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Why I Read Him

Susie Madrak located the video of an October, 2011 talk at a TEDx conference in Bermuda given by Dr. Jeff Masters. He gives his qualifications and then talked about upcoming threats.

When he gets to the threat of a major hurricane in New York pay attention to the details and the maps. He was describing Hurricane Sandy.

Some might quibble that he was talking about a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, while Sandy was only a Category 1. Before it slammed into the Gulf Coast of the Florida peninsula in 2004, Hurricane Charley had 145 mph winds and a pressure of 947 mb. Sandy came ashore with a pressure of 946 mb, up from 940 mb just off the coast. Sandy was many times larger than Charley and had higher storm surge. It isn’t the wind, it’s the water.

Dr. Masters points out that warmer sea surface temperatures produces more powerful hurricanes.

November 8, 2012   Comments Off

Florida Update

Bronco Bama has increased his lead over Money Boo Boo to over 55K this morning, but absentee ballots are still being counted.

Allen West has requested a recount in one of the counties in his loss to Patrick Murphy in District 18. More money wasted, because he has to pay for it.

Oh, people need to stop comparing the loser in Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted, to Katherine Harris. Ms Harris succeeded in stealing Florida, while Husted totally failed in Ohio. Given the shoddy treatment that poor Kate received after accomplishing her mission, I don’t think Karl Rove is going to be very nice to Husted in the aftermath of his failure.

Update: It looks like it will be tomorrow before this is finished as Broward, Duval, and Palm Beach counties still haven’t finished counting absentee ballots. Zero is now 59K ahead of Rmoney.

November 8, 2012   Comments Off

In Other Elections News

The absentee ballots still haven’t been counted in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Duval counties, so Florida still doesn’t know who won. Bronco Bama has been leading Money Boo Boo by 50K all day, which is good because it is outside of the automatic recount limit. If the difference drops to .5% or less, there is an automatic recount, and no one is interested in that expense.

Carlos Gimenez, the Republican mayor of Maimi-Dade has announced that he intends to ask the Fraudster-in-chief and legislature to extend the early voting hours in the next session in hopes to avoid being tarred-and-feathered by his constituents. If there are any real politicians in Tallahassee it will be the first bill taken up and passed in the next session because if it isn’t done, it will be a major issue at the next election, and not just in Miami.

This might be over tomorrow with initial totals finalized, but I wouldn’t bet on it. The much reduced staff of the Supervisor of Elections in Miami-Dade has to be exhausted tonight. Fortunately Florida is irrelevant this year or too many of us would be having flashbacks from 2000.

November 8, 2012   Comments Off