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Jul 27, 2012 9:40 AM CST
|We had a garden club mtg last night. Our speaker was Paul Yura, the son of one of our members. He's the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for our Central Texas area. His primary job is to be the liaison between the National Weather Service and local media, citizens, county, state, and federal agencies. He conducts storm damage surveys and leads the community outreach program. |
His program was "Weather Hazards of South Central Texas." Paul explained the difference in El Nino and La Nina with maps and charts of land and ocean that really helped us all understand. There were records of the droughts and floods for the last 50 years. He pointed out that the Bastrop fires were actually caused by a hurricane in Louisiana! (Well, the storm caused the terrific winds that blew over all the dry brush and eventually caused a tree limb to fall on a power line). He said with all the technology available to them, they still rely on weather balloons as the best way to predict weather. Even the skeptics who thought the program would be same ole/same ole were fascinated by his presentation.
One of the websites he shared that I thought might be of interest to those of you who have rain gauges is:
You can find your county and see the rainfall amounts, how many folks have rain gauges, and how to report rain amounts in your area. Of course, it's also for all the other states too. There's even a video to show you how to get started. Most all of us in the auditorium had rain gauges, but only one person had the recommended one.
I wish I had taken notes, but it was too interesting to miss. I hope to get a copy of the presentation to share.
Jul 27, 2012 5:51 PM CST
|Sounds very interesting. I would love to see the presentation.|
Jul 28, 2012 9:49 PM CST
|Anna, he was one of the best speakers we've had. Usually, the speaker has 45 minutes and then answers a couple of questions. We kept him there answering our questions until after 9 PM.|
Jul 29, 2012 7:15 AM CST
|Makes me want to be part of your club (again!)|
Jul 29, 2012 9:10 AM CST
|Anytime you're in town on the 4th Thurs. of the month, we'd love to have you visit us at the Zilker auditorium. Next month's program is keyhole gardening by member, Robert Day. Robert also designed and built the entry gate to the Taniguchi Japanese Garden at Zilker a few years ago.|
Jul 29, 2012 7:45 PM CST
|you really did mean the 4th Thurs. of the month, right?|
Jul 29, 2012 9:47 PM CST
|Ha! You're right. I always confuse it with Lunch Bunch...3rd Tues. We're at the lake to water The temperature on the bank read 107 at 6:30pm.|