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It’s A Holiday

It’s the second Monday in October, so it is Thanksgiving Day / Jour de l’Action de grâce in Canada. Have a happy one.

The US Federal government has decided to call it Columbus Day, even when it isn’t on the 12th of October which was the second Wednesday in 1492. But it’s okay that the holiday can be on the wrong day, because Christopher Columbus [AKA: Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóbal Colón] didn’t find what he was looking for and identified what he did find incorrectly. The important thing is that a large area of the map got changed from “here be dragons and sea serpents,” to “here be gold and cannibals” and no mention was made of the oppressive heat, mosquitoes, or hurricanes.

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October 12, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Depression Delta – Day 7

Tropical Depression DeltaPosition: 33.1N 90.8W [10AM CDT 1500 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [035°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 994 mb ↑.

Currently about 65 miles [ 105 km] North-Northwest of Jackson, Mississippi.

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 10, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Delta – Day 6

Hurricane DeltaPosition: 30.6N 92.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [025°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles [260 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 972 mb ↑.

Currently about 70 miles [ 110 km] Northeast of Cameron, Louisiana.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf coast from east of High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf coast from east of Morgan City, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Cameron to the mouth of the Pearl River , including Vermilion Bay, and Lake Borgne.

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 9, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Delta – Day 5

Hurricane DeltaPosition: 25.7N 93.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [340°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 120 mph [195 kph].
Wind Gusts: 130 mph [210 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles [260 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 40 miles [ 65 km].
Minimum central pressure: 955 mb ↓.

Currently about 285 miles [ 455 km] South of Cameron, Louisiana.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf coast from east of High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf coast from west of High Island to Sargent, Texas, and east of Morgan City, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from High Island, Texas to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including Calcasieu Lake, Vermilion Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect the northern Gulf coast from east of the mouth of the Pearl River to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

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 8, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Delta – Day 4

Hurricane DeltaPosition: 22.5N 90.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [300°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 90 mph [150 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 972 mb ↓.

Currently about 525 miles [ 845 km] South-Southeast of Cameron, Louisiana.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf of Mexico coast from east of Sabine Pass to Morgan City, Louisiana.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf of Mexico coast from San Luis Pass, Texas to Sabine Pass, and east of Morgan City, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Sabine Pass to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including Calcasieu Lake, Vermilion Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne and Mobile Bay.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect the northern Gulf coast from east of the mouth of the Pearl River to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the northern Gulf coast from High Island, Texas, to Sabine Pass; east of Ocean Springs, Mississippi to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

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 7, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Delta – Day 3

Hurricane DeltaPosition: 19.5N 85.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [300°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 130 mph [215 kph].
Wind Gusts: 145 mph [235 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 30 miles [ 45 km].
Minimum central pressure: 960 mb ↑.

Currently about 135 miles [ 220 km] East-Southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of the Yucatan peninsula from Tulum northward and westward to Dzilam, including Cozumel.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Isle of Youth; the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio; Dzilam to Progresso, Mexico; Punta Herrero to Tulum, Mexico.

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 6, 2020   No Comments

Hurricane Delta – Day 2

Hurricane DeltaPosition: 16.8N 80.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 10 miles [ 20 km].
Minimum central pressure: 977 mb ↓.

Currently about 180 miles [ 295 km] South-Southeast of Grand Cayman.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of the Yucatan peninsula from Tulum northward and westward to Rio Lagartos, including Cozumel.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cayman Islands including Little Cayman and Cayman Brac; Isle of Youth; the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio; Rio Lagartos to Progresso, Mexico.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Cuban province of La Habana.

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 5, 2020   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Gamma – Day 4

Post-Tropical Cyclone GammaPosition: 21.6N 88.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Southwest [220°] near 6 mph [ 9 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb.

Currently about 85 miles [ 140 km] East-Northeast of Progreso, Mexico.

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 5, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Depression Twenty-Six

Tropical Depression Twenty-SixPosition: 17.0N 77.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb ↓.

Currently about 75 miles [ 125 km] South-Southwest of Kingston, Jamaica.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cayman Islands including Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Pinar del Rio and Artemisa; Isle of Youth.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Cuban province of La Habana.

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 4, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Storm Gamma Day 3

Tropical Storm GammaPosition: 22.8N 87.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [090°] near 2 mph [ 4 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 70 mph [110 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles [260 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998 mb.

Currently about 190 miles [ 305 km] East-Northeast of Progreso, Mexico.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for north and west of Cancun to Dzilam, Mexico.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for west of Dzilam to Campeche, Mexico

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 4, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Storm Gamma Day 2

Tropical Storm GammaPosition: 21.3N 88.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [325°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 70 mph [110 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 990 mb.

Currently about 85 miles [ 135 km] North-Northwest of Tulum, Mexico.

At 4PM CDT the storm is ashore on the Northeastern Yucatan Peninsula.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for north and west of Punta Allen to Dzilam, Mexico, including Cozumel.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for west of Dzilam to Progreso, Mexico

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 3, 2020   No Comments

Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Storm GammaPosition: 19.1N 86.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [315°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998 mb ↓.

Currently about 110 miles [ 175 km] South-Southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Punta Herrero to Cabo Catoche, Mexico.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for south of Punta Herrero to Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; west of Cabo Catoche to Dzilam, Mexico

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 2, 2020   No Comments

I Voted

Voting Sticker

My county mailed me my absentee ballot on 09/24/2020 as First Class Pre-sorted election material and I didn’t get it until 09/30/2020. Understand that it was given to the post office already barcoded and in carrier route order in trays, but it took a week to get here.

I immediately filled it out and then put it in the mail yesterday morning at the main post office in town. I will check on the Supervisor of Elections web site to see when it is received. The envelope was pre-addressed and barcoded and marked as election material. With a month to go I have high hopes that it will reach the election office prior to November 3rd.

October 2, 2020   15 Comments

2020

The ABC (US) had a nice article about a find in Egypt: Archaeologists unearth 27 coffins at Egypt’s Saqqara pyramid. Normally I would like the news and look for follow-up reporting. This is 2020. Put them back and walk away slowly hoping nothing happens. Don’t tempt fate – we have Trump, a pandemic, and locust, so we should not take any more risks.

Expecting the worst may not be enough. In that vein, Florida governor, Ron DeMented DeSantis has decided to remove all COVID restrictions. He apparently doesn’t think over a hundred deaths a day is a problem.

I am trying to understand why vandalism during street protests requires a major Federal response, but 1,000+ deaths a day doesn’t, but that’s 2020. Stay safe. Stay sane. Vote on November 3rd.

September 27, 2020   No Comments