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This is a discussion on Fireworks within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by gasmitty Much like commercial piloting has been described - hours of endless boredom, punctuated by moments of sheer terror . They always ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Much like commercial piloting has been described - hours of endless boredom, punctuated by moments of sheer terror.
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    Away from fireworks for a minute & on to thunderstorms. It was so hot & dry here that about 1/2 hour before it actually started to rain....you could see what looked like fine rain in the air - in other words it looked like rain falling down but, it was pre-evaporated rain coming down. Not only was it NOT wetting the sidewalks and the street but, when I went out in it and put my arms out they didn't even get or feel wet even the slightest bit.
    It was the strangest thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Away from fireworks for a minute & on to thunderstorms. It was so hot & dry here that about 1/2 hour before it actually started to rain....you could see what looked like fine rain in the air - in other words it looked like rain falling down but, it was pre-evaporated rain coming down. Not only was it NOT wetting the sidewalks and the street but, when I went out in it and put my arms out they didn't even get or feel wet even the slightest bit.
    It was the strangest thing.
    That is called virga. It's pretty common at altitude and is a hazard to aviation. As virga evaporates the evaporation causes cooling. The cooler air sinks and nasty downdrafts can occur. Aircraft that encounter those downdrafts close to the ground can be in trouble. Also the downdrafts can cause nasty turbulence.
    It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Much like commercial piloting has been described - hours of endless boredom, punctuated by moments of sheer terror.
    Kinda like some of my time overseas...
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    That is called virga. It's pretty common at altitude and is a hazard to aviation. As virga evaporates the evaporation causes cooling. The cooler air sinks and nasty downdrafts can occur. Aircraft that encounter those downdrafts close to the ground can be in trouble. Also the downdrafts can cause nasty turbulence.
    Virga? I thought you said Viagra... I'm going, that's not how Viagra works!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Around here some of the idiots decide gunfire is better than fire crackers
    I, for one, think it's better. But (unfortunately) there is a time and place for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    That is called virga. It's pretty common at altitude and is a hazard to aviation. As virga evaporates the evaporation causes cooling. The cooler air sinks and nasty downdrafts can occur. Aircraft that encounter those downdrafts close to the ground can be in trouble. Also the downdrafts can cause nasty turbulence.
    Not sure if this is virga or just some highly localized squalls in the AZ desert, but from a couple miles out you can see the dust kicking up from whatever is hitting the ground. (And this actually is shooting-related - pic was taken from the Casa Grande PD range during a Pat Rogers carbine course!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RevolvingMag View Post
    I, for one, think it's better. But (unfortunately) there is a time and place for it.
    I'd have to agree.

    Since fireworks are banned here right now (can't say I blame them), we spent last night setting off our Kennesaw Cannon. Tiny little bugger, but it makes a nice bang and looks pretty cool in the dark.

    I do wish they would have enforced the ban though. I've got several hundred dollars in awesome fireworks sitting in my kitchen right now, but the idiots that are actually in the city were shooting off artillery shells and bottle rockets (which are illegal here anyway) and didn't get cited. If I'd have even set off my Saturn Missiles I can guarantee I'd have gotten a ticket (might have been worth it. I LOVE Saturn Missiles. lol.).

    Seeing as how we have a 244,000 acre wildfire about an hour and a half from us, you'd think they'd have been enforcing that ban. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spidey2011 View Post
    I'd have to agree.

    Since fireworks are banned here right now (can't say I blame them), we spent last night setting off our Kennesaw Cannon. Tiny little bugger, but it makes a nice bang and looks pretty cool in the dark.

    I do wish they would have enforced the ban though. I've got several hundred dollars in awesome fireworks sitting in my kitchen right now, but the idiots that are actually in the city were shooting off artillery shells and bottle rockets (which are illegal here anyway) and didn't get cited. If I'd have even set off my Saturn Missiles I can guarantee I'd have gotten a ticket (might have been worth it. I LOVE Saturn Missiles. lol.).

    Seeing as how we have a 244,000 acre wildfire about an hour and a half from us, you'd think they'd have been enforcing that ban. Go figure.
    Well once it all burns up, you should be good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mprp View Post
    Well once it all burns up, you should be good to go.
    Only if it takes the whole state with it. We have had ZERO moisture here for months. It's so dry you could set the dirt on fire right now. I was just waiting for one of my idiot neighbors to burn their house down yesterday. They both tried a few years back but were unsuccessful thanks to the local fire department.

    I think we're up to 10 active wildfires in the state right now, with the Ash Creek fire being the biggest, and the closest. With the idiots we have in this county, it's only a matter of time before some poor farmer loses his hay field.

    It looks like were going to get a decent storm today, which will be the first good one since March. Maybe if we get enough rain they'll lift the ban for tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Not sure if this is virga or just some highly localized squalls in the AZ desert, but from a couple miles out you can see the dust kicking up from whatever is hitting the ground. (And this actually is shooting-related - pic was taken from the Casa Grande PD range during a Pat Rogers carbine course!)
    Virga is just rain that evaporates before it hits the ground. If dust was kicking up it could be from the winds associated with the down draft. Picture water from a faucet as it splashes outward when impacting the bottom of the sink. Wind from a downdraft does the same thing when it hits the earth.

    The reason it's so bad for low flying airplanes (particularly during a final approach to landing) is that the "splashing" effect first causes a headwind. Head winds increase lift and causes the plane to climb above the approach path. Then just as the pilot is cutting power and pointing the nose down to get back on glide path he hits the center of the down draft (like the main stream of water from the faucet) and his aircraft is pushed rapidly towards the ground. It can be very dangerous.
    It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Virga is just rain that evaporates before it hits the ground. If dust was kicking up it could be from the winds associated with the down draft. Picture water from a faucet as it splashes outward when impacting the bottom of the sink. Wind from a downdraft does the same thing when it hits the earth.

    The reason it's so bad for low flying airplanes (particularly during a final approach to landing) is that the "splashing" effect first causes a headwind. Head winds increase lift and causes the plane to climb above the approach path. Then just as the pilot is cutting power and pointing the nose down to get back on glide path he hits the center of the down draft (like the main stream of water from the faucet) and his aircraft is pushed rapidly towards the ground. It can be very dangerous.
    I remember a DC-10 in Dallas and another plane crashed in Charlotte caused by microbursts like you describe.
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    I work from 1830 to 0300, so I didn't get to see or hear anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit51 View Post
    I can hear fireworks, but can't see them. I wish my Basset Hound didn't hear them.....she is being a "nervous nelly" pacing, crying, knocking things over. Just like during thunderstorms. I am going to have to ask the vet for some "doggie downers" for next year.
    my brave dogs are acting the exact same. I didnt get much sleep with three dogs freaking out half the night. bunker
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