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Offline csturdiv

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Wow, what a night!
« on: August 05, 2008, 03:16:45 AM »
I am not sure about my AIG friends up in Cheeseland (that's Wisconsin, by the way) but tonight in the Chicago area, we took a POUNDING from a very severe storm, a storm that actually scared the crap out of me.  A look at Flightaware at ORD and MDW would show the chaos in the area.  Tornado reports, monsoon style rain, wind gusts and crazy lightning made for a very interesting drive home.  It was raining so hard that I could not see the road, it was raining so hard that I could not hear the radio but only the rain and it hit my windshield and roof.  Add in to the crazy rains and lightshow, the sky was nice greenish black color and to add to the ambiance the tornado sirens were going off.  When I got home, my fearless cat was hiding underneath the couch.  I think he might've had a good idea.  If I wasn't so concerned about my PC getting blown out by lightning, I would've loaded up FS, downloaded the weather and do some white knuckle flying.
There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2008, 03:46:38 AM »
Craig, Hope everything is good for you.
Here in Madison it was very humid this evening, and even though the weather was OK, the sky was a yellow-green color, so we knew it was very bad close by.
And I just heard they evacuated Wrigley Field.


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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2008, 12:54:39 PM »
Yeah the Cubs were losing, which is a rare thing this year.  8)  Watching the news this morning there were trees and power lines down everywhere and damage everywhere also.  Thankfully my house did not lose power or any damage in my neighborhood.  I am glad that last night is over with, but then the weather forecaster says there are storms building up over Iowa and are heading this way.  Worst thing about last night, after the storms blew through the area, I still did not have tv (I have a dish and not cable), so that gave me a chance to go through my DVR and watch Top Gear (I saw the episode where they had the new Batmobile and they took the old Rolls Royce to the grand opening of the swimming pool and drove it right into the pool).  The editing on this show is weird, so I am almost certain that we are not seeing the same show over here in the States as people in the UK are seeing.  But it is still a great show.  I love how they talk about their driver..."Some say he sleeps upside down like a bat".  On a side note of that, where is that filmed?  I noticed when they are racing the cars on their tracks I can see airplanes in the background, one looks like a B747.
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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2008, 01:29:30 PM »
As an aside I have been to Clarksons residence and swam in that swimming pool many times (it's in a nice little town called Chipping Norton, close to where JC lives.)
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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2008, 01:50:28 PM »
It's filmed at Dunsfold Aerodrome and the 747 in the background is the one used during Casino Royale as that new Skyfleet aircraft, the engines are the give-away. The same aircraft also appeared in one of Westlife's videos for some more trivia lol.

The editing does sound odd as I think those 2 things you mentioned aren't even in the same season over here!

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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2008, 01:53:33 PM »
that 747 is an ex-european aircraft

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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2008, 02:56:31 PM »
MSN UK is reporting a twister near Lille in France. 3 people reported killed.
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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2008, 04:48:03 PM »
genuinely sorry about the circumstances but Jason:   :D   :D   :D
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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2008, 05:10:55 PM »
Like most aircraft that one went right over my head ::confused::

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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2008, 05:42:22 PM »
Ben, read the "Longest Taxi ever" thread, specially from post #10 to the end. You'll understand better :)

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Like most aircraft that one went right over my head ::confused::

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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2008, 06:39:10 AM »
I was chasing that line of storms southward all night. By the time we got to Chicago it was all down in Indiana. Made for one heck of a light show though..
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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2008, 12:42:35 PM »
They just confirmed that the storm produced three separate tornadoes in the Chicago area.  The southern and western suburbs and portions of Chicago took it harder than we did out here in the northwest suburbs.
There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2008, 12:50:22 PM »
I get the joke now but really not funny

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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2008, 05:50:29 PM »
I'm not lying, lying would be saying that I'm not interested in this girl from work, friends we might be but she's awfully nice.. ;)

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Re: Wow, what a night!
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2008, 05:56:21 PM »
Yeah, right ..
Proof of that ? Pictures ? Videos ?  ::evilgrin::

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