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Katrina

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It wasn’t the storm, it was the levees.

It wasn’t Nature, it was man.

This is the 10th anniversary of the drowning of New Orleans, and almost nothing has been done to rejuvenate the Lower Ninth Ward.

The Weather Underground’s Hurricane Katrina tracking map.

An animation of the National Hurricane Center’s tracking maps. If you stop the animation and step to frame 13 you will see that they had Katrina coming to my house for a while.

Katrina did have top sustained winds of 175 mph with a pressure of 902 millibars, a Category 5 storm, but that was in the central Gulf of Mexico. It came ashore as a Category 3 hurricane to the East of New Orleans. There was minimal wind damage in the city from the hurricane.

Wikipedia has a nice article on Katrina, without going totally technical on the science behind hurricanes.

August 29, 2015   No Comments

Politically Correct

I have no idea whether illegal alien/immigrant & anchor baby are “politically correct”, but I do know they are derogatory and factually false.

Let’s start with the latest cause célèbre of the bigot class – anchor baby. Like Canada and lot of other countries, US automatically grants citizenship to everyone born here – it is their birthright. The bigots claim that this birthright grants the baby’s parents protection from deportation if they are undocumented and costs taxpayers all kinds of money for the “cradle to grave care provided for US citizens”. Given that US citizens receive minimal help from the government, which is why we have such a high rate of poverty and homelessness, Canada is better deal. Ask a homeless vet how much the US spends on its citizens. Further having a child who is a US citizen does not keep anyone from being deported if they are undocumented.

The biggest problem with calling undocumented immigrants “illegal” is that lacking the proper paperwork is not a criminal offense, it is a civil offense. This is by design to avoid the costs and procedures of criminal trials. With the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US, the cost of criminal trials for all of them would be in the hundreds of billions of dollars. The undocumented immigrants are deported after a hearing by an administrative law judge, not a trial by a jury, and there is no requirement that they be provided counsel.

“Political Correctness” is right up there with “No offense meant. but…” and “If anyone was offended…” The people who use these terms know they are being jerks, but they won’t mend their ways.

August 28, 2015   No Comments

Tropical Storm Erika – Day 5

Tropical Storm ErikaPosition: 18.5N 72.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb.

Currently about 40 miles [ 65 km] West of Port au Prince, Haiti.

The storm is interacting with the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola which, in addition to wind shear, is causing disorganization.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Southeastern & Central Bahamas, and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Northwestern Bahamas, the Cuban Provinces of Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Guantanamo.

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.]

August 28, 2015   No Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

King of the Honda

Cat Blogging

Woot!!!!

[Editor: The Great Pumpkin has captured the top of the Honda. In most places it would be King of the Hill, but Florida doesn’t really have hills, so the Honda has to stand in.]

Friday Ark

August 28, 2015   4 Comments

Tropical Storm Erika – Day 4

Tropical Storm ErikaPosition: 16.6N 65.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb.

Currently about 135 miles [ 215 km] South-Southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St Martin, St Barthelemy, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, North coast of the Dominican Republic from the northern border with Haiti eastward and southward to Isla Saona, Southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Central Bahamas, and Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Punta Palenque.

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.]

August 27, 2015   No Comments

Tropical Storm Erika – Day 3

Tropical Storm ErikaPosition: 16.7N 60.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Currently about 110 miles [ 175 km] East-Southeast of Antigua.

The storm is having problems spinning up again after the disruption.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Anguilla, Saba, St Eustatius, St Maartin, Barbuda, St Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S Virgin Islands, and British Virgin Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, North coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Cabo Frances Viejo, Southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks & Caicos 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.]

August 26, 2015   No Comments

Something Completely Different

After reading all of the attempts at humor from the amateurs running for office in the US and Canada, take a break for some professionals at the Edinburgh Fringe. I personally thought number 10 was better than the winner, but I’m not British. :)

August 25, 2015   2 Comments

Software Update

There was a security update to WordPress so I had to update the site. If you notice something weird I would appreciate it if you let me know.

August 25, 2015   6 Comments

Tropical Storm Erika – Day 2

Tropical Storm ErikaPosition: 16.0N 54.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 18 mph [30 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Currently about 495 miles [ 800 km] East of Antigua.

The storm has encountered dry air which is preventing it from strengthening.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Anguilla, Saba, St Eustatius, and St Maartin.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbuda, St Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands, and British Virgin 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.]

August 25, 2015   No Comments

Tropical Storm Erika

Tropical Storm ErikaPosition: 14.4N 47.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1003 mb.

Currently about 955 miles [1535 km] East of the Leeward Islands.

As expected, Invest 98L has been designated Tropical Storm Erika.

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.]

August 24, 2015   No Comments

Invest 98L

As Danny is fading into history Invest 98L follows in Danny’s track and is on the verge of becoming Tropical Storm Erika.

There is a narrow gap in the mid-Atlantic that developing storms have to pass through to develop. If they go too far north too soon, the dry air and wind shear tears them apart.

August 24, 2015   No Comments

Some Follow-up

At 10AM CDT the NHC issued its last advisory on Danny as it degenerated into a remnant low. It will still generate some much needed rain in the Caribbean.

Wall Street and the other major casinos around the world are still dropping as more people discover that it is a con.

The government of France has awarded six people including the three American friends involved in foiling the attack on the train, the Legion d’Honneur, the country’s highest award.

August 24, 2015   2 Comments

This Time With Cashews

The casinos that call themselves stock markets are again showing the world why you should not use them for retirement funds. Governments failed to reinstate the regulations that kept them honest and stable so they returned to their bad habits.

While talking about bad habits I might as well point out that although the price of a barrel of oil has dropped below $40/barrel, the price of gasoline has seen no corresponding drop at the pump. Refiners have decided to keep the savings for themselves.

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August 23, 2015   6 Comments

Mixed Nuts

The BBC tells me that “An explosion has been reported at a chemical plant in China’s eastern province of Shandong.” Well, it has been almost 10 days since the last chemical explosion in Chine so it was due… 😈

It doesn’t take a gun to stop an attack, it takes people willing to do it. The initial reports said they were Marines, but Airmen, the National Guard, and people without any military training can act too.

August 23, 2015   2 Comments