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  1. They are a pre-paid credit card. You can load an amount of dollars on to them as and when required. The card can be used in any place that would typically take a credit card, but you can also use it at an ATM to draw out dollars if you need to. Top-ups can be done online and the money becomes available to use shortly after.
  2. Tour 4 will now end in Winnipeg.
  3. Stick to Minnesota. You know my thoughts on Iowa.......
  4. The best events this year have been the little ones. This week just gone was a prime example. Tour 3 looks like hard work, but the CFS is showing good signs of a good Northern Plains stretch for tour 4.
  5. Probably another dirty wedge day. Good luck and stay safe.
  6. A busy first few days before a well needed rest at the end of the week. We are bound to bump into you at some point I'm sure. Go and nail a nice Colorado tornado on Saturday.
  7. Working fine on a laptop with Chrome.
  8. Have you tried searching for Dublin to DFW alone? There should be some flights that don't involve a silly trip via Heathrow. You just have to get to Dublin somehow! Separate searches for some reason gives better results.
  9. http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/ Looks very healthy in the Plains for a change. I'm feeling pretty optimistic.
  10. I studied Meteorology as a mature student as the University of Reading. To do this I took A-Level Maths using a distance learning course fro the National Extension College. It really wasn't that expensive, and I could work at my own pace while still employed. The downside is you have to arrange to sit to your own exams, which I did via a local school. Physics was more troublesome, as most qualifications require lab work. I was lucky in that I was accepted on a Science Foundation Degree which brought me up to speed in the maths and physics required for meteorology. Sadly the course is no longer run at Reading, but I believe Leeds still has one with progression into meteorology.
  11. I found Holton useful for the mathematical side of things. It can be a bit of a tough read though!! In my first year I purchased a different book by Ahrens which I found very good for explanations: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0495555746?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00
  12. Although I am by no means an expert, I do have a little knowledge of polar lows as they are part of my dissertation. There have been quite a few comments about the 500 mb temperatures not being cold enough, with -40 being quoted several times. This is a good guide temperature, but polar lows strengthen mainly due to temperature contrast between the surface and aloft. With 'warm' seas, it is not a requirement to have a 500 mb temperature of -40. In regards wind speeds, there is no strict definition, although 15 m/s is commonly used.
  13. As we seem to say every year, the Texas Panhandle could really do with some rain. https://forum.netweather.tv/gallery/image/19414-img-0870/
  14. icbinb

    IMG 0870

    Texas Panhandle 14th December 2013
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