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Storm Chaser, Sean Casey, Blows into San Jose

Sean Casey and Marcus Gutierrez, stars of new the IMAX film “Tornado Alley” and of the Discovery Channel series “Storm Chasers,” will appear at The Tech Museum.

Yes, the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV) will be there. This custom built tank has wind-resistant flaps and anchor spikes. It can withstand winds up to 190 mph and is fitted with bullet-resistant windows. An onboard camera can capture 360-degrees storm action from the military-style turret.

When: 10 AM – 1 PM
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Where: The Tech Museum – 201 S. Market St., San Jose, CA.

Look for the TIV parked in front of the building.

Talk with Casey – get an autograph – take photos.

The Hackworth IMAX® Dome Theater:

“Tornado Alley” the film.
Opens to the public
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Facebook: Meet Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers” Sean Casey at The Tech Museum.

Tornado Alley – Official Documentary Trailer 2011 HD on YouTube.

Rabbit’s Foot Meadery – Sunnyvale, Ca

With all of the warm weather we’ve been having, a friend and I decided to check out Rabbit’s Foot Meadery yesterday afternoon. For those of you who don’t know what Mead is, the guys here at the Meadery will definitely educate and tell you all they know about Mead, but for all simplicity sake, Mead is basically honey wine.

Rabbit’s Foot Meadery is the only meadery located in Sunnyvale and I had heard a lot of good things about this place from friends who had been there, especially my beer and brewing friends.

I think it’s kind of nice that we have a meadery here in Sunnyvale, not to mention it is one of the biggest meaderies in the United States and has won a lot of awards.  Not to mention, their mead is the only one served at French Laundry.

The tasting room itself is open for tasting Tue-Thur 2pm-7pm, Fri 2pm-8pm and Sat 1pm-5pm.  We ended up going on a Thursday after lunch. They were pouring quite a few items, not just mead.  They also had some cyser (cider style) and braggots (beer style.)

The tasting room itself is quite cozy and has an intimate feel to it.  Kelly was working behind the counter and was very nice and really knew his stuff about mead.  We didn’t know a lot about mead but he never made us feel intimidated.

We ended up doing a tasting of all three items the mead, cyser and braggots.

Rabbit's Foot Meadery

Kelly was really interesting to talk to and very informative. We talked about the meadery stuff and about random stuff as well.  I thought it was cool that he even mentioned that “nerd” was spoken here, as a few of their Mug Club members started trickling in as our tasting was ending and ended up engaging us in some conversation about comics.

The mead wine itself was very refreshing on a hot day.  Not to mention, extremely sweet and tasty. I’ve you’ve never had mead before, I definitely recommend it.

The tasting itself didn’t take long, but because we ended up talking and chit chatting, we ended up ordering a drink afterwards as well.  The environment was so relaxing and felt very comfortable and homey.  I really liked it.  We liked it so much, we bought a few of their beers and wines and are hoping that next year we can become a part of their Mug Club, which is limited to 50 people and every member has the option to renew every year, with spots opening up when a member chooses not to.  We’re hoping to slide in and pick up one of these spots next year when they open up again in June.  It’s a pretty cool concept and it seemed as if a lot of mug club members were there that night towards the end of our tasting.

Overall, we really liked this place.  We can’t wait to go back.  Especially with the summer, the mead definitely is a nice thing to have on a warm day.



Tsunami May Reach the Santa Cruz Harbor

The weather service is warning that a Tsunami, caused by the 8.8 earthquake in Chile, may reach the California coast

Special Weather Statement

The Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol has put up notices advising boat owners of the high tide.

People are asked to stay away from beaches and shorelines.

Surfing is not advised.

The advisory includes the Bay Area counties:

San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Marin, Monterey, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Clara, and Alameda.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Santa Cruz National Weather Service

Tornado Warning for Santa Clara County

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for Santa Clara County. This included the city of Morgan Hill and Santa Cruz County.

* at 202 PM PST… National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated
a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado moving
northeast at 35 mph. – * until 230 PM PST – This storm may produce quarter size hail.

The first that I heard about a possible tornado was on twitter. abc7newsBayArea. I was not notified by ALERTSCC. So obviously Santa Clara County does not consider a looming tornado enough of a life altering threat to send out the town crier.

I would like to ask San José Mayor Chuck Reed if we will only be alerted after the roof blows off?

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. (not many in San José) Get under a
workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. If no basement is
available… seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an
interior hallway or room such as a closet. Use blankets or pillows to
cover your body and always stay away from windows.

If in Mobile homes or vehicles… evacuate them and get inside a
substantial shelter. If no shelter is available… lie flat in the
nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands.

Let it Snow!

From my balcony.

From my balcony.

HAMCAMS are two cameras mounted on the roof of Lick Observatory.

Images on Mt. Hamilton and the valley below. A new set of stills and a movie daily.

For more information on the HAMCAMS see Gary’s post.

Spring in San Jose

Cesar E. Chavez Monument

Cesar E. Chavez Monument

It was beautiful weather for students at San Jose State University today.

The Cesar E. Chavez Monument, also known as The Arch of Dignity, Equality and Justice, was really beautiful today and I had to share it with those of you who don’t spend time on the SJSU campus.

Enjoy the weather today, it will be back to the 60s the rest of the week (but still sunny!) and possibly rain on Monday.

Bike, Car, Train

All this week, any form of exercise (like biking) is dangerous for your lungs. Yesterday a garbage truck flies over the center divider and crashes into a truck carrying coffins on 880 near San Leandro. Both drivers killed and 880 closed for 10 hours. This morning, BART 12th street station is shut down due to a bomb threat with bomb dogs and the bomb squad being called in (turned out to be a false alarm.) 

Commuting is getting more dangerous every day.

Another HOT one in San Jose

San Jose Weather - June 21, 2008It’s going to be another hot one in San Jose!

Keep an eye out on pets and the elderly. If you’re going to do any outdoor activities, be sure to stay hydrated and if doing lots of physical activity, keep those electrolytes in balance with a sports drink.

If ever, especially at 103 degrees F, you start feeling chills — that’s a really bad thing. It means you are dehydrated. Stop whatever you’re doing and evaluate whether you should continue. I’ve been there on long bike rides and it’s a bad place to be. Be sure to drink before you’re thirsty — if you’re thirsty, it’s too late.

Personally, I think the best activities for weather like this is to check out a museum or two :) The South Bay has some great ones, to name a few:

This is all, of course, an excuse to beat the heat.

Keeping Cool in San Jose

For those in the valley who do not have the luxury of air-conditioning, relief may be as simple as an afternoon at the movies or a mall.

For others it may be more relaxing or practical to spend the day at a local community cooling center.

Keeping cool is critical for the elderly, infants and young children. At risk are people who are physically or mentally ill; especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure.

Cooling Centers: Open until 9:00PM

Wednesday through Friday — May 14-16

Note: A bag lunch or dinner from home may be required.

Cooling Centers

Eclipse over San Jose


It was pretty hazy in San Jose which made it hard to focus on the moon. Regardless, what we could see was pretty cool. Here’s hoping the next lunar eclipse (2010) will happen on a CLEAR winter night.

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