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Tropical Storm Hermine – Day 4

Tropical Storm HerminePosition: 25.8N 87.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [025°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 125 miles [205 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998 mb ↓.

Currently about 295 miles [ 475 km] South-Southwest of Apalachicola, Florida and 319 miles [513 km] South of me.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Suwannee River to Mexico Beach.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Anclote River to Suwannee River and West of Mexico Beach to Destin, Florida.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Anclote River to Suwannee River and West of Mexico Beach to Destin, Florida.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Marineland, Florida to South Santee River.

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 31, 2016   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Hermine – Day 4

Tropical Depression Eight – Day 4

Tropical Depression EightPosition: 36.7N 70.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [065°] near 18 mph [30 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1010 mb.

Currently about 320 miles [ 515 km] East-Northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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 31, 2016   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Eight – Day 4

Hurricane Gaston – Day 10

Hurricane GastonPosition: 36.0N 45.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 105 mph [185 kph].
Wind Gusts: 120 mph [190 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 970 mb ↑.

Currently about 1020 miles [1640 km] West of Lajes AB, Azores.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Flores and Corvo in the western Azores and Faial, Pico, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, and Terceira in the central Azores.

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

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Hurricane Gaston – Day 10

Beta Testing?

Facebook screws up royally:

Just months after the discovery that Facebook’s “trending” news module was curated and tweaked by human beings, the company has eliminated its editors and left the algorithm to do its job. The results, so far, are a disaster.

Facebook announced late Friday that it had eliminated jobs in its trending module, the part of its news division where staff curated popular news for Facebook users. Over the weekend, the fully automated Facebook trending module pushed out a false story about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, a controversial piece about a comedian’s four-letter word attack on rightwing pundit Ann Coulter, and links to an article about a video of a man masturbating with a McDonald’s chicken sandwich.

Obviously no one verified that the algorithm would use the ‘white list’ of reliable news sources, or if it had learned anything from the editors who had been training it. In a common mistake of current tech companies they fired all of the people who understood the system and created a major failure.

August 30, 2016   4 Comments

Tropical Depression Nine – Day 3

Tropical Depression NinePosition: 24.3N 87.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [345°] near 2 mph [ 4 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb.

Currently about 415 miles [ 670 km] Southwest of Tampa, Florida and 427 miles [688 km] South of me.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Anclote River to Indian Pass.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for West of Indian Pass to the Walton/Bay County line.

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 30, 2016   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Nine – Day 3

Tropical Depression Eight – Day 3

Tropical Depression EightPosition: 34.5N 74.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [040°] near 5 mph [ 8 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1011 mb.

Currently about 70 miles [ 115 km] Southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The Tropical Storm Warning was discontinued at 7PM CDT.

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 30, 2016   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Eight – Day 3

Hurricane Gaston – Day 9

Hurricane GastonPosition: 32.9N 50.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [070°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 120 mph [195 kph].
Wind Gusts: 135 mph [215 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles [260 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 956 mb ↓.

Currently about 1385 miles [2230 km] West of the Azores.

The storm has been regaining strength all day and is back at Cat 3.

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 30, 2016   Comments Off on Hurricane Gaston – Day 9

Florida Primary!!!

The polls are open tomorrow from 7AM to 7PM local. If you have not already voted by Absentee ballot, or gone to an early voting location, be sure to stop by your normal polling place to make a choice for the names to appear on the ballot in November. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the people elected.

August 29, 2016   Comments Off on Florida Primary!!!

Tropical Depression Nine – Day 2

Tropical Depression NinePosition: 23.9N 85.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1003 mb ↓.

Currently about 240 miles [ 385 km] West of Key West, Florida and 454 miles [731 km] South-Southeast of me.

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 29, 2016   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Nine – Day 2

Tropical Depression Eight – Day 2

Tropical Depression EightPosition: 33.8N 74.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [315°] near 5 mph [ 7 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1011 mb.

Currently about 125 miles [ 200 km] Southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The Hurricane Hunters found the storm still weak this morning.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet, including Pamlico Sound.

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 29, 2016   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Eight – Day 2

Hurricane Gaston – Day 8

Hurricane GastonPosition: 31.6N 54.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [045°] near 6 mph [ 9 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 105 mph [165 kph].
Wind Gusts: 120 mph [190 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 968 mb.

Currently about 1620 miles [2605 km] West of the Azores.

The storm is stalled and slightly weaker this morning dropping to Cat 2.

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 29, 2016   Comments Off on Hurricane Gaston – Day 8

Tropical Depression Nine

Tropical Depression NinePosition: 23.4N 82.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb ↓.

Currently about 100 miles [ 160 km] Southwest of Key West, Florida.

The storm is in the Florida Straits headed into the Gulf of Mexico on its way to me at the end of the week.

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, 2016   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Nine

Tropical Depression Eight

Tropical Depression EightPosition: 32.2N 72.1W [10PM 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: 1010 mb.

Currently about 285 miles [ 460 km] Southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

A tropical storm warning may be necessary later today for the Carolina coast.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet.

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, 2016   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Eight

Hurricane Gaston – Day 7

Hurricane GastonPosition: 30.6N 55.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Stationary.
Maximum sustained winds: 120 mph [195 kph].
Wind Gusts: 135 mph [215 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 957 mb ↓.

Currently about 575 miles [ 930 km] East of Bermuda.

The storm is stronger this morning and moving slower. At 10AM CDT became a Cat 2 storm. At 4PM CDT Gaston became a Cat 3, the first major hurricane of the season.

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, 2016   Comments Off on Hurricane Gaston – Day 7