Hawaiian volcanic activity from the air

Daniela and I flew around Hawaii’s Big Island in a Cessna 172S yesterday and were lucky enough to have just enough cloud clearance to sneak into the rift zone for some photos of Kilauea’s active Puʻu ʻŌʻō volcanic vent in Volcano National Park.  Check out the gallery for more shots taken by us during the two-and-a-half hour […]

‘E-TV’ archives: Musical guest Groove Relativity

Back in high school, my friends and I produced a monthly homegrown cable TV showed called “Electric Reality Television” (“Wayne’s World”-style). “E-TV,” as we called it, aired for three years from 1996-1999 in Rhode Island and featured comedy sketches and musical guests.  The “E-TV” clip below is from a May 8, 1997 performance by the […]

Weather camera issues

You might have noticed that the K6LCM Weather Camera has been offline quite a bit recently.  I have been having some difficulty keeping a connection to the Wunderground FTP webcam server with the DCS-920 WiFi camera.  Out of the box, the camera has an FTP client that can be configured to automatically send still images […]

Photos: Lightning over Santa Ynez Mountains

The new weather webcam has been up and running for less than a week and it has already captured some interesting phenomenon.  On the heels of a record-breaking heat wave, a stationary low pressure system hanging over northern Mexico has been steering subtropical moisture into Southern California.  This moist and unstable airmass is a perfect […]

Photos: Minotaur IV rocket launches from Vandenberg AFB

A Minotaur IV booster carrying a military space surveillance satellite lifted off from Vandenberg AFB this evening from South Base at 9:41 p.m. PDT.  A first-of-its-kind military tool to monitor satellites and space junk is aboard the rocket. According to the U.S. Air Force, the device will help keep better tabs on the more than […]

Outdoor wireless webcam up and running for less than $100

After several months of mental planning I finally set up a companion weather webcam for my personal weather station. Over the summer I ran a few tests with a cheap USB webcam pointed out the front window, but the view of the yard proved to be rather uninteresting. What I really wanted to do was […]

Vintage Pullman railcar reveals secrets of the Calif. coast

A couple weeks back I saw a flier in a local shop advertising a day trip on a vintage railway car.  The classic 39 seat first class lounge was built in 1949 by the famous Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company for use on the old San Francisco Overland Trail line between Chicago and San Francisco […]

Brush fire in Santa Barbara on Old San Marcos Road (photos)

According to the Santa Barbara Independent a brushfire has broken out off Old San Marcos Road north of Cathedral Oaks Road. The fire was estimated at three to 3.5 acres as of 4:05 p.m. As of 5:30 p.m. the fire appears to be under control. I was driving on US-101 from Goleta toward Downtown when […]

Setting up a personal weather station: Ambient Weather WS-1080

I completed the installation of my new Ambient Weather WS-1080 on Tuesday.  The WS-1080 is a relatively inexpensive ($109 PC / $119 Mac OS) personal weather station (PWS).  I opted for the suggested solar shield – for more accurate temperature readings – which was on sale ($19.95) with the Mac bundle.  The sensors consist of […]

Red Baron Web site launch

We launched the Red Baron Aviation Web site on June 1.  I redesigned the site in WordPress to add blog-like content including a featured article on the home page as well as content management to allow owner/manager Peggy to make updates with ease. Check it out.