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Tropical Storm Erika – Day 4

Tropical Storm ErikaPosition: 16.6N 65.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb.

Currently about 135 miles [ 215 km] South-Southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St Martin, St Barthelemy, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, North coast of the Dominican Republic from the northern border with Haiti eastward and southward to Isla Saona, Southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Central Bahamas, and Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Punta Palenque.

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

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August 27, 2015   No Comments

Tropical Storm Erika – Day 3

Tropical Storm ErikaPosition: 16.7N 60.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Currently about 110 miles [ 175 km] East-Southeast of Antigua.

The storm is having problems spinning up again after the disruption.

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

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, North coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Cabo Frances Viejo, Southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

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

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August 26, 2015   No Comments

Something Completely Different

After reading all of the attempts at humor from the amateurs running for office in the US and Canada, take a break for some professionals at the Edinburgh Fringe. I personally thought number 10 was better than the winner, but I’m not British. :)

August 25, 2015   2 Comments

Software Update

There was a security update to WordPress so I had to update the site. If you notice something weird I would appreciate it if you let me know.

August 25, 2015   6 Comments

Tropical Storm Erika – Day 2

Tropical Storm ErikaPosition: 16.0N 54.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 18 mph [30 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Currently about 495 miles [ 800 km] East of Antigua.

The storm has encountered dry air which is preventing it from strengthening.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Anguilla, Saba, St Eustatius, and St Maartin.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbuda, St Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands, and 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.]

August 25, 2015   No Comments

Tropical Storm Erika

Tropical Storm ErikaPosition: 14.4N 47.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1003 mb.

Currently about 955 miles [1535 km] East of the Leeward Islands.

As expected, Invest 98L has been designated Tropical Storm Erika.

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

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August 24, 2015   No Comments

Invest 98L

As Danny is fading into history Invest 98L follows in Danny’s track and is on the verge of becoming Tropical Storm Erika.

There is a narrow gap in the mid-Atlantic that developing storms have to pass through to develop. If they go too far north too soon, the dry air and wind shear tears them apart.

August 24, 2015   No Comments

Some Follow-up

At 10AM CDT the NHC issued its last advisory on Danny as it degenerated into a remnant low. It will still generate some much needed rain in the Caribbean.

Wall Street and the other major casinos around the world are still dropping as more people discover that it is a con.

The government of France has awarded six people including the three American friends involved in foiling the attack on the train, the Legion d’Honneur, the country’s highest award.

August 24, 2015   2 Comments

This Time With Cashews

The casinos that call themselves stock markets are again showing the world why you should not use them for retirement funds. Governments failed to reinstate the regulations that kept them honest and stable so they returned to their bad habits.

While talking about bad habits I might as well point out that although the price of a barrel of oil has dropped below $40/barrel, the price of gasoline has seen no corresponding drop at the pump. Refiners have decided to keep the savings for themselves.

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August 23, 2015   6 Comments

Mixed Nuts

The BBC tells me that “An explosion has been reported at a chemical plant in China’s eastern province of Shandong.” Well, it has been almost 10 days since the last chemical explosion in Chine so it was due… 😈

It doesn’t take a gun to stop an attack, it takes people willing to do it. The initial reports said they were Marines, but Airmen, the National Guard, and people without any military training can act too.

August 23, 2015   2 Comments

Tropical Storm Danny – Day 6

Tropical Storm DannyPosition: 15.6N 59.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1009 mb ↑.

Currently about 100 miles [ 160 km] East of Dominica.

The weakening trend is continuing and the system may be downgraded to a depression tonight.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbuda, St Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, and Montserrat.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Saba, St Eustatius, and St Maartin.

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

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August 23, 2015   No Comments

Tropical Storm Danny – Day 5

Tropical Storm DannyPosition: 15.6N 54.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [105 kph].
Wind Gusts: 80 mph [130 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 999 mb ↑.

Currently about 480 miles [ 775 km] East of the Leeward Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Anguilla, Barbuda, St Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, Saba, St Eustatius, St Maartin, Guadeloupe, St Barthelemy, and St Martin.

The storm is beginning to weaken as it encounters dry air and stronger wind shear. At 4PM the Hurricane Hunters report that the storm is continuing to weaken.

At 7PM CDT Danny was downgraded to a Tropical Storm.

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

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August 22, 2015   No Comments

Hurricane Danny – Day 4

Hurricane DannyPosition: 14.8N 49.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 110 mph [175 kph].
Wind Gusts: 130 mph [210 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 15 miles [ 30 km].
Minimum central pressure: 977 mb ↑.

Currently about 810 miles [1305 km] East of the Leeward Islands.

At 10AM CDT the storm had strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane.

At 2PM a NOAA aircraft reported that the storm had spun up to Category 3 – a major hurricane. Danny’s very small, compact form has protected it from the infiltration of dry air and allowed it to strengthen.

As forecast, after peaking as a Cat 3, Danny is beginning to be affected by the dry air to the North, and will soon encounter increasing wind shear.

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

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August 21, 2015   2 Comments

Hurricane Danny – Day 3

Hurricane DannyPosition: 13.4N 46.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 10 miles [ 20 km].
Minimum central pressure: 990 mb ↓.

Currently about 970 miles [1560 km] East of the Windward Islands.

The first hurricane of the season. A very compact storm that is forecast to encounter wind shear and weakening on Monday.

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 20, 2015   No Comments