Ten Key

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  1. New

    Posts from new accounts have to be reviewed and approved by moderators for the first 3-5 posts (I don't remember the exact number). It's a feature meant to keep spam bots off the forum. Once you post a few more times your posts won't be hidden anymore.
  2. KSP Making History

    I think the info blurbs we get on the forum have always been more about development and less about marketing. Personally, I kind of prefer it that way, even if said development ends up taking a long time.
  3. Weather Chat Megathread

    "Expert" is a relative term of course. . .no one gets it right all the time. But the actual experts have little control over the media circus, and the people I know do not enjoy arriving at work to find a press van sitting in the parking lot. They are human beings who work very hard, sweat bullets over their predictions and kick themselves vigorously when they get it wrong. Those NHC 5 day tracks may not look like much, but a lot of work goes into them. No one has yet figured out a better way to do it, but believe me, there are people trying.
  4. This Forum's KSP fleet vs Mass Effect's Systems Alliance

    Don't forget the point defense lasers.
  5. Weather Chat Megathread

    We'll see what happens. It's been a long time since Tampa was hit by a major hurricane, and there are a lot of older buildings that predate the post-Andrew building codes.
  6. Hurricane Irma

    I'd also rather it not stay out over the water and then hook into Tampa Bay. The shape of the bay and the direction of the water could amplify the storm surge significantly. My parents and my brother live in the Riverview area, and my in-laws live across the bay in St Pete. It's going to be a rough weekend. Stay safe all, and good luck.
  7. Hurricane Irma

    My Dad has a story about being chased by a typhoon that seemed hell bent on following them no matter what they did. They had to submerge to get away from it, and supposedly the ride is pretty smooth once you're away from the surface, but unfortunately my Dad's boat was a diesel-electric. Trying to use the snorkel was. . .unpleasant. Maybe impossible. . .the story was a little vague on that.
  8. Hurricane Irma

    For Eastern Florida perhaps. Those of you on the West coast need to take another look at the latest track. Going back and forth with a researcher now. . .it may be Saturday afternoon before they have a good feel for where exactly it's going to go. Interactions with Cuba are going to dictate where and how it turns. EDIT: It's worth noting that southwestern Florida is mostly swamp land, and may not weaken the storm as quickly after landfall as might otherwise be expected.
  9. Weather Chat Megathread

  10. Weather Chat Megathread

    http://news.wisc.edu/curiosities-why-does-the-sky-turn-green-before-a-tornado-2/ HWRF (Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting) uses a nested grid system with a relatively high resolution in each grid. This allows it to model the finer detail inside a developing storm. However, since the regional atmospheric conditions span multiple grids the boundaries between the grids make it harder for the model to get a "big picture" of the overall environment. HMON (Hurricanes in a Multi-scale Ocean-coupled Non-hydrostatic model) is brand new (it went live on or around August 15th) and as you can see, it is having some teething issues. I wouldn't trust it. All other storms before it. . .for this season. For the record, I asked some people who do this for a living, and no one had heard of these "Ventusky" models before. I wouldn't put any stock in their forecasts, no matter how slick their webpage might be. And I certainly wouldn't bet my life on them. That image is from Monday night. Those tracks are old.
  11. ISRO Discussion Thread

    I can think of one off the top of my head. . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbiting_Carbon_Observatory#Original_launch There were a lot of people on the ground that morning who didn't think that was hilarious. Not even a little bit.
  12. Weather Chat Megathread

    Sandy had sustained winds of about 80 mph at landfall-- the change in the color of the track on that map you linked denotes a transition to an extratropical cyclone, not a downgrade to a tropical depression. The problem with Sandy was its large wind field and high rate of speed leading up to landfall. The position markers on the image below are at six hour intervals. You can see how the storm picked up speed in the 24 hours prior to landfall. This, combined with landfall coming near high tide, produced significant storm surge across a wide area of coast line.
  13. KSP Weekly: The Galilean Telescope

    Is it my imagination, or are the seats in the wrong orientation for Voskhod? Note the hatch, and how it goes from being over the cosmonaut's head on Vostok to being off on the cosmonauts' right side on Voskhod? Voskhod 1 Interior -- See how the vizor scope and instrument stack are on the left side now, instead of below and in front of the pilot's seat? And how the instruments have not been rotated to match the new seat positions, so they're 90 degrees off from the cosmonaut's viewpoint? I know this is a minor thing, but it was a visible side effect off the Vostok --> Voskhod evolution and doesn't seem all that difficult to implement.
  14. Are there solar eclipses in ksp?

  15. Weather Chat Megathread

    This is incorrect. FEMA has had a director since June, and it does look like he knows what he's doing. https://www.fema.gov/brock-long