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Planet Coaster Community Board / Re: Tropical Storm Barry
« on: July 14, 2019, 08:01 AM »
Just remember, if there IS flooding, you can't blame me this time because this water is coming from an entirely different direction :P  [natural disaster humor.]   :whistling:

Yeah, different scapegoat this time ;)

Thanks again for all the good wishes!

Update 1000 Sunday

I got a pretty good night's sleep with nothing happening Yay!  I got away briefly to check my house and all is OK, still even have power.  Only lost 1 tree but it was on the treeline between my yard and the highway, and fell towards the highway blocking the ditch and most of the shoulder.  So that means the highway department has to get rid of it, not me.  Yay! :)  Also checked the rain gauge:  1.75" total for the 24 hrs ending at 0700 this morning, so yeah, we really dodged a bullet there.

This morning, the heavier rains are finally making it ashore as Barry stretched out north-south.  Some of these are spawning small tornadoes in the general region but none locally, thank the Dark Gods.  We expect this to mostly blow over in the next few hours and plan to secure from general quarters and resume normal underway watches at noon.  So I can finally go home to stay ;).

The radar is giving the impression of some circulation developing over Houston.  "Son of Barry" maybe?  So Derek might want to stock up on munchies.  Hope that turns out to be a nothing.

Anyway, barring something significant happening in the near future, this will be the last update from me on this storm.  I leave it's further progress to anybody else in the path of what's left.  It'll be bringing significant rain up through St. Louis and along the Ohio valley in the days to come.

Planet Coaster Community Board / Re: Tropical Storm Barry
« on: July 13, 2019, 08:25 PM »
Update 2200 Saturday.

Well, I went back to the station at 1200 as things looked like they were about to pick up, but all we really got was wind.  It peaked about 40 knots but has since died way down.  We had more or less constant light drizzle all day.  I wandered by my house a couple hours ago while in the neighborhood on other business, and had only 3/4" in my gauge.  A few small limbs and lots of leaves down but no trees.

The storm is currently passing my latitude on its way north and it's about 100 miles further west than anticipated this morning so that's good :).  It's also moving faster, which is also good.

Our saving grace has been the unexpected inflow of dry air from the NE, being sucked in and wrapping around the center.  This has put a real damper on the flow of watery air from the Gulf.  All day long there has been huge amounts of rain falling just offshore but as the storm rotates, these strong bands die right at the beach and all that's been coming ashore, for the most part, has been drizzle.  At our 1800 briefing, the boffins said they expected this to change within 2 hours and the bad shit start heading our way but so far that hasn't happened, and we'd still get 10-15" of rain out of this.  I don't see how that can happen as there's still an assload of dry air wrapped all around the top and west sides of the storm's center and that has to all get out of the way, and no more follow it, which doesn't seem to be happening.  The current NHC rainfall potential hasn't been updated since 1700 and still shows us in the 6-10" region, but that's looking unlikely to me, too.

So, I just handed command over to my relief for the night and am about to crash on the office futon just in case, but I really don't expect anything major to happen before sunup.  If the dry air keeps the brakes on, the concern is ultimately that the southern bands of strong rain, which are currently still offshore, will get dragged over us as the storm moves north.  However, by then they'll have been over land for 100 miles so will likely have lost a lot of their punch.

I say all this knocking on wood, not forgetting there's another wannabe something already making its way across the Atlantic and it's on the track that tends to lead in my direction, so we might be going through all this again next week.  But the difference between expectations and reality for Barry are really shocking.  We were told to expect just as much flooding as in 2016, from which this whole region still hasn't recovered, and of which we still have many bad memories.  So I feel safe in saying it's definitely not going to be that bad ;).

Anyway, it's been a long, if boring day sitting around while nothing happened and rechecking everything for the umpteenth time.  But hey, it all pays the same so I'm good with that :)

Planet Coaster Community Board / Re: Tropical Storm Barry
« on: July 13, 2019, 08:42 AM »
Update 1030 on Saturday:

Well, overnight more dry air got into the storm than the boffins expected so the north half of the circle is still pretty rain-free.  Thus, instead of things being busy here now, it won't be happening until this evening and through the night, and into tomorrow and Monday.  The real rain is only just now starting east of here, like by New Orleans, although folks in Alabama and Mississippi have been getting drowned for a while now.  Basically, the storm has to rotate about 90^ before that starts landing on me.

The wind, however, is already here.  The thing has become a small hurricane and we're getting significant gusts.  These will also increase most if not all of the night as the eye gets closer.

Anyway, due to all this, we just shut down our crisis center but will reconvene about 1800.  So for now I'm back home and am about to take a nap in expectation of a sleepless night.

Planet Coaster Community Board / Re: Tropical Storm Barry
« on: July 12, 2019, 05:27 PM »
Yeah Allison way back in 2001, I believe.  That was a mess.  And of course hurricane Harvey...we were stranded in our apartment for 5 days surrounded by water.

Exactly.  And from Houston's POV, Harvey was AT BEST a tropical storm.  Most of its stay there, it was either a depressing depression or even less.  And that never-to-be-sufficiently-damned "no name" storm that caused the Great Flood of 2016 wasn't even a tropical system at all, just a normal dry-land rainstom on steroids.

Hurricanes blow things down and if you're any measurable distance inland that's all you have to worry about (if you're on the coast, storm surge--also a product of the wind--is your biggest worry).  Rainfall will probably only be 4-6" over a couple days, usually no problem.  So generally, after even a strong hurricane, if your roof stays intact, your main concern is how many weeks it will before before your electricity comes back.  With these slow tropical systems, however, you get FEET of rain and that causes massive damage that's not immediately apparent.  The buildings (mostly) all have roofs, the lights are (usually) still on, but every flooded building is uninhabitable for months if not totaled, and every flooded vehicle is totaled.  So many, many more people are affected from loss of home and/or job, and are on foot besides.  This can cause significant demographic changes.

Anyway, due to the storm being later than expected, I got to go home tonight.  But I'm back on the clock at dawn, and it'll be a long day, so I won't be up much longer.

Thanks again for all the good wishes and see you all when I can :)

Planet Coaster Community Board / Re: Tropical Storm Barry
« on: July 12, 2019, 05:58 AM »
Thanks all for the wellwishes ;)

It looks like the schedule's slipped about 12 hours since I went to bed about 2300 last night.  According to the latest official word (, landfall is going to be tomorrow afternoon instead of just after midnight tonight.  This means the damn thing is moving even slower than expected and I'm sure Derek remembers what happens with slow-moving tropical storms  :facepalm:

Oh well.  I joined up for the excitement and it's been fairly boring this year so far  ::)

Sorry to see the Inspector go but needs must.  Looking forward to seeing Elemental.

You might want to tweak the jagged edge of the pond in front of the 3rd pic.  Select the "pull" tool, set the radius to 3-4m and the intensity down to about 20%, then just tap a few times in each jag around the shoreline and you should smooth it out nicely.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Coney Island 1950 - Acknowledgements!
« on: July 11, 2019, 07:32 PM »
Skiphaul Industries got the contract for that tear down job on the Bowery, and are clearing out the lot;

This, like the ride under construction, is one of my favorite parts of the whole thing.  They show the circle of life and make the place and make it more alive.

Fantastic job Bullethead!

Thanks!  I enjoyed the challenge.  You did all the really hard stuff, getting it to fit the footprint and working around the damnable PC station, I mostly just took same sandpaper to it :).  I'm very flattered you let me contribute so directly to this epic project :D

I was fortunate enough to take a ride on BH's new and improved Tornado Bobs, and I concur he did a fantastic job.

Much appreciated ;).  But Rich still did all the heavy lifting.  At least 90% of the track is his original work.

I like that overhead view of the coaster- 4 layers of track stacked on top of each other!

Glad you like it.  That was the only part of the layout I made a real change to, and it was quite a challenge due to the cramped space.  Rich's layout also had 4 layers there, just in a different order of stacking.  It's a total tangle either way.  The guy who built the real thing was a mad genius ;)

Planet Coaster Community Board / Tropical Storm Barry
« on: July 11, 2019, 07:16 PM »
This is OT but I only inhabit the PC section of SGW so the only people I know are here.  Thus, I figured this was the best place to post this.

Anyway, Barry is currently projected to pass pretty much right over me.  Maybe just a hair to the west, which is even worse as close to the center on the east side is the windiest, wettest place to be.  Fortunately, Barry isn't expected to have THAT much wind (just shy of Cat 1) but it's moving very slowly and so is expected to dump 1 - 2 FEET of water where I live.

Fortunately, I live on some of the highest ground in Lousy Anna, about 100 miles from the coast, so I'm totally safe from both storm surge and flash flooding.  But there could be tornadoes and trees will certainly fall, roads will wash out, etc.  Power will probably be down quite a while.  I have a whole-house generator so that won't bother me.

HOWEVER, as I'm a fireman, I expect to have a VERY busy weekend.  I doubt I'll be home much if at all for the next few days.  The Mississippi River right here has been well into flood stage since LAST DECEMBER without a break, and this has backed miles up all the local creeks, so there's nowhere for the rain to go.  Thus, we expect dramatic flooding along the creeks and various villages being cut off for a while due to bridges being under or even washed away.  Fortunately, there aren't many such areas in my bailiwick.  BUT, once we get done saving our own folks, we'll certainly go help those down on the surrounding floodplain.

So basically, if you don't hear from me for a while, it's probably because I'm busy ;)

Excellent pic, Mackie!

Built a woodie, the excitement rating says it's toatally boring but I quiet like the interaction of the trains. So I will keep it.

It looks like a woodie should, like a loose pile of eviscerated intestines.  So I'd keep it, too :)

That looks amazing!  I have no idea what colors the ancient Greeks painted their buildings but I strongly approve of the colors you've chose here.  It really looks nice and fits around the rides and paths so well.

The many and varied water courses showing dimly through the overall map blow my mind.  Getting such intricacy in shorelines is a real bother for me even on a small scale, and you have a whole map of it.  Salute!

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: DIAMOND FAIR - compact city park
« on: July 09, 2019, 10:03 AM »
I'm really liking this!  The supports for those coasters are superb!  And the whole place looks quite nice and realistic.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: River Park | Starting Season
« on: July 09, 2019, 10:01 AM »
Very nice scenery and details like that big electrical panel.  I'm interested in what the training area consists of.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: What now?
« on: July 09, 2019, 09:57 AM »
I must say, the landscaping and gardening along the paths here are about the best I've ever seen and a huge inspiration!

You're somehow making the barrenness of the desert look quite attractive ;)

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Riviera Winds
« on: July 09, 2019, 09:49 AM »
Thanks for the tips everybody they are always appreciated.  I have a new update for this week.

It's really starting to look beautiful where you're adding the trees and bushes.  And I really like that use of poles on the station roof :).

As with rocks, you really should rotate your trees and bushes individually, though, so they don't all have the same branches sticking out in the same directions.  This is pretty easy to do, actually.  Each time you place one, another appears on the cursor ready to place.  Hit the Z key to rotate it 90^ before sticking it down, and repeat.  Even though you only have the bushes in the same 4 directions, it really makes things look more natural if you have multiple units of the same tree/bush next to each other.

Wow, that's a great rendition of Hell.  I can smell the tangy aroma of BBQed souls from here ;).

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: What now?
« on: July 06, 2019, 05:30 AM »
I am completely new on here, but my main problem is, loosing inspiration very quickly, when starting a new park. So i thought maybe you guys could help me.

Welcome aboard!  Always nice to see new folks!

I'm not much good for helping on the inspiration department as I have zero imagination.   But I have to say, your buildings here so far are VERY nicely done with a very attractive style that's unique.  And I really like the layout so far, with the entrance courtyard and the skillfully constructed wall/path around the pond.  Everything shows both good taste and mastery of the building system. So you're way ahead of me in both areas.  No matter what you decide to build, I'm sure it'll look excellent :).

And I got a chuckle out of that "Park Name" sign :D.

Really good job with the lighting.  I like how it fades out from the "big city" around the entrance to the more rural areas in the foreground ;)

Nice tease but your security staff should really keep a better eye out for folks perving the park through the underbrush :)

Awesome ride!  Lots of fun fast stuff mixed with a few places to catch your breath (while getting soaked).  And the scenery all along the way is superb!

Bullethead, that coaster is so freakin cool. Love the sign

Thanks!  :D  And that ride of your here, with its winter theming, looks SOOOO refreshing right now in my hot, humid, jungle ;)

Ghost Rabbits just didn't sound as good as Ghost Pirates.  ha ha.

Well, if you've ever seen "Gangs of New York", you'd know that a dead rabbit is a powerful tribal totem carried proudly into battle.  So no shame in that :)

Planet Coaster Blueprints / Re: Kiddie Rides - Another ride!
« on: July 04, 2019, 06:35 PM »
Bee-Go-Round definitely superior to Ducky-Go-Round ;) 

As to variety in kiddie areas......  Um, I don't really think so.  In all my life, from being small enough to fit in the little seats to taking the next couple of generations to such places. I don't ever recall seeing anything but carousels with different theming.  Boats, cars, motorcycles, various animals real and imaginary, all of small overall diameter, all going counterclockwise ("go fast and turn left" is bred into Americans from birth). 

How'd they get enough water in AZ to make 3 water rides? :D

LOL, "awesome GALAXI" :D  They're usually rather painful, at least now in their old age.  But you put some liptstick on that pig  :up:

"Steak on the Lake" is making my hungry even though I just had supper....

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Coney Island 1950 - Acknowledgements!
« on: July 04, 2019, 05:37 PM »
Thanks! I think. Not sure what BSI stands for.  ;D  (must be showing my age!)
or possibly the Baker Street Irregulars? (my personal favorite, as I was one!)
Inquiring minds want to know!

That's a good one!  My favorite, too!  I've read all of Doyle's SH books many times. 

Still, "Batshit Insane" is even better than what my employees mumble around the water cooler, which is "Bullshit, Inc."  :D

But as Wagi says, the official name on all the papers filed with the various governments is "Bullethead Sweatshop Industries"

Back on topic...ha ha...

And it's a great ride!  But I think I told you that already :)

An excellent ride fully up to the standards we've come to expect from you.  But that skull over the entrance still looks like a dead rabbit to me :D

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