Sunday, November 11, 2012

November News Update

We are eleven days into the eleventh month, November. With a different month, a new month, comes new blog news. So, lets get started.

  • The poll that was up for approximately 2 weeks in October for my main blogs topic over the winter season has closed, and you have put in your vote. After November 30th(the last day of the Atlantic Hurricane Season) I will begin focusing on winter storm systems that effect, or could effect the southeastern United States. Out of half a dozen voters, five chose that they would prefer reading about winter storms.
  • I have thought about re-doing the template on my main weather blog, so that different features may be added to possibly put more life into the blog. A new voting poll could be up sometime this week(or not) on that decision, so that you readers can decide. Speaking of poll...that presidential election sure was sad wasn't it?
That is all I have this month, not much to talk about so far. My next tropical weather blog will likely be posted the 13th or 14th of this month.
Thanks all for stopping in this evening, hope you have a blessed week ahead of you!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October News Update

Good evening all. A few things have run through my mind over the past week or so, and I consider them somewhat important for my blogs. So lets get started.

  •  This blog will not have a set topic, since meteorology is really all I want to blog about, and it is being done on my larger Home Blog. So this blog will be fore important announcements, news updates and basic blog news such as what changes, what will change and stuff like that.
  •      A relatively new poll is up and active on my meteorology blog, and will be active until 5:00 PM on October 31st.  I would appreciate the time that all blog readers took to vote on it and tell me what you think. You can find it on the selection bar on the homepage, right side of screen with a bar graph icon. Clicking on it will open up the poll(to remove any confusion).
  •      It will make me feel better to apologize for the lack of blog posts during the peak of hurricane season. I do exactly know why I couldn't find the motivation to blog...but I will do my best to make sure it does not happen again.
That is pretty much all I have, so I will leave you with a note that my next tropical weather blog will be up either tomorrow or Thursday, the 18th.
Thanks you for stopping in today, hope you have a blessed week ahead of you!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Blog News Update

Good evening all! Tonight I would like to cover a few things with you, a few things that should be made public in case anybody is wondering where I have been all month. So, lets start off with my schedule.

School is in session as it is with all the other kids, so that takes away any time that I want to blog during the first half of the day. Afterwards is sometimes taken up by studying, watching weather patterns, or I just forget about posting a blog entry. And I apologize for that. I will try to get a post up on my main Meteorology Blog soon, but I cannot say when. This blog as you already know is for basically anything exciting that happens to cross my path. 
So, with these things being said, I conclude my news update for my blogs.
Thanks for stopping in today, hope you have a blessed week ahead of you!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Longstrike; Putting The Pieces Back Together

A few days ago, while on Nerf Mods & Reviews, a blaster modifier suggested trying to put my Longstrike back together. I agreed to try, and he helped me along the way. Long story short, the pieces were all back where they were supposed to be and I tried firing it. The clip went in easy, the bolt pulled back and pushed forward fine. The trigger only pulled half-way, and I had to jerk the clip to get it out. IceCubed, which was the blogger helping me, suggested taking the trigger lock out so it would perform better.
       Coming from IceCubed, this sounds like a good idea, but since I have never modified anything I have been kind of lenient about doing it. Thoughts? Tips? Please leave them below! This post is basically giving an update on my Longstrike, and to let you know their might be a blog entry coming out soon on a real Nerf blaster modification. noticed in the past...would excite a few of you experts out there to see some actual Nerf here for a change!

Also, before I conclude this post, I would like for you to show some support for IceCubed since he has and is helping a beginner at modifying like me. Please take the time to check out his blog here.
Thanks all for stopping in to this short update entry, hope you have a blessed week ahead of you!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Severe Thunderstorm Strikes Fast & Furious

Yesterday, August 8th, I experienced a very nerve-racking exciting storm! I also completed my first call to the National Weather Service reporting tree damage from the wind, and it was such an experience. Anyways, lets talk about it! A warning was issued on the system about 10 minutes after it developed over my county, and there were about 8 reports of trees falling inside the county. We received 3 inches of rainfall in a little less then an hour, and creeks and ditches were filled to over capacity very quick. Our yard turned into a debris field, and here are the pictures I took;
Taken during the storm, when the rain wasn't as hard. You can see the yard flooding, as well as the ditch line filling up further out.
A large maple limb down in neighbors' yard after the storm.
Heavy rain with severe winds were enough to blow a bird feeder horizontal and knock it down with other limbs.
Mammatus clouds visible before sunset on the way home from church.

Thankfully, there was no major hail core in this storm. There was, though, about 2 miles north pea sized hail falling.  Some were without power, which is the result of a few lines down. All in all, its nothing the Lord and us can't handle together!
      I have been unable to access the Internet for most of the day, which is why a new post is not up on my meteorology blog yet. I can promise you a post on the Atlantic basin tomorrow evening, to give you the details of our increasing activity.
Thanks all for stopping in this evening, hope you have a blessed week ahead of you!

All Photos shown here are courtesy of TropicalWxBlogger

Friday, July 27, 2012

Severe Thunderstorm Pictures

On Tuesday, July 24th, my area had a dangerous storm roll over threatening with golf ball-sized hail and wind gusts to 70mph. Thankfully, the hail core died before it reached me, but the windspeeds were gusting to atleast 50mph at above 10 meters. Here are some pictures of the natural trash left behind at my grandparents yard.
A large peice of Pine bark along with a large pine branch laying beside the yard.
Smaller branches from pine trees scattered all over the place.
Pine tree about 14-16 inches wide fallen near the creek.

   At my house, I was outside measuring the surface wind speed. The maximum I measured was a gust to 10.2mph, but those figures were MUCH higher at above 75ft+ off the ground. As I was standing there with my anemometer, I hear trees cracking and then a big thud, indicating one had fallen. The picture below is a tree with its top half gone. I assume that this was the thud I heard, but it could have been somewhere else I didn't look. I thank the Lord for it not being any worse then it was!

I will be doing a file on the system that spawned these storms on the 24th in North Carolina. Have not decided if it will be posted here or my personal blog, which is purely weather.
Thanks for stopping in today, hope you all have a blessed week ahead of you! Remember that I will be leaving for vacation on the morning of July 30th, and will update my Meteorology Blog on the 29th. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Buzz-bee Maniac (Modded)

Hey, this is my modded Maniac ( as you see in the title) here is a picture as you see below:
Mod's - re-barreled with 1/2 inch CPVC-  3inches of it, coupled air tank, full compression,still shoots missiles, and a smoother prime. BYE!!!

Modded Corps J.A.M Blaster

Hey, guys I finished modding one of my blasters( as you see from the title) Here are a couple pictures:

The J.A.M  blaster mods CPVC coupler - 12 inches of CPVC rod, increased air seal, integration with SSPB, SSPB modded, reinforced handle, plugged air release hole. It still fires missiles.
Range unknown i will test it tomorrow and find out. Bye.  PS - ( SSPB =Secret strike pocket blaster)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Falling Ranges With Batteried-Powered Blasters

Good evening all! Yesterday I conducted an experiment with the Barricade and Stampede. Everybody probably knows that they both run on batteries, and that battery life effects ranges and rate of fire. I did a range test with my Barricade a few months ago, and it reached about 32-35ft flat. You can watch that video here.
    The Stampede ECS, I find to be basically a better-mobilized Vulcan. Both shoot about the same rate of fire at full battery life. The Stampede range test was done a month ago, but was first used about 2 months ago. The ranges were about 27-33 feet flat with the darts scattered between those figures, and rate of fire was 2 darts per second roughly. That video is on YouTube here. And of course, these ranges are from a stock Barricade and Stampede, since I don't modify blasters or darts.

A second range test was done yesterday which is the experiment and question I want answered. How far does the range decrease with time? Well, the results were clear, and quite disappointing.
     The Barricade ranges, after about 2 months averaging use every 10 days, decreased to about 20-24ft. That is a decrease of over 10 FEET.  Honestly, I wasn't surprised. Since the batteries power the flywheels, the flywheels spin slower when the batteries start to run out. So, don't expect to hold a steadily range over 30ft with the Barricade over time.
     The Stampede has been used about every 4 or 5 days in multiple battles. After 2 months, the ranges decreased to roughly 18-26ft. A decrease of about 10 or 11 feet, which was a bigger decrease then I had anticipated. The batteries power the plunger action, and obviously the air power the plunger produces. Make a note that I may be wrong, and if so please correct me(kindly).

Now of course, you might use your Barricade and Stampede more or less then me, and have owned them longer so your ranges and rate of decrease will probably be a bit different. This post was created solely as a guide to know when and how your ranges decrease, and why a powerful priming blaster is better in my opinion. Example, Longshot.  But you may have better luck with your blasters, because I bet some of you guys modify. So, with all this said, I conclude this post. And in case your wondering why the Rayven wasn't tested, it is simple; I put new batteries in the Rayven awhile ago, and ain't used it but once. Therefore, the life of the batteries is still 100%.
Thanks all for stopping in to this short entry, hope you have a blessed week ahead of you! Stop in and check out my personal Meteorology Blog if you find some time!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hey guys, I am Josh from Nerf Castle Productions!

Hello everyone, I am a new author on Tropical's blog which a great comprehensive blog. I am proud to be a supporter of his work, because he does great modding and great reviews. I also hope that you can fix your Longstrike by the way and you better, because, Longstrikes are awful. That said, here is a photo of my latest mod and paintjob. Guys, I really enjoyed this one. :-) I also hope to replicate it in a Longstrike, since Longshots are hard to find in America nowadays. My website and blog is:
I hope you enjoy my future posts!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Welcome New Authors!

Recently, I have noticed in myself that I have alot more weather blogging and updating going on then Nerf, and the time period open for Nerf blogging has slimmed down with the start of Hurricane Season last June. I have recruited 3 new authors, all experienced and ready to begin posting outstanding blogs here! Let me introduce them:


This guy is obviously a very good blogger. He has been on Blogspot in a shorter time period then me, and has over 1,700 page views. That is over double the count on my meteorology blog, which shows that a larger number of bloggers respect this guy, and love reading his posts! With multiple authors also, Thailyer14 still manages to keep his blog in good shape, and updates constantly. Aren't a follower of his blog yet? Well you can start today! His blog is called NerfModNation, which is usually filled to capacity from his other authors sharing what kind of modifications they have done to their blasters. 
     Thailyer14 is also a very good friend of mine, and loves having a nice chat to review the day. He has many other friends too, which is no surprise considering the  quality of work he puts into his blog! So to sum this all up, welcome to TropicalWxBlogger's Nerf Blog Thailyer14!


Milez is a very good blogger, as well as successful. With over a dozen followers, his blog is also mainly on the products of Nerf and fun things about them! A friend of mine, Milez is a good source of accurate information. His blog on Blogspot has over 1,500 pageviews, which I consider to be a bit low with the number of followers and the timespan he has spent on Blogspot. Since February, Milez has been up to date with the latest Nerf products, future products and with the quality he has put into his blog, as well as his blog entries, I think he deserves your support! You can find his blog and begin to follow it Here. I am excited to say, welcome to TropicalWxBlogger's Nerf Blog Milez!!


NerfCastle has got to be one of the big-time bloggers. He is not from Blogspot, but from Weebly, which i think is a different blogging area. No doubt, NerfCastle has dominated the Nerf blogging space! His blog has a good selection of pages like Thailyer14's blog, and is almost like a mini website. Terrific posts, NerfCastle should easily be able to create posts here on my blog that shine for months! He is a friend of mine like the others mentioned here, a very good person to like. You can access his blog here. His blog is called Nerf Castle Productions, and I failed to mention earlier in this paragraph that you can become a member without paying a dime! Sound like a good idea? Well you got the link up above, I'm sure he would appreciate the time you spend reading and checking out his posts! Welcome to TropicalWxBlogger's Nerf Blog, NerfCastle!

Thanks all for stopping in today to welcome these great bloggers, make sure you give them 100% credit for every post that they create here. Have a blessed week everyone!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Death To My Longstrike CS-6

Evening all! I guess it is time for a little story, a story that might create laughter in some and frowns in others.
     On June 2nd, about midnight, I set to removing the air restricter from my Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6. I unscrewed a side and removed it, viewing all the internals. I removed the bolt sled as well as the plunger, which happens to be a Reverse Plunger, with just enough power to shoot 5ft-10ft. After about half an hour trying to knock the air restrictor out, I gave up and tried putting the bolt sled back in place. Took me awhile, but I finally thought I had it. Screwed the side back onto the blaster, and moved the bolt back. It would then not go forward like it was supposed to, and I knew something came out of place inside. I was too tired to fool with it anymore, and went to bed.
    The next morning after church, I set to it again. I fought the thing for an hour, and couldn't get things right. So, I removed ALL internals and put them in a bag. Screwed the blaster back together, and now I only have a shell of the former Longstrike.
The Longstrike internals inside a plastic bag, after I couldn't put things back in place.
A Look inside my Longstrike from the front of the blaster, revealing the blank, emptiness.
The reverse plunger and bolt sled from the Longstrike, hanging on my bulletin board.

After it was all said and done, I was convinced that it wasn't a big deal, considering how useless the former blaster was and how I never used it because of the lack of power. Only a few months old and it could only shoot 10ft, at the most. Much difference then the Longshot and it's direct plunger, and 35ft+ range.
    Anyways, I figured I could share this little mishap with you guys. Sort of a "What not to do with the wrong tools" lesson. Don't try modifying without proper stuff or you might end up like me! :)
Thanks all for stopping in and I hope you have a blessed weekend! Check out my Weather Blog if you have time!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nerf Blogging Introduction, Details

As you all probably know, I originally came to Blogspot for weather blogging freedom, and that is exactly what I have been doing. In late 2011 something sparked my interest for Nerf, and I began to collect hundreds of darts, and a few more blasters. Not a modifier, so all I can say there is don't come expecting answers to solve modifying issues!

On my  Youtube Channel, I have over 1 dozen videos of my Nerf blasters, range tests, how to work them and so on. This blog here was started weeks ago with some inspiration from a few friends at Nerf Mods & Reviews. I cannot say how active I will be on this blog, which is for Nerf, and any Nerf blogger is welcome to message me for a spot to author here alongside me.
Thanks all for stopping in here to this short entry, hope you all have a blessed week ahead of you!