing another off of its foundation.
Moments later a weaker EF0 tornado touched down tearing a carport section off of a house and then threw it about 50 yards across the street.
Across Central Georgia there were no fatalities reported as a result of the severe weather, however, just south of our area in Turner County there was one fatality.
A semi-truck driving north on I-75 near mile marker 83 was tossed off the interstate by an EF1 tornado and thrown into an embankment.
Though the storm brought much destruction across areas of southeastern Central Georgia a lot of much needed rain also came as a result of the storm. More than three inches of rain fell in some places in Central Georgia which took the yearly deficit from over 9 inches to just over 7 inches at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.
Monday, December 17, 2007
B. Geerts and M Wheeler 5/98
In the tropics weather is not as predictable as in mid-latitudes. That is because in mid-latitudes the weather variables (clouds, precipitation, wind, temperature, and pressure) are largely governed by the upper-tropospheric Rossby waves, which interact with surface weather in a process called baroclinic instability (Note 13.B).
In the tropics there is no such dominant instability or wave motion, and therefore the weather is less predictable for the 1-10 day period. Until recently it was believed that tropical weather variations on time scales less than a year were essentially random.
The MJO, also referred to as the 30-60 day or 40-50 day oscillation, turns out to be the main intra-annual fluctuation that explains weather variations in the tropics. The MJO affects the entire tropical troposphere but is most evident in the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. The MJO involves variations in wind, sea surface temperature (SST), cloudiness, and rainfall. Because most tropical rainfall is convective, and convective cloud tops are very cold (emitting little longwave radiation), the MJO is most obvious in the variation of outgoing longwave radiation (OLR), as measured by an infrared sensor on a satellite.
Figure 1 (from Elleman 1997) shows how the OLR anomalies in the eastern hemisphere propagate to the east at around 5 m/s. The OLR signal in the western hemisphere is weaker, and the recurrence interval for the eastward propagating OLR anomalies in the eastern hemisphere is about 30 to 60 days. How exactly the anomaly propagates from the dateline to Africa (i.e. through the western hemisphere) is not well understood. It appears that near the dateline a weak Kelvin wave propagates eastward and poleward at a speed exceeding 10 m/s.
Associated with the propagation of convective anomalies, the MJO involves variations in the global circulation. The MJO affects the intensity and break periods of the Asian and Australian monsoons and interacts with El Niño. Wet spells in the Australian monsoon occur about 40 days apart. Fairly weak correlations with the midlatitude rainfall patterns and jet stream characteristics have also been found (2).
In 1971 Roland Madden and Paul Julian (1) stumbled upon a 40-50 day oscillation when analysing zonal wind anomalies in the tropical Pacific. They used ten years of pressure records at Canton (at 2.8� S in the Pacific) and upper level winds at Singapore. The oscillation of surface and upper-level winds was remarkably clear in Singapore. Until the early 1980's little attention was paid to this oscillation, which became known as the Madden and Julian Oscillationnumber of MJO-related publications grew rapidly. (MJO), and some scientists questioned its global significance. Continuing reading
Speaking of surface weather and wave motion....
Nor'easter and Ice!
Brian A. Morganti of Storm Effects.com has some awesome shots from the snow storm that hit the Midwest including Chicago and merged with former Tropical Storm Olga now moving up the East Coast as a "Nor'easter" throwing a mixed bag including an ice storm in Berks County PA. (Click the Pix)
Steve Marshall is reporting that the same ice storm has fallen the WNEP tower in NE PA, which knocked out programming for a while.
Bill Hark tells us that Storm Chaser Jim Reed will be on ABC Good Morning America on December 18 with Sam Champion, plugging his new book ...
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Well snow it did! Below are some of the totals from NWS Chicago.
The City came out of it pretty well with snow totals ranging between 4-6". South of the city? Oh well it is winter in Chicago ya' know! While this storm was bigger than the December 3rd-4th storm and we now have about 9" in total from both storms on the ground.
The streets are sloppy right now and of course not enough plows on the streets early enough but we escaped a major strike. Now its time for digging out and getting to the side streets. But this system is not done. Its next target? The North East!
Oh yeah... temps for tonight? Can you say 6 degrees?
NOUS43 KLOT 161617
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO
800 AM CST SUN DEC 16 2007
SNOWFALL AND SNOW DEPTH REPORTS.
DATA PROVIDED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO AREA AND ROCKFORD
AREA SNOWFALL TEAM.
12 HR SNOWFALL 12 HR SNOWFALL TOTAL
LOCATION ENDING 6AM ENDING 6PM SNOW
TODAY YESTERDAY DEPTH AT 6AM
BATAVIA 3.0 / 1.2 / 4
BEACH PARK 2.8 / 3.0 / 8
BEECHER 6.6 / 1.5 / 8
CALUMET CITY 8.3 / 2.2 / 10
CHICAGO-NW SIDE / 1.1 /
CICERO / 0.8 /
DIXON-EAST SIDE 1.2 / 2.8 / 7
FRANKFORT 8.2 / 1.3 / 8
GRAYSLAKE 3.8 / 2.9 / 11
LA GRANGE 5.5 / 1.4 / 7
MOUNT MORRIS / 4.5 /
NAPERVILLE 2.6 / 1.2 / 6
NEW LENOX / 1.2 /
OAK LAWN / 2.3 /
OAK BROOK 2.4 / 0.9 / 5
PLAINFIELD 4SW 2.2 / 1.2 / 4
PLAINFIELD 1.8 / 1.2 / 4
RICHTON PARK 9.6 / / 10
SCHAUMBURG 3.3 / 1.2 / 6
SOUTH BELOIT 3SE / 2.1 /
WILLOWBROOK 3.8 / 1.7 / 6
HIGHLAND 11.0 / / 11
SCHERERVILLE 8.2 / 1.1 / 8
VALPARAISO 3SE 6.0 / 1.4 / 7
WHITING 3.0 / 3.0 / 3