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Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby sidd finch » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:27 am

Well this one goes out to Pazz.... Saw the news and it looks like a big one is on its way. Hope you and your family are safe and sound.

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Re: Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby momoffduty » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:46 pm

Hope you are safe Paz!
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Re: Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby sidd finch » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:16 am

Looks like the storm made a visit your way too Chuck. Hope all is ok.

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Re: Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby Paz_Pazzaz » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:45 am

All OK here. We had about 6 hours of steady rain, slight wind. Not at all unusual.

Chuck... Hope Atlanta fared as well as central AL.

Panama City and Mexico Beach!!! Ugh! One day all is fine. The next there is a hurricane coming that can wipe whole towns off the map. I think Mexico Beach got the worst of it. Funny (not Ha, Ha funny), I've searched hurricane path charts many times, looking for a place that would be likely to be hurricane free. The big bend area hasn't been hit hard (in my memory) since Donna in the 1950s. Mexico Beach to Apalachicola is about the end of the good beaches. The Swuannee River drains into the Gulf to the east of there and is swampy. Not many people live in Mexico Beach or Apalachicola. It seemed like it might have been a good chance to get near beach property that might be cheaper than our much loved Destin area, which is now priced out of sight, with mile high condos, awful traffic jams and all that comes with civilization. We were lucky to have lived there when we were young. Many times Mr. B, our son and I were the only people on the beach. Glorious.
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Re: Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby Chuck Engels » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:35 am

Atlanta had a couple of small tornadoes, south and east side, we are northwest. Lots of rain but no damage or issues here. We actually needed the rain. Many areas in Georgia were hit very hard. It was still a Cat 1 hurricane when it went through the state, lots of damage in south and central Georgia as well as Florida. That was one nasty storm. Glad you are ok too Paz :)
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Re: Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby sidd finch » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:45 am

Well really glad to hear that both of you are making it through. That is really good news. On our side of the country it continues to be dry as a bone and no rain in sight. Queue the fires that are intent on turning the golden state into the charred state...

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Re: Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby TreeTopsRanch » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:12 pm

Same here in Oregon.
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Re: Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby Paz_Pazzaz » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:03 pm

Hopefully we will hear from Bobby soon as Michael veered northeast and moved into the territory where Florence moved out.

Hearing about the fires is terrifying to me. Earthquakes too. But I was on a plane flying from Atlanta to California one night when a thunderbumper, complete with ziggy zaggy lightning, popped up around us and most of the other passengers seemed to be about to panic. They were saying that a fire in a canyon or a little earthquake was nothing to worry about but this thunderstorm was horrible! Of course the pilot tried to calm everyone and let us know he had requested permission to fly at a higher altitude. We were soon out of it. I guess it's what one us used to. I'd take a hurricane any day over a huge fire, and summer afternoon thunderstorms are pretty much a daily occurrence here. To me, fire and tornadoes. Those are the worst.

I once read that the eastern USA is unique on the globe due to the presence and shape of the Gulf of Mexico. That article said that the same latitudes around the world are desert, except for here. The Sahara and the Gobi were mentioned. I tried to verify that on Google Earth, but my version doesn't have latitude or longitude lines and it was possible to flip the world around in pretty much any way I wanted.

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Re: Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby Chris B » Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:55 am

The Sahara is around the same latitude - but the Gobi is a lot further north. Also at roughly the same latitude is the Gulf of Mexico is India and Burma - which can be very wet. The western pacific (Thailand, Vietnam, Southern China etc.) gets Typhoons every year in the same way the US gets Hurricanes. Typhoon Mangkhut hit earlier this year causing at least 134 deaths. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Mangkhut)

This wonderful site https://earth.nullschool.net/ shows live wind patterns. You can change lots of parameters including the time shown by clicking the "Earth" word in the bottom left. What you can see most of the time (and especially in hurricane season) is trade wind coming in from Africa (and the Sahara) to the Gulf which brings warm air over the ocean to power the storms.
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Re: Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby Steve Grisetti » Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:45 am

Seriously, guys. This is an interesting perspective on US geography.
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Re: Hurricane Michael - Hope PAZ is OK

Postby TreeTopsRanch » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:46 am

You can also click on the map and rotate it to your liking.
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