For some reason my old German grandmother would always quote and "old
saying" to the effect that "the devil is chasing his wife around a stump
with a broomstick" when the sun was shining on one side of the street, and
it was raining on the other.
I've often wondered where she got that saying.
I'd like to see the strip chart data for that day... :)
Like the comments on the forecasters and severe weather, the saw of
"Here's the toughest place on the planet to forecast" is thrown about
everywhere as well. Don't know any one place has a lock certainly, lots
of differing challenges in many places owing to terrain and all...
Even E TN and W VA are difficult to forecast accurately even though not
much severe weather but because a minor change in steering currents can
change a system from going up one or the other side of the Cumberlands
or the Blue Ridge and that can make all the difference in the world in
what it does...
Somebody else mentioned lake effects (used to travel to Wickliffe area
regularly in previous life on business--I swear I could show up on 4July
weekend and it would've snowed just for me :) ); there are all kinds of
coastal/mountain effects along west coast, etc., etc., etc., ...
Diamond Power...they made control rod drives/mechanisms. A Bailey
susidiary (which of course was B&W). All of this assuming we're both
talking BMCo, of course... :)
I was B&W NPGD at the time; your Bailey connection??? (This is going
back a _looonnng_ time here... :) )
Small bloody world.
Started my career at National Carbon at "Factory A" in Lakewood.
In addition to being the founding location for National Carbon which
later became UCC, it is where the bmade graphite control rods as well
as the interlocking logs that accepted the rods.
They were a customer for electrical control hardware.
This would have been 70's time frame.
and somewhat later were the operating contractor for ORNL and the other
DOE facilities in Oak Ridge when I left B&W for SAI in Oak Ridge...
BMCo was the designated supplier by B&W corporate for all B&W NPGD
reactor controls at the time, ergo Diamond became the drives vendor by
edict from BMCo passing on the torch... :)
I was B&W (Lynchburg) from 68-78; the BMCo interaction was mostly early
mid-70s striving to bring order from chaos as BMCO tried to quantify
instrumentation error component of setpoint/trip error limits to NRC for
initial Oconee-class reactor power tests/licensing limits.
_Most_ glad when NPGD bought the corporate Citation to make the commute
instead of the turbo-prop... :)
I commented earlier on hoping for Dolly to get far enough west to
eventually do us some good -- well, Dolly was pretty much a dud here w/
only a few sprinkles, and it's too early to see if Eddie will manage to
get an Gulf moisture our way, but we got a good inch last night out of
20% chances w/ only a tolerable amount of wind and lumpy rain so we're
feeling/looking much better this morning... :)
No, the don't really know -- they make educated guesses depending on the
same basic information and some more detailed knowledge than the average
joe of where facilities are located wrt actual storm tracks...but it's
still a play on odds; some of which are self-fulfilling if potential is
Same as when the Iranians rattle or Israelis talk back or insurgents in
Nigeria do something it upsets the status quo...
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