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 on: December 03, 2016, 06:16:26 PM 
Started by greg - Last post by greg
Don't know if anyone uses this site anymore. But just thought I would check in. Looking forward to getting in some backcountry snowkiting this year out west. Conditions are just starting to improve. It has been a dry early start to the year.

We have really gotten into the kite thing. Chris has started a kite repair business in NYC and has clients from Maine to the Carolinas. Precisionkiterepair.com.

We have also taken up a new adventure for those times when it is not so windy. Check out a video. https://youtu.be/SNV-Zp4W0X0
Hope to see you guys sometime this winter and catch up.

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 on: September 19, 2015, 03:48:04 PM 
Started by Tommy T - Last post by Tommy T
It's been a long climb and a good one, but now I'm going lone wolf.  

Me and the Wasatch are partners now and forever..

My son and his family have joined us in Salt Lake City;  I'm playing principal trumpet in the Utah Philharmonic; and I've about a thousand friends and relatives signed up for our guest bedroom.  I'm 72 but I am still putting in around 100 days a year on the board.

Good-bye and good luck.

Tommy T.



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 on: August 31, 2015, 07:22:14 PM 
Started by Tommy T - Last post by Tommy T
I emailed this to my son, who does not participate on this forum, and he responded correctly in about 5 minutes.  He recognized the same two main features that I did: Pipeline was the first thing that each of us saw and then we used Road to Provo as confirmation.  He went on to note that the picture was taken from the area of the Patrol station at the top of the Tram.

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 on: August 20, 2015, 09:57:13 AM 
Started by Tommy T - Last post by Tommy T


No joke!  That was taken this week and was posted on the Wasatch Weather Weenie blog board this morning.

That is what an early and strong El Nino can do.

The link to the photo is:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CM2_WZWUYAMmbZ2.jpg


Tommy T.

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 on: August 05, 2015, 06:20:14 PM 
Started by Tommy T - Last post by Tommy T
The two high points on the high ridge coming off the viewer's left side of the picture are 11,433' and 11,489'.

Tommy T.

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 on: July 28, 2015, 12:45:23 PM 
Started by Tommy T - Last post by Tommy T
Mountains look different when there is no snow.

This was lifted from a web site -- it's not a picture taken by me.





If you recognize it, say so but leave it un-named for a while and don't point out the clues.

Let's see how many people can recognize it without help.

We'll find out how well traveled some of you really are.

Tommy T.


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 on: June 27, 2015, 12:32:48 PM 
Started by Tommy T - Last post by Tommy T
It is great to have a world-class source of information about weather when you're a guy who would spend all day in the outdoors if he could.

The professor posted this url as pretty mandatory for all of us:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/LightningSafety?src=hash

The substance of the information at that site is that 64% of lightning deaths occur during outdoor recreation (not forestry or plowing the fields).

Worse! Of those deaths 81% of the victims are male.

The article includes an interesting map showing the average number of cloud to ground strikes per year -- New England isn't bad.  Florida and the California coasts seem to be the most dangerous. 

(My personal favorites, windsurfing and re-roofing the house, during hurricanes, aren't mentioned, although it is well known that hurricanes often breed thunder storms.   Huh )

Tommy T.

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 on: June 24, 2015, 05:28:31 PM 
Started by Tommy T - Last post by Tommy T
Another weird and wonderful experience in SLC.

We have a small, but private back yard.  Dominated by a huge sycamore tree (state tree of Indiana where my wife and I were born), we have a swinging chair, a plot of grass and a minimalist garden with some strawberries, some potatoes, rhubarb, a pear tree and an experiment with some hot peppers with which we are not familiar.

There is a red bird house hanging in a small pear tree, which was home to a baby or two this Spring; a running water bird bath, just installed; and a hummingbird feeder, in the same tree. 

Today I had refilled the feeder and was holding the body of feeder with one hand while looping its string into a hook hanging in the small tree. 

A hummingbird (probably a male blue-throat) flew up and fed from the feeder while I held it steady and watched in amazement.




Tommy T.

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 on: June 21, 2015, 01:08:43 PM 
Started by Tommy T - Last post by Tommy T
I just want to re-emphasize the dangers of looking at the Sun through any kind of optical device:

We had a volunteer in the astronomy program at Chaco who permanently scarred his right lens by looking at the Sun through the view finder on his camera during an effort to photograph a beautiful Sun-set.

Tommy T.

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 on: June 20, 2015, 02:38:02 PM 
Started by Tommy T - Last post by Tommy T
Jupiter and Venus will come into conjunction during the nights of June 30 and July 1.  

Even better, it will happen just after sunset, low in the Western sky and will be a very easy visual occurrence.  The two planets, which are the third and fourth brightest astronomical objects (after the Sun and the Moon) will be visually so close together (about 1/3rd of a degree of separation)  that they will appear as a single, very bright object.

Right now, in the last half of June, the two planets are clearly the brightest objects in the sky just after Sunset ("just" after -- don't wait an hour to get out and look!) and are about 15 or so degrees above the Western horizon and clearly visible at just after sunset.  They look like this from my Salt Lake City street corner:



That was taken on June 18th.  The two will be a bit closer to each other every night and will be a bit closer to the Sun, so get out at Sunset and start looking.  Right now 1/2 hour after Sunset is probably a good time, if you have a clear view of a flat western horizon.  

Right now they are roughly 18 degrees apart -- by Sunset on June 30 they will look like a single very bright star.  If it's cloudy evening, the evening of July 1 should be just as good.  On those nights, you actually should start looking 1/2 hour or so before Sunset (remember Don't Look Directly at the Sun and always think twice or three times and very carefully before using binoculars or a telescope to look at anything even close to Sun).

This is a fairly rare occurance -- everything has to line up, at night, when your side of the Earth happens to be in darkness -- once in a lifetime, maybe.  We can run models of the solar system backwards and find that a similar event happened around 2015 years ago.

Observers in the East would have noticed two bright stars getting closer and closer together, as if an omen of something about to happen.  Finally the two appeared to merge and the observers might have started a journey westward toward . . . .?

Tommy T.

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