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12 May 2006 @ 02:39 pm
Why I like Orlando better than DC  
This is the view of the city from my (temporary) office window:

Visibility for 10 miles. And it's almost all trees.
Jer: Happy Dogs (from silverweaver)lugonn on May 12th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
10 miles in clear weather is actually pretty crappy visibility. Is that really the limit of your visibility, or are you basing that estimate on the no-longer-accurate National Weather Service report on visibility?

I spent years at the US EPA working on research studies of air quality issues and how they relate to visibility. You came *this* close to my unloading a bunch of information all over you. I'll go away now.

BTW - nice view.
cianconnell: cianconnell on May 12th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
From the Vail Valley, Co? I can tell you that 10 miles...ain't nothing!
Jer: Stud - Reichen (from Elrond50)lugonn on May 12th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Visibility in clear air is about 90 miles. Average visibility in the Western U.S. is about 70 miles (in large part because so many areas are undeveloped). In cities and back east it is lower, of course, due to particulates in the air.

I imagine in Vail Valley you get pretty close to 90 miles when the clouds aren't in the way.
Elletheletterelle on May 12th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
:P I saw snow in your pictures! Snow in May!

Also I don't like mountains. I always feel like I'm going to fall off them. Give me flat, flat land. :)
cianconnell: cianconnell on May 12th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
Hee! Snow! In May! Gotta love it!

Or I do...coming from NEBF GA, where it was just about getting unbearable.

But, seriously, it's only in the mountain passes and you only have to encounter it if you want/have to go to Denver or shop the outlets in Silverthorne or whatever.

The weather here in the valley is in the 70s. Just. Gorgeous.

And...valley...so no feeling like you're gonna fall off. Though I do hear you...when you talk about the mountains. And running.

Oy! Altitude!

*waves at lugonn*

I hope you don't mind if I friend you...I certainly do run into you enough...
Elletheletterelle on May 12th, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
That's based on what the weather report said. I take no responsibility. :) Don't unload on me. I'm too zorked to take it. Also I'm feeling more and more upset about the NSA spying on me. A lot.
Jerlugonn on May 12th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Ah. A few years back the NWS stopped taking readings for visibility beyond 10 miles. So a report of 10 miles means 10 or more miles. This is sad because it means that this record of the increasing levels of particulate pollution that impair visibility will be lost.
If one were cynical, one would think that this change was made so that it was easier to mask the increasing levels of pollution. This is especially significant because certain provisions of the Clean Air Act relating to visibility in Class I areas has caused several corporate interests big money. This change made them safer.