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Re: OT: Hurricane

First of all, thanks to everyone for your PM'ed messages and prayers. We
are alive and well. Though the eye hit our town quite close to us, we
were on the lee side. Power has also been restored, though some of the
roads remain flooded (anyone for trout fishing? :)

BTW: Are you OK Felix?

On Sat, 9 Sep 2017 12:56:54 -0700
Patrick Bartek <nemommxiv@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sat, 9 Sep 2017 12:06:23 -0400 David Niklas <doark@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > There is only one thing worse than a *CAT 5* hurricane headed towards
> > Florida.  
> Irma's a CAT 3 storm currently (north of Cuba), and if it tracks
> through Central Florida as predicted, it will loose strength rapidly --
> hurricanes need to feed off heat and moisture from warm oceans to
> maintain themselves -- probably only being a Tropical Storm by the
> time it gets to northern Florida. If it tracks into the Gulf of Mexico
> instead, different story.  If it veers east and follows the Gulf
> Stream, few worries for the Florida Panhandle

When I got up it was a CAT 4 and was forecast to become a CAT 5 and then
make landfall.
Oh wait, it did make CAT 5:
Sorry for the outdated information.

> > Another one behind it.  
> Looks like Jose is going to meander and loose strength east of the
> Bahamss.  No worries for FL.

The news was obsessed with Irma, Jose was behind it and the cone of
uncertainty was wide enough, so I decided it was safer to assume it would
hit FL.

> > BTW: This is the first time since 2004 or 2005 that Florida's
> > panhandle has been hit, so no, it's not time to have a global warming
> > "I told you so party" on the mailing list.  
> FYI (also for all the global warming, we caused it and it's going
> to destroy the planet Chicken Littles out there): the Earth has been
> warming steadily since the end of the last glaciation began some 27,000
> years ago.  It's not something that just occurred during former
> President Obama's administration. Humanity didn't cause it. We
> contribute to it, yes, but so does every bovine who farts in the
> pasture, and every volcano eruption, and every plant, and every insect,
> and every forest or plains fire, and every swamp, and every creature in
> the sea, and the sea itself, etc. But the driving force of climate is
> the Sun. A fractional energy change one way or the other has major
> effects of earthly climate more than all the other contributory factors
> combined. Climate is never static. It's ALWAYS in flux, always
> changing. But that change occurs so slowly that no one lives long
> enough to "see" it.  A few bad storms over a few years doesn't make
> climate.

Good point,can I quote you on that?