March 26th, 2009

ronin

"High explosives and electricity, wooo!" -Kari


A big explosion, in the name of science, scared a lot of people in a small town. Mythbusters went to Yolo County and ended up with a bigger bang than expected. "It was a boom that was just - I had never heard anything like that before, it was really wired," said Sherril Stephens. The explosion was so big it shook the town of Esparto, knocking Stephens off her couch and breaking her front window.

The smoke and dust rose from the site about a mile from town. It turns out the Discovery channel's Mythbusters were taping an episode there. They were trying to literally "knock the socks off" a mannequin by igniting 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate. But the explosion was a lot bigger than they expected. "It felt like a house blew up, straight up," said Paul Williams.

Chief Barry Burns, of Esparto Fire Department, had several firefighters on hand for the explosion. He said he made the decision not to notify anyone in town for safety sake. "Mythbusters is supposed to be a really popular show. Everybody would have been out there. We would have had to cancel it because it would have been too dangerous," Burns said.

For most people like Stephens they don't mind the inconvenience. Stephens' window was replaced that same day compliments of Mythbusters. "It was fun, really fun," Stephens said. Now, she said she can't wait to see the show. Mythbusters told KCRA 3 they replaced a handful of broken windows. There is no word on when the episode they taped there will air.


http://www.kcra.com/cnn-news/19016582/detail.html

Ammonium nitrate? Sounds like ANFO. Of course, the real action is ammonium nitrate + nitromethane. Just ask Timothy McVeigh! (/straight to hell) I wonder who was safety officer for this one? Probably the good Mr. Doyle. Not like him to let an explosion get away, though...

When will it air? Typical delay is 6-9 months. Basically all the footage has to be filmed, and then it all gets sent back to Beyond Productions in Australia. Then they have to edit it, put it all together, get the narrator to do his voice-overs, blah, blah, blah. So I'd say look for "knock your socks off" in the fall.

Incidentally, according to Grant's MySpace, new Mythbusters episodes are supposed to start up again on April 8th. And Disco, if you once again gratuitously yank the new episode less than an hour before air, after advertising it for two weeks solid beforehand... then I promise you I will never watch another episode of MB on TV again - I'll get my MB from torrent only. Oh yes, I do remember how you've done that the last two times there were new episodes. Once you claimed it was the Olympics. The other time you didn't have any kind of realistic excuse. I'm sick of you jerking your audience (me) around. Stop being a bunch of dickheads, or face the consequences.
Captain Obvious

Da snow boss, da snow!!!



The view from my third-floor balcony. My
digicam has insufficient resolution to show
it, but the snow is still falling rapidly.




URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
1125 AM MDT THU MAR 26 2009

...MAJOR WINTER-LIKE STORM POUNDING NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST COLORADO...

MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL HAS ALREADY DEVELOPED ACROSS THE PLAINS AND OVER EAST FACING MOUNTAIN SLOPES OF NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST COLORADO LATE THIS MORNING. THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REPORTS NUMEROUS ROADS EITHER SNOW PACKED OR CLOSED AS OF 11 AM MDT. TIRE CHAINS OR ADEQUATE SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED ON MANY AREA ROADWAYS INCLUDING U.S. HIGHWAY 36 BETWEEN DENVER AND BOULDER.

MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE THIS AFTERNOON FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF A STRONG COLD FRONT AROUND MIDDAY. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL BE COMMON THIS AFTERNOON...WITH RATES AS HIGH AS 3 INCHES PER HOURS UP AGAINST THE FOOTHILLS WEST OF DENVER AND BOULDER AND OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE PALMER DIVIDE. IN ADDITION...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH AND GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH WILL ALSO PRODUCE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...


http://www.weather.gov/alerts/co.html#COZ039.BOUWSWBOU.172500