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New Resource/Toy

Go to the Weather Underground and the page features a map. One of the tabs above the map says “Wundermap”.

If you click on it you get a Google map with a lot of possible overlays for all kinds of information. You can zoom in to the area you want and get weather information about the area, and now you can get fire locations and smoke coverage.

Try it out.


1 Steve Bates { 07.09.08 at 10:41 pm }

Wow… if I enlarge the radar for Houston, I can see Bryan. Really… try it. 🙂

2 Bryan { 07.09.08 at 11:21 pm }

You have no idea how many times I’ve driven from here to Lake Charles, then Lake Charles to El Paso, and then El Paso to San Diego. It would be a fact if I tell you I’ve done it in my sleep, which makes the last 75 miles interesting in the Mountains.

I lived in Wichita Falls, San Antonio, and San Angelo. If you’ve been in the Air Force, you’ve lived in Texas.

I’m aware of Bryan, Texas.

3 Steve Bates { 07.10.08 at 1:10 am }

Bryan, in my childhood, I had relatives who lived not far from Bryan, and Bryan-College Station is not a bad place to be. True, it’s a Texas town, but it’s also a university town, even if TAMU is the butt of more jokes (just about all of them unjustified) than any other university in the world. I would not care to live there, but then again, I’m not a town kind of guy, or even a small-city guy. Chicago is probably about the right size for me, but I’m too lazy to move there. 🙂

4 Kryten42 { 07.10.08 at 2:16 am }

HA! Steve, let LadyMin tell you about Chicago… you may change your mind! 😉

Hmmm. I visited São Paulo in Brazil, And it didn’t make me a Saint, and I don’t think I met any there. But that was a BIG city! And crazy. I think it was 10mill people last I checked. NYC is huge too. I don’t like big cities at all.

Melbourne is about my comfort zone, though I prefer a nice small country town. Like Marysville. Beautiful place for a life. 🙂

5 Bryan { 07.10.08 at 12:25 pm }

In an older, established city, the neighborhood is a small town. There are neighborhood shops and conveniences within walking distance, and cultural facilities are a hop on public transportation away.

A college town provides much the same sort of experience, as long as there isn’t raging hatred between “town and gown”.

Many suburban communities are built with all of the disadvantages of urban life, and none of the amenities. You have to drive somewhere to get anything and things are too spaced out to know who your neighbors are.