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Pinky the pilot 5th May 2014 12:49

First tornadoes, now bushfires; You ok Con Pilot?
 
The ABC TV News here in South Australia this evening showed some fairly large bushfires (wildfires in the US) around Oklahoma City. Didn't say exactly where but did make me somewhat concerned.

You ok Con-Pilot?

Cacophonix 5th May 2014 12:52

Earthquakes too...!

Oklahoma rattled by an uptick in earthquakes

And to think I thought Oklahoma was a rather flat, hot and boring place... ;)


Caco

eastern wiseguy 5th May 2014 13:11

It seems to me that IF there is a god.......she is totally pissed off with Oklahoma.

What the hell have you lot done to deserve it? :ok:

500N 5th May 2014 13:15

" And to think I thought Oklahoma was a rather flat, hot and boring place... ;)"


That makes two of us !

Cacophonix 5th May 2014 13:54

Tornadoes
 
Despite the recent deadly outbreak the US is having a significantly quiet tornado year and no more so than Oklahoma...


The cold temperatures also meant Oklahoma finally got relief from its string of deadly tornadoes, with a tornado-free streak from Aug. 7, 2013, through April 13, 2014. The Norman, Okla., NWS office set a new record for its longest tornado-warning-free stretch on April 13, at 316 days. The previous streak was 293 days, set in 1991.
Slowest Start to Tornado Season in a Century | LiveScience

Caco

pigboat 5th May 2014 14:07

So far there has been no shower of locusts or rains of blood. We're expecting that to happen when con pilot votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016. :p

VFD 5th May 2014 16:19

The fire was started from a "controlled burn"


95F/35C temps
30mph winds with higher gusts
Dry conditions with <10% humidity


I can not think of anything that could have gone wrong.


Not sure how you fix stupidity


VFD

racedo 5th May 2014 16:22

Con has got a cold.......

Cacophonix 5th May 2014 16:22


Dry conditions with <10% humidity
Hence no tornadoes...

Caco

con-pilot 5th May 2014 17:22

We were a long way from the fire, but we do have some freinds that live close to where the fires were, but the fires were upwind from them and they were not affected.

As for the big, F-3 and above, tornadoes some years we have a lot of them, some years we don't.

But my record of never seeing a tornado on the ground in the 51 years of living in Oklahoma still stands. :p

Dushan 5th May 2014 19:29


Originally Posted by pigboat (Post 8464574)
So far there has been no shower of locusts or rains of blood. We're expecting that to happen when con pilot votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016. :p

Slightly off thread… apologies.

We are in the mids of a provincially called election. Pollsters are calling every hour. One called me and asked me who I would vote for?
"Conservative", says I.
"If you didn't vote Conservative, which of the following would you vote for...?"
"I would rather stick a needle in my eye than vote Liberal or NDP" says I.
Cue deadly silence.

It was funny.

G-CPTN 5th May 2014 19:52

I thought that voting was by secret ballot?

What right have pollsters to enquire?

Rossian 5th May 2014 20:14

G-CPTN....
 
.......in answer to your question - none. But, or, however comma you don't have to answer OR you can lie. I'd go for the latter option myself.

The Ancient Mariner

Windy Militant 5th May 2014 20:21

Hope the folks in Oklahoma are OK. There was a spate of brush and grassland fire in Wales whilst I was home at Easter not as bad as the ones stateside but according to the Fire brigade they were deliberately set. What I'd like to know, is after the wettest winter in god knows when, how did they get the infernal things to light :confused:

Pinky the pilot 6th May 2014 09:06

Good to hear you are unscathed yet again con-pilot! Like others I never knew Oklahoma could be such an 'adventurous' place.


But my record of never seeing a tornado on the ground in the 51 years of living in Oklahoma still stands
Struth! :cool: Now a serious question; Just how common are tornadoes in that area? IE; yearly averages, localities most often affected etc.

Lord Spandex Masher 6th May 2014 11:07


Originally Posted by con-pilot (Post 8464827)
but the fires were upwind from them and they were not affected.

Dunno about you but I'd rather be upwind of the fires!

con-pilot 6th May 2014 18:28

The worse thing that Oklahoma has when it comes to these wildfires are cedar trees. During dry spells, a single spark, carried by the wind, can cause a cedar tree to literally explode, sending more sparks/burning embers into the wind, to be carried to more cedar trees.

Aerial observation is vital when fighting these fires, as there is no telling where another outbreak of fire will happen caused by these exploding cedar trees, due to sparks and burning embers carried by the wind.

More than a few time fire crews have nearly been trapped, but for warnings from the observation aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopter. Yesterday a CL-44 water bomber arrived from Canada to assist in fighting these fires. The National Guard's helicopters are doing a hell of job fighting these fires, but they are stretched to the limit and needed additional help. Therefore the Governor used special use tax funds to pay for the CL-44.

We're forecast to have heavy rain starting Thursday, so if the forecast is correct, this will put out all the wildfires.

But as bad as it is, these fires can in no way compare to the fires in Australia.


And quite right LSM, I should have said downwind.


On a personal note, on my son’s land he has removed all of the cedar trees on his property, has clear cut a large area around the house he is building and all of the out buildings. But just in case, he bought an old tanker truck and has it filled with water, with a spray nozzle on the back of the tank, which will allow him to soak the grass around his buildings.

airship 6th May 2014 19:00

But of course, con-pilot, just like James Bond, almost always escapes unscathed?!

I reckon it was even con-pilot who piloted the small executive jet with 4 rear-mounted engines in the James Bond movie "Goldfinger"...?! I believe that he once held a suitable "type-rating" for this aircraft...?! :ok:

con-pilot 6th May 2014 19:14


the small executive jet with 4 rear-mounted engines
It's the Lockheed Jetstar that you are referring to and yes I flew one for a couple of years. One of, if not, the best flying aircraft I have ever flown. But not the series flown in the movie, the one I flew was a 731 Jetstar, the 731 indicating the newer, more modern and more powerful engine modification.

But I wish I'd flown the one in the movie, all those women in the film. :(


By the way, it was a Lockheed demonstration crew that flew the Jetstar in the Bond movie. Lucky arseholes. :E

airship 6th May 2014 19:23

I'm very sorry to learn that you were not piloting any Jetstars during the original filming. Hence did not / were not able to "become better acquainted with" either Ms. Honor Blackman or Ms. Tania Mallet... :{ :ok:


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