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Tropical Storm Eta

Tropical Storm EtaPosition: 15.0N 74.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb ↓.

Currently about 600 miles [ 965 km] East of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border.

This storm is forecast to become a hurricane in a couple of days.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the northeastern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras/Nicaragua border; the northeastern coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras/Nicaragua border to Puerto Cabezas.

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.]

October 31, 2020   No Comments

US Clock Change This Weekend

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time will end in the US Sunday morning, November 1st at 2AM. It will become 1AM and you get an extra hour of sleep, unless you work the “graveyard shift” or forget.

“Fall back – Spring ahead”

October 31, 2020   5 Comments

All Hallowed Evening

Bonus Cat Blogging

Jack o' lanternWhether you celebrate Celtic New Year’s Eve [Samhain], the evening before All Saints Day [Halloween], or the anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses in 1517 [Reformation Day], have a happy one.

Wikipedia does its normally thorough job of covering all of the bases on the holidays that share October 31st.

These are my remembrances of a traditional American Halloween.

Locally COVID and the cold front following Zeta have eliminated normal activities for this holiday. No information on the ‘Autumn Festival’ across the street.

October 31, 2020   8 Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta – Day 6

Post-Tropical Cyclone ZetaPosition: 38.8N 75.3W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 55 mph [89 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 65 mph [100 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 310 miles [500 km].
Minimum central pressure: 992 mb.

Currently about 25 miles [ 35 km] West-Southwest of Cape May, New Jersey.

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

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.]

October 29, 2020   18 Comments

This Hurricane Season

As Badtux noted in comments, Louisiana has taken a beating this year. So far (there’s more than a month to go) Louisiana has had 5 named storms come ashore, 3 hurricanes and 2 tropical storms, beating the old record of 4 storms in 2002.

So far, 11 named storms have come ashore in the US breaking the 1916 record of 9, with 6 of those named storms being hurricanes which ties this year with 1985 & 1886.

If there is another named storm before the end on the season on November 30, it will tie with 2005 for the most storms in a season – 28.

This year just seems to roll up every bit of bad news available in every category.

October 28, 2020   3 Comments

Hurricane Zeta – Day 5

Hurricane ZetaPosition: 31.5N 88.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [040°] near 31 mph [50 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 105 mph [170 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 150 miles [240 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 979 mb ↑.

Currently about 45 miles [ 70 km] Northeast of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

At 4PM CDT the storm made landfall in southeastern Louisiana.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Walton/Bay County Line, Florida.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River to Navarre, Florida, including Pensacola Bay and Mobile Bay.

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.]

October 28, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Storm Zeta – Day 4

Tropical Storm ZetaPosition: 23.8N 91.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [325°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 990 mb.

Currently about 390 miles [ 625 km] South-Southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and metropolitan New Orleans .

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line, Florida.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the mouth of the Atchafalaya River, Louisiana, to Navarre, Florida, including Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Vermilion Bay, Pensacola Bay, and Mobile Bay.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from west of Morgan City to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.

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.]

October 27, 2020   4 Comments

Hurricane Zeta – Day 3

Hurricane ZetaPosition: 20.2N 87.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [305°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 982 mb ↓.

Currently about 25 miles [ 40 km] East of Tulum, Mexico.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula from Punta Allen to Progreso, including Cozumel.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and metropolitan New Orleans.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line, Florida, and from west of Morgan City to Intracoastal City.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to Navarre, Florida, including Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Vermilion Bay, Pensacola Bay, and Mobile Bay.

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.]

October 26, 2020   No Comments

Turning The Corner

We have indeed turned the corner on COVID-19. It happened in late August or early September. Unfortunately Trump, “De Mentis” of Florida, “Noclue” of South Dakota et al. didn’t ask for directions and turned the wrong way. With mask and social distancing requirements imposed by major retailers and sane government officials, we had been on a downward slope until that point.

You may remember the demand to open schools, and threats to funding if there weren’t in-person classes. Schools are the nations daycare centers for low-paid workers getting back to work. Colleges and universities apparently needed to open to provide live sports TV on Saturday. This resulted in the increase in the spread of cases that every infectious disease expert predicted, following the jump start in the upper Mid West caused by the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. As was commonly said by my elders when I was growing up- “You can buy them books, but they’ll just eat the covers and use the rest for toilet paper.” (Most people waited until after they had read the book before using the pages for toilet paper to the time of COVID.)

October 25, 2020   9 Comments

Tropical Storm Zeta – Day 2

Tropical Storm ZetaPosition: 18.1N 83.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [330°] near 2 mph [ 4 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 70 mph [115 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Minimum central pressure: 997 mb.

Currently about 260 miles [ 420 km] Southeast of Cozumel.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Rio Lagartos, including Cozumel.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.

The storm is wobbling with no specific direction as it gets stronger.

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.]

October 25, 2020   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Epsilon – Day 7

Post-Tropical Cyclone EpsilonPosition: 48.6N 38.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 46 mph [74 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 450 miles [720 km].
Minimum central pressure: 968 mb ↑.

Currently about 675 miles [1090 km] East-Northeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

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

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.]

October 25, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Depression Twenty-Eight

Tropical Depression Twenty-EightPosition: 18.9N 83.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Stationary.
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb ↓.

Currently about 240 miles [ 380 km] South-Southeast of the western tip of Cuba.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Rio Lagartos, including Cozumel.

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.]

October 24, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Epsilon – Day 6

Hurricane EpsilonPosition: 41.3N 56.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [045°] near 24 mph [39 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 380 miles [610 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 960 mb ↑.

Currently about 400 miles [ 645 km] South-Southwest 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.]

October 24, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Epsilon – Day 5

Hurricane EpsilonPosition: 36.5N 62.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [355°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 355 miles [575 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 15 miles [ 30 km].
Minimum central pressure: 972 mb ↑.

Currently about 330 miles [ 530 km] North-Northeast of Bermuda.

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.]

October 23, 2020   No Comments