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6.0 Magnitude quake strikes South Napa in California

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There appear to be no reports of major structural damage or serious injuries…although I did read reports of up to 70 people visiting a Napa hospital for minor injuries and some mason buildings did suffer some damage.

EDIT at 10:08am CDT: There appears to have been four homes destroyed because of the earthquake in the Napa area. A ruptured gas line started a fire which caused four mobile homes to catch fire with several others damaged.

EDIT at 10:56am CDT: The Associated Press is now reporting three people were critically injured in the South Napa Earthquake.


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In Search of Job Experience

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Hope everyone is having a great weekend. I start my third semester at Mississippi State tomorrow. I’ll be taking Advanced Hazards and Disasters and Tropical Meteorology. I’ll also resume working on my research beginning tomorrow. I’ll keep busy!

In the meantime, I’m in the hunt for job experience related to my fields of knowledge. After some test job searching (a rehearsal of the type of searching I would do after I receive my masters), I see a major problem…I have no relevant job experience. Not that my job experience I have is totally worthless, but I specifically I have no experience in either meteorology or GIS. Most jobs out there require some kind of experience to even apply. This is a problem I must solve if I have any chance of competing out in the job market. So for the past week, I’ve been in the search for paid internship positions related to meteorology or GIS which are truly entry-level…meaning, you can at least apply with no experience and only appropriate education. Without giving all the details (which is kinda pointless as I’m still waiting to have my qualifications to be evaluated), I’ve applied to seven positions so far, all federal govt jobs, except one county job. I was able to find a few permanent positions I could actually qualify for as well. All are located outside the state of Nebraska (haven’t been successful finding anything in Nebraska). Three permanent positions are meteorology-related with the National Weather Service, the rest are geography/cartography positions with the US Army (civilian internship…potential for permanent position), US Navy (civilian internship research; with my background may be either meteorology/physical science or GIS), US Geological Survey (internship…potential for permanent position), and one county job (permanent GIS technician position). I’m hoping I can get some positive traction out of this search for a professional-level position and that my bachelor’s degree is useful (master’s degree as well having completed some graduate school already).

My fiance has said she would be happy to move with me for a job which would help my career prospects out. The only negative is in fact moving. I have some money, but may not have enough to conduct a big move. Being poor stinks unfortunately. I have some ways of (possibly) getting extra money and I may try to utilize those routes as any one of these jobs would be a huge opportunity. Two of the federal meteorology positions actually pay for relocation expenses, although one of the locations…let’s just say…far far away from everything (almost didn’t apply there). Another is far away, but not nearly as bad. I’m routing for the latter, and actually sent an email to the job contact inquiring about something related to the position earlier today. Obviously, as applications are evaluated and I’m (hopefully) determined to be qualified for positions and perhaps enough to be referred for a possible interview, I’ll share more details of the job(s). I just don’t want to get any hopes up, especially my own. In the meantime, I continue to do my thing in Lincoln and wait and see what happens. I’ll continue applying to anymore internships/jobs which pop up I think I would have a shot at. So, wish me luck!

P.S-If I did happen to land a job or paid internship of some kind, I would continue school at Mississippi State. I only go to school half-time, so it leaves room for study time. Plus, I’m kind of on a roll with school and would like to finish up by the end of next year as planned…and in the meantime build up job experience so that I can (if the internship position ends for example) move on to another job position after graduation.

Meteorology Weekly – Issue 2

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Meteorology Weekly is a weekly post covering just a few of the interesting weather events which have occurred the previous week or are in progress nationally and beyond. Any interesting scientific studies will also be covered. Look for the post every weekend (usually Sunday) . Posts for significant weather events will still be done at my leisure and time during the course of the week, but regardless, events of interest will be covered in this digest.

In today’s issue-

Active Tropics – The remnants of Hurricane Bertha strikes the British Isles; Iselle makes landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii as a strong tropical storm; Hurricane Julio misses the state of Hawaii; Typhoon Halong makes landfall in Japan.

Western Drought Update.

15 years ago Monday…Salt Lake City F2 Tornado.


Active Tropics-

The tropics were yet again active with storms impacting three locations in the Atlantic and Pacific Basins, including a US landfall. Hurricane Iselle threatened the state of Hawaii and specifically the Big Island. It ultimately made landfall as a 60 mph tropical storm early Friday morning local time, making it the strongest landfalling tropical system on record for the Big Island and the strongest landfalling tropical system for Hawaii overall since Hurricane Iniki in 1992. The tropical storm resulted in damage from flooding, storm surge, as well as wind damage to crops and power outages.

Meteorologist and storm chaser Reed Timmer traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii to document the landfall of Tropical Storm Iselle on the island. He provided photos and video of the damage which resulted on the island.

Pavement scoured away from storm surge of Tropical Storm Iselle near Cape Kumukahi, Hawaii. Photo courtesy of Reed Timmer.
Pavement scoured away from storm surge of Tropical Storm Iselle near Cape Kumukahi, Hawaii. Photo courtesy of Reed Timmer.

Damage highlight video: HERE

Video of papaya field destroyed by damaging winds: HERE

Meanwhile, Typhoon Halong, which at one point was a category 5 equivalent typhoon weakened to a tropical storm just before making landfall in southern Japan Sunday morning local time. Significant flooding from heavy rain has been the main issue, although certainly wind damage and power outages were problematic as well.

Tropical Storm Halong making landfall in southern Japan on Saturday.
Tropical Storm Halong making landfall in southern Japan on Saturday.

Here’s a news story about Halong from Sunday: HERE

Finally, Hurricane Bertha, which had trouble organizing for much of its lifespan as a tropical cyclone, became “post-tropical” on August 6th and headed eastward toward the British Isles. It arrived over the British Isles and parts of Western Europe Monday bringing heavy rain, flooding and isolated tornadoes.

Image comparison provided by the NWS Ocean Prediction Center.
Image comparison provided by the NWS Ocean Prediction Center.
Tornadoes associated with ex-Bertha. Map provided by the European Severe Weather Database
Tornadoes associated with ex-Bertha. Map provided by the European Severe Weather Database.

Impressive photographs of the impact of post-tropical Bertha on the British Isles provided by viewers/readers to the BBC: HERE

Western US Drought Update -

The drought continues to be a problem in the West with more severe drought spreading into SE Oregon. California continues to be in extreme to exceptional across most of the state. Monthly outlooks show little relief with normal to above normal temps for parts of the West and near normal precip, although above normal precip may occur over parts of Colorado and New Mexico. The drought across much of the West is expected to maintain itself or even intensify over the next few months.


Climate Prediction Center forecasts available: HERE


Salt Lake City Tornado -

Monday was the 15 year anniversary of the incredible Salt Lake City Tornado. One person died and many others were injured in the event. Check out this extensive video of news coverage of the tornado.

Updates on Hurricane Iselle…

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If you want up to the date info on Hurricane Iselle, feel free to follow me on Twitter (or check my twitter account throughout the day). I’ll be posting most of my updates on there. I’m NickHumphreyWx on there (a twitter feed window is also displayed on my blog homepage :)


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Iselle threatening to be first landfalling hurricane for Big Island of Hawaii in modern record

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Don’t have a lot of time for a long post because of end of semester homework. But here is the track forecast and latest satellite image. Regardless of whether Iselle makes landfall as a strong storm or minimal hurricane…the impacts will be very similar…heavy, flooding rains, possible landslides, some storm surge, heavy surf and damaging winds. Stay safe for anyone in these areas.

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Why Guam?

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Originally posted on I Quit My Job and Moved to Guam:

While many Guamanians are leaving the island in search of new opportunities and adventures, statesiders are moving to Guam for the same reasons. When I’m asked, “Why Guam,” I know that they don’t mean, “What brought you to Guam?” they really mean, “Why would you choose Guam out of everywhere else on Earth?” People ask me this question with this look on their face like I might be a little crazy and when I answer, the look turns into confusion. For those of you who are moving to Guam, make sure you have the answer to this question ready because you will be asked this ALL THE TIME.

“Why Guam?” At first I think I gave them the look like they were the crazy ones. Sometimes I’d say, “because of this!” As I pointed outside to the incredibly blue sky. But still, people don’t seem to really understand or they want a…

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