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Here comes Ernesto

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Richard King, Aug 25, 2006.

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  1. ntexasdude

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    I saw it too, to me it looked like it was a few seconds of webcam "footage". Impressive nonetheless. I wonder if my next door neighbor is still down at his golf condo near Tampa or if he is making plans to come back to the furnace?

    Richard, I wouldn't breath easy just yet.
     
  2. billpa

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    Key West has been pretty lucky lately; is that luck running out?
     
  3. Richard King

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    It appears that a few others here have a better (worse) chance of getting hit than I do. I am actually breathing easy on this one. Three in the past two years is enough for me.
     
  4. Richard King

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    Key West could get it with this one, but I suspect that after going over Cuba it won't be very strong (knocking on wood) when it hits there.
     
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    I was watching the channel 7 news from Miami this evening via their website and they did indeed point out the storm will pass over the mountains of Cuba, which means perhaps nothing more than a cat one for the keys...or maybe a tropical storm... I realize a category one hurricane is a very serious storm, but after Katrina and Rita, it would almost seem a relief. Of course, I say that sitting in Harrisburg, so there you go. ;)
     
  6. DonLandis

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    Not Key West- Maybe Marathon - Islamorada as US landfall. as a TS. I suspect we'll see nothing more exciting than a few thunderstorms from this in J'ville although it's path is projected right here. It will be a new science if Ernesto picks up to hurricane status after traveling over 250 miles of land.
     
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    The launch is now scrubbed for a Tuesday launch. The shuttle's heading back to the garage.
     
  8. Richard King

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    It's looking more serious now. The 8:00 forcast has it moving into the southern tip of Florida and going up nearly the full length of the state as a hurricane and exiting south of Jaxsonville. I may get to try out my new hurricane panels on my building if they move the projection any further east. :(
     
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    The launch is now scrubbed for a Tuesday launch. The shuttle's heading back to the garage.

    I'd think the shuttle would be safer up in orbit where it can watch the storm from space rather than sitting in a huge square building that presents a nice large cross section to the wind.
     
  10. James Long

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    I tend to agree (and the International Space Station video of Ernesto shown on NASA TV yesterday was a lot better way to see a hurricane than the ground).

    If they had any trouble launching on Tuesday they may not have time to get it back in the hanger before all Ernesto breaks loose. They had to make a go-nogo decision and they went with the "safe" choice. Hopefully it isn't damaged on the ground.

    (Not to mention Richard's place and everyone else in the path of Ernesto.)
     
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    Reminiscent of my days in the Air Force. I used to work around KC-135 Stratotanker refuelers that sat on the tarmac full of 110,000 lbs of highly explosive jet fuel. Normally the local commander would scramble them to safe places rather than risk ANY type of weather. This included flying around for several hours until the storm passed and landing safely back home.

    The shuttle is fantastically expensive, probably more so than has ever been publically disclosed. It's regarded as the most technologically advanced machine ever built. I'd hope and pray that the powers to be would protect that baby at all cost. My gut feeling is to let those mad scientists make the call. Launch it or move it and live with the consequences.:grin:

    :backtotop This storm is serious, we could see anything from localized flooding to serious destruction. Florida needs a pass, they've had enough of this bulls!!t the last few years.
     
  12. Richard King

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    Well, 11:00 has it going right over me. I just can't win. At least I have a couple of days to prep. :( The way the projections are going though it may not even touch Florida. :)
     
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    Yeah, it seems every 12 hours it's a few miles futher east...at this rate it'll turn in on itself and go toward Puerto Rico.
     
  14. DonLandis

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    Reminder- watch the steering currents in the upper atmosphere, not the projected paths. Don't worry, Richard- You'll be on the west side of it by Tuesday night / Wed AM. There is a HIgh Pressure over the Gulf of Mexico now pushing it eastward.
    Watch out, Cape Hatteras and Virginia Beach. But if that low over PA builds it could hammer Charleston.
     
  15. James Long

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    It is getting close enough that there will be some sort of hit ... although it does look like it will skim up the coast and just be a continual rainstorm.
     

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    I spent the day trying to install my new hurricane panels, only to discover that I was sold two different types of panels (galvanized and aluminum) with two different mounting spacings and one type of track. I am not pleased, but I look at this as a dry run in preparation of the real thing. My panel guy says he will have the right track to me tomorrow. We shall see. It would have been a bit close if this were a cat five closing in on us.

    Downgraded to a tropcal storm by the time it gets here. And, Don, I agree, I suspect it will be to the East of me by the time it gets up this far.
     
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    Don, thats a great site. Thanks.
     
  19. ntexasdude

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    Yep, that's a particular page I hadn't seen before. Thanks
     
  20. DonLandis

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    Heads up Richard- Looks like the HP to the west is weakening and the TS will be farther west than I thought last night. :(

    Too bad for the vacation folks at Disney this week!

    The good news is this will just be a day of bad rainy and windy weather for most of the state. We, in the NE may escape it but I doubt it unless it shifts direction again.
     
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