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Another Dismal Day

We have been stuck in a cycle of thunderstorms coming onshore at odd moments, which makes everything soggy, because if it isn’t actually raining, the humidity is so high you are dripping with sweat in seconds.

The fun news is that we probably won’t get hit by the falling satellite, but no one is sure: NASA not sure where space junk will come down

Most of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is made of aluminum and will burn up on re-entry, NASA said. Of the satellite’s 6 tons, only about half a ton of it will make it back to Earth. The components that won’t burn are made of stainless steel, titanium and beryllium. NASA has identified 26 pieces they expect to survive, ranging in size from around 10 pounds to hundreds of pounds.

There’s an accident report I’d like to read: ‘Well, sir, was it the half ton of beryllium, or the 1000 pounds of of titanium that smashed into your Yugo?’

WIRED magazine looks at 8 Netflix alternatives compared. Not a lot to choose from, and they all look more expensive than Netflix. YMMV.

CBS has been the only media outlet actually offering any coverage of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ demonstrations that are on-going. The only reference I could locate on CNN was a Tech article on the 16th about the use of social media, and even that only shows up on the International edition. The corporate media doesn’t seem interested in thousands of people holding a week-long demonstration.

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September 22, 2011   5 Comments

Tropical Storm Ophelia – Day 3

Tropical Storm OpheliaPosition: 14.1N 49.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 230 miles [370 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1000 mb ↑.

Currently about 820 miles [1315 km] East-Southeast of the Leeward Islands.

The storm is being weakened by strong upper-level wind shear that was forecast.

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 22, 2011   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Ophelia – Day 3