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Potential Tropical Cyclone Two – Day 4

Potential Tropical Cyclone TwoPosition: 11.8N 77.7W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 21 mph [33 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb.

Currently about 410 miles [ 665 km] East of Bluefields, Nicaragua.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for San Andres, Colombia; Limon, Costa Rica northward to Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua from the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border northward to Laguna de Perlas.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica northward to Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua

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.]

June 30, 2022   Comments Off on Potential Tropical Cyclone Two – Day 4

Potential Tropical Cyclone Two – Day 3

Potential Tropical Cyclone TwoPosition: 12.0N 70.6W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 21 mph [33 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1009 mb.

Currently about 65 miles [ 105 km] East-Southeast of the northern tip of the Guajira Peninsula, Colombia.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Venezuela from the Peninsula de Paraguana westward to the Colombia/Venezuela border including the Gulf of Venezuela; the coast of Colombia from the Colombia/Venezuela border westward to Santa Marta

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua from the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border northward to Laguna de Perlas.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Nicaragua from North of Laguna de Perlas to Sandy Bay Sirpi; the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica from Limon northward to the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border

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.]

June 29, 2022   Comments Off on Potential Tropical Cyclone Two – Day 3

Potential Tropical Cyclone Two – Day 2

Potential Tropical Cyclone TwoPosition: 10.9N 62.8W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 26 mph [43 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1011 mb ↑.

Currently about 430 miles [ 690 km] East-Southeast of Curacao.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Trinidad and Tobago; Grenada and its dependencies; Islas de Margarita, Coche, and Cubagua; Bonaire; Curacao; Aruba; the coast of Venezuela from the Peninsula de Paraguana westward to the Colombia/Venezuela border including the Gulf of Venezuela; the coast of Colombia from the Colombia/Venezuela border westward to Santa Marta.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coast Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana.

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.]

June 28, 2022   Comments Off on Potential Tropical Cyclone Two – Day 2

Potential Tropical Cyclone Two

Potential Tropical Cyclone TwoPosition: 08.7N 52.8W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1009 mb.

Currently about 590 miles [ 950 km] East of Trinidad.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Trinidad and Tobago; Grenada and its dependencies.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Bonaire; and the coast Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana, including Islas de Margarita, Coche, and Cubagua.

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.]

June 27, 2022   Comments Off on Potential Tropical Cyclone Two

Litha

Today at 4:14AM [CDT] is the Summer Solstice, technically considered the “first day of Summer”, but the mid Summer by much of Europe.

Many Wiccans celebrate the day as Litha, while computer programmers honor their predecessors, the druids, who built the first solid-state computing devices, the megaliths, like Stonehenge.

The Slavs celebrate St. John’s Night, Иван Купала [Ivan Kupala], the battle between the White god [Белобог – Belobog] and the Black god [Чёрнобог – Chyornobog] for control of the Sun. The Black god always wins and the night begins to expand.

The sound track to the battle is Иванова Ночь на Лысой Горе [Night on Bald Mountain ] by Модест Петрович Мусоргский [Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky], which everyone should play very loudly.

June 21, 2022   14 Comments

Juneteenth

Juneteenth

… On the morning of Monday, June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived on the island of Galveston, Texas, to take command of the more than 2,000 federal troops recently landed in the department of Texas to enforce the emancipation of its slaves and oversee a peaceful transition of power, additionally nullifying all laws passed within Texas during the war by Confederate lawmakers. The Texas Historical Commission and Galveston Historical Foundation report that Granger’s men marched throughout Galveston reading General Order No. 3 first at Union Army Headquarters at the Osterman Building (formerly at the intersection of Strand Street and 22nd Street, since demolished), in the Strand Historic District. Next they marched to the 1861 Customs House and Courthouse before finally marching to the Negro Church on Broadway, since renamed Reedy Chapel-AME Church. The order informed all Texans that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves were free:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.

Some people are attempting to make this something that it isn’t. Having Juneteenth as a Federal holiday has no impact on any other Federal holiday. Some people seem to believe if something new is created that something old is destroyed. They assume that life is a zero sum game. They are ignorant and pathetic, but there are a lot of them so they are dangerous.

June 19, 2022   Comments Off on Juneteenth

Bloomsday

Bloomsday

According to the James Joyce Center

Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning.

Why not?

June 16, 2022   Comments Off on Bloomsday

Magna Carta

Arms of King John

John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou in the meadow which is called Runnymede, between Windsor and Staines, on the fifteenth day of June, 1215, signed the Great Charter in the presence of assorted heavily armed peers of the realm, who assured him it was the right thing to do.

The British Library has pictures of the Magna Carta available, but they are now requiring registration. Wikipedia has a nice discussion of the document.

The Magna Carta of 1297 is permanently residing in the US National Archives.

The Avalon Project has a translation of the 1215 version with an index and definitions.

John abided by the charter for several months, before he returned to business as normal, but the principle was established – no one is above the law.

June 15, 2022   Comments Off on Magna Carta

Flag Day

US Flag

Adopted as the flag of the United States of America by the Flag Resolution of 1777 enacted on 14 June, 1777.

The flag was first flown from Fort Stanwix, on the site of the present city of Rome, New York, on August 3, 1777. It was first under fire three days later in the Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777.

An official flag has a rise to run ratio of 1 to 1.9 [the flag should be 1.9 times as long as it is high] with the canton [the dark blue part] that rises over the top seven stripes with a run of 40% of the flag’s run.

The only time you will see a “correct” US Flag is if you see the official colors of a military unit. Most flags are 3’X5′ or 4’X6′ instead of 3’X5.7′ or 4’X7.6′.

Frances Bellamy, the Baptist minister and socialist who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance was from Rome, New York.

June 14, 2022   Comments Off on Flag Day

June 6, 1944 D-Day

This is the 78th anniversary of one of history’s biggest military gambles – the invasion of Normandy. There were so many things that had to fall into place for it to work, that it really is amazing that it did.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt told a news conference the invasion did not mean the war was over. He said: “You don’t just walk to Berlin, and the sooner this country realizes that the better.”

The war continued for almost a year, but FDR did not, dying a month before the German surrender.

This is what it was like when the US had adults in the White House.

June 6, 2022   Comments Off on June 6, 1944 D-Day

Post-Tropical Cyclone Alex– Day 5

Post-Tropical Cyclone AlexPosition: 35.5N 60.6W [ 4:00PM CDT 2100UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 31 mph [50 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Wind Gusts: 70 mph [110 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 195 miles [315 km].
Minimum central pressure: 993 mb.

Currently about 325 miles [ 525 km] Northeast of Bermuda.

At 1PM CDT the Tropical Storm Warning has been cancelled by Bermuda as Alex moves away from the island and begins to lose its tropical characteristics.

At 4PM CDT the storm has transitioned to a post-tropical cyclone. This is the final public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system.

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.]

June 6, 2022   Comments Off on Post-Tropical Cyclone Alex– Day 5

Tropical Storm Alex– Day 4

Tropical Storm AlexPosition: 32.5N 69.0W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 28 mph [44 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 85 mph [135 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Minimum central pressure: 988 mb.

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

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

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.]

June 5, 2022   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Alex– Day 4

Potential Tropical Cyclone One – Day 3

Potential Tropical Cyclone OnePosition: 28.4N 78.2W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 20 mph [31 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1000 mb ↑.

Currently about 840 miles [1355 km] West-Southwest of Bermuda.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Bermuda.

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.]

June 4, 2022   Comments Off on Potential Tropical Cyclone One – Day 3

Potential Tropical Cyclone One – Day 2

Potential Tropical Cyclone OnePosition: 24.5N 83.7W [10:00PM CDT 0300UTC].
Movement: Northeast [045°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1003 mb.

Currently about 185 miles [ 295 km] Southwest of Fort Meyers, Florida.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Florida Keys including the Dry Tortugas; Florida Bay; the West coast of Florida south of the Middle of Longboat Key to Card Sound Bridge; the East coast of Florida south of the Volusia/Brevard County Line to Card Sound Bridge; Lake Okeechobee; the Cuban provinces of Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, La Habana, & Mayabeque; and the Northwestern Bahamas.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Matanzas & the Isle of Youth.

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.]

June 3, 2022   Comments Off on Potential Tropical Cyclone One – Day 2