Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hey, The Big, Big, Big, Rain and Wind Storm Coming; Weather Predictors in Awe; TEAM COVERAGE




I'm no weather expert--you know that. But even I, about as heady on all this weather bravado as an ice cube seller in Alaska, made a prediction last month that "a few good December storms would get us back on track" and temporarily provide us a reprieve from further drought talk.


The video from PIX above details last week's huge rain event--Thursday's storm has been talked about from the weather minions as something not seen in these parts for "years." That's a big prediction --usually such talk results in massive underwhelming results. Mother Nature likes to tease every now and then and this low pressure system, as tenacious as it looks on the computers, could very well be insignificant, we'll wait and see.


In the meantime, WE GO LIVE ...WITH TEAM COVERAGE!


{h/t KPIX}


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24 comments:

  1. Rich,

    I know you're having fun with this, but this storm could be massive. I am not talking about what I have learned from a local TV meteorologists but those that are actually "in the know" and understand the models, MJO, ENSO, and various jet streams and their affect on these storms. Remember Hurricane Sandy landed as a Cat 1 storm on the East Coast. This storm has 70+ mph surface winds, potential to stall out in an area between SF and Sacramento. Add this to the rain we saw last week and yes localized flooding, power outages, and river rises are very much possible and serious. This storm is something serious and the news should be devoting time to it and getting people to prepare. I'd rather over prepare and have the storm under perform than the other way around. All of the NWS offices have been all over this storm for a week or more now.

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    1. In other words, stay away from the new stretch of the Bay Bridge?

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    2. Regardless of what actually happens, I'll bet it comes across as "really serious" on TV.

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  2. Hey poster @11:19 AM

    We don't want you to be disappointed with this storm. Post your address and a few of us will come over and soak you with own your garden hose just so you're not disappointed. Perhaps Rich can come along and blow out some 70+ mph surface winds with his lungs.

    I'd only be worried if all the weathercasters left town ahead of the storm and all we saw were replacements, but that's just me.

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  3. That last storm tore a big branch off of one of my tree's...sailed it to 12-14' to the left and sounded like a bomb on my roof.
    What people dont know is...the last two quiet winters created top heavy tree's. Tree's that most winters drop a small branch here and there,held them en masse. So,my tree,the SF Ficus, are just following ma natures way. The free ride for them is over.
    My advice is if it leans take it out pronto.

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    1. Hey Stan, you think Radnich might have had something to do with it?

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  4. Expect every TV reporter in town to give a story on the side of the freeway with rain pouring down and shouting into their microphone as if the world is coming to an end.

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    1. One of these days (or more likely, nights) one of those side-of-the-freeway shoots isn't going to end well.

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  5. If God exists he will guide the worst of the storm towards the walnut creek fountain. If it happens, I will once again be a believer.

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    1. 1;36 PM...What, pray tell, do you have against The Walnut Creek Fountain? Is it horribly polluted and neglected? Is it used for Santeria rituals on Thursdays, what?

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    2. @2:30 must be a newbie to the blog. Rich has been critical in the past of reporters who do live shots from the fountain. The fountain represents white, milk toast, middle class suburbia.

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    3. Yes, and it's a subtle TV reminder that you can escape the travails and problems of city living by moving to such a place, but you can't escape mother nature. So live with your guilt.

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  6. And ,I hope the Weather Channel reads this blog because the last two days their bay area App has been down. Not exactly what you would expect in a big storm.

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  7. Normally, I would agree with Rich that the local press is 'hyper-ventilating' over a 'normal' weather story.

    But 11:19AM is right in citing the professionals who are describing potential conditions that are almost the equivalent of a 'winter hurricane' (as far as water and wind are concerned).

    Everyone be careful out there Thursday (and there will be plenty of future opportunities to make fun of the local media and their over-reaction to routine weather stories).

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    1. We'll talk to you next week.

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  8. Media commentator AND arborist.

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  9. I get it. Rich Lieberman doesn't want any big blowhards except himself getting attention.

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  10. As of 2:30 PM: 1/3" of rain in Cloverdale in a little less than 2 hours... I think this one is probably for real.

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    1. Cloverdale has never seen such a deluge.

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  11. The schools are closing in SF, Marin County and Oakland, including Catholic schools. More to follow.

    Afraid this is more than hype.

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  12. I'll bet anybody a Jumbo Jack with Bacon and lettuce that this 'storm' ends of being a whole lotta nothing. The skies have been warning us all day long. It's about 5pm, and still nothing. Your job: Make sure my burger has both buns toasted, and not a scrap of cheese!

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  13. I get the feeling that it will be a 'gully-washer' but not the disaster that it could be. Let's hope so anyway!

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  14. Man the rowboats, where is Noah when you need him?

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    1. Noah's frightened; he's watching TV, too. In fact, he's trying to find the channel that frightens him the most.

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