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JFK

It was afternoon and I was on my way to a chemistry class. I had stopped for a drink of water when the news came over the speakers in the classrooms.

For those who weren’t alive at the time: remember what you felt on September 11, 2001 for a taste of November 22, 1963. It was a massive change for the worldview of my generation and it marked the beginning of a period of disruption and decline in the civility of American society. Arthur had died and Camelot fell.

At his inauguration John Kennedy made the point: “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

The colors of my world will never be as bright as they were on November 21, 1963. Now we have COVID-19 and Trump…

November 22, 2020   No Comments

Blogiversary™

I started doing this 16 years ago after the American electorate committed an act of supreme self destruction and gave the Shrubbery a second 4 years to screw things up. It would appear that people are becoming aware that Republicans just can’t help themselves and attempt to destroy the nation every time they are given a chance to sit in the Oval Office.

Clinton left the Shrubbery with budget surpluses and the Shrubbery left Obama with the Global Financial Crisis. Obama left Trump with a growing economy and Trump leaves Biden with a crippled economy and over a quarter million dead Americans.

As long as I can I will respond to the important things: the World Cup, the Iditarod & Yukon Quest, Tour de France, and tropical storms.

Politics are the static in life’s radio, so you have to deal with them. You try to ignore them until you can no longer hear the music.

November 21, 2020   2 Comments

Remnant Iota – Day 6

Remnant IotaPosition: 13.8N 89.5W [ 9AM CST 1500 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb ↓.

Currently about 20 miles [ 35 km] West-Northwest of San Salvador, El Salvador.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 18, 2020   2 Comments

Tropical Storm Iota – Day 5

Tropical Storm IotaPosition: 13.7N 87.3W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 185 miles [295 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1000 mb ↑.

Currently about 25 miles [ 40 km] South-Southeast of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Honduras west of Punta Castilla to the Honduras/Guatemala border, including the Bay Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 17, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Iota – Day 4

Hurricane IotaPosition: 13.6N 83.4W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 155 mph [250 kph].
Wind Gusts: 175 mph [280 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 920 mb ↑.

Currently about 30 miles [ 45 km] South of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.

At 9PM CST the eye is almost entirely ashore.

At 6PM CST the western eyewall of Iota is over Nicaragua.

While generally following the same track as Eta, Iota has gone one better by becoming the first Category Five storm of the 2020 season.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi; the coast of northeastern Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras/Nicaragua border.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the islands of San Andres and Providencia; the northern coast of Honduras from west of Punta Patuca to the Guatemala/Honduras border, including the Bay Islands; the coast of Nicaragua from south of Sandy Bay Sirpi to Bluefields.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 16, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Iota – Day 3

Hurricane IotaPosition: 13.3N 80.2W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 105 mph [165 kph].
Wind Gusts: 115 mph [185 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 150 miles [240 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 960 mb ↓.

Currently about 235 miles [ 375 km] East-Southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border.

Currently about 80 miles [ 130 km] East of the island of Providencia.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the island of Providencia; the coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi; the coast of northeastern Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras/Nicaragua border.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the island of San Andres; the northern coast of Honduras from west of Punta Patuca to Punta Castilla; the coast of Nicaragua from south of Sandy Bay Sirpi to Bluefields.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the island of San Andres.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 15, 2020   No Comments

Remnant Theta – Day 6

Remnant ThetaPosition: 31.5N 18.2W [ 9AM CST 1500 UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 2 mph [ 4 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1010 mb ↑.

Currently about 670 miles [1080 km] Southeast of the Azores.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 15, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Storm Iota – Day 2

Tropical Storm IotaPosition: 12.7N 77.0W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 5 mph [ 7 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [135 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 990 mb ↓.

Currently about 445 miles [ 715 km] East-Southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the island of Providencia; the coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to Sandy Bay Sirpi; the coast of northeastern Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras/Nicaragua border.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the island of San Andres; the northern coast of Honduras from west of Punta Patuca to Punta Castilla; the coast of Nicaragua from south of Sandy Bay Sirpi to Bluefields.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the island of San Andres.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 14, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Storm Theta – Day 5

Tropical Storm ThetaPosition: 31.7N 18.7W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [090°] near 5 mph [ 7 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1003 mb ↑.

Currently about 640 miles [1030 km] Southeast of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 14, 2020   No Comments

Paraskavedekatriaphobia

Yes, it’s Friday the 13th again. The 13th falls on a Friday more than any other day of the week, so get over it. It’s only valid in in English and Portuguese speaking countries, so go visit a Spanish-speaking neighborhood for the day.

If you want to blame someone, it’s the calendar of Pope Gregory XIII that created this imbalance. [He obviously didn’t have a problem with the number on any day.]

November 13, 2020   4 Comments

Tropical Storm Iota

Tropical Storm IotaPosition: 13.6N 74.2W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: South-Southwest [200°] near 3 mph [ 6 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Currently about 610 miles [ 980 km] East of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 13, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Storm Theta – Day 4

Tropical Storm ThetaPosition: 31.9N 21.6W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [090°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 65 mph [100 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 995 mb ↑.

Currently about 520 miles [ 835 km] Southeast of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 13, 2020   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta – Day 14

Post-Tropical Cyclone EtaPosition: 33.3N 79.0W [ 3AM CST 0900 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 21 mph [33 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb.

Currently about 85 miles [ 135 km] Southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 13, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Storm Eta – Day 13

Tropical Storm EtaPosition: 32.3N 79.0W [ 9PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [045°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb.

Currently about 65 miles [ 100 km] East-Southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.

At around 3AM CST the storm came ashore near Cedar Key, Florida.

At around 1PM CST the storm is over the Atlantic near Jacksonville, Florida.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 12, 2020   No Comments