On This Date in History: On This Date in 1866, an Indian Chief died. He was a chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes having gained the leadership of both tribes by having a Suquamish father and a Duwamish mother. He was born in the late 18th century and by the 1850’s, white settlers from America started setting up villages. The chief welcomed the strangers and in homage to his kindness, the settlers named the village they set up on Puget Sound for him. They called it Seattle. Chief Seattle was a pretty smart guy as, even though he thought the whites would eventually eradicate his people, he figured that fighting them would only hasten their demise. A couple of other tribes disagreed and started a war, only to surmise that Seattle was probably right all along and they too put down their weapons and made the best of the situation as they could.
However, Chief Seattle had a little problem. In the Indian tradition, the mention of a dead man’s name would disturb his eternal rest and with a town bearing his name, the Chief would be quite restless in eternity. Well, the settlers couldn’t possibly change the name of their town. So, instead, they levied a tax on themselves to raise money for a little fund that they paid to Chief Seattle before he died as a payoff for the trouble he would be in when he passed from this world. On June 7, 1866 Chief Seattle died thus saving the taxpayers of Seattle money.
Here’s an interesting side note on Seattle. They used to skid logs down a chute on the main street to get them to the sawmill. The road came to be known as “skid road”. Later when the town’s main center moved north, the road was left in a dilapidated part of town filled with drunkards and derelicts. The part of town went from being known as “skid road” to “skid row” and today the term “skid row” has made its way into the American lexicon for the dilapidated area of any town in the country.
Weather Bottom Line: The bottom line is that it’s a wonderful Sunday and I don’t feel like getting too involved in the weather. Quite warm but pretty low humidity and a nice breeze. Snow White and I are going to the Filson to hear former Senator and Presidential Candidate George McGovern talk about his new book about Abraham Lincoln. I can’t imagine that he’s come up with anything new about the 16th President except his perspective, which may be interesting considering his long life and career. So, Phooey on the weather. It looks like the SPC is interested in some worthwhile weather just to our west on Monday and some of the storms may live long enough to get close to us Monday night. But, I’m not worrying about it now. Just a guess…we won’t have support to maintain the storms and they would get here at night if they did arrive. But, its a guess. We’ll look closer at it tomorrow.
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1230 PM CDT SUN JUN 07 2009
VALID 081200Z – 091200Z
…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS MUCH OF THE MIDWEST TO
PORTIONS OF OK/AR…
A BROAD UPPER TROUGH WILL REMAIN CENTERED OVER THE WESTERN CANADIAN
PROVINCES AND NORTHERN ROCKIES ON MONDAY…WHILE A LEAD SHORTWAVE
TROUGH…AMIDST A BROAD CYCLONIC UPPER FLOW REGIME…PIVOTS
NORTHEASTWARD OVER THE UPPER MIDWEST/WESTERN GREAT LAKES REGION.
PRIMARY COLD FRONT WILL DEVELOP EAST-SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE
MIDWEST/MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY…WHILE THE PLAINS PORTION OF THE
FRONT SLOWLY SLIPS SOUTHWARD AND STALLS ACROSS OK.
…MIDWEST TO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS…
SHOWERS AND TSTMS WILL LIKELY BE ONGOING ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE
MIDWEST/WESTERN GREAT LAKES VICINITY. MUCH OF MONDAYS DETAILS DEPEND
ON EARLY DAY CONVECTION/CLOUD COVER…BUT IT SEEMS PROBABLE THAT A
DIURNAL UPSWING IN DEEP CONVECTIVE COVERAGE/INTENSITY WILL OCCUR
MONDAY AFTERNOON ALONG/AHEAD OF THE EASTWARD ADVANCING COLD FRONT
AND/OR PREFRONTAL TROUGH.
THE PARENT UPPER SYSTEM WILL BEGIN TO SHIFT NORTHEASTWARD AWAY FROM
THE REGION MONDAY AFTERNOON…BUT MODERATELY STRONG WESTERLY FLOW
ALOFT AND A BROAD MOIST/POTENTIALLY UNSTABLE WARM SECTOR WILL
SUPPORT A SEVERE RISK ESPECIALLY ACROSS PORTIONS OF IL/MO/INDIANA
MONDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING. A MIXED MODE OF SOME INITIAL SUPERCELLS
WILL BE POSSIBLE…BUT OTHERWISE AN EVOLUTION TO MULTICELLULAR
CLUSTERS/SMALL BOWING COMPLEXES SEEMS LIKELY. SEVERE HAIL AND
DAMAGING WINDS WILL LIKELY THE PRIMARY HAZARDS. EVEN WITH A TENDENCY
FOR VEERING/WEAKENING LOW LEVEL FLOW…A FEW TORNADOES MAY BE
POSSIBLE MAINLY ACROSS PORTIONS OF IL/INDIANA…AND POTENTIALLY INTO
LOWER MI IN VICINITY OF NORTHWARD RETREATING WARM FRONT AND
APPROACHING SURFACE LOW. IN ADDITION TO LOWER MI…THE SEVERE THREAT
MAY REACH PORTIONS OF WESTERN/NORTHERN KY AND WESTERN OH MONDAY
FARTHER SOUTHWEST IN VICINITY OF THE FRONT…THE COVERAGE OF TSTMS
IS EXPECTED TO BE MORE ISOLATED TO WIDELY SCATTERED MONDAY
AFTERNOON/EVENING WITH SOUTHWESTWARD EXTENT FROM THE OZARKS INTO
OK/NORTHERN AR. SUPPORT ON THE LARGE SCALE WILL BE MORE MARGINAL
ACROSS THE REGION VIA NEUTRAL TO SLIGHTLY RISING HEIGHTS.
NEVERTHELESS…FRONTAL FORCING AND STRONG HEATING /ESPECIALLY IN
VICINITY OF DRYLINE INTO OK/ SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO AT LEAST
LOCALLY ERODE THE CAP BY AROUND SUNSET. RELATIVELY STRONG MID/HIGHER
LEVEL FLOW…STEEP MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES AND 2000-3500 J/KG
MLCAPE…WOULD SUPPORT SOME SUPERCELLS WITH HAIL AS THE PRIMARY
RISK. A STRENGTHENING LOW LEVEL JET /AROUND 35-40 KT/ ACROSS
NORTHWEST TX/WESTERN OK MAY SUPPORT A CONTINUED HAIL THREAT ACROSS
OK/NORTHERN AR MONDAY NIGHT.
…UPPER OH VALLEY/PA VICINITY TO THE MID ATLANTIC REGION…
AS A WARM FRONT RETREATS NORTHWARD ACROSS THE REGION AND LOW LEVEL
MOISTURE INCREASES…ISOLATED TO SCATTERED TSTMS SHOULD
DEVELOP/DIURNALLY INCREASE MONDAY AFTERNOON…INITIALLY OVER PA AND
THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF ADJACENT WV/VA. ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS
AND HAIL WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THE STRONGER TSTMS.
…CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS…
BENEATH MODERATELY STRONG CYCLONIC UPPER LOW…MID/UPPER 40S F
SURFACE DEWPOINTS COMBINED WITH WEAK LOW LEVEL UPSLOPE AND
DIFFERENTIAL HEATING ALONG THE SOUTHEAST WY/NORTHEAST CO FRONT RANGE
WILL LIKELY RESULT IN ISOLATED TO SCATTERED TSTM DEVELOPMENT MONDAY
AFTERNOON. WITH MODEST BUOYANCY AND 40+ KT MID LEVEL FLOW…SOME
SUPERCELLS WITH LARGE HAIL WILL BE POSSIBLE. ONE OR MORE WEAKLY
ORGANIZED TSTM CLUSTERS SHOULD DEVELOP EASTWARD ACROSS THE REMAINDER
OF NORTHEAST CO AND WESTERN NEB/NORTHWEST KS MONDAY
EVENING/NIGHT…WITH THE SEVERE THREAT EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY
DIMINISH AFTER DARK.