Strayhorn Marina Damage 12/28/15

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Strayhorn Marina Damage 12/28/15

A look at weather during the 4am hour at Strayhorn Marina on Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma which sustained the damage pictured below on Dec 28th:

Ship store 

Ship store 

Strayhorn Marina

Strayhorn Marina

Below is a map produced by Weather Decision Technologies indicating wind speeds at the location were around 35mph with no notable peaks or valleys in the cycle.

Here is a look at the nearest Oklahoma Mesonet location. Aside from the anomaly at approx 6am where wind spiked at the same time a pressure drop occurred, nothing of interest happened:

And here are INX radar loops from the span of time damage may have occurred (Ft. Smith radar data unavailable):
Base Reflectivity
Storm Relative Velocity
There are no notable signatures that indicate excessive wind would have occurred at the location during the time period given. There were also no severe reports from anywhere in Oklahoma during the 24-hour period.

A possible cause of damage:

Without proof of localized extreme weather in the area of Lake Tenkiller or the marina location itself, looking at a different cause is necessary. The logical reasoning for damage from a data standpoint is that water began an exponential rise during the period. This would have lifted the docks and potentially lifted marina anchors allowing the docks to move in 35mph winds. 

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It is completely possible for docks to move and then return to the general location where they were previously positioned. This all depends on slack in the cables, amount of weight holding the floating structures, and sustained/gusts of winds that occurred while docks were "loose".
This explains the lack of peeling of sheetmetal roofing and why ramps to the docks all sustained damage. This does not explain damage to the ship store but a better view of this damage would be needed to determine if it was wind-related or structure impact-related. 



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Oklahoma Drought Monitor

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Here's how to fix them. 

There's a lot of ridiculous advice available out there regarding the conduction of a meeting that doesn't suck. It's hogwash - forget it. There is one key thing you can do for any-size meeting to ensure a productive gathering of your peers:

Make a freaking agenda

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Agendas Set The Right Tone: Meeting agendas let participants know that there’s a legitimate business purpose for meeting, with specific issues to be discussed and outcomes to be achieved.  It conveys your interest in getting down to business and not wasting time.     

Agendas Identify Topics For Discussion: Let attendees know what issues are going to be discussed, eliminating guesswork as to whether or not a particular issue is going to be discussed.

Agendas Keep Everyone Focused:  Meeting agendas can focus participants in ways that verbal guidance cannot. Participants have a written reminder of what needs to be accomplished during the meeting, allowing them to help drive each discussion toward conclusion.    

Agendas Eliminate Excuses: Agendas introduced in advance of a meeting eliminates excuses that participants aren’t ready to discuss a subject because they didn’t know it would be brought up. Participants are put on notice of exactly what they need to prepare, saving time and eliminating embarrassment.    


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