Em4, fieldwork in Detroit, tornadoes.

Em4, fieldwork in Detroit, tornadoes.

I’m worn and stressed out, but managed to take a whole day off yesterday. Not so lucky today. It’s horribly hot in Carbondale, and the entire Midwest seems to be getting hit by tornadoes, including the Chicago burbs just today. Jesse and I narrowly missed...

Sound and the Fury at LRRD.

Sound and the Fury at LRRD.

This day is as good as any for a “Sound and the Fury” post. We’re working with our fabricator and our Minnesota client to get the Em4 finished and delivered, even as we plan the next one. We’re on the technological edge on several fronts....

More urban hydrology, climate change and agriculture.

More urban hydrology, climate change and agriculture.

While I slept last night only about 0.7″ of additional rain in St. Louis (see graph) sent Fishpot Creek up to around 2,000 cfs for the second time in 4 days! This creek only drains 9.6 square miles. There are 10 years of record for this gage (with a big gap in...

Earthquake video fun, Em4 testing.

Earthquake video fun, Em4 testing.

Don’t miss this video of a weather broadcast from Evansville, Indiana at around 4:30am last Friday, as an earthquake occurred. Weather cameras mounted on towers and tall buildings turn out to be good seismometers. Evansville’s about 40 miles from the...

Pumpautopsy, melamine, a 1969 Beetle hacked.

Pumpautopsy, melamine, a 1969 Beetle hacked.

Our Em4 work is moving–I’ve spent many hours on design and getting parts. Samples of melamine plastic arrived. Very exciting. After years of trying we have a supplier who will correlate color of the ground plastic to its size. This material is really only...