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Tropical Storm Grace – Day 2

Tropical Storm GracePosition: 13.3N 32.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 65 mph [100 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1002 mb.

Currently about 600 miles [ 960 km] West-Southwest of the Cape Verde 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 6, 2015   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Grace – Day 2

Remnant Fred – Day 8

Tropical Depression FredPosition: 26.5N 42.5W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [030°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1011 mb ↑.

Currently about 1200 miles [1935 km] Southwest of the Azores.

This is the final advisory as Fred has finally weakened into a remnant low.

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 6, 2015   Comments Off on Remnant Fred – Day 8

Sunday School

NPR has a condensed version: Presidential Candidates Take Sides On Support For Kentucky Clerk.

Ellroon found a nice statement of the core issue:

No one’s being jailed for practicing her religion. Someone’s being jailed for using the government to force others to practice her religion. – Rachel Held Evans

My bumper sticker version is “County Clerk – NOT County Cleric!”

Ms Davis wasn’t just refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, she was refusing to issue licenses to anyone. She was attempting to avoid being sued for discrimination. Refusing to fulfill your duties as a public servant is generally considered a crime – malfeasance.

September 6, 2015   8 Comments

First Line of Defense?

The ABC reports on a West Point tradition:

Thirty cadets at the prestigious US Military Academy in New York state have been left injured after a traditional pillow fight turned bloody.

The brawl left 24 young cadets with concussions, the West Point academy told the New York Times, after reports that some stuffed their pillows with hard objects.

I can tell you from personal experience that the standard military pillow is not fluffy and the cover is stiffer than a new pair of jeans, but you couldn’t possibly give someone a concussion with one.

They train military officers at West Point. Do we really want people who cheat in a pillow fight to be officers?

September 6, 2015   6 Comments