Money Well Spent

Closing Thought–10Dec20

I am always going on and on about the money that government pisses away….and sadly the US government is not the only waster of taxpayer cash…..

This story about Venice……that is in Italy not Florida…..

St. Mark’s Square in Venice was submerged on Tuesday, and an incorrect forecast may be to blame. The city has since October had an experimental system of inflatable barriers in place to prevent flooding. Thing is, the $8 billion system is activated when high tides are expected to reach a minimum of 4 feet, 4 inches. On Tuesday, the waters were predicted to hit just 4 feet, 1 inch, below the activation threshold. But they reached just over 4 feet, 6 inches, flooding shops and restaurants. Stronger-than-expected winds are apparently to blame for the elevated tides. “Unfortunately, the weather is freer than us. It does what it wants,” said Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro. The AFP notes the city’s lowest point is St. Mark’s Square, which sits roughly three feet above sea level.

The AP reports Venice suffered its worst flooding in half a century a year ago, when high tides hit 6.5 feet. The barriers—78 moveable ones—can safeguard the city from tides of up to 10 feet and is designed to be readied in just 30 minutes. But the Guardian explains that by the time the water reached the lagoon Tuesday morning, it was too late to get the system up and running. That system is known as MOSE (that’s (MOdulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico, or Experimental Electromechanical Module), a nod to the Biblical figure Moses, who parted the waters of the Red Sea. Brugnaro commented on the learnings from Tuesday’s flooding, “To activate MOSE a bigger forecast is necessary. We will have to review the rules of the command post.”

Good to know that it seems to be a human trait no matter which side of the pond they are on.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Tale Of Zeta

After 5 attempts with storms Mother Nature finally kicked our butts.

I have been waiting for the power and cable to come back on…

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I am back!

After days of the incessant humming of generators and the irritating shrill of chain saws only broken up by the screeching of sirens from emergency vehicles….and the endless stream of on-lookers trying to see who was worse off than they were…just a few of my favorite things in the post-hurricane days.

After three days in the dark the lights finally came on at 0130 hrs this morning.

In case you have been out of it touch Hurricane Zeta hit the Gulf Coast and went right over my house.

It was a quick storm but a very powerful one…..a Cat 2 with 90+ winds it started, for us, at about 1845 hrs and was through at about 2300 hrs (in comparison Katrina lasted 13m hrs and 47 minutes)

WE had to wait for daybreak to assess the damage and that is the worst prt of the storm…the wait.

My house made it through the storm pretty much okay…but my property too a hard it in the butt. I lost a portion of my fence, a bird feeder, a bunch of tree limbs, part of the arbor and most of the orange crop for this year. The good news is that the tangerine crop made it pretty much intact.

These a few pics I took on my phone….

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I walked around a but after daylight….the damage was pretty much the same as mine….mostly tree limbs…some tree were down…this is the guy across my street….

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He also lost his garbage can and mailbox….they are somewhere around Birmingham about now.

Further down my street a guy lost his car port and the car that was parked under the shelter….more tree limbs.

All the damage assessed now were must endure the boredom until the power returns and while we wait we all pray that the food will be safe with as little spoilage as possible.  (It took 3 days for power to return)

The only good thing to come from this storm is the temperature…..after most storms it is 90+ degrees with 90% humidity but this one brought in cool temps and low humidity so sleeping was easy….50s is a real joy.

There was no joy for I missed my daily comments from my regulars….but I am back and hopefully the power will hold.

Thanx for the kind words and concern

Be Well….Be Safe.

Hurricane Zeta

Closing Thought–27Oct20

On this day in history….1809 Pres. Madison orders the annexation of my region known as West Florida in those days we had just rebelled and set up the Republic of West Florida…….https://lobotero.com/2012/09/22/the-republic-of-west-florida/

Your history lesson complete….we shall move on……

Here we go again!

MY region is in line for yet another storm….this time it will be Hurricane Zeta…..the word is that the temps are too cool for this storm to gain too power force so we will be in line for some strong wind and rain…..nothing we cannot deal with…..

Yet again, the Gulf Coast is bracing as another hurricane roars toward it. Zeta, the 27th named storm of the 2020 season, was upgraded to a hurricane Monday, NBC News reports. It made landfall on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday, the AP reports. It’s expected to become the 11th named storm to make landfall in the US this season, potentially around Wednesday afternoon in Louisiana, which would be a record for the country. Heavy rains are expected to start in the area, including Mississippi and Alabama, Tuesday night. It’s possible Zeta could be downgraded back to a tropical storm before it reaches the US, but even that is bad news for Louisiana, which is still recovering from hurricanes Laura and Delta

All this storm stuff is getting damn redundant this hurricane season…..most of us will be damn glad to see the 2020 season come to an end…..and be put in the history books.

 

This is just a reminder that if things get hot then I may be off-line for awhile until service can be restored…..and I shall continue posting until the power runs out…..

AS usual I want to leave my readers with a tune from Jimmy Buffet…..

Be well my friends.

“lego ergo scribo”

Here We Go Again

Closing Thought–08Oct20

Today is Thursday and a storm is just hours away from landfall……Once again my region is looking into the mouth of a beast of a storm….this time it is Hurricane Delta…..

Good news for my area but not so much for storm weary Louisiana…..

For the sixth time in the Atlantic hurricane season, people in Louisiana are once more fleeing the state’s barrier islands and sailing boats to safe harbor while emergency officials ramp up command centers and consider ordering evacuations. The storm being watched Wednesday was Hurricane Delta, the 25th named storm of the Atlantic’s unprecedented hurricane season. Forecasts placed most of Louisiana within Delta’s path, with the latest National Hurricane Center estimating landfall in the state on Friday, the AP reports. The center’s forecasters warned of winds that could gust well above 100mph and up to 11 feet of ocean water potentially rushing onshore when the storm’s center hits land. “This season has been relentless,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said, dusting off his now common refrain of 2020: “Prepare for the worst. Pray for the best.”

A hurricane warning has been issued for a stretch of the northern US Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Delta is expected to become a major hurricane again, like it was days earlier before crossing part of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. But some weakening is forecast once Delta approaches the northern Gulf Coast on Friday. So far, Louisiana has seen both major strikes and near misses. The southwest area of the state around Lake Charles, which forecasts show is on Delta’s current trajectory, is still recovering from an Aug. 27 landfall by Category 4 Hurricane Laura. New Orleans spent a few days last month bracing for Hurricane Sally before it skirted to the east, making landfall in Alabama on Sept. 16. Louisiana saw heavy flooding June 7 from Tropical Storm Cristobal; Tropical Storm Beta prompted tropical storm warnings in mid-September as it slowly crawled up the northeast Texas coast; and Tropical Storm Marco looked like it might deliver the first half of a hurricane double-blow with Laura, but nearly dissipated before hitting the state near the mouth of the Mississippi River on Aug. 24. And there are nearly eight weeks of hurricane season left.

Just wanted to let my regulars know that if I do not appear for awhile it is because we lost our internet and that I shall return as soon as possible.

Once again a closing tune for the day…..

See you guys when I can……

Be Well…Be Safe……

Closing Thought–15Sep20

Here comes Sally!

I apologize for the slack posts today but I must take time to make sure the house and property are secure…..

Usually the first thing to go is the internet…then the power…..so I try to get as much done on IST as I can before the fall.

The forecast is that the eye should come ashore between Biloxi and Destin…..Biloxi is about 10 miles East of my house…..so if true we will get rain and wind…..the forecast is about 8 inches of rain.

The one saving grace here is that as I write this post the storm seems to be weakening a bit…..but that is before landfall….so lots can happen between then and now….

I am far enough off the beach to avoid any storm surge….local flooding will be a problem.

If I disappear off WP for awhile it is because the storm has kicked our butts….but not to worry….I will return as soon as I can.

Be well….Be safe…..

“lego ergo scribo”

Not One But Two!

CRAP!

One of the drawbacks of living on the Gulf Coast is that every year we watch the weather and hold our collective breath that the storms will miss us or better yet no storms form at all (wishful thinking)…..

Well this weekend there are not one but two storms aiming at the Coast and a third storm out in the Atlantic waiting to form into another storm….

Hurricane season is approaching its peak, with two tropical depressions expected to gain strength and affect the US coast—potentially at the same time. Tropical Depression 13 is moving west and is expected to become Tropical Storm Laura and could hit Florida Sunday or Monday. Tropical Depression 14, which is moving north, is forecast to become Tropical Storm Marco and could hit the Gulf Coast around the same time. “We could actually have Laura AND Marco sharing the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, and both making US landfalls on Monday,” says University of Miami meteorologist Brian McNoldy, per USA Today.

Tropical Depression 13, which will become a tropical storm and get a name when winds hit 39mph, has already caused storm watches to be posted for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the Washington Post reports. Fox notes that this has already been an exceptionally active hurricane season, and Thursday marked the start of the Aug. 20 to Oct. 10 period that has historically seen two-thirds of hurricane activity. This year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, and Kyle became the earliest named storms on record for their letters, and Laura is expected to continue the streak. The “current Atlantic record for earliest ‘L’ storm is Luis on August 29, 1995,” Colorado State University hurricane research scientist Phil Klotzbach tweeted Thursday.

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Just to make the weekend a bit better…Jimmy Buffet….

Just a note if one hits…I may be off-line for awhile but never fear I shall return….thanx for understanding.

“lego ergo scribo”

The Saharan Dust

First….I take MoMo for her walk at 5 am because it is a bit cooler…that is until this morning…..at 5 am it was 90 degrees with 85% humidity….just a flippin’ joy. (sarcasm)

Now onto the Big News for the Coast……

This weekend the massive dust cloud that originated from the Sahara should make it to our neck of the world….the problem is we may not get much spectacular sights for it is forecast to be overcast for most of the week.

So I will post photos if I get a chance….until then how about some facts about this “cloud”……

Expansive dust clouds arise from the sun-baked Sahara each year, making the 5,000-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the southern United States. While these dust plumes tend to stay intact while traveling across the ocean, they typically diffuse by the time they hit the Caribbean. But this year, things are different.

This month’s dust cloud is more resilient than usual—its dust is so opaque and thick that it can be clearly seen from the International Space Station, while its predecessors have been ghostly and faint from space. Astronaut Doug Hurley photographed the cloud from the ISS on June 21, tweeting, “We flew over this Saharan dust plume today in the west central Atlantic. Amazing how large an area it covers!”

These dust plumes, called the Saharan Air Layer (or SAL) are born when severe wind storms strike the Sahara. Entering the Atlantic Ocean at the Intertropical Convergence Zone, the plumes catch on to the trade winds, which run east-west along the equator.

The dust is already covering Caribbean skies, and Gulf Coast states like Texas and Louisiana should expect to confront this vast cloud on Wednesday and Thursday. Before the cloud enters the US here’s what you should know about the plumes.

https://www.popsci.com/story/environment/sahara-dust-plume/

That is all I have for this Sunday….hopefully you learned a bit and were entertained…..come Monday it is back to the news in the spotlight…..

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

 

Closing Thought–23Jun20

Summer is here for sure…this morning at 0500 hrs it was 85 with 81% humidity…..a joy to experience.(sarcasm in case you missed it)

When I was working in North Africa I experienced a couple of sand storms……plus the dust that the storms kicked up in the Sahara…..but I never thought that the dust from these storms would effect me here on the Gulf Coast…..and I was mistaken…..

Gulf Coast residents, get ready for brilliant sunsets—and a few possible health hazards. A massive dust cloud is heading west across the Atlantic and could affect the lives of people from Florida to Texas, AccuWeather reports. “According to scientists … this is an abnormally large dust cloud,” says senior AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski, who adds that the dust “started coming off the coast of Africa several days ago, in fact maybe over a week ago. And it’s still coming. It’s almost like a prolonged area of dust.” Expected to hit the Gulf Coast between Tuesday and Thursday, the Saharan dust should bring hazy and brownish skies during the day.

But the Washington Post predicts sunsets that “appear markedly more vibrant, with deeper, more expansive brushstrokes of orange and yellow washing across the sky.” On the downside, the dust could mix with other particles (like smoke, ozone, or more dust) and negatively affect anyone with sensitive lungs. The dusty air might also curb storm development, preventing tropical storms or hurricanes from forming—but the dust will likely be long gone when hurricane season reaches full force in August and September. For the record, Saharan dust is nothing new in the Gulf Coast this time of year. But by all accounts, this one’s a biggy. You can follow its movement at NASA.

Hurricane season is expected to take a pause over the next week as a large plume of dust from the Saharan Desert in Africa moves across the Atlantic Ocean. Waves of dust off the African continent are common during the summer, as the trade winds blow west from the desert into the Atlantic. However, this wave is very large and very strong. It is expected to travel westward into the Caribbean by this weekend. Then next week part of the Gulf Coast, including Mississippi, may see this plume of dust arrive.

Saharan Dust from Africa forecast to arrive in Mississippi

I am hoping to get some sunset shots but so far it has been cloudy and overcast…..but I shall continue to try.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

We Dodged A Bullet

Closing Thought–03Sep19

By “We” I mean the country…..looks like Hurricane Dorian will spare the US this time from a direct hit…….a grazing blow is far better than a direct hit….says a survivor of Katrina.

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I wish I could say that the Bahamas were as fortunate as we…..

Then there is the coverage of this storm by the MSM…..we should get very little interaction with this storm and yet the MSM in their disappointment still reports that there is little wind, sparse on rain and storm surge is negligible….but that all should be prepared for the rush of water that will precede the storm….these “reporters” seem to be making up anything that could go wrong and then would make them the star of the show.

Those brave people for the weather channel…where were they when the Bahamas got hit?

But the most disturbing story so far is the one of the American president…..

In what President Trump’s critics are calling “Sharpie-gate” the president delivered a Hurricane Dorian update Wednesday in front of a map that had been doctored to back up his claim that the storm had been expected to hit Alabama. The NOAA forecast map from Aug. 29 had been altered with a Sharpie to include a loop around the state, the BBC reports. When Trump was asked about the change later Wednesday, he said “I don’t know” three times, adding: “I know Alabama was in the original forecast, they thought it would get a piece of it.” White House deputy press secretary J. Hogan Gidley confirmed in a tweet that the map had been altered with a marker, but slammed the media for going “ballistic” over it, the Washington Post reports. White House photos show that Trump was presented with the correct map on Aug. 29.

It’s not clear whether the president himself altered the map, but whoever is responsible may have broken a law against knowingly issuing or publishing “any counterfeit weather forecast or warning of weather conditions falsely representing such forecast or warning to have been issued or published by the Weather Bureau, United States Signal Service, or other branch of the Government service,”which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, Politico reports. Trump’s warning Sunday that Alabama was in Dorian’s path was quickly denied by the National Weather Service, but he has continued to insist, incorrectly, that the storm was widely forecast to hit the state. On Wednesday night, he tweeted an Aug. 28 forecast map that showed a few possible paths including Alabama, saying: “As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. I accept the Fake News apologies!

This from a person that continuously bitches about fake news….and is the greatest spreader of said news.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Nuke The Bastard

Closing Thought–27Aug19

Most of my regulars know that I live in Hurricane Alley and every year at the start of the season I write a post to let my loyal know that if the worse happens I will be off line until we get service up and running.

So needlessly to say when there is an idea to help lessen the impact of hurricanes I am interested……well the clueless moron in the White House has an idea…..

The man in charge of the world’s most powerful nuclear arsenal has suggested using it to control the weather, according to an unconfirmed report. Sources tell Axios that President Trump has repeatedly told national security officials that they should look into bombing hurricanes to prevent them making landfall in the US. One source says that during a briefing, Trump said: “I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” The source says that after Trump suggested dropping a nuclear bomb into the eye of the hurricane, he was told: “Sir, we’ll look into that.” Axios notes that the idea has been around since the Eisenhower administration and the NOAA has a page explaining that it might not affect the storm, and also “neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems.”

“Needless to say, this is not a good idea,” the NOAA says. Another administration official defended Trump’s line of questioning, saying: “His objective is not bad.” “What people near the president do is they say ‘I love a president who asks questions like that, who’s willing to ask tough questions,'” the official says. “It takes strong people to respond to him in the right way when stuff like this comes up. For me, alarm bells weren’t going off when I heard about it, but I did think somebody is going to use this to feed into ‘the president is crazy’ narrative.” The White House declined to discuss the report, saying it doesn’t “comment on private discussions that the president may or may not have had with his national security team,” the Guardian reports.

Yes you read the right….Our Beloved Supreme Moron wants to consider nuking a hurricane…..

But as usual he had no original idea….

1959 and a Sandia Laboratory meteorologist named Jack Reed. National Geographic explains his idea for nuking a hurricane came out of research he did into “atmospheric effects” that resulted from our first hydrogen bomb detonation, “which had lifted a massive column of air more than 20 miles into the sky.” He suggested a submarine could be sent to the hurricane’s eye and launch the missiles there. The theory: The warm air there would be pushed into the stratosphere; the colder and denser air that took its place would slow the storm.

I expect the president of the US to have a little more brains than to even consider such bullshit…..but then he thinks General Tso’s Chicken is Chinese.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”