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High Winds & Hail in Cleveland Area on Leap Day (February 29, 2012)

Posted by in Weather Events | March 01, 2012

Another cold front passed through Northeast Ohio during the evening of Wednesday, February 29, 2012.  High winds and pea to marble-sized hail were observed by the Writer and others on the south side of the Cleveland Area (Parma).  Winds were generally… Read More

High Winds Damage Trees in East Cleveland and a Facade in Ashtabula, February 24, 2012

Posted by in Weather Events | February 27, 2012

A front passed through Northeast Ohio mid to late afternoon, Friday, February 24, 2012.  Winds were generally out of the west to southwest.  A cursory check of peak wind speeds (gusts) across the area at the National Weather Service and… Read More

Lateral Stability

Posted by in Structural terms | February 21, 2012

Lateral instability is a relatively common cause of structural failures, because it is often forgotten or misunderstood.  Lateral instability is a result of inadequate lateral stability.  Simply defined, lateral stability is the property of an object to develop forces or to have forces… Read More

What is a Michigan Basement?

Posted by in Basements | February 13, 2012

You might not know it by name, but you have probably seen a Michigan basement.   A Michigan basement is a term used in and around Michigan for a crawlspace that was later excavated to the depth of a basement.… Read More

They Don’t Make’em Like They Used To

Posted by in Wood | February 03, 2012

Who hasn’t heard or often said in frustration, “They don’t make’em like they used to.” Well, that is literally true with Southern Pine lumber.  In July 2011, the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB), an agency that sets standards for the… Read More

Happy Groundhog’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by in Celebrate | February 02, 2012

This is the day that many wait with baited breath for the decree from a rodent known as Punxsutawney Phil regarding the arrival of spring.  It is a sometimes accurate and entertaining method of weather forecasting, a pattern similar to the… Read More

Beware of Damaging Window Reflection

Posted by in Unusual | January 25, 2012

A Prius Owner in Southern California claims that the plastic components of her car are being melted by the reflected beam of light from her neighbor’s windows.  See the article at the website for the CBS Los Angeles affiliate. Does… Read More

High Winds Whip Through Northeast Ohio Late Afternoon on January 17, 2012

Posted by in Weather Events | January 18, 2012

A front passed through Northeast Ohio between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, Tuesday, January 17, 2012.  Winds were generally out of the west, varying from west-northwest to west- southwest.  A cursory check of peak wind speeds across the area at… Read More