Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather settles in for the next 3 days. Sunshine will mix with clouds today, will dominate tomorrow, and then clouds are on the increase again for Sunday ahead of our next weather system. Temps will climber a bit, but will still be just near normal for the weekend. Our next system still is on track to move up into the state starting Monday. The origin of this storm is still the plains, and it will lift in from the south and west through Monday. A new wrinkle this morning is a move farther west of strong to severe thunderstorm action out of this circulation and a speeding up of that wave. This is only 1 model run that is suggesting that, but since we find ourselves going into the weekend, we need to address the potential. For now, we will leave our rain totals along at half to 2” combined from the 2 day event Monday and Tuesday, with coverage at 80%. However, we need to keep the door open to some changes when we chat again on Monday, which could bump rain totals significantly in Indiana, but drop them here in Ohio. Time will tell how the heavy rain and thunderstorm threat evolves Tuesday and/or Wednesday. Yesterday we thought the threat was farther east into Ohio, and later in the week, overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday. Now we are a bit concerned it hits central and northeast Indiana, and completely misses up. We feel that we need to at least address the potential for the shift of the heavier rains, even if we are not changing our forecast right now, because we are going into a weekend period, where we will not update the weather for a couple of days. So, there is some uncertainty on the strong stuff this morning, but the rain threats are still solid for the first half of the week. The map shows rain totals through next Wednesday morning. The rest of the week next week stays dry in our forecast. The extended period though looks wetter, with rain chances lingering over Indiana every day of the 11-16 day forecast period. In addition, the rains ramp up in intensity toward the end of the extended window. If this comes together as we see it right now, we should have good rains through early august. However, we are noticing that the trends over the past few days have been to take rains out of the farther out events. Next week, for example, has less coverage overall, even though we are having to extend the chances of rain farther out.
Last week, after reviewing a little physics regarding condensation and latent heat, I described how air conditioners remove unwanted humidity. This week I’ll examine how dehumidifiers work in removing moisture and when it makes sense to use them.Like air conditioners, dehumidifiers remove moisture by condensing water vapor out of the indoor air. While an air conditioner dumps the warm air that’s produced through that condensation process (latent heat) outdoors, a dehumidifier doesn’t get rid of that heat. Instead, releases the warm air into the space where it’s is located.In other words, while there’s a cooling process involved with dehumidifier operation (chilled coils on which condensate collects), that cooling of the air is offset by the heat of vaporization released by the condensation process. Due to the use of a blower and pump in the system, a dehumidifier actually warms a space somewhat, though by reducing relative humidity levels in a house, it may help you feel more comfortable. RELATED ARTICLES All About DehumidifiersThe Pros and Cons of Running a Dehumidifier The Difference Between Air Conditioners and DehumidifiersClimate-Specific Air ConditionersHRV or ERV?How Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need?Heat-Pump Water Heaters Come of Age When a dehumidifier makes senseDehumidifiers are optimized to remove moisture rather than to cool air, so they work better at that function than air conditioners. It makes sense to install a dehumidifier when the relative humidity gets high enough to cause significant problems—like growing mold in the home. Most experts suggest that indoor relative humidity levels should be kept below 50 or 60 percent.Dehumidifiers are effective at removing moisture when cooling isn’t also called for—such as during spring and fall when there might be high humidity but cool enough temperatures that air conditioning isn’t warranted. They can also make sense in highly energy-efficient homes with good cooling-load-avoidance strategies, such as shade trees on the east and west, awnings or overhangs above windows, and very energy-efficient lights and appliances. In these spaces, it may be important to get rid of excess moisture, while cooling isn’t needed.That said, the most energy-conserving choice is to avoid using a dehumidifier (or air conditioner) by controlling unwanted moisture sources (see my column from two weeks ago). A lot of materials in a home, such as wood, naturally absorb moisture during the summer months and then release that moisture in the drier winter months; that sort of moisture cycling is acceptable in most houses.Demumidifiers have either a plastic bucket that has to be emptied when full (an automatic shut-off prevents overflow), or a drain line for dumping condensate into a floor drain or sump. Look for a model with a humidistat that automatically turns it on and off, depending on the relative humidity.Dehumidifiers are rated by their moisture-removal capacity (usually in pints per day) and their Energy Factor in liters of water removed per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity consumption. The Energy Factor is typically higher for larger dehumidifiers that have greater moisture-removal capacity. To carry an Energy Star label, dehumidifiers must meet the following Energy Factor requirements (the odd mix of English pints and metric liters in the standards may be part of a plot to keep us confused!):Minimum Energy Factor (l/kWh) based on water-removal capacity:Less than 25 pints/day = 1.2025 to 35 pints/day = 1.4035 to 45 pints/day = 1.5045 to 54 pints/day = 1.6054 to 75 pints/day = 1.8075 to 185 pints/day = 2.50The most energy-efficient dehumidifiers today are made by Therma-Stor Products, of Madison, Wisconsin. The company offers a wide range of both free-standing and ducted dehumidifiers that are typically integrated into forced-air distributions systems. Standard stand-alone dehumidifiers typically cost $150 to $300, while top-efficiency models, such as most of those from Therma-Stor, will cost over $1,000.Installing and using a dehumidifierStand-alone dehumidifiers are typically installed in the basement or crawl space, though they may also be located in a utility closet in the living space. As you think about placement, be aware that dehumidifiers have fans, which homeowners may find annoying. Also, for efficient operation, be sure that air can freely circulate around a dehumidifier.If you have an older model without a humidistat to automatically turn it on and off, buy a digital hydrometer (relative humidity meter) and turn on the dehumidifier when the relative humidity gets to an uncomfortable level—say, around 60% relative humidity. Even with a humidistat, it’s not a bad idea to buy a hygrometer to make sure that the dehumidifier’s humidistat is working properly; these can be significantly mis-calibrated.If the outdoor air is fairly humid and you decide to turn on a dehumidifier, it usually makes sense to close up the house — so your dehumidifier won’t have to work so hard just to keep up with incoming humid air. This has to be balanced with the benefit of cool, outdoor airflow through the house, though. It will probably take some practice to balance the use of dehumidification, ventilation, and mechanical air conditioning. Follow manufacturers’ instructions on keeping a dehumidifiers clean to ensure efficient operation.Final thoughtsDehumidifiers use quite a lot of energy — many consume over 600 watts while they are operating — which can be for long periods of time in the summer months. Use of a dehumidifier can easily be the largest electricity user in a home during the months it is used (especially when air conditioning is not being used), so avoiding or minimizing the need for dehumidification should be a high priority. An engineer friend in Keene, New Hampshire, tells me that during the two months of the year he uses a dehumidifier, it increases his electric consumption by 63%, and the 250 kilowatt-hours he uses each month requires roughly $3,000 worth of photovoltaic panels to produce.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog on BuildingGreen.com: “Alex’s Cool Product of the Week,” which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. Last week’s blog was on Wasco’s new triple-glazed skylight that meets the 30-30 rule for the federal tax credit. 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He spoke of the emotion involved with pulling on the green and gold, the work ethic involved to get there, and the passion that Australians- both competitors and spectators have for sports such as Touch.Dean Russell inspired all with his speech during the Opening Ceremony of the National 18 Years and under Championships yesterday.Russell is the current General Manager of NSW Touch Association, but over the years he has played a much different role to this.With a total of 52 caps for Australia, he was a member of the Australian Mixed Open team between 1986 and 1993.And although he was taking the field in the green and gold when most participants at this tournament were youngsters, his words could not have been more relevant.He described the pride involved when watching a fellow Australian excel in the sporting arena.“No doubt we all gazed in adoration of Cathy Freeman as she sat motionless on the track after winning at the Sydney Olympics, or like me, were swearing at the TV as those Italians dived to rob the Socceroos of a World Cup dream or been screaming with the masses as Thorpie mowed down Gary Hall Jnr to snatch a thrilling victory in the 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay at Sydney,” he said. “All famous sporting moments that makes us proud.”But Russell believes that this feeling is nothing compared to actually taking to the field as a representative of your country, personally.“The first time you pull on the green and gold to represent your country in your chosen sport is a feeling that is unsurpassable and one that doesn’t change from the first time or your 52nd time,” he said.“That first moment is hard to describe but one you will never forget…it’s honour, it’s pride, it’s passion and it’s fear. “But most importantly it’s humility, realising that you are one of a very very few who have been given the privilege to represent Australia with only the one ask, that being to give it your all and to continue the legacy built up by those who have traveled this road before.”Russell is an experienced coach, having coached the Australian Senior Mixed Open team and being the Assistant Coach of both the Australian Mixed Open and Australian Women’s Open teams. He is the current coach of the Australian Women’s 20’s and it was this coaching knowledge that he drew upon when urging the players to strive for the top.He referred to English writer DH Lawrence who said ‘Australians play sport as though their lived depended on it.’“It is these ‘characteristics’ that we as coaches will be looking for in our future athletes,” he said.“So therein lies your challenge for this week, to show this character, not based on the fact to make the National squad but rather to help your own team.”He challenged the players to try that extra bit harder, and to lift when they’re down.“Over this week there are going to be times when things look bleak or times when someone is down, this will be your signal to try that little bit harder. “Don’t yield to the pressure or give up. Stick together on and off the field and keep you and your team going at the opposition at all times. Dig deep and you’ll find strength, believe in yourself and find inspiration in each others efforts. Above all never ever give up.“Be there and get there to make the touch that has to be made, take that ruck that no one wants to take, go to half when you’re so tired your legs are screaming at you to stop and get off the field- make the effort, whatever it is. Slap your sub on the back ‘great work, keep going, we’ve got them’,” he said.These are the inspirational words that will be running through the heads of the players as they take the field this week. It might just help them score that touchdown, or make that touch.
Heading into the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament as the top seed, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team could easily grow complacent.The No. 10 Buckeyes have won 10 consecutive matches, including a 3-0 win against tonight’s opponent, No. 13 Ball State. “We ended up beating three rivals to end the season,” said middle hitter Kevin Heine, “so the team is feeling pretty confident.” By winning the regular-season conference title for the fourth consecutive season, OSU earned a first-round bye in the quarterfinals and will host the semifinal match. Many players agreed that this was a big advantage, as they will get to play in front of their home crowd and won’t have to travel.The Buckeyes may also have the most talent in the conference. Redshirt junior Steven Kehoe was named the MIVA Player of the Year. He and three other Buckeyes are also members of the all-conference team, tied for the most from one school. Additionally, coach Pete Hanson was named the MIVA Co-Coach of the Year.While all the signs point to success in the tournament, the team knows it can’t take anything for granted.“We have a pretty healthy respect for our opponents,” Kehoe said. From here on out, any mistakes could result in the end of the season. “We know that every game is a must win,” Heine said. In order to advance to the NCAA championship in May, the Buckeyes basically must win the MIVA tournament. The NCAA championship features the three conference winners and one at-large bid, but should they lose, the Buckeyes likely would not receive the at-large bid. The Buckeyes did not let the extra time off due to the bye go to waste. “We had a really good focus at practice,” Heine said. The team spent last week working on its own skills and going back to the basics, sophomore Shawn Sangrey said.This week, practices shifted focus to preparing specifically for their next opponent Ball State, redshirt junior John Klanac said. The Buckeyes also understand that the entire team needs to play well for it to succeed. “Everyone understood their roles on the team,” Kehoe said. Especially at the end of the long season, the rest of the team is there to pick each other up when someone isn’t playing to their potential, Klanac said. “We don’t let anyone slack off,” Sangrey said. The Buckeyes face Ball State tonight at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.
Related Items:Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, gus lightbourne gym, Hurricane Preparedness Week, Minister George Lightbourne Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jun 2015 – Hurricane Preparedness Week or HPW 2015 was launched this morning at the Gus Lightbourne Gym by Minister George Lightbourne and the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies. The goal explains DDME is to increase awareness of the dangers and hazards of hurricanes; ensure we all realize that simply being aware is not being prepared and that residents realize that by knowing their vulnerabilities and what actions to take, they can reduce the effects and impacts of a hurricane disaster. The theme for HPW 2015 is ‘Keep Calm and Be Prepared’ and does double duty for awareness and action to actually get homes and work places ready in the event of a storm. Hurricane season runs June 1-November 30. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Town Hall Meeting for Building Heights at gym later today Science Fair open to public viewing by noon Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016