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Tropical Storm Fiona

Tropical Storm FionaPosition: 15.5N 39.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [300°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Currently about 995 miles [1605 km] West of the Cabo Verde 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 17, 2016   No Comments

Invest 98L

The system West-Southwest of Cabo Verde is almost a tropical depression. Currently it is forecast to be a central Atlantic annoyance to fish and shipping as it recurves to the North from its West-Northwest movement.

August 16, 2016   No Comments

Out In The Omega Zone

Trump to propose political tests for immigrants. Among the tests will be an immigrant’s attitude toward the LGBT community, because radical Muslims hate it … as do an awful lot of Republicans including Mike Pence. Trump wants to ensure that all immigrants are liberals?

The Australian version of the ‘Trumpets’ are just as crazy. –Anti-Islam group ‘Party for Freedom’ disrupts Sunday service in ‘racist stunt’ at Gosford’s Anglican church. Yes, the article tells us that a group of anti-Muslims dress up to look like their concept of Muslims and disrupt an Anglican church service. Apparently the whackoes were upset because the vicar was espousing the doctrine of Jesus and even saying nice things about immigrants on the church sign. Down here you would be fortunate if you would only be arrested for disrupting a religious service. If the wrong police force showed up your chances of being alive if dressed liked cartoon Arabs are not large, turkeys and Thanksgiving comes to mind..

August 15, 2016   7 Comments

Rain, Rain – Enough Already!!!

Yesterday we reached 9¼ inches of rain for August, twice the normal average for the entire month, but not so bad when there have been areas in Louisiana that have gotten that much in a day. This isn’t a tropical storm, but a low pressure system that keeps drifting along the northern Gulf Coast.

Louisiana is in a state of emergency with hundreds of people having to be rescued. The water flows through the native white quartz sand we have over here. The only people who get flooded along the Florida coast are those who have been serious about growing grass. You can’t convince them it’s a message to stop with the grass.

August 14, 2016   3 Comments

Trump Doesn’t Know He Shouldn’t Be Saying Those Things

Trump doesn’t understand that most of what he hears his supporters saying is not safe for the general audience. He hears these things and he repeats them as if they were common knowledge. He doesn’t know that the people cheering him on don’t believe the actual history of the United States – they believe the revisionist history of David Barton … the version where the slaves were well-fed and had good housing as they built the White House.

Among the Trumpets, Republicans are never the President when terrible things happen, like the attack on 9/11 or the global financial meltdown. The problem is that the media ignore the fact that Obama has been blamed for the formation of ISIS because he had to implement the troop draw down in the Status of Forces Agreement negotiated and signed by the Shrubbery. These sorts of things have been out there for months/years, and the media never bothered to address them until Drumpf says them, and he has a staff that assures him the statement is true.

The Republican base that supports Drumpf is from the Omega Zone, and until they can be convinced to return to this reality, it is wishful thinking to think you can negotiate with them.

August 12, 2016   7 Comments

Negligence Not An Accident

Florida woman accidentally killed in police academy exercise: “Mary Knowlton, 73, was participating in a role-playing exercise when an officer mistakenly shot her with a live round, the Punta Gorda Police Department said.”

The officer probably changed the magazine in his weapon and neglected to clear the live round he had chambered. Even if you are firing blanks, you do not aim at a live target. The wad in a blank round can injure or kill.

This wasn’t an accident, the Punta Gorda Police Department was negligent and a woman died.

August 10, 2016   2 Comments

From The World Of The Weird

Drumpf came out with his “economic policy” based on the “Laughter Curve” that says the closer the tax rates approach zero the closer the government revenue approaches infinity. It hasn’t worked any of the times it has been tried since Reagan, so it must be tried again… 😈

Fair is fair. I ragged on Georgia cops who couldn’t tell the difference between okra and marijuana, so I have to note that Orlando cops can’t tell the difference between crystal meth and doughnut glaze.

Via Mustang Bobby a Mother Jones article highlighting the absurdity of trying to combat the Zika virus at the same time you are rejecting the expansion of Medicaid and trying to close down women’s health centers. Rick Scott, Florida’s Fraudster in Chief, says that he has $26 million in state funds to fight the disease, but no one can see any evidence that it is being spent.

August 8, 2016   No Comments

Strange Times

At the Blackhats security conference in Vegas they are having a a “Hackers for Hillary” fundraiser. Some people are apparently annoyed that Drumpf seems to believe that you have be from the former Soviet Bloc to be a decent hacker.

Given all of the problems that the Dems have had with their e-mail systems, they should have used Hillary’s which was one of the few that wasn’t hacked. For all of the people who think that 30,000 is a lot of e-mails to delete – send me your e-mail address and I’ll send you my Spam folder which is nothing compared to what she must receive. The Shrubbery’s crew used RNC e-mail servers and deleted everything.

Earl died in the interior of Mexico. I’m watching a trough in the Gulf sitting the Big Bend/Armpit of Florida. It has provided me with thunderstorms every day for a week. Another area of interest is north of the Dominican Republic. There is a chance of the two systems meeting off the Atlantic Coast to provide some interesting weather next week.

In response to several Zika cases in Miami-Dade they have been saturation spraying malathion and have been approved for ‘Frankenbugs’, genetically modified mosquitoes to do battle with the Zika mosquitoes [ and after drinking the malathion in the outflow of a nuclear plant that was tainted by the algae blooms they bite all of the Cubans who then vote for Jill Stein…

August 6, 2016   19 Comments

Tropical Storm Earl – Day 4

Tropical Storm EarlPosition: 19.0N 95.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 70 mph [110 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [195 km].
Minimum central pressure: 999 mb.

Currently about 25 miles [ 40 km] Southeast of Veracruz, Mexico.

At 10PM CST the storm is coming ashore near Veracruz.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Roca Partido northward to Tecolutla, 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.]

August 5, 2016   No Comments

Tropical Storm Earl – Day 3

Tropical Storm EarlPosition: 18.1N 91.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1000 mb.

Currently about 175 miles [ 285 km] East of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Ciudad del Carmen westward to Laguna Verde Mexico.

The storm came ashore at 1AM CDT at Belize City with 80mph sustained winds.

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 4, 2016   No Comments

Hurricane Earl – Day 2

Hurricane EarlPosition: 17.4N 87.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [135 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 15 miles [ 30 km].
Minimum central pressure: 984 mb ↓.

Currently about 40 miles [ 65 km] East of Belize City.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, southward to the Belize/Guatemala border.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for North of Puerto Costa Maya to Punta Allen, 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.]

August 3, 2016   2 Comments

Tropical Storm Earl

Tropical Storm EarlPosition: 16.4N 83.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 996 mb.

Currently about 350 miles [ 565 km] East of Belize City.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, southward to the Belize/Guatemala border.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Cabo Gracias a Dios westward to the Honduras/Guatemala border including the Bay Islands of Honduras and North of Puerto Costa Maya to Punta Allen, Mexico.

Earl is expected to be a Hurricane before landfall.

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 2, 2016   No Comments

Invest 97L

InvestInvest 97L is currently [1PM CDT] in the Caribbean due South of Haiti heading West at about 25 mph with 45 mph winds.

A Hurricane Hunter should reach the storm later this afternoon. There is a high probability that the Invest will be reclassified Tropical Storm Earl by the data the aircraft gathers.

August 1, 2016   No Comments

Truly Lacking in Class

I have absolutely no idea how Drumpf can expect to be accepted as the ‘Commander in Chief’ when he has repeatedly demonstrated his total lack of respect for members of the military.

I have a lot of differences with Senator John McCain but to minimize the courage required for the service the Senator rendered while in the US Navy should have eliminated Drumpf from any consideration for the Presidency. Senator McCain is permanently disabled as a result of his service.

Now Drumpf is attacking the parents of an Army officer killed in Iraq. You don’t attack Gold Star mothers, and you can’t compare organizing the Miss Universe pageant with patrolling streets in a war zone.

July 31, 2016   25 Comments