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Air “Bombs”: Gnarly Weather

June 27, 2014

Gnarly Sky Telegraphs Meteorological Air “Bombs.”

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Mammatus Virga Colorado T-Storm

Gnarly Virga – Mammatus under T-Storm: Windy Downbursts

Gnarly sky under a T-storm.

Rain evaporating in dry air on the way down.

Dramatic, ragged cloud structures.

Potentially dangerous.

Violent wind “air bombs,” gusty downbursts up to 60mph or more possible.

Another view:

Inverted Mammatus Virga J

“Inverted” view Virga – Mammatus Wind Downburst

Same pic using photoshop feature “inverted.”

No rain.

But evaporating rain on the way down rocked my house, like an air bomb.

Airplane travel impacted into Denver International Airport, where a Severe Weather Warning was issued by the National Weather Service.

Air “bombs” – downbursts – are both gnarly and dangerous.

A sight to see.

And feel.

Blown away.

So, now: seeing is knowing.

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The Right Stuff Online

April 26, 2013

The Right Stuff

Gen. Chuck Yeager:

Someone asked if I’ve ever parachuted. Answer: Three times. I’ve had three more take-offs than landings.

SR-71. Very expensive specialized machine for reconnaissance.

I was asked my opinion about the F-35. It’s a waste of money. Far too expensive. Give me an F-15 E – less expensive, will do the job.

Asked if I ever got sick in an airplane: Answer: Yes, 1st time I ever flew, which was just after I applied for pilot training in the Army Air Corps. While puking, I had a moment of thought: Yeager, you made a baaaaaad mistake. Bleh.

Was asked if I’ve ever seen a UFO? Answer: No, I don’t drink before I fly.

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