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Storm clouds?

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by anniemac, Sep 6, 2011.

    Sep 6, 2011
  1. anniemac

    anniemac Ueber Meister MM PABnoaccred

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Texas, USA
    Nope, this is smoke from a fire not far from my house. Texas is on fire now and I don't know what we are going to do if we don't get some rain.
     

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  2. Sep 6, 2011
  3. jod5413

    jod5413 Is That Better?

    Occupation:
    having a good time doing anything
    Location:
    somewhere on the planet
    All you can do is pray, and keep emergency suitcases ready if you have to evacuate. Quite a few years ago in Denver, CO. we went through an awful drought. Fires in the foothills west of Denver made so much smoke it could be smelled clear across town. We even had flames coming down the mountain sides almost into Boulder, CO. Then we started having fires out on the east plains. It was terrifying to watch. Luckily, no one got caught in it, although lots of acres and a few homes were impacted by it.

    I seems like weather patterns are changing on a daily basis any more. I guess we just have to learn to deal with it, as sucky as it is!

    Hang in there, Anniemac. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
     
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  4. Sep 6, 2011
  5. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    What Jod said....

    I watched this on the news yesterday and the video was terrifying! This morning they said that 500 homes have been lost - I hope they manage to get it under control. Stay safe anniemac.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2011
  7. colly

    colly Senior Member MM PABaccred

    Occupation:
    Finance (Corporate Tax)
    Location:
    sydney
    I so hope you are safe and your home is out of the fire storms path= sadly we know too well and too much how you must feel given the fire s we have had in AUstralia. Best of luck and support your local equivalent of the volunteer fire brigade- those guys really are lifesavers
     
  8. Sep 6, 2011
  9. ksech

    ksech Dormant account

    Occupation:
    yes
    Location:
    Here
    Hope you are keeping safe anniemac! My thoughts and prayers are with you! Wish I could send you some of the rain we seem to have an overabundance of here on the east coast.
     
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  10. Sep 6, 2011
  11. anniemac

    anniemac Ueber Meister MM PABnoaccred

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Texas, USA
    Thanks all. So far the fire is running parallel to where I live. Today the wind is not blowing but the smoke has begun to settle so it's pretty smoky here.

    The problem is that the fires are popping up everywhere and this is essentially a rural area and all we have a volunteer fire departments. These poor guys and gals have been working for days along with the forestry service and firefighters from other states. The people are exhausted along with the limited resources that these small fire departments have.

    Please keep us in your thoughts.
     
  12. Sep 6, 2011
  13. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

    Occupation:
    STILL At Leisure
    Location:
    United Kingdom

    Does this not count as a national emergency given that 500 homes have been destroyed. I thought the US administration had "learned lessons" from Katrina and the poor response there from the government rescue services, especially given that their ineptness received world wide coverage.

    I recall that citizens let down in New Orleans thought they were so unimportant that the government didn't care about saving their lives, and it looks like these "rural areas" may begin to think the same thing. Surely these "small town" volunteer services were only designed to cope with "small town" sized problems, with the expectation that if anything REALLY big happened the government, or at least the state, would send in the "professional" services with the better equipment and salaried and trained operatives.
     
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  14. Sep 6, 2011
  15. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

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    Bexhill on sea, England
    We certainly will.
    I saw the videos on the BBC news tonight - what a nightmare. :eek:
    No-one who has not experienced it can possibly imagine what it must be like to think the fire could be heading toward YOUR home.
    I hope it misses you and another homes in the area. Let's all pray for rain or some other miracle to stop this disaster.

    KK
     
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  16. Sep 6, 2011
  17. jod5413

    jod5413 Is That Better?

    Occupation:
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    somewhere on the planet
    Hang in there, Annie! We are all praying for you and all your neighbors!!
     
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  18. Sep 7, 2011
  19. anniemac

    anniemac Ueber Meister MM PABnoaccred

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Texas, USA
    Well, our gov., Mr. Rick Perry, decided he would come off the campaign trail to take care of business at home. As if that holds much water with me. But anyway, most of the counties effected have been declared disaster areas, for what that means.

    Fire is still raging but so far is still moving away from me.
     
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  20. Sep 7, 2011
  21. anniemac

    anniemac Ueber Meister MM PABnoaccred

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    retired
    Location:
    Texas, USA
    This is the fire closest to me. Just thought I would let ya'll know the scope of it.


     
  22. Sep 7, 2011
  23. secret2

    secret2 irishbrit62 MM

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    driver
    Location:
    New York, United States
    Be safe.
     
  24. Sep 7, 2011
  25. missmichelle

    missmichelle Meister Member

    Occupation:
    homemaker
    Location:
    Tucson AZ
    Prayers being sent. How scary!

    Michelle
     
  26. Sep 7, 2011
  27. rockycatt

    rockycatt meistercatt CAG MM

    Occupation:
    carpenter
    Location:
    Boston
    i hope you escape any dammage and prayers said :(
     
  28. Sep 8, 2011
  29. ksech

    ksech Dormant account

    Occupation:
    yes
    Location:
    Here
    I really, really wish I could send our water to you anniemac! They closed schools early today, but not early enough. Some children had to be taken back to the schools as the flooding made it impossible to get them home safely. They have evacuated many, many homes in a very short period of time. We are currently under a state of emergency and they are calling in the National Guard. As of 2 PM yesterday afternoon the Red Cross had setup 7 shelters, 3 of which had to be moved due to flooding. They are saying this will be worse flooding than in 2006, where complete houses were swept away by flood waters.

    They have been working at the bottom of the hill I live on since about 3 yesterday afternoon to remove debris which had caused water to wash away the road. About a 30 foot wide section of road is under about 3 feet of water.
    Link to some pictures of where I live...
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  30. Sep 9, 2011
  31. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

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    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Looks like this could be down to a delivery issue.

    From the UK Met office (our state weather service).


    If this delivery had been made to the correct place, those fires would be put out by several inches of rainfall.
     

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  32. Sep 9, 2011
  33. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Occupation:
    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service
    Location:
    Earth
    This looks like a disaster of epic proportions:

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    A monstrous fire burning southeast of Austin has destroyed 1,386 homes, more than any other blaze in Texas history, county officials said on Thursday
     
  34. Sep 9, 2011
  35. pinkfloyd

    pinkfloyd Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    fisherman
    Location:
    aus
    stay safe and just remember there is no possession worth staying for or going back for .....just you and your family priority number 1
     
  36. Sep 9, 2011
  37. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

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    Location:
    United Kingdom
    It seems all past records have been broken this summer, which is the hottest and driest ever recorded. The article suggests that Tropical storm Nate might grant some relief, but looking at the charts for the region, this is looking unlikely. It is rain without strong wind that is needed, so it could take a while for this to occur. The north east of the US seems to be under water, and the UK has had summer in April, and more or less Autumn (Fall) from June onwards, with some distinctly "tropical" weather on the way for Monday.

    So far, La Nina is getting the blame for much of this, and the likelihood of a 4th severe UK winter on the trot has recently been mentioned (by those with an interest in selling us stuff to cope with one:rolleyes:).

    Even the sun has been blamed; it seems some observers think the sunspot cycle has frozen because signs of the next maximum that were expected to appear have not been observed - if so, it would be a very convenient thing for the fossil fuel companies, as well as a "told you so" for the climate change sceptics.
     
  38. Sep 9, 2011
  39. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    Floods in one place and droughts in another...wouldn't it be great if someone could figure out how to control the weather? Or at least move it to where it would do some good.

    EDIT: How strange, I just left casinomeister and went to read my news page and see this article: You must register/login in order to see the link.
     

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