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A Few Of FR's Finest....Every Day....05-14-03....Hurricane Hunters
dansangel; Billie

Posted on 05/14/2003 1:19:15 AM PDT by dansangel



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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Hurricane Hunters








While most of us who have been through the fury of a hurricane would do everything we could to avoid bearing the brunt of its destructive energy, there are some very special individuals who purposely fly into the storm to gather data for the National Hurricane Center. They have come to be known as "Hurricane Hunters."






The Hurricane Hunters who are stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi typically fly in a WC-130 Hercules aircraft. The crew is made up of six people; the aircraft commander, pilot, flight engineer, navigator, weather officer and a dropsonde (more about that in a minute) system operator.






Hurricane season lasts from June 1 through November 30 as most residents of the East Coast and Gulf regions know all too well. Most tropical depressions that grow into full-fledged hurricanes begin their "lives" off of the coast of Africa. While travelling over the Atlantic Ocean, these tropical depressions may find conditions ripe for building up to hurricane force.






Once that happens, the Hurricane Hunters swing into action. Boarding the WC-130 Hercules and taking off on their mission, these very brave people actually fly into the storm, recording data on position, dewpoint and pressure readings every thirty seconds and beaming this information, by satellite, to the National Hurricane Center.






One of the methods used to gather this information is via a dropsonde. This device is a small canister about the size of a large "Pringles" chips can. The dropsonde acts as a "mini-weather station" and is fired out into the storm by the system operator. While the dropsonde is falling, a parachute is deployed, allowing the device to transmit important information in tandem with the weather officer's onboard computer. This data is interpreted at the National Hurricane Center so that appropriate life-saving warnings may be broadcast to those in the storm's path. In addition to helping forecasters to make accurate predictions during the course of the storm, the data also aids hurricane forecasters in their understanding of what makes such a storm "tick," improving their forecast models.

In the event that Keesler AFB is inaccessible due to a hurricane positioned in the Gulf, Charleston AFB, Patrick AFB and Homestead AFB are all alternate locations for the Hurricane Hunters. No matter where the storm is located nor how intense, the Hurricane Hunters are ever-ready to put themselves into harm's way so that lives may be saved.




May God bless and protect those that risk their lives in an effort to save ours. It is with great pleasure that I bring the "Hurricane Hunters" to a Few of FR's Finest!









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Below are names of some of our FReepers' loved ones who are serving our country. If you have someone you would like to add, please address a post to Billie; Daisyscarlett; Dansangel; Dutchess; Mama_Bear; and we will add their name to this list. As we pray for them, we pray also for all our nation’s leaders, and military personnel, and their families and friends. May God hold them close to His heart.
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We ask Lord, that You guide the leaders of our great country in their hour of decision. The burden that has been placed on their shoulders is overwhelming. We ask that with Your infinite wisdom You guide them gently to the right decisions.
Please give us the strength, Lord, to get through each difficult and devastating day that faces each of us and our country. Protect and guide our Military that are now being called to duty, strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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OhioWfan........................son
mystery-ak..........son, husband
Gogrammy................grandson
Inspectorette...................son
Blessed American..........nephew
Slip18..........................nephew
anniegetyourgun...........nephew
Pippin....niece,nephew,loved one
Doug from Upland......son-in-law
weldgophardline.....brotherinlaw
Future Snake Eater..........cousin
WaterDragon..son-in-law,grandson
BeforeISleep...................son
Warrior Nurse...........active duty
SK1 Thurman...........active duty
David Osborne.........active duty
fc2tomschermuly......active duty
bkwells..................active duty
LadyX....................grandson
LongCut..................active duty
Trish.......................active duty
The Mayor................niece


Maigrey................cousin
ladtx....................2 sons
Mama_Bear...........nephew
gator girl............husband
severa................husband
MozartLover...........nephew
LBGA........................son
SpookBrat...........nephew
Himyar.....................son
boxerblues............2 sons
the piper...................son
sheeza...............husband
kemathen7...........husband
Diver Dave................niece
deadhead................cousin
JimRobinson.....2 nephews
Armymarinemom.....3 sons
Consort...........2 daughters
Darheel..................niece
dixie sass.............nephew
BeAllYouCanBe.........son
AgThorn.............2 sons
kneezles...........son




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To: dansangel; Billie; daisyscarlett; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aquamarine; ...
Good day to our Hostesses...thank you, dansangel...I'm usually blown away by the Finest, today especially so...)

Thanks for all the good info on the noble fliers who skirt the edges of chaos...gosh, they've a lot more nerve than me, I'm such chicken.

Good morning and blessings on all Freepers...wishing you a most wonderful Wednesday.
51 posted on 05/14/2003 8:16:38 AM PDT by jwfiv
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To: Molly Pitcher
Oh,(red face)! Patriots of the Republic is a chatroom at Paltalk. They broadcast over Mel Piots Christain Broadcasting every night Monday through Thursday, 11 est, 10 central, and 9 pacific.

We have a Molly Pitcher over there who is also a Freeper. To funny. She is from Pierce Mo. and due to the Tornadoes there hasn't been on line for about a week.

52 posted on 05/14/2003 8:40:22 AM PDT by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
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To: Lee'sGhost
Hi, (((LG)))!

I thought you found one of them icons you was looking for?

53 posted on 05/14/2003 9:02:50 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: dixie sass
LOL!

sounds like an idea.

as long as the guy picking me up is cute and single and RICH!

54 posted on 05/14/2003 9:04:07 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: dansangel
Hi, (((Dansy)))!
55 posted on 05/14/2003 9:05:21 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: Molly Pitcher
Hi, Molly!
56 posted on 05/14/2003 9:06:12 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: nicmarlo
it's the pits!
57 posted on 05/14/2003 9:07:09 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: jwfiv
Hi, (((JW)))!
58 posted on 05/14/2003 9:08:51 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: dansangel
Hi dansy! These Hurricane Hunters are quite a special breed. I know there's nothing more I'd rather do than fly into hurricanes, but unfortunately there are none in my area. What a shame. :)
59 posted on 05/14/2003 9:24:41 AM PDT by The Thin Man (Hmmm.... I wonder if I could sign up Billie to be a Hurricane Hunter?)
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To: dansangel
Good morning, Sistah! I wanted to tell you what an excellent job you did on this presentation. The visuals and the content are just perfect - and so is your pledge graphic!

This is very informative and interesting, and timely, with the Hurricane Season approaching.

Hey, wonder who is in charge of naming these Hurricanes.....think we will ever see one named "Dansangel"? :)

60 posted on 05/14/2003 9:26:57 AM PDT by Billie
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To: .45MAN; Aeronaut
Morning, guys! In the race to be first, it's hard to beat our guy in the little red flying machine! :)
61 posted on 05/14/2003 9:28:50 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; The Thin Man
HOWDY!

Billie!

Hope y'all can round up those "stray" demos.

TTM, Greetings from the GREAT STATE of MARYLAND! (were all our demos are accounted for! ) LOL!

62 posted on 05/14/2003 9:30:47 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: nicmarlo
Morning, nic - love all those little icons 'n things you and Dansy post. They're so cute!
63 posted on 05/14/2003 9:31:27 AM PDT by Billie
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To: dixie sass
Off we go into the wild blue yonder...

When I first met .45MAN down in FL, we took a ride near Patrick AFB. There was a C-130 doing maneuvers - flying out over the ocean, then circling back in, then looking as though it was going to land, then taking off and going back up. Dan thought it was a "student pilot" on a training flight. We parked near the base and he got some great shots of that *HUGE* plane flying directly over us at low altitude.

It really is something to see!

64 posted on 05/14/2003 9:31:43 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: MeeknMing
'Morning, Meekie. Gonna be another hot day. After yesterday's thread, I'm in the mood to go to the nursery and buy FLOWERS! :)
65 posted on 05/14/2003 9:33:51 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Molly Pitcher
When I arrived at the check in desk, and the fellow asked me my weight, I knew this ride would be something different!!!

Suddenly wondered if this was such a good idea....LOL! Had I eaten too much for lunch??!!

LOL! Hi, Molly - glad you're here again today!

66 posted on 05/14/2003 9:36:10 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
In the race to be first, it's hard to beat our guy in the little red flying machine! :)

Hi Billie. I appear to be winning the contest for having the worst sleep patterns.

67 posted on 05/14/2003 9:37:36 AM PDT by Aeronaut (This space intentionally left blank.)
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To: Aeronaut
Howdy, Aeronaut!
68 posted on 05/14/2003 9:38:53 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: Pippin
TTM, Greetings from the GREAT STATE of MARYLAND! (were all our demos are accounted for! ) LOL!

Pippin, I'm pleased to report to you that here in Minnesota the demos are not only accounted for but are in decline.

69 posted on 05/14/2003 9:39:02 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: The Thin Man
That's even better!

Wish the dems here in maryland were in decline!

70 posted on 05/14/2003 9:40:16 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: dixie sass
Morning, dixie. I guess we all have different natural disasters that are most likely to occur in our parts of the country. Ours is tornados - living too far inland to experience the wrath of hurricanes.
71 posted on 05/14/2003 9:42:38 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Pippin
Hi Pippin! Are the cherry trees still blossoming???
72 posted on 05/14/2003 9:43:58 AM PDT by dutchess (tried...but can't drag my toolbar down :o()
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To: dutchess
I'm afraid, unlike, the dems in Maryland, the cherry blossoms are in decline. :O(
73 posted on 05/14/2003 9:44:59 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: dansangel
Hi dansy. What an interesting thread today and "love the look". I'm a white knuckle flyer, one little bump and my nails are embedded in Mr. D's arm...I can't imagine what these guys go through!
74 posted on 05/14/2003 9:45:59 AM PDT by dutchess (tried...but can't drag my toolbar down :o()
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To: dutchess
On Mr D's behalf,

OUCH!

75 posted on 05/14/2003 9:47:09 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: Billie; Aquamarine
Hi sistah Billie....Here I am with my toolbar still to the right. I can drag it left (it just gets wider) but can't bring it to the bottom. Sigh...can't wait for my secretary to get back.
76 posted on 05/14/2003 9:48:10 AM PDT by dutchess (tried...but can't drag my toolbar down :o()
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To: GailA; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; Aquamarine; LadyX; JustAmy; Pippin; LadyShallott; ...
Good morning, Gail. Hope you have a good day!

Hello to my sistahs and othahs! Almost lunchtime here, and as I mentioned earlier, I think I'll go to the nursery this afternoon - have waited to buy geraniums for my pots outside, and this looks like a good time to do it!

Have a wonderful day! Will check back in later this afternoon!

77 posted on 05/14/2003 9:50:38 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Lee'sGhost
Hugo. Been there, done that.

I left FL for a few years to live in Ohio (1989-96). Because of that I missed Andrew (Praise God!). After seeing documentaries on it, I am so glad I wasn't around to actually experience it!

78 posted on 05/14/2003 9:51:55 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: Aeronaut
I appear to be winning the contest for having the worst sleep patterns.

LOL I was wondering about that. You seem to be first or close to no matter what time the thread is posted!
79 posted on 05/14/2003 9:52:48 AM PDT by dutchess (tried...but can't drag my toolbar down :o()
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To: dutchess
(((((((((dutchess))))))))

Glad you could stop by! Thank-you for the compliment. I'm trying to get caught up before I have to return to w-o-r-k ugh!
80 posted on 05/14/2003 9:53:43 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dutchess
Try going all the way down to the corner and dragging it that way. Sometimes that works, telling it off also works.
81 posted on 05/14/2003 9:54:00 AM PDT by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
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To: dansangel
Hi dansy...we're here at the same time???? Unfortunately I must get back to work. Again...great job today!

(((((((dansy)))))))))

82 posted on 05/14/2003 9:55:04 AM PDT by dutchess (tried...but can't drag my toolbar down :o()
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To: Molly Pitcher
dansangel, no fibs allowed! :-)

Molly....I'm a woman....I *always* fib about my weight! LOL!!

83 posted on 05/14/2003 9:55:14 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: LadyX
((((((LadyX))))))))

I, too became quite adept at "the drill." We would diligently tape the windows, fill up the bathtub, check the flashlight batteries and the portable radio... We had plenty of "near misses" while I was there.

As I stated above to Lee's Ghost, I was living in OH when Andrew flattened Homestead. Nine months later I drove through on my way to the Keys and was horrified by the devastation even then.

Not a forced to be reckoned with!
84 posted on 05/14/2003 10:00:50 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: MeeknMing
Caaaaaaaa-rrrrrrr-lllllll !! Another cup for the lady, please !!

LOL! Please give Carl a - well.....a *hug* (pat on the back?) from me for being so agreeable! :-)

85 posted on 05/14/2003 10:05:18 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: jwfiv
I'm usually blown away by the Finest, today especially so...)

What a sweet thing to say! Enjoy your day, (((((((jwfiv))))))))

86 posted on 05/14/2003 10:06:47 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dixie sass
Try going all the way down to the corner and dragging it that way. Sometimes that works, telling it off also works.

Tried that....don't know what the problem it. I'm going to try the telling it off now :o) Thanks for the advice! Now...off to work!
87 posted on 05/14/2003 10:07:00 AM PDT by dutchess (tried...but can't drag my toolbar down :o()
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To: The Thin Man
What a shame. :)

Pfffftttt! Ya right! LOL!!!!

You really slay me, ((((((((TTM))))))))

:-)

88 posted on 05/14/2003 10:08:27 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: Billie; nicmarlo
Hey, wonder who is in charge of naming these Hurricanes.....think we will ever see one named "Dansangel"? :)

{{{{{{{Billie}}}}}}}}}

Thank-you so much! I had fun with this one.

As to your query, if it was up to *nicmarshmallow* I'm sure there would be one named dansdevil - LOL!

89 posted on 05/14/2003 10:10:55 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dixie sass
Sometimes that works, telling it off also works

LOL! I tell off my computers (here at work and at home) on a daily basis.

They *ignore* me.

:-)

90 posted on 05/14/2003 10:14:11 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: Pippin
Hi Pippin!
91 posted on 05/14/2003 10:18:11 AM PDT by Aeronaut (This space intentionally left blank.)
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To: dansangel
When we reached the tarmac in Miami, I got down on my hands and knees, kissed the ground and announced, "If anyone needs me I'll be in the bar!" LOL!

LOL .. If that happen to me, I'd be in the seat right beside you

92 posted on 05/14/2003 10:21:22 AM PDT by Mo1 (I'm a monthly Donor .. You can be one too!)
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To: Mo1
I'd be in the seat right beside you

LOL! I'm glad I'm not the only one!

((((((((Mo1))))))))

PS - How's potty training going? They had a blurb on the local news last night that there's a book that's been out for almost thirty years about potty-training in less than a day! Can you believe it?

93 posted on 05/14/2003 10:25:12 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: Pippin
Got it. Thanks.

Luv ya, Pippin.
94 posted on 05/14/2003 10:34:11 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: Diver Dave; dansangel; WVNan; Aquamarine; dixie sass; The Thin Man; Billie; dutchess; Mama_Bear; ...
YES - YES - YES !!!
That's the dude, all right!

Other Al Capp Characters

Throughout the years fans of the Li'l Abner comic strip were not only entertained by creator Al Capp's major characters, Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae, Mammy Yokum, Pappy Yokum, and Fearless Fosdick, but they were also treated to a constant and colorfully unique world of supporting characters.

Joe Btfsplk: World's most loving friend and worst jinx who always travels with a dark cloud over his head.

Tiny Yokum:Abner's 15 1/2 year old brother.

Honest Abe Yokum: Abner and Daisy Mae's little boy.

Evil Eye Fleegle: His quadruple whammy can melt a battleship.

Marryin' Sam: The preacher who specializes in $2 weddings.

=======================================================

Yep - wondered if there were a Joe-sephine, and I was she!

95 posted on 05/14/2003 10:39:11 AM PDT by LadyX (((( God's Love and Mercy and Grace are without limit - - ))))
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To: dansangel
They had a blurb on the local news last night that there's a book that's been out for almost thirty years about potty-training in less than a day! Can you believe it?

Nope .. that is pure BS .. it takes at least a couple of days for kids to get over the fear of being flushed down the toilet .. *L*

I read all those books with my oldest and none of them worked and I finally took mom's advice and guess what .. it worked, in 2/3 weeks she was completely potty trained

As for my youngest .. she's getting there. Yesterday morning I woke up and went to get her out of bed, but I couldn't find her .. I looked all over the house and still couldn't find her and was about to go in a panic when I noticed the bathroom light on. There she was sitting on the potty and all so proud of herself .. they only problem was that she forgot to pull down her pants before going .. LOL

That about sums up my life these days .. it's really really sad .. LOL

96 posted on 05/14/2003 10:41:36 AM PDT by Mo1 (I'm a monthly Donor .. You can be one too!)
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To: dansangel
Very interesting topic today, dansy.

Luckily, we don't get any hurricanes in this neck of the woods - just a little "Rock 'n Roll" occasionally.

Did ride out a typhoon in the Pacific long ago. We just battened the hatches and got out a deck of cards and waited for it to pass. Not too many folks were interested in chow call during those times.

97 posted on 05/14/2003 10:42:27 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: dansangel
Another great thread!
98 posted on 05/14/2003 10:46:39 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: LadyX
Hi, (((LadyX!)))!
99 posted on 05/14/2003 10:49:29 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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To: Lee'sGhost
:O)
100 posted on 05/14/2003 10:50:03 AM PDT by Pippin ( God bless President Bush)
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