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Throwing out the record books?

I’ve tweeted about that phrase a lot this week.  “It’s a rivalry game, so throw out the record books!” and all its variations, in most cases, couldn’t be further from the truth.

Records of the favored team in rivalry games since 1995 are shown below; lines and results are from Odds Shark.

  • Alabama/Auburn 15-4
  • Baylor/TCU 6-3
  • Clemson/South Carolina 15-4
  • Florida/Florida State 16-3
  • Georgia/Georgia Tech 12-7
  • Indiana/Purdue 17-2
  • Michigan/Ohio State 15-4
  • Michigan State/Penn State 11-4
  • Minnesota/Wisconsin 17-2
  • Notre Dame/USC 14-6
  • Oklahoma/Oklahoma State 13-6
  • UCLA/USC 13-6

All games are alphabetical, just so no one gets peeved.  🙂  The favored teams have the worst results in Baylor/TCU, which may be because they’ve only played 9 times in those 20 years.  For all the others, it is overwhelmingly true — on average 75 percent of the time — that the favored team wins.

(Disclaimer: results from this year are not included, since I just decided to do the post today.  I’ll update it between now and next year.)

The “All-Star Soundings”

One of the highlights of my undergraduate synoptic meteorology course at Oklahoma was the first three weeks — the “all-star soundings,” our individual presentations of notable weather events which had classic signatures on the Skew-T diagram.  Dr. Kenneth Crawford was one of the best teachers I ever had, and I loved this part of his course so much that I’ve kept the name and tried to carry on the tradition.

This post is simply a way for me to keep track of all the events I’ve collected on my “all-star” list.  I’ll come back and add more as I find them, as people suggest them, etc.  Don’t hesitate to submit your own: by sharing this list publicly I want to make it more of a community effort.  Ideally, while the events from pre-2005-ish are good, there is much more data available online for those that are more recent; I’m most interested in those.

As of right now, the entries don’t have a common format–I’ll change that later.  I might even add links.  They are sorted only by date and season, the way it was when I was a student.  Old habits die hard.

Cool Season Soundings

  • IAD 12 UTC 03/13/1993 – “Storm of the Century”
  • HAT 12 UTC 03/13/1993 – “Storm of the Century”
  • BNA 12 UTC 03/13/1993 – “Storm of the Century”
  • INL 12 UTC 02/02/1996 – Arctic Air Outbreak
  • LCH 00Z 01/13/1997 – Ice Storm
  • WMW 00 UTC 01/06/1998 – Ice Storm
  • Buffalo – Lake Effect Snow Christmas 2001
  • CRP 12 UTC 12/25/2004 White Christmas in South Texas
  • JAN 15 UTC 12/11/2008 – Deep South Snow/Heavy Rain
  • OKX 00 UTC 12/27/2010 – NY Blizzard with Thundersnow
  • DNR 12 UTC 12/22/2011 – Upslope Snow
  • January 2014 – the “Polar Vortex” Cold Air Outbreak
  • February 2014 Southeast Ice Storm
  • Buffalo Record Lake Effect Snow – November 2014

Warm Season Soundings

  • CKL 12 UTC 03/27/1994 – Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak
  • TOP 00 UTC 04/11/2001 – Hailstorm
  • LIX 06 UTC 08/29/2005 – Hurricane Katrina
  • JAX 00 UTC 08/22/2008 – Tropical Storm Fay
  • LCH 12 UTC 09/13/2008 – Hurricane Ike
  • JAN 18 UTC 04/24/2010 – Yazoo City, MS Tornado
  • BMX 18 UTC 04/27/2011 – April Tornado Outbreak
  • SGF 00 UTC 05/23/2011 – Joplin Tornado
  • ILN 00 UTC 05/26/2011 – Indiana Tornadoes
  • ILX 00 UTC 07/12/2011 – Derecho
  • Hurricane Irene – August 2011
  • High Risk / Ohio Valley Tornado Outbreak – March 2012
  • OUN 00 UTC 08/04/12 – Plains Heat Wave
  • Wildfire in Arizona – June 2013
  • Colorado Record Flooding – September 2013
  • Detroit Flooding August 2014
  • Calbuco Eruption, Chile – April 2015
  • CRP 12 UTC 10/30/2015 – Record TX Rainfall

I’m overwhelmed.

I just can’t figure out how to keep up with all the “social media” accounts I have. At least not all of them at the same time. Maybe this think-out-loud post, or some of your comments, will help.

As with most people, I’ve used Facebook to stay connected with family and friends, but I haven’t posted there much lately at all. I’m not losing touch with anyone (any more than I already have!) — instead I’ve been sharing more of my quick thoughts, ramblings, and science link finds on Twitter. That’s where most of my science- and teaching friends and colleagues are, where our dialogue is, where the community is. It means that my own  feed is a mosh of weather, education, political ramblings and sports quips, but it works. I could separate those into multiple accounts like some of my friends do, but so far I have refused because I am one person. A very complicated person, but one with lots of interests, from Alabama to Z-R relationships.

This summer I joined Instagram for its intended purpose, photo sharing. That site has become my happy place — a no-spin, no-bad-news zone. Come over and sit a spell.

When I don’t want to be bothered by anyone I know, there’s Tumblr, which for me is more for kitten animations and funny pictures and such. That leaves us with this blog, which in my mind has an identity crisis. I don’t know what I want to put here. And more so a time crisis, which is the essence of this rambling — I just simply don’t know how to juggle all of these. I already have way too many emails to answer and text messages to read and write. And course materials and websites (with blogs, ugh!) to maintain. And a couple personal websites I run. It always seems, however, that when I focus on one or two, the others take a hit in activity. How do you all do it?? How do you keep up track of all your platforms and media at the same time without becoming paralyzed by it all??