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7.1 Earthquake in Mexico.

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Lots of natural disasters this month.

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September 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

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5:00 PM Hurricane update

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1. Hurricane has strengthened since previous update, currently a Category 5 with 145 kts max sustained winds and central pressure of 916 mb.

2. Will probably make landfall as a Category 5.

3. Landfall tomorrow morning at the southeast part of PR.

4. Eye will pass about 10 to 15 miles southwest of San Juan, the most populated city in PR.

5. Exit PR at the city of Arecibo

6. Entire island will be subject to hurricane force winds for many hours.

This is going to be the Big One as far as PR is concerned.

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September 19, 2017 at 4:56 pm

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Hurricane Maria update

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Currently a Category 5, it is predicted to weaken to a strong Category 4 before passing over or near St. Croix (a U.S. Virgin Island) and Puerto Rico. Most likely storm track has shifted northeast, which brings it closer to the San Juan metropolitan area, the most populated area of PR. This will not be good for PR. The last time a Category 4 hurricane made landfall in PR was the San Ciprian hurricane of 1932.

You can virtually visit PR using Google Street View. It looks very rundown, but thankfully nearly all of the buildings there are made from concrete and not wood.

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September 19, 2017 at 8:17 am

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Category 5!!!

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The 8:00 PM Forecast Advisory from the National Hurricane Center says that Hurricane Maria is now a Category 5! Forecast still a direct hit on Puerto Rico, with San Juan being on the northeast side of the eye, which is the side with the worst winds.

Landfall will happen on Wednesday.

Good news is that Maria will likely curve to the east after passing over PR, and will not make landfall on the mainland United States.

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September 18, 2017 at 9:26 pm

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Maria grows stronger!

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The 11:00 AM update from the National Hurricane Center shows that Maria will reach maximum sustained winds of 130 knots, that’s only seven knots shy of being a Category 5 hurricane. The most likely storm track shows a direct hit on Puerto Rico, with San Juan being on the side of the eye with the strongest winds.

Puerto Rico is mountainous and not a big swamp like Florida, so the whole island doesn’t flood like Florida does. But Category 4 winds will probably knock out all of the electricity on the island, and the local utility doesn’t seem very capable of restoring power quickly.

Puerto Rico has a murder rate of 15.86, compared to 4.88 for the mainland United States. Puerto Ricans are obviously not very well behaved.

I wonder if there are any safe areas in Puerto Rico where one could retire, but still have the benefit of living in the United States?

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Earthquake lights spotted near Los Angeles? Or just fake news?

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Back to Puerto Rico: the last big hurricane to strike Puerto Rico was hurricane Hugo in 1989, and the current forecast for Maria is much worse, because it’s more of a direct hit, plus it is currently forecast to cross PR as a strong Cat 4, while Hugo was only a Cat 3 when it crossed PR.

Hugo was very damaging to PR, and Maria will be that much worse if this forecast pans out.

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September 18, 2017 at 11:45 am

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Maria, current forecast direct hit on Puerto Rico as Category 4

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Wow, quite a hurricane season.

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September 17, 2017 at 10:55 pm

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How do you solve a problem like Maria?

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Tropical Depression 15 is predicted to become Hurricane Maria and make landfall in Puerto Rico as a strong Category 1.

Hurricane Jose has the potential to make landfall over Nantucket and Cape Code, but will only be a tropical storm by the time it gets that far north.

Tropical Storm Lee is forecast to die out before it reaches land.

It sure is an active Atlantic hurricane season. And it has nothing to do with climate change. The WEATHER in a particular part of the world in a particular month is NOT the global climate. (That’s what they always say if I try to hype a cold-weather snowstorm as proving that there’s no global warming.)

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Instead of writing about Trump, I’m just going to write about the weather. But remember that only Trump could have beaten Hillary Clinton, and Trump gave us Justice Gorsuch and Jeff Sessions as AG. And Trump changed the “Overton window” so that now people can actually talk about restricting immigration. Whatever Trump does on immigration, Bush or Clinton would have been ten times worse.

Remember what I wrote on July 2nd about Trump being Mr. Magoo:

Trump is not playing 4D chess here, he’s just being stupid. For a while I bought into Scott Adams’ 4D chess theory, but now I realize that Trump is more like Mr. Magoo, who doesn’t know what he’s doing, but because of bizarre happenstance, Trump being Trump resonates with the proles who voted him into office.

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September 16, 2017 at 2:34 pm

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The Florida weather forecast

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High in the upper 80s, high humidity, no air conditioning if your power is still out.

Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, the new most-likely track for Hurricane Jose has it blowing out to sea, no landfall for anyone.

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September 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm

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Monday morning update

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1. Florida dodged a bullet. Had Irma hit Miami as a Cat 5 as the original storm track, instead of hitting Puerto Rico as a Cat 5, weakening in the process, and then hitting Naples as only a Cat 2, we would have seen real catastrophic destruction from Mother Nature.

2. Jose is more likely to hit the east coast, but is also predicted to weaken to a Cat 1, which isn’t that damaging of a hurricane.

3. Who doesn’t remember 9/11? The answer is college students. An 18-year-old entering college was only 2 when it happened, and has no memory of 9/11. To them, it’s the distant past. Sort of like my non-memory of the Vietnam War, even though it was going on when I was a little kid.

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September 11, 2017 at 8:27 am

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First time the storm-track shifts east

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The 11:00 AM NHC forecast advisory indicates landfall at Fort Meyers with Category 3 wind speeds.

Storm has weakened since previous update, central pressure 933mb.

It looks like damage to Miami is pretty minimal, despite the reporter from CNN trying to hype it. If she can stand outside and report on it, then the conditions aren’t that bad.

Storm surge damage on the Gulf coast of Florida will probably be pretty devastating. Lots of rich people, who probably claim to believe in global warming, bought expensive houses only a few feet above sea level. (Even without global warming, building a luxury house 3 feet above sea level in the state most likely to be hit by a hurricane is a stupid idea.) Unlike Katrina which most heavily impacted poor black people, Irma will be a devastating storm for rich white people.

In other tropical news, hurricane Jose is now more likely on track to make landfall on the east coast.

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11:32: Now see video on CNN showing storm surge water flooding into the first floor of high-rise buildings in downtown Miami. Miami wasn’t even built to be missed by a hurricane. But there’s no storm surge in Miami Beach.

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September 10, 2017 at 11:15 am

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