A while ago, I wrote some weather-themed song parodies. I’ve finally dug them up and posted them to the Funnel Fiasco weather page. Sadly, I can’t seem to find the song “Your Progs” that I co-wrote with my friend Joe. If I can ever find a copy of it somewhere, I’ll add that, too.
September 26, 2013
September 23, 2013
This has been a good week for the National Weather Service. Two new discussions have been added to the Hall of Fame.
July 9, 2013
It’s that time again. The tropical storm Chantal forecast game has been opened. Be sure to get your forecast submitted by 8 PM EDT on Wednesday. As a new feature this year, I’ll include an approximated version of the National Hurricane Center’s forecast for comparison. You may also note that yet another year has passed without any significant updates to the game code. I swear one of these days I’ll make the improvements I keep promising.
June 13, 2013
There’s big news in Fiasco Land. I don’t just mean Mario Marathon 6 (raising money for Child’s Play Charity) which starts next week. Beginning July 1, I will be a Senior Support Engineer at Cycle Computing. That’s right, after nearly seven years of professional employment at my alma mater, I’m leaving the public sector.
I won’t be leaving Purdue entirely, though. Because my new position is telecommutable, I’ll be able to finish my last semester of classes for my masters degree (which just got a lot more expensive). I wasn’t particularly looking to get away, but this opportunity seems to come at the right time for me.
So what does this mean for this blog? Well, I’ll either be writing more or less, depending on how much work I have on my plate. Expect to see high throughput computing become more prevalent, to the degree I am allowed to talk about what I’m working on. Other than that, it’s business as usual (for now).
February 5, 2013
I added an Area Forecast Discussion from the NWS office in Minneapolis to the Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame. It nearly was rejected on the grounds that it said “Groundhog’s Day” instead of “Groundhog Day”, but I was feeling generous and so overlooked the error.
December 7, 2012
It may seem like I’ve not been writing much lately, but nothing can be further from the truth. It’s just that my writing has been for grad school instead of Blog Fiasco. But don’t worry, soon I’ll be blogging like a madman. That’s right: it’s time for LISA ’12. Once again, I have the privilege of being on the conference blog team and learning from some of the TopPeople[tm] in the field. Here’s a quick look at my schedule (subject to change based on level of alertness, addition of BoFs, etc):
- Plenary Session
- Papers and Reports: Community and Teaching
- Invited Talks 1
- Plenary Session
- LISA Reception
- Google BoF
October 30, 2012
We set a record for the number of players with the Hurricane Sandy contest, and the winner is the deceptively-named StormsHitGeorgia. Full results are at http://weather.funnelfiasco.com/tropical/game/2012-sandy.html. The scores were among the lowest I’ve ever seen, although the relatively short forecast period probably helped. It’s interesting to note that the last official forecast from the NHC, roughly converted into a forecast for this game, would have finished in 11th place.
October 26, 2012
The Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame has three new entries. Two are submitted by loyal “fans” of the site, and the third is sort of a big thing in the news right now.
- An Area Forecast Discussion from the Anchorage, AK office. This is a long one, and you have to be patient for the humor. (submitted by Ian Blaylock)
- A NHC discussion for Hurricane Kirk earlier this year. Star Trek jokes are a good way to punch your ticket into the Hall of Fame. (submitted by Jill)
- The preliminary extended forecast discussion from the HPC for the effects of Hurricane Sandy (a.k.a. “Frankenstorm“)
October 25, 2012
It’s time to take a risk on Hurricane Sandy. I’ve opened the Sandy forecast contest. Forecasts are due at 8 PM EDT on Friday (27 October at 00Z).
Some rule clarifications:
- If the storm takes on extratropical characteristics, it still counts so long as the National Hurricane Center is tracking it at landfall.
- Landfall is defined as the first hit of the mainland, regardless of country. Barrier islands, etc, do not count.
August 23, 2012
Even though I never got around to making all of the great upgrades to the contest system, the Atlantic basin marches on. I’ve opened the contest for currently-TS-soon-to-be-hurricane Isaac. Join in the fun and submit your forecast here:
Please keep in mind that we’re interested in continental landfall only. Also remember to correctly sign your latitude and longitude (the upgraded contest system will instead allow you to select named direction). The contest closes at midnight eastern (0400 UTC).