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Tropical Storm Ernesto – Day 3

Tropical Storm ErnestoPosition: 50.4N 25.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 35 mph [56 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Minimum central pressure: 999 mb ↓.

Currently about 860 miles [1380 km] North of the Azores.

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 17, 2018   No Comments

Aretha Franklin 1942-2016

Adrastos at First Draft has a nice remembrance while the BBC doesn’t forget to include a formal obituary.

The Queen of Soul took songs written by or for others and made them hers. Otis Redding could never top her version of his song, “Respect”, and Carol King lost “A Natural Woman” to the Queen.

She was only in one movie, The Blues Brothers, but she laid down my favorite version of “Think”.

She is missed.

August 16, 2018   4 Comments

Subtropical Storm Ernesto – Day 2

Tropical Storm ErnestoPosition: 44.1N 38.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 22 mph [35 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles [260 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1007.

Currently about 710 miles [1145 km] East of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

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 16, 2018   No Comments

Subtropical Storm Ernesto

Tropical Storm ErnestoPosition: 39.7N 45.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [025°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles [260 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb.

Currently about 630 miles [1010 km] Southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

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 15, 2018   No Comments

The Snark Is Strong

Not this Snark or even The Snark, but the other snark.

Frank Figliuzzi, former Assistant Director of the FBI for Counterintelligence, while discussing Trump’s weekend tweets about the Trump Tower meeting, suggested that Twitter should display the Miranda warning on Trump’s account before he can post anything.

Matt Miller, a former Department of Justice spokesman, opined that the White House has the highest crime rate in Washington, DC. This was after discussing multiple criminal problems of individuals associated with this administration.

Of course, xkcd can always be counted on and does not fail us on electronic voting machines.

August 9, 2018   4 Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Debby – Day 2

Post-Tropical Cyclone DebbyPosition: 45.5N 40.5W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 23 mph [37 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb ↑.

Currently about 865 miles [1390 km] Northwest of the Azores.

Debby has lost its tropical characteristics and will become a remnant low later today. This is the final NHC advisory.

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 9, 2018   No Comments

Tropical Storm Debby

Tropical Storm DebbyPosition: 42.8N 46.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [040°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1000 mb ↓.

Currently about 1075 miles [1730 km] West-Northwest of the Azores.

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 8, 2018   No Comments

While I’ve Been Away

Geraint Thomas, a Welsh rider on Team Sky won the Tour de France on a race plagued by less than friendly conduct by the spectators along the course. Then there was the demonstration by farmers that the police broke up with tear gas that affected the main body of the riders and the hazard of a patch of cobblestones on part of the course. Christopher Froome wasn’t at the top of his form, but the harassment of the spectators who made multiple efforts to impede him put another win out of reach.

Meanwhile Trump has been tweeting his confession concerning the misdeeds of himself and others to the world. This latest batch amply demonstrates why his lawyers don’t want him to meet with Mueller’s team – he will confess to kidnapping the Lindbergh baby and every other crime of note in the last 100 years. He can’t help himself. He thinks that he can convince anyone of anything. He really seems to believe: “When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.”

The number of apartments I’m working on has expanded from 1 to 3, so I won’t be back for a while.

August 5, 2018   5 Comments