Well the first storm of the season is heading out to sea. Alberto was not much of a storm, as far as hurricanes go. At maximum winds of 70 mph she (he?) didn’t quite even qualify as a hurricane.
However the storm did dump over 5-1/4″ of rain on us here in Savannah. We needed it badly. The week or so before the storm had been so hot that I told Gorgeous over the weekend that if it kept up I might not have to even mow the back yard. The grass was going to just burn off for me. (We water the front lawn in the interest of inter-neighbor relations.)
Living in the Southeast and working with ships I keep a close eye on hurricanes and tropical storms. Not only will they potentially affect my home life, but they also generally can wreck havoc on my work life too.
There are a lot of places where you can get hurricane info when the storms are brewing. Most of you are familiar with the National Hurricane Center. Their information is some of the best. Some folks like the Weather Channel’s Hurricane Central. I get tired of all their obnoxious ads so I tend to skip that one.
Did you know Wikipedia has a page for the 2006 Hurricane Season? Interesting stuff. I’ll be checking that one through out the year. If you ever have some obscure need to get info on past hurricane seasons, you can check their index of Atlantic Hurricane Seasons. With pages going back to 1494, I’m sure there’s enough information in those pages to make the average head explode.
That brings us back to the blog here. You may have noticed this little blue button in the right side bar under Good Stuff. It will take you to the Navy’s hurricane tracking site. I tend to be a raw-data guy. I’ve had some formal weather training because of my maritime and aviation backgrounds. My weather guesses are usually at least as good as the folks on the Weather Channel. I’ve found over the years that the Navy’s computer model for course prediction seems to be one of the best. Their predicted tracks are usually close to what actually happens.
So if you want to get an idea where a storm is going, come on in here and click on the button in the side bar. ➡ You might even find something interesting to read while your here!
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