Monday, September 1, 2008

Hurricane Warnings

Lorraine Carter walks alone through the rain-drenched, wind-soaked streets of nearly abandoned New Orleans as Hurricane Gustav sweeps through, Sept. 1, 2008. God bless her.

It would appear that her government did NOT catastrophically fail her YET AGAIN, but why wasn't she evacuated? And what kind of standard of public policy success is this??

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I had intended to talk at length about Hurricane Gustav and what it means that a modern major American city's literal survival is jeopardized even by a weak category 2 hurricane and with the attendant need to evacuate 2 million people from that city and its surrounding areas, but rather than being political, maybe instead I'll just post a few pictures ...

A levee (possibly along Canal Street but I'm not sure) in New Orleans being over-topped by the waves and chaotic chop on the water, though the walls held.

This image of the waters almost over-topping the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal in New Orleans will probably be one of the iconic images of Hurricane Gustav and how tenuously the city is protected by its system of levees.

The Industrial Canal in New Orlean's Ninth Ward, Sept. 1, 2008. All that had to happen was this for one of walls to be breached -- perhaps by one of the unmoored vessels on the river or canals or just a giant piece of floating debris -- and this would have been a very different story.

A flooded railroad track crossing near the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal, New Orleans, Sept. 1, 2008

Sarah Salley makes her way across a very flooded lake front in New Orleans during Hurricane Gustav, Sept. 1, 2008. Whatever she was doing, I'm not sure it was that great an idea to be wading through that much water in a hurricane.

Not fucking around this time ...

... Justin Morrison of the Louisiana National Guard patrols the Lower Ninth Ward (which is a section of the Ninth Ward) of New Orleans.

Here a dog -- hopefully not a stray or abandoned -- runs in the wind-whipped hurricane rains in Morgan City, Louisiana near where Gustav made landfall.^

The pet animal catastrophe of Katrina with thousands of helpless, stranded dogs and cats who died and the many that were rescued by volunteers forms yet another powerful lesson of what NOT to do in a hurricane situation.

^ Hurricane Gustav actually made landfall very near Cocodrie, Louisiana in Terrebonne Parish on the Gulf coast with sustained winds of 110mph, making it a category 2 storm. Based on this NHC definition of a "direct hit," I think New Orleans, located on the right side and close enough in, indeed got a direct hit. However, as the eye did not pass over New Orleans, it is not considered a direct hit in the popular press.

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An even scarier potential hurricane ...

Yikes. And I'm telling ya, if 72-year old, multiple cancer survivor John McCain wins the presidency, I have a feeling that she will end up as President of the United States before Jan. 20, 2013.

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Personal update (this was written earlier today)

I am feeling tired, ill, and panicky this Labor Day weekend. I have not been able to finish a significant report for work, and as far as "relaxing," going out Fri., Sat., and Sun. night with my friends really didn't help.

As for the report, I've already written 50 pages accounting for two of the three sections with approximately 130 footnotes but there is a full section to go and it is detailed and complicated and I just can't do it by tomorrow. It was originally supposed to be done last Tuesday ... and then by Friday ... and then over the weekend.

The topic is a survey of U.S. energy markets with a focus on coal-fired electrical generation and California's RPS standards. The final section that is not written is on the various stakeholders.

I will most likely be fired tomorrow and die and agonizing death in the next year.

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Ooooooooooh, I'm fat these days.

This was taken outside the Beacon Bar and Grill by 17th St. and Massachusetts Ave., NW, here in Washington, D.C., Aug. 31, 2008

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LP and I went to the top of the Beacon Bar & Grill to its "Martini Sky-Bar." This is the view to the east looking toward Scott Circle and beyond.

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It WOULD have been nice up there except it was so crowded and there was frickin' rap music blaring. Plus the drinks are way overpriced, of course.

By the way, the architectural style in D.C. seems to favor these weird circular structures atop some of the buildings. They just sort of sit there stop the buildings with no particular function. The condo building at 13th and N St., NW, and the office building at Vermont Ave. and K St., NW, both have similar structures.

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Here my plush baby hippo Flippo rests atop Mount Plush Hippo Love.

"And his name is Flippo Touch / He's the flower of Hippo Much!"

(Sung to the tune of Porky Pig's song lines "Her name is Minerva Ulch /She's the flower of Gower Gulch" when he was sidekick to "Drip Along" Daffy Duck

Source here

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Speaking of hippos ...

Here is another picture of my boyfriend and me. We were just on our Southeastern U.S. Safari.

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We took a Magical Road Trip Journey to a Magical Kingdom.

It visited a Magical Kingdom run by a most unusual mouse named Mickey. This was a bit ironical since the boyfriend recently had an encounter with a mouse, although it was a different mouse altogether.

We were going to say longer but we realized we might be meeting up later this week along the South Carolina coast with with Hanna the Hurricane and so cut that part of the trip short.

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Below is the 850mb vorticity* forecast from the 12Z Sept. 1, 2008 GFS model.

It is valid for 18Z (2PM EDT) 05 Sept. 2008 (hour 102) [left side] and 06 Sept. 2008 (hour 126) [right side]. The subsequent 18Z run was similar to this.

*Vorticity is basically a measure of the cyclonic spin in the atmosphere. The 850mb pressure surface this time of year is approx. 5000 feet in altitude, though, obviously, that pressure surface is FAR lower at the center of a hurricane.

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The official National Hurricane Center NWS - NOAA track issued 11PM EDT 01 Sept. 2008

The track takes it exceptionally close to D.C. early afternoon Saturday Sept. 6, 2008. If indeed this pans out with torrential rains and winds 50+MPH, I may nix going to New Jersey (see below).

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Oddly enuf, my father is supposed to drive up from Florida to D.C. by Thursday and we (he and I) are going to New Jersey on Friday (I'm taking the day off from work) to go to his 50th high school reunion in Long Branch, N.J.

Well, actually, I'm not going to that event but rather just accompanying him to New Jersey, our home state where we have not been together since Memorial Day weekend 1994. We left New Jersey for good prior to that -- Jan. 1993 for him and summer 1992 for me, though my time there really ended in the late 1980s.

I may not post another entry until Wed. or even Thurs., unless I do get fired tomorrow or something else noteworthy occurs.

--Regulus

6 comments:

DirkStar said...

Well, it is so nice to see you feeling chipper and in good spirits...

How can you not like John McCain's choice of "Trailer Park Barbie" as his running mate?

I think its about time we had someone in the White House who reflects the people of our great country.

Anonymous said...

I just bet that one of those hippos has perfect pronunciation, almost as though he were trying to overcompensate for his original vulgar accent from his native pond, or "Island," perhaps...

"Dee-lee-yah," et cetera!

JohnnyReb

Regulus said...

Dirkstar: "I think its about time we had someone in the White House who reflects the people of our great country." That's what I'm afraid of. But I guess that goes back to John Adams and Andrew Jackson, doesn't it?

JohnnyReb (a.k.a. J/X): One of those hippos in particular is going to think I'm really you as an alter ego with those bilious comments about his boyfriend -- like he did with this person "Riordan" -- and nothing but nothing good can come of that for me.

And as you well know, my mother comes from a place directly across from that aforementioned island in New Jersey.

fifi said...

hi! are you there?
i read this entry laST NIGHT IN A SEMI-COMA OF TIREDNESS. oops. I have rather overcommitted myself at present.
I managed to get halfway through one of my papers and havent started the other..life has been interrupting. So have been a bit blog-quiet.

That image of the woman in the hurricane was rather alarming. It seems that the hurricane, thankfully, did not realise the potential predicted for it. I liked your last line about blogging if something noteworthy occurred . Like the storm of the century.

I'm not sure about these anonymous comments. Is this friend or foe? As I say to my children, ignore things like that. Unless you are in fact complicit with this person, in which case I pull my head in.


Bryan? I laughed at that comment, (over at my place) particularly given his current post. But I also thought it was sweet!!!

its my girl's birthday tomorrow and I have to fashion a cake. And write 3000 words on the sublime. If you notice me hanging around your blogg too often, hit me with a stick and tell me to get on with it. ;-)

DirkStar said...

uh,did you click your old link on my blog? Yeah, it goes here...

I'm voting for McCain!

I'm doing so as a protest against the leadership of the Democratic Party who hijacked the party, violated the bylaws and procedural rules of the party!

Screw Obama...

He is pure phony bologna.

Regulus said...

Fifi -- Mr. JohnnyReb is a friend of mine who actually works near me and we sometimes go to lunch. I met him at one of my bar hangouts some years ago. The name JohnnyReb, though I know why he uses it, doesn't really seem to suit him.

Yes, I guess Bryan was being funny. I don't think he's feeling too well this morning, though.

(Bryan, if you're reading this, I emailed you back.)

3,000 words on the sublime?

By the way, as per your email, you could never hang around this blog too much. (I replied to your email, too.)

I was planning on posting that picture of you from your current entry of you standing in the surf. I think it's a wonderful picture, speaking of sublime.

Lastly, I found that "ocean baths of Sydney" Flickr site you directed me to. I'm still not sure which one is by your place. Looking at those places in Sydney, everything is so different -- or maybe it's just the knowledge of how far away it is that makes it seem so. I really wish I could visit there.


Hi Dirk -- I didn't realize you had changed the URL to the Arcturus link to my Regulus blog. My apologies.