Archive for April, 2007

WX GEEK HUMOR
April 30, 2007

Be careful what you do…, the Vorticity Owl may be spying on you!

~Hoo Hoo
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PLANET C
April 29, 2007

So, we have found a planet 20.5 light years away from Earth that is within the “Goldilocks” belt of its parent sun, a region that is not too hot or too cold, it’s just right, to potentially support or sustain life as we know it. The planet orbits a red dwarf star named Gliese 581 and is formally known as Gliese 581 c, though astronomers have just been calling it Planet C.

First things first… how can we get there? Traveling at the speed of light or approximately 670616629.384 miles per hour, it will take us twenty and a half years en route, though Einstein proposed that anything having mass was incapable of traveling that fast… back to the drawing board. Even at a speed close to that of light, we’ve got some time on our hands. Checkers anyone? How about some sort of cosmic slingshot? There’s a saying that “laws are made to be broken”. Perhaps, like many discoveries, the mysteries of bending time and space will be un-locked while someone is trying to figure out something else totally unrelated. For now we’ll assume that the getting there part isn’t a big deal.

So, what would it be like? Temperatures are estimated to be in the range of 32 to 104 F and theoretically the planet has water. It sounds good so far. Planet C takes about two weeks to orbit the red dwarf and it may not be spinning on its axis. Well, one week of daytime and one week of night! Just think, your long day at work will be rewarded by a week of sleeping… again, doesn’t sound too shabby. I don’t suppose many Earth employers now would buy an “I was so tired and overworked that I had to sleep like I was on Planet C”, excuse. Oh well. Here’s another thought, celebrating your birthday might become passé, at one every fourteen days they would be coming quick. You might run out of gift ideas, and after awhile they would probably make a law against singing “Happy Birthday”. There’s a law that might not be broken, at least on Planet C. What is your age on Planet C? To find out, multiply your present age by 26 and there you go. I’d be over 1000!

Swiss scientist Michel Mayor, who heads up the European team that announced the discovery of Planet C, believes that top researchers are less than two decades away from being able to detect real signs of life in the solar system of Gliese 581. Perhaps, somewhere in time and space, someone else has figured out how to sling shot through the cosmos and is now finishing up a last game of checkers!

LITTER PREVENTION AND CONTROL
April 29, 2007

The facts below are taken from http://www.keeparkansasbeautiful.com/litter_prevention/

Facts about Littering

Arkansas has 100,000 acres of public roadside along its 16,367-mile state highway system, 9,700 miles of streams, and 600,000 acres of lakes … and, unfortunately, litter can be found along all of them!

It costs Arkansas more than $2 million annually to clean up along the highways, and $5 million in total cleanup costs. And even though littering is illegal in Arkansas – punishable by a fine and community service – litter continues to be a problem.

Common Forms of Litter in Arkansas:
Cigarette Filters
Plastic Foam
Food Wrappers and Containers
Paper
Glass
Plastic
Aluminum

Littering Effects – Litter Impacts Economic Development

Litter isn’t just an environmental issue. It’s also an economic development issue. When prospective businesses tour a community, they’re looking for a dynamic, growing community where their businesses can grow. When communities have a lot of litter, it simply shows that the people living there don’t care about their town’s future. If they don’t, new businesses won’t, either.
This can hurt the economic development of a community. The absence of litter in a community reflects the pride that it shows and really does make a difference. Find out more about littering effects and how you can help
clean up your community.

Facts About Littering – How Litter Happens

It Gets Blown
Litter can blow out of a truck bed without the driver knowing.
Avoid putting anything in a truck bed that might blow out on the road.
Cover all loads to avoid items blowing out.

It Gets Thrown
Litter shouldn’t be thrown from a vehicle.
Avoid throwing litter out of car windows by keeping a litterbag in the car at all times.
Request your free litterbag today!

It Gets Dumped
It is illegal to continue dumping your trash at the site where a dumpster once was.
These
illegal dumping sites can poison groundwater and kill local wildlife.
Don’t create illegal dumping sites.

Reducing Litter

Reducing litter may be easier than you think! Here are three easy ways to reduce the amount of litter in your community:

Don’t Litter! It’s illegal.
Report Littering.
Pick up Litter.

Additional Resources
Orang-U-Tongs
EZ Reacher

Looking for facts about recycling? Find out how Arkansas recycling can improve the success of the communities and businesses throughout the Natural State. Start recycling in Arkansas today!

Helping the Environment by Planting a Tree
April 28, 2007

Today is Arbor Day, and with all of the talk about Global Warming and the overall destruction of the environment, I wanted to share some facts with you that will hopefully make you understand the importance of trees.

My goal is to help people realize that they really can make a difference by just simply changing some of their daily habits!

Trees make up an urban forest which works to:

1. Help reduce pollution in our air and water
2. Conserve utility costs and cool city streets
3. Reduce crime
4. Reduce asthma and improve our overall health and quality of life
5. Increase residential and commercial property values

Here are some very interesting statistics…

Around 500 full sized trees are needed to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by a typical car driven 20,000 miles per year.

One large tree can provide a day’s worth of oxygen for up to 4 people.

One large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air in one day.

Researchers estimate that an urban tree can save 5 to 10 times more overall carbon dioxide than a rural tree.

If you have the opportunity, please plant a tree and help create a natural habitat in your own yard. Whether you live in the country, or the city, we can all do our part to help the environment.

The Front is Coming Through…..
April 25, 2007

The severe weather is winding down. Strong storms continue to move across Newton, Pope, and Yell counties. These storms have the capability of producing strong gusty winds to 50 mph along with small hail.

As the sun goes down, these storms will quickly fall apart. A cold front will continue to sweep across eastern Oklahoma through 6 p.m. A few storms will remain possible along and north of I-40. through 7 p.m. No more severe weather is anticipated.

1:45 PM UPDATE
April 25, 2007

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for Craig and Nowata counties which border our north western area. Good breaks of sunshine have been developing off to the west and with a cold front still back near Tulsa; thunderstorms are likely through the late afternoon and into the early evening. A line of thunderstorms appears to be developing north to south, stretching through Muskogee and McAlester. We are watching this activity closely. The main threat with today’s afternoon thunderstorms will be hail and gusty winds, though an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.

We’ll be updating the blog throughout the afternoon and making cut-ins on-air as deemed necessary. Keep it tuned to 40/29… we’ve got you covered on-air and on the web!

12:30 PM UPDATE
April 25, 2007


Northern counties; Delaware, Cherokee, and Adair in OK, along with Washington, Benton, Carroll, and Madison in AR, are now breaking out in sunshine. Cumulus clouds are beginning to pop as well. With the cold front still lagging back to our west the potential for thunderstorms, some of which may produce large hail, still exists. The wet bulb zero temperature is roughly at 8000 to 8500 feet. This is low and will certainly support large hail growth.

Individual thunderstorms are starting to pop between I-35 and I-44 in northern OK. The atmosphere has been capped this morning and into the early afternoon, though now this is starting to break. RUC analysis has a bull’s eye of 500-1000 J/kg of CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy) over NW AR and NE OK. We are watching this area closely as a hot spot for thunderstorm development. The best window for storm development, coinciding well with sun breaks and peak heating. is now through the late afternoon as the cold front finally pushes through.

RAIN REPORTS… so far
April 25, 2007

ARKANSAS

Mena 1.50″
Booneville 1.36”
Fort Smith 1.12”
Siloam Springs 0.97”
Fayetteville .93”
Springdale 0.75”
Bentonville 0.60”



OKLAHOMA

Talihina 2.26”
Poteau 2.21”
McAlester 1.86”
Westville 1.14”
Wilburton 1.16”
Cookson 1.09”
Sallisaw 0.91”



The heaviest thunderstorm activity right now is along a line which stretches from southeastern OK through Mena, Clarksville, and Harrison, AR. There have been severe thunderstorm warnings in association with this band, prompted by gusty winds along the leading edge. Heavy to moderate rain continues to fall across the River Valley as well as NW AR. We were down about two inches of rain as compared to monthly averages for April. With this event and additional rain tomorrow we may end up close to, or slightly above average for the month.

8:30 P.M. Update
April 25, 2007

Showers and storms continue to move across portions of western Arkansas. Several severe storms were reported throughout Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Scott, and Polk counties. Heavy flooding rainfall may be an issue with some locations seeing localized street flooding. Never cross a street that is covered with water.

The severe threat continues to wind down across our viewing area. Lingering showers and some embedded storms will be possible through 9 p.m.

6:00 P.M. Update
April 24, 2007

Strong to severe storms continue to push throughout eastern Oklahoma this evening. Look for those storms to contain small hail and gusty winds from 40 to 60 mph. There’s still a tornado watch until 11:00 p.m.; however, the tornado threat is weakening as storms merge together in a general line.

The line of storms will move across the Oklahoma/Arkansas state line after 6 p.m. Rainfall could amount between .25″ to 1.00″ across the viewing area. Stay away from windows as the storms move over your town.