Further study is left as an exercise for the reader.
METAR CYYJ 040600Z 29011G16KT 30SM FEW040CB BKN110 OVC150 19/09 A2991
RMK CB1AC6AC2 OCNL LTNG NE SLP128=
A METAR is an Aviation Routine Meteorological Report; CYYJ is Victoria International Airport; 0600Z is 2300PDT (11 PM local time); the “FEW040CB” means cumulonimbus (CB) thunderclouds at 4,000ft above ground level; 19/09 is temp (in C) and dewpoint; and later in this thing, in the RMK (Remarks) section, we have “OCNL LTNG NE” – Occasional Lightning NorthEast.
We managed to have a real ‘hear thunder, see lightning’ storm this evening, not violent but an actual thunderstorm – and those are incredibly rare here… and at 11pm it’s still 19C… too damn hot!
Abbotsford & Vancouver got even more action – the reports from those two airports are full of LTNG VC – Lightning in the Vicinity of the aerodrome – and even bigger CBs (thunderclouds) than we got.
And it’s too blasted warm & muggy to sleep…
Last week we had a good thread over on the Ubuntu Canada’s mailing list on online music, especially sources that are Linux- and/or Freedom-friendly. I listen to music pretty much constantly – if I’m on the computer, it’s playing music.
The full list archive is here; I can’t really recommend the Wine-based methods, but there were a bunch of other good things mentioned.
I’ve always been a big music fan – I’ve ripped my entire CD collection to my computer (in OGG, of course) using the excellent SoundJuicer, and now I’m starting to pull stuff off the web – turns out there is a lot of free, legal & Linux-friendly stuff out there!
It’s also worth mentioning that, at least for me, Canada’s relatively-sane copyright laws mean that copying for personal use – including ripping to computer – remain legal! IANAL, but that’s why we pay the ‘blank recordable media’ levy when we buy CD-Rs. There’s an excellent Canadian Copy-Levy FAQ available. So, I’ve ripped my entire 200+ CD collection to my harddrive, and ripped a whole bunch of stuff I’ve brought home from the local library, and it’s all legal, at least here.
Anyone with more recommendations, please leave a comment!
Friday, May 25th is Towel Day.
I do hope you know where your towel is.