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Dear oamaru and WeatherCat station owners who must battle against wild critters,

I hope the biscuit was edible and tasty!  I am fortunate to live in an area where annoying creatures are absent.  However, in mountainous parts not more than an hour away, there are big mountain parrots called "Keas", who are totally destructive. 

Yes that does sound like a quite a monster!  Precisely where in the world are you located?  Parrots are found in many places and I'm curious to know where these beasts are located!

In Northern California the worse pest these days are the wild turkeys, but fortunately they don't damage weather stations.

Cheers, Edouard
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Dear WeatherCat FYI types,

Well it was a terrific struggle, but the new PC case fan is finally installed in my temperature/humidity enclosure.  However, it took all the time I had to get it installed.  So while I took pictures, if you are old enough to remember this: "breaking news at 6pm, film at 11!"  Hopefully sometime tomorrow I'll have the time to download all the images and share with you all the gory details. . . . . .

Cheers, Edouard
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I hope the biscuit was edible and tasty!  I am fortunate to live in an area where annoying creatures are absent.  However, in mountainous parts not more than an hour away, there are big mountain parrots called "Keas", who are totally destructive.  They regularly strip cars of their wiper blades, door seals, not to mention puling the lead heads off roofing nails and rifling through insecure garbage cans.  Their beaks are are like can openers. 
Here is a link to see one: http://farm1.staticflickr.com/187/367689478_483c825ae1_z.jpg or even better is this one:
http://www.hickerphoto.com/images/1024/nestor-notabilis_15995.jpg 
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General Weather Discussion / Re: NOAA's U.S. Winter Outlook 2017-18
« Last post by Blicj11 on Yesterday at 06:31:00 AM »
I haven't see this previously so thank you for posting. I hope it its accurate.
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General Weather Discussion / NOAA's U.S. Winter Outlook 2017-18
« Last post by elagache on October 21, 2017, 10:48:42 PM »
Dear WeatherCat climate watchers,

Most of you probably discovered this press release when it came out 2 days ago.  Alas, I didn't have time until now to actually search for it.  Has NOAA been doing a Winter Outlook for a long time?  If so, this is the first time I've noticed the general press picking up on it even if it is sent as a press release!  Here is link:

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/us-winter-outlook-noaa-forecasters-predict-cooler-wetter-north-and-warmer-drier-south

The punch line is roughly as follows:  "NOAA forecasters predict cooler, wetter North and warmer, drier South"  The main uncertainty that they note is the potential La Niņa event.  They claim it will be a relatively weak event, but of course they weren't even expecting that a few months ago.  There are maps on the press release so you can look at what is expected in your corner of da' USofA.

As is always true of such "outlooks" . . . . . "your actual mileage my vary (wildly!!)"

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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Observations / Back to off-shore winds (Re: 2017-18 North CA rainy season)
« Last post by elagache on October 21, 2017, 10:41:11 PM »
Dear WeatherCat users concerned about the weather in the Western USofA,

Your storm is dumping snow in northern Utah tonight. Keep it coming.

Alas, that's all we are going to get at least through the end of the month.  Starting tomorrow we are going to be squeezed under a very strong ridge of high pressure with some strong off-shore winds.  We might be back into red flag fire danger by the end of the week.  So back on the roller-coaster . . . .

Oh well, . . . .  Edouard
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Your storm is dumping snow in northern Utah tonight. Keep it coming.
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What he said. Really nice sillouette Bill.
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WeatherCat General Discussion / Re: WeatherCat and Sierra
« Last post by dfw_pilot on October 21, 2017, 02:23:31 AM »
^^^^^ Bump
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Observations / First storm (Re: highlights from 2017-18 North CA rainy season)
« Last post by elagache on October 21, 2017, 12:34:37 AM »
Dear WeatherCat Western US climate watchers,

We finally had our first bonafide storm of the 2017-18 season.  It brought us 0.38" (9.6mm) of rain.  Not a lot but only 0.25" was expected so that well above the forecast.  We had a peak rate of 1.93"/hr (49mm/hr) so that was strong enough to wash out a lot of the dust and other debris that has accumulated all summer.  Alas, it was short lived and next week we return to well above normal temperatures.  Still it was very helpful while it lasted.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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