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2012 August 26 — Why Now?
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Some Useless Data

Same gas station price of a gallon of 87 octane: last Tuesday $3.489, last Friday $3.539, today $3.599. Last delivery of fuel to the station, last Tuesday. Your ‘free market’ in action.

Longitude along the northern Gulf Coast: Panama City – 85.7, me – 86.6, Pensacola – 87.2, Mobile – 88.0, Gulfport – 89.1, New Orleans – 90.0. Distance of one degree of longitude at Latitude 30.5 – 59 miles [96 kilometers]. This means that Mobile is about 118 miles from New Orleans because they are separated by 2 degrees of longitude.

I got my Mother’s generator fired up after getting gas, pumping up the tires, checking the oil. I have located all of the necessary 12-gauge extension cords that I use for the two 20 amp circuits, so if the power goes out, she has a small working air conditioner, her refrigerator won’t defrost, and she will have a reading light, etc.

All of the rechargeable stuff is charged, and there is an inverter for the car to take the load off the generator, if those devices that don’t have built in solar panels need recharging.

Water has been stockpiled, as has extra kibble for all cats feral and domestic. Food supplies have been verified.

Chainsaws have new chains, and there is an adequate supply of oil.

The Cherry Garcia has been purchased. I am ready.

August 26, 2012   18 Comments

Tropical Storm Isaac – Day 6

Tropical Storm IsaacPosition: 24.2N 82.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 14 mph [22 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 Miles [335 km].
Minimum central pressure: 993 mb ↑.

Currently about 510 miles [ 820 km] Southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Northern Gulf Coast from east of Morgan City, Louisiana to Destin, Florida including New Orleans, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Pontchartrain.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Florida East Coast south of Jupiter Inlet, Lake Okeechobee, the Florida West Coast south of Tarpon Springs, the Florida Keys including the Dry Tortugas and Florida Bay, and from east of Destin, Florida to the Suwannee River on the Panhandle.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Northern Gulf Coast from east of Destin, Florida to Indian Pass, Florida.

GREATER THAN USUAL UNCERTAINTY IN THE TRACK FORECAST.” [The NHC is still formatting for a Teletype system, and doesn’t use lower case.]

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.]

August 26, 2012   7 Comments