Sunday, May 27, 2007

New Map in 3-D


I've added the new Canadian Prairie Thunderstorm Map to a Google Sketch-up project and converted it into a flash video on YouTube and MySpace and others today. This as many other things are, is a work in progress. The map itself looks pretty good for now but the Sketch-up file needs some work. This will look better with more practice but so far it is good enough for YouTube.



As far as the forecast goes, it doesn't look like a major system coming across the prairies and it has been pretty calm around here lately. There is a risk of thunderstorms becoming severe over parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba for Monday. I'll take a closer look at this in the morning.



The weather pages have been updated with the new map as well.

Stay tooned to SASKATOONSCANNER.com !

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Weather Report

Well, for those of you who are professional digital photographers like me, here is a good tip. Drain your batteries! You will have a much better time when doing a large photo shoot or storm chase or video production. Be prepared! Don't leave your camera until you see a watch or warning, by then it is too late. A day or two before a big storm comes you should run down the batteries and clear off the memory card. You never know for sure when a major event is about to happen, just always be ready!

Jared Mysko

http://www.saskatoonscanner.com

"this story has been brought to you by my cat, who will be going on YouTube in a few minutes because my batteries are dead and I can't take any new videos today!"

Good weather?

I just wanted to make a post just for the sake of wasting more pixels. Maybe today would be a good day for a bike ride. I can see some convective clouds on the radar so I would like to get a good view. Living in Caswell really is nice with very little wind but I can't see the horizon from here, thats for sure. Even if I stood on my roof (or put a cam there) it is impossible to see west of here due to the trees and the fact that we are on a down-slope. It brings back memories of 1986. June 1st was the craziest day of my life when a tornado went over our house in Lawson Heights. I still have my doubts as far as what direction it came from but Lawson Heights is very open with big parks and the river valley. I think Caswell is safer but hopefully I did not just jinx it!

Jared The Weather Worrier (hmm, my spell checker says that really is a word, lol)

Monday, May 21, 2007

Southern Manitoba

I was thinking of going for a bike ride across the river this morning but I am having another cup of coffee. Maybe I will design a new map or two this afternoon. It looks like rain and it already is so it will be more interesting to get drunk off Folgers coffee which is now on sale at Giant Tiger! I will have to take a closer look but it looks like southern Manitoba ... wait there is no watches? I need to take a closer look... brb

Jared

Monday, May 14, 2007

Saskatoon Thunderstorm Summary

Its another muggy day out there with nice looking convective clouds over the city at noon. All of our news media web-sites have posted stories about this past weekends storms. The Yahoo group was rockin with tons of stories as well. I was thinking instead of making the usual map forecast, I would try to blog and do it video style for this year. This is gonna be an interesting year for sure.

saskatoonhomepage.ca - The Summer Storm Season Arrived Saturday


ckom.com - Weekend Storm Damages S'toon Businesses

cbc.ca - Sask. hit by windy wet weather on weekend

canada.com - Intense wind whips up city

CanadianPrairieStorms Yahoo! Group messages

...and of course here is my wide-screen video clip of the events at our house!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

सोमेथिंग गोइंग ओं?

I have been very sickly for the last couple of weeks with an extremely runny nose and choking cough. I suddenly woke up for "no reason" at 6am even though I should be tired since I was up very late. I checked he weather and email and went back to bed. Tossing and turning, I got up again and took a closer look at the weather.

The clouds look dangerous for this time of the day moving fast and with much moisture. Looking at CAP/CONUS, the wind speed is at maximum for 850 mb, instability is strong, temperatures are warm and humid. Wind is not the strongest, though but the forecast says a drop in temperatures and a south wind will change to westerly gusts of up to 60km/hr this afternoon with "rain". I predict a thunderstorm and a strong one at that. If anything, it could be an opportunity to get get some nice shots of thunderheads forming today. Maybe I'm just excited, I think I will go for a walk to a random coffee shop somewhere, most likely somewhere quiet with a view...hmmm.

I'll check back in at 11am. or maybe 10...

Jared

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Early warnings?

that is extremely strange. I posted this on Bebo, you suckers so it wouldn't get stolen again. Keep trying....

Re-post after theft:

"Tornadoes are killing people
I will be very blunt. I have been given another several prior warnings. This reminds me of the days leading up to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, times 100. Look at the tornado death numbers. May has only just begun and this has already been the worst year ever. The National Weather Service has had to update the fujita scale for this year. They have added an "E" to the scale for Extreme. So the worst type of tornado would now be referred to as an EF-5. All I can say for now, is watch the weather.

http://www.saskatoonscanner.com/weather/

Jared"

3pm update, High Risk is spitting out more deadly tornadoes in the USA... smoke em out... http://www.youtube.com/saskatoonscanner

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Storm & Wildlife Photographer.
NON-PROFIT Volunteer Storm Caster
Relay Of Severe Weather Alerts/Reports

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Kayaking, bird watching, fishing and wildlife photography are my summer hobbies when waiting for storms. See my adventures on YouTube!

I build a daily map of storm risk for the Canadian Prairies to accomplish two things. One, translate the complications of the meteorologists into something simple that the public can understand clearly. Two, become a buffer on social media to either raise the alarm and calm the masses depending on the level of hype.

Storm chasing is limited nowadays to a few photo ops by the lake at Wascana in Regina or up north at Pratt. Generally, I spend more time nowcasting for chasers around Saskatchewan which saves on gas and keeps me safe in my studio/bunker.

Once storm season comes to an end in August, gaming season then begins. Find me on Twitch.com/jaredmysko playing non-violent games like Forza and FIFA.

Thanks for all the likes, shares, comments and encouragement. Stay safe and enjoy the weather!

Jared