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Tropical Storm Gonzalo

Tropical Storm GonzaloPosition: 16.6N 60.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1002 mb.

Currently about 80 miles [ 130 km] East-Northeast of Guadeloupe.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Guadeloupe, Desirade, Les Saintes, Marie Galante, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, St.Maartin, Saba, St. Eustatius, Barbuda, Antigua, Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin Islands.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin 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.]

October 12, 2014   No Comments

Tropical Storm Fay – Day 3

Tropical Storm FayPosition: 34.1N 58.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [080°] near 24 mph [39 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Minimum central pressure: 988mb ↑.

Currently about 400 miles [ 645 km] East-Northeast of Bermuda.

Fay passed over Bermuda at about 4AM CDT.

The hurricane status was short-lived.

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 12, 2014   No Comments

Tropical Storm Fay – Day 2

Tropical Storm FayPosition: 30.9N 65.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [010°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 85 mph [135 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Minimum central pressure: 989mb ↓.

Currently about 95 miles [ 155 km] South of Bermuda.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Bermuda.

The storm’s closest approach to Bermuda will occur overnight. The island is already feeling the effects of the storm.

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 11, 2014   No Comments

Subtropical Storm Fay

Subtropical Storm FayPosition: 25.9N 64.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [345°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1000mb.

Currently about 440 miles [ 710 km] South of Bermuda.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Bermuda.

There is a technical difference that makes this subtropical vice tropical which is relevant to forecasters and researchers but not to people in the path.

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 10, 2014   No Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

Family Portrait

Friday Cat Blogging

Do you want to play?

[Editor: I'm going to call the kit, Tadpole - a smaller and younger version of Froggy. Instead of washing up after dinner, Tadpole wants big brother Hadley to play tag.

Friday Ark

October 10, 2014   2 Comments

Possible Tropical Depression

The NHC is tracking Invest 99L which is currently Northeast of Puerto Rico in the Atlantic. Their 7PM discussion gave the system a 60% of becoming a tropical or sub-tropical depression in the next 48 hours.

If this system develops it may pose a problem for Bermuda early next week. This is the height of the active portion of the hurricane season, but this year has been abnormally quiet.

October 9, 2014   No Comments

The Good And The Bad

The Nobel Committee as made another practical decision:

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of researchers for improving the resolution of optical microscopes.

Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner used fluorescence to extend the limits of the light microscope.

The Nobel Committee said the researchers had won the award for “the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”.

They developed a system that allows researchers to see minute details at the cellular/molecular level without using an electron microscope. This makes it less expensive to do all kinds of basic research.

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CNN reports on the death of Thomas Eric Duncan:

(CNN) — Several Ebola patients treated in the United States have survived, but the first person ever diagnosed with the deadly virus on American soil didn’t.

Thomas Eric Duncan died Wednesday at a Texas hospital, 10 days after he was admitted.

“Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing,” hospital spokesman Wendell Watson said in a statement.

When they reported that Mr. Duncan had been put on dialysis, I knew he was dying. The end stage of Ebola involves the failure of the body’s organs. The people who survive generally have strong and healthy immune systems that will eventually conquer the virus, if the victim can be kept hydrated and protected from secondary infections.

October 8, 2014   16 Comments

Decisions

In a break with several recent choices the Nobel committee has made a practical choice for this year’s physics prize, Invention of blue LEDs:

The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to a trio of scientists in Japan and the US for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs).

Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura made the first blue LEDs in the early 1990s.

This enabled a new generation of bright, energy-efficient white lamps, as well as colour LED screens.

While I am personally annoyed by the prevalent use of blue LEDs on computers, I do appreciate their value in color screens and flashlights.

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OTOH, the decision of the Canadian Parliament by a vote of 157-134 to involve itself in bombing ISIS in the Middle East is a poor use of resources. The money would do more good spent on helping refugees fleeing the conflict than whatever effect it might have on ISIS.

October 7, 2014   2 Comments

Just When You Thought

It was safe to turn on your computer …

The BBC reports: Attack code for ‘unpatchable’ USB flaw released.

The reason the flaw is considered ‘unpatchable’ is because it is part of the USB standard. The standard has to be changed so manufacturers know what they can do to fix it, and then the firmware for every USB device needs to be updated with the change. Of course that assumes that the firmware can be updated. OTOH, if it can’t be updated you are probably safe as there is no way of injecting the malware.

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Another extra crispy squirrel for the cats this morning. Heard the boom at about 10AM as the squirrel shorted the transformer that delivers power to three houses, including my Mother’s. They cross from the yard across the street to the trees on this side by running along the electric lines which are insulated. It is the wires from the transformer that are bare.

October 6, 2014   9 Comments

Brrrrr

It got down to 50° early this morning which didn’t used to happen this early. I unplugged the AC units and turned on the heaters yesterday in anticipation of the temperature, but I’m not a happy camper.

As a result of the weather a small Mediterranean gecko got itself trapped in the sink at my Mother’s house. It came inside to stay warm, but the gecko grip didn’t seem to work well on wet porcelain, so I had to help it out with a wooden spoon. They are very good at keeping down bugs, so I’m careful not to injure them.

Not much news this weekend.

October 5, 2014   6 Comments

FCC Gets It Right

CNN reports that Marriott was fined $600,000 by FCC for blocking guests’ Wi-Fi.

Marriott was the hotel for a conference in Nashville and they blocked the ability of people at the conference to use their personal cellular ‘Hot Spots’. They claimed it was to protect the Internet and not to make money from the $1000 they charged vendors or $250 that they charged individuals to use the hotel’s WiFi [Yeah, right].

The fine was for interfering with cellular service.

There are legal ways of jamming cellular service that are used by hospitals and others with valid concerns about cellular interference with instruments and necessary equipment, but they require an FCC authorized device and prior notification. Marriott apparently ramped up the power on their WiFi system to ‘drown out’ other WiFi signals.

October 4, 2014   6 Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

Tiger Devouring Its Prey

Friday Cat Blogging

Nom, nom, nom…

[Editor: The kit is taking advantage of the adults' greeting ritual to get as much as possible.

Friday Ark

October 3, 2014   8 Comments

More Nations Join Anti-ISIS Group

The most significant new member is Turkey, and this is probably a reaction to ISIS moving to the Turkish border. It isn’t clear that they will be limiting themselves to an air force response, as they may decide to push ISIS away from their border.

I doubt they will be going further than about 50 kilometers inside Syria and Iraq, and are probably securing a buffer zone. It is better to blow up your neighbor’s yard than your own. This should also provide a space outside of Turkey for Kurdish fighters as Turks and Kurds ‘don’t play well together’.

October 2, 2014   No Comments

Two Stories On The Same Day!

Every site I check actually covered these two stories on their front pages. It has been a while since that happened.

The BBC versions are:

China issues warning over Hong Kong ‘illegal’ protests:

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has warned against “illegal” protests in Hong Kong, amid major pro-democracy rallies in the territory.

Mr Wang, in Washington, said the matter was an “internal affair” for China.

US counterpart John Kerry urged Hong Kong to handle the protests – seen as a challenge to Beijing – with restraint.

Analysts are saying that China is hoping to outlast the protestors rather than sending in the PLA like they did in Tiananmen Square. I think that would have been reasonable if the local authorities hadn’t tried to shut the protest down with riot police on the first day, which added another grievance to the protestors list.

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Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigns:

The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, has resigned following several high-profile security lapses.

Julia Pierson offered her resignation to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

Joseph Clancy, in charge of the presidential protective division of the agency, will take over as acting interim director.

Here’s what I don’t get – the overall head of the Secret Service resigns and is replaced by the guy who was actually responsible for the President’s security? Is it just me, or does this seem rather … STUPID!

October 1, 2014   4 Comments