The Summer of Flumes

The Summer of Flumes

We’ve had an exciting summer at LRRD. After six years of development, the Emflume1 is now on three continents, and we seem to be busier than ever. Back in May, Emflume1 users at the University of Adelaide Australian School of Petroleum sent us several photos, and...

An “inland hurricane” hits Carbondale.

An “inland hurricane” hits Carbondale.

Last Friday, as a massive storm system we now know was a meso cyclone, roared through southern Missouri and Illinois. Soon after lunch we sheltered in our safe spot at LRRD as sustained winds of 80 mph hit. It’s being called and “inland hurricane,”...

Carbondale post-burn holiday fun.

Carbondale post-burn holiday fun.

Kate and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. She talked me into riding our bikes to seeing the results from last week’s historic first prescribed burn inside Carbondale’s city limits. She’s on the board of Green Earth, a land trust that manages the...

A storm hydrograph captured on video.

A storm hydrograph captured on video.

Two years ago, after a couple of attempts, I managed to catch an entire rainstorm and the resulting hydrograph in a small urban channel in Carbondale. I’m guessing nobody else has ever done this. What better way to introduce students to this concept?...

If a turtlechuck could chuck wood.

If a turtlechuck could chuck wood.

I have to tell this story. Kate and I spent most of Saturday using a hydraulic splitter to take apart a huge red oak tree. As we worked on an especially knotty log I asked her to give it some more gas. She looked at what you see here a second, moved the throttle lever...