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Reviving the blog

I figured out a way to make weather-related blog posts that aren’t just snowfall forecasts that is both unique and something that I can be passionate about and maintain without feeling like I’m dragging myself in to do it.

The idea: find interesting weather articles/news, provide a summary, and put my own opinion with it. It’s mostly just an extension of what I do on Twitter, but it will be more fleshed out while also providing a tl;dr version of what is going on. This will be limited to things that I am interested in, and will likely focus 100% on weather, without diving into things that are indirectly weather-related or other earth sciences.

That’s the plan, anyway. And I’ll start today.

Site Revamp Underway

I have found a theme that I liked, but there’s way too much empty space, so I’m going to be customizing it slowly but surely until I have it the way I want it. Once the blog portion is done, I’ll get to work on the teleconnections pages.

It’s a responsive web site, which is a step up from what I had before. Also looks better on mobile.

Site revamp coming later this fall

I put in a fair amount of work to the original site design back when MAD US Weather started in September 2010, but five years is a good run time for one design, so it is time to come up with a new one.

The plan is to get a new design deployed before the start of the Mid-Atlantic snow season, which is when I make about 95% of my posts. At some point, I may get motivated enough to make more regular blog updates that aren’t just snow and seasonal forecasts.

That reminds me… I still have to finish the teleconnections page and update my Flickr account.

Maybe…

Someday…

Maintaining a web site and making content consistently for free is hard.

The Jessica Game

Storm chasers! Road travelers in general! Here is a “fun” game to play while on the road to pass the time maybe. Game credit/co-credit goes to Jason Foster.

The goal of the game is simple: Listen to the entirety of Jessica by The Allman Brothers Band (the 7:28 full version… don’t give me none of that 4:00 crap) without passing any vehicles and without getting passed by any vehicle that is traveling in the same direction as you.

The rules:

– You must be on an interstate (assuming you’re in the United States).
– You must play the entire song to beat the game. The game starts when you start the song and ends when you end the song.
– You cannot adjust your speed up or down for the sole purpose of winning the game. Drive at your normal speed whenever possible.

Difficulty levels:

Normal – Play the full song without passing or getting passed by vehicles traveling in the same direction as you.
Hard – Play the full song without SEEING ANY VEHICLES that are traveling in the same direction as you.
God Mode – Play the full song without seeing ANY VEHICLES TRAVELING IN EITHER DIRECTION.

I personally have beaten the Normal level several times, and I have only beaten the Hard level once or twice. I have yet to beat God Mode.

New Page: NWS Snow Maps

For years, the NWS snow forecast maps have been sometimes hard to find and inconsistent from WFO to WFO. I decided that it’s time for one web site that has links to ALL of the NWS snow forecast maps across the CONUS.

I also displayed many of the Mid-Atlantic maps directly on the page for one-stop browsing. They were chosen because I am currently D.C./Mid-Atlantic focused, and they suit my needs the most.

At the moment, I have the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic offices completed. I will hopefully have the rest done by the end of the week (at which point I will update this post).

http://madusweather.com/nws-snow-maps/

Enjoy!

It’s that quiet time of the year…

Still around… just been very quiet with respect to what I normally post about on here. Winter forecast update will be coming later this month… waiting on a little more data before I get the final release out there.

As a reminder, I am active on Twitter, so I recommend following that (@MADUSWX). I still post on ustornadoes.com as well, though that’s rather quiet now since there’s not much going on. There will be a tornado threat late this week in the central U.S., so I will be posting a forecast for that on the U.S. Tornadoes site later this week.

It’s a bit early to start the snow forecasts for the Mid-Atlantic, but rest assured those will come when needed. Hoping to get one, maybe two more chases in this year, but we’ll see how that plays out. I plan on making the trip to the Plains again next spring with some new video equipment, so that will be a good time once we reach that point.