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What A Relief

They cancelled the Tropical Storm Warning at 10PM CDT last night, so now all we have are:



I feel so much better…

September 5, 2011   18 Comments

Hurricane Katia – Day 8

Hurricane KatiaPosition: 25.8N 64.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [315°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 135 mph [215 kph].
Wind Gusts: 160 mph [260 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 946 mb ↓.

Currently about 450 miles [ 725 km] South of Bermuda.

Katia is a Category 4 as of 10PM CDT. I hope it does make the turn and there are no vessels anywhere near this storm. No one needs to deal with this.

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.]

September 5, 2011   Comments Off on Hurricane Katia – Day 8

Labor Day

If you are a US resident I hope you enjoy this panicked and unsuccessful attempt to salvage the Democratic nomination for President by Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President. Having sent in Federal troops and marshals to break the Pullman Strike, Grover thought he could win back support from labor by giving them their own holiday before the bodies of the workers killed by said troops and marshals were cold in the ground, and to preempt the possibility of labor declaring May 1st, the commemoration of the Haymarket affair, a day for labor action. [Zero wasn’t the first Democrat to attack the party’s base. Grover lost the nomination, BTW.]

It is rather unique, as it is the only holiday I’m aware of that was imported from Canada where it’s spelled Labour Day.

When I was young, Labor Day was the last day of summer vacation from school, but now schools start in early August, so it’s just a long weekend filled with annoying drunken boaters clogging up my little street with their trailers.

September 5, 2011   12 Comments