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General Discussion / Re: Airplanes and Comets
« Last post by Pete Bog on Today at 02:30:26 PM » keeps track of shipping, similar to what flightradar24 does with aircraft. Right now, Vancouver, B.C. is plugged up because of the rail blockades in B.C. and Manitoba. No grain moving through the port, so that'll back up the farm exports.

It's possible to keep track of the railway movements too, but it's not very user friendly beyond what AMTRAK offers.
General Discussion / Re: Airplanes and Comets
« Last post by Pete Bog on Today at 10:47:16 AM »
The t site is a fun site but it takes time to learn how to use it. In the lower left of the screen, click on "EARTH". That will open up a selection of choices. To get the speed of the jetstream select  mode of "AIR" overlay of "wind" and then height is displayed as "hPa" (hectopascals). That's the air pressure above the ground. 250 hPa corresponds to about 34,000 feet. The ballpark neighborhood for commercial aircraft altitude.

Just poking around the page I found there is a lot of carbon monoxide coming out of the Washington D.C. area today. Don't know why, but that hit my funny bone. That was under 'mode' of "CHEM" and overlay of COsc (Carbon Monoxide surface concentration)

   Our girls were born into an aviation environment and listened to military aircraft day and night. After we left the Navy and moved to a rural area, we took them to a Fourth of July celebration that was going to feature a fighter jet flyover. The F4 Phantoms came in low and fast. Most people didn't know they were coming until the roar of the afterburners seemed to explode over the crowd. A few startled screams and lots of "Wows" were heard, but our two little girls were unfazed. If you know what your hearing, the turbine intake emits a weak, high pitched sound that you can detect two or three seconds before the aircraft appears. The girls were already looking in the direction of the F4's when they appeared over the trees. No surprise for them. Now that I'm 35 years older, I don't know if my hearing will still let me pick up the high pitched scream of an incoming turbine. But it sure was fun back then.

     Many years ago, the B-1B was stationed at the Grand Forks Air Force base. For practice, they would run imaginary bombing runs on randomly selected targets. One evening, after the sun had gone down, the wife was outside with her goats. At the time we had a large hip roofed barn. One of those barns with the big hayloft up top. A lone B-1B came in low from the West and as soon as it passed the farm, the afterburners kicked in and he started a steep climb. I wasn't home and didn't get to see it, but the wife said it was spectacular. She said you could feel the power of those engines in your chest as he thundered out of there. Since he would have been only a half mile or so away and the afterburners pointed right at her, I'm sure it was tremendous. She still smiles when she tells the story.

     the site doesn't track military flights or little aircraft without transponders, but there are a lot of planes in the air. Google is experimenting with balloons and internet repeaters.  They were instrumental in getting Puerto Rico on line after the hurricanes a couple years ago. Now they are trying to provide services down in Brazil. They have an agreement with the Winnemucca, NV airport for launch facilities. I see one float over your neighborhood every once in a while. The balloons really get up there in altitude, 60,000 feet or better. Way above the commercial air traffic.
General Discussion / Re: Airplanes and Comets
« Last post by wsdstan on Today at 08:52:54 AM »
That is interesting.  I was at a gunshow in Wyoming yesterday day and one vendor of Asian optics and flashlights mentioned that he could get no more product shipped from China because, he thought, of the Corona Virus.

I was not aware of the sites you mention but will visit them and take a look.  Completely unaware of how you can identify a particular plane, where it is coming from, and where it is going, let alone how fast it is and why. 

I live in a rural area about 65 miles north of an airforce base where B1 bombers are stationed.  We see lots of them as they come and go on training missions mostly towards an area in SE Montana where there are a lot of electronic devices that simulate bombing targets and so forth.  Mixed in with these bombers are a few fighter planes although not many the last couple of years.  They go overhead fast and you always find them way ahead of the sound.  There is a feeling of pride that comes over you when you see one up close.  They usually get one to fly over the local rodeo on the fourth of July and the crowd always goes nuts.  You can see them coming but can't hear them until they are going away. 

Thirty years or so ago I hunted every year in SE Colorado for blue quail and pheasants.  There was a bombing range in use about thirty miles east of where we hunted.  It was routine to see B 52 bombers and a lot of fighter planes, usually F16's I think.  They would come over the canyons where we were hunting so low that we could see the pilots in the fighter planes.  One year we were in Kansas just across the border from the south east corner of Colorado and fifty miles from that bombing range.  On that day you could hear the carpet bombing practice runs as they rumbled across the prairie.  Must have been just perfect weather and wind to hear it that far away.

General Discussion / Airplanes and Comets
« Last post by Pete Bog on Yesterday at 09:24:52 PM »
    Ever since I was a little kid, I have always looked up at airplanes. Maybe living miles from the nearest neighbor had something to do with it. It was a tangible sign that there were other people in the world. Back then, sonic booms from the fighter aircraft doing air combat practice was exciting. Finding bundles of shredded tin foil in the fields was a treat. It was used to fool radar I guess.
     Now days I have to actually identify who and what these aircraft actually are. Where they come from and where they are going. And - - -  I can actually call it up on a video screen I keep in my pocket! Amazing for someone that grew up listening to battery powered radios because there was no electricity to the farm.
     Over the past few years, there has been a steady stream of UPS, Fed-Ex  and assorted cargo aircraft flying from China to Louisville, Memphis and other ports in the lower 48. In the past few days, nothing. There are a few from Korea and other Asian countries, but nothing coming out of mainland China.
     About a week ago I watched an aircraft go over and man was it movin'! It was a passenger plane from San Fancisco to NYC and according to flightradar24, it was doing the boogie at a little over 700 MPH ground speed. I went to and found he had a tailwind of about 150MPH.
     There is a comet inbound towards the Sun. It's out around Mars now but astronomers feel it is related to the 'Great Comet of 1844'. More than likely, it will amount to nothing but there is a small possibility it will be spectacular. Wait and see I guess.
     I keep track of weekly, just to keep track of what's going on around us. I used to check it daily when the sunspots were more active but recently there has been very little activity. So little in fact that it is, in itself, a little concerning. A replay of the Maunder Minimum could delay the  onset of the global warming. At first glance, that might sound like a good thing, but I suspect humanities response will be to procrastinate an effective response and there by make the warming  problem even worse. Again, wait and see I guess. On second thought, I won't be around to see it. Give the grand kids a heads up and pray for the great grandchildren.
      There, the forum has been pretty quiet lately. A little food for discussion, maybe?
General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by wsdstan on February 20, 2020, 08:25:46 AM »
4 degrees at 6:00 AM, no overnight snow and the wind hasn't shown up.  Stock water is doing well.  We are supposed to get into the forties today and the weekend says over 50 F both days and then back to normal in the twenties for most of next week.

« Last post by Mannlicher on February 19, 2020, 04:27:25 PM »
Those don?t look like something I would buy
General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by wsdstan on February 18, 2020, 09:28:30 AM »
At 6:00 AM it was 24 F and snowing.  Now it is 9:20 AM and 19 F and still snowing but......... the wind isn't blowing.  No bbq work outside today we are headed for a low of 14 F. 

There was just an ad on the TV about Cruises.  Two young and nubile girls laying by a pool drinking and then a flash to two girls bundled up in a snow storm and pushing a baby carriage with a screamer in it and they ask what the girls laying by the pool had that they didn't have and the guy answered "condoms". 

(This ad pisses me off because it is anti-child and "lets have fun" is more important than "lets have family".)  It made me laugh though.   :P
General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by wsdstan on February 17, 2020, 05:10:10 PM »
Snowed last night and it is 31 F at the moment on its way to the teens tonight.  Not enough snow to talk about but more is one it's way.   :P
General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by Yellowyak on February 17, 2020, 04:19:21 PM »
Just hit the western Florida border....66* :banana:

If you're in the Pensacola area and have a way to prepare food, stop by Joe Patties seafood market for some great, fresh seafood. or their restaurant at

General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by madmax on February 17, 2020, 04:00:04 PM »
Welcome to the Gunshine State again Farmer.  Pull up a chair and make yourself at home.  See y'all soon.  Tony.
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