Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Gary Shore passes away..

For those of you who have been in the Green Country area for a while will remember Gary Shore. Gary was chief meteorologist at KJRH in Tulsa for many years. Gary passed away Monday, February 25, 2008.

If memory serves me correctly, Gary was the first in Tulsa with Doppler radar. I remember his coverage of the Mannford tornado on a Sunday morning in April, 1984. Who knows how many lives that he saved on that day alone....
You know, a lot of folks are hard on TV mets. I think that is crazy. Those folks work their tails off trying to keep people safe, fending off mean & threatening phone calls & emails after a six hour or longer "marathon" on the air live when we have active tornado warnings(KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE), and do their absolute best at making the weather interesting during the ol' dog days of summer when even I could do the forecast (Hot, dry, and humid).....Usually if your favorite episode of E.R. or C.S.I. have been interrupted, the station will re-broadcast in the wee hours the next morning (teaching us to learn how to work our DVR machines), so they actually should get kickbacks for advertising DVRs and promoting them on air...

Here is a tribute to Gary on KJRH's website:
http://www.kjrh.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=f808297f-265b-4920-b086-626154e555cb

Hat's off to Gary, who will never again have to worry about bad weather.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Help in a time of crisis...

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This, my freinds, is what we do.......

edit...let me clear up that statement. We did not have anything to do with the awesome warehouse that was at the Izard County Fairgrounds, we simply brought some Gatorade, Propel, and energy drink and dropped it off here. The drinks were donated by Gatorade and Victory Christian Center. we just simply took it to the hardest hit area so they could distribute it as needed. I will try to post a list of donors soon. It was an unforgettable experience. Please pray for the victims of the storms.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Damage video from Izard County Arkansas

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More after I get a bit of sleep....

Monster wedge


Here's a pic of the tornao.....
EF-4, 124 mile damage path, the longest path since 1950.
We are in Melbourne/Zion area tonight....
More later

Friday, February 8, 2008

More ideas for supplies....

I know we cannot do some of this, but I think we can maybe do batteries?
A link is here

Damage pictures from Arkansas....

Here's a link to KAIT in Jonesboro, Ark. & they have 147 pictures sent in and other info on the tornodoes. It looks as though we are dealing with at least EF-4 damage.
Here is the link:
http://www.kait8.com/global/Story.asp?s=7827423

Here is the PNS from Little Rock NWS:
http://www.srh.weather.gov/lzk/cgi-bin/wxs1.php?pil=PNSMAIN&max=13

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Donation ideas for our relief mission...

Here is a list of ideas for our Mission of Compassion to Arkansas...
diapers, towels, blankets, trash bags (industrial size), trash cans, pillows, sheets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, you get the drift, eh? Just look around your home & imagine that there is nothing there. What could you use to survive & begin the clean up process....
If you want to help, just drop me a line at ontheedgeyouth@sbcglobal.net.

Oh, and also items for the kids, stuffed animals & toys....

The relief mission is on....

Well, it looks like our destination is Melbourne, Ark. area. From Cotter, to Zion, to Ash Flat and possibly more. I am excited about the outpouring of help that I have recieved so far!
More later......

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Tornado destruction.....and a relief effort?


Here's the text of an e-mail that I sent to my friends......

Good afternoon,
As most of you know, there was a tragic outbreak of tornadoes last evening in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. As of noon, there are 50 dead, and countless injured. I started sensing the Lord prompting me to head up another relief mission last night as I was listening to coverage & watching my radars. I knew that it was going to be bad, and it was. Storms moved through at 50-60 MPH and just shredded peoples' lives. Many were trapped in a dorm at Union College in Jackson, Tn. and tragically some in other areas lost their lives. I can't bear to think about the lives that were taken, and the kids that will be petrified anytime that it rains or storms now. Details of this tragedy are still sketchy at this point, but I feel the need to do something.....

What can we do to help? Well, the past our "Missions" have been very successful as far as us being able to help hurting folks to cope with their losses. I kinda have in mind loading our ol' yellow box van up with water, diapers, blankets, stuffed animals, towels...etc. and rolling east towards the damaged area and helping out as the Lord leads us. I will need help from volunteers......if you are sensing the need to help, please contact me via email or call me at 918-808-4683----I think we need to get this going fast. I know that we can help some hurting lives with the resources that we all have.

I have been in contact with a couple of folks from Ash Flat,Ark., and Jackson, Tn. and I feel that the doors have been opened, and there will be places for us to go & deliver supplies.