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Tropical Storm Fay – Day 9

Tropical Storm FayPosition: 30.7 N 86.7 W. [ 7 PM CDT]
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 7 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph.
Wind Gusts: 55 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 999 mb.

It is 35 miles Northeast of Pensacola, Florida.

It is North of I-10, North-Northwest of me, and may be downgraded in the next advisory, so I can start watching Invest 94L.


1 LeftLeaningLady { 08.23.08 at 1:06 pm }

We seem to be coming out of the eye now as the wind is just starting to pick up. About an inch of rain last night with more to come, allegedly. Hope you are staying safe and dry!

2 Bryan { 08.23.08 at 2:27 pm }

The flag has only rippled a few times from a north wind, and it is misting more than raining, although it should be only about 50 miles away. All of the action must be on the east side of the storm.

3 hipparchia { 08.23.08 at 3:17 pm }

it was cool and overcast and breezy, with the occasional raindrop, when the dog and i went out for a walk this morning. his ears perked up, he got a big grin on his face, and i could just see the thought balloon above his head: yay! fall is here! finally! he’s going to be sooo disappointed in a few days when summer returns.

4 Bryan { 08.23.08 at 3:54 pm }

Have you checked the local long range forecast lately? All I see are thunderstorms forecast everyday.

5 hipparchia { 08.23.08 at 6:50 pm }

forecast: scattered thundershowers and highs back in the upper 80s by the middle of next week.

translation: the thundershowers will be in the other end of the county and the city temps will be 5 degrees hotter than the airport [or navy base] where the ‘official’ temps come from.

i like temperatures in the low 90s, but then i don’t have to wear a black fur coat all the time.

6 Bryan { 08.23.08 at 7:23 pm }

Well, dogs and cats have a higher normal temperature than we do, so if you clipped the coat, he would probably shiver in the AC.

We haven’t had a single triple digit reading this August.

Oh, Charlie got the Shrubbery to declare the entire state a disaster area, so be prepared to watch the penny pinching local Repubs start feeding at the Federal trough.

7 hipparchia { 08.23.08 at 7:51 pm }

ac? wuzzat? and clippers — the antichrist, fer shure.

my collie loved getting clipped every summer, the buzzing and vibration seemed to actually be soothing, and you could just see the big grin on her face at the end when all that coat was lying on the floor and she no longer had to wear it.

i do actually keep the ac on, set at about 85, but one good thing about my present abode, the insulation is good, and the interior seldom reaches that.

8 Bryan { 08.23.08 at 8:00 pm }

I keep my place warmer than most people, but I have to keep the computers cool, which is why I spend time outside – to warm up. I was raised down here, and that makes a difference.

Mostly the AC is humidity control for me.

Some dogs like it, like my Mother’s poodle, but others can’t stand the sound of the clippers.

I have a neighbor with a Lab and I keep telling her she should buy the dog a wading pool, because that’s the only way she is going to keep the dog from hauling her to the Bayou every time she takes him for a walk. He would be happy to stay in the yard if he had a kiddie pool to play in.

9 hipparchia { 08.23.08 at 9:29 pm }

i moved north when i came here. i do sometimes turn on the ac for a couple of hours for humidity control this time of year, but mostly one of the things i like about this climate is how little heat and ac i can get away with.

i tried the kiddie pool trick for my fish-dog [the one who turned into a fish every time he came within a half mile of water]. once. he loved it, water and chew toy all in one! fortunately i lived at the beach for a good bit of his life, so i didn’t have to buy a new wading pool every summer.

10 Kryten42 { 08.23.08 at 9:50 pm }

hipparchia: LOL @ all the memories of furry friends I’ve had over the years! 😀

Bryan: You could build a little *computer room* in your office to keep them cool. 🙂 Basically a box insulated with the polystyrene sheets they use these days for insulation, and some good cooling with a couple (or 4) of 200mm fans, intake & exhaust, or run a hose from the A/C unit. You can run the fans from a cheap 12V DC plugpack. Also keeps the noise level down too. I got the idea here when we got some 50mm sheets for insulating the wall of our new sunroom, and 75mm sheets for the ceiling, and had a bit left over. Fiberglass insulation is a big NO-NO now they discovered it degrades and rains fine glass particles that will destroy your lungs almost as well as asbestos! *sigh* Biggest problem for PC’s is humidity though. Especially if you are in an environment where there are metal particles in the air (near railway lines for eg).

Glad you are all weathering the storms too! (And really, NO pun was intended!) Stay safe all.

11 Kryten42 { 08.23.08 at 9:55 pm }

I meant to add: A filter for the intake fans is a must, especially where humidity and dust are common. You can easily make one by cutting a length of a leg from some pantyhose or stockings (yeah, you can laugh!) and fixing it over a wire frame. 😉 LOL Though the commercial filters are better. 😉

It will extend the life of your ‘puters. 😀

12 Steve Bates { 08.23.08 at 10:32 pm }

Mostly, the a/c is pollution control for me, or sometimes pollen control.

I grew up in Houston in an era in which ordinary folks could not afford a/c all the time; when we finally got a window unit (central? what’s that?), we ran it only in the worst of times, and sometimes cooled only two rooms of the house.

Lately I’ve run the a/c (very central… ductwork to the whole apartment complex) from the middle afternoon to early evening. The computers (all in my office-at-home) are in the shadiest part of the apt., and I try to run just one of ’em at a time… so far, I haven’t had overheating problems. Sometimes, in deference to my aged frame’s increasing sensitivity to heat, I run the a/c for a while in the evening, but only until the place cools off.

Bryan, over at my place, you mentioned indications on radar that I am about to get some weather from Fay. I’m not seeing it, in forecasts or models, or in the sky or the bayou… what am I missing?

13 Steve Bates { 08.23.08 at 10:37 pm }

OT, we’ve all discussed this security issue before, the terrorism watch list. Even the NYT editorial board has noticed there’s a problem. 🙂

14 Bryan { 08.23.08 at 10:41 pm }

Hipparchia, and long as you are the right distance from the water, i.e. far enough away that the wind and water breaks commonly called multimillion dollar condos absorb the worst, but close enough to get the moderation effect of the water, you can really make do with a minimum of use.

Kryten, I have three fans in my main system box [not counting the CPU fan] and I use an open-cell foam filter, because it is the only thing that will stop cat hair. The computers generate a lot of heat, although the LCD is much cooler than the CRT monitors.

Unfortunately all of the connections are on the South side of the house, and there are no trees on this side for shade or I would shift everything to the North.

15 Bryan { 08.23.08 at 10:45 pm }

Steve, the regional radar is showing a very large mass of rain and thunderstorms descending on Houston from the North, part of Fay’s outermost band that has been flowing from the Gulf East of the “bump” on the Panhandle over to Texas.

16 Bryan { 08.23.08 at 10:50 pm }

Wow, I just checked and the huge, ugly red mass has been reduced to a string of “beads” between Galveston and Houston. Weird, just weird.