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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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Chipotle Needs Beano

May 6, 2014

What’s Wrong With Chipotle?

James Covert writing for The New York Post:

“Proxy advisory firm ISS … blasted lavish pay packages for the Mexican-food chain’s two CEOs, who together earned $58 million last year, capping a a three-year run in which they’ve pocketed a combined $300 million.”

Two CEOs.

$58 million in a year.

On top of that, Chipotle is raising your prices.

Per CNBC:

“Getting a steak burrito bowl? That’ll be 8.3 percent more in New York City. While you’re at it, be prepared to fork over 11.1 percent more for guacamole.”

So, the bosses get more.

And get to charge you more.

What do investors think?

 

Chipotle Stock Pain

That “blue box”? Pain. Investors waiting to break even.

 

Unless you sold Chipotle in February, you’re in pain.

Its stock is broken technically.

Bearish below its 50MA on a daily chart.

Any “long” investor in that “blue box” holds Chipotle stock at a loss.

CEO pay, aside.

Price hikes, aside.

I’m talking business.

And reputation management.

Chipotle’s chart is broken.

$110 off its high.

Chipotle, a Colorado business, needs Beano.

Eat that.

But want to invest?

Consult your advisor.

 

 


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Starbucks is Sticky

April 8, 2014

I’ve noticed a trend.

Starbucks always trends in Denver on Twitter:

 

Starbucks Trending Twitter Denver

Starbucks trending on Twitter.

 

#UConn I get. NCAA champs.

#TheHobbit – it’s promoted. So, that makes sense.

But Starbucks is “sticky,” too.

Anyone know why?

A strategy, perhaps?

Is it good for the Seattle firm’s business reputation?

Whatever the case, Starbucks “trending” is a trend.

Caffeinated social media at a Mile High.

 

 


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Anadarko’s Business Clarity Rewarded

April 3, 2014

Anadarko Reaches $5.15B Settlement in Tronox Case

“’This settlement agreement with the litigation trust and the U.S. government eliminates the uncertainty this dispute has created, and the proceeds will fund the remediation and cleanup of the legacy environmental liabilities and tort claims,’ Anadarko chairman and CEO Al Walker said.”

That’s a CEO speaking legal-speak.

Except  for three, key words:

“…eliminates the uncertainty.”

Wall Street, investors do not like uncertainty.

They like clarity.

How much so?

Anadarko Stock Up After Settlement

Anadarko stock up 14.5%

With legal certainty added, Anadarko’s stock soared some 14.5 percent.

It hit a record high.

Investors rewarded the business clarity.

Clarity garners stakeholder credibility.

Credibility is all about your reputation.

What uncertainty can your firm “clear up”?

How will it be communicated?

Potential rewards await.

 


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Celebrate Claire

December 21, 2013

Claire Davis, 17.

May her memory be an abiding blessing:

Credit: Davis Family

Littleton Adventist Hospital:

“It is with heavy hearts that we share that a 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side. Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire’s fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life. Claire’s death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, our staff and our families. 

“The Davis family would like to thank everyone who have sent their best wishes and prayers, and are grateful for the kindness and support of the community. They know that you all are mourning with them, and again request privacy during this time of grief. 

“Information regarding a public celebration of Claire’s life will be announced at a future date. Please feel free to continue to leave cards for the Davis family in the Cards for Claire box, located within the main entrance of the hospital.”

Statement from the Davis Family:

“It is with unspeakable sadness that we write and say that Claire has passed away from the gunshot wound she received at Arapahoe High School on December 13, 2013. Although we have lost our precious daughter, we will always be grateful for the indelible journey she took us on over the last 17 years—we were truly blessed to be Claire’s parents. The grace, laughter and light she brought to this world will not be extinguished by her death; to the contrary, it will only get stronger. 

“Last week was truly a paradox in that we lost our daughter, yet we witnessed the wonderful love that exists in the world through the tremendous outpouring of support we received. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the first responders, the school resource officer, security guard and vice principal at Arapahoe High School, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office, and the physicians, nurses and staff at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Each played a significant role in giving Claire a chance to live, and demonstrated extreme amounts of professionalism, courage and love. Please know that we will never forget the extraordinary work you did on Claire’s behalf. 

“We ask that you give us time to grieve the death of our daughter by respecting our wishes for privacy. 

“With much loving-kindness, 

The Davis Family”

Celebrate Claire.

An angel in heaven.

“…take my arms then I might reach you”:

News "Flash"

June 24, 2013

A Lot of Electrons

Video linked above. Screen capture below:

Lighting bolt and a “dart leader”

What is lightning?

Does it strike down or up?

Understanding the science of nature … “sparks” great questions and opportunities for meaningful communications.

Spectacular viewing on a summer night is a side benefit, too.

Supermoon Myth

June 23, 2013

Supermoon Myth Mostly Motivated by Publicity

Sky & Telescope:

“Despite being closer than usual, supermoons are rather ordinary … take place several times a year. But the media won’t hype that up — can you imagine headlines publicizing, ‘Come out and see the Moon that’s a little bigger than normal!’ or ‘Look out for this amazing event that happens several times a year!’ — yeah, me neither.”

Supermoon Rise: Boulder, Co., Colo.
Crossing Night Sky
Setting Just Before Dawn

“And despite the fact that the supermoon isn’t as extraordinary as some might have you think, any full Moon is still a spectacular sight to behold.”

Eulogy: Tim and Paul Samaras

June 7, 2013

Tornado Chasers, Chased…Taken

Mike Nelson, chief meteorologist, KMGH-TV:

“Many fellow storm chasers have combed the debris field and have located cameras, cell phones, backpacks and other items belonging to Tim, Paul and Carl. These will provide us with a great deal of information about what happened.”

Comfort the colleagues, friends, family, loved ones.

Mike’s eulogy is on his Facebook page.

Peace.


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