On This Date in History: Cyrus Skinner was released from San Quentin Prison in California for the first time on this date in 1853. Skinner isn’t a well known desperado from the old west but he certainly was notorious. He grew up in Ohio and began robbing people at an early age. He moved to California with the Gold Rush in 1850 where he continued his robbing ways. He was caught and went to San Quentin. After he got out on this date in 1853, he started robbing again and got caught and sent back again. This time he escaped, started robbing and was caught again and sentenced to 15 years in San Quentin. This time, he met up with a guy named Henry Plummer. Plummer was released and Skinner escaped again in 1860 and this time went to Idaho to meet up with Plummer.
Now, Plummer had actually been a sheriff in Nevada City, CA. But, he was having an affair with a miner’s wife and when confronted by the miner, Plummer shot him dead in a duel. Plummer was sent to prison where he met Skinner. Plummer got out due to tuberculosis or due to people asking for a pardon, depending on the source you believe. Anyway, when Plummer got out, he turned to the other side of the law and formed a gang that robbed and murdered about 100 people in Idaho and Montana.
When Plummer arrived in Bannack, Montana he killed the one man in town that was aware of his hoodlum past. Henry must have been quite the smooth talker because, not only was he acquitted of the murder, the town went and elected him Sherrif. By day he enforced the law and by night, he and his gang robbed and killed people at will. The gang became known as the Innocents because their not so secret password was “I am innocent.” Skinner was part of that group and was said to have been one of the worst offenders, killing people for no reason. The town folk got tired of it all and formed a vigilante group that one by one, rounded up the bad guys, held street trials and hung them. During this process, one of the bad guys ratted out Plummer.
The evidence mounted and the town vigilantes went after their two-timing sherrif and they eventually captured Plummer and two of his henchmen. With the winds howling on a bitter cold winter January 10, 1864, Plummer got hung on a gallows. The builder of the gallows that brought an end to Henry Plummer was none other than Henry Plummer himself. When confronted, Skinner tried to avoid the noose by running away, hoping to get shot….but the vigilante’s wouldn’t oblige. Nope, they caught him alive and then they hung him. It’s good for a rampaging vigilante mob to have principals. I suppose the lesson here is to not follow in the footsteps of a Plummer! Certainly not this one, whom you can read more about here.
Weather Bottom Line: The scenario is unfolding pretty much as expected. The moisture from what was Tropical Storm Claudette is more residual than anything else but is adding to the overall moisture content adding to the area. A front is trying to make its way down but will get held up by another advancing system. So, it gets close enough to perhaps trigger off some t’storm activity this afternoon but it won’t move through. It backs up a bit on Wednesday but there will still be some stuff around and about on Wednesday with afternoon heating and maybe a dying short wave coming through the flow. I don’t really detect anything major in the way of shortwave swinging around on the 6Z model run but that does’t mean there may not be something there to help trigger some activity. With the boundary to the west, the severe threat will be to our west.
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0228 AM CDT TUE AUG 18 2009
VALID 201200Z – 211200Z
…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM THE CNTRL GRTLKS REGION
SWWD TO THE SRN PLNS…
…CNTRL/LWR GRTLKS TO THE SRN PLNS…
UPR LOW POSITIONED OVER IA AT 12Z THURSDAY WILL MOVE SLOWLY ENE INTO
THE CNTRL GRTLKS REGION BY EARLY FRIDAY WITH AN ASSOCD BELT OF 50-70
KTS OF H5 FLOW FROM THE SRN PLNS TO THE MIDWEST. SFC LOW SHOULD
TRAVEL INTO LWR MI THURSDAY AFTN WITH A CDFNT SWEEPING SEWD THROUGH
THE MIDWEST…MID-MS VLY AND SRN PLNS THROUGH THE END OF THE PD.
TSTMS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ONGOING AT THE START OF THE PD ALONG THE
CDFNT FROM THE UPR MS VLY SWWD TO NRN OK. THESE STORMS WILL
PROBABLY WEAKEN DURING THURSDAY MORNING…WITH MOST PERSISTENT
STORMS TIED TO A 40-50 KT SWLY LLJ TRANSLATING FROM THE MID-MS VLY
INTO LWR MI/ONT. UPR CYCLONE WILL UNDERGO ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING
DURING THE AFTN AS THE NEXT MID-LVL IMPULSE BEGINS TO EJECT NEWD
THROUGH THE MID-MS VLY. EXPECT TSTMS TO DEVELOP AGAIN THURSDAY AFTN
FROM PARTS OF SRN LWR MI SWWD INTO CNTRL IL. THIS ACTIVITY WILL
THEN MOVE ENE TOWARD WRN OH AND CNTRL KY DURING THE
EVENING…POSSIBLY AS A SQUALL LINE WITH DMGG WINDS THE PRIMARY SVR
MEANWHILE…SRN FRINGE OF STRONGER HEIGHT FALLS WILL EVENTUALLY
SKIRT LOCATIONS FARTHER SOUTH AND WEST. TSTMS…BECOMING MORE ISOLD
WITH WWD EXTENT…WILL DEVELOP DURING THE LATE AFTN/EVE FROM THE
MID-SOUTH TO N TX. HERE…AT LEAST 35 KT OF WLY MID-LVL FLOW WILL
BOOST VERTICAL SHEAR SUFFICIENT FOR SUPERCELLS WITH LARGE HAIL AND
DMGG WINDS. ACTIVITY WILL PROBABLY GROW UPSCALE INTO A LOOSELY
ORGANIZED MCS AND MOVE EWD INTO PARTS OF AR…NRN MS AND MIDDLE TN
OVERNIGHT WITH AT LEAST ISOLD HAIL/HIGH WINDS.
A SEPARATE AREA OF ISOLD SVR STORM POSSIBILITIES WILL DEVELOP INVOF
THE RETREATING WRMFNT EWD ACROSS PORTIONS OF WRN/CNTRL PA AND WRN
NY. MID-LVL TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO WARM TO MINUS 6 DEG C WITH
SOME RIDGING ALOFT AHEAD OF THE DIGGING UPSTREAM WAVE.
HOWEVER…FAVORABLY MOIST LLVL AIR MASS…WSWLY MID-LVL FLOW OF
30-35 KTS AND PERSISTENT LLVL CONVERGENCE ALONG THE FRONT MAY YIELD
A COUPLE OF STORMS CAPABLE OF GUSTY WINDS AND PERHAPS AN ISOLD