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Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933-2020

The BBC does their usual thorough and respectful writing in their obituary of the Supreme Court justice.

The Republican Senate Majority leader doesn’t even wait for the funeral to demonstrate what a total political hack he is by saying that he would push for the confirmation of a replacement within 50 days of the Presidential election in contrast to his “new rule” back in 2015 that President Obama couldn’t fill a vacancy within a year of the election. He is an oozing pit of political corruption.

September 18, 2020   2 Comments

Le Tour 2020 – Stage 19

Tour de FranceBourg-en-Bresse > Champagnole

Distance: 166.5 kilometers.

A “Flat” stage with 1 climb. The intermediate sprint is at 117.5 km at Mournans. It’s a downhill finish.

  • Côte de Château-Chalon 82 km (cat 4: 4.3km @ 4.7%)

Yellow Jersey Primož Roglic ( Slo – TJV – 011 ) [Yellow] 83 hours 29 minutes 41 seconds
Green Jersey Sam Bennett ( Irl – DQT – 043 ) [Green] 319 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Richard Carapaz ( Ecu – INS – 003 ) [Polka Dot] 74 points
White Jersey Tadej Pogacar ( Slo – UAD – 131 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Søren Kragh Andersen ( Den – SUN – 205 )
Combative: Rémi Cavagna ( Fra – DQT – 044 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 091-098 ) [Yellow numbers]

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The Ig Nobel Prizes 2020

Yesterday the Annals of Improbable Research virtually recognized the 2020 winners of the Ig Nobel Prizes. The BBC has a short review of the prize winning research projects.

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Remnant Alpha

Remnant AlphaPosition: 40.9N 06.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [050°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb ↑.

Currently about 1090 miles [1750 km] East-Northeast of the Azores.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

We’re out of names, so it’s the Greek alphabet for the rest of the season. Having storms pop up near Portugal is not normal. Neither are tropical cyclones in the Mediterranean, but there’s one near Greece.

It made landfall in Portugal.

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

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Tropical Storm Wilfred

Tropical Storm WilfredPosition: 12.8N 36.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 18 mph [30 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb.

Currently about 830 miles [1340 km] West-Southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

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

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L’shanah Tovah

Happy 5781!

At sunset Rosh Hashanah begins, so get your honey, challah, and apples ready.

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Tropical Storm Beta – Day 2

Tropical Storm BetaPosition: 25.5N 92.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [030°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 70 mph [115 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Minimum central pressure: 996 mb ↓.

Currently about 315 miles [ 510 km] Southwest of the Mouth of the Mississippi River.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Port Aransas, Texas to High Island, Texas.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for South of Port Aransas, Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande; East of High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Port Mansfield, Texas to High Island, Texas including Baffin Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Matagorda Bay, and Galveston Bay.

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

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Hurricane Teddy Day 7

Hurricane TeddyPosition: 24.0N 57.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [325°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 130 mph [215 kph].
Wind Gusts: 140 mph [225 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 230 miles [370 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 948 mb ↓.

Currently about 730 miles [1170 km] Southeast of Bermuda.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Bermuda.

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

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