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Wind causing numerous power outages around Central Texas
Austin American-Statesman ^ | Feb. 25, 2013 | Julie Chang

Posted on 02/25/2013 2:22:12 PM PST by bgill

About 10,000 Austin Energy customers are without power Monday afternoon because of high winds, utility spokesman Ed Clark said.... About 1,700 customers are without power Monday afternoon in Pflugerville... Wind has knocked out power for about 1300 customers across Bastrop, Lee and Caldwell counties... San Marcos The city’s Electric Utility and Transportation Departments are responding to numerous calls about power outages and six reports of downed trees

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Local noon-ish reports were 54 mph gusts but it has picked this afternoon. The wind has already taken part of our roof and sent everything in the yard down the street. Filling water containers and washing the dishes before the power goes out here. Y'all be careful out there.
1 posted on 02/25/2013 2:22:22 PM PST by bgill
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To: bgill

Just saw on the Weather Channel that Dallas is having 2 hour delays at the airport due to the winds.


2 posted on 02/25/2013 2:24:08 PM PST by bgill
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To: bgill
31 MPH is the highest gust I've seen so far up near Ft. Worth, but it's a steady 25 most of the time. Lots of wind. We expect more later.

Stay safe, and prayers up.

/johnny

3 posted on 02/25/2013 2:25:38 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bgill

We just had a brown-out here in North Austin


4 posted on 02/25/2013 2:40:26 PM PST by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: lormand

Clark (from the article) is now on the Weather Channel saying he has 18,000 customers without power and is expecting more. Of course, it is now 5 o’clock rush hour so signals will be out.


5 posted on 02/25/2013 2:49:09 PM PST by bgill
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To: bgill

I can tell you that the wind is awful in Lakeway, just NW of Austin.

Been here nearly 14 yrs, and have never seen anything like this before!

The dust from the islands that have formed in Lake Travis due to the drought is blowing directly at the front of my house, and has been for most of the day.


6 posted on 02/25/2013 3:01:28 PM PST by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: bgill
Oh yeah. You can see that Texas wind fairly clearly on this map.

US Wind Map

7 posted on 02/25/2013 3:03:10 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: basil

Is this unusual or an annual event/season ?


8 posted on 02/25/2013 3:03:47 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: basil

Hey, Basil

It is Hang’emAll formally from Dallas like you. Long time no see. We met around the time Gore was running for Pres.

I’m live here in Port Aransas on the coast.(Near Tx as I like to say) winds are 23mph gusts to 41mph.


9 posted on 02/25/2013 3:06:07 PM PST by Hang'emAll (If guns kill people, do pencils misspell words?)
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To: knarf
Amarillo, Texas hit by 2nd Biggest Snowstorm on Record

Amarillo, Texas picked up at least 16.9" of snow on February 24-25, its 2nd greatest 24-hour snowfall on record. Just last week Wichita, Kansas also received its 2nd greatest snow on record when 14.2” fell on February 20-21. The storm that blew over the Texas Panhandle last night and this morning (with wind gusts as high as 77 mph) is now bringing heavy snow to Wichita, Kansas.

Here is an update unconfirmed.

'Truly a historic blizzard,' weather service says

As of 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET), 19 inches of snow had fallen in Amarillo -- an all-time single day record for February, the weather service said. Monday's accumulation also ranked as the second highest single-day snowfall accumulation ever recorded there, the agency said.

Texas could break its all-time snowfall record today

Amarillo ? Where the heck are the Armadillo's ?

10 posted on 02/25/2013 3:15:52 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

KXAN evening news just said 62 mph gusts in Central Texas.


11 posted on 02/25/2013 3:23:25 PM PST by bgill
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To: justa-hairyape

Ha, is that a doggie door? Can you imagine what the dog thought when he tried to run through it, lol.


12 posted on 02/25/2013 3:28:25 PM PST by bgill
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To: justa-hairyape

That’s a heckuva map!
Do you see that area above Dallas, looking the the eye of the storm?
It’s wild down here. Looks like wind’s coming from everywhere TO us.
Stay safe everyone!


13 posted on 02/25/2013 3:33:50 PM PST by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: spankalib

That wind map was posted on another thread by UCANSEE2. Almost always have wind out here in west central Texas, but there is a strong flow band right now flowing south and around Dallas.


14 posted on 02/25/2013 3:39:54 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: bgill

Wood stoves are great.

Get one BEFORE a generator.


15 posted on 02/25/2013 3:40:13 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

I like lights with my heat, so I bought a generator.


16 posted on 02/25/2013 4:02:22 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: bgill

FM 973 may be shut down if the fire there in south Austin gets worse. Be care out there, FRiends.


17 posted on 02/25/2013 4:03:55 PM PST by bgill
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To: 2banana
Wood stoves are great...Get one BEFORE a generator.

If you live in a windy area, be sure you put a cap on the chimney to keep the wind from blowing down the chimney and smoking up your house.

18 posted on 02/25/2013 4:09:15 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: bgill
Wind causing numerous power outages around Central Texas

Quick! Put up some windmills! /s

19 posted on 02/25/2013 4:11:22 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: justa-hairyape

West of Amarillo 110 miles, we have had 10-12 inches of snow.
Power was out for about 18 hours; plenty of wood for the fireplace and stove; lanterns full of oil for light; water for house is gravity flow; just another day here on the ranch.

Snowdrifts are two to two and a half feet deep. This will give us some very sorely needed moisture.


20 posted on 02/25/2013 4:13:09 PM PST by nmrancher
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To: bgill

This is one of the craziest things I have ever seen. It was a very interesting drive from San Marcos to 30 miles north of Austin. My truck was almost blown into the DPS truck in the next lane.


21 posted on 02/25/2013 4:16:58 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: bgill

Howling like a banshee here in Liberty Hill. A few limbs down off the old oak, neighbors have lost a few shingles off their roof and the birds have had a heck of a time staying on the feeders all day.


22 posted on 02/25/2013 4:16:58 PM PST by MamaTexan (To follow Original Constitutional Intent, one MUST acknowledge the Right of Secession)
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To: MamaTexan

Shoulda had a wind mill!


23 posted on 02/25/2013 4:54:33 PM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Squantos

Hunkered down?


24 posted on 02/25/2013 4:59:39 PM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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To: bgill

Storms like this are when the Comanche really appreciated the stronghold of Palo Duro Canyon.


25 posted on 02/25/2013 5:03:08 PM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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To: Rebelbase
Storms like this are when the Comanche really appreciated the stronghold of Palo Duro Canyon.

I'll swear that, when you stand on the rim of the Palo Duro, you can hear Bob Wills' twin fiddles on the wind.

26 posted on 02/25/2013 5:09:31 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: ConservaTexan

Down here in Alice, Texas we have had winds up to 58 mph.

I lost some shingles on one of my houses.

I’ve not seen wind down here like this since 1998. With the extreme drought it looks like a dust bowl picture.


27 posted on 02/25/2013 5:13:43 PM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: justa-hairyape; Tijeras_Slim

We are buried and without power here in the Panhandle .....we got hit hard with gusts to 60mph plus the snow .... Drifts and visibility etc were real problem this time . Snow no problem if its deep. But add super high winds for 20 plus hours and so much snow you can’t see the street 20 yards away.... Wood stove and a few full cords of hickory made it passable .... Charged up my iPad and phones on the generator but tonight we’re on oil lamps and wood stoves still.

It was a event by our standards.... TXDOT plow and heavy equipment operators are the Hero’s of the day.... No 911 call was answered unless they lead the way to the address. In town and on the high plains.

Staying home again tomorrow to dig out and Stay away from the slip and sliders sure to be playing around for a few days....

Come on spring !


28 posted on 02/25/2013 5:17:20 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: nmrancher

Those last two storms have really dropped a lot of moisture to an area that really needed the water. The funny part is that we may have more snow in Texas now then some upper Midwestern states. Perhaps that means their time is coming up soon ! Do not know why they think these beast will weaken over the midwest.


29 posted on 02/25/2013 5:21:33 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: okie01
I'll swear that, when you stand on the rim of the Palo Duro, you can hear Bob Wills' twin fiddles on the wind.

The West Texas wind actually makes music-like noises when it blows through a long line of trees or high fencing. However, when you ride a bike into the West Texas wind, it feels more like the West Texas burn. At least that is what happens to your leg muscles.

30 posted on 02/25/2013 5:25:50 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Rebelbase

Yeah see my # 38 this thread ..... twas a beaut !


31 posted on 02/25/2013 5:26:09 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Rebelbase

Yeah see my # 28 this thread ..... twas a beaut !


32 posted on 02/25/2013 5:26:44 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: justa-hairyape; spankalib

I have found these websites to be valuable during inclement weather. I have them in a group bookmark so I can open them all at once.

http://www.weather.gov/Radar

http://www.weather.gov/satellite?image=ir

http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/geo/

http://hint.fm/wind/

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/national/weather-surface-maps

http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=glob_250

http://www.intellicast.com/National/Wind/JetStream.aspx


33 posted on 02/25/2013 5:30:52 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Squantos

I’m glad that you’re safe and warm.


34 posted on 02/25/2013 5:31:41 PM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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To: Squantos

So to get government help you had to call 911 and wait for a plow ? Wonder if they charged you for all that ? Guess doing a little bit of prepping paid off in the long run. Maybe one of these days our federal government will learn that lesson.


35 posted on 02/25/2013 5:31:50 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Rebelbase

Thanks Buddy !

Stay safe !


36 posted on 02/25/2013 5:32:54 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: knarf

I’ve never experienced anything like this before. I think West Texas gets a lot more wind than we do.

We are now having horrible dust storms brought about by the wind.


37 posted on 02/25/2013 5:38:23 PM PST by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: justa-hairyape

Not sure what yer talking about ..... deep snow and drifts taller that a 4x4 truck , storm in progress and ya have a problem with folks that had strokes, heart attacks and a baby to be delivered per what few I heard on the scanner during this storm.

Yeah...TXDOT carved a path for the EMS.


38 posted on 02/25/2013 5:43:28 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: bgill

We had 50+ gusts and rain all day in N Fl too.

And what’s weird, is though the wind has died down there’s this really strange sound coming from the sky, been going on for hours...like a cross between a pipe organ and the drone of a propeller plane, but LOUD...and you can feel the vibration from it.

Anybody else getting loud sounds like this from overhead?


39 posted on 02/25/2013 5:55:30 PM PST by fattigermaster (Train for life in prison because they are stacking the bricks and setting the bars around you.)
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To: bgill
I live on a narrow wash in Hill Country. The wind is blasting up the wash. I need to get an anemometer.

We just had an interesting TV event. There was a momentary drop out of power, not a surge. The TV wouldn't restart. I unplugged it and then plugged it in again after several seconds. There was no change. I then unplugged it for several minutes. It seemed to work after that, but the sound would hiccup every six seconds. I the unplugged it again (the third time) for several minutes and it now works. I don't understand what the second long power down did that the first one didn't accomplish.

40 posted on 02/25/2013 6:07:50 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: justa-hairyape

I’m from NW Oklahoma. I know what that West Texas wind can feel like. Both comin’...and goin’...


41 posted on 02/25/2013 6:15:36 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: bgill

I was going to reply last night, but got sidetracked. We lost a few limbs and the neighbor’s weather station showed 44 mph gusts here on Lake Travis.


42 posted on 02/26/2013 4:49:33 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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To: UCANSEE2
Thanks for the links. Here's one I like, too-

Interactive Weather Map

43 posted on 02/26/2013 5:56:41 AM PST by MamaTexan (To follow Original Constitutional Intent, one MUST acknowledge the Right of Secession)
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To: Squantos

They are going to need a fleet of helicopters going forward. Probably starting in 2 winters.


44 posted on 02/26/2013 2:33:53 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: fattigermaster
What you are describing sounds like it might be the trumpet noise people have been hearing all over the world. Kinda conspiracy related at this point. Just do a Google search for strange trumpet sounds.

Thought I heard that trumpet noise once, but a friend explained what I might have heard instead. Was driving on I 40 late at night through eastern Arizona. The outside temperature was too low for me to stop and find a motel, due to reasons that are best left unexplained. At any rate, there seemed to be no motels or hotels in that area east of Flagstaff anyway. Ended up in that situation due to I 20 being closed from a West Texas wildfire.

So I ended up stopping at a Truck Stop Complex and just resting in the van over night. Got some rest. The weird thing was when I awoke there was a strange sound similar to the trumpet sound and the ground seemed to be oscillating with the sound. And I remembered hearing that all night long as a background noise. Kinda freaked me out. Later on my truck driving friend explained what might have happened. He pointed out that there could have been some strange oscillation between the nearby trucks running or idling. That did make sense, but I was really spooked out for awhile especially when I found out the Truck Stop was at an Indian reservation. That noise kinda sounded like pow wow music and the ground was vibrating with the sound.

Just thought I would share that with you as there are many alternative explanations to the strange trumpet like sounds.

45 posted on 02/26/2013 2:56:01 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape
Someone else suggested the same thing you're referring to, my thought was that it was some kind of friction between layers of fast moving airstreams overhead. The source of sound seemed to shift slightly from one angle overhead to another during ghe night, and at 11pm stopped suddenly and completely.

Not as musical as the YouTube recordings on the subject, but the vibration transmitted was marked and unmistakeable, felt like it went right through you...although tbe volume of the sound rose and fell, tbe vibration was constant.

Given our freak wings and waterspouts that day, it seemed like a hypervelocity "river of wind" was overhead, and the friction with tbe more stable atmosphere made the bizarre sounds and vibrations...my theory, anyway.

46 posted on 02/26/2013 4:02:28 PM PST by fattigermaster (Train for life in prison because they are stacking the bricks and setting the bars around you.)
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To: fattigermaster

“freak winds” not “freak wings” lol


48 posted on 02/26/2013 4:07:56 PM PST by fattigermaster (Train for life in prison because they are stacking the bricks and setting the bars around you.)
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Interesting. Where abouts in North Florida are you ? Panhandle ? Western end ? Eastern end ?


49 posted on 02/26/2013 5:22:52 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

North Jax, on the St. John’s river.


50 posted on 02/26/2013 5:42:08 PM PST by fattigermaster (Train for life in prison because they are stacking the bricks and setting the bars around you.)
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