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Personal account of Ham radio operator AI6YR (Ben). Active during disasters. Occasional random factoids. Do not use for official advice.
Apr 22 4 tweets 3 min read
#CalfCanyonFire towards center, #CooksFire slightly up and to the right, seen on GOES satellite at the moment. #NM #FireWX #CalfCanyonFire GOES heat detections at 23:10UTC Image
Apr 22 7 tweets 4 min read
Current wind gusts in #NM at 4/22/22 12:25 in ABQ Image Current wind gusts in #CO Image
Apr 22 4 tweets 3 min read
Apr 22 8 tweets 5 min read
New thread on the #TunnelFire near #Flagstaff for Friday, 4/22/22. Extreme winds are predicted today across the Southwest. Make sure you are on "Latest" not "Best" and scroll to the bottom for the most recent info. New evacuations in place. #TunnelFire #Flagstaff Evacuation effort ongoing ahead of high winds expected to start shortly
Apr 22 4 tweets 2 min read
#Random trivia, I believe this is 荒城の月 / Kōjō no tsuki (The Moon Over The Ruined Castle)
Apr 22 4 tweets 1 min read
#pandemic "avoid public confusion" Author John M. Barry on the 1918 pandemic: "Those in authority must retain the public’s trust. The way to do that is to distort nothing, to put the best face on nothing, to try to manipulate no one"
Apr 21 10 tweets 7 min read
Friday is going to be a major #FireWx day. If you live within any of the areas below, it's a "pack your go bag/back your car into your driveway" day. Pay attention! It could save your life. #wildfire #weather #Extreme fire conditions in Colorado tomorrow, if you live along the Front Range. I am not an official source, but I would strongly advise--if you live anywhere against brush/grassland/prairie/forest--to be ready to leave in an instant. #Colorado #FireWx
Apr 21 9 tweets 4 min read
New thread for the #TunnelFire near #Flagstaff for 4/21/22 here. Scroll to the bottom for the latest updates, due to the current way Twitter works this post will always end up on top. (make sure you are on "Latest" not "Home" for emergency info!) #TunnelFire now 20,527 acres
Apr 20 15 tweets 9 min read
New thread for Wed Apr 20th for the #TunnelFire near #Flagstaff, which has been very active overnight. Always check timestamps on posts, scroll to the bottom for the latest updates. Image #TunnelFire is 16,625 acres as of 4am (via @barkflight) Image
Mar 11 12 tweets 3 min read
Some of the items in this International Red Cross description of the issues in #Mariupol #Ukraine are a good measure of how desperate things are. i.e. "People started to attack each other for food."… "People report varying needs in medicine. Especially for diabetes and cancer patients. But there is no way to find it any more in the city." Comments: very common in disaster zones; diabetic patients, those requiring refrigerated drugs; those requiring dialysis
suffer first.
Mar 10 7 tweets 3 min read
"Delivery vans, 1942 style" (Greenbelt, MD) "grocery store"..."Tire scarcity and gasoline rationing have placed such service at a premium...youngsters who are using their express wagons to carry home Mrs. America's purchases are doing their country a real service" #gasoline Photo by Ann Rosener via the U.S. Library of Congress:…
Mar 10 4 tweets 2 min read
Dang it, and here I was hoping to get a Lada Riva/2107. Top Gear episode:
Mar 9 14 tweets 4 min read
Random thoughts on what cities should (but won't) do to transition out of a #gasoline dependent world. 1. separated bike lanes everywhere, particularly in working class neighborhoods that already heavily bicycle/pedestrian. Image 2. Bicycle racks at local stores and shopping centers. At least in my suburban area, even if you bicycle there, you can't lock up your bicycle anywhere! Image
Mar 9 4 tweets 2 min read
Flooding seen on the Sentinel-1 satellite images as well around the town of Demydiv #Ukraine Around Irpin, not so much flood as a full river where there have been ongoing battles between the Russians and Ukrainians. It would limit you to bridges. Sentinel-1 #satellite.
Mar 9 4 tweets 2 min read
#Chornobyl nuclear power plant taken via Sentinel-2 #satellite at 2022-03-08 09:06:34 UTC (about 15 hours ago). Can't tell what is different post-invasion (aside from the layer of snow. ps. don't eat the now mildly radioactive snow).
Mar 8 6 tweets 2 min read
If you think gas and energy prices are bad now, just wait as the climate crisis continues to take a toll on infrastructure (wildfires, floods, hurricanes, wind). Pumping more gas is only a temporary pricing fix, but it's a long term accelerator creating more issues. Things we can do now: 1. decentralize to more resilient power (rooftop solar, batteries, microgrids) 2. decarbonize (wind, solar, geothermal) 3. Less individual transport, more bicycling/walking/mass transit first, EVs if you can, hybrid where necessary. 4. lots of disaster prep.
Mar 7 8 tweets 4 min read
Brush fire reports at Rocky Peak/Simi, copter requested. #SimiValley #brushfire Eastbound 118 west of Rocky Peak. Approx 1/4 acre. Slow ROS. Multiple starts. #SimiValley #VenturaCounty #BrushFire
Jan 17 10 tweets 8 min read
Mango Island #Tonga via Airbus SPOT imagery 1/16/22. Unfortunately the inhabited part of the island obscured by clouds. It appears either survivors or debris in a spot not normally occupied by people on lower right. Reference image from 1/14/22 of Mango Island, you'll notice the bright spot visible in the other imaging not present. I suspect survivors of the tsunami put up some kind of shelter up at the high point of the island. Tent, leanto or stretcher. Looks like at least 5-6 people too
Jan 17 11 tweets 8 min read
Kanokupolu #Tonga taken yesterday, 1/16/22 via Airbus SPOT #satellite. Post volcano/tsunami. High resolution image, this looks to me to be ashfall. #Tonga taken by Airbus SPOT on 1/16/22. This is (was?) Ha'atafu Beach and Haatafu Beach Resort, but it seems to me that there are structures missing on this side (the resort appears to me to be missing, or extremely covered with ash). Possible tsunami scouring on the beach.
Jan 16 8 tweets 5 min read
Tonga Navy appears to have just reached the island of #Nomuka This ship (the only one transmitting satellite AIS data) came from Nuku'afola this morning, when officials said they would be sending the Tonga Navy to the outer islands.