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Hurricane Jerry – Day 4

Hurricane JerryPosition: 20.5N 62.8W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [300°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 15 miles [ 30 km].
Minimum central pressure: 993 mb ↑.

Currently about 260 miles [ 415 km] Northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Maarten; St. Martin; St. Barthelemy.

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

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September 20, 2019   No Comments

It Doesn’t Add Up

Only the US and China spend more on their military than Saudi Arabia’s $67.6 billion. Iran is a piker at $13.2 billion. Saudi Arabia has 5 E-3 AWACS aircraft with radars that can ‘see’ low-level targets, like terrain following cruise missiles, but they don’t seem to use them much. Despite claims about Iran being the major threat in the region, the Saudis say their air defenses were concentrated in the South.

The Houthi have already made a similar attack on a target more than 800 miles into Saudi territory, so these attacks are within their known skill set. The weapons used have guidance systems, so the direction of the final attack may have more to do with the terrain around the target than the launch point.

The Saudis have equipment but it isn’t clear that they know how to use it. If they knew how to use the tools they had purchased, they would have known where the attack had come from, even if they couldn’t have stopped it.

Iran and Iraq had a very nasty war that included gas attacks and suicide charges between 1980 to 1988, but neither attacked the other’s oil facilities. It makes no sense for Iran to do it now, as they would expect their facilities to be attacked in retaliation. The Saudis have been pounding the Houthi for years, and the Houthi have no major facilities left to lose.

September 19, 2019   2 Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Humberto – Day 8

Post-Tropical Cyclone HumbertoPosition: 40.0N 58.0W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [030°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 100 mph [155 kph].
Wind Gusts: 120 mph [195 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 380 miles [610 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Minimum central pressure: 965 mb ↑.

Currently about 525 miles [ 845 km] South-Southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

This is the final NHC advisory

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

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September 19, 2019   No Comments

Hurricane Jerry – Day 3

Hurricane JerryPosition: 18.0N 57.2W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 105 mph [165 kph].
Wind Gusts: 130 mph [210 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 976 mb ↓.

Currently about 385 miles [ 625 km] East of the Northern Leeward Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Maarten; St. Martin; St. Barthelemy; Saba and St. Eustatius.

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.]

September 19, 2019   No Comments

Avast Ye Lubbers

Pirate

It’ll be double rations of grog all around in the galley as ye throw the pasta and pesto down your gullet for the final day of Pasta Week, on Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Arr…
Belay that! ‘T’would be better done by swilling lambrusco directly from the flask!
Arr…

September 19, 2019   No Comments

Hurricane Humberto – Day 7

Hurricane HumbertoPosition: 34.0N 63.9W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 23 mph [37 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 120 mph [195 kph].
Wind Gusts: 135 mph [215 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 220 miles [350 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 952 mb.

Currently about 130 miles [ 205 km] North-Northeast of Bermuda.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

At 4PM CDT Bermuda is experiencing Hurricane force winds.

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.]

September 18, 2019   No Comments

Tropical Storm Jerry – Day 2

Tropical Storm JerryPosition: 15.4N 51.8W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [290°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 997 mb ↓.

Currently about 675 miles [1085 km] East of the Leeward Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Maarten; St. Martin; St. Barthelemy; Saba and St. Eustatius; Barbuda and Anguilla.

This was Tropical Depression Ten.

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

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September 18, 2019   No Comments

Tropical Depression Imelda

Tropical Depression ImeldaPosition: 29.8N 95.5W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 6 mph [ 9 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb.

Currently about 10 miles [ 15 km] Northwest of Houston, Texas.

Imelda made landfall at 1PM CDT.

10PM CDT: This is the final NHC advisory.

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

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September 17, 2019   No Comments

Tropical Depression Ten

Tropical Depression TenPosition: 13.7N 46.7W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb ↓.

Currently about 1030 miles [1660 km] East of the Leeward 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.]

September 17, 2019   No Comments

Hurricane Humberto – Day 6

Hurricane HumbertoPosition: 31.3N 71.0W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [075°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 115 mph [185 kph].
Wind Gusts: 135 mph [215 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 951 mb.

Currently about 370 miles [ 595 km] West of Bermuda.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

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.]

September 17, 2019   No Comments

Hurricane Humberto – Day 5

Hurricane HumbertoPosition: 30.3N 75.1W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [075°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 90 mph [150 kph].
Wind Gusts: 110 mph [175 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 150 miles [240 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 30 miles [ 45 km].
Minimum central pressure: 966 mb.

Currently about 625 miles [1000 km] West of Bermuda.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Bermuda.

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.]

September 16, 2019   No Comments

Happy Independence Day

Día de la Independencia
Estados Unidos Mexicanos

Mexico

¡Viva México!

Some background on 16 de Septiembre and El Grito de Dolores.

September 16, 2019   No Comments

Hurricane Humberto – Day 4

Hurricane HumbertoPosition: 29.4N 77.6W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [040°] near 3 mph [ 6 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 150 miles [240 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 988 mb ↓.

Currently about 785 miles [1260 km] West of Bermuda.

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.]

September 15, 2019   No Comments

Holy Pasta Week

Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Day of His Noodly Appendage

The holiest of holidays for Pastafarians, is of course the birthday of His Most Holy Prophet, Marco Polo (b. Sept 15, 1254), who brought the word of his Noodly Appendage back from the East. As Talk Like A Pirate Day falls on September 19th, this five-day period constitutes Holy Pasta Week, during which spaghetti is consumed liberally. With a nice Chianti until the last day when it’s grog for all.

September 15, 2019   No Comments