8.18.2007

Hurricane Dean


The first Gulf-bound storm of the season churns slowly through the Caribbean today. Most of the projected paths put it at the Mexico/Texas border on Wednesday, but there's not really any way to predict the path this early. I've seen some crazy paths in my day, even some complete 180's. Needless to say, everyone is on edge. My wife says she doesn't want to leave after everything we went through last time. I remind her of what the folks who stayed went through. My big worry is this: the Corps of Engineers has been working to strengthen the levees in and around the most damaged areas, where Katrina tore through. But for miles and miles, that same poorly constructed levee lies waiting, untouched, undamaged for now but probably already weakened from Katrina and just waiting to be swept away. Which leaves us in the same boat we were in before. Evacuation would probably need to happen on Monday, if the path shifts closer to us. In the back of my brain I'm already making the list of things to grab and shove in the truck. Can I evacuate the Jenny 2 sculpt? She'd probably melt in the heat.

6 comments:

Darkstrider said...

Oh man.... Hurricane Dino huh? Well, at least while it sweeps in you can let the immortal verses righ through your head....

"When the moon hits your eye Like a big pizza pie That's Amore...."

Hope all is well.

Darkstrider said...

(that should say "RING through your head".....)

Darkstrider said...

Jeff.... ya still there buddy? Say a few syllables!

Darkstrider said...

Ok, looks like Dean hasn't blown into town yet (if he intends to stop by). I found a nifty little website that tracks the storms progress in streaming realtime:

http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/tropic2/#

"Find the "Tropical Storms" link under "Operational Satellites" and aim the browser on the light turquoise area covering the eastern half of North America. When the pop-up menu appears, click on "Saharan Air Layer Analysis." Give it a few minutes to upload the stream, and watch the progress of this potentially deadly storm."

I'll be keeping an eye on you buddy!

Darkstrider said...

Sorry to monopolize your comments window....

If you click on the"5 day movie Java" link at the bottom of the map it shows an animated clip of the storm's approach. Fascinating.

Ubatuber said...

Monopolize all you want to bro :)

Yup, we're still here, the latest track has him headed for Mexico so I think we're spared...at some point on friday the weather center released a projected path that had him headed straight for the worst possible spot for us, which would be, the eye passing just to the left of us (The eastern/right half of a hurricane is the most destructive.) Bit of trivia--Katrina's eye passed to the right of us, meaning we got hit with the left side, the WEAKER side...she wasn't even 'the Big One', just a close call...