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30 June 2010

Alex Approaching the Coast

Hurricane Alex is already producing flooding along the South Texas Coast as it nears landfall. Winds are at 90 mph in the eye wall near the center. The amount of storm surge is VERY dependent on the shape of ocean bottom and the angle the storm comes into the coast. So don’t assume that a category one storm will not produce serious flooding. It can. Meteorologist Alan Raymond of our …

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29 June 2010

Alex Nearing Hurricane Strength in Gulf (Updated with AMSU Image)

Tropical Storm Alex is looking quite healthy this afternoon and has finally started moving. There seems to be a growing consensus among the models that Alex will come ashore in Mexico, well south of Brownsville, Texas. The latest movement, along with the new guidance, is a bit left of the last NHC track.  Look for a shift the forecast a little southward in the next advisory. It is not out …

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27 June 2010

I- Renew Bracelet – Why is MSNBC airing this Junk? (Are there really that many stupid people in America?)

(Note this post has been updated as of 15 Aug.) So I turn on MSNBC here in the hotel today to catch up on the days news and on pops this commercial for the i-Renew bracelet. Here is the advert below. I went to the company web site and they have a photo of a Mr. Scott Becker MD who is also in their commercial. Look at the quote: From …

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25 June 2010

Trouble Brewing In The Western Caribbean?

It seems we may have our first Atlantic Basin tropical system forming this evening. I’ve been here in Miami all week at the annual AMS Conference on Broadcast Meteorology. This is the 38th Broadcast Conference and one of the best I’ve attended. The Director of the National Hurricane Center and many of their forecasters put on an excellent seminar Wednesday on tropical meteorology.  Director Bill Read also spoke at our …

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20 June 2010

The Climate Denial Crock of The Week

I wrote a post here about the so called “climategate” emails several months ago. None of these have ever been published here because they were private and were stolen. That’s a felony . Most of the public have never even heard about them, which is not surprising. Unfortunately, the minority of conspiracy theorists out there have been busy sending death threats to some of the top experts in the world. …

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Declining Penguins in a Sick, Oily, and Plastic Ocean

A couple of TED talks That should leave you angry. It does me. First is the slurry of plastic we now have in our oceans. One thing you can do is to NEVER use plastic at the grocery store. Next are one of my favourite subjects. Penguins. They truly are the warning sign of what we are doing to our oceans. Nearly every species on the planet is in sharp …

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19 June 2010

Oil Slick from Space- New View

Click the image below to see in high res. It sure seems to be getting bigger… Dan Update: The pic below was Orange Beach last weekend. Image from Karen Parden. Click the image above for full resolution.

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18 June 2010

New Satellite View of the Oil Slick. HUGE!

The winds are fairly light in the Gulf and the currents have responded to this as well. This new view of the oil leaves no doubt that the slick is massive and spreading slowly  eastward. Not that the folks in NW Florida do not already know it. Dan

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17 June 2010

Truth In Advertising:Humble (Now EXXON) Oil advert from 1962

Yea that just about covers it….

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16 June 2010

Historical Preservation in Antarctica

Here is a Great Google Tech talk on Antarctica. Having been in both Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts, I am of course a big advocate of preserving not only these sites but in preserving the last great unspoiled continent on Earth. Well worth watching. It’s also nice to hear a Christ Church accent again! What an incredible tragedy if these places and this continent is lost.

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