Storm Coordination Message #3

Hello to all..

..Strong Coastal Storm On Track to Affect Portions of Southern New England with heavy wet snow and strong to possibly damaging winds and minor coastal flooding at the time of the Saturday Mid-Afternoon High Tide..
..A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from Midnight through 7 PM Saturday for Northern Connecticut, Northwest Providence County Rhode Island and Worcester, Middlesex, Western Norfolk, Western Essex and Eastern Hampden County Massachusetts for 4-8″ of snow with isolated higher amounts and the highest amounts in higher terrain locations and the possibility for a trace of ice. The snow will be a wet snow leading to the potential for isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from Midnight tonight to 7 PM Saturday for Western Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties for 4-6″ of snow. A slightly more northern track means that Western Franklin County Massachusetts will see snow amounts greater than 4″..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from Midnight through 7 PM Saturday for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts and Southeast Providence, Kent, Bristol and Washington Counties of Rhode Island..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect for Cape Cod and Nantucket Island from 3 PM-Midnight Saturday for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with wind gusts of 50-55 MPH. Other coastal areas could be added to the Wind Advisory in future forecasts..
..A Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect for East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Nantucket Island from Noon to 400 PM Saturday which is the Saturday mid-afternoon high tide for minor coastal flooding with a low risk for moderate coastal flooding..
..The National Weather Service in Gray Maine Has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Eastern Hillsborough County NH from 5 AM-10 PM Saturday for 4-8″ of snow and a Winter Weather Advisory for Cheshire and West-Central Hillsborough County NH for 3-6″ of snow. A link to that statement from NWS Gray is provided in this coordination message..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence around 7 AM lasting through Saturday Evening for this coastal storm potential..

A strong coastal storm will impact the region late tonight through Saturday Evening. During the day, model runs have kept the same timing with the onset of precipitation and storm impacts to the region. In addition, model runs have kept with a slightly closer to the coast theme but there is still above average uncertainty on snow amounts and where the rain/snow/mix transition line of precipitation will be. The headlines of the coordination message depict areas that will potentially receive around or more than 6″ of snow and areas that could receive advisory level snowfall based on current model trends. Given snowfall will be heavy and wet, isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages will be possible. Key items for this winter storm include the following:

1.) Position of the rain/wet snow line as dictated by the track of the storm system as well as the potential for sleet and freezing rain near the transition line. Previous thinking indicated more of wet snow to rain precipitation transition versus having a zone of mixed precipitation between the wet snow and rain. Latest models indicate a sleet/freezing rain threat near the transition line remains possible.
2.) The amount of cooling that can take place as the storm intensifies. This will dictate the changeover in locations that have snow changing to rain or precipitation start as rain and changeover to snow. The headlines reflect current thinking.
3.) The storm will intensify rapidly. Where this rapid intensification occurs and its track will determine the extent of the strong to possibly damaging winds near the coast. The lack of a high pressure system to the north could limit the strength of the winds but strong winds for at least Cape Cod and Nantucket is likely prompting a Wind Advisory for this area and models may be underdoing the strength of the winds given the rapid storm intensification and there could be some expansion of the Wind Advisory to other coastal areas and maybe southeast interior New England in future forecasts.
4.) Minor coastal flooding at the time of the Saturday mid-afternoon high tide with a low risk for pockets of moderate coastal flooding in East Coastal Massachusetts and Cape Cod and Nantucket Island. A Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect for this area from Noon-4 PM Saturday.

Future model trends will likely adjust warnings and advisories for the region. Since NWS Taunton Operations will commence early Saturday Morning, this will be the last coordination message for this coastal storm. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence around 7 AM lasting through Saturday Evening for this coastal storm potential. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Wind Advisory Statement, Coastal Flood Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Weather Graphics as well as the NWS Gray Maine Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:

NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:

NWS Taunton Wind Advisory Statement:

NWS Taunton Coastal Flood Advisory Statement:

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Graphics:

NWS Gray Maine Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
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A California driver may have set a record for fastest car wash.

A 94-year-old man is caught on camera speeding through the Quick Quack Car Wash in Sacramento at an estimated 40 miles per hour last Friday.

The man paid for his car wash, but claimed he could not take his foot off the pedal as he was driving through.

Workers rushed out to try and stop him, but the car crashed through the equipment, causing an estimated $100,000 worth of damage.

No one was injured and the man walked away without a scratch.

New Record Service VNYL Distributes LPs Like Netflix

VNYL  Members can pick “moods” to subscribe to and the company will send three albums at a time for a monthly fee

Rodrigo Garrido
A new style of record club, VNYL sends out LPs in a fashion similar to Netflix.
BY CORINNE CUMMINGS | January 9, 2015
Vinyl just had its best year in decades, and now record collectors can enjoy a Netflix-inspired subscription service to try out new LPs. For a monthly fee, members of the just-launched venture VNYL can choose from a list of categories, called “#Vibes,” and receive records in the mail much in the same way they used to receive Twin Peaks Season 1 DVDs at home before streaming services. The first group of VNYL members will get their inaugural selection of records next month.

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Although it is not set up like Netflix, in the sense that members select the records they want, VNYL still caters to subscribers. Once a member has selected a hash tag classification (#lazysunday or #danceparty, for instance) the company will send three albums curated to fit the “vibe” by the VNYL staff. The service costs $15 a month and allows members to spend as much time with the records as they would like, keeping the ones they love and sending the duds back using pre-paid shipping. The cost of keeping an album will run between $8 to $12.

Company founder Nick Alt, a 35-year old software and app developer who was raised on his dad’s superior sounding audio gear, came up with the idea for VNYL while working on a different project for a hardware device last fall. As a fan of the format, he was excited about the idea of subscription-based services, and was an early subscriber to Vinyl Me, Please, a Sub Pop Singles Club–style club that sends members a limited-edition record each month that the company deems “essential” for their collection, along with a cocktail paring recipe, for a $27 annual monthly subscription.

Alt also wanted to incorporate the ease of music streaming, the mix-tape feel of a playlist site and the inclusiveness of the local record store to create something more personal than those sites currently offer. He was interested in connecting people, but he also wanted users new to record collecting to care about who made, produced and played on the records.

“The real magic that I can bring to this is the community aspect,” he tells Rolling Stone. “People who listen to vinyl are not connected [the way online users are] unless they go to a record store, so why can’t we bridge that for people who are really into listening to vinyl.”

Alt and his team of 10 have been working out of a warehouse, carefully organizing the #Vibes bins by mood or subject, much like record stores group by genre or name, and finally reached their Kickstarter goal last night. The 221 current backers will be VNYL’s first subscribers, receiving their three records next month, and services will roll out to the general public as early as March.

“It’s amazing,” he says. “There are so many people who got turntables for Christmas, and they’re people that clearly didn’t grow up with physical music like I did. I can’t be any more thrilled that people who are in their 20s and teens, who basically started with iTunes, are coming full circle and buying records again. It’s so cool to me.”

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