The Lawton Blog -Yes, it's back
What a great day again back in the workforce. Got an email yesterday from a friend and former Fire Chief who is now a State Senator asking for some help with maps. Yes, everyone knows where to call for help with maps. Dug up the information last night and printed it all out and he stopped by early to pick them up. Don is looking good and on several committees related to safety so I hope to be able to help him more in the coming years. I love working on E911 issues and anything related to disaster management. And anything that helps my Oklahoma is good in my opinion.
I got there pretty early this morning. It’s like a madhouse just before 7:00 with all the public works guys flying in to make it on time. Much simpler to get to the office with a cup of joe, boot up the computer, change from tennis shoes to field boots and be all ready to go when the buzzer rings at 7:00 am.
Plus I thought we might be going back to the lake today and using our GPS. There was a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) that was due to hit earth today and it impacts our equipment. Oh, a CME is basically a sunspot that is erupting and sending a huge wave of electrons our way. Mucks with our GPS, cell phones and other electronic equipment. So I got on SpaceWeather to check out the kp (planetary index) and was watching in real time and then looking at the predicted index for the rest of the day. And you just thought surveyors looked through that camera thingy for pretty girls. It’s a bit more complicated now days.
Plotted some historical aerials for Michael around the trouble spot and he went over to visit with the big boss on a plan of action. I just knew we were heading back to the lakes. Woohoo!. Michael came back to the office and called my cell. “Where are you?” . I said “I’m in the van, equipment is loaded and I’m ready to go”. Too funny.
The GPS was a bit wonky today and at times I had to wait on it to settle down with all the waves of noise in the signals from the CME. I profiled a couple of miles of line down some existing channels leading into the lake. Wildlife tracks everywhere in the ground and one time while the GPS was having a bit of a hard time I had to hold the rod (the one with the GPS on it) for about 10 minutes. Standing perfectly still and watching the screen with the statistics and two deer nearly ran into me crossing the creek. Two nice does. I reached for the camera very slowly but it’s in a zippered case and they heard the sound and bolted on off into the woods.
No phones, no radios and a nice walk in the woods with pay. It’s just don’t better than this. I can’t wait to download the data in the morning and begin analyzing today’s against some historical data from 1997 (also my data). I’m loving this.
My post after work today on Facebook but I think it still works on Surveyor Connect.
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