Jim’s WebLetter for 9/16/17

Hi-ya Storm Survivors and Friends!

As many of you know, my family lives in Florida and right now the number one question we are asked is, “how’d you make out?” The answer is, we did fine after Hurricane Irma went streaming past. My children, however didn’t do as well and at this writing, are still without power in a home that suffered some damage from falling debris. As a result, they are living with us until power is back, which should be this weekend, according to the power company’s email to customers.

It has been a very busy storm season evidenced by the first letter of this storm’s name. The letter “I” means Irma was the ninth storm to form in 2017, and the season isn’t finished yet as we have Jose in the Atlantic plus two other disturbances forming further out.  

This is why I lean on information gathered by two sources: The National Hurricane Center at http://nhc.noaa.gov and Mike’s Page at http://www.spaghettimodels.com which is named for the computer models that show an estimated path of a storm on a map.

The first site, run by the National Weather Service, gives picture analysis and forecasts, while the latter site is a compilation of several sites showing everything from wind charts to the Hurricane Center’s own picture. Note that for some, looking at Mike’s site can be sensory overload as there are columns of images and animated gifs showing at the same time.

There is a third place I go to watch TV meteorologists and their forecasts from different television stations. YouTube Live hosts stations running their signals by video. To find them simply go to http://www.YouTube.com/Live and search for TV live broadcasts. You will know what stations are live by the little red box showing “Live Now”. YouTube also lists them under “Live” on the YouTube TV schedule, or by popularity as to the number of viewers currently watching.  

Still with all this information, the science of weather is still not perfect. Something can change a storm and its path causing an effect much greater for an area than expected. That’s why it’s a good idea to heed the warnings of the “weather experts” … be prepared to leave or seek shelter. As we saw with Irma, if left unprepared, human life and millions of dollars in damage can result.
That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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