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                   Friday, April 9, 2010 - 5:10AM CDT

Extended downtime ahead; engine bird nest update

By DAN ROBINSON
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Models show the upper pattern becoming unfavorable for severe weather for at least the next week. A few impulses in the flow emanating from a western troughing pattern next week may provide some upper support across the central and northern Plains, but moisture will be very lacking at the surface. Thunderstorms are shown breaking out in various spots across the country in response to marginal moisture coupled with upper support, but nothing with remarkable severe/tornado potential.

Early spring downtime usually means a chance to get a family-visiting trip in before the season really gets cranking later. I'm planning on heading east sometime soon, making a circuit from Pittsburgh to Raleigh, then back through Charleston. The weather in Raleigh should be perfect for one last vehicle clean-out and chase gear reconfiguration - more on that process to come in future posts!

Engine bird nest update

I placed a webcam inside my engine compartment yesterday, and captured the responsible culprit of the large nest: a European starling. Unfortunately this occupancy will have to be evicted (for the second time in a week).

The cam is still up live here - though since this is a temporary setup with the laptop in the truck running off of a heavy-duty extension cord into the apartment, it probably won't be up after about 10CDT this morning.

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