Saturday, April 09, 2011

The 'better circumstances' President Obama referred to was the economy and a far less hostile House of Representatives.

...On Friday night, Obama called the cuts painful, but necessary — even while he said that under better circumstance he would not have agreed to them....

That was a statement from Politico.   It is more a statement of how the Democratic Party somewhat abandoned their post during the House elections of 2010.  It is even more important in the year 2012 that citizns feeling desperate enough to abandon their principles to vote for extremists or be lead to do so by wrongful media intent be given a better chance.

In Senate and House seats it is important Democrats take their residency seriously and campaign for their candidates this year.   Get out the vote.


I hope NOAA and the National Weather Service is paying attention to the severe storms that cropped up in past two hours.

April 9, 2011
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UNISYS North and West Hemisphere Water Vapor Satellite (click title for 12 hour loop)

There is also a problem in Okalhoma.  None of the wildfires are large enough to be consider a major incident, but, they are draining the local fire companies dry of their budgets. 

Who Activates National Guard Helicopters For Oklahoma Wildfires?  (click here)

Posted: Apr 07, 2011 4:32 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 07, 2011 5:02 PM EDT

Craig Day, News On 6
NEAR KEYSTONE LAKE, Oklahoma -- National Guard helicopters are being used on many of the wildfires burning this week in Oklahoma.
The state has four of them, two in Tulsa and two in Lexington. Crews have been on standby since last Sunday.
So how does the state decide when to use the helicopters?...

All the fires are considered small compared to the wildfires that engulf 10,000 acres in one bite, but, in Okalhoma right now this small fires are rising in number.  So they are classified small, but, there are many of them.

Wildfires Burn Up Budgets For Rural Oklahoma Fire Departments  (click here)

Posted: Apr 08, 2011 3:04 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 08, 2011 3:19 PM EDT

Craig Day, News On 6
CREEK COUNTY, Oklahoma -- Not only is this year's wildfire season a dangerous one, it's also an expensive season. Many rural fire departments are strapped for cash after week after week of fighting fires.
At the Freedom Hill Fire Station in Creek County, Carolyn Smythe is paying the volunteer district's bills, like the one for fuel.
Lately, several of those bills are sky high. With such a severe fire season, meeting expenses on a small budget is getting more difficult.
"Very expensive," she said....

With so many small fires in close proximity it becomes more of an emergency because there is no relief to the fire departments and it leaves them stressed when local fires to homes might develop.  I remind there were homes last summer and the summer before in some of these states that simply burst into flames because of the heat from the sun and no trees around them.

This is the large incident map from the 8th of April.  Noted the 'many' fires in Oklahoma and northern Texas.  Texas don't seem concerned about it, but, than Texas is never concerned about anything except oil and gas.

If one starts adding the acres together in Oklahoma it begins to show a larger number of acres.

Current Large Incident
April 8, 2011 (click here)

Fires number 11 through 18 comes to about 4180 acres.  Those are a bit much for local units to handle.

The storms may help some of the fires, but, it is a heck of a price to pay.  Tornadoes instead of fire.