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June First

This is the first day of the 2006 Hurricane Season.

It is to be hoped that it is not even close to the 2005 Season which had: 13 Tropical Storms, and 15 Hurricanes. A total of 28 named storms is a record requiring the first use of the Greek alphabet in history; 15 hurricanes is a record; 4 category 5 hurricanes [Emily, Katrina, Rita, Wilma] is a record; end of the season on January 6 is a record; and hurricane Wilma established the new record for the lowest barometric pressure recorded in the Atlantic Basin at 882 millibars.

The first name for the season is Alberto, not a comforting sign. In 1994, the last time the name was used, Tropical Storm Alberto was a major rain event that came ashore just east of me.

The NOAA forecast is for 13-16 named storms, 8-10 hurricanes, and 4-6 major storms. The good news is that the La Niña condition in the Pacific Ocean has disappeared, which will alter the steering winds to a more normal pattern.

More information at my hurricane page, and we can wait for the official end of the season on December 1st.

June 1st:

1495 – Friar John Cor records the first known batch of scotch whisky.
1660 – Mary Dyer is hanged in Boston, Massachusetts, for defying a law banning Quakers from the colony. She is considered by some to be the last religious martyr in what would become the United States.
1967 – The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.
1980 – The Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.

1563 – Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, English statesman and spymaster (d. 1612)
1780 – Carl von Clausewitz, Prussian general (d. 1831)

For some reason I didn’t make the list.


1 Steve Bates { 06.01.06 at 12:59 am }

For some reason I didn’t make the list.

If by that you mean that today is your birthday, Bryan, Happy Birthday, and many, many more!

Alberto, eh? Don’t let him blow away your civil liberties.

(BTW, your hurricane page link is defunct. It 404’s. Yes, “404” has been verbed. Verbing weirds language…)

2 Bryan { 06.01.06 at 1:06 am }

The link is fixed, not enough attention to detail.

Yes, the date links me to hurricanes too closely.

3 Steve Bates { 06.01.06 at 1:36 am }

Thanks, Bryan; the page has good advice.

Re: birthdays, it could be worse. Mine links me to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, about which I feel compelled to write almost every year. And Mad Kane was born on 9/11. See what I mean?

4 Anya { 06.01.06 at 7:22 am }

Harvey Birthday, cousin!

5 Michael { 06.01.06 at 9:12 am }

Hoppy Bird Day Two Ewes, Bryan. And as I said over at my place this morning, if you live on the Gulf Coast (or pretty much anywhere in the U.S. that touches the Atlantic basin), stock up on condoms and KY, ‘cuz you’re gonna get screwed but royally. If it isn’t FEMA, it’ll be the insurance agencies.

6 Bryan { 06.01.06 at 12:06 pm }

Спасибо, Аня.

Tanks, Michael. You get used to it, getting screwed by corporations and incompetence by the government.