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2008 September 03 — Why Now?
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This Is Not Good

Not good at all. This was a nice little hurricane a few hours ago, and now it has a definite attitude. It’s a good thing that Al Gore needs to lose weight or some people might suspect that these explosive growth major hurricanes have something to do with global climate change.

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September 3, 2008   15 Comments

Levee Problems Aren’t Restricted To NOLA

From the Miami Herald: Lake Okeechobee draining may have to start quickly:

The slow draining down of Lake Okeechobee could begin as early as Wednesday.

With three tropical systems looming in the Atlantic Ocean, the Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday it hopes to begin slowing the lake’s record-setting rise — and lowering the potential risk to its aging levee.

The level of the lake had been so low that there were fires in the lake bed earlier this year, but Tropical Storm Fay has more than re-filled the lake and the huge size of Hanna guarantees that more water is coming.

At least the Everglades are getting a decent drink, but if the lake fills too quickly, the 70-year-old Herbert Hoover Dike may not stand up to the strain. The levees were built following the 1928 hurricane that passed over the lake resulting in more than 1,800 deaths from the flooding.

There is also the problem caused by the burrowing of the South American sailfin catfish, one of our many invasive species.

But, other than that, No Problems 😈

September 3, 2008   12 Comments

Not A Beach Weekend

TS Hanna

If you live along or near the Atlantic Coast, you might want to rethink your plans for the weekend. This is the current National Hurricane Center forecast path for Tropical Storm Hanna.

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September 3, 2008   2 Comments

Tropical Storm Hanna

Tropical Storm HannaPosition: 23.7 N 72.4 W. [1 AM CDT]
Movement: North-Northwest [335°] near 13 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph.
Wind Gusts: 75 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 290 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 989 mb.

It is 325 miles East-Southeast of Nassau.

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Obersturmfury Ike – Category 4

Obersturmfury IkePosition: 22.1 N 54.1 W. [10 PM CDT]
Movement: West_Northwest [295°] near 17 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 135 mph.
Wind Gusts: 160 mph.
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 160 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 948 mb.

It is about 610 miles East-Northeast of the Leeward Islands.

It is growing by leaps and bounds. Hopefully it will calm down before getting near land.

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Tropical Storm Josephine

Tropical Storm JosephinePosition: 13.9 N 30.7 W. [10 PM CDT]
Movement: West [275°] near 12 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph.
Wind Gusts: 65 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 1000 mb.

It is 425 miles West of the Cape Verde Islands.

The storm is weakening.

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