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Tropical Depression Twelve

Tropical Depression TwelvePosition: 12.1N 23.2W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [290°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Currently about 205 miles [ 325 km] South-Southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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August 31, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Depression Kate – Day 4

Tropical Depression KatePosition: 25.4N 51.3W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [345°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1009 mb ↑.

Currently about 905 miles [1455 km] Northeast of the Leeward Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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August 31, 2021   No Comments

Get Real

People are faulting Biden for not bringing out “American equipment”. If you looked at the insignia of the Black Hawks and Humvees – military kit now with the Taliban, it belonged to the Afghan military, not the US.

US equipment is great, but… it requires a lot of TLC. Aircraft require a lot of maintenance and a supply chain for spare parts. Different aircraft require different fuels and different pilots. Rotary wing pilots have very different controls that do significantly different things. Multiengine aircraft are not the same as Cessna 172s. You could probably manage to fly a 172 after a few months of playing with Flight Simulator, but chances are you will prang it on landing.

Even the HMMWVs (Humvee) will be ditched in short order as they are really ‘thirsty’ and you will burn through the total number scavenging for parts. The Toyota Hi-Lux is a better, more reliable vehicle that can be repaired by blacksmiths in villages. The same for M4s vs. the AK-47. The M4 is more precision, but the AK ‘just works’ with a heavier round and more available ammo in the area.

All US troops are out of Afghanistan as of this afternoon. It is finally over.

August 30, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Depression Ida – Day 5

Tropical Depression IdaPosition: 32.6N 90.3W [ 4:00PM CDT 2100UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [020°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 999 mb ↑.

Currently about 20 miles [ 35 km] North-Northwest of Jackson, Mississippi.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on Ida.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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August 30, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Storm Kate – Day 3

Tropical Storm KatePosition: 22.7N 50.9W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 6 mph [ 9 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Currently about 805 miles [1295 km] East-Northeast of the Leeward Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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August 30, 2021   No Comments

Hurricane Ida – Day 4

Hurricane IdaPosition: 30.3N 90.7W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northwest [340°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 105 mph [165 kph].
Wind Gusts: 130 mph [210 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 953 mb ↑.

Currently about 30 miles [ 50 km] East-Southeast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Currently about 245 miles [ 395 km] West of me.

NOAA Doppler radar imagery indicated that the eye of Ida made landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana near Port Fourchon around 11:55 AM CDT (1655 UTC).

NOAA Doppler radar imagery indicates that the eye of Ida made a second landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana just southwest of Galliano around 2:00 PM CDT (1900 UTC).

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Morgan City, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Intracoastal City, Louisiana to west of Morgan City, Louisiana; the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama/Florida border.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border including Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Mobile Bay.

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 29, 2021   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Julian – Day 2

Post-Tropical Cyclone JulianPosition: 38.1N 41.9W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northeast [040°] near 26 mph [43 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 70 mph [115 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 995 mb.

Currently about 810 miles [1300 km] West of the Azores.

This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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August 29, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Depression Ten – Day 2

Tropical Depression TenPosition: 20.1N 50.6W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: North [350°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb.

Currently about 760 miles [1225 km] East-Northeast of the Leeward Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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August 29, 2021   No Comments

Katrina

Scout First Draft graphic

It wasn’t the storm, it was the levees.

It wasn’t Nature, it was man.

August 29, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Depression Eleven

Tropical Depression ElevenPosition: 33.0N 49.7W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northeast [050°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1010 mb.

Currently about 1320 miles [2120 km] West of the Azores.

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 28, 2021   No Comments

Hurricane Ida – Day 3

Hurricane IdaPosition: 27.2N 88.0W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northwest [325°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 105 mph [165 kph].
Wind Gusts: 120 mph [195 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 40 miles [ 65 km].
Minimum central pressure: 964 mb ↓.

Currently about 235 miles [ 375 km] Southeast of Houma, Louisiana.

Currently about 235 miles [ 375 km] South-Southwest of me.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Intracoastal City, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Cameron, Louisiana to west of Intracoastal City, Louisiana; the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama/Florida border.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for east of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border including Vermilion Bay, Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas; and Mobile Bay.

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 28, 2021   No Comments

Tropical Depression Ten

Tropical Depression TenPosition: 16.6N 49.9W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb.

Currently about 785 miles [1265 km] East of the Leeward Islands.

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 28, 2021   No Comments

Hurricane Ida – Day 2

Hurricane IdaPosition: 23.0N 84.0W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northwest [320°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [150 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 989 mb ↑.

Currently about 615 miles [ 985 km] Southeast of New Orleans, Louisiana.

“At 6:25PM CDT satellite images, radar data from Cuba, and data from the NOAA Hurricane Hunters indicate that Ida has made landfall in the Cuban province of Pinar Del Rio, about 20 miles (30 km) east of La Coloma. Maximum sustained winds are estimated to be 80 mph (130 km/h).”

At 10PM CDT Ida is back over the Gulf of Mexico currently on track to hit Louisiana as a Major Hurricane (Category 3 or higher) on Sunday, the anniversary of Katrina.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Artemisa, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth; Intracoastal City, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque, and Havana; Cameron, Louisiana to west of Intracoastal City, Louisiana; the mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for east of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border including Vermilion Bay, Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake Maurepas.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect from Cameron, Louisiana to west of Intracoastal City Louisiana; the mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Alabama/Florida border.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from Sabine Pass to the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana; Mobile Bay.

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 27, 2021   No Comments

Why?

These people get to vote in our elections‽

Florida couple arrested after entering Hawaii with fake vaccination cards, officials say:

The couple’s children were too young to be inoculated with any of the approved vaccinations, according to WTVJ. That raised a red flag with authorities on the ground in Honolulu when they were presented with vaccination cards for the children, who were born in 2016 and 2017.

Being vaccinated is not a requirement to visit Hawaii. The Aloha State’s official travel website says only a negative test within the last 72 hours is required to avoid a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival. Domestic travelers who are able to offer proof showing that they have been fully vaccinated have been able to visit Hawaii without testing or quarantine since July 8.

If you get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations both shots take around a month and cost you the time to get them. If you go for the Johnson & Johnston it’s only one shot and is also free. I’ve heard that a fake vaccination card can cost up to $400. Which is still more expensive than getting a quick Covid test before your flight. They are facing fines of $2000 per fake card to avoid a 10 day quarantine period. These are the type of criminals that annoyed me the most when I was wearing a badge. I wanted New York to pass a law making this level of stupid a felony.

August 26, 2021   No Comments