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2011 June 20 — Why Now?
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System Problems

My DSL modem is on its last legs, and until I can get a replacement I won’t be around much, if at all.

Oh, yes, CenturyLink really sucks, but that won’t be my problem much longer. Satellite here I come.

June 20, 2011   5 Comments

Wallow Fire – Improved Weather

Wallow FireThere has been much better weather today, and the outlook for the next few days is good, but long-term the National Weather Service is warning about the real possibility of flooding when the rains return. People need to take the warnings seriously, and get flood insurance now. With the loss of vegetation on the hillsides, the water from even a moderate storm will cause flooding.

They are still fighting the spread into New Mexico, but the helicopters have been able to help in the lighter winds.

Information from the current Wallow Fire InciWeb Page

  • Date Started: 5/29/2011
  • Location: Apache, Navajo, Graham, and Greenlee Counties, San Carlos and White Mountain Apache Reservations, Arizona; Catron County, New Mexico
  • Cause: Human – under investigation
  • Size: 519,319 acres [811 miles² 2102 km²] based on infrared data
  • Percent Contained: 51%
  • Injuries to Date: 12
  • Residences: 2,714 threatened; 32 destroyed; 5 damaged
  • Commercial Property: 473 threatened; 4 destroyed
  • Outbuildings: 1,216 threatened; 36 destroyed; 1 damaged
  • Other: 1 truck destroyed
  • Number of Personnel: Approximately 3,594 including 15 hotshot crews and 56 hand crews
  • Equipment: 21 dozers, 196 engines, 72 watertenders
  • Aircraft: 15 helicopters, 5 air tankers
  • Incident Commander: Jim Loach, Area Command Team 3

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Hurricane Beatriz – Day 2

Hurricane BeatrizPosition: 18.0N 103.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [340°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [150 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 30 miles [ 45 km].
Minimum central pressure: 985 mb ↓.

Currently about 85 miles [140 km] Southeast of Manzanillo, Mexico.

Beatriz is a hurricane. I’m still hoping for a Sea of Cortés [Gulf of California] track that would make it a rainmaker for Northern Mexico and the US Southwest. It is currently paralleling the coast line of Mexico.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Zihuatanejo northwestward to Cabo Corrientes.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Tecpan de Galeana westward to east of Zihuatanejo.

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.]

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