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It’s Over

We made through without a storm. Thank you El Niño, we needed the break.

Unfortunately the El Niño can’t stay in place and things will probably revert to conditions more conducive to hurricanes next season and there still has not been much done to improve the survivability of the areas struck by Katrina last year, nor has FEMA finished the clean up from the 2004 season.

I would also like to thank the persistent low pressure system over the Atlantic that sucked those storms that did form to the north, and the African dust storms that interfered with storm formation.


1 Steve Bates { 12.01.06 at 12:22 pm }

Whew! Thank Dog that season is past, without any real damage along our coast. I needed the break, and I know you did, too, Bryan.

This week I began drinking the bottled water from the 2005 season and merging the canned goods from that season into the household supply. For a few weeks, beans and canned fruit will be on the menu even more than usual.

All too soon it will be time to start stocking up for next season. Sigh. Is there someplace in the U.S. that has neither hurricanes nor earthquakes, and that will be above water when global warming raises the sea level?

2 Bryan { 12.01.06 at 4:30 pm }

North Dakota?

3 oldwhitelady { 12.01.06 at 10:36 pm }

Whew! I guess that’s a relief. Since I haven’t had to go through storms such as that, I can only imagine (and of course see on news) the destruction that they can do. Of course, we get our share of tornadoes and they can do a damaging number on anything that’s in their path.

4 Bryan { 12.01.06 at 10:59 pm }

The only difference is that tornadoes are usually less of a wait – they jump up and then go by. When Ivan came ashore there were 7 tornadoes in 45 minutes in the same general area near Panama City, Florida, accounting for most of the deaths in the storm.

5 Anya { 12.02.06 at 1:36 am }

Steve, how about New Hampshire? We have earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, but they’re rare, exotic events, and generally low on the destruction scale. Nor’easters and blizzards can be obnoxious, but are more inconvenient than life threatening if one uses some common sense.

As for sea level rise, well, Milford might become a seacoast town, or the Granitetown shoals at worst. Wanna buy a beach house now instead of waiting for the rush?

6 Bryan { 12.02.06 at 10:07 am }

Since Houston floods in tropical storms, it isn’t a long term choice. The mountains look better every year.