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Getting back into it… hopefully


Hey guys,
Steve here.

As you might already know, this blog hasn’t been updated much over the past 20 days. The reason for this isn’t that I’m losing intrest in blogging, but that there hasn’t been much worth blogging about over the past several days. As of yet, nothing extremely interesting has happened, however I felt the need to end the extreme blog post deprivation I was putting you guys through.

One year prior to today, a tornado outbreak broke out across north Texas. Though more states might have been involved, I performed little if any research on the outbreak. But as far as I know, there were 18 tornadoes (judging by the last post I posted about it last year), leaving 6 people dead. And I recall, that on that day, there was a low tornado threat. Makes me think that though meteorology has greatly improved over the past centry, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. Because after all, I don’t think anyone could’ve guessed that there would be 18 tornadoes; and come to think of it, the next week when there was a huge outbreak predicted, the storms were hardly even severe.

Changing topics, I finally got the 22nd podcast done, though some of you might already know that, judging by the fact that it’s already been downloaded. As for how many times, I unfortunately can’t check that, but I know that it’s in the top clicks widget. This podcast episode was a bit different; instead of having several segments, I featured a game review. This might occur sometimes, since it seems more sinsible to do game reviews in podcasts, since not only is it hard to muster up the motivation to do a game review at random, but a podcast seems the most likely place for people to look for one.
While still on the topic of game reviews, Danny wants to do a let’s play of Dead Space, and would like for me to join in. If this occurs, I will blog about it and put it on the audio game reviews and demonstrations page.

Moving on, I have some pretty big school related things coming up. First of all, my choir concert, the last one of the year, will be on Tuesday, May 20. Also, there will be an orchestra concert, also the final one, on May 29.
But there’s one more daunting task looming ahead, one which I know I’ll have to prey really hard about. It’s the Spanish 1 final exam, which is going to take place next Thursday. And if I don’t pass it, that will be one whole year of assignment after assignment, and memorizing vocabulary and grammar of another language, wasted. Because should my grade fall short of 70, I will have failed the class and will have to take it again next year.

While still on the subject of school, there are only 15 days left, two of which are half days. It’s hard to believe that I only have 15 days left in middle school–exciting, oh so exciting, but very hard to believe. But of course, there will still be more checkpoints and test in the last couple weeks of school. Though unlike the Spanish exam, these tests don’t really worry me; they’re just more obstacles on the path to freedom, from middle school that is.

Well, I guess that about wraps up tonight’s post. I hope to get back into a regular blogging routine.

Thanks for reading,
type you later,
Steve.

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I’m back at last


Hey guys,
Steve here.

11 whole days? Has it really been that long? Wow, I can’t believe I made you readers spend a week and a half without reading my awesome blog posts!

As is with posts such as this, I have quite a bit to tell you, because though it is possible to take a break from blogging, I can’t say the same for life.

The weekend after my last post, my family and I went down to Round Rock for a goal ball tournament type of thing. After getting up at 5:17 AM to be exact, I got dressed, had a bight to eat, then we drove up in a rented van with Julie, one of our goal ball players.
When we got there that morning, we did a few small events just to pass the time before lunch, and the tournament, or more accurately “series of games,” took place after lunch, lasting until about 4:30.
I call it a series of games rather than a tournament because there was no formality what soever. Throughout the so called tournament, we, along with a couple other teams from the Texas school for the blind and Round Rock itself, played against each other, without keeping track of who was winning. There were no awards at the end, no team got “first place,” it was just a series of games, albeit a fun one.

Since roundrock is so far away, and we had to drop Julie off, we didn’t get home until about 10, at which point I was pretty tired.

Sunday was a normal day. I recall mentioning that there was the possibility of Tornados on Sunday, however we were once again spaired. However, people in places such as Arkansas, Iowa, Alabama, and a few other states that I can’t think of at the moment weren’t so lucky. The tornadoes that swept through the nation’s mid section Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday left 35 people ddead. In fact, in a city called Tupelo, a meteorologist had to take cover during a live broadcast.

changing topics, also around the time those tornadoes were sweeping across areas to the north of us, revival was going on at my church. Though I don’t know why it was considered a revival to this day, one thing I can say is that the singers and preacher we had were awesome. For some reason, we had a different preacher preach during revival, and different singers leading us in worship.
And now that it’s over, I miss those people. I hope they come back to our church soon.

Switching back to the topic of my life, besides the revival, not much happened during the school week. But on Friday night, Dars (That stands for something, however I don’t know what it is) had an over night stay at the fortworth zoo planned. My sister and I went, and it turned out to be pretty awesome. This was the 3rd time I’ve been on this particular trip, but it was by far the most fun. It was much the same as last time–get there, eat dinner, go on a tour, do an arts and crafts activity, go to bed, wake up the next morning and have breakfast followed by an animal presentation, take another walk around the zoo, eat lunch, go to the gift shop, and then leave… but this time I had some cool people to hang out.

Well, I guess that brings us to here and now. I’d tell you about Sunday, however it was like any normal Sunday; church in the morning and evening, cleaning, and talking to friends. And today at school… well that was boring as usual. On the bright side, we only have 23 more school days to go! And then, it’ll be summer, then I’ll be in high school.

Thanks for reading,
type you later,
Steve

Ps. As for the podcast, I couldn’t do that on Friday because I was in a hurry. I’ll do it tomorrow though.

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Weather News and Blog Updates


Hey guys,
Steve here.

If you’ve read my about page, or home page, you probably know why my name is Severe Storm Steve–it’s because I was the meteorologist at my elementary school for 4 out of the 6 years I attended it. Well, if you’ve been dieing for me to play that role once again, here you go.
This weekend, a pacific storm system, combined with a dryline will cause some rather dangerous storms to form across North Texas. On Saturday afternoon and night, the storms will be focused mainly to the northwest of where I live. Sunday, however, these storms will move east and impact where I live, and they will likely be severe. Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are all possible!
However, if storms end up coming our way Saturday night, the threat for severe weather will decrease on Sunday. Well I guess we’ll just have to see how this all plays out; I guess that’s a reason to look forward to my next post… huh?

Moving on, I recorded Episode 21 of the Steven D podcast, which actually turned out to be quite distructive. Starting off, for the interesting segment, I aired Playing With Explosives Episode 4 (Playing With Explosives being a minicast Danny and I are making, that has to do with rather funny and unfortunate dealings with some rather distructive explosives). In playing with explosives 2, I let Danny try out a nifty device called a Rocket Chair. When he sits in it and pulls the cord, both him and the chair fly sky high in a fireball, only to come crashing down with a loud and distructive bang. There is more… but you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out what it is.
Next, for the game of the day segment, I do “twisted egg hunt” for the last installment of the Swamping With Steve series. Ever gone easter egg hunting in a field of zombies?

Finally, the not so distructive part, I give you guys some helpful websites for my tech tip. So, what are you guys waiting for? Just go to the podcasts page to check it out, and subscribe to the podcast feed while you are there.

Besides the podcast news, I have a bit of a busy weekend coming up. It won’t be non stop like last weekend was, but none the less I have a few things planned.
On Saturday, my family is taking a trip down to Round Rock for some goal ball event. I’m not sure exactly what this event will consist of, so I guess it’ll come as a surprise to all of us.
Meanwhile, Sunday, we’re going to church… and I don’t think anything else is planned for the day… that is for me anyway. I guess mother nature will be quite busy on Sunday :). But on the bright side, I might get in some storm recordings… and if the storms are severe enough, they will likely be awesome recordings.

Changing topics, I’m quite glad that staar testing is over. Those tests are such pains in the butt–I sit in a room, taking a 60 to 65 question test, over some pretty hard subjects. Fortunately, I found out today that not only did I pass both reading and math tests, but got 6 As on my report card and 1 b+. Ironically, the b+ was in English class. But why? I’m an awesome writer! 🙂

Well folks, I guess that concludes tonight’s post. I should be back for another update either Saturday or Sunday, and if not then early next week.

Thanks for reading,
type you later,
Steve.

PS. I have the next two podcasts planned:
May 2, and May 12. So please stay in tuned for those episodes.

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Severe Weather Day Once Again Lives Up to Its Title


Hey guys,
Steve here.

As it turns out, as shown by the post title, Severe Weather Day once again lived up to it’s title. With tornadoes and flooding spanning the central United States, April 3 definatly brought some dangerous weather to the area.
As reported by cnn, a ST. Louis suburb awoke to a small ef1 tornado, and most of the central U.S was under a flood watch. Additionally, there has also been snow on the northern portion of this storm system.
Meanwhile, closer to where I live, an aproaching dryline, cold front, and lots of atmospheric instability set the stage for a rather nasty severe weather outbreak for parts of Texas, and I believe Arkansas. As an example of how bad the weather was, Denton county Texas was slammed by 4 rounds of significant storms–containing upto grape fruit sized hail, and at one point a tornado. Also while on the subject of tornadoes, a potentially violent tornado is believed to have wripped through hunt county; and the storm responsible for that tornado has prompted tornado warnings in Delta and Hobkins counties until 9:15, at least that is the last of it I heard.
In the metroplex, however, things are winding down. Thankfully, Dallas county dodged the bullet today… but will we be so lucky next time? With situations such as this one, no one can tell. Because as you guys know, not much severe weather was expected yesterday evening. The forecast changed and expected some severe thunderstorms to develop along the dryline this afternoon, however the tornado watch itself wasn’t issued until 1:50.
This reminds me of April 3 two years ago. Not only did the tornado watch get issued right before storms began forming, but severe weather like tonight’s wasn’t even expected. The dry line is coming threw way later than was previously thought yesterday. In fact, the weather differs so much from yesterday’s forecast, that yesterday the forecast said that there were supposed to be fire weather conditions this afternoon. And yet we’re still under some moist and unstable air, at 9:15?
Well all I have left to say is that if I ever doubted the title of “Severe Weather Day” for April 3, the doubt has vanished. April 3 is still called severe weather day, at least for me. And just as a historical note, the super tornado outbreak occurred on April 3, 1974, when 148 tornadoes spawned over 13 states. And, of course, let’s not forget that good ol’ outbreak of April 3 2012, the one that spawned 17 tornadoes; and though no one died, 30 people were enjured.

Thanks for reading,
type you later,
Steve.

P.S. Though more storms are possible this weekend, none of them are expected to be like the ones this afternoon and evening. And as I learn more about the storms today, I’ll post about it in future blog posts.

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blog update and weather news


Hey you guys,
steve again.

In this post, I have a couple things to tell you about. 1, is my life. The second is about the severe weather headed this way. Please keep reading!

So, I will start off on the more frightening note, so I can end the post with a little less excitement and more calm.
So, It appears severe weather will move into the area I live in once again. Furthermore, there is the potential for issolated tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds yet again. This is also possible tomorrow afternoon! If these turn into tornado outbreaks (I don’t think they will but then again No one thought it would happen last week but it did), this will be 3 tornado outbreaks within 8 days! Check back often, because I will be doing severe weather updates as the forecast changes.

Life–

So, things have been going good. Last night, I released my second episode of the steven d podcast, so you should listen to it. Here is what I did on the 4 days:
Friday was a normal friday. There wasn’t much to talk about.
Saturday was the goalball fundraiser. That went well, except the only fun part for me was the goalball game. I scored goals all but 1 throw!
Yesterday, I did absolutely nothing productive, besides posting the podcast and an audio game review.

There is a game I have become adicted to, it’s called Castaways. This is where you build a settlement, feed your population and find your way off an island you’ve become stranded on after a large storm. In order to leave the island, you must rely on resources of the island to build a ship.I haven’t done this yet, every time I tried my population died of starvation. I will keep on trying though.

If you’re wondering about this week, the only thing I have planned is to go to Libby’s orchestra consert. And, did I ever tell you I made it into orchestra for next year?

Thanks for reading,
type you later,
steve

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life update plus more intresting tornado news


Hey you guys,
Steverino is back with some crazy stuff about the tornadoes that slapped north texas in the face quite unexpectedly yesterday.

So, I have learned more information regarding the tornadoes of last night while watching the news. Here are a list of facts below:

  • the tornado that hit grand prairie was an ef 4, which means on the fugeta scale that the winds were between 166 and 200 miles per hour
  • there were exactly 12 tornadoes, the same number that struck on April 3, 2012
  • I’m not sure, however I think I heard that 6 or 7 people are still unaccounted for
  • there was a gas leek caused by the tornado
  • hail fell up to the size of grape fruits
  • the tornado which hit Cleburne was an ef 1
  • one of the tornados left a mile wide path of distruction

Now, think about all that! That is what I learned about these tornadoes in the last 4 hours! What in the world!

Also, Steverino isn’t just here to tell you about the tornadoes, there is also some cool life updates to talk about.

So, like I said in the line above, I want to give you a life update.
So, I see that the river raders review was quite a success as far as the recording job goes. This means I will have to review topspeed3, the racing game I play. I will also do the review of Super Deekout, deekout, super liam, and q9 soon. I look forward to that!

As far as the near passed has gone, last night was pretty scary. You know the tornadoes hit, and judging by the weather interested personality I have presented to you on this blog you know I’ve monitored those tornadoes.
Since I spent 3 or 4 hours watching the news and listening to the radio last night, I had 3 or 4 hours of edgie fear and being on high alert. I can say, that my cat was there all the time, trying to take my mind off of things. Every time I sat on the couch, so did he. When I sat on the love seat, he had to join. When I would lay in bed, my feet would be submerged in fluffy cat fur. I actually thought it was pretty funny, like he was trying to be my guardian cat or something.
Okay, maybe I didn’t origionally think that, it was my mom.

So, back to the storms, I didn’t get to sleep until 1:00 A.M because of those things. Thus, I over slept this morning, consequently missing breakfast, only getting coffee.

Other then that, the day has been good. Long, tiring, dragging, but good none the less.

Thanks for reading,
type you later,
Steve.

P.S.
My hopes and wishes go to the grand prairie and Cleburne residents who were hit by the tornadoes.

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tornado outbreak


Hey you guys,
Steve again.

Last night, May 15, 2013 brought huge tornadoes to north texas between the hours of 6 P.M and 1 A.M this morning. In total, there were at least 10 tornadoes. The number of confirmed deaths is 6, with at least a hundred enjured. The largest tornado I believe happened in Johnson county around Clebern, however it could’ve been in grand prerry. All I know, is that there was a mile wide tornado some where south and west of Dallas, and that it flattened homes, caused fatalities, and left many people enjured and/or homeless.

This is the largest tornado outbreak we’ve seen in 1 year, 1 month, 6 days, 2 or 3 hours, and about 30 minutes. In fact, you can read about my last tornado outbreak experience by clicking this link to take you to the april 3rd, 2012 page. In that tornado outbreak, there were a total of 17 tornadoes, and at 2:01 P.M, a tornado emergency was declaired for Dallas county. This was the tornado outbreak that hit laincaster and arlington pretty hard, and a tornado came over my school, later wiping out one of those speedy oil change places.

As far as Dallas county went with this tornado outbreak, we only had one warning, but the circulation weakened as it pushed over my area. Sirens did sound in downtown dallas, (a live fox four reporter saw and heard the storm, and broadcasted it over the 10:00 news).

So, to sum things up, last night was a pretty major tornado outbreak across the western counties, and the western half of the metroplex, along with the southwest portion of the metroplex.

Thanks for reading,
type you later,
steve.

As a bottom note, you can see what I did on may 15, 2011 (I had a friend’s birthday party to go to). And, it was sunny!
So, click this button to see what I did on may 15th of 2011.