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General Weather Discussion / Re: NWS Forecast Problems?
« Last post by xairbusdriver on Today at 12:40:03 AM »
For the last few weeks, the SOAP servers have been acting up (corrupted files/info) a large percentage of most days. It's that inconsistency that is frustrating to me. [banghead] I must admit that I haven't followed up on Mr. van der Kuil's suggestion. That may be the best solution. ;D

It is also frustrating to think that our own government can't seem to reliably provide this kind of information. [rolleyes2] I'm sure there are commercial entities that would accept my money for their forecasts. But this is, after all, simply a hobby for me. I doubt even a couple of folks on my street ever visit my web site. For my own purposes, I can interpret a forecast map enough to know the general weather for the next few days.

So, first question: Is there a reliable, free, US-based source for forecasts mainly for the US of A?

Second question: Is there a similar service but from another area of the world? I have 'played' with www.weather-forecast.com and could probably "borrow" their output and they might never discover my local address in order to send a 'cease and desist' order! [rolleyes2] :o :-\
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Dear WeatherCat climate watchers,

The gang keeping an eye on El Niño and La Niña but out another bulletin on March 14th:

https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.shtml

The headline has been revised slightly:  "Weak El Nino conditions are likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2019 (~80% chance) and summer (~60% chance)"

Furthermore they report "El Niño conditions strengthened during February 2019, as above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) increased across the equatorial Pacific Ocean and the associated atmospheric anomalies became increasingly well-defined."

An El Niño during the Spring and Summer isn't something I ever recall experiencing.  So I guess we'll all find out what this sort of unusual temperature scenario will do to our local weather.

Cheers, Edouard
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General Weather Discussion / Welcome to Spring 2019!
« Last post by elagache on Yesterday at 11:41:34 PM »
Dear WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

The concept may seem completely foreign to you when you look out the window, but sometime between this posting and my usual return tomorrow, the Vernal Equinox will occur.  Here is a website with local times all over the world:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20190320T2158&msg=March%20Equinox%202019

In keeping with my tradition, I have taken a few photos to set the mood for the new season.  Sooner or later, you will staring seeing signs of Spring peeking beyond the cold stillness of Winter:



Of course, old man winter is likely to keep interfering at least for a time.  In California that means rain:



Another sign of Spring is the blooming of the Daffodils:



Yet even for Daffodils a little rain must fall:



Nonetheless, eventually the sun will return and Spring will bloom all over your world:



Of course this is the normal course of things and that does not in any way shape of form predict when this will happen!

Until then, grin and bear it!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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General Discussion / Close but no cigar! (Re: . . . Celebrate pi day!)
« Last post by elagache on Yesterday at 11:28:34 PM »
Dear Steve, X-Air and WeatherCat types looking forward to Spring,

And the early arrival of Spring!

Yea, right. Yesterday morning...

 [wink] . . . . .Well, it does kinda of look like tree with white flowers . . . . . . . . . NOT!!!  lol(1)

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

P.S. Seriously thanks for sharing the picture.  Even pictures of cold adds to the variety on the forum!  [tup]
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That stuff seems to be coming from clouds! Might help to spread a large tarp over your property. I think we still have certain "air rights" for the column of air above our property. You might check local authorities and find the party responsible for the clouds. [computer] Locally, we don't allow stuff like that except for a maximum number of days per year. We also have quantity/depth limits as well as a maximum number of consecutive days. You might also have property owners rules or covenants that further restrict this kind of invasion. [banghead] Good luck! And be very careful, I'm still not sure what that stuff is but it can be very slippery on roads and sidewalks! :o I suggest staying inside as much as possible, preferably with a cozy fire! [tup]
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And the early arrival of Spring!

Yea, right. Yesterday morning...

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General Discussion / And the answer is . . . . .(Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Last post by elagache on March 18, 2019, 09:25:20 PM »
Dear Blick and WeatherCat automobile enthusiasts,

Let us know what they find. It's only money so cheer up.

I got a call from Greg at Orinda Classic Car and the culprit turns out to be more subtle.  I was right the radiator fans had stopped working.  The reason is unexpected.  The fuse block protecting the fans had been banged up somehow and that prevented the fuses from lining up properly.  That didn't allow enough current to the fans.

A heavy-duty fuse block is on order to replace the one that failed.  They will install it when it arrives.  My trusty wagon should be back home sometime this week.

All in all, not to bad an outcome.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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General Discussion / Re: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!
« Last post by Blicj11 on March 18, 2019, 02:46:43 PM »
Let us know what they find. It's only money so cheer up.
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General Discussion / Not for a . . . . . *STAR*!! (Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Last post by elagache on March 17, 2019, 09:44:41 PM »
Dear Felix and WeatherCat users who have "stars" in the family . . . .

Emergency roadside assistance call & flatbed haul to shop will be an expensive thermostat replacement. Plus a new radiator hose & coolant refill.

The shop time is definitely on my dime.  However the emergency roadside assistance was - FREE!  After all the effort I put into this car, I have Hagerty's insurance and roadside assistance.  Okay, it wasn't free but part of my premiums, still the transportation to Orinda Classic Car didn't cost me anything extra.

Then again, it might be the electric fan or coolant temp sensor but I'm betting it's merely a stuck thermostat, normally about a $7 part but probably many times that for the engine you have in it.

A stuck thermostat was also the best hunch on the 65GS.com forum where I "hang out" with car guys.  Obviously it is possible, but it would be something of a disappointment.  The thermostat is probably quite old going all the way back to 2013.  However, the vast majority of the time it has simply sat there waiting.  There are very few hours on this engine even after all those years.  I suppose all that idle time could have damaged the thermostat even if these are really simple devices.  When I sent the engine to TA-Performance a second time, I very carefully drained the gas tank.  However, that didn't help either the EFI fuel pump or the gas sending unit.  The fuel pump died almost immediately after the engine was installed once more.  The fuel sending unit is definitely not working properly.

My trusty wagon spent the weekend at Orinda Classic Car Center and I'm sure they will be looking the situation over early Monday Morning.  I'll definitely report what they discover.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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General Discussion / Re: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!
« Last post by Felix on March 17, 2019, 09:29:57 AM »
Emergency roadside assistance call & flatbed haul to shop will be an expensive thermostat replacement. Plus a new radiator hose & coolant refill. Then again, it might be the electric fan or coolant temp sensor but I'm betting it's merely a stuck thermostat, normally about a $7 part but probably many times that for the engine you have in it.
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